Athens International Film + Video Festival
The Duel premiered on the evening of April 8th, 2017 alongside a host of fantastic offerings from around the world at the Academy Award-qualifying 44th Athens International Film + Video Festival. 235 films representing 41 countries all shared the screen over the course of the week-long festival, and it was an honor to count my film among them. Special thanks go out to festival director David Colagiovanni, technical and hospitality staffs, and the many students from Ohio University who volunteered their time and energy to further AIFVF's reputation as one of the best independent film festivals in the country. On the closing night of the festival, clusters of headlights crawled up S. Court St. through the chill of night outside the historic Athena Cinema, while a box office attendant replaced the letters on the marquee with "Fate of the Furious." I'm grateful for photographer Wenting Deng taking a picture of me next to the deliriously clever poster created by Ohio University design students Maryam Khaleghiyazdi & Shiva Ghasemi, while the fluorescent bulbs above us hummed, waiting for the next show.