Last weekend, The Duel took part in Film Consortium's San Diego Film Week. A collection of selected works from the San Diego International Film Festival, San Diego Underground Film Festival, as well as representing San Diego City College, Pacific Arts Movement & more, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles added to this cavalcade of films, partnering with Film Week to showcase SD (Heart) LA, a networking opportunity to connect filmmakers & artists from the two cities, which are closer than I think and always seem to keep forgetting! The show was capped with a fun jaunt on the red carpet with San Diego radio personality DJ Deeran Anderson-Hooper, as we both attempted to have as casual of a conversation one can hope for within a three-minute time limit. My best friend Ricky Berger snapped this picture of the two of us, my pale jacket upstaged (in the best way) by DJ's powerful color combination, deftly matching the carpet below.
I was delighted to be a part of the celebration and for the opportunities to meet new filmmakers and see their work. One of my favorites was Andy Koeger & Apple Xenos' Rosie, Oh - a virtuoso bit of magic that fluidly expressed the wonder/dread of childhood with a bravura technical feat of moving the camera's eye through space in one long uninterrupted take. I love when filmmakers make bold visual choices that imbue each image with a firm sense of place and intention, speaking to the power of pre-planning and organization. Bravo, Andy!