Honored to share The Duel with the Au Contraire Festival du film and its mission to achieve awareness of and advocacy for mental health issues. October 16th to the 19th at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montréal. More information about their special program of films at acff.ca
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I'm thrilled to be counted among the year's best at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles's "Best of NFMLA Awards." The Duel has been nominated for Best Short Film - Documentary, an honor I couldn't be more proud to share with my friends at the RISK! podcast and my unbelievable cast & crew. Now...what to wear on the red carpet?
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!
Since 2007, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles has been providing a home for artists to share their creative voice in an environment that supports truth in cinematic storytelling. In addition to their monthly film festivals, DocuSlate, a entire day of documentaries, was added to their yearly programming in 2016 to increase awareness and widen opportunities for representation of true stories and personal narratives on screen. Last December I enjoyed sitting down with NFMLA Board Chair Danny De Lillo for a discussion about my creative process behind The Duel, and the unique challenges inherent in “translating” someone else’s truth. As an artistic custodian of my own family experiences which have been transmuted into past works, making these connections during our discussion was illuminating for me, and helped me better appreciate the delicacy required for handling something as fragile as memory itself, especially when it belongs to someone else.
About: "NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events."
Cinequest has welcomed The Duel to be a part of its festival this Spring, and I couldn't ask for a better time to revisit the Bay Area. The event, "showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences." Personally, I'm looking forward to catching my Athens Film + Video Festival alum, Carys Watford's Space Girls on the big screen, and experiencing the new life Lili's story is given each time it's presented before a new audience.
From Cinequest's Chris Garcia: "DocuNation brings heartbreaking tales together with satire and comedy, beautiful images with lovely animation, tradition with experimentation. You will find an examination of everything from the Velvet Underground to bounce houses, from spoken word poetry to Moth man. These are films that examine the pain we inflict on one another, as well as the joys simple interactions can provide, and they all come together to form the DocuNation."
More info on The Duel and its showtimes in March can be found here.
Joined by six shorts from around the world, I'm honored to share The Duel with its first live audience outside the United States as a part of the International Shorts Program at the Victoria Film Festival in British Columbia. Among the dazzling offerings this year are familiar works I've screened with before, such as director Denis Côté's A Skin So Soft, (SF DocFest) along with delightful surprises such as the latest Studio Ghibli film, Mary and the Witch's Flower. (Meari To Majo No Hana)
Though the responsibilities of grad school will bind me once again to Los Angeles, I wish I could visit Canada again. The last time, I was 16-years-old, traveling as a guest of the Toronto Teen Film Festival with my mother. I remember sipping a chocolate milkshake as cold as the afternoon at a Dave & Buster's in the shopping complex of the AMC Theatre where my film was screened. I felt worldly. It's been a blessing to have this film travel across my homeland, and though I wish I could visit each new city it finds a new home in, I'm thankful for the audiences who gather to welcome it in my absence.
Executive Director Larry Laboe and the incredible staff at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) have been cultivating & providing an invaluable resource for LA's film community for the past decade. I consider my upcoming screening with their new DocuSlate program as a homecoming of sorts, as NFMLA was the first Los Angeles-based festival I submitted my work to coming out of film school. As my latest offering, The Duel, nears the end of its festival run, I'm honored to be welcomed back into the same community that has provided me with so much support over the years, and look forward to sharing my new works with them for years to come.
DocuSlate, presented by NewFilmmakers Los Angeles in partnership with the International Documentary Association, will be held at the South Park Center on December 2nd. From their website:
"Each year, NFMLA receives thousands of submissions. Programming selections are based not only on the merits of a project but are designed to fulfill the criteria in regard to our mission, considerations for the Best of NFMLA Awards, and to ensure that NFMLA delivers diverse and original content consistently to the standard that we have upheld for the past 10 years."
"We are especially affected by the overwhelming flood of incredible documentary projects of important topics & unforgettable stories that we have been unable to place due to the limited festival programming slots available. As a result NFMLA is pleased to present DocuSlate, an entire day dedicated to documentary films."
The program starts at 10:30 and lasts all day long! Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newfilmmakers-los-angeles-nfmla-annual-docuslate-december-2nd-2017-tickets-39670529622
When you can eat some of the country's finest barbecue, bask in the nurturing glow of Austin's film community and see an advance screening of Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the historic Paramount Theatre all in the same weekend, I think it's safe to say that amounts to an unequivocal triumph.
It was an honor to be counted among the artists, filmmakers & writers who gathered within the jewel of Texas for "The Writer's Festival," celebrating the demands and pleasures of the craft of storytelling, fundamental to the power of cinema. While my friend Erin, a screenwriter, marveled at the embarrassment of riches provided by the festival: a lecture from Oscar-winner Michael Arndt and his Endings: The Good, The Bad, and the Insanely Great springs to mind, I managed to catch as many screenings as I could. It was on Sunday I finally got to meet Marfa alums Charlotte Barrett & Sean Fallon, whose film I saw at the aforementioned festival this summer. Pictured above, they presented The Phantom Menace, a tender portrait of a couple struggling with the miscarriage of their first child in the surreal midst of a comic book convention in Southern California.
As the late afternoon sun dappled its way through the outstretched branches of the mesquite trees at the Filmmaker's BBQ, I took a deep breath and admired the plate of brisket held beneath my eager tastebuds. Only in hindsight can I truly begin to appreciate the nourishment generously provided by the festival staff, volunteers, coordinators and crew, both of the cinematic and gastronomic varieties. It was overwhelming, in the best way. As life should be.
I can't believe it's almost November. However, I'm proud to share that this new month on the horizon comes with it a new screening of The Duel as a part of The Seventh Annual Video Art and Experimental Film Festival (VAEFF) in New York City. From the website: "The most conceptually and aesthetically arresting, daring and provocative video art and experimental film from around the world. The festival continues with the ever-popular “Beauty, Sex & Shame” program, and is debuting the brand new “On the Margins” program as well as “Fashion Film – The New Wave,” guest curated by Niccolo Montanari, one of Fashion Film’s most prominent curators."
"In addition to the official selection, VAEFF invites a number of artists who continue to amaze the art, film, and media worlds with their exceptional portfolio of work. The resulting lineup is a captivating roster of both established and emerging artists from around the globe. Catch screenings of all the programs and more, including live artists talks, at Tribeca Film Center and DCTV this November 9th-11th." I'm excited to be a part of an eclectic galaxy of shorts that is sure to shock and dizzy the senses. For those of you in the New York area, come one out, it looks a great show!
This week, The Duel & I return to the Lone Star State for the Austin Film Festival, where I couldn't be more proud to be a part of such an invigorating event known for its filmmaker hospitality and detailed programming. I promise to take lots of pictures, (okay, Mom and Dad?) but in the event that my phone's battery can't keep up with the breakneck pace of the days to come, here's a teaser I cut specifically for their website...my best efforts to excise a trailer (of sorts) from a four minute film. Enjoy, and I'll tell you all about it when I return!
Although grad school will bind me to the fabric of Los Angeles for the better part of October, my heart yearns to fly north and nestle in The Grand Cinema for the upcoming Tacoma Film Festival next month. I'm honored that The Duel has not only been selected for competition this year, but paired with a riveting, thematic companion as well; Kalina Bertin's Manic. Having premiered at this summer's prestigious Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, her film "...chronicles [her] journey to understand the devastating impacts of mental illness on her family. Convinced that her father holds a key piece of the puzzle, she sets out to find the truth about him." I am deeply moved by Bertin's commitment to devote her craft to illuminating her family's complex history, and look forward to seeing what she discovers along the way.
For more information about Bertin's film, please visit: http://www.eyesteelfilm.com/projects/completed-films/manic/ Tickets for and complete viewing of Tacoma Film Festival's upcoming film program can be found here: http://www.tacomafilmfestival.com/passes-tickets/
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.