I just enjoyed the wonderful, weekend-long 2016 Blackbird Film Festival in Cortland, NY.
Sam Avery and his team organized a wonderful weekend and selected an outstanding slate of films.
Be sure to visit the festival site to see the full list (and make a point of trying to see the films when you can!). Alas, I was unable to see every film at the festival – schedule conflicts are fact of life at fests, after all – but some of the stand-outs for me were:
- Noon Gun a new feature by Caley MacLennan
- Long John a hilarious and warming short by Joe Bellavia
- Pepper And The Salt Sea a short filled with magical realisim by fellow Brooklynites Don Downie and Stacie Capone
- The Small Time a side-splitting pilot for a web series by Jack Canfora and Andrew Rein
- Pride And Poo a darkly comic tale of Man vs Nature by Brad Silvius
- Feeling Wanted and My Identity two powerful and moving short documentaries by the incredibly talented Yasmin Mistry
I was very honored to be in such good company. After seeing so many exceptional films at the festival, Iwas flabbergasted that i live In Life won both Best Short Documentary and Best Director!
Denver was great. The Starz Denver Film Festival was great! They took great care of us filmmakers and screened some amazing films. I got to see a bunch. They were all good, but Wild Canaries and Tomorrow We Disappear really stood out! Do keep an eye for them, see them if you can!
I got some more great news while I was at the festival. “i live In Life” has been accepted at the Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival!
Thanks for everything Denver! I hope to be back soon!
After over thirty rejections, i live In Life has been accepted to its first big festival! It will screen in the Starz Denver Film Festival as part of the First Look Student Film Program. The Festival runs from Nov. 12 to 23d, and as I get more details of the festival schedule, I’ll post it. Check the Screenings page for updates!
Let’s hope this signals the turning of the tide! I’m still waiting to hear from several more festivals!
Ah, woe betide…. CPH:DOX, a festival I was really hoping to be in, declined i live In Life.
That’s a bummer, make no mistake. But I’ve submitted to another half-dozen fests, and i’m still submitting. Thessaloniki is next!
Well, actually, just on YouTube.
I even managed not to seem like a complete knucklehead in the process. I’m really happy that the film was picked by the audience as the best of the night. Filmmaking can savage one’s emotions, and when you put your self and your family into your film, you can feel pretty vulnerable to that savagery. The flipside of course, when good things happen – like this – it feels all the better.
My thanks go out to Geoffrey Guerrero, organizer of the Katra Film Series, and Jamal, Fady and Camille at TheCinemaCouch.com for the after-party interview. (Be sure to check out their YouTube Channel!)
Don’t forget! You can also stay up to date with i live In Life on facebook!
Hewing to convention, the bad news first:
The Mill Valley Film Festival declined i live In Life. They “appreciated the opportunity to see the film but regret that we were unable to find a place for it in this year’s program.” As much as I try to remind myself that I’d be lucky if I have to submit to only fifty festivals for even one acceptance, I can’t help feeling some disappointment. Oh well. Onwards!
Now, for the good news: i live In Life played last Saturday at the Katra Film Series Special Edition. One of a slate of a seven short films, it was voted best film of the evening! That was really nice.
This means the film will be included in the Annual Katra grand finale and compete for real prizes!
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my many friends and supporters who came to the show. You know who you are! THANK YOU! I don’t know when the finale will be, but if you’re in the NYC area, do consider coming. Your votes could make all the difference!
The film will play as part of the Katra Film Series’ Special Edition on Saturday Aug. 24. If you’re in the NYC, please come check it out! There will be drinks specials, Q&A, free food (hopefully), and a complementary after-party.
The audience votes on the best film of the evening, so I could really use your support! (Why would you vote for any other film? ;-), and the winner gets to compete in the annual grand finale!
Come check it out!
(You can jump straight to the eventbrite page to buy tickets, if you like.)
I knew this day was coming. I’ve gotten my first reply from a film festival, in this case the Venice Bienale. Did I get in? No. I received instead a very courteous ‘ding‘. I feel a bit like I’m back in high school waiting for college acceptance letters.
Kudos to the festival organizers, for having the decency to send me notice. I wasn’t so lucky with You Win Some, You Lose Some, which I submitted to a clutch of fests, and I don’t think any of them sent me notice that they’d turned me down. Coney Island Film festival, I’m talking about you (and 4 or 5 others!)
I’m sure this is but the first of many, so it’s just as well I make a start of getting used to it.