Great piece about Sheffield Doc Fest in The Guardian’s ‘Northerner’ Blog. Tells a bit about the festival and the criteria used to select films. Out of 2000 submitted, only 80 feature films were selected, and of those 80, A FRAGILE TRUST was one of just a handful to get a good mention. Very much looking forward to our world premiere in just a few short weeks!
After 7 long years in the making A FRAGILE TRUST: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times will be having its World Premiere at one of the top international documentary film festivals in the world – SHEFFIELD DOC FEST.
We are thrilled that A FRAGILE TRUST was chosen from the over 2000 films that were submitted and cannot wait to share all our hard work with the world. We even got a great mention in The Guardian UK’s coverage of the upcoming festival.
In other news, we have a new website for A FRAGILE TRUST in the works, and lots more surprises coming soon.
Happy to report that I am back in Paraguay for the third time in as many years, working on GIRLS IN THE FOREST, the independent feature documentary that I’m shooting and producing with Carl Byker. This time, we are here to capture the graduation of the class of girls we’ve been following since they first left their homes to come to Centro Educativo de Mbaracayu. Housed in the last old-growth forest in Paraguay (and an UNESCO World Heritage Site) CEM is a marvel. A truly revolutionary high school, it offers a new way of life for girls in this part of the world. Moving, inspiring, and beautiful stories – so much has happened in the past 3 years!
Blast from the past. Just recently came across this link from director Joelle Jaffe to her excellent short film PLAY - “a documentary film that follows the work of independent musicians — at various points in their careers and various levels of fame — trying to navigate the waters of a changing music industry.” I am proud to have served as the Director of Photography on this film, which features musicians Vienna Teng, John Vanderslice, and The Cassettes. WATCH THE WHOLE FILM HERE.
Just got back from an amazing shoot in Paraguay where I was working as the DP and Producer for the upcoming feature documentary The Girls in the Forest. We were there to document the very first graduating class as they received their diplomas and began their post-school journeys. Shot some beautiful moments with the group of girls we’ve been following since they first arrived at Mbaracayu nearly 2 years ago, and witnessed some striking character transformations as they discover how powerful they really are. Amazing, inspiring, and beautiful.
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is an amazing organization that supports indie filmmakers and our films on the journey to completion. One of the wonderful things that IFP does each year is host a fantastic Independent Film Week in New York City where they bring together the best new films with the best in the industry – hoping to generate partnerships, funding opportunities etc. Although we are lucky enough to already have our funding and domestic TV distribution in place (PBS), we are still seeking international, home video, digital, and educational distribution, as well as funds for a theatrical version of the film, and our companion transmedia project. In addition, we are eager to meet lots of festival programmers so we can get on their radar early.
We are thrilled to have been selected to be included in this years “Spotlight on Documentaries” which highlights the best new docs currently in development.
I am thrilled to announce that after a long time in the making, I finally inked the official paperwork for a co-production deal with ITVS for A FRAGILE TRUST. SO… what does this mean? Well, first of all, we are incredibly honored to have been selected for funding through the ITVS Open Call Process, which funds less than 2% of projects. Secondly, this means that we’ve finally got the funds to complete the film, AND it means that the film will have a national broadcast on PBS! We’ll be ramping up production in September (after maternity leave this summer) and couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with ITVS and PBS. It really feels like a dream come true.
The feature length rockumentary for which I did some shooting over the past several years is finally (nearly?) complete. They did a sneak-preview screening of the film at this years NOISE POP Festival.
“Drawing from 17 years of never-before-seen Noise Pop festival video footage and interviews, THIS IS NOISE POP captures an era of American musicians, who through hard work and love, made what was originally known as “indie” rock: independent of major record labels…”