Sorry for being MIA these last few months. Since ending my stint with Uncommon Productions in March, I've been leap-frogging around various freelance jobs, including an indy doc about love, a corporate editing position, and a summer teaching job at Brandeis University. I'm just now starting to catch my breath after an extremely busy spring and summer. Here are a few pictures of my recent activities to help fill in the blanks...
At the Boston premiere of "The Last Mountain"
"THE LAST MOUNTAIN" -- In June, The Last Mountain kicked off its highly-anticipated theatrical run. It made its east-coast premiere in front a sold out crowd at the Sunshine Cinema in New York City on June 3rd. Director Bill Haney and environmentalist Bobby Kennedy, Jr. led a great Q&A session after the film. I had 16 (!!!) friends and family in attendance, which I regrettably did not get any pictures of at the screening :( Nonetheless, I was very moved by everyone's support, and very grateful for my "fans" in attendance. The highlight of the night was when my 85 year-old Aunt turned to me after the screening and said, "Your dad would've been so proud." Thanks, Edith. I'd like to think you are right!
A few weeks later, the film debuted in Boston at the Kendall Square Theatre (technically in Cambridge) on June 24th. Again, I was lucky to have a bevy of friends in tow for the (once again) sold-out screening. It was great to celebrate the film with a slew of local filmmakers at the Cambridge Brewing Company after the screening!
My State College "fans" in a (somewhat blurry) picture at the State Theatre
I worked with our distributor to schedule a screening of the film in my hometown of State College, PA at the State Theatre during Arts Fest. The film screened for 5 days, and was attended by many friends and family (see the photographic evidence, left!). My high school friend, Adam Smeltz, wrote an excellent piece for StateCollege.com about the film. You can check it out here.
Editor Lucia Small and I sit in on a recording session at Modulus Studios
"LOVE & OTHER ANXIETIES" -- I spent several months this spring and summer working as the Assistant Editor on an indy doc called "Love and Other Anxieties." The film, which is veteran documentary funder Lyda Kuth's debut film, is a personal documentary that explores musings on longing, attachments, relationships, and love.
I was grateful to connect with this group of very talented (mostly female) filmmakers. As I've mentioned on this site before, I have my own long-term ambitions of making a personal documentary about my father someday, so it was inspiring to be a part of the personal documentary filmmaking process. The film will hit the festival circuit this fall.
Editing with a BIMA student
BRANDEIS FILM PROGRAM -- In July, I taught at an intensive summer documentary film program for high school students run out of Brandeis University. The program lasted for 5 weeks, and employed an intense 6 days-per-week documentary filmmaking curriculum. I worked with my friend, filmmaker Ben Loeterman, and together we helped the kids make their final project: an 8-minute-long documentary about an orchestra-dance collaboration between the Conservatory Lab Charter School of Brighton, MA and BalletRox -- a dance school in Roxbury, MA.
I was blown away by the final film the kids created, which can be viewed below.