It is with bittersweet emotion that I share the launch of the Andrew Berends Film Fellowship in memory of filmmaker Andrew Berends, who passed away in March of this year. The mission of this fellowship is to seek out and support emerging filmmakers from all walks of life that embody Andy’s spirit and determination, with a focus on sharing unheard stories. It was born out of the desire of Andy’s family, friends, and colleagues to keep his memory alive and active in the world of documentary where he himself thrived. If you want to support the fellowship please donate here:https://account.ifp.org/donation/index.cfm/5/Andrew-Berends-Film-Fellowship/ If you are a passionate documentary filmmaker such as Andy, you can apply here:https://andrewberends.net/fellowship/ The first feature documentary I color graded was Andy's documentary Madina's Dream. Since I met Andy, he inspires me every day in my work grading documentaries. I hope this Fellowship will inspire many young and talented documentary filmmakers. You will be missed, Andy.
The Speaker, a behind the scenes documentary of Dirk Kreuter's life and career, reaches Top 2 on the iTunes Documentary Charts. Right behind the Oscar-winning documentary FreeSolo, edited by my documentary editing mentor from New York Film Academy, Bob Eisenhardt. Congratulations to director Victor Oonk and his team of Lifton Media.
"Fresh off of what we at IndieWire affectionately dubbed 'Dog-Gate'. 'Good Time' star Robert Pattinson has devoted an entire short film to a healthier kind of dog obsession: The New York City hot dog. Released by GQ, the wacky and short comedy was written by Pattinson himself, and clearly takes some inspiration from his time spent shooting with New York filmmaking brothers Josh and Benny Safdie." - IndieWire.com
The Freedom to Marry is opening in NYC on March 3, with six shows each day until March 9. Join us at Village East Cinema: Get your tickets here. Many screenings will be followed by Q&As with the filmmaker and special guests! For fans and friends on the west coast, it is also playing in L.A. from March 10 through March 16 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center.
"Two New York Film Academy Documentary alumni had their hand in the video, as both Susi Dollnig and Nina Thomas work at the post-production company House of Trim, which provided the post-production for the video. Dollnig was the Colorist and Thomas was the Assistant Editor on this specific video." - Frank Pasquine Check out the article here: www.nyfa.edu
"While the luxury sector is slow to take on new strategies, those that chose to be unique and innovative stood out among the rest in 2016. The company’s fall “Loyalty is Everything” effort gathered personalities including designer Tory Burch, blogger Susanna Lau and model Caroline de Maigret to discuss their devotion to everything from their hometown to new experiences. While designed as a promotion for DFS’ Loyal T program, none of the individuals soke directly to their relationship with the retailer, allowing their stories to resonate on a human level." - Luxury Daily For more information visit www.luxurydaily.com
What a great weekend! The Freedom To Marry won two big prizes at the Savannah Film Festival: Best Documentary Feature and Best Editing.
A Big Black Space wins Best Canadian Short at Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival.
A Big Black Space will have it's television premiere on the prestigious Arte Cinema channel in Germany and France! It airs including with an interview with writer/producer/lead actress Tanis Parenteau at the Indiana Inuit: Das Nordamerica Filmfestival earlier this year. Check out the program at www.cinema.arte.tv "Encounters: Tanis Parenteau In A Big Black Space Tanis Parenteau, writer and lead actress, processes her own experience."
The Freedom to Marry celebrates its world premiere at Frameline in San Francisco, at the world's oldest and biggest LGBT film festival. And on the day before the one year anniversary of The Decision.