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 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.
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."