Major congratulations are in store for all of the filmmakers singled out in Tuesday's 80th Annual Academy Award nominations whose work has graced Enzian's screen this year or who will be doing so in the upcoming Florida Film Festival (March 28 - April 6). Of those that have played already, FFF 2007 winner of the "Special Jury Award for Innovative Documentary Storytelling," Richard E. Robbins' OPERATION HOMECOMING: WRITING THE WARTIME EXPERIENCE, was nominated for Best Documentary Feature. It also appeared on Orlando Sentinel Movie Critic Roger Moore's "10 Best Films of the Year" list. Cynthia Wade's important and moving FREEHELD played an Oscar-qualifying 2-day run back in July along with Alice Elliott's BODY & SOUL: DIANE & KATHY (shortlisted but unfortunately not selected), and received a nom for Best Documentary Short Subject. And Josh Raskin's ingenious I MET THE WALRUS, a surreal journey around an old John Lennon audio interview, played Enzian as part of the 10th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival back in September. It's up for Best Animated Short Film and is currently playing Sundance.
Films to look out for come Florida Film Festival-time in late March include two other titles nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject, also playing at Sundance: Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega's LA CORONA (THE CROWN), about a beauty pageant in a Colombian women's prison, and Tim Sternberg's SALIM BABA, about a one-man movie operation of a different sort. In the Best Animated Short Film category, another Sundance alum is MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI from Canada, one of the most stunning and mysterious works of stop-motion you'll ever see. And TANGHI ARGENTINI, a charming comedy-with-a-twist from Belgium, is up for Best Live Action Short Film. So there's a lot to look forward to, and plenty more to come.
Major kudos to all of the filmmakers, and the best of luck on February 24. We'll be pulling for you regardless of whatever format the actual ceremony takes place in.