Congratulations to Award-Winning Friends

by tully
June 18, 2007 3:31 AM
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First off, I'd like to thank everyone for bombarding me with texts and phone messages from Silverdocs this weekend. It's always nice to be reminded that everyone is having a grand ol' time at another high profile film festival and the only reason you're not there is because your film was rejected. Thanks, assholes.

Just kidding. The text bombing on Thursday night is one for the ages, and I really wish I could somehow upload the phone message AJ Schnack left me last night, as he and Mike Jacobs celebrated their Silverdocs victories. Speaking of victories, check out this impressive array of awards handed out to friends/acquaintances over the course of the past several days:

Silverdocs:

KURT COBAIN: ABOUT A SON (AJ Schnack), "Cinematic Vision Feature Award"

AUDIENCE OF ONE (Michael Jacobs), "Beyond Belief Award"

THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK (Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg), "Witness Award"

Seattle International Film Festival:

SHOTGUN STORIES (Jeff Nichols), "New American Cinema Award" (Grand Jury Prize)

THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK (Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg), "Lena Sharpe Award"

Nantucket Film Festival:

PRETTY IN THE FACE (Nate Meyer), "Best Screenplay" and "Best Writer/Director"

THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK (Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg), "Adrienne Shelly Award"

I'd like to first say that none of these are surprises, because they're all extraordinary works. That said, I'd like to congratulate everyone anyway. I would also especially like to congratulate Nate Meyer, who can't attend a film festival without taking away at least one award. PRETTY IN THE FACE has now been recognized for its acting (Florida Film Festival), its writing and directing (Nantucket), and its everything (Sarasota's "Independent Visions" prize). I love when this happens. Maybe the film is too small to land a big distribution deal, but the well-seasoned, professional jurors at these festivals can spot talent when they see it, which means more than anything if you ask my humble opinion. Nate and I talked a lot about this before embarking on our no-budget cinematic journeys. To look at this year's PRETTY IN THE FACE resume, it appears that his decision to take the plunge more than paid off.

As for THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, enough already, people! How many awards can one film win? Apparently quite a lot. I have a confession to make. I've yet to see the film. I know, it makes no sense, but I'm planning on catching it at The Human Rights Watch Film Festival next week. I might see it on the 28th, to really put me in a chipper mood on my birthday.

As for KURT COBAIN: ABOUT A SON, AUDIENCE OF ONE, and SHOTGUN STORIES, if these films don't make my top ten list at the end of the year, they'll certainly be in the top twenty.

Seriously, people can talk about cinema being dead, but it's only June and I've seen enough great films to call it a year. I'll leave you with a stream-of-consciousness list of titles to show you just how good it's been...

FROWNLAND
GREAT WORLD OF SOUND
THE UNFORESEEN
ONCE
SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
SNOW ANGELS
SHOTGUN STORIES
AUDIENCE OF ONE
THIS IS ENGLAND
LAKE OF FIRE
ZODIAC
KAMP KATRINA
PRETTY IN THE FACE
HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS
QUIET CITY
BILLY THE KID
KILLER OF SHEEP
LOW AND BEHOLD
ORPHANS
BANISHED
THE URIM AND THUMMIM
BY MODERN MEASURE
THE GOODTIMESKID
MURDER PARTY
BLOOD CAR
12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST
MANDA BALA
THEM
THE KING OF KONG

And I haven't even attended the NYFF yet. Man, it's actually kind of bonkers. Not to mention REVOLUTIONARY ROAD! Ha. Either way, I'm inspired by all of the great work I've seen this year. Congratulations to everyone, even if you've never won an award. We're making shit. That's a pretty damn good victory in its own right.

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4 Comments

  • tully | June 18, 2007 11:27 AMReply

    i hadn't seen a full list of winners, Dan, but if i had i certainly would have added you to the list. congratulations!

  • AJ | June 18, 2007 8:44 AMReply

    You text the ones you love the most.

  • Dan | June 18, 2007 7:20 AMReply

    "The Pipe" also won best short film at Nantucket.

  • Dentler | June 18, 2007 4:58 AMReply

    You were missed in Silver Spring!