June 3rd, 2008
Filmmaker-in-Residence is on the road. a very long and winding road.
First stop was Montreal, to finish the sound mix on Drawing from Life, the film about the group therapy for recurrent suicide attempters. I don’t think I’ll ever hear it sound so good again - the sound theatre at the NFB is incredible.
Ottawa was a three-day thing, teaching a session on Interventionist and Participatory Media at the fantastic SIFT school, now 28-years in the running. Had an awesome group of engaged and passionate participants. Drawing from Life was a hit, methinks. It really was one of the first screenings outside of the field. And it was received very, very well, so I am getting really excited to release it to the bigger world. I also shed a tear as Sarah Polley accepted the first ever Anthony Minghella Memorial Award.
Now I’ve just arrived at the Novacello monastery in Italy, where I’ll be mentoring and presenting FIR to a ESoDoc, a collection of mid-career media-makers from all over europe. I”ll have a day or two in Venice workshopping a friend’s script, and then it’s off to NYC to pick-up the Webby statue on behalf of the FIR team and Subject Matter.
Whirlwind or what. I’ll post photos of this magical monastery in the mountains soon.