Seeing films and having meetings at IDFA… the weather has definitely gotten colder. But it’s all good. One thing that’s “fun” to learn on your first trip to Amsterdam, is the way the city’s transportation basically treats cars, bikes, and trams on the same level. Pedestrians, meanwhile, are way below on the ol’ food chain. It’s all good, once you realize this.
I saw a couple of really great films yesterday, including KZ, the English doc about a former concentration camp in Germany. Unlike many Holocaust documentaries, this film’s approach tells the story through the eyes of the camp’s tourists, tour guides, and neighboring residents of the town. It’s a really disturbing and fascinating film. And, this week, it also announced its acceptance to Sundance 2006. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of it on the fest circuit through the new year. On to some mPOP:
(Outside the City Cinema, the fest’s main venue.)
(Hanging at the ITVS cocktail party on Tuesday, here’s former Toronto Fest programmer – and newly hired Hot Docs programmer, and all around great guy – Sean Farnel, right, with Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen, IDFA’s deputy director.)
(At the American Hotel in Amsterdam, here’s one of the night panels… this one, on the American documentary, features Nick Fraser from the BBC, far left, sitting next to Lewis Lapham from Harper’s and the film team from the doc American Ruling Class.)
(This is Mirko Whitfield. Based in Germany, Mirko is working with SXSW Film Conference to bring greater outreach to the international documentary community. We had dinner Tuesday night, and if you’re a European or Asian docmaker, this is your man.)
(Me and Diana Holtzberg from Films Transit. We’re at the “Meet The Doccers” party, which included some serious karaoke by film people from across the globe. Pic by Brian Brooks.)