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Silverdocs 2007.4: Please Vote For Me

Silverdocs 2007.4: Please Vote For Me

Well, I’m still in Maryland, but Silverdocs is all but done. The awards and closing festivities were Saturday night, but I’m not leaving till Monday morning. Saturday was pretty quick, starting with a festival panel I sat on, and then ending with awards/parties. On Sunday, Jarren and I went to downtown DC and stopped by the International Spy Museum. It was awesome. Now, Jarren has flown back, and I’m getting packed.

My jury picked a winner, and that would be Weijun Chen’s Please Vote For Me, an enormously entertaining and tight look at a third-grade class election in China. The special jury prize went to Eva Mulvad’s touching and important Enemies of Happiness. But the program as a whole was impressive and worthwhile. It was a really tough deliberation, as strong stand-outs like Big Rig, Taxi to the Darkside, Hothouse, A Walk Into the Sea, and more… left us dumbfounded with excitement. Thanks to everyone at the festival, all the filmmakers, my awesome fellow jurors, and of course Jarren, for being here. Onto some final pics:

(Silverdocs Festival Director Patricia Finneran greets the audience at the awards ceremony.)

(‘Kurt Cobain About a Son’ director AJ Schnack proudly holds up his giant check, after winning the “Cinematic Vision Award,” for cinematography.)

(POV Series Producer Yance Ford steps up to the podium to award the Best Short Documentary prize to Sam Green’s ‘Lot 63 Grave C.’)

(After music doc juror Brian Liu, left, gave the prize to filmmaker Raul De La Fuente for his doc ‘Nomadak TX,’ they were all hugs.)

(Jarren and I, at the Silverdocs Closing Night After-party, held at Jackie’s. Photo by David Garber.)

(Film sales rep David Garber, center, with his wife Enid and Sarasota Film Festival programmer Tom Hall at Jackie’s on Saturday.)

(‘Hard As Nails’ director David Holbrooke, right, takes a seat with his producer, Sarah Klein, at Jackie’s.)

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