Last year, I had a blast attending the first annual BRITDOC Festival in Oxford, UK. Masterfully programmed and organized by the gang from the Channel 4 Documentary Foundation, it’s three days in Keble College on the Oxford University campus. Click here, here, and here to see some of my pictures and thoughts from the 2006 event.
Sadly, I have to miss BRITDOC 07, though not because it ain’t worth it. Jarren has the state bar exams that same week, so I’m staying home for support. But, a few friends will make the trek out to Oxford for this year’s festivities. They’ve announced this year’s lineup of films, and it looks terrific. From absorbing and emotional documentary experiences like Billy the Kid and We Are Together to pop culture essays like Helvetica and What Would Jesus Buy?, it’s got something for any doc fan. Whether you need some engrossing political commentary (in the form of The Devil Came On Horseback and Taxi to the Darkside) or an artful escape into the screen (Kurt Cobain About a Son and In the Shadow of the Moon), some of the very best documentaries on the 2007 festival circuit will be at BRITDOC.
This year’s dates are July 25-27, and there will be plenty of panels, parties, and workshops. There’s even a grand Opening Night dinner that feels like Hogwart’s. And, of course, I’m also very sad to miss Punk Rock Karaoke, at the Keble College bar. We tore it up last year (that picture of a guy screaming into a microphone on the official festival site is yours truly). We tore up the stage so much, I broke my digital camera whilst singing. Accidentally.