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Shine A Light: BRITDOC 2008.1

Shine A Light: BRITDOC 2008.1

The third annual BRITDOC Festival in Oxford, UK is at its midpoint. Films have screened, new projects have been pitched, croquet has been played. I’m saving most of my thoughts for an indieWIRE piece to come later, but I will say that I’m happy to have finally seen James Marsh’s acclaimed documentary Man On Wire. “You haven’t seen it yet?” was the question I got all day leading up to the screening. No, I hadn’t, but oh boy what a magnificent film. Loved it. It opens in America this weekend, and the UK on August 1. See it. And, now, for some BRITDOC photos from the last day or so:

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(The quad outside the BRITDOC HQ at Keble College.)

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(Andrew Mer, of SnagFilms, and documentary filmmaker Steve James, right, enjoy a gin & tonic during the festival’s opening night reception. Steve’s SXSW 2008 premiere, At The Death House Door, is screening at BRITDOC as part of a “Best of Fests” section. Also, stay tuned for some exciting news about his classic doc, Hoop Dreams, and Cinetic Rights Management.)

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(BRITDOC chief Jess Search prepares for the annual Pitching Forum to begin. I was asked to co-moderate one of the sessions, on Thursday morning, and it was quite lively. Commissioning editors and funders from around the globe hear about new projects and weigh in with their opinions.)

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(Getting ready for the first round of pitches at the Oxford Playhouse, are Courtney Sexton of Participant Productions, Christine Lubrano from IFC, and Mark Aitkin from SBS Australia.)

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(BRITDOC’s Maxyne Franklin and Ingrid Kopp take a moment to relax after a long day of festival.)

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(The annual Banquet is a fun time to have a university-style meal with your hundreds of new friends. The dining hall is also a setting that reminds just about everyone of Harry Potter.)

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