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Silverdocs 2008, A Year Later

Robert Bahar, Joann Lo, me, Lupe and Maura last year at the World Premiere of Made in L.A. (Photo by Lauren Ruane AFI)
In June, Robert and I attended Silverdocs, where just a year earlier, Made in L.A. had had its World Premiere. It was June 2007, and we had just finished the film a few days before the festival (we didn't even have this website!) Lupe and Maura came with us and "starred" in the premiere, where we all received multiple standing ovations from an audience of nearly 400 people.
It was extremely moving...


With Peter Broderick at Silverdocs Documentary Conference 2008
So it was especially beautiful to return to Silverdocs one year later to present a case study of Made in L.A. and to share with other filmmakers the path we followed to raise funds over the five years making this film. We also had the honor to have distribution consultant Peter Broderick moderate the workshop and to place our experience into a broader context. You can read some notes from the presentation on Erica Ginsberg's (Docs in Progress) blogs about the Silverdocs Conference.

With Sky Sitney (Silverdocs Director of Programming) and Steve James
In addition to the panel, I was especially honored to be invited to serve as one of three members of Silverdocs' Sterling World Competition Jury. Although it is hard to judge fellow filmmakers (we should all be awarded just for persevering and being able to finish a film at all!), it was an incredible opportunity to think deeply about films, and a joy to share the jury experience with legendary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Stevie) and with the charming Igor Blazevic International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

I have the feeling that life is giving me second opportunities to make up for what I wasn't able to do before. Last year we were so busy (as we were also having our West Coast premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival a week later!) that we spent far too much time working in the hotel room - day and night. So this year we went to as many screenings and parties as we could - and I am happy to say that we were able to make up for what we missed!






 

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