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Erica's take on the films at Silverdocs

 

Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg has split the duties of Silverdocs reporting this year with Matthew Radcliff from Paignton Pictures.  While both have already chimed in a bit about the conference, what did they get from the festival itself?  First up, Erica...

 

 

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The Good Pitch at Silverdocs

 

Erica here for the next installment in Docs In Progress coverage of the Silverdocs Film Festival.  Matthew already provided his perspective on the Documentary Conference and I have few thoughts to add since my work schedule made it difficult for me to attend much of the Conference. The one piece of the Conference I did attend was The Good Pitch which was its second year at Silverdocs. Having seen Docs In Progress alums Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer's project Out in the Silence flourish partially as a result of participating in last year's Good Pitch, I wanted to see how a new batch of documentary works in progress are likely to make a difference.

 

 

 

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A view from the Silverdocs Conference

Silverdocs may be a sweet memory but it is still very much on the mind of those of us in the documentary community. Our amazing film reviewer Matthew Radcliff from Paignton Pictures is splitting the Docs In Progress Silverdocs coverage with Erica Ginsberg this year.  Here comes the first report from Matt spotlighting some of the conference sessions he attended.

 

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Silverdocs is Upon Us but Where is Erica?

Yes Silverdocs is here and so am I, but the Docs Insider blog has remained relatively silent.  I was stunned last night at the festival's industry lounge to have a fairly influential person from the documentary broadcast world asking me where my blog was.  Aside from being stunned that said person even read this blog -- as infrequent as it has become -- I also felt stunned that I am able to cobble together any words at all tonight to meet this surprising demand.

 

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Silverdocs is just around the corner...

 

We are less than a month away from Silverdocs (or more properly AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival) when the documentary world converges on downtown Silver Spring. It€™s still one of our favorite documentary festivals and it€™s not just because it is only a stone€™s throw away from Docs In Progress. / Israel/Palestinian Territories/USA, 2009, 81 minutes (Director: Julia Bacha)-This rousing film about one Palestinian village and its unlikely hero-humble family man turned activist Ayed Morrar-reveals the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary change.

 

 

 

 

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Another dispatch from Full Frame

With a little more time to reflect, I can now write about some of the films I saw at Full Frame:

 

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Full Frame: Day Two (or at least Day 1 1/2)

OK, not sure why I committed myself to trying to blog every day at the festival. It is near imposible when sleep is short and time is focused on films and filmmakers. And for me at least, film reviews need some distance of time to digest and reflect. But I will at least write a few paragraphs even if they don't fully encapsulate the day quite yet.

 

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Erica's Dispatch from Full Frame: Day One

It€™s been a few years since I€™ve been to Full Frame in Durham, North Carolina. America€™s first all-documentary festival, Full Frame is now entering its 13th year. As in the past, it draws documentary industry from across the United States, as well as a healthy number of locals from the Research Triangle area who appreciate documentary film. This is my fourth time at the festival in the past 10 years and I must say that Full Frame continues to be one of my favorite film festivals for the fact that, as it grows larger, it remains true to its small-town spirit.

 

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Radcliff's Reviews: Sweetgrass

 

Our resident critic, Matthew Radcliff is back with a new review. Radcliff from Paignton Pictures, who updates the Documentary Round-Up list of docs screening around the DC area, provides occasional reviews of documentaries you should know about. This time around it's Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaign-Taylor's Sweetgrass. The film will be playing at the AFI Silver on March 20 at 3pm as part of the Environmental Film Festival.  It opens for a limited theatrical run at Landmark's E Street theater on May 21.

 

 

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A screening to help Haiti

Erica here.  Sorry I have not posted much to the blog lately.  I have been traveling for the past few weeks with an amazing group of filmmakers from around the world and time has been limited.  We are headed to Sundance tomorrow and I look forward to posting something about my impressions of the festival.  If you can believe it, it's my first time going.

 

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