Monthly Archives: September 2013

This is how Sexy Scissors programs…

Phenom programing

Issues of programing and how a film is placed among others in a festival is of great interest to me. One day I would like to interview festivals programmers in order to write an article about the process of festival selection and curation. I am curious if programing concerns effects final selections, how programmers place those odd but awesome selections that seems to fit no where and the many other issues about curation in the festival environment. These question have come up for me as I have sent out many different kinds of documentaries in the past five years and find myself fascinated with the process of anticipating programing goals based on a festivals website. Let’s face it, this process is expensive and the more accurate my read on where my film will screen, the more seed money I have for my next project. What I find myself doing, not in any conscious way, is staring at the photos of past festivals asking myself, would this group of festival organizers program a documentary about a shoot out of a black panther residence in the Midwest during 1970? Would these folks be offended by the half-dressed ladies in a haircutting salon? Have they programed anything like this in the past? Is this audience going to find interest in and maybe solidarity with the missing mexican women on the screen?  If the answer is yes, how in the world will they frame, program and promote this work in the context of the festival?

I shot Sexy Scissors many years back and recently finished it to send out to festivals. Today, I just got the programing book for an upcoming festival screening, it seems we are sandwiched between a feature documentary about regulations in the porn industry and a comedy about breasts…its going to be a good one!

Upcoming Screenings for Sexy Scissors:

Phenom Film Festival on September 20th and nominated for best documentary short

Offshoot Film Festival on October 3rd

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Collective Trauma Film Collection


Ni Una Mas (Not One More) has been selected to be a part of the Collective Trauma Film Collection and a traveling international exhibition, The CologneOFF IX- 9th Cologne International Videoart Festival. We are excited to be a part of this exhibition as the focus is on collective trauma, identity, memory and artistic intervention.

The festival launch is standing in the frame-work of CologneOFF 2013 Lithuania @ A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013 under the Patronage of European Parliament, 23 September – 29 October 2013 @ two venues in Lithuania, JCIC Vilnius (23 Sept – 27 Oct 2013) and Kedainiai Regional Museum (02-29 Oct 2013). The manifestation of CTF – Collective Trauma Film Collections which will be presented completely for the first time including SFC – Shoah Film Collection, Cambodia 1975-1979 and “Beyond Memory”.

The next following CologneOFF festival presentations are scheduled until Dec 2013:
CologneOFF 2013 Greece IV, CologneOFF 2013 Poland, CologneOFF 2013 Italy, CologneOFF 2013 Peru, CologneOFF 2013 Romania and CologneOFF 2013 Morocco.

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Death Work Named Film of the Week

A film festival in Portugal, Cine-Amadora Festival Internacional de Cinema, just named Death Work their film of the week. You can watch my new documentary short about how history flows through the rituals of burying the dead. Come check it out!

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News: 778 Bullets Prompts A Community Coalition

After the April 13th and July 26th screening of 778 Bullets, a growing group of concerned citizens continue to meet regarding the issues that emerged from the documentary screening. The Racial Justice Community Coalition is focused on organizing around issues of race in the local community. The next meeting is Thursday, October 3, 7 pm, @ Church of the Good Shepherd.

The next community screening of 778 Bullets is Friday, September 6th at Longbranch coffee house in Carbondale. Come join the discussion!