Carnivalesque Films has just announced their fall slate of releases, four of the strongest documentaries I've seen in the past couple of years: Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri's October Country; Darius Marder's Loot (an extremely overlooked gem despite its top-prize win at LAFF '08; still from the film pictured); Bradley Beesley's Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo; and Sam Wainwright Douglas' Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio. Douglas' film will be the first to market, available the 24th of August following its broadcast on PBS on the 23rd. The company and the film's director will be co-releasing the film. (Be sure to add it to your Netflix queue.) The film premiered at SXSW in March, and is currently traveling around the US on an extensive screening tour.
The kind and generous, Ben Fowlie, the founding director of the wonderful Camden International Film Festival (September 30 - October 3), writes to remind everyone who reads this blog (all five of you) that there is less than a month left to get your submissions to the programmers there for the sixth annual fest. CIFF is fast becoming a domestic nonfiction festival of note--just ask AJ Schnack. Both of us were a few of those privileged to be invited up to Maine last year, Schnack with his third feature doc, Convention, and I to jury the international competition and to help launch their new industry initiative for local filmmakers called Points North. (Pictured, me and IFP's Danielle DiGiacomo in an intense powwow before our panel discussion at last year's fest, 'scuse my back). Check the CIFF website for more details and information.
Currently, I am working from the lovely city of Berlin doing various film curations (more on this in a bit), developing some film and installation projects, and trying to learn some German. The scene here is quite vibrant and I'm looking forward to diving in. Look for more news in coming days. Then, at the end of the month, I will be making my way to Prizren, Kosova for Dokufest (July 31 - August 7) to jury the international competition there. My hope is to be able to return to Berlin after that, but like much in my life, as always, that's up in the air. Tschüss!