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Thanks for coming to DFF09 SF

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wow, what an amazing weekend. After a year of preparations it was amazing to meet so many of the filmmakers, jury members, and supporters in person. A special thank you to all those who made it out. It was especially great to catch up with filmmakers Ben Slotover, Leslie Kennah & Oliver Nickels, Richie Gelles, Adam Pitel, Donna Kuhn, Eric Mika, and Ellen Lake. It was a treat to meet jury member Blake Whitman in person, and to spend some time with Dennis Klein. We were also thrilled to have Fritz Donnelly and Christina Ewald with us. And a big thank you to all who came out for the events, we are humbled by your enthusiasm and support.

OK, here's the rundown of how the events went:

Thursday night: DFF Competitive Shorts at the Roxie.
It was an amazing night of incredible shorts. We sold out the Roxie and added an extra screening, followed by a rockin' afterparty next door at Dalva, thanks to the Guardian. Check out the pictures here.

Friday night: Red Bucket Films' Buttons at ATA.
We had a great turnout for this beautiful film about city life, and the poetry that surrounds you if you know where to look. The crowd loved the film, and the Q&A even more. We managed to jerryrig the projector so that we could do a live virtual talk back with RBF filmmakers Alex Kalman, and Josh & Ben Safdie from their studio in New York's Chinatown. Maybe the coolest part of the evening was that the RBF guys actually watched part of their DFF screening via video webchat as it was happening.

Saturday night: Fritz Donnelly at ATA
A night of shorts by the hilariously talented Fritz Donnelly and his partner in crime, Christina Ewald. We were lucky enough to have both Fritz and Christina with us for the Q&A. All the films were fantastic, though I have to admit that my personal favorite was Make that Sound. Be on the lookout for Fritz's new stuff here.

Sunday afternoon: Disposable Filmmaking Panel at Oddball Films
This was maybe my favorite event of the weekend. We had a great discussion about the past, present, and future of disposable filmmaking that could have gone on all day (though, as promised, we had everyone out in time for kickoff - Go Steelers!). A special thank you to our panelists Nate Weinstein, Blake Whitman, Dennis Klein, Rebecca Bortman, and Fritz Donnelly, and to Oddball Films for hosting the session.

Stay posted for more DFF events coming soon!


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