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Festivals

Hi

Well I guess I’ve got to pull my finger out and get into this blogging routine .

Rez Bomb had its European Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival last week and it went down really well despite a couple of technical problems with the cinema. One online reviewer had it as his film of the festival. It was like there were three different tiers to the audience for me. The general audience, who seemed to respond well, the audience who had a deeper interest including ones knowledgeable about reservation life as well as those with relatable experiences (eg. a Syrian Kurd who could relate to the oppression of the Lakota and was deeply moved by the film) and then there were some other directors in the audience. They all responded well to the film but were even more impressed when they heard how small the production was and how quickly it was shot. The directors included Steven Morrison (Frog) David Mackenzie (Hallam For, Young Adam etc) and David Baker.

Not long before was the Victoria BC Film Fest. and the reaction was great there particularly from the First Nations audience who got a lot of the subtlties in the film. One chap who was doing the Q&A with me spoke to the audience about how he’d had some of the exact conversations in the film with people before.

The highlight of the recent festivals though was Santa Fe, and not just because a woman told me she’d driven two hours just to see the film but because it was the first time Russell Means had seen the film and we did a Q&A together that was a lot of fun. Russell spoke of his pride in being in a film that showed contemporary Indians and where none are alchoholics o (or old guys with all the answers) but just people in a universal story. He was also shocked at how good the film looked bearing in mind the production was so tiny. It was a great moment for me.

Next is Bermuda in late March. It’s a hard life.

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