On Monday May 26th Maikaru won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Seattle International Film Festival. SIFF is one of the top film festivals in the world and by winning one of their juried awards Maikaru is now eligible to be screened by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences for the Best Short Documentary Oscar. There are only a couple of ways to qualify as a short film for consideration for an Oscar and we won an award at one of only 34 film festivals that will get you a slot to be screened for the Academy.
This award came completely out of the blue and the crew and I were lucky that Writer/Director Amanda Harryman had decided on a whim to attend the ceremony. I am even OK that she woke me up to deliver the good news!
Here is what the SIFF jury said:
An honest, vulnerable and authentic piece that exposes an invisible issue that is happening in Seattle and worldwide. The character’s story of healing leaves the audience with a sense of hope. The use of artistic footage illustrates the character’s transformative journey.
I look forward to talking about the continued success of Maikaru in the near future!
Happy to announce that the short film that I wrote and directed, A Dose for Dominic, will be screening on Monday September 30th at the Northwest Film Forum as a part of the Local Sightings Film Festival. You can check out the amazing line-up for this festival and purchase tickets here. We are screening with a feature film called Do It Differently about fathers raising autistic children.
In addition, we’ve been notified by the Local Sightings judges that A Dose for Dominic has been shortlisted for an award! The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday October 3rd at 7:30pm. You can purchase tickets to the awards ceremony and closing night film here.
We are super excited to be a part of this great local film festival!
The Ohio University School of Film, where I earned my MFA in 2005, was recently ranked by Videomaker Magazine as one of the top ten film schools in the nation. I was quoted by the article in the Ohio University campus paper The Post about the news.