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Vote for Maikaru!

Maikaru is up an Audience Award through The Audience Awards website. Please consider watching and voting for our film… and then vote again (you can login and vote once a day).

Maikaru’s Big SIFF Win!

Maikaru took home the award for Best Documentary Short at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. SIFF is one of only 34 film festivals in the world where, if you win a juried prize for short films, your work is considered to be Oscar eligible.

Maikaru is Oscar Eligible!

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!

My Student Wins!

Congratulations to my student Kateah Nims! Today she became the first Arts and Academics Academy student to win an award at the Northwest High School Film Festival!

Maikaru at SIFF

Maikaru, my latest producing and editing effort, will be making its US premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 23rd.

Dominic At Naked City Bewery

Want to see “A Dose for Dominic,” ask me questions about it, and drink beer at the same time? Then head to Naked City Brewery in Seattle on Sunday at 7pm. This is part of our award for winning the Audience Award at Local Sightings last October. More information here.

Maikaru to Premiere at Hot Docs

My recently completed short documentary Maikaru will premiere at the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, Canada on May 1st at 8pm.

Dominic Wins… Er… Won!

A Dose for Dominic won the Audience Award at Local Sightings last October and it’s a funny story about how I just found out about it… five months later.

Dominic Shortlisted for an award at Local Sightings

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!

Local Sightings Banner 2013

Ohio U’s School of Film Nationally Ranked

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.