Maikaru and A Dose for Dominic are going strong at different film festivals coming up. Here are a couple of ways you can check them out.
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!
May is a busy month for A Dose for Dominic. You can check it out at the following festivals and on PBS here in Washington.
Seattle True Independent Film Festival
Saturday May 10th at 4pm at The Grand Illusion Cinema
Reel Northwest on KCTS
Thursday, May 15, 09:50 pm on KCTS 9 HD Seattle/Yakima
Thursday, May 15, 09:50 pm on KYVE 47 Yakima
Thursday, May 29, 09:48 pm on KCTS 9 HD Seattle/Yakima
Thursday, May 29, 09:48 pm on KYVE 47 Yakima
Sprout Film Festival
Saturday May 31st at 4:15pm in New York City
My recently completed short documentary Maikaru will premiere at the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, Canada on May 1st. I co-produced and co-edited this one. I am super excited to have my work screened at the biggest documentary film festival in North America. This is the 5th film I’ve produced or directed to be accepted into Hot Docs in the past 7 years!
The film is about Maikaru, a young man trying to figure out a brighter future for himself after a violent childhood complicated by human trafficking.
Maikaru will play on May 1st at the May 1 at 8pm at the Tiff Bell Lightbox Cinema 4 with other short documentaries. My Canadian friends should check it out!