Spettacolo, A Life in Waves, and Nobody Speak Debut Theatrically
It’s been a fun summer as a number of movies that hit the festival circuit earlier in the year recently debuted to the general public.
Most recently Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s feature documentary Spettacolo opened in New York this past weekend to stellar reviews in the Village Voice, NPR, and the Daily Beast, and with the New York Times wonderfully writing “That story can be so poignant and is so intelligently told that it feels wrong, almost insulting, to call “Spettacolo” charming, even if the movie is often delightful.”
Also releasing nationally in theaters and digital in August was Brett Whitcomb and Brad Thomason’s A Life in Waves, bringing the story of Suzanne Ciani and her contributions to electronic music and sound design to art house theaters across the country.
And lastly, earlier in the summer the Netflix Original feature Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press debuted in theaters and on their streaming platform. Directed by Brian Knappenberger, the film continued to stockpile more great review from Variety, the LA Times, POV and others, and it made The Playlist’s 20 Best Documentaries of 2017.
Advertising Spots for Timex and Logitech
In addition to my feature documentary work, I’ve been enjoying mixing advertising spots and broadcast commercials for Timex, Logitech and the University of California Irvine, in conjunction with SuperFilms and VoxPop.
Film Festival Wins, Emmy Nomination and Other Updates
A River Below has been touring the globe on its festival circuit, playing HotDocs, Camden, Melbourne, and getting fantastic writeups in places like FilmComment. It also won the award for Best Environmental Documentary at Sheffield.
After the success of The Thing in the Apartment, Crypt TV asked for a sequel! Over the summer The Thing In the Apartment 2 debuted online to over 2.2 million views.
Elizabeth Lo’s Mothers Day has also been continuing its festival run, playing the Palm Springs ShortFest, Camden, winning the Audience Award at SF DocFest, being a Vimeo Staff Pick, and being featured as Short of the Week.
And last but not least, Being Evel was nominated for a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Long Sports Documentary.
I wanted to sign off with news about an older project that happily resurfaced back in the limelight again. Back in 2012 I mixed the documentary G.L.O.W. The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which was recently turned into a Netflix Original Series that debuted this summer. Since the show runner oringally discovered the story via the documentary while watching Netflix, the streaming giant put the documentary back on its platform where it had a resurgence in popular media. I loved working on the project years ago, and that began what has been a 3-film (and counting!) collaboration with the directors that most recently included A Life in Waves.
It’s been wonderful seeing stories about these amazing ladies in the media again, I’ve loved watching the Netflix show, and I’ve loved hearing about more people discovering the documentary because of it. Plus, seeing articles like this one in the New Yorker.
Yet one of the vast multitude of reasons I love my job and the films I’ve been fortunate to work on in my career, and the many real-life experiences and memories I gain from working in documentaries in particular.
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