So, what have we been doing for two days. The films! They are excellent, each and every one. Beautiful narrative films. An amazing animation about autism awareness made by one of the most incredible young men I’ve ever met. Documentaries about things we rarely know about unless a filmmaker shows us: the tragic yet inspiring Vietnam story, the uplifting story of overcoming multiple amputations to become a world class cycler. And on, and on. We have had great audiences! We all laughed together watching the out-of-competition screening of “Guest House,” then celebrated the director Aaron Wolf’s birthday together with cake. There was even a private midnight viewing of “Muscle Shoals.” Today, folks gathered to hear our “activist filmmaking” panel talk about films made to inspire change, and I think we were all inspired to hear them!
We are grateful and honored for the love we are getting from our guests. We already believe we are one of the best kept film fest secrets around, but it sure helps to have our new friends reinforce that. I know we will be sorry to say goodbye to them tomorrow!