I'm back from Maryland! Silverdocs was amazing....what an experience! We were at Silverdocs all day Saturday. I was on a youth filmmaker panel early in the morning, and we didn't leave until after midnight!!
I screened my ArtPrize short at the youth panel, which went really well! The audience seemed to like it, which is always nice! I've never been on a 'panel' like that before, so it was completely new to me. I think I did well, though...didn't freeze up or anything. The other panelists were great too....I was really surprised at the quality of some of their films! After the panel we saw three documentaries ('Where Soldiers Come From', 'Our School', and 'To Be Heard'), all of which were very moving. (I can't wait to see them again on Netflix!)
I think the best part of the entire festival, for me, was the networking. I was able to meet and connect with so many filmmakers & people in one day, I'm still having a hard time processing it all! To meet people from Iraq, Africa, Ireland, and from all over the US, was a great experience. I was a bit surprised, and greatly appreciative, that so many of the directors and filmmakers were willing to hold conversation with me, a high school student! I was able to hear their views on the films, receive feedback on a few of my own ideas, and otherwise get to know them and their projects! It was great fun, and it really gave one a personal connection with the films...you don't get that every day!
There was a great sense of solidarity among the filmmakers....and it was very encouraging. I've had a hard time deciding whether I want to go into film or not as a career, and I'm still not sure...but Silverdocs was making a pretty interesting and strong case for it.
Seeing as I'm posting past midnight (not sure why the timestamp on the bottom says otherwise), after driving 12 hours....I'm going to wait on a long post until tomorrow, just to make sure that it's all coherent and legible. I took plenty of pictures, so I'll be posting those too!
Take care everyone!