Whew! It’s been quite a month. We just got back from a whirlwind tour with The Watershed this weekend, with back-to-back festival screenings in Providence, Provincetown, and Boston! It’s been so hectic, we didn’t even realize that we’d won Best Short Documentary at the Roving Eye International Film Festival in Bristol, Rhode Island earlier in the month!
Each festival had different charms. We came straight from a meeting to make our screening at the Southeastern New England (SENE) Festival of Film, Music and Art at the beautiful Columbus Theater in Providence, RI. The audience was really receptive to our film, and asked some great questions that got us thinking about Watersheds in other communities, like Narragansett Bay.
After awesome whale sightings over pizza at Race Point on Saturday, we headed to Sage Inn & Lounge, which is hosting the Local Cinema Lounge film series. Organized by the Provincetown Film Society, this awesome group is bringing together the talented filmmakers from all over the Cape. We were psyched to see some new work by Allison Argo (who we worked with a bit on her Parrot Confidential doc for PBS Nature) and a piece about IFAW’s whale-tagging vessel Song of the Sea. We got some great feedback on The Watershed, including a few tips on how to get it seen in local classrooms. Teachers, get in touch if you’d like to explain eutrophication to your students in a compelling way!
We’d never been to Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB), but it’s going to have to be an annual destination from now on. From the super friendly volunteers to the super engaged audiences, this was the reward for all the hard work that goes into bringing films to light. We were impressed with how nicely curated our shorts program was, all short docs pertaining to local food and sustainability. From a grassroots maple-tapping program in Concord, Mass to the Growing Local program in Maine, it was really inspiring stuff. Our only complaint is that we weren’t able to attend more than one day… new projects beckon (stay tuned)!