18 June 2013

Snippets of Instagram Doc/Fest love in no coherent order.

What a blast. I am genuinely blown away by how much I've enjoyed working Doc/Fest this year. Perfect timing to coincide with my frets about which direction my life was heading in, this is the field that I have fallen for. After I've fixed the whole housing situation the plan is to apply like crazy for as many internships as I can get my claws into. Before I get too carried away, here is a little more of a round-up of the rest of my Doc/Fest week:

Friday was the first day that I started to feel like part of the furniture, my fantastic little crucible team and I pretty much had the mornings down. I got the absolutely wonderful experience of sitting in on the Channel 4 First Cut Pitch, where five finalists each showed a three minute doc and had a short Q&A with the panel to try to win an array of excellent prizes, including channel 4 commissioning their very own hour slot. Each one of the finalists were incredible, and I'm super excited to see what the joint winners, Clare and Jamie end up directing! Later on that evening I reviewed Peaks, Heart-Ships and Holy Esque for Now Then Mag, which you'll be able to read online next month, so although I didn't get a chance to catch any more events, I did have loads of fun partying at The Bowery.

The day when I met the almighty Walter Murch, who for any of you who don't know has an incredible editing repertoire including The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. I chatted to his wife for a little while and gave her some of the adorable personalised cakes that Fancie supplied to the festival, as you can see above. Walter's had his face on them, his wife thought it was quite hilarious. I also later on met Larry Lamb, who is an absolute sweetheart as well as a bit of a silver fox! If only his son had have been there too, swoon. Again I only really got a chance to sit in the sessions that I was stewarding, but they were all so brilliant that I didn't mind at all. 

Sunday, being the final day, was much more quiet as many of the delegates had headed home. It was also quite sad as we had come to the end! I finally got a chance to catch a documentary, and chose to see Basically Johnny Moped, directed by Fred Burns, the son of Captain Sensible. The drummer from the band Dave Berk was there too (fourth photo).  Always exciting to see somebody who has lived the punk dream. Although there were a couple of other documentaries I could have caught I rushed back to doll myself up for the grand finale of the festival - the infamous Volunteers party. Free wine, live music, and loads of chatting to faces you'd seen running about the place all week was the perfect end to a fantastic event. I got totally hammered and ended the evening hanging out with the two guys I'd been working with all week, and my dream boat of a stage manager. 

God, I can't wait for Doc/Fest 21!

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