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It’s our first big chunk of downtime at the Flaherty Seminar.  We’ve seen some great work so far and started some interesting discussions.
I've arrived at the 57th annual Flaherty Seminar and just finished our first round of orientations for Fellows - about 28 interesting people coming from all over the U.S. (though Brooklyn is a little over-represented!) and Latin America. As I write, the other 100+ filmmakers, critics, and programmers are arriving - and our first happy hour begins soon. I'm looking forward to watching dozens of documentary films this week... and to the legendary discussions to follow.
I had the privilege of attending a tribute to Ricky Leacock over the weekend at MIT's Media Lab. The program was filled with honest, funny, and moving stories from those who knew him best - his collaborators, his students, and, of course, his beloved family.
Last weekend I headed out to the Chicago Underground Film Festival, which was was a great experience. One refreshing thing was seeing shorts of different genres programmed together, instead of separated bycategory dividers between documentary, narrative and experimental films.
Hats off to Lesley Norman, Jen Kaplan and the whole Filmmakers Collaborative team for their hard work in creating a fantastic event!
It was standing room only at the LEF/DocYard sponsored panel "When Does A Story Become a Film?: From Idea to Documentary" at IFFB on Sunday. Filmmaker Chico Colvard teased stories from his non-fiction colleagues Annie Sundberg, Ian Cheney, Jeanne Jordan and Steve Ascher to hear their many lessons learned in the field.

3 films and 1 panel not to miss at the Independent Film Festival of Boston!
With all of the new documentaries in town this week for the Independent Film Festival Boston (don't miss the LEF-sponsored panel When Does a Story Become a FIlm? From Idea to Documentary), it's also good to remember some older nonfiction films that have been screening at the Harvard Film Archive - the Middletown Film Project, which conclude this Sunday with SEVENTEEN.
A wedding registry is a very helpful way to avoid getting terrible gifts from your family when you and your true love finally make it legal (for those of us who are allowed to make it legal). But let's be honest, your film is really your true love, right? So why not encourage your family and friends to make a gift through your film registry?
I was privileged last week to attend the opening day of the National Conference on Media Reform.

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