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So many positive things have come out of this election.
Certainly one of them is my renewed love for email. It’s been a total thrill to watch different videos go viral. Whether it’s comics or photos, it’s been a delight to open my email box and see the different expressions people have found to express their delight in the outcome. I have never seen anything like it and it feels like each one brings us closer together.
I had the pleasure of receiving Charles Stone’s preparation email thoughts as he got ready to shoot and post Wassup 2008, and thus share in the thrill as it became the top viral video of the week. I loved getting and seeing all the BattlegroundPostcards that Gus Van Sant and other filmmakers shot and posted. Another friend sent me each video that Lee Hirsch made on Local Voices in Joplin, MO , and when they then got the news that Obama would visit, I felt a wave rush through my body. Time and time again you saw the people take the media into their own hands and bring change. Each time I knew the world had changed for the better.
I didn’t see this video until after the victory. It may not be by a professional filmmaker, but it captures how fresh this campaign was due to folks doing what they loved and sharing it. And it proves that everything is always better when delivered with a good sense of humor.
One of the standout films I caught at this year’s The 19th RiverRun International Film Festival (March 30-April 9) was Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya’s The Cinema Travellers, at once a love letter to movie-going and a gorgeous portrait of a dying art (not to mention a 2016 Cannes award-winner). The duo follow three men – […][...]