Three Weeks

After a short bout of jet lag after the Australia trip, coupled with a touch of fever, and then a little trip to Washington, DC for the Memorial Day weekend, I’m looking down at the next three weeks as an intense stretch to finish editing The Worst of the Worst.

So, that’s where I’ll be for the next several weeks – hunkered down at our Visual Law Project office editing suite. Most of the team members are gone, now that Yale‘s school year is over, so it’s mostly just me. Here we go…

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INPUT

I’m still in Sydney, having a grand old time at INPUT 2012. I believe INPUT stands for INternational PUblic Television, and as such the conference invites Public TV producers from around the world. So I’ve been hanging out with some great people, been involved in really good conversations, and have seen some really incredible programs – amazing stuff that’s produced and showcased through public media.

There have been programs like Australia’s Go Back to Where You Came From – a high budget Survivor-style reality program that takes six white Aussies and follows them as they go on a reverse immigration/refugee path back through places like Malaysia, Kenya, Jordan, Iraq. And The Cardinal Files, which is a ’70’s period-piece Chilean show about the brutal Pinochet regime – but told like an action thriller. Also, Hitler’s Children which interviews the now grown-up children and grandchildren of high ranking Nazi officials and how they come to terms with the sins of their ancestors (and of Germany’s).

That’s just a few examples of the stuff I’ve seen. I’ve probably been watching about six or seven programs a day in the curated sessions.

Really amazing stuff that’s is sort of remarkably being produced by public TV elsewhere.

The American films have been good too, though I missed two of them because they were screening at the same time as Worker Drone. (Southern Belle, Wham! Bam! Islam! and More than a Month.

Unfortunately, Worker Drone was programmed at the end of a very long session, and after an 84-minute German film and by the time I screened, there were only about 20 people. So the conversation was a bit lacking.

Either way, it was great to see the film projected – looked great and the whole thing got me a very easy free trip to Australia. The final session is about to start and then it’s off to Melbourne for a week before getting back to working on The Worst of the Worst.

Down Under

I managed to finish the teaser trailer for The Worst of the Worst just in time to leave for Sydney, Australia.

I’m here at the INPUT 2012 conference. INPUT is an international conference of public television producers. I’m one of five representatives from the US, and the only one with a fiction film, here at the conference. To be eligible, you have to have had a film that aired on PBS – and my short Worker Drone qualified since it was on FutureStates, funded by PBS and ITVS.

I was here in 2007 when American Made was part of INPUT in Lugano, Switzerland – we were eligible because in 2006 the film was acquired and being nationally broadcast by ITVS’ Emmy Award-winning flagship program “Independent Lens.”

It’s a great conference, especially because you get to see some innovative filmmaking that’s publicly funded by other countries and to see what they have the ability to do through the public sector that we rarely get to do in the US. Today is the first day of INPUT – Worker Drone screens Tuesday afternoon as part of a how-do-you-appeal-to-the-young-folk-in-public-television session.

It’ll be the first time I’ve seen Worker Drone in public. Should be fun!