When I started making documentaries in the 1970s, documentarians were the poets of the film world, laboring in obscurity, although I looked up to giants like D.A. Pennybaker, the Maysles brothers, Agnes Varda, and Frederick Wiseman. Now, thanks to high-profile documentaries like “Fahrenheit 911,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Bowling for Columbine,” “Super Size Me” and “Winged Migrations,” people actually know what documentaries are.
But, although Kenji Yamamoto and I are veteran independent filmmakers, we have not (yet) made a high grossing documentary. And while we are proud of TRUST and its endearing characters, it has none of the easy-to-sell documentary elements – no Madonna, no McDonalds, no animals, no Sundance legacy. To top it off, these past two weeks involved many firsts: I am the first filmmaker on the first tour of the inaugural year of the On Screen In Person film series.
It might have been easier for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to send a name director or a documentary about a movie star or a war or the end of the world as we know it on this maiden voyage and yet they chose TRUST and me. Screening after screening, city after city, the audience and I had deep, engaged, wide-ranging discussions.
“It’s like a flower just exploded in my face – in a good way.”
Stephany, APTP member in TRUST
I float home on delighted air. Thanks to all who made it possible.
Post by Nancy Kelly OSIP Touring Filmmaker.
Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your film, your experiences, and your words with us. We are delighted that you were able to tour with On Screen/In Person. What a way to kick off the program!
–Ann & MAAF