Archive for December, 2009
Note to fellow filmmakers: Anchorage Intl. Film Festival is worth getting to; the weather is very doable: it was calm as could be with beautiful ice on all the trees and none under your feet: the perfect holiday getaway with lots of great films.
During awards night I took pics ahead of time with Circus Rosaire’s Director, Robyn Bliley and Co-Producer Sheila Segerson
And the winner was…
…no-one at our table won 1st place.
But I am very honored to receive an honorable mention for “Trip to Hell and Back” being in the company of so many other great documentaries.
My thanks to festival chiefs, Rand Thornsley and Tony Sheppard for treating us so well. The volunteers seem really aware of what a gem they’ve got here. Thank-you Hosp. Coordinator, Don Chan, for always, ALWAYS being there and most of all to documentary co-programmers Doug Griffin and Laura Baldwin for creating a really top-notch program of films.
I return to editing re-inspired.
Documentary director, Stu Maddux, will attend the Anchorage International Film Festival this weekend for a screening of his documentary, “Trip to Hell and Back.” The film tells the story of Olympic horse rider Trip Harting who unknown to anyone in the equestrian world, led a secret-life as a Crystal-Methamphetamine dealer. A portion of the film was shot in Anchorage to include an interview with the man who turned Harting into federal investigators and later was forgiven by him.
“We became close friends as he relived this darkest chapter of his life on camera,” says Maddux. “It was painful and frightening because it was through this film that he intended to reveal his secret life dealing drugs, his arrest but also his recovery and redemption. I think he genuinely believed his story of hope would help people and he was willing to risk his career to do it.
Harting was never able to do that in person. The world-class trainer died just a few weeks before the film’s premiere from a rare form of cancer.
Director Stu Maddux is now attempting to do it for him, “It has helped me understand just how many people have been touched by addiction and while I watch from the back of the theater, lets Trip send back his message of hope.”
I am so proud of the two women introduced in this “set-up” clip: Lois Johnson and Sheri Barden. Is it because they’ve been together for more than 45 years? Of course. But its also because of all the work they have done since the early 1960′s to make my life not just livable- but legal.
They were on the front lines of the gay rights movement from the 1960′s-1990′s and the stories they retell of the early days are jaw-dropping: from lesbian women losing their children to having their own home bugged by the FBI because it considered their gay rights group “subversive”.
The details they share of those times reveals more information than ever before about why many LGBT seniors are so reluctant to stay out.
But to Lois and Sheri, thank-you for continuing to be so open and active (and fascinating)! The rest of us will get to feel what it was really like to be there for that first march.
To see this and other clips in HD, including our trailer: