I’m very excited to report that Mothersbane was awarded the Best Short Documentary award at the South by Southwest Film Festival on Tuesday. I had a chance to see both documentary short programs and was impressed with the quality of the films and proud to be screening alongside them. The award was a complete surprise – my cinematographer Sinisa had dragged me to the ceremony despite my assurances that we weren’t going to win anything. I wish I had dressed better and prepared a speech. The actual award is a hilariously large belt-buckle with a matching belt. I’ll post a picture later. The selection committee was juried by Jay Duplass, director of The Puffy Chair and Baghead. He was very kind and generous in his praise and I regret not being able to say anything to him other than “Thanks, I appreciate it” over and over until it just got too awkward to bear. I’m back from SXSW now, recooperating in Oakland (I’m way too delicate for that scene), and preparing to head up to Sebastopol for the town’s Doc Film Festival and a relaxing long weekend with my family. To see a full list of the SXSW winners, click here.


March 10, 2011

Heading off to SXSW tomorrow with Sinisa for 7 days. Excited for the screenings and for the chance to experience this notorious festival… Upon return, I’ll be heading up to Sebastopol, where Mothersbane will screen twice at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. It is a finalist for the Best Short Jury award, and there will be a Q&A with Vivien Hillgrove, editor of Deann Borshay’s wonderful First Person Plural, afterwards… Mothersbane got a nice writeup in Inside Pulse. Click here to read it… MB is also playing tomorrow at the Edmonton Disability Film Showcase.

Three screenings at SXSW

February 19, 2011

Mothersbane will have three screenings as part of the Documentary Shorts program at SXSW this year. Click here to see the schedule.

I’m very happy to report that Mothersbane has been accepted to the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. SXSW announced its official Short Film program lineup today – MB will be screened in one of the festival’s two Short Documentary programs. They expect to release in the program calendar in the next few days.

Mothersbane was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Short documentary at the Fargo Film Festival. The festival runs from March 1-5. SFSU students have had a bit of success at the FFF in the past – classmate Mackenzie Mathis won best experimental short last year for his film Float, and this year my co-instructor at State, Silvia Turchin, was awarded an honorable mention for her experimental documentary 131 Russ.

The programmers at the Picture This International Film Festival in Calgary selected Mothersbane and three other films from their week-long program to screen on Shaw TV, a community channel service operated by Shaw Communication in Western Canada. MB will screen six times over the course of a month  after Picture This concludes March 18th.

Mothersbane will be playing at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in March of next year as a part of an Experimental Documentary program. I had applied to the festival after reading about it in Moviemaker magazine as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals of 2009.

Mothersbane has been awarded the prize for Best 10-to-30 Minute Documentary at the Picture This International Disability Film Festival is Calgary, Alberta. The festival will be held during the week of February 11-18th, 2011. I’m honored by the recognition and grateful to festival director Sheryl Lenthall and the Picture This jury.


November 9, 2010

Marwencol is a moving documentary about a man struggling with the physical and emotional aftermath of a brutal assault. His unique form of personal therapy, the way in which he takes control of his world and makes it safe, is breathtaking in scope and beauty. I was fortunate enough to see it at the Focus Film Festival this year. Marwencol has made the rounds of the festival circuit and is now starting to appear in theaters (SF Landmark and Berkeley Shattuck in December). Check it out if you get a chance.


Good news - Mothersbane was awarded 1st place in the “Emerging Filmmaker” category at the Cinema Touching Disability film festival on October 14th in Austin, Texas. The award came with a $500 check, which will promptly be dumped into DVD duplication costs. Thanks to the Cinema Touching Disability organization and congrats to the other participants!


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