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The New Haven Documentary Film Festival Concludes Success Run.  Announces Winners of Student Competition.

June 14th.  NHdocs: the Third New Haven Documentary Film Festival concluded its 11-day event on June 12th with Alex Gibney screening Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015), followed by a panel on  “The Documentary Art of Investigation and Revelation.”  Just under 2,000 people attended the different screenings and panels.  [actual count around 1860 not counting reception and party].  This year the festival sponsored a Student Competition for high school students and college undergraduates: 11 films from 9 different college and high schools were screened. Three of the films were recognized with prizes and special citations by judges Karyl Evans (jury head), Anthony Sudol and Gilles Carter:

Grand Prize for Speed Fade by Clark Burnett , a Yale University freshman, was a judge favorite. Clark found a great story with a clear beginning, middle and end about real people doing what they are passionate about and told it in an entertaining and concise way.  He found interesting people to interview, let the film breath so there was humor in the story, and shot the interviews in a creative way.  His editing gave great pace to the film and there was a good use of music.  A joy to watch.

Runner-up of for Gisela’s Legacy by Jamie McNeill, a senior at Avon High School, Jamie told the horrifying and riveting story of a Holocaust survivor living in Connecticut.  Jamie editing together the complex story of one survivor’s story sustaining interest about his subject for more than 40 minutes using his well framed interview footage with good audio, stills of Gisela throughout her life, and good use of music to keep us spellbound.

Honorable Mention:Searching for Chekhov by Lara Panah-Izadi, Yale University, Lara gave us great insight and access in her film to actors preparing to perform a Chekhov play.  The filmmaker edited together an interesting story about the process, shooting a wide variety of interesting footage from the entire process and because of her close relationships with her interview subjects was able to produce compelling interviews.

NHdocs 2017: The Fourth Annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival will run for June 1 to 11th, 2107.

Prize winners for the student film competition

Professor Dudley Andrew speaking at the Assemblée Nationale, to mark the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Popular Front accords. Professor Andrew spoke about Jean Renoir’s La Marseillaise, at this all day colloquium on films of the  Popular Front.