We have received a 2018 Telly Award for our mini-documentary about collage/assemblage artist Dick Allowatt. This year’s announcement “caps a year-long initiative by the Telly Awards to rebuild the honors for the multi-screen era. Throughout 2017-2018 the Tellys refashioned their categories to honor the type of work being made by leading producers, including branded content, social video and animation, as well as working with industry experts to identify important industry categories where technology was playing an impactful role in the ways stories are now being told: Virtual Reality, Interactive and 360 Video.”
Last night my co-producer, Marla Carr, and I attended the 2nd Annual Plum Tuckered Film Festival (http://www.plumtuckeredfilmfestival.org/2016/) held in Davis, WV. Davis is a small town of 700 located in beautiful Tucker County, where outdoor adventure is the draw for many visitors.
The Film Festival was held on the third floor of the historic National Bank building and drew about 150 attendees. They were there to see 21 short films by regional and international filmmakers. About 8 filmmakers were among the group. The audience was a mix of locals, visitors who came specifically to the festival and a few who just happened to be in the area and decided to check it out.
We were there because we had entered two shorts in the film festival; our first foray into the world of film festivals. Our films were in the Short Documentary category and featured “A Creator of Things” and “A Fascination with Change.” Other notable films (from my perspective) included “The Croquet Calamity” by emerging filmmaker Dia Griffith of Berkeley Springs and “Deepest Violet” by filmmaker K. B. Montgomery.
After the showing, we retired across the street to Stumptown Ales (http://www.stumptownales.com) to enjoy some thirst-quenching local brews while we awaited the final judging. The films were curated by the Festival team and judged by a panel of five “outsiders” with backgrounds in film and documentary production.
We were very pleased to receive the Best Short Documentary Appalachian Filmmaker Award for our production of “A Fascination with Change” which profiled the very talented printmaker/painter Susan Carney of Shepherdstown, WV. This short also received a 2015 Telly Award for excellence in the Online Documentary category.
If you decide to visit Davis and neighboring Thomas, WV in the future, I highly recommend staying at Bright Morning Inn. (http://brightmorninginn.com). Innkeeper Susan Moore is warm and welcoming, and the breakfasts are fantastic.