"A Call From Selma" debuts on the New York Times

A recent short I produced with Chip Brantley and a few of our students has been picked up by the New York Times as part of their Op-Docs series. We were thrilled to share Clark Olsen's story and felt deeply honored by how much he let us into his life. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already! 


"After the Storm" coming to SXSW

"After the Storm," my interactive documentary/essay hybrid is coming to SXSW in March! I'm excited to have a formal release of the project tied to a panel I'm leading entitled "Tool Kit for Crafting an Interactive Documentary." With Cathy Fischer, our production manager from ITVS, and Mike Robbins and Alex Wittholz, my incredible graphic and web-design team from Helios Desing Labs in Toronto, we'll be talking about the development of the project and the ways that filmmakers and techonologists can become full collaborators. If you're in Austin, buy us a beer! 

Also, check out our teaser for the project here. This website will have more launch details as we get prepared to release the project. 


"Eating Alabama" honored by national James Beard Award!

We were thrilled to learn that "Eating Alabama" has just won the James Beard Award for Best Documentary! The JBF Awards honor not only great restaurants and restaurantuers, but also broadcast media in print, television and film. Glad to be among such a distinguished group of nominees and winners! 


"The Durrs of Montgomery" wins big at the Southeastern Regional Emmys

We were very pleased to learn last week that "The Durrs of Montgomery" picked up three Emmys in Atlanta during the Southeastern Regional Emmy Awards. The film was nominated in four categories - photography, editing, sound design and Best Historical Documentary. The only place we got robbed was in the photography category - and it was indeed a robbery, since Justin's work on the movie was really beautiful. But a hardy congrats to Nick Punch (audio) and Paul Rogers (editing).

If you haven't seen the film, you can watch it for free on APT's Vimeo channel here.

I like to think that Virginia would be pleased. That's my favorite picture of her, sitting in the den at Pea Level, regaling some visitor with stories and theories and admonishments.  


On the road and in the edit suite.

"Eating Alabama" has been making the film festival circuit rounds for the past year. It's been great to share the movie with different audiences throughout the country. We've picked up some great reviews and some awards too! Check out the "Eating Alabama" website to see more and read about our various screenings. But it wasn't just screening the film that dominated last year - I also finished shooting and editing "The Durrs of Montgomery" for Alabama Public Television. The crew and I delivered the movie in June and it's been playing regularly on APT. We had a wonderful screening of the film at the Capri in Montgomery, with lots of Cliff and Virginia's friends in attendance. And I shared the film with the Southern Historical Association Conference too back in November. You can watch the entire movie for free on Vimeo! 

Next up I'll be working on the interactive documentary "After the Storm" for ITVS Interactive. And I'll have an announcement in the coming months about the next feature documentary project. Suffice it to say, I'm getting very excited about starting another film. And, if the movies weren't enough, I've started another class at UA called "Anatomy of a Trial." We're soliciting applications from UA students and will begin teaching in the fall. Stay tuned for more info about that one, too!