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Last Day of Freedom
News from Full Frame Film Festival
We are back from Durham NC, where we premiered Last Day of Freedom at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. We screened our film on Saturday afternoon to a full house (a SOLD OUT screening), followed by Q&A with the audience, which is always fun.
The most humbling experience took place on Sunday at the BBQ. Last Day of Freedom won the Jury Award for Best Short. This award, beside being a great honor, qualifies the film for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).
As we walked back to our seats, stunned, we were called up again, to receive The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, given by Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, the first institution in the United States dedicated solely to documentary. What a great and unexpected surprise, we are truly honored (and still stunned!)
Coming from a Fine Arts (both of us) and Photography (Nomi) background, we are long time admirers of the Center for Documentary Studies; joining the long, prestigious line of previous filmmakers to win this award is more than we ever wished for. We would like to extended our gratitude and appreciation to everyone who considered the film and us for these awards.
We wish to thank Full Frame staff and volunteers, for an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experience: the community, the wining and dining, all the conversations and connections, new and old, and of course - the films. We wish we could have seen more! Special thanks to Sadie Tillery (Full Frame Director of Programming), for that one smile on Sunday - you could tell we didn't see it coming...!
We wish to thank everyone who have worked on the film, and all who supported us in so many ways; we especially want to thank Bill Babbitt, who trusted us with his story, and opened his heart. We couldn't have done this without you,
With our deep appreciation,
Dee & Nomi