This Spring brought a triple-treat almost simultaneously. “Once in a Lullaby” was selected by American Film Showcase for some documentary diplomacy in China. American Film Showcase is an initiative by the United States Department of State in partnership with The University of Southern California Cinematic Studies Department to ship filmmakers and their films to countries that we may-or-may-not have a good relationship with. The goal is to increase peace and goodwill between nations and I think it is one of the coolest things our government is doing. I’m still finding it hard to believe that I was sent as an envoy to screen “Once in a Lullaby” and “We Love You” to Chinese audiences. While there I also met with Chinese filmmakers and taught lectures and workshops to both college-age and High School students. I have been wanting to travel to China for a long time and it was an amazing experience and an incredible honor. You can read all the details and view some pictures on their website at the link below.
While I was bouncing around in China “Once in a Lullaby” received its broadcast premiere on public television. Check your local listings for WLIW and NJTV to see if there are any more screenings coming up. I was a little sad that I wasn’t able to watch the film broadcast over cable but it was a heck of a reason to miss it. Thank goodness for DVR. I was especially happy because the broadcast was preceded by a fun interview with John Servidio.
Right after China I got to realize another dream of mine. I always wanted to go to SXSW. SXSWedu is SXSW for educators and I only had enough time to pack a bag before I traveled directly to Austin Texas for screenings in the legendary Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as part of SXSWedu film program. It was an amazing screening and there were many educators in the audience which contributed to a lively and thought provoking Q&A.
I’m still having a hard time believing I had that much fun and learned that much in such a short span of time. What a fantastic end to a brutal Winter!