Dropped into Seattle for a couple days to be a short film juror at the film festival. They programmed 180 short films and I watched all of them. I used Excel to calculate the amount of time I spent watching shorts – 26 hours of short films. Phew. We awarded best drama the this Hungarian piece called “Before Dawn”. Fifteen minutes, no dialogue, all one shot. It was incredible. Also awarded a doc called “Lot 63, Grave C” about the guy who was killed at Altamont. Incredibly subtle and beautiful.
I spoke on a panel about music in film with music supervisors and record label folks. I think I pissed off the rest of the panel when I opened by telling short filmmakers to steal music when it comes to film festival rights.