NXNE Film Update: Awards + Kickstarts

More news from the desk (or more likely roving office) of Ambrose Roche, our film programmer. Word is: NXNE Film alumn have been doing mighty well. Or, in the exact words of Ambrose, “Safe to say that the Class of 2012 is Kicking International ASS…”


My Father And The Man In Black

The story of Johnny Cash and Saul Holiff – as told from the unique perspective of Holiff’s son, Jonathan – recently took home the prize for “Best Feature” at Scotland’s Edindocs. This comes off the heels of top 10 rankings at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Calgary International Festival. If you missed its world debut at NXNE but happen to find yourself in Europe, the film will show in Germany (Oct. 31), Denmark (Nov. 2, 6, 10), Sweden (Nov. 3), Italy (Nov. 12), and Ireland (Nov. 17).


Slaughter Nick For President

Another accolade and our big congratulations goes to Rob Stewart and Liza and Marc Vespi’s film about Stewart, a little-known Canadian actor who isn’t so little-known in Serbia thanks to a starring role in nineties American TV series Tropical Heat. The picture – which also made its world premiere at NXNE – just won “Best Documentary” at the Zagreb Film Festival in Croatia.


In other news…

Brendan Toller, director of NXNE 2009’s big hit I Need That Record, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the post-production part of his next project, Danny Says. The new doc will chronicle the life of Danny Fields, a man who’s worked for and managed such small, indie artists like The Doors, Lou Reed, The Stooges, and The Ramones. They’ve raised nearly $12,000 so far but still need help – you have until Nov. 18 to help Brendan and company reach the target goal of $20,000. It’s all appreciated, so dig deep or even just kick in a dollar.