Film Festival Debut and Jury Award for Social Impact

As some of you know, we had the pleasure of showing “Over the Bridge” at the Sioux Empire Film Festival last night, and I don’t even know where to start telling you about it.

First of all, just to be invited was an honor. I’ve never been to a film festival with a “Filmmaker’s pass” around my neck, so that was a fun new experience.


After a successful premiere last month we’ve received a lot of positive feedback, so I felt pretty confident that our film wasn’t disastrously terrible, at least. But stepping inside an actual theater, and showing it to an audience with an above-average interest in film… that was slightly more intimidating than I anticipated.

But it went above all expectation! People cried and applauded loudly by the end of it, and things went according to plan — until we were asked to come up on stage for an interview afterwards. Because, you see, in order to get onto that stage we had to walk through a door and up some stairs… the only problem was that we walked a little too many stairs… and in all of a sudden we found ourselves on one of the theatre balconies looking down at the audience. “Hello there, we’re just gonna stand here and look awkward for two seconds.” Luckily, the audience seemed to think it was hilarious and we found our way onto the stage shortly after.

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Photo: Naras Prameswari

After the Q&A we received the Jury Award for Social Impact! I had never in my wildest dreams imagined we would actually win an award for this film, wow. And the fact that it was “Social Impact” was fantastic, because that means we reached our goal! We wanted to bring attention to a social issue and give a voice to the homeless. I’m just so humbled, grateful and proud I don’t know what more to say.

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However, our big goal is to bring this film to a larger audience across the country, and right now we’re just $500 short of doing just that. If you would like to help us get there, HERE‘s the link to our fundraiser. And i want send a big thanks to everyone who has donated to far!

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Photo: Naras Prameswari

Now I’ll head to lunch to get some advice and guidance from director, Andrew Kightlinger, who will release the movie Tator Tot & Patton later this year!

Bless you all,
Maria

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