The Buzzards Bay Film Festival was a celebration of the 233-square mile Bay in Southeastern Massachusetts and the 360,000 people who live in its surrounding towns and cities. As Festival Artistic Director for three years, I worked with Festival Director / Founder Tom Gidwitz on a number of Buzzards Bay Film Festival projects. Here are a few:
Shoot the Summer | Cell Phone Cinema Contest
We started each year with a summer-long weekly cellphone contest aimed at inspiring anyone and everyone to pick up their phone and shoot a one-minute video. Topics could be about anything and were often surprising and fun. The best of the summer cellphone videos were then included in the main festival program alongside longer, more in-depth films. Popular vote and juried prizes were presented during a special program.
Cell Phone Cinema | Workshop
This workshop was geared to give first time filmmakers pointers on acquiring shots they needed to tell a one-minute story. Narrative concepts were discussed along with composition and technical basics.
Festival Organizing, Promotion and Outreach
Organized and curated a three day, three venue festival in 2012, drawing capacity audiences (1000 attendees Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA, 110+ attendees Gallery X, New Bedford, MA.) In 2013, 110+ attendees Gallery X. Scouted and programed the film lineup. Fostered community and filmmaker engagement. Developed on-the-street and online marketing strategies. Created and advised on design of festival graphics. Webpage design. Set up dialogues with potential partners and sponsors. Helped director achieve the festival’s goal of increased awareness and engagement with the watershed.