I feel extremely honored that I was able to turn my creative wrenches on this with the rest of the team at Southern Reel.
I am beyond proud of everyone for all the amazing hard work that went into this film.
All of that hard work really shows… and this film is genuinely awesome.
So excited to see it hit stores everywhere!!!
Many, MANY caffeine-fueled sleepless nights went into this video. I am extremely proud of it, and very thankful for the opportunity to run wild with it! I have an in-depth writeup behind some of the creative process behind this video en-route… so stay tuned!
We massively revamped our website over at Southern Reel. To celebrate… Cole, Kyle, and I each pulled our top 10 photos from the road last year. Boiling down thousands of photos to yield a top 10 was not an easy task in the slightest. I love each photo for different reasons. It was a struggle… but the process was immensely reflective and incredibly rewarding once the dust settled.
Head over to Southern Reel’s blog for the full write-up!
It is no secret that I love documentaries. I’ve watched a ton of them, even ventured out and made one myself. So it is without reservation that I say… “Searching for Sugar Man” is the best documentary I have ever seen. It took me a few weeks to really warm up to that statement because of the magnitude of such words. But I can no longer deny it. The documentary itself is superb. The animated bits were done by hand by the director himself. He shot parts of it with his iPhone. He went broke and nearly didn’t finish the film. But what gets me the most is the story of Rodriguez. This has to be one of the greatest stories ever told. EVER.
I simply cannot get over that it is real. It is a fairy-tale; simply unbelievable.Not only am I obsessed… but now I am a fan. Not only of Rodriguez himself, but especially of his music, and Malik Bendjelloul for telling this unreal (but totally real) story. This film won the Sundance Film Festival’s coveted “Special Jury Prize” and “World Cinema Audience Award”, and has been nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Documentary Feature”. Obviously I am not alone in my praise.
Special thanks to Charlie Smith for turning me onto this film. It is going to be a tough act for all documentaries to follow.