About a month ago I think I mentioned that I've been helping out a bit on the Tribeca web site. If you didn't know, the Tribeca site has continuously changing content, highlighted by a now-weekly email newsletter. For the past couple months, I've been writing said newsletter and the associated website copy, a job I won't be handling too much longer -- except on a consulting basis -- because with my other duties, I simply don't have the time.
I call attention to this fact now only because the latest edition of the newsletter was sent on Friday, and personally, I think it's one of the best ones we've done yet. The highlight happens to be a conversation I had with Jesus Camp directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing on Wednesday to talk about their Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Jesus Camp made my "Next Best" list, and although I only wrote a very brief comment in that post, I could talk about it for hours. It's a tremendous documentary about a very important subject, and I was personally excited to see it receive a nomination.
The Tribeca side of me was even more excited though to see Jesus Camp create Tribeca Film Festival history: it became the first film to world premiere and find theatrical distribution at the festival before going on to an Oscar nomination. That's a big deal, and I don't think, on behalf of Tribeca, a better film could have earned that distinction and signify what kinds of movies the festival tries to show.
More importantly, though, I don't know that this could have happened to cooler filmmakers. I met Heidi and Rachel briefly at the festival when I introduced their final public screening, which like the others was pretty damn packed if not completely sold out. These are two very smart and talented women who also happen to be fun and friendly. You can see so for yourself by reading the interview over at the Tribeca web site.
And as just another quick aside, I encourage you to sign-up for the Tribeca newsletter. We only send emails once a week (daily during the festival) without other solicitations or anything, and some really interesting and exciting things are on tap for the site in the not too distant future as we countdown with less than three months to go until opening night!