We've made significant efforts in the past few years to extend our reach into the arts community here in the Triangle by forming partnerships with other arts organizations. About two years ago we reached out to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival based in Durham to see if they were interested in collaborating by bringing a filmmaker to the Cassilhaus Residency during the 2015 Festival. Our residency is invitation only so we have never had an application process but Full Frame suggested we send a short application out to all of the filmmakers that had had films accepted to the festival in the past 3 years. After reviewing applications with the folks at the festival we selected London based Eva Weber who had screened at Full Frame multiple times in the past. Eva is on the left here with Alexa Dillworth of CDS.
Eva was in the early stages of working on a project about Chinese "Ghost Brides" (pretty creepy stuff!) and we were able to connect her with several scholars at Duke who had research interests in common.
She did a wonderful community screening of three of her past films at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies (CDS): City of Cranes, The Intimacy of Strangers, and Reindeer. There was a lively Q&A afterwards.
We tried to distract her from her work the best we could.
We took her out to celebrate her birthday at Durham's new 21C Hotel with its 24/7 art museum.
It was so fun to have her here with us during the film festival. We had a zillion questions and learned much about the inner workings of the documentary film world. Fingers crossed that she gets another film into Full Frame so we can get her back here again next year!