Briar March and Lyn Collie have gained another award yesterday for their documentary There Once Was an Island:Te Henua e Noho at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana USA. This time it was a Programmers Choice Natural Fact Award.
There were also four Programmer’s Choice Awards, awarded by the Big Sky
Michael Angus’s Salt and Robert Drew’s The Sun Ship Game both
received awards for Excellence in Cinematography. Rainer Komer’s Milltown, Montana
received an award for Excellence in Editing. And Briar March’s There Once Was An
Island was awarded the Natural Facts Award for its artistic rendering of a vital
environmental issue (climate change) and its effect of human life.
A few weeks ago they won the Grand Prize at FIFO in Tahiti, and I’ve already discussed the film in an earlier post. The hard work of the many people involved in producing this film has been part of my life for most of the last few years. Having to live with much of the post-production going on downstairs for the last four months has led me to a new appreciation of the detail work that goes into producing a documentary on a shoe-string.
Briar March is currently studying documentary directing at Stanford University in California on a Fulbright scholarship, so she was able to go to Montana to see the film on the big screen for the first time. The post-production has been interesting to watch with Skype providing the link between the director and producer during post-production.
Lyn is off to the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Adelaide early next week. Looks like a pretty full (and interesting) programme for her to try to get to. But the main purpose is to be a meeting place between documentary makers, international distributors and international broadcasters. So hopefully this will help to gain the documentary a wider release.
I’m personally rapt at the recognition it has been getting. I can’t wait to see it on the big-screen in New Zealand myself.
Looking at the logs for the website for the doco on the standards servers, their traffic is rising rapidly.