Thursday, May 11, 2006

"Spellbound" screening at the Ross

Jeremy (from the Omaha Film Festival) and I had an opportunity to check out a screening of "Spellbound" down in Lincoln at the Ross Theater last night. Sean Welch, the producer, was in town so we were able to meet him and participate in a Q&A about the making of his interesting documentary following 8 students on their quest to the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. I always enjoy hearing insights into the filmmaking process from people that make films. If you haven't heard about this film, look it up on and check it out at Blockbuster or Hollywood Video. I'm not a huge documentary guy, but the story was very well done and the kids that they selected to film were interesting and had compelling stories. I really enjoyed the film, and obviously I'm not the only one... it won the SXSW film festival a couple of years ago and was then nominated for an Oscar. Not too shabby for a couple of first time filmmakers that paid for their film on credit cards.


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