Doc Challenge: Day 1

The Sycamore Island Club is a private outdoors club located on one of the islands in the Potomac River. It’s caretaker, Joe Hage – who lives on the island year round – is the subject of our documentary short. I spent the better part of today photographing the island in all its snowy splendor and getting b-roll of Joe. Had a great time chasing geese, recording the sounds of nature, slogging through the mud, and … grin … getting scrutinized by blackhawk helicopters when I pointed the camera in the wrong direction: the CIA has an installation on the other side of the river. All-in-all a fun day 🙂 I can’t wait to return there in the coming days with the rest of our Doc Challenge team!About the International Documentary Challenge

The International Documentary Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have 5 days to make a short non-fiction film (4-7 minutes.) All of the registered participants make their films from Feb. 26-March 2, 2014 and are required to upload the movie by Midnight (your local time) on March 2nd. In addition to being restricted on time, the filmmakers must choose between 2 assigned documentary genres (such as Biography, Music, 1st Person, etc.) and are assigned a specific theme (such as “Freedom”) that will dictate the content and direction of their film. The top 12 films (determined by a panel of judges) premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto where the Winners are announced. After the premiere, there are additional theatrical screenings in major cities and possible television exposure. The films compete in June at The Audience and receive digital distribution in The Audience Awards’ library.
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