Docs That Rock

I Remember…MOFFOM

An abundance of work and knee surgery has resulted in a quiet blog but I’m back now and wanted to share some memories of the MOFFOM Film Festival. In short, it was a pretty wonderful time to be surrounded by film makers, directors, music fans, technology buffs and copious amounts of beer (and cigarettes – with New York banning cigarettes in bars, the smokey atomosphere was a jolt!) Adding further shame to my earlier ignorance of worldwide music doc fests, I met a ton of festival organizers from all over Europe (Croatia, Germany, Spain, Finland, Poland) as well as learning more about Kevin Fitzgerald’s traveling Hip Hop Film Festival (more on that in a later post; Kevin helped VH1 adapt his film Freestyle: Art of the Rhyme which preceded our Rock Doc series so it was good to reconnect with him again and talk shop.) And there were some funny cross cultural moments too: people kept raving about the Gogol Bordello documentary (which won the MOFFOM audience award) and suggesting it to VH1. I never had the heart to explain how obscure it would be to our audience. (Speaking of obscurity, I never got to see the Falco film either.)

Most gratifying was seeing the reception given to our VH1 films. NY77, The Night James Brown Saved Boston (which Nick Hornby just called “riveting”) and Amazing Journey played to mostly full houses. (Only Last Days of Left Day failed to draw an audience; TLC resonates in Europe like Gogol Bordello in the U.S.) Prague has a rich film tradition and Brad Abramson (our VP of Rock Docs) and I gave a lecture at Prague’s film school. We were both interviewed for local media and a conversation with Brad appeared on the new site Music Film Web (more on this in another upcoming post too.) Thanks to all at MOFFOM for making the experience so memorable. Until next year, here is a clip from the Gogol Bordello doc!


November 4, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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