Posted at 5:49 PM on August 29, 2008
by Euan Kerr
Jamie Shor admits she's tired.
For the last week she's been running the Impact Film Festival in at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Now she has to pull off the same event in St Paul for the Republican National Convention.
At least this time they're outside the security zone she smiles.
She's only been in St Paul for about an hour when she sits down in the basement auditorium of the Landmark Center to talk about the Impact Film Festival. She and two friends, Jody Arlington, and Kimball Stroud came up with the idea. They wondered about creating a non-partisan film festival to screen movies about important current issues at the two big political conventions.
When they floated the idea to people in the business, what surprised them was not only were film makers interested in screening their movies, they were also interested in travelling with the films to talk about them.
Thus actor director Stuart Townsend will introduce his docudrama "The Battle in Seattle" on Monday and 'Fahrenheit 9/11' producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal will introduce their post-Katrina New Orleans documentary "Trouble the Water" on Wednesday.
The movies are all free but Shor says its a good idea to reserve a seat through their website. If you can't do that, she says, make sure you get there early.
Shor says the fact that people were prepared to endure the hassle of the security zone in Denver to see the films is evidence of their power. She says she's interested to see how the festival works in another city with another convention. She may be tired, but she's pretty confident it will work.
Hi Lily's mom, Lily and i miss you. hope you have fun!!!!!!
Jamie: Congratulations! I heard things went extremely well in Denver.
I'M SOOOOOO IMPRESSED.
MICHAEL HAS BEEN KEEPING ME INFORMED.