Connecting Audiences Across the Globe: Film Forward 2013 Google Hangout
“How did you first meet your documentary subject and how did you gain access to a mosque in Syria?” is the question that kicked off the 2013 Film Forward Google+ Hangout.
In 2013, Film Forward travelled to eight locations across the globe: Bosnia & Herzegovina, California/Mexico, China/Taiwan, Colombia, Jordan, Maine, Puerto Rico, and Washington. Audiences in all of these locations had the opportunity to screen and discuss the eight Film Forward 2013 films: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, Chasing Ice, The Light In Her Eyes, The Loving Story, Town of Runners, Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna), and Valley of Saints.
Film Forward screened for a variety of audiences including students in Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia & Herzegovina, film professionals in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and community activists in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In each location, there were great questions from audiences and each Film Forward filmmaker remarked on how engaging the discussions were.
The annual Film Forward Google+ Hangout is an opportunity to bring together these diverse audiences for a joint discussion around one film. This year directors Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix joined Film Forward participants from California, Mexico, Maine, and Bosnia & Herzegovina for a discussion of their film The Light In Her Eyes.
Watch the full Hangout or check out the list of highlights below:
15:50 – Students from Mexlicali Rose ask: "What motivated you to make this film?"
22:51 – Director Laura Nix explains their desire to create a film that left audiences with more questions.
29:46 – Student from Bosnia & Herzegovina asks: "Are the Syrian girls depicted in the film free?"
50:55 – Directors Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix share their takeaways from the film.