Notes From The Program Director | Week of April 28th, 2023

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Notes From The Program Director

Week of April 28th 2023

Melissa Tamminga

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Hello, friends!

I’m writing to you this week from Toronto, Canada, where I am attending the Hot Docs Festival, North America’s largest documentary film festival and one of the richest sources for our own Doctober Film Festival. Over the next week, my Doctober co-programmer, Jane Julian, and I will be packing in as many film screenings as we can, looking for the best of the best among the 200+ titles available at Hot Docs, and ideally, finding some perfect films for Doctober 2023.

I’d also recommend to you the interview Marc Maron did recently with Reichardt on his WTF podcast. Maron talks to Reichardt about each of the films in her filmography, moving through them chronologically (much like filmmaker Francois Truffaut famously did in his week-long conversation with Alfred Hitchcock), and unearthing wonderful tidbits about filmmaking and art and life. The conversation, ultimately, is wide-ranging, deep, funny, and reflective, all the things the very best interviews consist of, leaving listeners the richer for it. And I suspect, like me, you may want to go watch or rewatch all of Reichardt’s films afterwards! 


Next week, May 5, as I’ll be traveling back from Toronto, there won’t be a newsletter, but I’ll be back with more cinematic tidbits and reflections on May 12.


 In the meantime, see you at the movies, friends! 


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