I remember my first time like it was yesterday. It’s the moment when you realize that you are giving part of yourself to the people who are watching with you. When they respond, you can feel them. It’s pure magic.
Recently, my documentary filmmaking students here at the university where I teach in Bulgaria had their first filmmaking experience with an audience. They were so nervous before the screening (see pic just below- I think you spot them) of their short documentaries they made this semester. You just feel so damn vulnerable.
In the end, the night was magical. Each student had their moment of audience connection and Q & A.
It was lovely to witness the transformation. It was the kind of night that teachers dream about and makes me happy that we moved to Bulgaria to work at the American University in Bulgaria.
I invite you to watch all of their docs on the AUBG Documentary Class website “Our Short Films.” Some of the topics are: forgiveness, film, folk festivals, friendship, bodyguards, sleeplessness, dance, music, twins, triplets, and taxis. I think you’ll enjoy them.
Of course it won’t be the same as having that magical moment in the theater with the students, but I know they would love to share their work with you, especially because it’s their first time.
Watch and comment on their docs here: www.ourshortfilms.wordpress.com
Like the Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AUBG-Doc-Class/155523174607612?fref=ts