Thursday, April 28, 2011
Mothers of Bedford is about to be launched into the world. The film makes its World Premiere at Hot Docs film festival at the end of this month. It was my pleasure to score this Film
MOTHERS OF BEDFORD is a straightforward accounting of the fastest growing prison population in the United States. It is shocking in its statistics, yet moving in its depiction of women who are learning to take responsibility - for their actions, for themselves, and for their children. These women tell their stories to the camera - to us - without excuses. And Jenifer McShane makes us care about them simply by showing us their lives, and their children's lives, without manipulaton. MOTHERS OF BEDFORD is a beautiful documentary about a group of women that we've never seen before in this fashion.
--Marian Masone, Film Society of Lincoln Center
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
“Buck,” Cindy Meehl’s documentary on Brannaman’s unique career, took home the Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, months after it claimed the same prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
It’s hard to resist Brannaman’s charms. His gift isn’t with horses – though he knows how to soothe those sometimes-savage beasts. Instead, Buck clicks with owners, explaining how a horse acts as a mirror into its rider’s soul (and some cowboys sure don’t like what they see). “Buck” certainly is a crowd-pleaser, and I can see why audiences at Full Frame were wooed.