Just back yesterday from the magical Guth Gafa Documentary Festival in Ireland (more on that soon) when someone on The D-Word Community congratulates me for winning the Critics Award at the Planete Doc Review festival in Warsaw. Actually, it was awarded to a certain Douga Blocka, perhaps my Eastern European alias. Comes with 1,000 Euros in prize money, so they can call me whatever the hell they please.
When I checked out the website, I discovered we actually shared the award with my friend Susan Kaplan's Three of Hearts, which is nice (although there goes half the moolah). Especially since no one ever says they shared a prize. Un uhn, we're both winners!
Haven't been able to tell from the EDOC 5 website whether we won the Audience Award in Ecuador. When I last looked, we were 3rd out of 67 films in the running tally. But one 51st Birch Street did get a nice review en espanol from the clearly brilliant and insightful Daniel Avilés. It says, in part:
"The result of this exercise in what Americans call 'closure' or 'rites of passage' is a simple, honest, and revealing film... 51 Birch Street is the address of the filmmaker's home, but it could be that of ours".
Yep, that Douga Blocka's head is getting just a wee bit swelled. Because, boys and girls, he's got something of an international hit on his hands.