#34 From Short Stories to Award Winning Documentaries – Cevin Soling

#34 From Short Stories to Award Winning Documentaries – Cevin Soling

Taking yourself out of your comfort zone can create incredible art.  In this episode Cevin Soling discusses funding and budgeting for award winning documentaries, telling the story that needs to be told, writer’s block, subtext and juxtaposing opposites to create the unique premise. 

Cevin Soling, president of Spectacle Films and Xemu Records, works as writer, director, producer, artist, and academic.
Soling directed and produced, THE WAR ON KIDS, winner of the best educational documentary award at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival.  It has received accolades from The New York Times, Variety, and The Huffington Post.  In addition, the film was featured on national television along with an interview on The Dr. Nancy Show on MSNBC, as well as on RT Television, and Soling was the featured guest on The Colbert Report. The film has been broadcast internationally on The Sundance Channel and aired domestically on The Documentary Channel.

Soling also produced and directed IKLAND, a film about a tribe in Northern Uganda that had been described as the most despicable people on the planet by the anthropologist who studied them over forty years ago. IKLAND won the award for Best Documentary content at the Boston International Film Festival and was released theatrically in June of 2012 where it received enthusiastic reviews from The New York Times, Discovery Magazine, and from several syndicated critics.

Soling wrote, directed, and produced the feature film, THE WAR ON THE WAR ON DRUGS, winner of the best experimental feature film award at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival, the Stoney Award for best documentary from High Times, as well as the “Clear Creek” Honorable Mention Award at the Winslow International Film Festival.

The New York Times proclaimed in a rave review that THE WAR ON THE WAR ON DRUGS “…a lively and well-executed satire that sweetens its occasional truths with rebellious humor…” The film was acquired for DVD distribution worldwide through Time Warner by The Disinformation Company.

Check out Cevin’s New Movie and go to the screening http://johnfrummovie.com/

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