Silverdocs, the most talked about documentary festival in the United States, starts today! A seven-day international film festival and five-day concurrent conference that promotes documentary film as a leading art form, Silverdocs makes a point of supporting work of independent filmmakers and this year one of those they’re supporting is Julie Wyman, the filmmaker behind Strong!. Wyman and her film Strong!, along with the film’s subject, Olympic weight lifter Cheryl Haworth, came to Haverford in March as part of And the Winner is Nick Kahn and have been hard at work travelling and sharing Cheryl’s extraordinary story through Julie’s wonderful film ever since. It seems the hard work is paying off as the Washington Post recently named Strong! one of ten films not to miss at Silverdocs. If you happen to be in or around the Washington D.C. area this week be sure not to miss Strong! at Silverdocs!
Having grown up skateboarding, I have long been connected and obsessed with stickers and sticker culture. I know stickers (especially in skateboarding) began as a simple and cost effective means of branding for companies, but there’s something about the iconography of stickers and stickering I simply can’t ignore. To me there’s more embedded in the adhesive than a company name. There’s personality, choice, identification, proclamation, and other nuanced personal connections and stories for days. This is perhaps why I am so excited to see the stickers that have surfaced in Philadelphia touting the title and the final truth of the exhibition And the Winner is Nick Kahn. After a long tough tournament Nick was declared the winner thus changing the exhibition’s name and in turn making Nick a brand. And what a brand! Who doesn’t love a winner, especially one as endearing and enjoyable to watch as Nick. He displayed and unbridled excitement for his win and has carried that joy on into the various participatory prizes he has claimed. Nick and his achievements, like those of all winners is something worth cheering and I for one am glad to see the news of his win being spread far and wide!