Hey guys, hope you are all well! It’s been a busy few months for me since graduating. I began submitting MS, Mexico & Me: Aileen’s Story to various film festivals and have been quite successful so far.
I was very proud when I was told that the documentary had won “Best Documentary” at Ironstar Summer Shorts which is a film festival based in Dundee run by a local production company. Kirsten MacGregor and I travelled through for the screenings and were very impressed by the variety of films shown and were very pleased to have been chosen to be a part of the festival.
As well as this award it also won “Documentary of The Month” for July 2018 in TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival. This was an international online festival which really took me by surprise and made me think that despite it being very Scottish it has a message and story which has a bigger audience.
Sharing Aileen’s story with a wider audience and raising awareness of MS and the HSCT treatment was always the goal with this and I will continue to do this. It was also screened at the Belfast Human Rights Film Festival in August and just last week I received news that it has been selected to be screened at the Hebrides International Film Festival.
I personally don’t think there could be a festival more appropriate than this as it will be screened in several venues across the islands including: rural Lewis (Bernera, where Aileen herself works), Harris, Uist and Barra.
The festival runs from the 19th to the 22nd of September 2018 and I believe Aileen herself will be attending one of the screenings. They will also be showing international feature documentaries, dramas and short films which link to the theme of islands, environments and remote communities.
Details about their program are on their website:
So, to recap Aileen’s Story is well and truly travelling at the moment and hopefully will continue to do so for the next few months. I am beyond ecstatic about how well the documentary has done so far.
Also, since my last blog post I have been working on three short videos for the RNLI at Loch Ness and they are just beginning to be shared on social media.
Having lived beside Loch Ness for most of my life I have witnessed the incredible work of the RNLI and I hope these videos do them justice. I was focusing on three different subjects for each video:
Please watch them if you are interested.
Have a great day! :D