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I’ve been pretty bad about updating, but between facebook and traveling and watching so many amazing films, I just wanted to enjoy my time at the Indie Spirit Film Festival. It was my first time attending a major festival as a director and I honestly felt like a celebrity! My filmmaker badge allowed me to attend any screening, all the parties, and opened the door to conversations I may not have had with other film enthusiasts. Here’s a picture of me at the festival!

Although Speed of Fencing did not win anything, everyone I talked to LOVED the film! That’s worth way more to me than winning an award (but it would have been cool too). It’s just nice to receive recognition and praise from the non-fencing community as well. One day, all Americans will know what fencing is and how amazing it can be. 🙂

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9th Floor Meeting Room at NYAC

It was a wonderful Friday night at NYAC. After our women’s epee practice, everyone appeared on the 9th Floor of the New York Athletic Club for our annual Season Kick-off Party and pasta dinner. Michael Aufrichtig, our chairman, presented a wonderful slideshow highlighting the club’s achievements and fun photos. And to start the presentation, Speed of Fencing was shown to an all-fencer audience for the first time!

I have to say, I was pretty nervous about what my peers were going to think of this fencing film. Fencers (myself included) are known to be picky about how their sport is represented in movies, commercials, and theater. We know how the actions are SUPPOSED to look, but most times the director chooses a more theatrical way to show fencing.

I’m proud to say that the response was overwhelmingly positive! Fencers loved the film and even said that I found a way to make fencing look cool! Wow, there’s nothing better than that! A few sabre fencers even asked me when the sabre sequel was coming out. One step at a time my friends. One step at a time. 🙂

I’m very excited for my NYAC teammates and NY fencing friends to see Speed of Fencing tomorrow night. Michael Aufrichtig, our wonderful Chairman and the new fencing head coach at Columbia University, is running the festivities of our NYAC Season Kick-off party and has been a very supportive in the life of this film. Thanks Michael!
So if you’re lucky enough to be attending, I hope you enjoy it and will see it again!

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