Well, I’ve just gotten back home from a trip to upstate New York – and I mean, UP-state.  The first ever St. Lawrence International Film Festival was held in Canton, NY this past weekend, and I was invited to speak at several events, including a master class for music student at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.  I also moderated a screening and Q&A for the music documentary FOR THE LOVE OF MAMBO, which included a live performance by the school’s Latin Ensemble, with guest performers from Tito Puente’s Orchestra.  It was a really fun weekend meeting lots of great students, filmmakers and cinephiles.  Festival Director Adam Paul, an old friend and collaborator, asked me to serve on the Jury for the Narrative Films as well, and it was my pleasure to announce the winner, a wonderful film called SUCKER, with a terrific performance by Timothy Spall.  I hope to get back there for next year’s festival, and perhaps even sooner for more classroom time with the music students!  Thank you to SLIFF and SUNY Potsdam for their hospitality and support!

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