2018 has so far brought bitterly cold temperatures, so it is a pleasure to turn our thoughts today to the start of festival season in Southern California, where Selah Selam is a nominee for a California Film Award and has made the semis of the prestigious Southern California Screenplay Competition.
Note to Selah: You put in long holiday hours at the resale shop, not to mention all of your worthy peace-making efforts abroad. Would you object to taking a little break for some sun and surf?
Selah’s reply: I think you forget sometimes I’m Jamaican, Dr. M. Ginny and I are already booked!
Update 1/20: Selah Selam received a Finalist Award at the CFAs and won an Honorable Mention in the SoCal Screenplay Competition, finishing in the top four. Many thanks to all of the organizers!
Selah Selam made it through to the finals of the Near Nazareth Festival in Israel, receiving an award for “Strengthening Friendship and Understanding Between Nations.”
Note to Selah: Congrats again, my likeable one! You certainly achieved your goal. And I wish you and Ginny, Heather and Winston, and Viv and the guys all the best for the holidays. BTW, how is the poetry coming along?
Selah’s Reply: Ginny has me putting together song lyrics, but I’m no Lauryn Hill:
How will you see the next cycle of the moon? / Half full or half empty, diminishing from view? / The light is leaving us — but coming back soon.
Where will you be, the next trip around the sun? / In a faraway place? A step closer to someone? / The universe is shaping us — its work is not done.
Selah Selam was recently chosen by Fernleif Productions for its 2017 Back in the Box Competition. Back in the Box is a screenwriter’s screenwriter’s contest, with the list of finalists including winners from many previous festivals this year.
This year’s Near Nazareth Film Festival, directed by Lilia Berman, will be held December 13-17 in Afula, Israel. The event features the work of filmmakers and writers from seventy countries.
Note to Selah: This is one festival which is not all about winning. It accepts entries from all cultures, in all languages, and its mission is “to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of the world.” Selah’s reply: I think you are starting to get it, Dr. M.
Selah Selam is an Official Selection to the 5th Annual STEPS International Short Film Festival in the Syrian Arab Republic. The festival, directed by Majd Younes Ahmad, will be held March 4 in Latakia.
Note to Selah: It seems like a good sign that you will be bringing a message of peace to festivals in Syria and Israel at the same time, given the current tensions on the border. But please be careful!
Selah’s reply: I will. And thanks for the book of Rumi poems you sent! I like this one: “Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.”
Preparations are being made in the City of Joy for the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival’s (CICFF) annual awards event, to be held this year on December 5-6. Monthly winners in main filmmaking categories are eligible for this year’s Golden Fox Awards.
The World Series of Screenwriting announced today that Selah Selam is the 2017 winner of the Silver Award for Short Film Scripts. My congratulations to Frances Wilkerson for winning the Gold Award and to Ian Davies (Bronze). See: worldseriesofscreenwriting.com/awards/2017-winners
Note to Selah: In response to a comment I received on the script logline posted on Stage32, I wrote: “Selah may be my own character, but even I am somewhat in awe of her as a holy person-in-the-making.” Anyway, I’m glad to put your story out there, and hope it might bring you some acclaim…
Selah’s reply: You are so funny, Dr. M! Ginny warned me that you could get overly sentimental about your characters. You know perfectly well you shouldn’t confuse the message with the messenger. I’m far from being a saint, and certainly not seeking fame, only trying to make an appeal for unity. Peace and love — Selah. P.S. And please say hi to your daughter for me!