The special jury award for a documentary film about the Bangor International Airport troop greeters will provide a good bump for the movie, director Aron Gaudet said Wednesday.
“The Way We Get By,” which profiles three troop greeters, was recognized Tuesday night at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, known as SWSX.
“We definitely weren’t expecting that coming down here,” said Gaudet, an Old Town native. “We were just excited to play our movie at a good festival and have people see it. This was like icing on the cake.”
The special jury award, which was in the documentary feature category, is essentially a runner-up honor that is awarded at the discretion of the judges. “45365,” a film about a town in Ohio, won the grand jury award.
Eight films were entered in the documentary feature category. The 2009 SXSW Film Festival consisted of 133 feature-length films, including 57 world premieres, selected from 1,511 submissions.
Gaudet said he and producer Gita Pullapilly have been contacted by production companies and reviewers who want copies of the movie.
“It gives it a little bump in awareness,” Gaudet said. “It certainly can’t hurt.”
BDN film critic Christopher Smith hasn’t seen the film yet, but said SXSW is one of the more significant film festivals in the U.S. The festival draws people in the movie industry who are looking to find films deserving of wider distribution.
“Whenever you can get a room full of people who are looking to buy movies, that’s only good for you,” Smith said. “Certainly this is one of the big [festivals] and good for them for being accepted into it. Not just anyone can go and have their film shown.”
Erik Childress of efilmcritic.com, which named “The Way We Get By” one of the “10 Films to Put On Your Schedule” at SWSX, said in his review he “absolutely loved” the movie.
None of the movie’s three subjects, Bill Knight, Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet, Aron Gaudet’s mother, was able to travel to Texas.
Gaudet said “The Way We Get By” will have a national showing on the PBS show “P.O.V.” sometime in November to coincide with Veterans Day.
A rough cut of “The Way We Get By” was shown during the Camden International Film Festival last fall. Gaudet said the filmmakers will soon announce Maine screenings of the final version.
“The Way We Get By” will screen next at the Cleveland International Film Festival, followed by the Florida Film Festival, and then festivals in Philadelphia, Durham, N.C., Phoenix, Wisconsin and Atlanta.
On April 28 the film gets its New York City premiere as part of the Stranger Than Fiction Film Festival, of which the Camden International Film Festival is a co-sponsor.
For more information about the movie, go to www.thewaywegetbymovie.com