New York message: video journal (1)

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A video blog message by John Forrest, Festival Director.


John Forrest takes a few moments out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts from the first leg of his trip to the USA.

The miniaturisation of technology is amazing; the backdrop to John’s message is New York City’s Grand Central Terminus – a terrific metaphor for his time of travelling across America.

It’s great to hear that John is getting to meet such a range of interesting people during his trip.

The video: greetings from New York (00.33)

Inventory of the people filmed during John’s visit

➤ Blog posting 1: John Forrest arrives in New York
➤ Blog posting 2: John David Ware, Founder and President of the 168 Film Festival
➤ Blog posting 3: Eddie Siebart, President of Loyola Productions
➤ Blog posting 4: John Viscount, writer of Admissions
➤ Blog posting 5: Bob Arvin and Jeff Holder, 3dBOB Productions
➤ Blog posting 6: John Forrest signs off from Los Angeles
➤ Blog posting all: A compilation of all the video clips

Outcomes of the trip

During John Forrest’s stay in New York he met up with Jordi Torrent, Project Manager, UNAOC and PLURAL + Youth Video Festival. As a result of this meeting, John and Jordi agreed that the Insight Film Festival should become a Partner organisation to PLURAL+ and that Insight would present an award at the 2013 PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony.

The winning entry of the Insight-Coexist Award, Admissions, has been screened on two further occasions as a direct result of the film having won the award. Admissions was one of a number of films screened as part of the MOCAfest strand of the 9th World Islamic Economic Forumheld in London at the end of October 2013 (29-31 October 2013). Admissions was also screened as part of Insight’s contribution to the programme of the 9th International Movies and Religion Festival held in São Paulo, Brazil (2-8 December 2013).

Insight remains in contact with all the other filmmakers and festival directors interviewed in the video compilation. Some positive outcomes from the trip take longer to appear than others and Insight hopes to be able to report further on any developments that emerge.