Gilbertsville’s own Jeri Wachter and Joseph C. Stillman were proud recipients of the Berkeley Video Film Festival’s “Grand Festival/State of the Nation Award” on October 28 in California. Their feature documentary, “Something in the Water,” was recognized at the 31st annual BVFF, an event which highlights achievement in electronic, independent filmmaking and provides a platform for media coverage.
“We’re honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization because, like them, we believe this country has a lot of wounds that need to be healed and in a small way, our film addresses those needs through the testimonies of people across America,” stated Stillman.
SCI-FI & HORROR – 11 a.m. Day 2 of the strange and horrific festival. Features authors, vendors, speakers, activities, more. Cost, $6/person for day pass. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/SciFiHorroFest/
ONEONTA – After meeting with poverty-fighting officials in Oneonta earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, R-19, plans to return Saturday, Oct. 5, to participate in a public forum, “Living in Dignity and the Crisis of Poverty in Otsego and Delaware counties,” organized by the Faces of Rural Poverty organization.
Moderated by Jeri Wachter, executive producer of filmmaker Joe Stillman’s “Faces of Rural Poverty” documentary, the forum – 2-5 p.m. at Foothills – will address current issues in education, health care, housing, wages, and transportation.
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal
ONEONTA – Filmmaker Joe Stillman wants to open people’s eyes to what he calls “The Invisible Class.”
“In Otsego County, the poverty rate is 16.5 percent,” he said. “In Oneonta, it’s 29.5 percent. That’s one in three. These are our neighbors, friends, relatives and neighbors, people we play with, shop with and work with.”
Now, home from promoting an award-winning documentary on LBJ’s crusading Attorney General Ramsay Clark, Stillman wants to reveal “Faces of Poverty” in his next documentary.
“I want to put a face to the struggle of low-wage earners,” he said. “They’re making our food, washing dishes, waiting tables. And we take them for granted.”
He’s interviewed Mayor Gary Herzig and Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, as well the Catholic Charities and Opportunities For Otsego leadership.
He is collaborating on the film with Rev. Dana Horrell, husband of First United Methodist pastor Rev. Marti Swords-Horrell, and Jeri Wachter, a publisher in Gilbertsville.