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Max Powers Wins Best Director Award at River Bend Film Festival
Director Max Powers with Poet Ashley August

Director Max Powers with Poet Ashley August

Don’t Be Nice’s Director Max Powers has won Best Director at the 18th Annual River Bend Film Festival in Goshen, Indiana.

River Bend Film Festival is an annual 3-day celebration of independent cinema from around the globe laced with workshops and filmmaker coffee talks every Spring in downtown Goshen, Indiana. River Bend has screened hundreds of student, regional, and international films, averaging 50-70 per year. It has also offered workshops on lighting, acting, editing, screenwriting, visual effects, crowdfunding, and more.

Max Powers is a filmmaker and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. While an associate editor on the Emmy Award-winning documentary “We Could Be King,” Max edited the short films “Big Cheat” and “Something Happened” as well as episodes of the short series “Hell Week” for ESPN. Before directing “Don’t Be Nice,” his feature directorial debut, Max co-edited “Keepers of the Game” that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He has film Degree from Vassar College. Don't Be Nice is Max's directorial debut film.

Thanks to the whole #RBFF2019 team!

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The Goshen News Covers River Bend Film Festival's Doc Panel
Six documentary filmmakers speak on the topic of “Developing the Doc” during a panel discussion at Goshen Brewing Company. Photo Credit: John Kline | The Goshen News.

Six documentary filmmakers speak on the topic of “Developing the Doc” during a panel discussion at Goshen Brewing Company. Photo Credit: John Kline | The Goshen News.

Six filmmakers were invited to speak on the topic of “Developing the Doc” during a panel discussion at the Goshen Brewing Company on the final day of the 2019 River Bend Film Festival.

“It used to be that you needed film and technicians and thousands of dollars,” Melnechuk said of the industry. “Now that you don’t have that, what I think hopefully can change is how immediate the process of creating a film can be. Everyone is pulling out their cameras to take selfies, and I think that might change the way films look and feel if there’s less setup, the intention is more immediate and direct, etc.”

Pictured, from left, are Kyle Hufford, a film and video production teacher at Goshen College representing the film “Deep Dive”; Riley Mills, co-director of the short film “Honeysuckle Whiskey”; David Kendall, moderator; Elizabeth Derstine, co-director of “Honeysuckle Whiskey”; Nikhil Melnechuk, producer of the film “Don’t Be Nice”; Shawn Rhodes, producer of the film “This Is Love”; and Matt Litwiller, representing the short film “Liminal”.

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Savannah Now Catches "Don't Be Nice" on the Red Carpet
(L-R) , Don’t Be Nice Director Max Powers and Producer Nikhil Melnechuk on the red carpet at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.

(L-R) , Don’t Be Nice Director Max Powers and Producer Nikhil Melnechuk on the red carpet at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.

This week Don’t Be Nice is in Savannah, GA at the 21st Annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. Savannah Now caught up with Director Max Powers and Nikhil Melnechuk on the red carpet Monday night.

“Don’t Be Nice” is the story of the Bowery Slam Poetry Team as it prepares for the national championship.

“I run the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, and there is incredible community of poets there, some of the best in the world,” Melnechuk said. “In 2016, when we made the film, there was a new crop, a new generation of slam poets about to come up. I saw that there was something incredible happening that we needed to film. So I called my favorite director, one of my oldest friends to come in and see whether or not it could be made into a documentary film.”

“It was fun; it was exciting,” Powers said. “It was really hard at times. I mean, with these poems and poets, they’re sharing really deep personal experiences and really wearing their hearts on their sleeves. For a documentary, that is really great because you get a lot of access. But it’s also incredibly challenging to be in the room with people who are being so vulnerable.”

Don’t Be Nice has its second SCAD Savannah Film Festival screening at 9:30am Saturday, November 3rd (event link) at the Trustees Theater in Savannah, GA.

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"Don't Be Nice" and "Fevah" Honored at Adirondack Film Festival
(L-R) Producer Nikhil Melnechuk, Actress/EP Melissa Jackson, Story Producer/Editor David Lieberman, Director Max Powers, Programming Director Jess Levandoski

(L-R) Producer Nikhil Melnechuk, Actress/EP Melissa Jackson, Story Producer/Editor David Lieberman, Director Max Powers, Programming Director Jess Levandoski

Don’t Be Nice and Fevah were both honored at the Third Annual Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls, New York. Don’t Be Nice was chosen by Programming Director Jess Levandoski as her top pick for the festival, earning an encore “Jess’s Pick” screening on the festival’s “Best-Of-Fest” day, Sunday, October 21st. Fevah received Runner-Up in the Best Dramatic Short Competition.

The Adirondack Film Festival screens over 80 films in one weekend to thousands of viewers annually. The festival features panel discussions, a free family series, multiple parties & special events, and a selection of indie and studio feature length and short films all taking place on 7 screens in downtown Glens Falls. With all locations in walking distance in the middle of a charming city surrounded by restaurants and, parks, and shopping, it’s the ideal setting for a major festival. All AFF filmmakers receive a complimentary room!

Thanks to Chad, Jess, Jessica, Robert, Tab, and the whole #ADK2018 team. Filmmakers—make sure to submit your film’s to next year’s Adirondack Film Festival.

 

Max Powers Wins Directing Award for "Don't Be Nice" at Port Townsend
Director Max Powers

Director Max Powers

Don’t Be Nice’s Director Max Powers has won the Jim Ewing Young Director Award at the 19th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival in Washington.

Max Powers is a filmmaker and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. While an associate editor on the Emmy Award-winning documentary “We Could Be King,” Max edited the short films “Big Cheat” and “Something Happened” as well as episodes of the short series “Hell Week” for ESPN. Before directing “Don’t Be Nice,” his feature directorial debut, Max co-edited “Keepers of the Game” that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He has film Degree from Vassar College. Don't Be Nice is Max's directorial debut film.

Thanks to Jane and the whole #PTFF2018 team. See Don’t Be Nice next at Bushwick Film Festival, 8:05pm Saturday, October 13th.

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"Don't Be Nice" Wins the 13th Annual Atlanta DocuFest!
Atlanta DocuFest

Atlanta DocuFest

Don't Be Nice has won Best Documentary Feature at the 13th Annual Atlanta DocuFest in Atlanta, GA. 

Winners include:

Best Documentary Feature
DON’T BE NICE
by Max Powers

Best Foreign Documentary Feature
STATE OF EXCEPTION
by Jason O'Hara

Best Social Issue Documentary Feature
THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR
by Vlada Knowlton

Best Director
WE ARE COLUMBINE
by Laura Farber

The 13th Annual Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (Atlanta Docufest) is held September 13 - 15, 2018 at the Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

Docufest brings you the best independent documentary films from across the globe. The festival spotlights powerful and meaningful life stories which educate and entertain audiences of every demographic.

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"Don't Be Nice" Wins the 13th Annual Macon Film Festival
Macon Film Festival

Macon Film Festival

Don't Be Nice has won Best Documentary at the 13th Annual Macon Film Festival in Macon, GA. 

Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development.
After another record-breaking year in 2017, the Macon Film Festival is heading into its 13th year with a four-day festival planned for August 16th - 19th. The Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in multiple historic theaters in the city's downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings, and workshops throughout the festival weekend.

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