"Lift" Award Winning Hitchhiking Documentary Now Online

Welcome back after the assorted Solstice Hollidays and New Year!

It's been a while since I mentioned my documentary Lift as it hasn't been submitted or accepted into any new film festivals since Cornwall in November last year.  I've decided that the film has done well enough on the festival circet and it's now time to begin it's new life under a Creative Commons License on the internet.  


The motivation for this film comes from my fascination with the majority of people who (mostly unthinkingly) refuse to give away things for free, like a spare seat, even though there are many benefits.  On the other hand a smaller group will go out of their way, with some cost, to help complete strangers.  So what is the main difference between the two groups?  I'm still not sure but making this film brought me closer to the answer...


Even though Lift is 18 months old I'd still love to hear your feedback or comments so please leave your thoughts below.  There's more info about Lift's awards and screenings over here.  If you like the film please share this blog post using this short link: http://bit.ly/liftdocumentary

Also, you can rate it on it's Internet Movie Data Base page.


Creative Commons License
Lift by Nathan Rae is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.


Three Big Events

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be:

… at the Glasgow Film Festival.

My documentary Lift is being show on Sunday 21st February 4.30pm as part of the Leave A Trail competition.

I think that if I win here I actually get a cash prize, which would be nice.  I’ll be tweeting alot this weekend so keep an eye on my twitter feed for the latest updates, views and comments on all I get up to.


… at the Film Insiders Talent Festival, Barrow-In-Furness.

On Friday 5th March I am going to be doing a Q and A session with Matt Lloyd about why and how I made Lift and why it has been successful.  Lift will also be screened as part of the “Best Of Glasgow” event.

This looks like it will be a great few days of film making workshops, master classes, networking and parties! If you are a filmmaker in the North West you should really check it out. I’m really looking forward to it.


… at the International Woman’s Day, Gorton Monastery, Manchester.

I’m going to be filming a “Viral Video” with a Monestry full of 500 Women. Naomi Sumner from All The Skills will be teaching them a dance which we will then film a couple of times in an interest way.  Hopefully it will capture the imagination of enough people to spread around a bit.  More details coming soon.

For now though, if you are a woman, check out the website and consider coming along for some pampering, networking, thought provoking, self developing and enjoyable activities in an amazing venue.

Lift is selected for EXPOSURES Film Festival!

Exposures Film Festival is "The UK's leading student film and moving image festival" and runs from 17th- 19th November 2009.  It is a national festival and competition accepting Drama, Documentary and Film Art submissions from college, degree and masters students.

I'm only telling you this because my degree film "Lift" (click to watch) has been selected to be show in the Documentary Film category!  This news has really made my day and has given me the confidence to enter the film into other festivals which charge for entry.

As Lift has been selected it is eligible to win Best Documentary (and Best Of Fest I suppose) though I'm not sure if it is awarded by panel of judges or decided at the screening by the audience.  I'll keep you updated.  I'm not expecting to win any awards but it would be nice, wouldn't it?

I had to submit a few production stills to the organisers but as I didn't have any from the real shoot, Shona and I went out and recreated some moments from my travels.  I shouldn't have been surprised, but even with me holding up a "Lift" sign and Shona taking photos, a guy stopped to pick us up!  It was a bit embarrassing waving to him " Thanks, but we don't actually want a lift!"