The Nanaimo mini-documentary film about Vancouver Island/Vancouver, BC resident jazz bassist/producer/composer Rick Kilburn, “In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,” has achieved a third Hollywood award win. Film director and Canadian Polaris Music Prize juror Kerilie McDowall and her crew won the June 2021 Best Web and New Media award at IndieX Film Fest in Hollywood. Additionally at Hollywood's Indie Short Fest, the short received the June 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Web and New Media and an Honorable Mention Award for Best Web and New Media at the Independent Shorts Awards in LA in March 2020. Additionally in June/July 2021, the short film won Best Documentary at the London International Monthly Film Festival, Best Director at the Seoul International Short Film Festival, Best Canadian Documentary for short at the Toronto Independent Film Festival of CIFT, and Best First-Time Female Director at the Independent Shorts Awards.
Kerilie’s 11x award-winning short documentary team has been delighted that the jazz short picked up five awards in June and July 2021. The short picked up three awards in October 2021: Best Documentary Short and Best Inspirational Film double Awards of Prestige from the Vegas Movie Awards. Add an Honorable Mention Award at the Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival and the film was selected by the Montreal Independent Film Festival, Ferrara Film Corto Festival, Rome FFI, Tokyo International Short Film Festival, FILMHAUS, London International Monthly Film Festival, Toronto International Women Film Festival, Swedish International Film Festival, World Cinema Milan and Filmhaus Berlin. After this, the short received a whopping 9 nominations in Berlin including Best Documentary Short, Best Independent Film, Best Zero-Budget Short, Best First-Time / Directorial Debut, Short, Best Documentary Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Podcast or Documentary Host/Presenter. The short was also nominated at Paris, France’s Beyond the Curve International Film Festival and has been selected numerous times. The film was a finalist at the USA’s jellyFEST Season 7, Beyond the Curve International Film Festival in Paris, Roma Short Film Festival, New York International Women Festival, Tokyo International Short Film Festival, and Swedish International Film Festival. The short was a semi-finalist at six fests. Most recently the short was selected at the 2021 Milan FFI Film Fest International for Milan, where Kerilie and gifted Technical Supervisor, Shaw Spotlight’s Todd Jones picked up an award for Best Editing of a Short Documentary.
As a jazz guitarist, instructor, and music composer, Kerilie enjoys teaching and working with music students and recording artists. Kerilie currently teaches guitar in Nanaimo at her studio and online with her business Canadian Online Guitar Lessons. She’s working on launching a new aspect to her business concerning her critical work with recording artists coaching them on crucial aspects of the music industry to aid in affordable pandemic self-management and to help further their international careers. Kerilie will also offer workshops and private coaching to new creatives, and aspiring writers.
Kerilie volunteer hosts/directs television shows at Nanaimo, BC’s SHAW Spotlight. A past host of Community Producers, McDowall co-hosts with others as a volunteer on SHAW Spotlight Nanaimo, Canada’s The Show. As a volunteer television director under mentorship with Todd Jones, McDowall directed SHAW TV’s Coast Connections weekly from October 2015 until 2019 then bi-weekly in 2020 pre-COVID pandemic, directing and hosting on other SHAW Spotlight television productions. She enjoys working with local community enjoying both the Canadian/international online volunteer and charity work.
Recently “In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,” was selected and screened at the Hong Kong International Short Film Festival, where the film won Best Documentary Short at their 2021 festival, a distinguished honour for McDowall’s team and Canada.
Film fest invites are coming in globally daily including from Spain, London, Berlin, Australia, and many others. McDowall especially wants to thank her short documentary team: Shaw Spotlight’s Cam McLean, Todd Jones, Stas Bobkov, and Jocelyn Matwe with Shaw Spotlight volunteer editor/cameraman Doug Tombe and local editor/filmmaker Paul Rathke. McDowall also wants to give special thanks to the cast Rick and Jim Kilburn and family, Ron Hadley, and recording artist John Stetch. Kerilie would like to thank everyone in her circle for their support recently and/or along the way.
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Image of Kerilie McDowall with guitar and trophies by Dirk Heydemann of HA Photography. https://www.haphotography.com/.Poster image by Dane Warren. Shaw Spotlight studio photo by Elizabeth Heinz.