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Our third short-film festival crowns all new winners
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 21, 2008

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Let's Make a Deal

Best Documentary: Let’s Make a Deal
Directed by Mike Russell


An older gentleman named Will, who sings, dances, and wheedles his way into our hearts — all in eight and a half minutes! — might have won this category for the film about flea markets, Let's Make a Deal. The Maine vendor is one of those characters whom we documentarians live for — someone who jumps off the screen (or the page) to tell a story. And Russell (along with two fellow students and co-producers from his Maine College of Art documentary-film class, John Curran and Suzi Piker) was skilled enough to find him, and to know a great character when he saw one. "I was inspired by the vivid characters and venues of the flea markets in Maine," Russell says. His short film provides the viewer with a glimpse into that world, and the incredibly kind, funny people who apparently inhabit it. The best part is the honesty he catches on film; the vendors openly admit that they sell, well, junk ... but somehow, I doubt it'll make us any less likely to buy from them.

Watch the video: Let's Make a Deal

_Deirdre Fulton

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