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Afterglow

Directed by Nathan Sill
Documentary Feature
United States | 80 min | 2024

A group of parkour athletes explore their shared history. Looking at how emotions and mindsets are challenged, Afterglow explores themes of trauma and the youth experience of trying to find belonging. How do friendships shape us and what does it mean to grow up?

AWARDS

Winner of the People’s Choice Award
Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), 2021

The Best Feature Documentary Award
Indy Film Fest, 2022

The Cercle d’or for Best Feature Documentary Award
Sherbrooke World Film Festival, 2022

The Grand Prix Documentary Award
Rising Sun International Film Festival, 2022

The Silver Award for Best Feature Documentary
Tokyo Film Awards, 2022

The Dr. Sydney K. Shapiro Humanitarian Award
Phoenix Film Festival, 2022

The Best Editing of a Documentary Award
Madrid International Film Festival, 2022

The Excellence in Editing Award
Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2022

The Best Editing Award
Brussels World Film Festival, 2022

REVIEWS

“Truly a rare moment in Cinema… This film is a marvel”
Mélikah Abdelmoumen & Marc Béland, CBC Radio Canada

“An Exquisite Gem. Tenderness, wonder, & dignity…
a beautiful film about beautiful people”
Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

“Anyone who watches Dear Audrey will undoubtedly conclude
that Hayes is a masterful filmmaker”
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight

“Touching… luminous… truly magnificent”
Caroline Levesque, CBC Radio Canada

“Dear Audrey, a riveting documentary…
that stands as a powerful paean to passion and perseverance”
Evelyn C White, The Halifax Examiner

“…so many amazing lessons, stories, emotions with pain
and celebration intertwined”
Darren Wiesner, Hollywood North Magazine

“It’s impossible to watch this documentary, (a People’s Choice Award winner), without being overwhelmed by its sweetness and generosity”
Silvia Galipeau, La Press

“…an at once ethereal reflection on the enduring power of love,
and unblinking revelation of life’s steel-cold realities”
Chris Cook, Gorilla Radio

“The central force of Dear Audrey is the eternal, almost implacable force of love that binds people together through the most difficult times”
Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

“Dear Audrey celebrates the very best the human heart has to offer, with such compassion, artistry and grace”
Terre Nash, Oscar-winning director

“A Stunning Love Story You Won’t Soon Forget!”
Indy Film Fest

“This love story will bring you joy, hope, tears and humility…”
Dr. Jen Hammersmark, Mind Your Madness

“…a beautiful homage to Audrey, to the couple’s
love and their family”
Nantali Indongo, CBC Radio

“Beautiful, touching … ‘Dear Audrey’ is a testament to
what Audrey was and what she remains forever”
Rob Wilson, The Bobr Times

“Poignant and could not be more authentic”
Amandine de Chanteloup, Le Collectif

Every film has its own set of challenges, but this one came with a laundry list.
With so many iconic moments and great performances throughout its existence, we really had to hone in on overarching themes as opposed to individuals, because the Relays have always been larger than one athlete. We really had to do our research to pick and choose which stories to include and then figure out if there was archival footage or photography of that particular year. In many cases, there wasn’t. Especially in the early years. During the first twenty some odd years of the relays, film footage of the event didn’t exist because the technology was in its infancy. This proved to be a challenge on more than one occasion and we had to find other mechanisms to tell that part of the story.
From a production standpoint, we were only able to film one modern Penn Relays – the 125th anniversary. What we didn’t know at the time, however, was that it would be the end of the 125 year consecutive streak due to COVID19, with the 126th running canceled. We actually found this out during the post- production process (which took place during Philadelphia’s stay at home order). This resulted in us having to adjust some of our creative decisions pretty late in the game. Needless to say, working as a remote team also had its own set of unique challenges, especially with the amount of archival footage we were dealing with throughout the process. I can’t say enough about how thankful I am for such a great diverse, team and how they persevered throughout the entire process under incredible circumstances.
In a time when our country couldn’t be more divided, it was a joy to tell a story that involved bringing people together and embracing our differences. By the end of the project, I had such a beautiful experience and developed an incredible amount of admiration for the way sports can unite us.

Afterglow - Poster

Afterglow - Nathan Sill

Nathan Sill
Director

Nathan Sill is an aspiring writer and filmmaker from Beloit WI.
Founding member of Parkour group Sigfreed, his background in exploring and athletics has lead to both personal and professional growth.

Film Information

Director: Nathan Sill
Country: United States
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 80 min
Rated:  PG-13

Credits

Producer: Nathan Sill
Writer: Nathan Sill
Cinematography: Alex Page
Original Song: AyB
Editor: Mason Sorensen
Key  Cast: Nathan Sill, Devon McIntyre, Evan Rusmisel, Ben Xiong, Max Saladar, Rylee McIntyre, Drake McIntyre, SaVana McIntyre

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