This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Glen’s Village, the Notebook‘s 30-minute documentary film about the impact of childhood trauma, will be back on the festival circuit this weekend at the 11th annual Durango Film Festival in Durango, Colo.
This marks the 14th film festival where Glen’s Village has been accepted. The film, directed and produced by journalists Dorian Geiger and Paul Jablow, was recently nominated for best documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards. It has also won five awards since appearing in festivals across the country.
“I really loved the flow of it and the style of cinematography,” said Ian Simmons, documentary programmer for the Durango Film Festival. “It’s an inspirational story, and it’s common on some levels, as well. It was just really heartfelt, you can really identify with Glen, and it’s well-told.”
Nestled in the southwest corner of Colorado, Durango is much smaller and more rural than the gritty part of West Philadelphia that Glen Casey, the subject of Geiger’s film, comes from. Simmons, who has been programming documentaries for the festival for two years, said that the film resonated strongly with the festival’s programming committee and that he believes it will receive a warm reception in Durango.
“We have plenty of youth problems out in the middle of the desert out here,” he said, explaining that the region suffers from issues related to poverty similar to those portrayed in Glen’s Village. “Between gangs and drugs, there are similar stories, whether they’re in a 5,000 to 10,000 population or [a city]."
Glen’s Village is up against nearly 20 other films in the short documentary category. Among them are Night Witch, a New York Times Op-Docs film about the life of a World War II hero who was part of a Soviet all-female bombing regiment, and Tiger Hood, a film accepted into SXSW 2015 about a New York City street-hustling golfer.
The Durango Film Festival will screen Glen’s Village at 9:30 a.m. on March 3 and at 3 p.m. on March 5. The Philadelphia Independent Film Awards will be held May 22.
Glen’s Village was produced as part of the Notebook’s coverage of the impact of childhood trauma.