“Josh Gibson’s Kudzu Vine was not only filled with information on the sturdy kudzu vine — it’s history; the many and unexpected uses for it…” -Jury, 2012 LA Film Festival
At the 9th Annual ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival Duke MFAEDA faculty member Josh Gibson’s Kudzu Vine took the Big Stamp Award in International Competition. Jurors said of the film, “With a train taking us into the world seemingly completely different from our own, Gibson draws us in an area covered with kudzu plant, which turns it into a surreal space similar to an old reanimated photograph in a wondrous combination of archaic documentary and experimental film. It is at the same time also an incredibly real world in which people live in coexistence with nature. The surface of this seemingly cataclysmic world hides out need to take most of what it wants to give us, be it food or art.” The film screened six times throughout the eight day festival.
This award will join Kudzu Vine‘s running list of honors, including Best Documentary Short Film at the 2012 LA Film Festival, Best Experimental Film at the 2012 at the Crossroads Film Festival Festival, and Artistic Vision Award at the 2012 Big Sky International Documentary Film Festival. Earlier this year, Kudzu Vine also screened at the New York Film Festival as part of the Virgin Springs series.