WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL was incorporated into the 2014 academic program at Elon University for the incoming freshman class. The film was screened this September along with a talk by Ben Nabors, in conjunction with assigned reading of the book The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind and a visit by William Kamkwamba. The discussion was designed as an entry point to themes of "entrepreneurship, diversity, alternative energy, sustainable development" and global citizenship. Thank you to the students and staff at Elon for your hospitality and thoughtful discussion.
Director and executive producer Ben Nabors was recently interviewed by American Film Showcase about "William and the Windmill" and documentary filmmaking.
William’s windmill first attracted me to this story. It was a beautiful image, a romantic idea, and a very powerful force in his life. As a symbol, it was potent and magnetic. As a machine, it was practical. Originally, I thought this film would be about William and his first windmill, but over time it became something else entirely.
American Film Showcase is a touring film program bringing American documentaries, feature films and animated shorts to audiences worldwide, in partnership between the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
Read the whole "Ask A Filmmaker" interview here.
WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL is headed to New Zealand for a series of screenings at Documentary Edge, Australasia's premiere international documentary film festival. Check out the list of showtimes below, and catch one if you can!
Sat 24 May at 2:45pm
Mon 26 May at 2:00pm
Sun 01 June at 3:30pm
Sat 07 June at 3:00pm
Mon 09 June at 2:00pm
Fri 13 June at 12:15pm
For more information visit the festival's web portal.
WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL will be screening at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival on Monday, February 3. Director and producer Ben Nabors will be present after the screening for a Question and Answer session.
Founded in 2006, the PEFF’s mission is to share exceptional documentary films and engage our community in exploring environmental sustainability from a wide range of angles and perspectives.
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H.E Ambassador Steve Matenje of Malawi joined Ben Nabors and International Book Bank Executive Director Wendy Saul onstage for a thought-provoking discussion at the Q&A session that followed the screening of WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL at The Creative Alliance.
It was an honor we were happy to be able to share with the organization that donated the textbook that inspired William to realize his dreams.
WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL director Ben Nabors sat down with Dan Rodricks at WYPR's Midday to talk about William, Malawi, and the International Book Bank which loaned William's library the book he used to design his windmill. Take a listen.
WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL is playing on December 16th at the beautiful Creative Alliance theater in Baltimore, MD.
This film is presented in partnership with the International Book Bank who donated the textbook that inspired William to fully create and realize his dreams.
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WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL has been announced as an official selection at the ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada.
ReFrame is committed to building strong, sustainable, and engaged community audiences for film and art that explore and document issues of human rights and social justice, from the local to the global; to using film and art to provide educational opportunities and encourage activism and thoughtful debate.
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The staff at PBS's POV has named WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL on its list of the 20 best documentaries of the year.
From Sundance to the Oscars — and every festival, critics list and industry awards show we can find in between — we’re continually updating our list of lists of the “best” documentaries.
Also mentioned are The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer and Blackfish. Read the whole article here.
People interested in developing countries, the media's way of covering Africa and a touching personal story should go and see 'William and the Windmill'.
Developing Stories is a Danish group that focuses on journalism, photojournalism, media and communication releated to the developing world.
Ben Nabors was in attendance at the Asheville Cinema Festival in North Carolina this weekend and was honored to personally accept the Best Feature Documentary Jury Award for WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL.
WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL played at the Canberra Film Festiva in Australia l last week and we sat down to talk to the Canberra Times about the film.
New York-based film-maker Ben Nabors, who spent five years following and filming William in Malawi, South Africa (where he attended boarding school) and the US, told the Malawi News Agency recently that he was impressed by William's commitment to his community.
''It is not easy to transition between countries and cultures, but William handles it remarkably well,'' Nabors said.
''He is an amazing individual, not just for his invention of a windmill, but for how he continues to pursue his personal goals of education and alternative energy sources, as well as motivate others to dream big.''
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WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL hit the seas today.
Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, is rolling out the red carpet for its first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival, curated by and in partnership with Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Starting November 2, the Floating Festival will be aboard Quark’s Sea Spirit during the 23-day Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica.
“We are thrilled to share an eye-opening journey with Quark Expeditions’ passengers through these eight outstanding documentaries,” says Brett Hendrie, Hot Docs executive director.
W&W will be playing in the company of 7 other notable documentaries from 2013. For more information visit quarkexpeditions.com.
This year Cinema Eye's nomination committee released their first-ever list of noteworthy documentary subjects. William Kamkwamba was recognized for his role in the film, and joined the list that's being called "The Unforgettables."
"Documentaries often live and die by the degree to which a subject will allow a filmmaker to come into their lives and record often private events for very public viewing," said Cinema Eye Founding Director AJ Schnack. "With this list, we hope to encourage the discussion of the subject’s role in the filmmaking process and to publicly acknowledge the rich collaborations that often take place between subjects and filmmakers.”
Read the whole list, and more about the selection process, on IndieWire.
Top Dox is the section for festival hits and front page stories from the world of documentaries. Great films, great stories, and great personalities - and great directors, not least. In sum, a chance to catch up with a selection of the films that made it grand in 2013 and which prove that you can easily be popular without being bland.
Director Ben Nabors will be present at the second screening for a discussion after the film. Click through for tickets.