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Monday, February 12, 2007

Fresh Blood On The Indie Circuit: Jeffrey Blitz

Stats: Won the Directing Award: Dramatic for Rocket Science at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Graduated from USC. Maxed out 15 credit cards to make his first documentary.

There is not much information out there about this guy, which makes him someone to look out for. In 1999 he followed a group of eight teens on their quest to win the regional spelling bee and prepare themselves for the national contest in Washington D.C. Even though he maxed out 15 credit cards to make the film, it was bittersweet because the documentary was nominated for an Oscar in 2003 and won several awards at countless film festivals.

Blitz made a comeback again with his film Rocket Science. He wrote and directed the film. It's about a boy with a stuttering problem and finds himself falling in love with the star of the debate team. He becomes a part of her world of ultra competitive high-school debating with its players, politics, and own set of rules.

Blitz has also directed an episode of the hit TV show The Office.

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