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Film Fest spotlights documentary on Tallahassee ‘Courtroom 3H’

“When one watches a case unfold, a person has to listen, be open,” says director Antonio Méndez Esparza.

Next up his 2018 Impartial Spirt award profitable film, “Life and Almost nothing Far more,” Antonio Méndez Esparza — Filmmaker in Residence and Professor at Florida Condition University’s University of Movement Image Arts — returns with his first documentary feature, “Courtroom 3H,” which will be a single of Tallahassee Movie Festival’s highlight films this weekend.

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Filmed above two months in Tallahassee’s Unified Household Courtroom (2nd Judicial Circuit), the documentary explores the procedural — and dramatic — character of family members court docket, mostly through a fly-on-the-wall (or, extra properly to Florida, palmetto-on-the-floor) methodology. 

“In all films there are limitations,” Esparza admits, “But indeed I have constantly labored with lesser crews and budgets, so limitations are extremely current from the really commencing. We embrace them, they turn out to be how you make the movie.”

FSU professor Antonio Méndez Esparza's film “Life and Nothing More” was a winner at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards. His new documentary “Courtroom 3H” will be one of Tallahassee Film Festival’s spotlighted films this weekend.

Filmed at a Tallahassee courtroom

Limitations below intended only filming with two or 3 cameras when operating in dwell court docket sessions. Positioned in unobtrusive spots throughout the courtroom, the cameras seize the action from afar, giving a feeling of voyeuristic insight — Are we permitted to be in this article?

Should these cases be filmed? These are queries you are going to probable talk to on your own as the proceedings unfold, and absolutely they aren’t without merit.

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