Colin Rogers and I’s short film, ‘Doppelganger,’ was officially selected into the Progeny Film Festival in Blacksburg. I received the e-mail yesterday to confirm it. Both Colin and I are relieved and excited about this. We had expected to get in, but there is never any guarantee. This is the festival that was our goal to submit (and hopefully win awards at) for ‘Doppelganger’
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