One of the big benefits that I find of being a part of so many various filmmaking organizations and groups is the opportunity to occasionally vote for my peers in award selections. Sure enough shortly after my arrival back from New Years a big packet arrived in the mail from the Spirit Awards. I was lucky enough to be selected last year (big thanks for letting me catch Mike Mill's Beginners, it was fantastic!) and am fortunate again to have a whole slew of amazing films that I may have been unable to catch at the theaters. Some to note already have been Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook with many, many more to come. Voting wraps up in a couple weeks so here's to a busy schedule of indie film watching evenings!