AFI Fest 2003: Quality International Films Invade Hollywood

By Jonny Leahan

Another noteworthy documentary was Paul Kell's world premiere of "5 Sides of a Coin," which tells the story of hip-hip through the eyes of those who lived it -- including Run DMC, Mix Master Mike, Jurassic 5, and Kool Keith -- culling clips from vast amounts of material. "Whittling 76 hours of footage down to 70 minutes was the greatest challenge," Kell told indieWIRE. "If I could sit down and watch the film and not feel uncomfortable with anything, then I knew that it was done. It took me over two years of editing to get to that point."

Apparently, the meticulous editing was worth the effort, as the film screened to an enthusiastic crowd. Kell seemed thrilled with the results, not just from his screening but of AFI Fest as a whole. "I don't think I've had as much fun at a festival before," he said, "and that is because of the people who made it possible. Everyone on the staff went all out to make sure it was as good as it could have been, and they should be extremely proud of what they accomplished."