Nirvan Mullick is the filmmaker who documented the awesomeness that is Caine's Arcade. If you don't yet know about Caine's Arcade, first, have you been under a rock?! Second, I suggest you watch Nirvan's short film documenting 9-year-old Caine's cardboard arcade RIGHT NOW.
Nirvan posted the following on Facebook, which was then shared by Caine's Arcade on Facebook.
One-year ago, I submitted Caine's Arcade to the SXSW Film Festival, but was rejected. One-year later, I got invited to speak on a SXSW panel about the impact of Caine's Arcade. I wanted to share the rejection letter as hopefully a little motivation to fellow filmmakers (and others) to not take rejection to heart.
I'm in Austin for SXSW to speak on a panel tomorrow about the impact short docs like Caine’s Arcade can have online. What's funny is that a year ago, before I posted the Caine's Arcade online, I had submitted a roughcut to the SXSW Film Festival. However, like most films entered to SXSW, my film was rejected.
Thank you Nirvan, for following through with your passion project. It gives others inspiration and motivation to just keep geeking out on what we love to do. And for sharing your rejection letter. You, sir, are AWESOMESAUCE incarnate. And, of course, so is Caine and his father—but that goes without saying.
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