Maverick Award Winning Film, LIFEBOAT Picked Up By New Yorker Magazine


If you missed LIFEBOAT at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival, where it was honored with the Maverick Award for Best Short Doc, you can now view the film thanks to The New Yorker Magazine. To watch the video, visit

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald, the 35 minute movie showcases a group of volunteers off the coast of Libya who rescue refugees from around the world as they risk their lives in flimsy rubber boats pushing off from shore in search of a better life.

"Woodstock was an incredible venue for our film,” said Fitzgerald. “It's filled with audiences with a real appetite for rigorous, unvarnished storytelling and robust dialogue surrounding issues in the films.”

In January, LIFEBOAT was shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Awards. It joins a long list of short documentaries that have screened at Woodstock prior to being honored with Oscar recognition. Other honorees include KNIFE SKILLS by Thomas Lennon, OUR CURSE by Tomasz Sliwinski, KINGS POINT by Sari Gilman, MONDAYS AT RACINE by Cynthia Wade, SALIM BABA by Tim Sternberg, LA CORONA by Amanda Micheli, FREEHELD by Cynthia Wade, WHY CAN’T WE BE A FAMILY AGAIN by Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel, TWIN TOWERS by Bill Guttentag, and FERRY TALES by Katja Esson.

Skye Fitzgerald has been producing projects focused on human rights and social justice issues since 1998. Along the way he has collaborated and received support from the Sundance Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the State Department and the Paul Robeson Fund, including being named a Fulbright Research Scholar to produce the film Bombhunters. For more info, visit