Okay, well technically it started yesterday, but I got here today and tonight was the opening night film â€“ so itâ€™s Day 1 in my book. Ahâ€¦the travel day. Wake up at 4 in the morning so you can drive yourself to the airport, park your car in a parking lot, but itâ€™s SO foggy that you donâ€™t remember seeing what lot you parked in. Get on a shuttle that takes you to another shuttle that takes you to the terminal so you can hopefully make your planeâ€¦and so on. I could go on, Iâ€™m in that kind of mood. But Iâ€™ll get to the meat of the matter, it is the mid-west after all (sorry, bad meat joke).
I love regional film festivals.
After the madness that is Sundance and the bitterness that lives in LA screenings, going to the mid-west for a film festival is a breath of fresh air. (Oh, maybe itâ€™s actual fresh air going to my head?) In a way it almost doesnâ€™t matter what the opening night film is. The audience is there because they want to be there. Sure thereâ€™s a few press people and some industry and of course, filmmakers, but for the most part, following the kickoff concert with bands Ellie Come Home, the Dandelion Junk Queens, Jerusalem & the Starbaskets and Baby Dee plus a party with appetizers from four local restaurants dubbed â€œReality Bites,â€ the 1200 seat Missouri Theatre filled with real filmgoing members of Columbia, MO and its surrounding areas. The place was packed and the audience could not have been more excited or more into the film, cheering and applauding all through the doc. Ward Serrillâ€™s The Heart of the Game is a love letter to womenâ€™s high school basketball. Distilled down from 7 years and 200 hours of footage the 100-minute film explores a Seattle high school womenâ€™s basketball team through both the players and their unorthodox but completely endearing coach Bill Resler. Wanna see it? Miramax is doing a theatrical starting in June in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles.
Tomorrow there are screenings, panels and parties starting at 10:00 in the morning. T/F is only a weekend festival running February 23 â€“ February 26 it is packed with plenty to see and do. Plus, everyoneâ€™s staying in the same hotel. I should have brought a dry erase board for my dorm room doorâ€¦I mean room door.
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