Archive for the 'Film Festival Reports' Category

No camp for cookie…

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

In this instance I’m cookie. I feel a little funny today because I’m in Los Angeles and not Park City. This is the first January since 2001 that I will not ascend the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains to attend the Sundance Film Festival. Last year on this eve before the festival began I was […]

2007 Los Angeles Film Festival…I can still find parking in Westwood…

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

I took my first venture over to Westwood yesterday for the LA Film Festival. It seems….uh…festive. As with 2006 Film Independent has taken over many of the theatres in Westwood Village for their annual celebration of film. I would say “independent” film…but that’s not totally the case. There are however a lot of films and […]

Countdown to LAFF…

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Silverdocs is happening and I’m not there. The past two years I made my way across the country for AFI/Discovery Channel’s celebration of documentary film – but this year I just couldn’t make it. They’ve got a terrific slate, program and conference including screenings of The Fighting Cholitas! I’m in LA surviving the noise of […]

True/False ’07 – it goes by so quickly…

Friday, March 9th, 2007

After a 24-hour whirlwind food tour of St. Louis (frozen custard at Ted Drewes, gooey butter cakes at the Missouri Baking Company, toasted ravioli and the STL fave a Slinger at Courtesy Diner and the perfunctory search for real St. Louis ribs) and a visit with my guys from Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington […]

Another whirlwind doc roundup…

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Time for another whirlwind doc roundup. Outsite the Wilma the marquee brings in the locals. I got back from Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on Tuesday. I think a good time was had by all. The locals are thrilled to have guests. And the guests are thrilled to be visiting the 60,000 person town. I […]

Where the Sky is Big…

Friday, February 16th, 2007

I’m in Missoula, Montana for the 4th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. People keep asking me if it’s cold here. It is. I got in last night and hoofed it the Wilma Theatre. It’s the real home of the fest. It’s got about 1100 seats and I think almost all of them were full […]

Sundance 2007 – one day early

Friday, January 19th, 2007

I’ve arrived the first weekend, I’ve stayed through the closing night party, but I’ve never gotten to Sundance a day early. It might be the best thing I do this whole trip. I fled LA Wednesday morning on 2 hours sleep and a California Pizza Kitchen tuna salad. Sundance starts at the Delta terminal. Everyone’s […]

Sundance 2007 – it’s on…

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

There are always so many announcements this time of year. The slate for the Independent Film and World Cinema Competions for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival came out today. See doc lists below.

Brett Morgen’s Chicago 10 to open Sundance ’07…

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

I’m so glad I booked my Sundance travel to arrive the day before the festival this year. I’ll actually be able to make it to the opening night film! Today Sundance Film Festival announced a documentary would fill the coveted opening night slot. I can’t think of another film festival that is brave enough to […]

TIFF my day four and wrapping it up…

Friday, September 15th, 2006

I know I’ve got a doc about John Waters on my shelf at home so I was surprised to see This Filthy World pop up in the festival program. But, as soon as I walked in I knew what I was in for, 90 minutes of listening to John Waters talk about his movies and […]