Cinequest Day 6 (March 2)

Cinequest Monday:

Canary‘s Alejandro Adams got interviewed by Karina Longworth, and she did a fine job of it.

Meanwhile, Monday’s screenings include some that might have been missed first time around, including the highly-recommended Rocaterrania (see Michael Gant’s review below), Bitter and Twisted (5pm, C12), and Necessities of Life (4:15pm, [...]

Cinequest filmmakers party on Friday at Vivid

All About Dad‘s editor Jeremy Castillo, director/producer Mark Tran and producer/director of photography Todd Banhazl at Vivid’s Cinequest Party

Michael Cecchi, Blanchard Ryan, Dave Steck and Julian Mark Kheel from Capers

(Photos by Felipe Buitrago of Metro)

Cinequest Shows Off on Friday; Two Million Stupid Women screens

<>The cast and crew of “Two Million Stupid Women” before and during the screening of their film at the San Jose Rep on Friday at Cinequest.

(Photo by Felipe Buitrago)

Cinequest Presents Silent Epic Birth of a Nation

Tonight at Cinequest brings what may be the most controversial film at the festival, and it is almost 100 years old.

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

The Civil War is fought and lost, and during its aftermath in the Reconstruction, the South is saved by bold, masked heroes: the Ku Klux Klan. [...]

Gotta Love the Title

 Not every film at Cinequest has to be a meditative chronicle of a doomed relationship or a cry of help for the oppressed of the world. There’s room for a good old-fashioned gore fest, as Metro reviewer Steve Palopoli writes about …

Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf   

Cinequest Day 2 (Feb. 26)

 It’s a good thing that most of the features at the festival play more than once, otherwise fans would have a hard time choosing between The Market at 7pm and Another Man at 7:15pm.

As Metro’s Steve Palopoli wrote, The Market is a surprising tale of black-market capitalism in Turkey. Perhaps most unexpected of [...]

Cashing in at Cinequest

(After the opening-night fervor dies down, it’s time to do some serious planning for Cinequest. The big feature for Thursday looks to be the superlative Johnny Cash documentary)

THE THOUGHT has been attributed to George “Machine Gun” Kelly: “Everyone in jail is innocent, and yet everyone in jail knows that [...]

Cinequest Feature The Necessities of Life

The Necessities of Life

(Canada) Baffin Island, 1952: an Inuk (Inuit) hunter named Tivii (Natar Ungalaaq) is picked up by a hospital ship, tested, transported and quarantined for tuberculosis in a Quebec City hospital. Almost totally isolated, he first tries to escape and then to commit suicide. Finally, he encounters an [...]

Corpse Run at Cinequest

Corpse Run is an entertaining coming-of-age movie about a group of PC gamers. It’s a low-budget Reality Bites, with a lot more beautiful people then you would expect see playing video games 24/7. Director and writer John-Michael Thomas creatively uses random inserts of game modes, voice-overs and the Windows blue screen of death to keep [...]

Cinequest 2008 — March 8 Maverick Spirit Awards Goings-On

 Danny Glover at the California Theatre (photo by Felipe Buitrago) 

Hotel Montgomery’s itty-bitty Western Pacific Room was crammed with cameras, boom mics and more than 30 Cinequest and media representatives Saturday afternoon for a press conference featuring Maverick Spirit Award recipients Danny Glover and Bobby Moresco, among others. Cinequest Executive Director Halfdan Hussey gave a [...]