Cinequest Awards Announced

Here we go; Cinequest is over for another year, and here’s how the awards went: Maverick Spirit Award  (Cinequest’s top prize) went to Alan Brown’s Superheroes; about survivors of the Iraq War (happy fifth birthday, Iraq War! You may not have been the best, but you sure are the longest!). First-rate acting in this [...]

Mar 7-9 at Cinequest

To start with today, Sunday, there’s a couple of films I’d like to push: the dreamy horror film Suspension, playing at 10:30am at the Camera 12 (9:30am real time, thanks to the vagaries of daylight savings); I’m happy to hear good reports from those who saw Who is K.K. Downey?, playing again 3pm at Camera [...]

Glory Boy Days at Cinequest

We’ve got two San Jose Rep screenings—March 7 at 7pm and March 8 at 10pm—of Glory Boy Days, Paul Encinas’ locally made story of a group of downtown college-aged pals. Miss these screening and you can also catch the film at the SF International Asian-American Film Fest’s local weekend-long stand, March 22 at 9:15 [...]

Cinequest 2008, March 5-6 Highlights

Has there been enough praise of A Better Life to make it overpraised yet? Is the violence symbolic, metaphorical, cleansing or just there to hold the movie together? Have a squint, then: noon today Thursday at Camera 12. Great logo, anyway.

7pm on Thursday at C12 is this critic’s darling, Who Is K.K. Downey? [...]

Memoir Meltdowns

One of the most intriguing entries at Cinequest, Who Is K.K. Downey? shows Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at Cinequest. (Read Richard von Busack’s review at Somehow, the topic of authors faking memoirs continues to be ever fresh, which may something about how carefully our book editors are vetting their projects. Just recently, Belgian writer [...]

Michael Keaton—Maverick Man

Michael Keaton accepts his Maverick Spirit Award on Saturday, March 1, at the California Theater in San Jose as part of this year’s Cinequest. For full coveage of the festival, check out

(Photo by Felipe Buitrago)

Yesterday, and today at Cinequest (March 3 and 4)

Saw a good part of Una Vida Mejor on the grounds that I’d run into Atlanta filmmaker Andrew James at the lounge upstairs at the Hotel Montgomery. He seemed a little perplexed by the reception of his film; there’d been walkouts. His film, which means “A Better Life” in Spanish, is an impressionistic series of [...]

Cthulhu calls at Cinequest

*The Call of Cthulhu
Even The Yemenite—we don’t pronounce the Mad Arab’s proper name around here, because you never know who or what is listening—might have shuddered at Andrew Leman’s loving and ambitious 45-minute pastiche of German Expressionism. Using vintage costuming, black-and-white photography, make-up, miniatures, music and stop-motion animation, the director and Lovecraft cultist shows [...]

Cinequest, 2008 – Who Likes Short Shorts?

Soft: Shorts Program 4 Standout

Director Simon Ellis’ short film Soft was surely the favorite at the March 1 screening of Shorts Program 4: Signals, Noise and Silence at Camera 12. The most powerful film of the bunch, Soft had audiences members yelling enthusiastic “woots” when the film’

s main antagonist finally got a cricket [...]

Cinequest, 2008—The Aerial

*May Contain Spoilers* The Aerial, March 3 at 5pm, March 8 at 11:30pm, at Camera 12)

Apparently this writer wasn’t the only one who didn’t get the Holocaust references in The Aerial. During the California Theatre’s showing of Esteban Sapir’s visually impressive silent film on Saturday night, the audience erupted into surprised laughter when the image of [...]