These quieter days are the best ones for the festival, as far as networking goes. The program today includes: The Days of Desire (12:30, Camera 12), which promises Bela Tarr-style Hungarian angst in a film that, synopsis-wise, sounds like The Maid.
One of Charlie Cockey’s picks, Border (4pm, Cam 12) concerns an incident of a buffalo wandering to the wrong side of a guard tower; frankly, Armenia is one of those places that has such a eons-long history of story telling that I’d go to any movie from there (like Iran, actually).
And Cleanflix (7:15 Cam 12) has as its subject a video store in Salt Lake City that edited out the swears and the skin; I see that Neil LaBute–one of the absolutely nicest people I have ever met in this business, believe it or don’t–is one of the interviewees.
Scene report on Super Hero Party Clown, anyone?
This is a light day at Cinequest, and the weather should cooperate a little. If you feel like a walk, head down West Santa Clara Street, the busy main stem that crosses S. 1st Street; ask someone which way the train station is, to make sure you’re going in the right direction.
Follow W. Santa Clara St across the Guadalupe Creek, past the world-famous “Shark Tank,” H-P Pavilion. Keep walking under the railway aqueduct. Santa Clara Avenue become The Alameda. 1066 The Alameda is San Jose’s best used book store Recycle Books.
I’m presuming that anyone who is a film fan is also a used book fan, though I know that’s presumptious. Anyway, they have an excellent selection on film history. Across the street at 1081 The Alameda is Greenlee’s Bakery, a family-run establishment that makes cinammon bread that ought to win a Nobel prize. You’ll be able to smell it coming. This is about a 3 mile round walk from downtown…more shortly.