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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Stand-up Effort—Goodbye Baby at Cinequest

Just coincidentally, I was slogging my was through the DVD of the Spike TV bank-robbery mini-series The Kill Point, starring announced-the-unannounced Cinequest Maverick John Leguizamo, when I realized that the “sexy girl hostage” part was taken by Christine Evangelista, star of the Cinequest feature Goodbye Baby—talk about synchronicity.

In Goodbye Baby, Evangelista plays an 18-year-old who [...]

Cinequest 2008—Party Time with the Filmmakers

Wednesday, March 5, saw a whole host of Cinequest filmmakers converge on the Vault for schmoozing, congratulations all around and a little griping about pesky critics. Photos by Felipe Buitrago.



Arianna DiGiorgi and Jason Goodman of The Eternal City.