Mar 4: Thursday is the Thursday of weekdays.

by RvB

The upcoming Alice in Wonderland inspires new interest in the question, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
“Both have inky quills,” is  one answer suggested in Martin Gardner’s The Annotated Alice (one of those books written before the answer to every question about Lewis Carroll’s work was answered “it’s a subtle allegory about [...]

Nancy Kwan at Cinequest

Nancy Kwan, star of “Flower Drum Song” and “The World of Suzie Wong” appeared in person at Cinequest over the weekend for two screenings of “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey,” a new documentary about her life and work. On the right she poses with Cinequest’s Halfan Hussey (left), Kathleen Powell and director [...]

Cleanflix at Cinequest

Tonight’s best bet is definitely “Cleanflix,” a surprising documentary. At first, I thought there would be no trouble looking down my nose at the Mormon entrepreneurs who wanted to take the sex and violence out of DVD releases of Hollywood hits. How dare they invade the sacred artistic decisions of film directors? Admittedly, some of [...]

Cinequest Mar 1

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 [...]

Nancy Kwan at Cinequest

The email came late last night: The weekend world premiere showings of To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey, a documentary about star Nancy Kwan, will be graced by the ultimate guest: Kwan herself.

Born in 1939 in Hong Kong, Kwan was a ballet student when producer Ray Stark nabbed her for a breakout role [...]

The New Distribution

Cinequest Film Distribution Panel

It’s here. We know it’s here. We know it’s the future. But we don’t know how to make it pay.

Such was the consensus at this afternoon’s (Feb. 26) panel at SJ Rep about the new frontiers of film distribution.  As moderator Peter Belcito of Film Finders put it, “The march of technology [...]

Cinequest: Feb 26

First, let us apologize to Blanchard Ryan, whom I incorrectly accused of bailing on an appearance in the 20-year history of Cinequest we published last week.  A reader writes in and notes that she was not only was Ryan there, she discussed the importance of keeping dreams alive. All apologies.

So: today is when some damned [...]

Cinequest Best Bet, Feb. 25

This afternoon’s best bet, according to Metro critic Steve Palopoli, is the Argentine head-scratcher
Green Waters

(Argentina; 90 min.) The bastard child of some scandalous three-way between Hitchcock thrillers, Polanski mind-melt flicks and ’70s paranoia films, Green Waters just might be the most intense movie you’ll see at Cinequest. First-time Argentine writer-director Mariano De Rosa has taken [...]

Party Time at Cinequest

The gang from local short film “Raton” (profiled not long ago in Metro) were among the celebrities and film lovers at the opening night party at Cinequest after the screening of “The Good Heart.

See more photos of the party.

Cinequest, Critic’s Pick for Feb. 25

Road to Sangam

(India; 135 min.) When India’s greatest martyr died, he asked that his ashes be divided into 20 parts and sent off with the flow of the nation’s 20 rivers. Amit Rai’s proudly humanist film is a fiction, yet it’s based on the real-life discovery, some 60 years on, of a cask of the [...]