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.   






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)

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 [...]

Cinequest, 2008—K.K. Downey Is an Upper’s reviewers keep working their DVD players overtime previewing Cinequest films (read full coverage of festival). Richard von Busack found this gem and recommends it to both film and book fans:

*Who Is K.K. Downey?

(U.S.) “He said, ‘Hey, kid. Do you want to snort some China?’ I liked the way it sounded, like I could fit [...]

Movie Vehicles at Cinequest 2008

They often call movies “vehicles,” and the point was driven home Friday evening (Feb. 29) on Day 3 of this year’s Cinequest film festival in downtown San Jose. For the premiere showing of  Sherman’s Way, a comedy about a California road trip in a classic MGB convertible, some cherry examples of the lead roadster [...]

Cinequest 2008, San Jose—Enlightened Blood

Talk about Jumper. In the Mexican feature Enlightened Blood (La Sangre Iluminada), which played Friday, Feb. 29, at Cinequest in San Jose, some kind of cosmic nose bleed sends characters careening into the bodies—and lives—of complete strangers. With both the memories of past lives and all the cares, joys and woes of new lives, they [...]