Cinequest Farewell for 2009

The Nature of Existence crew at the premier and closing night of Cinequest (from left to right) editor/producer Paul Tarantino, director/producer/cinematographer/composer Roger Nygard andcComposer/cinematographer Billy Sullivan (photo by Felipe Buitrago)


Tonight’s best bet at Cinequest is The Last Lullaby, showing at 7 pm at the California Theatre.

ONE OF THE most promising films at Cinequest plays at the very end of the festival. Tom Sizemore stars in The Last Lullaby, Based on the Max Allan Collins’ short story “A Matter of Principle.” This beautifully understated crime [...]

Maverick Lou Gossett Jr.

Lou Gossett Jr. talks to the Cinequest audience at his Maverick Spirit event. (Photo by Felipe Buitrago) 

Cinequest Celebs: Kevin Pollak

  Kevin Pollak plays to the crowd Wednesday as Cinequest honors him with a Maverick Spirit Award. (Photo by Felipe Buitrago)  

Cinequest Mar 4, Meet, Greet and Critique

Hung out at the lounge on the second floor of San Jose Rep and met Corpse Run‘s director John-Michael Thomas, who is proceeding onward to the Phoenix Film Festival; this self-taught filmmaker was talking about how he cast star Brea Grant right before she went up to the big time in TV’s Heroes. He [...]

Documentary Day at Cinequest

Two good documentaries to choose from today at Cinequest according to Metro’s critics. 

Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes

(U.S.) Gently guiding an eclectic, eccentric ensemble of singers and performers through the down-home radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion for more than [...]

Cinequest’s First Maverick for 2009

Sweet Lou

Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award winnerLou Gossett Jr. brings new film to festival

The actor Louis Gossett Jr. co-wrote one memorable antiwar song, “Handsome Johnny”; as played by Richie Havens, it was a celebrated moment at Woodstock, a 1969 outdoor concert full of “people listenin’ to Mick [...]

Cashing in at Cinequest

(After the opening-night fervor dies down, it’s time to do some serious planning for Cinequest. The big feature for Thursday looks to be the superlative Johnny Cash documentary)

THE THOUGHT has been attributed to George “Machine Gun” Kelly: “Everyone in jail is innocent, and yet everyone in jail knows that [...]

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 [...]