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 [...]
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.
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 metroactive.com.) 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 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 Metroactive.com.
(Photo by Felipe Buitrago)
Saw a good part of Una Vida Mejor on the grounds that I’d run into Atlanta filmmaker Andrew James at the lounge upstairs at the Hotel Montgomery. He seemed a little perplexed by the reception of his film; there’d been walkouts. His film, which means “A Better Life” in Spanish, is an impressionistic series of [...]
*The Call of Cthulhu
Even The Yemenite—we don’t pronounce the Mad Arab’s proper name around here, because you never know who or what is listening—might have shuddered at Andrew Leman’s loving and ambitious 45-minute pastiche of German Expressionism. Using vintage costuming, black-and-white photography, make-up, miniatures, music and stop-motion animation, the director and Lovecraft cultist shows [...]
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 [...]
*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 [...]
“It’s a Saturday afternoon and everybody’s hung over…” – Jens Hussey
Such was the general malaise of the crowd and presenters at Cinequest’s March 1 panel “How to Wrangle a Star…and the Money” at the San Jose Repertory Theatre.
Walden Media Business Affairs head Jim Meenaghan and Comerica Entertainment Group vice president Jeff Colvin looked and sounded [...]
Metroactive.com’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 [...]