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)


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 [...]

Cinequest for March 4

Tonight’s best bet is definitely Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman, a documentary about the religious rocker. It shows at 9:30pm at Camera 12.
Read Richard von Busack’s review at

Tonight is also Kevin Pollak night, 7pm at the California Theatre. In a interview, Pollak reminisces about his early stand-up days in the valley.

Also of [...]

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 [...]

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 filmmakers party on Friday at Vivid

All About Dad‘s editor Jeremy Castillo, director/producer Mark Tran and producer/director of photography Todd Banhazl at Vivid’s Cinequest Party

Michael Cecchi, Blanchard Ryan, Dave Steck and Julian Mark Kheel from Capers

(Photos by Felipe Buitrago of Metro)

Cinequest Shows Off on Friday; Two Million Stupid Women screens

<>The cast and crew of “Two Million Stupid Women” before and during the screening of their film at the San Jose Rep on Friday at Cinequest.

(Photo by Felipe Buitrago)