It’s hard to keep track of the days while festival events have my schedule spinning. The films and panels discussions have me hopping all day and the parties…well the parties are just too much fun. The problem is that I want to see all the films, meet all the makers, attend all the events and it is definitely impossible. All I can do, I guess, is to keep trying to squeeze absolutely as much into these five days as humanly possible. As you can imagine, it is hard to even make the time to write about these experiences in an even semi-timely fashion. I will attempt now to re cap my experiences briefly as I have another movie to watch here shortly (of course).
I will start with yesterday. In the morning I headed across the river to Cornerstone Pub for some World Shorts: The Beginning, The Middle, The End. I enjoy the shorts, especially from around the world. The little bits of culture and the perspectives from foreign lands with all of these powerful messages. As I go about my day, these messages flash in my mind periodically and without warning. Definitely impacting, if not haunting. Mostly Sahasi Chori, Un Mundo Para Raul and Divine Rite. Later in the evening I saw Hide Your Smiling Faces across the street from home base (that’s what I’m calling The Rep because it is the location of the “Filmmakers Lounge” and the place to refuel.) I am so glad I saw this film and was able to speak to director Daniel Patrick Carbone afterword. This film was heavily influenced by personal experiences he had in his youth, particularly his first exposure to death and extreme loss. I have two boys myself and was very much moved by watching the story unfold. In particular, the scene with a bear and the oldest boy in the story line was not only impressive because, well, bears are scary I would imagine, especially in such an intimate situation. Carbone told me a handler was involved, as so that is good. I had imagined it was some sort of camera trick – my photojournalism teacher in college warned us of getting in close proximity of bears. The story was touching and emotional and I enjoyed it very much. A’int in it for my Health’ – the Levon Helm documentary was a full house and it was amazing to a packed theater all eagerly waiting to get a glimpse into the life of Levon Helm. The director Jacob Hatley was in attendance.
The after party was at White Water Tavern. The rest of the evening, other than knowing I was overwhelmed by creative genius in an alcohol-induced environment was a very happy end to a most entertaining day.