When it comes to the film fest, I’m kind of crazy. I’m sure don’t really need me to point this out to you, but… just in case you weren’t sure: I am crazy. I’m on the committee. I attend almost every single film selection night. I work on the blog. And when it comes time for the actual festival weekend, I go to as many screenings as physically possible. I get up early and stay up late (I may not even sleep). I attend the workshops. I socialize. I party. I live it up. I do it all. I even have a film in the festival this year, just to make sure that I really run the gamut. And that gamut is a marathon. So yeah–crazy.
I would love it if everyone in town approached the film festival weekend with the same wide-eyed whole-hearted enthusiasm as I do, but I know that’s not really the case. So while I do genuinely recommend every single screening, workshop and even this weekend, if I were forced (I mean, really forced–Spanish Inquisition-style forced) to choose only one event per day, here are the screenings I would list as utterly unmissable:
PAINTED HOUSES on Thursday at 7:30 pm: Watching 13 short films accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by Rozalind MacPhail just sounds incredible to me.
STRANGE THINGS DONE on Friday at 11:30 pm: I’m dying to see Figs in Motion, which I missed during the selections process and have heard so much about ever since. The Devil Wears a Paper Hat is just magical–really beautiful, wonderful and weird. And who would want to miss their chance to see goths riding on the bus?
BEYOND AURORA on Saturday at 11:30 pm: Stay up late again, because Belt Buckle / Quonset Hut is worth losing sleep over, and the gorgeous and creepy Wald Von Versuchungen: Forest of Temptation will give you the best kind of nightmare.
INTER-IRRUPTION: ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE TALK on Sunday at 3 pm: Don’t miss this chance to see what filmmakers-in-residence Angela Joosse and Marcia Connolly have been up to during their time in Dawson.
Oh that was hard work, but there you go: one event per day as suggested by me. I really think that you should see everything, but can’t imagine that you’d be disappointed by anything that you do see. Happy viewing.
Posted by Kit.