Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Taxi to the Dark Side

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES selected “Taxi to the Dark Side” as one of the top five Best Documentary Feature OSCAR nominations. This was announced Tuesday, January 22 2008.

Once, late

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Because I live within spitting distance of the Fireweed Cinema, I elected to see “Once” Wednesday night. Was it Wednesday? Guess so. My husband urged me to take the car rather than walk, which is what I normally do. It’s icy after all.

I was most taken aback by the crowds, especially for a movie that has already had its moment in the theaters. I also felt like a lame-o for going to a movie that is distributed by Fox Searchlight, rather than being cobbled together by UCLA film students. This is especially true since last year I only managed to make it to “Shortbus” by an already established indie darling.

Plus, “Once” had been so heavily promoted on NPR earlier this year that I felt I had heard the promo more than I hear Bede Trantina’s voice. But I dragged myself to the theater anyway. It was more than worth it, surprisingly. All my doubts — what if I hate the music, what if the story line is contrived — were put away as the movie went on.

And what’s better than being elbow to elbow with strangers for a couple of hours, all of you focused not on the Christmas gifts you still have to buy or the tickling feeling of a cold virus settling into your nasal passages or the fact that it’s dark at 3:40 today. Instead, for a little while you can be whisked to Ireland on the sounds of accessible pop songs. What’s wrong with that?

So How Many Films Can You See?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Over the years I have become intrigued with the following question: is it physically possible to see each and every film during the festival? Not physically as in human stamina, but physically as in physics i.e. time and space. So this year I began to plot it out–161 films screening at 8 venues over 10 days. And the answer is…

The best of the AIFF comedies.

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The scene when the guys are disapointed becuse the hookers don’t look anything like thier on-line pictures is hilarious! Worth the price of the $7 ticket.

Welcome to the Festival Blog!

Monday, November 12th, 2007

This year we are making a blog available on the AIFF website. Come here to view trailers, read reviews, discuss films, and find out more about a film or filmmaker. Also we hope to have first hand accounts of special events like the Opening Night Gala.

Over the next couple of weeks I hope to get a bunch of trailers posted.

If you are interested in becoming a blogger for the festival, please fill out the volunteer form we’ll be in touch.