ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES selected “Taxi to the Dark Side” as one of the top five Best Documentary Feature OSCAR nominations. http://www.oscars.org/80academyawards/nominees/index.html. This was announced Tuesday, January 22 2008.
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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?
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 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.
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.