International Women's Day
Happy International Women's Day to my fellow ladies around the world. May we never stop pushing ahead.
The wonderful Dreams of a Life by director Carol Morley is still impacting people the world over. The film was just at the Oslo Film Fest this past weekend, and was further lauded in a post on yesterday's HuffPo Lifestyle UK, written by Daniel Warner. Check it out here!
Among the highlights at the Minimalen Short Film fest in Bergen last week was "Morning" by Cathy Brady. It also recently won the IFTA for best short.
Shorts and Fests
Back-to-back festivals are upon us once again, coming off of another beautiful Berlinale in February. Raindance, bless their hearts, has the Essential 100 Film Festivals list for 2013, arranged in order of occurrence, so you can get the most out of your schedule, flyer miles, and eye balls. Need someone to help you interview and/or report from any of these? Take me with you!
As it often happens when I'm washing my hair, today I randomly thought of a shot from something I saw many years ago. This time it was a diving suit filled with jewels. Strange sight. It was the random memory of a scene from Steven Spielberg's 80's anthology series, Amazing Stories. In the episode "Thanksgiving," a teenager accidentally discovers a civilization of creatures living underground who pay for her gifts with priceless jewels. There's a twist ending to that episode, and a much more complicated character dynamic than what the promo or even its inclusion in the franchise lets on, so I'll let you find out for yourself (it is on Netflix too). But it's a great episode and a wonderful series all around. This weekend, if you're in the mood for bite-sized, powerful and dark tales, don't go without revisiting the classics where many actors and directors got their starts: The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the Crypt, and of course, Amazing Stories.
Short Pick of the Weekend
This weekend's short pick is 2007's "The Apology Line", directed by James Lees. It's a touching, disturbing, funny, and sometimes downright sad short film featuring the recording of people's messages on the Apology Line. This was a number where people could call and -- well -- apologize for something. A proverbial confessional in a telephone booth. And yes, I did think of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus".
Be warned, some of these may make you cry. Presented by Future Shorts, and also featured on Short of the Week.
For more background on the line and the art project that influenced it, get started with Allan Bridge's Wikipedia entry.
I usually rain trailers down upon you, but that wouldn't be very short of me. The highlight of this month's upcoming films is Stoker. Matthew Goode's Uncle Charlie reminds me very much of Charlie in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. Yes, it's that kind of movie, only taken ten times weirder with Chan-wook Park at the helm as director. I still haven't forgiven him for the nausea I got from Old Boy. Good movie though.
Have a wonderful weekend. I'll be home writing. And remember, if there is anything I can do for you, all you have to do is shout.
See you in the dark,