Friday, March 19, 2010

it's starting

just a head's up - I probably will be a bit scarce from the blogosphere for the next week or so. today is the first full day of the cleveland international film festival and I'm planning on spending quite a bit of my waking hours sitting in the dark.

this is the 34th year for the cleveland international film festival and each year it keeps getting bigger and better! last year I volunteered during the festival which was a very rewarding experience as I met so many interesting people and was a part of this incredible community art event - but in working the festival, the number of films I watched was somewhat limited - although I did see quite a few. it is totally uncool to watch a film while one is actually working the festival.

last summer I was approached and asked if I would be willing to be part of a group of volunteers who work ahead of time and make up the ciff's film selection committee. as an incurable film buff, I jumped at the opportunity; and from september until the end of december I watched films - some good, some bad, and some ugly. actually, some of the films were great as was the experience of being on the screening committee. however, it wasn't all fun and games, participating on the selection committee entailed a good amount of work (one had to write a brief review of each film seen) but overall it was an incredible experience. and now because of those hours I have an all access pass - yowser!

the festival officially opened last night with a big film and a big gala afterward. I didn't attend last night, but am looking forward to hearing how it went.

youtube has a vid of last year's ciff developed and produced 'opener' it's starting - the film was shown at the start of each film. " it's starting' was the catchphrase for last year's film festival. this year the phrase is let's go..... and speaking of which, it's time to go! perhaps, I'll see you at the movies!



photo: stack of films, ciff office, cleveland. march 2010

9 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

Have a great time. Everyone should probably spend a bit of time away from the blogosphere every so often - it keeps us fresh. But do come back - I am somewhat addicted to your posts.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

hopefully it is a good addiction!

speaking of good addictions, i am actually still planning on putting up a sepia saturday post - which reminds me should sign up before i head out.

thank you for the sweet feedback! and i agree completely about the benefit of time away......

Daisy said...

Hope you have lots of popcorn Kimy!
It looks like a fun week, and as Alan said, a little time away keeps us "fresh" .... but I'll be looking for your return!

ArtSparker said...

I am looking for recommendations....my netflix list is getting pretty short. Maybe you'll do a post on your favorites after the dust settles?

Barbara said...

Our tiny little town is just about to have our film festival in April. It's usually held in our one old movie theater and at the coffee house down the street. Last year we lounged on couches in the coffee house to watch some of the films. This year it's moving to the more modern 4-theater "multi-plex" a little further out of town . I'm a little disappointed about this but it will probably work out better. They're mostly student films and some very good. Yours sounds a little more professional.

Meri said...

You've inspired me -- maybe I'll see about participating in the selection process for the Tacoma Film Festival.

Roy said...

Hmmmm... Since I don't live anywhere near Cleveland I'll have to wait for your reports.

Meanwhile, I've been having my own little indie film festival; I've been finding and being captivated all kinds of small, independent films: Once, Bottleshock, Waitress, 10 Items or less, and last night I watched The Visitor.

Maybe some of the films you see in the next week will end up on DVD and I'll find them in my public library. So make a list of the worthy for us!

Tom said...

that's awesome...looking forward to some reviews and recommendations.

lettuce said...

go kimy! congrats on all of that - hope it goes better than ever.