Well, it turns out that attempting the film fest after 3 months of covering 2 positions at work was not my BEST idea. I've just been exhausted forever at this point, and I had to miss some things at the fest just to try to rest a bit (more on that in a bit). So. The feature films (shorts to follow), from excellent to not my thing. (And I've tried to weed out spoilery trailers, but one of my favorite parts of the fest is going into films mostly blind, without too much prior knowledge or marketing to sway my expectations. So watch judiciously.):
"To be free is to learn, to test yourself constantly, to gamble. It is not safe. I had learnt to use my fears as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks" - Robyn Davidson
There's a trailer now! It'll be out August 1 - Fox Searchlight, I think.
Maybe see - depends on what you're into:
Skip (unless you have a particular pull):
The Special Screenings
Bye, Bye Blackbird from Liza with a Z, Ann Reinking in All That Jazz, and the Chicago Tony performances old and new.)
* I do love Thomson's entry on Buster Keaton; "It is well known that Keaton performed personally in scenes that involved considerable risk. In Our Hospitality there is the waterfall sequence, while in Sherlock Jr. Keaton had a fall that, years later, it was discovered, had broken his neck. Such physical peril did not make him a slapstick artist. On the contrary, his reactions when threatened were untheatrical and near mystical in his haughty recognition of a malign fate and the deadpan that might honorably confront it.
That is what strikes us today as the most admirable thing about Keaton: the serene capacity for absorbing frustration and turning a blind eye to fear and failure. If Chaplin's films are always working toward self-centered pathos, Keaton never disguises the element of absurdity in a lone romantic's dealings with the world."