Monday, April 18, 2011
I often find at the end of a film festival, some of the films I chose to see will unintentionally deal with the same topic on some level: Brother & Sister, Terri and Vampire all dealt with care for an elderly parent, two of which had Alzheimer's. Womb explored an Oedipal complex and Brother & Sister performed a staged version of Oedipus. If I thought about it longer, I'm sure I'd find more cross references.
For instance, I had a great time talking to these two guys at the Closing Night Party at Positano Coast.
|Adams and Dalbey|
I wanted to be sure to get a picture of the Cinefest Artistic Director, Josh Goldbloom (far right), pictured here with Jim Mahoney (Producer of Good Day For It) and Greg Dusdow.
|Mahoney, Drusdow and Goldbloom|
And I talked a bit with Tim who was a Jury Judge. He recommended going to the Film Festival in Rehoboth, (November) says it's surprisingly well done each year and room rates are reasonable. I just may do that.
|Tim the Juror|
In summary, what I experienced of Cinefest 2011, was well run and decently attended. I was disappointed no one showed up for Karoke at the Mexican Post on Wednesday, I left around 10:30pm, and there were a few too many Kung Fu movies on the schedule for my taste, but otherwise kudos to PCA for pulling off a festival in just 3 months.
|Party Guest with Spurlock|
Here's the list of Cinefest film's that won awards and because I like to support film in Philly, I'd like to also acknowledge the sponsors who allow it all to take place:
Best Feature Film: Lapland Odyssey
Best Documentary Film: Project Nim
Best First Film: Kinyarwanda
Best Director: Azazel Jacobs for Terri
Best American Independent Film: Hamill
Festival of Independents Award: Calendar Girl
Best Feature Film: Cost of a Soul
Best Documentary Film: The Interrupters
Best Danger After Dark Film: Stake Land
Presenting Sponsors: Philadelphia Cinema Alliance, TLA Video, Visual Sound, Scrapple TV.
Official Sponsors: Positano Coast, DIVE, State of Pennsylvania, Wells Fargo, Pennsylvania Film Office, Pennsylvania Festivals.
Patron Sponsors: FilmThreat, PIFVA, TD Bank, The Trocadero, Opa, North Bowl.
In-Kind Sponsors: Bluecoat Gin, Glaceau/Smart Water/Vitamin Water Zero, independence Visitors Center, Barefoot Wine & Bubbles, Mexican Post, Smirnoff, National Mechanics, Triumph Brewery Company, The Legal Intelligencer, The Prime Rib, Stan Gym, 24/7 Comedy Radio, Lovash Restaurant.
Industry Sponsors: Sony Pictures Classics, Magnolia Pictures, Samuel Goldwyne, Screen Media Films, Mage Works Productions, Indomina Productions, Terry Hines & Associates, The Promotions Group Corporation, IFC Midnight, Allied Advertising.
Community Sponsors: French-American Cultural Foundation, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Film Society, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, City of Hope, Relache.