Itâs 2013, so if my math is correct, this is the fifth annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Pretty cool. Less cool is its abbreviation, SFIFF, which isnât even a proper acronym.
But thatâs the only gripe youâre going to see here, and really, thatâs not even a gripe.
Film festivals are the greatestâand I donât just write that
because Iâm a film critic. Film festivals offer up possibilities, and
thatâs one of the things I want when I see a movie: The possibility to
laugh, to cry, to barf, to be challenged, to be entertained.
But the most significant possibility at any film festival is the possibility that the movie youâre watching will never play anywhere else ever again. And thatâs pretty cool.
Some movies never get past one film festival appearance, not because
theyâre good or bad, but because the film business is fickle, money to
buy and release a movie is hard to come by, and sometimes, despite the
best efforts of its makers, some movies just screen once and itâs over.
Thatâs a more-downer-than-I-thought-it-would-be way of saying: Go.
Attend. Enjoy. Watch lots of movies. And maybe start with these, which
look truly fascinating:
12 Oâ Clock Boys: This documentary follows a boy
named Pug as he falls in with a group of dirt bike riders in Baltimore.
You know dirt bikes: Loud, lightweight and deadly. You watch YouTube
clips of dirt bikes just to see someone wipe out. And in what other
movie will you hear this heartbreaking line? âOne person trying to raise
a motherfucker like [Pug]? Thatâs a lot.â
Delivery: Who says the found footage horror craze is over?
A young couple documents its first pregnancy for TV, but then things go
wrong. Anything that involves children and horror has the possibility
of being great (Rosemaryâs Baby) or terrible (Godsend). Iâm betting on the former for this one.
There is No God & We All Die Alone: This short is worth seeing based solely on its title.
Pastriology: There have been documentaries that follow hunger (A Place at the Table) and overeating (Super Size Me). Pastriology visits both, and more, in locations around the world.
Pig Death Machine: Much like There is No God & We All Die Alone, how could you miss a movie called Pig Death Machine?
Filmmakers Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis are locals, and if youâve seen
any of their previous work, you know thereâs nothing quite like it out
John Waters Live: This Filthy World: First watch the
movie, then see Waters receive the 2013 American Filmmaker Award. There
will also be a short Q&A and a book signing. Donât be the jackass
who asks whether Divine really ate dog shit.
5th Annual SFIFF
Wed. Oct. 16-Sun. Oct. 20
For full schedule visit santafeindependentfilmfestival.com