It‚Äôs 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 isn‚Äôt even a proper acronym.
But that‚Äôs the only gripe you‚Äôre going to see here, and really, that‚Äôs not even a gripe.
Film festivals are the greatest‚ÄĒand I don‚Äôt just write that
because I‚Äôm a film critic. Film festivals offer up possibilities, and
that‚Äôs 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 you‚Äôre watching will never play anywhere else ever again. And that‚Äôs pretty cool.
Some movies never get past one film festival appearance, not because
they‚Äôre 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 it‚Äôs over.
That‚Äôs 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 O‚Äô 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? ‚ÄúOne person trying to raise
a motherfucker like [Pug]? That‚Äôs a lot.‚ÄĚ
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 (Rosemary‚Äôs Baby) or terrible (Godsend). I‚Äôm 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 you‚Äôve seen
any of their previous work, you know there‚Äôs 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. Don‚Äôt 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