Itâ€™s 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 isnâ€™t even a proper acronym.
But thatâ€™s the only gripe youâ€™re going to see here, and really, thatâ€™s not even a gripe.
Film festivals are the greatestâ€”and I donâ€™t just write that
because Iâ€™m a film critic. Film festivals offer up possibilities, and
thatâ€™s 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 youâ€™re watching will never play anywhere else ever again. And thatâ€™s pretty cool.
Some movies never get past one film festival appearance, not because
theyâ€™re 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 itâ€™s over.
Thatâ€™s 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? â€śOne person trying to raise
a motherfucker like [Pug]? Thatâ€™s a lot.â€ť
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 (Rosemaryâ€™s Baby) or terrible (Godsend). Iâ€™m 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 youâ€™ve seen
any of their previous work, you know thereâ€™s 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. Donâ€™t 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