My man Mike Tully ain’t kidding when he mentions some of the filmic riches to be seen in New York City theaters this weekend. I mean, there’s Old Joy (which I confess to missing in Rotterdam, but promise to see this week) and California Split (which I think I should take in after taking in some of the things mentioned in my previous post), and I thoroughly agree with his take on Pan’s Labyrinth and will be writing more about it, tomorrow. It’s truly brilliant. But that’s hardly all on offer this weekend.
Friday, March 31st saw the kick off of what has the potential of being, along with SXSW, an excellent Southern U.S. one-two punch on the domestic fest circuit. Under the expert stewardship of exec director Jody Kielbasa and 2nd year director of programming Tom “Come on you Reds!” Hall, The Sarasota Fim Festival has been on the lips of many an industryite when the question of “Where to?” is asked in April. Wanna know why?
Well for starters, a good public festival (as opposed to mainly industry events like Sundance and Cannes) should have a healthy mix of films and events that appeal to both the film fanatic and the weekend multi-plexer, with plenty of crossover opportunities. Not that the former fests don’t have a mix, it’s just that, well, Jane and John Q. Public don’t get to go to those places, really.