For 10 years the organizers of this great festival have time and again put their hearts, souls – and their most valuable commodity – time into producing and exceptional line-up of films and events for San Diego. What most people do not know is that this organization is almost entirely run by a dedicated staff of volunteers. (BTW – I admit to having a bias here, as I have worked with these volunteers side-by-side for most of the ten years SDFF has run.) Highlights for me included:
- Opening Night film 50/50
- Connect, the excellent education outreach component that invites 150 San Diego high school students in for their own private festival
- Watching a few shorts with my daughter and seeing her reaction to both the films and the ensuing conversations that took place directly after
- Favorite films like Punch drunk, Challenging Impossibility and The Last Mountain
- Chatting with the filmmakers of the ambitious project Girls, Girls, Girls.
So – here’s my plea to the masses that are ignoring my little blog, and the minority that reads it: Get thee to a film festival!
I see countless stories, posts, and tweets at the lack of originality coming out of Hollywood today. Yet, a film festival is the antidote to the disease of un-originality! So tell me dear readers, what is your favorite SDFF moment? Or, what is your favorite film festival? Have you actually participated in one? If not – what would you like to know?
As for SDFF – well, stay tuned. The first ten years have established that San Diego wants a festival like this – but we have barely scratched the surface. To rip-off Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, we’re just gettin’ warmed up!