What’s up with me

This weekend, I took time from work and went to the RiverRun Film Festival in Winston-Salem. We were given free tickets to the Gala a couple of year ago and had a big time. We bought tickets this year and decided it's more fun for less money. The same band played less dance-able songs and…

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We went to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University today. Ostensibly, it was to see this installation, entitled Precarity, by John Akomfrah. But, of course, we saw everything else while we were there, too. It is based on the life of "Charles 'Buddy' Bolden, the first person known to have explored the sonic…

RiverRun 2016

Monday 4/11 My Friend's Rubber Ducky  "In a tipsy fit, Joseph kidnaps an old friend who owes him $5,000, enlisting the aide of his hipster girlfriend and stoner roommate."  This was hilarious.  Pot, tai chi and a kidnapping. Everyone involved did an excellent job. Jacqueline (Argentine)  "This mockumentary follows an unnamed director and narrator (Wyatt…

Nevermore Film Festival – 2016

This year Nevermore received 1275 submissions. From those, they ran 5 shorts collections and 11 feature length films. The collections were: It's only a Nightmare, Charlie Brown: PG-13 Animation and Dark Fantasy Shorts Little Brother (USA) No dialogue, very creepy, uneven black and white line drawings, The Red Thunder (USA) not animated, funny, if I…

RiverRun Film Festival, 2015 – Part 2

Yosemite  "The lives of three 5th graders intertwine in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto circa 1985, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the town. Featuring James Franco in a supporting role, the film is adapted from short stories in Franco's collection 'A California Childhood.' " This wasn't really what we expected. …

RiverRun Film Festival, 2015 – Part 1

Anywhere Else  "Noa, an Israeli grad student working on her thesis in Berlin about untranslatable words, returns home to find her family less than enamored with her life choices and struggles to define her connections to both place and family."  This is an interesting look at how families deal with each other and how other…

Nevermore 2015

This year, the Carolina Theater messed with me.  Last year, they had shows during the week.  So, I didn't ask for the weekend off for 2015.  But, they didn't do week day shows this year.  When I asked about it on their FaceBook page, they told me that 2014 was a one-off and it wasn't…

Ma

I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time…