Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Woodstock Film Festival News and Reviews

Back from the festival, which was a lot of fun. Let Them Chirp Awhile got a really positive response, not only from the people who saw it, but from reviewers as well. You can read a nice review of the film here (be sure to scroll down to the end). Another reviewer, John Barry, who writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal (circulation 40,000), predicts future Oscar potential for director Jonathan Blitstein in his blog here.
It's difficult to describe the stunning landscape of the Hudson Valley. Rhinecliff, the site of the local train station, was jaw-droppingly beautiful when I picked up my equally beautiful wife on a glorious Friday afternoon. Woodstock was an explosion of green, red and gold; October in the Northeast is, quite simply, as good as it gets.
I saw two amazing films at the WFF as well. Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is so well crafted and powerful, and such an amazing story, I found myself thinking about it all weekend. It's a must-see, and one of the best films I've seen in the last five years. Surfwise, a documentary about the Paskowitz surfing family, is similar to Crumb, one of my all time favorite docs, in that it starts out being about one thing (a famous surfing family) and ends up being about something totally different (the shocking level of dysfunction within the family). Brilliant, unforgettable stuff. If you love movies, don't miss either of these gems.


Anonymous J.D. said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed the festival. You mentioned "Crumb"--- I've heard a lot about that movie, but I have never seen it. I know it was directed by Terry Zwigoff--- and he directed the very funny "Bad Santa", ever see that one? I saw it the day it opened in the theatre in 2003, black comedy at its' best!

Hopefully the movies you mentioned will make it for a wide release, unlike some of the garbage that gets wide releases today, like the new "Halloween" for example (I think it was a movie where you either loved it or hated it, not too many "in betweens". I just thought personally it was a waste of ten dollars)


October 18, 2007 10:27 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Hi. Hope this okay to leave this here, but I've been trying to track down Zach to get an interview for the UK website www.denofgeek.com; what's the best way to do this?

Sorry for posting here, and really enjoyed reading the blog.


November 13, 2007 3:26 AM  

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