Saturday, September 24, 2005

Atlantic Film Festival Concludes

I did it. During the Atlantic Film Festival this year I managed to see 46 films in total. The breakdown is 16 feature films and 30 short films. I saw my last batch of shorts this afternoon and actually reached the 43 mark last night.
It’s been an exhausting week both physically and emotionally. The emotional exhaustion comes from the rapid shifts in tone from film to film. Each film that you see requires a bit of an emotional investment and I think that I’m a bit emotionally overdrawn and fragile now. Films that normally wouldn’t have a great effect on me seem to be more powerful than they should be. The steady flow of images and characters and stories on the screens in front of me is wonderful and overwhelming.
It all comes to a conclusion this evening with the closing party which is even more special as this is the 25th year of the festival. It should be fun and I’m looking forward to the party and also looking forward to being home and getting some rest.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Atlantic Film Festival Opening Party

I went to the opening party of the Atlantic Film Festival last night. It was a very nice event that was held on a blocked-off street in Halifax. The gala film that opened the festival was Thom Fitzgerald’s 3 Needles which stars Lucy Liu, Olympia Dukakis, Stockard Channing, and Chlöe Sevigny. Ms. Sevigny was at the party which was exciting, but I didn’t talk to her. It was neat to have it outside and I had a chance to talk with lots of people from the business and many students and graduates and friends as well.

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