WELCOME TO JACKSONVILLE

DAY II (5/20/2005): AN EVENING AT RICK’S

I woke up a few hours later. A film that was part of the “Viva Cinema” program – specializing in showcasing the independent Hispanic scene – was showing at 10:00pm called “Sabado.” I was interested in seeing it, since I heard it was shot digitally and in real-time.

“Sabado,” directed by Matias Bize, is little over an hour long, and only consists of one or two long shots. The film begins with a pregnant girl on her way to her baby’s daddy’s fiancé’s house (whew). The girl brings along her neighbor, a cameraman, so that she can have a record of the confrontation. After the entanglement, the Bride hires the cameraman to follow her around so she can have a record of the conflict with her fiancé. Of course, having a camera pointed at them during such personal and intimate affairs freaks out all the characters, but the women don’t really allow it to distract them. Usually, films like this seem really homemade but with this film and the subject matter it deals with, it worked so well.

Next, I headed to a screening of Gal Katzir’s “The Works.” It started out like a darker “Office Space” but in the midst, turned into a Tim Burton-like fable. The main character in this film, Victor, is actually treated worse than those in Mike Judge’s film. In fact, at one point his office is moved to the bathroom. All of this madness causes Victor to put in his resignation letter but he is denied the choice of leaving, since he is on contract. Those working in one of those office prisons should definitely seek this film out.

Before the feature, was a short starring Skyler Stone of Comedy Central fame, entitled “Days Like These,” directed by Ross Guidici. Stone plays a man on his way to meet up with a special lady friend and on his way there, he runs into a series of unfortunate mishaps. Nothing goes his way, no matter what he tries to do or how he goes about it. It was entertaining enough but it seems to me like there are too many of these kinds of films floating around these days, especially in the mainstream (recently, “Meet the Parents” or “Along Came Polly” come to mind).

After the screening, a “Casablanca”-themed party was held at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. There, I once again met up with “The Almost Guys” team, as well as with Mischa Livingstone (writer/director) and Sara Rue (actress/producer) who was there supporting their short, “Barbara Jean.”

I had to leave early though; I promised Gore that I would attend the screening of “Big Fat” and report on the turnout.

So that night, after a brief ride on the monorail followed by what seemed to be a really long walk, I made my way to screening of “My Big Fat Independent Movie.” I got there about an hour early and the line was already insane. For a second, I actually thought I wandered to a Star Wars screening or something. Both lines – the pass holder and the ticket holder – were stretched out all over the place. Some people were even getting upset because they thought they weren’t getting in. They even had another unscheduled showing of it the next night. Way to go!

The festival continues in part four of WELCOME TO JACKSONVILLE>>>




Posted on May 26, 2005 in Festivals by
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