UPDATED: Waterfront FF 2009: a blastJune 18th, 2009 at 7:28 am by Laff at the Movies under Entertainment
Covering my first Film Festival
ORIGINALLY POSTED June 16th:
So… its been a couple days since the 2009 Waterfront Film Festival wrapped up… and I’m still pumped.
Sure I battled connectivity all weekend (bad cell phone reception and internet connections) drove more than 380 miles back and forth from Grand Rapids to Saugatuck (sometimes back and forth in the same day)… and never had more than 6 hours sleep a night during a 4-day period, BUT…. BUT…. I am not complaining… just some explanation on the delay of this blog and others related to the WFF.
While covering my first film festival I got to see 10 movies, most making making their Midwest or Michigan Premieres:
On Friday, I saw 3 movie screenings (“The Baker”, “Dare”, “Official Rejection”), attended 3 more movies on Saturday (“Women in Trouble”, “An American Opera”, “The Twenty”), and then I broke a personal record for movies watched at theater/venue in a day on Sunday, seeing 4 really good films (“The Answer Man”, “Weather Girl”, “Against The Current”, “Peter and Vandy”). My favorites were “The Baker”, “The Answer Man”, “Peter and Vandy” and the documentary “An American Opera”… but there were also soo many good looking films that I couldn’t make it to because of time conflicts or being sold out (“Jesus People”).
I also interviewed actress/activist Daryl Hannah, Michigan documentary director TomMcPhee (“An American Opera”), director Peter Callahan (“Against the Current”), director Jay DiPietro (“Peter and Vandy”) and actor Jason Ritter (“Peter and Vandy”)… enjoyed Q&A with director Sebastian Gutierrez (“Women in Trouble”) and director/actor Chopper Bernet (“The Twenty”).
2009 broke the attendance record with ticket sales of more than 16,000 (up from 2008′s 14,000), day and weekend pass sales were also up, and more people attended the seminars than in years past.
It was great hanging out with die hard movie fans and I am thankful for all the assistance from the great volunteers at Waterfront Film Festival!!!
My reviews are in the works… and we’ll be posting more interviews from the weekend in the next few days.
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