There is a new film hitting the film festivals with a very heavy subject. French filmmaker Jonathan Bucari has written and directed a short film about mental illness and the effects it has on a family.
It's a coup for any film to get into Sundance, and this year is no exception. One such film is K.I.T., produced by Lauren Schnipper. I spoke with Schnipper about the film and what Sundance can do for emerging filmmakers.
The 26th Annual AFI Film Festival ended in Hollywood on November 9. The winners from the jury and the audience are listed here, but first, I wanted to write a little about a film from each category that didn't win, but I felt should get a special mention.
The 18th annual Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and Film Market, the largest festival of its kind in this country, completed its run and this writer's eyes have started to come back into focus after seeing more than 50 shorts in two days.
I did the only thing I knew how -- I made a short film with a message. The message was simple: "We are Egyptian. We are human. Let us be human. Let us be free." It wasn't about race, religion, or class.
Our film The Shore is the story of one small act of reconciliation, yet it mirrors the courageous achievement of the people of Northern Ireland, Protestant and Catholic, who after 800 years of division and bloodshed came together to talk and make their peace with one another.
I enjoyed the documentaries the most. All were quite good, though if you need a tie breaker, Saving Face stood out. It got the best audience reaction and was my favorite, as well.n(And my always-savvy Academy friend voted for it.)