Sunday, October 22, 2006

Thoughts from Seattle (Reflections on Cinematic Decay in OK)

Within a day or two of trying, a venue has been
established for the Seattle Fest, and without bold
claims or rehashed slogan simply happened
by focus, and an honest spirit. It is small, don't
get me wrong, but I founded the MicroFilmFest as a
cozy interpersonal event, where the people can mingle
and interact in a more realistic fashion than a larger
fest. My past experience at OK Film Fests (I have not
attended the Uncensored, which I hear is amazing, nor
have I attended Deadcenter) were overblown and over
hyped, with a lack of detail toward the most important
thing at a film festival: the film! One of my entries
[at a festival] began mid-tape! And not everyone is
as approachable as they claim, granted, I do not have
the fortune of talking to everyone, but I do the best
at being a single individual. In that, I have fared
quite well. I have made myself visible, presented
myself to everyone and have entertained questions when
they arose, as they often do. At other Fests, the
so-called-founders never show! And so I take this
wisdom, this experience with me to new places.

I wanted to take this time to point your attention
away from the scantily-clad bloodsucker or other
demoralizing acts of give proper exposure
to the very same thing I have supported and championed
for four years now, in the sanctity of the Blue
November MicroFilmFest: the empowerment of women
behind the camera.

Our first year, we had a variety of women who decided
to create behind the camera as opposed to being
exploited in front of the same. Anna Biller, Rebbecca
Faerstein and Ashton Elder are fond memories,
especially Ashton. At the age of 17, she 'barely'
entered the Fest after being coaxed by a friend of
mine...and she won! I remember her return the next
year, and I also remember her growth as a director.
It was an honor when she asked me to pen a letter to a
University in New York, where she would study film and
the creative arts. I willfully did so, and she
submitted said letter. I understand she has
redirected her energies toward politics, although her
love of film has not wavered.

Our intention is to promote those who are worthy, and
who have a voice, and as I have said before, having a
voice does not make money but it does say a great deal
about your integrity as an artist, and therefore, as a
person. This is why I seek these films.

One such film is Purgatory House. Not only is it
directed and produced by a woman, it is written by its
star, a fourteen year old girl, mentored by the
director! This amazing relationship between
writer/star and director is shadowed only by the
issues of teen depression and suicide prevention. It
is not the 'most downloaded', but it doesn't need
false claims to carry its weight. During the weekend
of November 3rd and 4th, Bret will debut this film in
Tulsa; the following weekend in Seattle, I will do the
same. Click on the link below to see for yourself...

I remember in 2000, I attended my first film
"festival", deep in the heart of NE OK. I felt as
strongly about supporting women in cinema then as I do
now. I spoke with a young woman there who directed a
film about magazines, or something to that effect.
She found my questions about women in cinema
ridiculous and irrelevant, saying that it shouldn't
matter. She's right. It shouldn't matter, yet it
still does. Just as prejudice and hate still exist,
so does chauvinism. And until it doesn't
matter...until "Karate Cheer Squad", "Big-Breasted
Bloodsuckers" or "Blatant Excuse for Boobies in a
Film: The Movie" takes a backseat to REAL independent
filmmaking, you can bet that I will be there...fist
raised in the air! It's wonderful to have a
passion for something...

Captain out.


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