Cinequest To Show 165 Works, Focusing on Emerging Filmmakers
by Rania Richardson
The 14th-annual Cinequest Film Festival is set to run March 3-14 in San Jose, Calif. This year's festival will offer 165 films from 22 countries, focusing on work by emerging filmmakers. The opening-night screening will be the North American premiere of Norwegian filmmaker Magnus Martens' "United," a tale of soccer, dreams, and romance.
The event's closing night festivities will include the world premiere of Terry L. Benedict's "The Conscientious Objector," the story of a devout member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church who refused to carry a gun into battle despite his position in the 77th Infantry Division during World War II.
Other world premieres at the festival include actor Joe Morton's directorial debut, "Sunday on the Rocks"; Tennyson Bardwell's coming-out tale, "Dorian Blues"; "Sheriff," cinema verite by Daniel Kraus; and "Delivery Method" from Josh Apter ("Kaaterskill Falls").
Among the U.S. premieres are "Rhapsody in White," a Bulgarian film by Teddy Moskov, Hak-Soon Kim's "Rewind," a romantic drama about a video-store owner, and "Ham and Cheese," Warren P. Sonoda's show business comedy starring noted Canadian comedians.
Cinequest will present the maverick spirit award to the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, during the festival's annual fundraiser, "The Life of a Maverick." Tom McEnery, former mayor of San Jose and past chair of Cinequest, will moderate a conversation with Governor Schwarzenegger. Select audience questions will follow.
Also on the agenda is "An Evening With Kurt Miller: Extreme Maverick," a discussion with the man who created a highly successful "extreme" sports film company and forged alternative exhibition and distribution models to serve a niche audience.
Forums on digital film and professional movie making will discuss a range of topics such as HD post strategies, high-end, low-budget DV cinema, script writing, and the movie marketplace.
[ For more information and a full schedule with locations, please visit: http://www.cinequest.org/2004/. ]