SXSW Film Festival Coordinator (and shorts programming queen) Lya Guerra, is in Seattle on the shorts jury at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. I’ve asked her to check in with reports when she has time, and here’s her first:
last night i ran to catch “the boss of it all.” i’m glad i saw it last night though, as you know, it’s funny and charming and the audience licked it up like hungry kittens, and as you know, i love kittens.
so i’ve sent Carl [Spence, programming director] your best and learned some things about the seattle and palm springs fest…the people here have a similar tone to austin, very laid back, very friendly, very styly. so Carl Spence and Colin McArthur (programming assistant) and features programmer Dan Doody have all been the absolute best.
i spent some time with them at the jury lunch, where i met one of my fellow shorts jurors. today i meet the other.
besides meeting filmmakers and festival folk, i got to see a shorts program last night that was worth writing home about, literally. did you see a short film called “sniffer”? before you say “no” it won the top palm at cannes, and it’s directed by a fellow named Bobbie Peers and it’s norwegian, and “no” you say?? well you should as it brilliant…and i don’t say that lightly. it’s 7 minutes and though the filmmaker isn’t here i met a different norwegian filmmaker, seattle is crawling with them currently, who shared the same art director.
i also loved a short french film called “pick-up” by Manuel Schapira that i’d like to snag for next year and “hellO?” from Gavin Lim of singapore is midnight worthy to say the least. it’s really keenly stylish and weird and violent. cool.
alright, i’m off. i’m having a really super aussie time…