Independent Film

Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.

An Opera House in the middle of nowhere?

I recently received a note from Sandy Scheller regarding Amargosa Opera House. Ever since I watched the documentary on this magical opera house in the middle of nowhere (the desert outside Las Vegas), I have been inspired to take up oil painting lessons and create for the sheer love of...

Cinequest film: ‘Batad’ a heart-warming story of honor, loyalty and tradition

We've been working our way through the catalog of Cinequest DVD releases leading up to the 20th anniversary for the festival in February 2010. And one of the thrills of watching indie films like this terrific gem, Batad, is that you can really feel every ounce of passion that went...

Sunday espresso: A profound Tiger, Cinequest 20, the ultimate leading economic indicator

For some crazy reason I thought things around here might slow down, every so slightly, with the holiday season in full swing. Instead, our calendar of events, interviews, reviews and shenanigans around town has taken on a Santa Claus-like girth. Then again, we prefer it that way. My bah-humbug attitude...

Movie Review: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ entertains with tricks in time

'The Time Traveller's Wife' is another movie amongst several that deals with the theme of true love transcending time. Others in this category include 'Benjamin Button' and the latest vampire craze. As Hollywood tries to grapple with the true essence of love in a world where technology is making more...

Cinequest: ‘Beresina or The Last Days of Switzerland’

In the mood for something different? How about an eccentric Swiss black comedy? Yes. I know what you're thinking. Not another eccentric Swiss black comedy. Beresina is an intriguing, quirky musical that played at Cannes and Cinequest, and is now available as a Cinequest release. It is regarded as one...

Cinequest announces pass holder and contributor programs for 2010 festival

Cinequest, one of the country's most influential and fastest growing film festivals—not to mention the pride of San Jose—has announced pass holder and contributor programs for 2010. The festival starts in just 90 days, running from February 23 - March 7, 2010. In an email to fans, friends and industry,...

Movie Review: Julie & Julia is part french cuisine masterpiece and part overcrowded mushrooms

Ever since the movie Julie & Julia arrived in cinemas, I've been meaning to go see it. The wonderful write up by Pat Reardon on her experiences with making Beef Bourguignon only tempted me further. Alas, between the theater season being in full swing, a pile of Cinequest movies...

Gone in 60 Seconds: Downtown San Jose, SJ Rep, Cinequest

Stark Insider: Twice as fun as the Merc... but only half as smart. https://vimeo.com/7134058

Cinequest film: ‘Fandom’ a twisted journey

https://vimeo.com/7132803 Celebrity stalkers are not a new phenomena, but the treatment of the subject matter in this "true film" is unique. Directed by Nick Tucker, this documentary distributed by Cinequest, provides an up-close and disturbing view of fandom. Gordon, an idealistic young man from a small town in California, has a "friendship" with Natalie Portman....

Cinequest short: ‘Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot’

Are you clumsy like me... banging your head, biting your tongue, stubbing your toe?  Then you'll relate to poor Fumi. But watch what happens when she turns her handicap into a force for good. I hope you'll agree it's an inspiring way to start the week! Our Cinequest film review...