Cinequest Film Festival

Stark Insider Picks: Cinequest films to see

With only 6 more days to go at the Cinequest film festival, it's time to spend some quality time with the program guide and ensure you hit all the best films before they leave town.It can be a bit of a puzzle mapping out a schedule that gives you...

RealD 3D at Cinequest: Now I’m a believer

I admit I'm a little slow on this one. Despite my early adopter DNA and love for all things digital, I have not yet seen Avatar; and I've been upfront about my misgivings for 3D technology in general (see Avatar, you’re no Godfather: 5 reasons why I probably won’t...

Cinequest Review: Shorts 2, when less is more

With all of the high quality independent feature films now playing at Cinequest, it's easy to overlook the shorts. These guys try twice as hard to earn your respect. And last night at Camera 3 downtown San Jose it showed. To my eyes there wasn't a dud in the...

Cinequest Interview: Gabi on the Roof in July

A comedy about "ex-girlfriends, sibling rivalry and whipped cream," Gabi on the Roof in July premiered at Cinequest to a packed house at Camera Cinema in San Jose last week. We caught up with New York-based Team Gabi, including the "dynamic duo" plus a surprise cast member appearance later, at...

Sunday Espresso: Canada vs. US eh, Cinequest take two, Netbook office on-the-go

Good morning, and once again come join me with some no-holds-barred conversation over espresso. Please ignore the mooing cows.Same as last week. The only difference this time is I'm drinking the strong stuff thanks to Nespresso. It saves me 10 minutes each morning. Imagine! I can do wonders with...

Live from Cinequest: 3D cinema, filmmakers follow the money (and hype)

So you decide to throw a 3D Super Bowl. But what happens when 15 friends show up and you only have 14 pairs of 3D glasses (and they're not even designer!)?That, and sourcing equipment and skills, were just a few of the problems discussed at today's Cinequest Maverick Artist...

Seth W. Owen, film director

https://vimeo.com/9784218Film director Seth W. Owen had just flown in to the Bay Area from Montreal, and was enjoying a day or two up in San Francisco, before heading down 101 to dive in to Cinequest, when we caught up with him for this revealing interview. His new film, Peepers...

Think Outside the Box: 60-second SanDisk film contest at Cinequest

What kind of story could you tell in just one minute?  This is the challenge filmmakers took on when they submitted films in the SanDisk Phone Flick Contest, part of the Cinequest Film Festival. To raise the stakes, films had to be shot entirely on a cell phone.The four...

Film Review: ‘The Ferrari Dino Girl’

In 1968 Russian tanks rolled through the streets of Prague and Jan Nemec was in the streets filming. The Ferrari Dino Girl tells the dramatic story of how those shots were made, and the harrowing trip he and his friends made to get the footage across the border to...

Cinequest Interview: Cullen Hoback, director FrICTION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm4rB94SjEMJessica Rabbit once said, "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Cullen Hoback adds a new wrinkle with his latest film at Cinequest, FrICTION (review). What if you were scripted to behave badly?In this clever, mind twisting fourthwall film (pseudo documentary?) the line between reality and fiction become...