Cinequest Film Festival

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...

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,...

Cinequest film: ‘Fandom’ a twisted journey

https://vimeo.com/7132803Celebrity 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....

Fall show preview #1: Stark Insider Presents

Stark Insider produces 4 "shows", or Webisodes, or Internet video productions, or however you prefer to call them—it's hard to keep track these days with all of the changes now taking place with new media and the disruption to traditional publishing models.I thought I'd take a minute each day this...

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...

SJSU’s Bye-Bye Bin Laden Comes to DVD

The feature-length animated musical satire, Bye-Bye Bin Laden, which pokes fun at war, TV and religious fanaticism in the U.S. and Middle East, will debut on DVD September 22 thanks to Cinequest Distribution and will be available on Netflix.Read the full story at Animation Magazine.

Review: ‘Falling’ does well with limited Indie budget

I like films that eschew absolutes. The villain is not pure evil. The protagonist is not pure gold. Rather, characters exhibit rough and tumble human weaknesses that cause them to tread a moral slippery slope. 'Falling', an indie film distributed by Cinequest, is one of those films. It even has a...

Amargosa: Strength of creative spirit amidst the desert

Amargosa is a documentary about the life and passions of Marta Becket, a dancer and artist who decided to move from the bustle of New York to the remote ghost town of Death Valley Junction, California and set up a theater house.The opening narration and dramatic panoramic shots reminded...

In Review: ‘Crazy Like a Fox’ cunningly wins you over

'Crazy Like a Fox' is a beautifully shot film about Nat Banks (Roger Rees), an 8th generation owner of a family farm, Greenwood, who has hit financial hard times.The movie doesn't go into much detail as to how he and wife Amy Banks (Mary McDonnell) ended up in such...