The best of the fest so far
I look forward to seeing all you have recommended. I bought a single ticket to W. Kamau Bell's "We Need to Talk about Cosby," A 4-part (AND 4 hour) doc that will screen on Showtime. I watched the whole thing on Saturday. I appreciated the way he treated the survivors and honored their stories AND the structural narrative around generational differences in degrees of Black folx veneration of Cosby, both before and after the widespread exposure of the allegations. I am a Black woman who is of the generation that listened to his early comedy albums as family treats and came to regret an invitation from my institution to him post-"Pound Cake" speech. I don't know if you saw it, Ty, but I would be interested in reading your response if/when you do. I found it a powerful expose of how the long history of misogyny and White supremacy have distorted the entertainment industry and empowered the monsters -- in this case for decades. It's rich and complex.
Can't wait to see the films you recommended.
The best thing I've seen so far is Midwives, which is the most vital documentary I've seen in decade, and I love docs. What we see in a few minutes before the title is shown is a breathtaking as any of the featured shorts, and is still eclipsed in the best possible way, by the resilience and depth of what unfolds in the body of the film.
Man ... a fave film that's science fiction, and Dale Dickey in a lead role -- I've been a fan since "My Name is Earl, " and she was essential to both "Winter's Bone" and "Leave No Trace."
My kids grew up watching Nat Geo volcano movies featuring the Kraffts. Can't wait to see First Love. It looks safe for me to watch ;-)
Thank you for sharing your list of films that you enjoyed so far from the fest. I was especially moved by your good news/bad news look at "attending" a film festival from home. It reminded me of one of my favorite lines - it's from the play Inherit the Wind, as Drummond talks about the joys and sorrows of progress - "Man may conquer the skies, but the birds will lose their wonder, and the clouds will smell of gasoline."