A recent LA Times article titled “Our film and video history is threatened by the rise of streaming video, I say it’s not.
I’m not sure if this is a question of preservation and access or nostalgia. Physical media is ever changing, ultimately rendering current archival technology obsolete. No one can preserve everything. Should everything be preserved? [Read More…]
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There are so many indie films released every single day that is seems impossible to keep up with them all. My feeds are overflowing with new articles, reviews, technological advances in film making, project casting news and casting surprises, festival updates and more. And consider all the ways new distribution models available making it even easier to find and screen new indie films. From web based platforms for short films and serial video projects to full streaming services for short and feature length projects, guerrilla screenings, film festivals, film societies, film schools, and film loving friends screening what they like (and often have created themselves) in their basements and impromptu theaters. There is no shortage of opportunities to see indie film no matter where you live in the world. Particularly here in Winchester where the filmmaker and the film lover are embraced.
Between our own monthly programming and the annual September film festival at Skyline Indie Film Fest, the Shenandoah Valley also has the Magic Lantern Theater, regular programming from Alamo Drafthouse Winchester, traveling film festivals make stops here such as the SPROUT Film Festival and the Virginia Independent Horror Festival, the annual foreign language film festival held at the local university, as well as local film clubs. Each complementing the other yet distinctly different. It’s a great time to be a film enthusiast if you live in the Shenandoah Valley. [Read More…]
Documentary films are an odd duck for me. I find it very hard to separate the film maker and their ability from the subject matter; thereby I tend to give praise or criticism of the director based on the content. This isn’t fair to the film maker and it allows my personal experience with the subject matter, be it mild interest, vast knowledge, or complete disinterest, to influence my opinion of the film, regardless [Read More…]
April has been insane! We are ramping up for a great festival weekend in September and it’s so amazing to have the level of community support we are receiving from the Old Town Winchester merchants! So many merchants are offering their spaces as a screening venue, so many restaurants have asked to participate, and everyone I talk to is excited to join us as we foster the indie spirit! We thank you all and we’re doing our best to include everyone we can in smart, dynamic ways. Thank you so much Old Town Winchester for your part in making festival weekend an amazing experience for our locals and for our visitors.
Venue contracts are rolling out, too! Most of the great spaces we used last year are back again and we’ve added several new venues in Old Town as well. Welcome to Remember Yourself Massage and to New Lifestyles. Both in the heart of Old Town and both with amazing spaces that we’re so excited to include for your cinematic experience!
Our screening panel met this month and watched the first submissions. I think they are going to have some very tough decisions to make as we progress! The projects coming in cover all genres, categories, and duration. I don’t envy the job ahead of them at all. I know they are up for the task and I predict amazing programming for SkIFF 2014.
This week the festival staff is road tripping to Columbia, S.C. for Indie Grits! We’ll spend the weekend taking in films, meeting filmmakers (some of whom be participating in SkIFF), and just taking in the experience of a top notch festival. I can’t wait! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep abreast of our shenanigans this weekend! Let’s see if we can trend #SkIFF and #fostertheindiespirit!
Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing all the venues, sponsors, events, and other surprises very, very soon! As a matter of fact, if you have one of our souvenir buttons I’d check the back of it for a promo code and look for another blog post in the very (very, very) near future regarding passes!
Thank you all!
Sometimes when I see a film it sticks with me, for better or for worse, for years. One such was 2004’s “Closer” with the staggering ensemble cast of Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen, and Natalie Portman. I left that screening feeling different. To see the cast in such believable, crass, rude, and [Read More…]