Monday, May 25, 2009

A film lover's orgy

Well, after four years of wanting to do so, I finally got a chance his past week to become involved with the Delray Beach Film Festival, a 5 1/2-day extravaganza of independent short, feature and documentary films. I signed up as a volunteer, and got to hang out at some of the key parties, catch a bunch of films, and even attend a scriptwriting workshop.

The festival's big "celebrity" was actor Giancarlo Esposito, whose work I've admired since his days on the excellent 1990s TV series Homicide: Life on the Streets. He was in town to promote his film Gospel Hill, screened on Saturday night, which he directed and had a role in. I enjoyed the film, a character piece set in the South that looks at race relations, old grudges and learning to let go. Esposito recruited some pretty impressive stars, including Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, Julia Stiles and Samuel L. Jackson. If you get a chance to see it (in a theater or on DVD), then definitely check it out!

The film festival was a real pick-me-up, let me tell you! The creative energy was truly palpable, plus I met some awesomely interesting people. And, even though it was a rainy week here, the thunderstorms somehow stayed away during the biggest outdoor events. You couldn't have scripted it better!

Next year, the festival organizers are planning on holding it earlier in the year (March, I think) to take advantage of the seasonal crowds. I'm really looking forward to participating again; hopefully with a bigger role!

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