Adam Rocha’s baby is all grown up.
From the bizarrely-named Golden Shower Video Festival to the campy San Antonio Underground Film Festival to the more professional San Antonio Film Festival of this year, the evolution of Rocha’s labor of love is evident.
When I judged the film festival back in 2002, I watched over 150 movies and helped pick those good enough to screen at that year’s event. Of the films I saw, I can only slightly recall the very first one I pulled from the pile and tossed into my DVD player. It was a three-minute film (I can’t remember the name), which began with someone in their backyard recording their dog barking. For an entire minute, the camera is pointed at this thing yapping away uncontrollably at the cameraperson.
Suddenly, the shot cuts to a title card with the word “Intermission” on screen. For another entire minute, the screen stayed on the graphic while elevator music (maybe “The Girl from Ipanema”) played in the background. Then, for the final minute – you guessed it – the mangy mutt was back to bark until the credits ended my agony.
Although a short film like that one might have had a chance to make the final cut a few years ago, Rocha and crew seem to have set a higher standard for filmmakers looking for a
After being very inconsistent with my attendance at the festival for the last six years (I believe I made it out one night for the decade celebration), I returned Opening Night of the 14th annual SAFF on Thursday and was ecstatic not to see any pissed-off puppies making their film debut.
Held for the first time at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico in
Somebody – anybody – from a film studio needs to step up and send Crawford out to the masses before November rolls around. By then, we’ll be on the verge of a new presidency and it’ll be more difficult to grab people’s attention with yesterday’s headlines. Give Modigliani a hand. This is an entertaining film that really is fair and balanced. Maybe Fox News can put Greg Gutfeld and the rest of the morons on Red Eye out of their misery and give Crawford their late-night time slot until next inauguration.