Hi everyone. So I wasn't really able to keep up my hope of visiting this site at least a couple times a week and providing some content. I hoped to write about Sin City. I hoped to write about the end of Miramax (as we know it) more, and why everyone who owns Disney stock should sell rather than suffer through the reign of Iger. I hoped to talk about the great finale (but that damn cliffhanger ... hopefully that's not the series finale) of American Dreams. I hoped to write about the reasonably satisfying season ender on The West Wing, although I fear for this show's future since they'll probably go with Jimmy Smits in the fall, and the Alan Alda character would be much more interesting for this creative group to tackle.
But I haven't had time for any of that. The Tribeca Film Festival, which officially started last night with gala premieres of The Interpreter but kicks off with the bulk of its screenings Friday, has been kicking my ass. I don't mind it; it's been fun (and stressful), but a ton of work, and I'm basically working 16-18 hour days right now. I would say "with no end in sight," but that's not true. May 1 will absolutely be the end, and by May 6, I will be unemployed. So on the one hand, I've been hoping time would slow down to finish all I have to do before my big part of the festival starts tomorrow (with screenings of two big and great documentaries: Through the Fire about high school basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair's journey through high school and deciding to enter the NBA draft, and photographer David LaChappelle's Rize about krunking). On the other hand, I just want the whole thing to be over. But then on the third hand, once it's over, I'm unemployed five days later.
See, I need three hands to take care of everything. That's the problem.
If you're in New York, come down to Tribeca. Nothing is "sold out" at the Tribeca Film Festival until the film starts. You can always get in a "Door Sales" line, and if you're reasonably near the front, there's a better than not chance you'll get in. There are some great films being shown this year, and if you check the online guide, you'll have the most up-to-date info. (The printed guide that came out in the New York Times is mostly correct, but there have been several films added and some schedule changes, so definitely check online.
One program I've seen a little bit of that I'd like to plug is Mackendrick on Film playing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Tuesday 4/26 at 4:30 PM. If you're a film student, cinema studies scholar, wannabe filmmaker or just all around cinephile, you will love this program which is a preview of a much longer .. well, I'm going to call it a filmic textbook. It's only showing once in this festival, and it's only part of the final program, but it's marvelous, and after seeing the bits that I did (even less than what will be screened and discussed on 4/26), I couldn't wait to see more. I highly recommend checking it out, and tickets are still available.
Anyway, as I will be moving out of my apartment into a lovely hotel downtown after tomorrow, the chance of me actually visiting any website, let alone my own, or even being near a computer is virtually nil. Please don't desert me completely, however. I promise I will be back the week of May 2. And hell, after May 6, I've got nothing but time on my hands ... and plenty of things left to rant about.