Monday, February 9, 2015

Upcoming Festival Coverage: Cinefest 35 and TCM Classic Film Festival


Next month I will be attending back-to-back film festivals. I’m starting with Cinefest 35 in upstate New York and then heading out almost immediately to Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. I’ll be reporting here on this blog about the events I attend at both festivals. I foresee a lot of caffeinated beverages in my future.



Cinefest is a yearly festival celebrating the early days of film history. Most of the films screened are silents or from the early talkie era. This is the last hurrah for Cinefest which is currently in it’s 35th and final year. I couldn’t pass up one final opportunity to attend this festival especially since I’ve heard only good things about it. However, the festival's biggest draw for me is the attendance of my good friend Jonas, aka the Talkie King from All Talking! All Singing! All Dancing!. He is coming all the way from Sweden to attend the last Cinfest. It’ll be the first time I get to meet him in person and suffice to say I’m pretty stoked about it. Jonas has been very influential in my discovery of early cinema, especially those first talkie musicals, and thus meeting at Cinefest is very apropos.


Yours truly at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival
(Jerry Lewis Hand & Footprint Ceremony)

I'll have one single day of rest before we fly across the country to attend the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. I've covered the 2013 and 2014 festivals on this blog (read previous coverage here). I can't help but pinch myself because I am so incredibly lucky to be attending the festival once again for this year. TCM's festival has been likened to the Disney World or Comic Con of classic film enthusiasts. And it's true. It's pure ecstasy for anyone who really loves old movies, Hollywood and TCM. Later this week I'll be sharing my methods for budgeting for this festival. It's expensive and for folks who live far away from Hollywood it's even more so. If you can make it happen, it's worth the effort.

Please stay tuned for Cinefest and TCMFF coverage in the coming weeks!



8 comments:

  1. It will be all kinds of fabulous! So excited!

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  2. I did a double take when you wrote that these festivals will be next month! I can't believe TCMFF is so close. So excited! Have fun at Cinefest. It sounds wonderful. Too bad it's the last year.

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    1. I can't believe it. Next month and we hardly know anything about what will be happening at TCMFF. I hope they release more news soon.

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  3. I'm so excited for you, Raquel -- not to mention pea-green with envy! I would LOVE to go to Cinefest. And that's so great about you finally getting to meet Jonas in real life! Have a wonderful time! I look forward to reading your coverage! (Did I put enough exclamation points in?)

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    1. Thank you Karen. I look forward to seeing you next month at TCMFF! <3

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  4. I had never heard of Cinefest before and I'm totally bummed about it ending (this means that if I ever wanted to go, I can't because there will be no more years of it running). I hope you have an amazing time! And yeah, TCMFF ... it's gonna be epic (as always)! I can't wait to read your coverage xx

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    1. Vanessa - I know I'm bummed too that it's ending. I know there is another festival in upstate NY Capitolfest. I think it's still going strong. I'd love to come up to your neck of the woods and attend TIFF. I have festival fever!

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