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!