Silverdocs 2K6

Oh, by the way, while my blog was down yesterday, I ended up posting about Silverdocs over at Indie Features 06. Here’s what I posted:

For some reason, my personal blog isn’t working right now, but I’ve been jonesing to blog all day (what a boring addiction), so I’ll finally blog something here several months after Sujewa invited me (to be fair, I did write one quick entry back in the day). But while I’m thinking about it, I though I’d do a quick mention that Silverdocs tickets are available and to note that some screenings have already sold out for non-passholders.

Silverdocs, for people who are unfamiliar is a documentary film festival held annually in Silver Spring, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. This year’s fest looks promising. So far, I’m planning to see Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Jesus Camp, at the major risk of bringing back any number of traumatic childhood memories; Susan Dynner’s Punk’s Not Dead; Gary Tarn’s Black Sun, which focuses on visual artist Hugues de Montalembert’s experience going blind as an adult; Alexandra Lipsitz’s Air Guitar Nation (yeah, there’s a musical theme), which comes highly recommended by Sara Jo Marks; Steve Anderson’s Fuck, which focuses on the history and significance of the film’s title word; Stanley Nelson’s Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple; and Michael Winterbottom’s The Road to Guantanamo, which looks like an incredibly powerful and potentially controversial film, in part because of its hybrid of documentary and re-enacted scenes.

At any rate, the film schedule looks excellent, and if you’re in the DC area, it’s certainly worth a quick Metro ride up to Silver Spring. Hopefully things will be up and running in my corner of blogworld soon.


  1. Cats & Dogma Said,

    May 28, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

    I’m particularly interested to see The Road to Guantanamo since some of the subjects of that film (specifically Ruhel Ahmed) are figures in the Brittain and Slovo play presented at Studio last year. I’ll be interested to see if it suffers the same problems.

  2. Chuck Said,

    May 28, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

    I’m trying to remember why you were critical of the Studio play. I’ve seen the preview at the E Street Theater, and it looks quite promising, but I tend to like Winterbottom’s films, especially Code 46, 24 Hour Party People and Tristram Shandy.

    The re-enactment scenes seem particularly efective, but agin, that’s just an impression from the trailer. While I’m digging around, Al Jazeera has an interetsing article on the film, and the Guardian review is worth checking out.

  3. Chuck Said,

    May 30, 2006 @ 10:38 am

    Test comment: Still having problems with the comments.

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