SATURDAY, JANUARY 29
up Saturday morning is panel discussion. I attended two panel discussions one “Breaking into Hollywood”
(anybody?) and the other “Branding Yourself” (I’m Batman). The panels were informative and had
successful professionals on the panel.
But, it’s all about the movies. First up, “Heaven
Garden” was a short all the way from Brazil. It’s the story of a day worker receiving his weekly paycheck
at the end of the week. Upon getting on a bus home, he and all the people on the bus are robbed. The film goes
surreal as the protagonist plots how he will get revenge. In the end he realizes that revenge will only get him in trouble
and he smiles as he realizes he has a wife and children awaiting him at home. Now if we all would just contemplate our
actions before acting upon them.
Ran back to finish a panel and missed another film. But
ran up to catch “Three Blind Mice” a dramatic short made in Washington, DC. It’s about three men,
a cop, an ex-con, and Councilman, all going through their everyday life heading towards an encounter between the three.
History of film tells us that the encounter will not be a joyous occasion and well it’s not. Tragic.
Next up, “The Company We Keep” this was a feel good romantic drama-comedy about a career woman in the
music industry who tries to juggle having a successful career and maintaining a successful relationship. You know how
hard relationship are right? What with everybody not knowing what the hell they want in life. She has one failed
relationship but in the end is happy in love. Awe, all movies should have happy ending-NOT. There’s always
consequences. Do you know there are people who actually get upset if there isn’t a happy ending in the film?
Snuck in and caught a piece of Ni Wakati (It’s Time). This is a documentary about African American hip
hop artist travelling to Africa to connect with people on the continent to share in cultural and artistic endeavors.
I caught an African Hip Hop group performing to native instrument and the flow of African tongue/English was just amazing.
I hope to catch this film again, so look for it.
Finally, I saw a very important documentary film,
Gang Girl. This film’s power rises from its unique director-the female gang member’s mother, a successful
photographer. Listening to the mother’s anguish story of how she is trying to save her daughter and at the same
time listening to that same daughter state, “it is what it is” about her gang activity, made my heart pound for
the mother. The story of females in gangs is nothing new but the struggle by her mother in her own words as she tries
to help not only her daughter but other girls trapped in the web of gang and who just can’t leave that life, is a powerful
one. Angel say check it out when it come out.
By the way. I walk back to my hotel
every night from the theatre, you know the exercise thing. And, well, I just can’t help mentioning, America the
grand is so full of homeless people. I am in the middle of downtown San Diego, there are loud bar parties going on,
on both sides of the streets and partiers are literally stepping over homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks and in doorways.
I cannot ignore this; I just think it’s a shame that people have to live like this in this day and age.
Now I’m done. Peace