Monthly Archives: April 2010

West Virginia International Film Festival Announces Spring Lineup

If recent rumors turn out to be true, this could be the final event for the much fabled West Virginia International Film Festival. Shrinking audiences has been a problem for most Charleston arts organizations. The Charleston Community Music Association has already folded, and many organizations like WVIFF are on the ropes. I hope that the WVIFF Sticks around for a while, if only because it deserves to go out on something better than this lineup:

THURSDAY, APRIL 29th

7:00 p.m. – A SINGLE MAN (United States)

9:00 p.m. – THE MESSENGER (United States)

Two American Films

FRIDAY, APRIL 30th

6:30 p.m. – THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS (United States)

9:00 p.m. – THE LAST STATION (United States) (Are we seeing a pattern yet?)

SATURDAY, MAY 1st

5:20 – THE COVE (United States)

7:30 p.m. – THE MAID (Chile)

9:30 p.m. – THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS (United States) ( Available on DVD Tues.)

SUNDAY:

3:30 p.m. – BROKEN EMBRACES  (Spain) (Now on DVD)

6:00 p.m. – A SERIOUS MAN (United States) (Now on DVD)

8:15 p.m. – AN EDUCATION (Great Britain) (Now on DVD)

Of this list, I’ve seen An Education, A Serious Man, A Single Man, The Messanger, And The Cove. With the exception of possible, A Single Man, I can reccomend all these films without hesitation. However, they have no place in an “International” Film Festival. It is absolute embarassing that an organization that prides itself on showing the best of world cinema couldn’t find more than two foreign language films. Having a couple of  Best Picture nominees may give you some cache, but the people who wanted to see “An Education” or “A Serious Man” (both excellent films) probably have already rented the films on DVD.

Also, where are the local films? There is no representation of the expanding talent pool of WV Filmmakers.

Still, I have to recommend that you go to see these films. As I’ve said, they’re great films. Additionally, the fate of an organization that has previously been important to the WV Film community. Despite the sorry state of this spring festival, Charleston is better for having an organization that will screen movies that aren’t “Clash Of The Titans.”

However, I can’t help but think that an organization that has brought so many great foreign films to Charleston deserves a better denouement.

Mark your calendars. This could be it.

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