If you're in Columbus or nearby, be sure to stop by the Deep Focus Film Festival this weekend. Yeah, the weather's nice, but if you love movies, which would you rather do: enjoy a day or two of good weather or see some films that may not pass through local theaters again? The correct answer is the latter.
One of the nice things about this small local festival is that you can see several films without spending all day in darkened auditoriums. You can get your dose of sunlight and see three tonight and three tomorrow.
In past years I've attempted to blog each day of the festival, but I've resigned myself to the fact that it's not going to happen this year. I'll post reviews as available. The must-see of the fest is probably AIR GUITAR NATION. It's showing again Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Arena Grand. Consider yourself informed.
Each year the Deep Focus Film Fest has opened with a really terrific movie. That's no knock on the films that follow. It's just that opening night has always set a good tone. (Disclaimer: Yes, I'm involved with festival programming. I've never seen any of the opening night films until the gala.) Year one was OFF THE MAP. Last year brought BRICK. This year's selection was WAITRESS, a sweet and funny look at the life of a woman seeking a fresh start.
Then it was over to the TBD Tavern for free drinks courtesy of Grey Goose and chatting with fellow film critics. But you don't want to hear about that.
Be sure to thank alive! assistant editor Melissa Starker for her tireless work in pulling the festival together for another year. By thanks, I mean buy a ticket or two and bring a few friends with you. See you at the Arena Grand.