I made a resolution this year – go to more film festivals and special programs – and I’m happy to say I’ve been sticking to it. I’ve had the chance to see Q&As with Bill Morrison and Charles Burnett and later this month I’ll be attending some screenings put on by the Alliance Française that includes Philippe de Broca’s That Man From Rio (1964), Jacques Tati’s Jour de Fête (1949), Albert Dupontel’s See You Up There (2017), Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey Through French Cinema (2016), and Claude Zidi’s My New Partner (1984) with introduction by Kevin MacDonald of The Kids in the Hall! Still, none of this compares to my film plans for April.
From the 5th to the 8th, I’ll be attending the Cannes of Appalachia: The Chattanooga Film Festival. Opening night films and two waves of titles have been announced and CFF 2018 already looks amazing. Scheduled to appear are past MMC! favourites like November, Lowlife, Five Fingers of Death, and The Super Inframan. I’ll be hard pressed to catch everything I want see, but there’s a good chance you’ll find me at showings of Lu Over the Wall, Tigers Are Not Afraid, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, RBG, Ramen Heads, and Let Corpses Tan. CFF 2018 even boasts the world premieres for Lisa Downs’ Life After Flash, Skizz Cyzyk’s Icepick to the Moon, Andre Gower’s Wolfman’s Got Nards, Casey T. Malone’s Lesser Beasts, Mike Testin and Matt Mercer’s Dementia Part II, and David Ian McKendry and Rebekah McKendry’s All the Creatures Were Stirring. With 42 features already revealed, it’s hard to imagine two more waves of announcements still to some. Hachi Machi! Check back in April for my report on CFF 2018!
I’ll also be attending the latest Architecture + Design Film Festival Winnipeg running from the 18th to the 22nd. This year’s program includes documentaries on designer Ruth Adler Schnee; landscape designer Piet Oudolf; architects like Rem Koolhaas, Kevin Roche, Albert C. Ledner, Bjarke Ingels, and Glenn Murcutt; subjects like the National Gallery of Ireland, Integral House, Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie, the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Maggie’s Centres, and Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion; and even a walking tour of the city’s ghost signs. This looks like a wonderful program and the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation should be credited for programming a number of screenings that are free to the public. Check back at the end of April for a “Trailer Tuesday” summary of the A+DFF.