Our first screening on Wednesday morning was The Tillman Story, a political documentary, and I was sure I'd be fighting sleep the whole time. As it turned out, I remained remarkably awake all day--beyond my understanding, I assure you. I ended up sleeping in a wee bit on Thursday morning (skipped breakfast) and still fit in 3 films.
The Tillman Story: a professional football player gives up his career to join the Army Rangers. When he is killed, the government/media turns him into a national hero. News emerges that he was killed by friendly fire, and his family fights to uncover the real story and expose government/military corruption. It was very interesting to watch, made even better by the Q&A with the filmaker.
Grown-Up Movie Star: a Canadian fiction film about a broken family and their struggle to survive and make some sort of sense of the meaning of life. A difficult film to watch, with some abusive situations.
Me Too (Yo Tambien): this is the wonderful story of people with Downs Syndrome struggling to assimilate into normal adult life, with responsibility and love and all that jazz. It was a Spanish film--very well done.
D*****bag: a bit of a shocking title, but a fun story about relationships and the fact that things aren't always what they seem to be upon first impression. Not the most original, thought-provoking movie we've seen, but lots of laughs.
Southern District: a bit longer than it needed to be, but a lovely film nonetheless. It was from Bolivia, and showed the difference between classes/races.
Animal Kingdom: an amazing story (despite the title) taking place in Australia. Full of suspense, this is what an action flick should be.
Smash His Camera: enjoyable documentary about the papparazzi in general, and Ron Galella in specific. Hear both sides of the story here. A group of about 24 of us got to enjoy a private screening followed by dinner with the filmakers.
We are enjoying the movies and having a great time. Another early morning tomorrow!