Of Critics and Film Festivals

For a couple weeks now I’ve been meaning to post some manner of reflection on Refrain’s recent premiere and tiny three day run at the World Film Festival. I’d hoped the hornets’ nest of swarming thoughts that is my mind would eventually have quieted down by now but it has not. So in lieu of some sober analysis of my recent experience I’m going to try some free form word association to purge consciousness. Here goes:

Film festivals - money pit

Film critics - love ‘em

Rejection - state of mind

Acceptance - grain of salt

Audience - satisfaction

Digibeta - nightmare

Blueray - the future

Filmmaking - compulsion

Ah… That felt pretty good actually. There’s only one real concrete thought I can muster on the subject but I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. Such is living and learning, I guess. The thought is this: Refrain was widely rejected by film festivals however when it did premiere it was very well received by critics and audiences alike. So well in fact that I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about having set some expectations. It all makes me wonder why the people we, as filmmakers, pay to watch our movies (film fest submission fees run as high as $175) seem more discriminating than people who throw down their own hard earned cash to watch our movies? You’d think it would be the opposite.

I’m being coy. I don’t really wonder why. I know why. And I won’t forget it. I’ve paid my last submission fee. Power to the people. Live and learn.


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