. As 2012 comes to a close, it’s time to take stock of the year in cinema and post the requisite “Best of” list. However, this one won’t look like any other you may see. And for good reason. Rules, disclaimers, and those good reasons follow for those who are as passionate about the subject as I am.
My world revolves around independent films and festivals so this list includes only indies which I saw at festivals for the first time in 2012. I specify “first time” because there are several which I saw in 2011 but were still on the circuit this year and saw again. Obviously I don’t count those even though they may still have been among the best I saw at those particular 2012 fests.
Next, defining an independent film is something else entirely. I try to avoid including pictures produced and/or distributed by Hollywood studios or major studio specialty arms like Fox Searchlight, even though I may have seen them at festivals. However, in some cases there are truly independent films which were acquired for distribution just prior to, during, or after the festival in which I saw it. In those cases I simply use my best judgment.
News update from the Sundance Film Festival 2013:
Tom Rothman Among Sundance Fest Jurists
Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony …
Poster Debut: Yen Tan’s Sundance-Bound Small-Town Drama PITSTOP
Soon to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Yen Tan’s Pit Stop has its first poster, designed by the filmmaker himself, and we’re pleased to present its debut. Pit Stop is the third feature film from Tan, who I first met when I was volunteering at …
Sundance, Slamdance to Screen 16 CalArtian Films (Video)
calarts_logo Just after the new year, filmmakers and film lovers descend on Park City, Utah, to attend two independent film festivals: the Sundance Film Festival, held from Jan. 17-27, and its counterpart, the Slamdance Film Festival on Jan. 18-24 …
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