#WeAreOne 2020 Short Film REVIEWS: Marooned, White Echo, Cinema Cafe with Jackie Chan

#WeAreOne film fesival runs from May 29 – June 7, 2020

Dear internet, a new virtual film festival is upon us.

#WeAreOne Day 1 of 10 day limited available event. Don’t hesitate, watch the films of interest (and maybe explore some you might not think from the description you might like) while you still can: https://www.youtube.com/WeAreOne

Marooned ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

Run time: 7:18
Director: Andrew Erekson
Curated by Annecy
We Are One film #1 watched

A robot is stranded on planet and longs to return to earth. Definite inspiration from WALL-E. The robot meticulously repairs a rocket to return. He discovers a baby robot that needs a power cell. He powers up the robot and now has a friend that longs to return to earth as well. The conflict is when it comes time to power up the rocket and there are no more power cells …

Mostly cute little short with a sad ending that reminded me of Jack Dawson from the Titanic — couldn’t he have fit on the door?

White Echo ⭐️⭐️

Run time: 14:03
Director: Chloë Sevigny
Curated by Cannes Film Festival
We Are One film #2 watched as premiere LIVE

On vacation, a group of women use a Ouija to talk to a spirit.

Surreal but somewhat predictable. You just know what’s going to happen when you break out the Ouija board. Not a fan of the story, but liked the camerawork and acting.

Cinema Cafe with Jackie Chan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Run time: 48:16
Moderated by Kyle Buchanan from The New York Times
Curated by Sundance Film Festival
We Are One film #3 watched premiere LIVE

Jackie Chan is interviewed about his conservation and recycling efforts behind the scenes making film. He’s very passionate about the environment, which I didn’t realize, and talks about he tries to make his films and keep in mind the waste behind the scenes. He is big into recycling.

And then he is asked about his lifetime achievement Oscar. Wow, what a story. 58 years making movies and his passion is undying. This is a pretty special “interview” which really is more about Jackie Chan passionately talking in his best attempt to speak a non-native language, like 99.5% in English. It must be so hard when your native language isn’t English trying to explain how you feel and what has happened. I couldn’t imagine doing that in Chinese, and yet he’s having to do this in English.

A real feel-good watch. Loved it. Not at all what I was expecting. A very non-traditional interview film.

Note: Some films are one showing only!

Important. If you want to see some of the films screened during this even, you may have to tune in when they premiere live.

The times of the premiere are showing for each film and read the information section to see if it’s a “one showing only.” If you miss them, well, you won’t get another chance.

Most of the movies, it appears, are available to watch outside the live one-time setting, so you can enjoy them at your leisure during the 10-day event. Just something to keep in mind.

One thing I noted from SXSW was that it would have been nice if there were more social activity around the screenings. That is built-in with this YouTube event via the live premiere screening with real time chat.

Recently, I watched The Beatles movie live like this with other people around the world (see: Just Watched The Beatles Yellow Submarine with 71,000+ People). I saw one comment saying that even if there wasn’t a coronavirus, the film festivals should have some kind of virtual festival like this every year.

As much as I agree with that sentiment, there are probably some (many?) people who put on these events that think a virtual festival would hurt attendance to the actual festival. Also, if they stream the movies, that cuts into the licensing and “first time shown” rights. I think it would be a legal concern and devalue the perceived — wrong or right — value of the film.

The reality is there are people who would love to attend these film festivals but it’s very difficult. A virtual film festival pass to attend, through gated and controlled online access might be a viable option to make everybody happy.

Enjoy the We Are The One films! Will be back with more reviews throughout the 10 day event.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #22 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, IMDB TV, Shudder, HBO Max, DC Universe

Weekend #22 of 53 – 5/29 – 5/31/2020

Every week on Thursdays movies and/or TV shows — mainly new, but also some older titles — at various streaming channels (these will change periodically) will be selected to watch/rewatch. The goal is to highlight some noteworthy movie and/or TV shows to check out for the coming weekend.

Movie theater new releases are covered already under the opening week posts that we do on Wednesdays (as soon as theaters reopen, these posts will resume), this new pics feature is strictly for streaming releases.

Some of these streaming services you may subscribe to, some you might want to check out a free trial and check out.

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming service.

KEY
*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

ALL Week #22 of 53 for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

With this week’s launch of HBO Max (see: HBO Max Launches – Here’s What Everything Looks Like Inside #HBOmax), Netflix continuing to crank out new original programming and YouTube’s We Are One Film Festival (see: YouTube Hosting We Are One FREE Digital Film Festival with 20 Partners May 29 – June 7, 2020) this weekend leaves plenty of viewing options.

A number of movies that have come out in the last year are available streaming through HBO Max (Ready or Not, The Art of Racing In The Rain), Netflix (Uncut Gems) and Amazon Prime Video (Rocketman, The Goldfinch).

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NETFLIX Movies

  1. Intuition (2020)
  2. All Day And A Night (2020)
  3. John Henry (2020)
  4. Nezha (2019)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Space Force Season 1 – 10 episodes
    Comedy, Deadpan – Original
  2. *Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich – 4 episodes
    Docuseries – Original
  3. *Dorohedoro Season 1 – 12 episodes
    Manga, adult animated

Binge watched both seasons of Selling Sunset over the last week. A reality TV series featuring the high priced world of real estate in California that has been greenlit for a third season later in 2020. High commissions and drama inside a real estate office that deals primarily in selling homes worth millions. I thought at first this would be a really shallow show that wouldn’t maintain my interest, but somehow it did.

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AMAZON PRIME Movies

  1. Come To Daddy (2020)
  2. The Tracker (2019)
  3. The Hustle (2019)
  4. Zapped (1982)
  5. Black Sunday (1977)

YouTube: We Are One Film Festival (FREE)
https://www.youtube.com/WeAreOne
Friday May 29 – June 7, 2020

  1. *Crazy World (TIFF) – Film
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r713MM-dJMg
  2. *Egg – Short
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg4jtCq9DtE
  3. *Toto – Short
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eh0wlWwp_M
  4. *Marooned – Short
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9jU2KqamuE
  5. *No One Left Behind – Short
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=243Y9xoREvw

Just a few of many films at the co-curated virtual festival that caught my eye. Similar to how SXSW was handled here (see: Afterthoughts on SXSW 2020, er, Going To The Dogs), the plan is to watch, rate and review several of the films being presented during the festival and share back the experience. Hope others reading will join in and share back as well.

IMDB TV Movies (FREE, ad-supported)
https://www.imdb.com/tv/

  1. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
  2. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  3. Christine

IMDB TV (FREE, ad-supported)

  1. The Incredible Hulk – Season 1 –
    Superhero, Bill Bixby, Lou Ferigno
  2. The A-Team – Season 1
    Action, Mr. T

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs
    Season 2 Episode 6
    Horror films double-feature with host commentary
    Friday May 29, 2020 @ 6pm PST (GMT-8), 9pm EST (GMT-5)
    Discord chat via reddit/shudder group
  2. Confessional
  3. Turbo Kid
  4. Blood Machines ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [FIRST LOOK]

HBO Max Movies

  1. The Art of Racing In The Rain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Ready Or Not ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Wonder Woman (2017) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Suicide Squad

HBO Max TV

  1. *Love Life – Season 1 – Episodes 1-3
    Anna Kendrick, romance comedy – Original
  2. *On The Record
    Documentary – Original
  3. *Craftopia
    Children’s Game Show – Original
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DC Universe TV

  1. *Harley Quinn TV Series – Season 2, Episode 9: “Bacherlorette”
  2. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 3: “Icicle”

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #21 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Roku, Peacock, Shudder, DC Universe

Weekend #21 of 53 – 5/21 – 5/25/2020

Every week on Thursdays movies and/or TV shows at various streaming channels (these will change periodically) will be selected to watch/rewatch. The goal is to highlight some noteworthy movie and/or TV shows to check out for the coming weekend.

Movie theater new releases are covered already under the opening week posts that we do on Wednesdays (as soon as theaters reopen, these posts will resume), this new pics feature is strictly for streaming releases.

Some of these streaming services you may subscribe to, some you might want to check out a free trial and check out.

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming service.

KEY
*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

ALL Week #21 of 53 for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

This is a good weekend for new movies at Netflix. The Lovebirds, originally scheduled for theaters and bought by Netflix will be available Friday May 22. Uncut Gems, which has Adam Sandler on display in a non-comedy, frenetic thriller role will be available on Monday May 25.

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NETFLIX Movies

  1. The Lovebirds [FIRST LOOK] (May 22)
  2. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (May 25)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Trailer Park Boys – Season 2 (May 22)
    Animated – Original
  2. *The Flash – Season 6

Started watching Homecoming the first season and want to get back to it. With season two coming this weekend, it would provide a good time to see what Julia Roberts is up to.

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AMAZON PRIME Movies

  1. Rocketman (May 22)

AMAZON PRIME TV

  1. *Homecoming – Season 2 (May 22)
    Julia Roberts, Thriller – Original

Tales from The Loop is must watch for anthology show fans. It’s a trip!

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ROKU Movies (FREE)

  1. The Waterboy ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  2. Purple Rain
  3. Bull Durham
  4. Being Evel (also available ad-free on Peacock)

FACEBOOK Movies (FREE)

Sylvester Stallone is hosting a FREE watchalong Thursday 5/21 @ 4pm PT (GMT-5) of Rocky on Facebook courtesy of MGM here: https://www.facebook.com/mgm/videos/1144328932611289/

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PEACOCK Movies – service in soft launch since April 15, 2020

As with all services, movies have come and gone. Here are a couple films picked out that are confirmed available to watch now but I easily saw more to watch and/or rewatch.

  1. Being Evel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – documentary on Evel Knievel
  2. Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs
    Season 2 Episode 5
    Horror films double-feature with host commentary
    Friday May 22, 2020 @ 6pm PST (GMT-8), 9pm EST (GMT-5)
    Discord chat via reddit/shudder group
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DC Universe TV

  1. *Harley Quinn TV Series – Season 2, Episode 8: “Inner (Para) Demons”
  2. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot
  3. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 2: “S.T.R.I.P.E” (May 25)

May 20 is Roku #NationalStreamingDay + List of 2020 National Days

Roku celebrating May 20 – National Streaming Day

There’s a critical “r” there, it’s not National Steaming day.

Getting challenging to keep up with all the National Days, but my personal favorite entertainment-related one — at least that I know about — is May 11 – National Twilight Zone Day (see: FIRST LOOK: The Twilight Zone (2020) Season 2 – CBS All Access June 25)

So, today – May 20 – I learned it was National Streaming Day thanks to the Roku background image (pictured top). Should I feel out of touch for not realizing this day has existed for the last 6 years?

Saratoga Mayor Emily Lo will today bestow the proclamation of “Streaming Day” at the Roku headquarters. As part of the commencement Roku invites TV industry and consumers to forever celebrate May 20 as National Streaming Day #nationalstreamingday.

Roku Establishes National Streaming Day | Business Wire

As the press release linked above indicates, Roku originally launched on May 20, 2008 in Saratoga, California. Here we are some 12+ years later and despite having a city name this a National Day in the company’s honor, they don’t even have an established page on the Roku website celebrating this day.

But they do change our background image to raise our awareness, I guess.

We likely won’t see Amazon, Netflix, Google, etc celebrating a day that focuses on promoting Roku’s business birthdate. This is just another example of how competitive and insular is the streaming marketplace. They all want our attention, viewing time, interest, engagement and, too bad, we can only interact with one at a time.

Hats off to Saratoga for declaring an official National Streaming Day, but since every year only has 365 days, one can’t help but wonder when we’ll all grow fatigued of too many national days?

(or is it just a very creative way of spending the year?)

May 20 is shared by other National Days like … National Quiche Lorraine Day, National Be A Millionaire Day and, every dog lover’s favorite: National Rescue Dog Day.

NationalDayCalendar.com tracks 1,500+ National Days

2020 Entertainment-related National Days

I went through month by month, just so you don’t have to, and picked out all National Days that were entertainment-related. I threw in a few well-known holidays and some quirky, unusual and/or creative days:

  • January
    • January 1
      • New Year’s Day
      • Hangover Day
    • January 2 – Science Fiction Day
    • January 5 – Screenwriters Day
    • January 6 – Technology Day
    • January 19 – Popcorn Day
    • January 20 – Martin Luther King’s Day – third Monday in January
    • January 21 – National Hugging Day
    • January 26 – Spouses Day
    • January 31 – Inspire Your Heart With Art
  • February
    • February 7 – Send A Card To A Friend Day
    • February 8 – Global Movie Daysecond Saturday in February
    • February 14 – Valentine’s Day
    • February 16 – Do A Grouch A Favor Day
    • February 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day
    • February 26 – Tell A Fairy Tale Day
    • February 28 – Tooth Fairy Day
  • March
    • March 2 – Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)
    • March 3 – I want You To Be Happy Day
    • March 13 – Blame Someone Else Day – first Friday the 13th of the year
    • March 14 – Write Down Your Story Day
    • March 15 – Everything You Think Is Wrong Day
    • March 16 – Everything You Do Is Right Day
    • March 17
      • St. Patrick’s Day
      • 3-D Day – third day of the third full week
    • March 18 – Awkward Moments
    • March 28 – Weed Appreciation Day
    • March 30 – I Am In Control Day
  • April
    • April 1 – April Fools Day
    • April 2 – Reconciliation Day
    • April 3 – Film Score Day
    • April 6 – Caramel Popcorn Day
    • April 9 – Name Yourself Day
    • April 10 – Encourage A Young Writer Day
    • April 14 – Reach As High As You Can Day
    • April 15 – Titanic Remembrance Day
    • April 22 – Bookmobile Day
    • April 27 – Tell A Story Day
  • May
    • May 2 – Free Comic Book Day – first Saturday in May
    • May 4 – Star Wars Day
    • May 11 – Twilight Zone Day
    • May 20 – Streaming Day (Roku birthday May 20, 2008)
    • May 24 – Scavenger Hunt Day
    • May 30 – Creativity Day
  • June
    • June 1 – Say Something Nice Day
    • June 8 – Name Your Poison Day
    • June 9 – Donald Duck Day
    • June 11 – Make Life Beautiful Day
    • June 12 – Loving Day
    • June 19 – Garfield The Cat Day
    • June 21
      • Selfie Day
      • Father’s Day – third Sunday in June
    • June 28 – Paul Bunyon Day
    • June 30 – Social Media Day
  • July
    • July 4 – Independence Day (USA)
    • July 14 – Nude Day
    • July 15 – Give Something Away Day
    • July 16 – Get To Know Your Customers Day
    • July 23 – Gorgeous Grandma Day
    • July 27 – Love Is Kind Day
  • August
    • August 4 – Night Out Day – first Tuesday in August
    • August 8 – Dollar Day
    • August 9 – Book Lovers Day
    • August 12 – Vinyl Record Day
    • August 16 – Tell A Joke Day
    • August 17 – Nonprofit Day
    • August 20 – Radio Day
    • August 22 – Tooth Fairy’s Day
    • August 25 – Kiss and Make Up Day
    • August 26 – Webmistress Day
    • August 27 – Just Because Day
    • August 28 – Power Rangers Day
  • September
    • September 5 – Be Late For Something Day
    • September 6 – Read A book Day
    • September 7 – Labor Day – first Monday in September
    • September 8 – Ampersand Day
    • September 9 – Care Bears Share Your Care Day
    • September 10
      • Swap Ideas Day
      • TV Dinner Day
    • September 11 – Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance
    • September 12
      • Videogames Day
      • Programmers Day – 256th day of the year
    • September 19 – Talk Like A Pirate Day (ar!)
    • September 24 – Punctuation Day
    • September 25 – Comic Book Day
    • September 26 – Ghost Hunting Day
  • October
    • October 6 – Mad Hatter Day
    • October 13
      • Train Your Brain Day
      • No Bra Day
    • October 15 – I Love Lucy Day
    • October 23 – TV Show Talk Host Day (Johnny Carson’s birthday)
    • October 24 – Make A Difference Day – fourth Saturday in October
    • October 25 – Chucky The Notorious Killer Doll Day
    • October 26 – Financial Crime Fighter Day
    • October 30 – Frankenstein Fridaylast Friday in October
    • October 31
      • Halloween
      • Trick or Treat Day – last Saturday in October
  • November
    • November 1 – Authors Day
    • November 4 – Stress Awareness Day
    • November 10 – Forget Me Not Day
    • November 11 – Veteran’s Day
    • November 20 – Absurdity Day
    • November 25 – Jukebox Day
    • November 26 – Thanksgiving
    • November 27
      • Black Friday
      • Buy Nothing Day
      • Day Of Listening
      • You’re WelcomeGiving Day
    • November 29 – Electronic Greetings Day
    • November 30 – Cyber Monday – Monday after Thanksgiving
  • December
    • December 1 – Day Of Giving #GivingTuesday – Tuesday following Cyber Monday
    • December 5 – International Ninja Day
    • December 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    • December 8 – Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
    • December 11 – App Day
    • December 17 – National Re-Gifting Day
    • December 18 – Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day
    • December 21 – Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
    • December 25 – Christmas
    • December 26 – Whiner’s Day
    • December 28 – Short Film Day
    • December 31
      • New Year’s Eve
      • Make Up Your Mind Day

What National Days do you celebrate?

I know, I know, when keeping track of days beyond the obvious: family and friends birthdays, holidays (businesses aside of course) who has the time or energy to remember or care about (insert day), right?

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #20 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Amazon, Roku, Shudder, DC Universe

Weekend #20 of 53 – 5/15 – 5/17/2020

Every week on Thursdays movies and/or TV shows at various streaming channels (these will change periodically) are selected to watch/rewatch. The goal is to highlight some noteworthy movie and/or TV shows to check out for the coming weekend.

Movie theater new releases are covered already under the opening week posts on Wednesdays (as soon as theaters reopen, these posts will resume), this new pics feature is strictly for streaming releases.

Some of these streaming services you may subscribe to, some you might want to check out a free trial and check out.

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming service.

KEY
*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

ALL Week #20 of 53 for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

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NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Wrong Missy ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. *John Henry
  3. *Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Interactive (see: Netflix Says More Viewer Interactive Movies Like Bandersnatch Are Coming)
  4. United 93 (May 16)

Enjoy interactive TV viewing, so no surprise I’m pretty psyched about checking out Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt this weekend if possible and comparing to Bandersnatch.

NETFLIX TV

  1. Riverdale Season 4 – 19 episodes
    Based on Archie Comics

Still watching last weekend’s TV picks, including The Hollow and #1 in the world as of this writing Dead To Me starring Christina Applegate, but I’m definitely curious about the already established world of Riverdale.

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AMAZON PRIME Movies

  1. Seberg (May 15)

AMAZON PRIME TV

  1. *The Last Narc – 4 episodes
    Documentary, mini-series – Original
  2. Alias Seasons 1-5
    Jennifer Garner

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Alias, but really dug that show back in the day. If you think of the Peppermint ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jennifer Garner, only cooler, less emotionally divesting, and more espionage. Alias helped put Garner on the map.

Also of interest is the new docuseries on a cartel narc who was kidnapped and murdered. It was released May 15 and swear I saw it before it got pulled (temporarily I’m assuming). Will keep checking back on this one because Netflix really seems to excel at some original documentaries.

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ROKU Movies (FREE)

  1. Hobo With A Shotgun ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. You’ve Got Mail ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

The late, great Rutger Hauer has had enough and he goes off .. with a shotgun. Every bit worth the price of admission (FREE, ad-supported). For those of you that remember what it was like with dial-up internet once upon the time in the 90s, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reunite for Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail.

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs
    Season 2 Episode 4
    Co-Host: Lloyd Kaufman
    Horror films double-feature with host commentary
    Friday May 15, 2020 @ 6pm PST (GMT-8), 9pm EST (GMT-5)
    Discord chat via reddit/shudder group

Disney+ TV

Since Disney+ launched and The Mandalorian ended, I haven’t used the service very much. Our grandchildren, however, are all about watching various Disney movies on there. We now know Mando season 2 is coming out in October 2020, features Boba Fett in at least some capacity returning and has one episode directed by grindhouse maestro Robert Rodriguez (Machete!)

  1. Fury Files (May 15)
    Animated – TV Shorts – Marvel
An example of what Fury Files (might) be like … coming to Disney+ May 15, 2020
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DC Universe TV

  1. *Harley Quinn TV Series – Season 2, Episode 7: “There’s No Place To Go But Down”

YouTube Hosting We Are One FREE Digital Film Festival with 20 Partners May 29 – June 7, 2020

Am excited to see the rise of the virtual film festivals this year.

YouTube: We Are One
May 29 – June 7, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/WeAreOne

These online events are among the very few social (potentially, anyway) film viewing options available during the pandemic.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival is being produced and organized by New York’s Tribeca Enterprises. The YouTube-hosted event will feature programming from 20 top film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

YouTube ‘We Are One’ Free Digital Film Festival Teams With 20 Partners – Variety

Will you be checking this out?

Afterthoughts on SXSW 2020, er, Going To The Dogs

Amazon cracks me up sometimes.

Some humor before getting to the true purpose of this post: to recap my thoughts and experience of the SXSW 2020 virtual film festival offered through Amazon Prime Video.

That event has, to coin a cliche, gone to the dogs.

For those looking at the Amazon internal 404 (page not found) the image above is what was seen this morning — 3 days after — when trying to return to the SXSW page that was formerly available here: https://www.amazon.com/adlp/sxsw

Sure, it was a limited event that ran from April 27 – May 6, but this is only May 9th and they are already showing … literally … a dog named Ike. Yeah, dogs have everything to do with the SXSW 2020 virtual film festival — not.

What we should be seeing is something like the official SXSW recap page … or at least links to this page: https://www.sxsw.com/film/2020/amazon-prime-video-sxsw-film-fest-collection-april-27/ which looks like this …

Amazon redirects to … dogs … instead of keeping up a link to this

“SXSW has always championed creators forging their own paths to success, often with just the right mix of passion, vision, and radical experimentation to make their dreams happen,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film at SXSW. “There is no one-size-fits-all, especially in these uncertain times, and we knew this opportunity would be of interest to those filmmakers who wanted to be in front of a large audience now. We believe people will be captivated by this selection of intriguing work that would have been shown at our 2020 event.”

Prime Video’s SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection Launches April 27

SXSW 2020 Coverage

Here are links to all our SXSW 2020 posts captured under the tag: SXSW 2020

Full-length Films

  1. My Darling Vivian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Gunpowder Heart ⭐️⭐️
  3. Selfie NR – Only watched one episode of the anthology

TV Series

  1. Tales from The Loop Season 1 (8 episodes) ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  2. Cursed Films Season 1 (5 episodes) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Short Films

  1. Daddio ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Lions In The Corner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Figurant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Broken Orchestra ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. The Voice In Your Head ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Vert ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. Dieorama ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Modern Whore ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Quilt Fever ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Single ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. Basic ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Runon ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. Waffle ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. Still Wylde ⭐️⭐️½
  15. Blocks ⭐️⭐️½
  16. Call Center Blues ⭐️⭐️
  17. Face To Face Time ⭐️½
  18. Dirty ⭐️
  19. Broken Bird NR

Not Watched

Just because I didn’t watch something in the festival doesn’t mean anything from a review perspective, it merely didn’t appeal (as much) to me as much as the other works. I would have liked to have time to watch everything and maybe if I had visited the film festival in person this would be possible, but something tells me that most attendees don’t watch everything.

Here’s the list of 13 films alphabetically that weren’t watched:

  1. A Period Piece
  2. Affirmative Action
  3. Betye Saar: Taking Care Of Business
  4. Father Of The Bride
  5. Hiplet: Because We Can
  6. I’m Going To Make You Love Me – full length
  7. Le Choc du Futur – full length
  8. Mizuko (Water Child)
  9. Motherland: Fort Salem – TV Series
  10. No Crying at the Dinner Table
  11. Reminiscences of the Green Revolution
  12. Soft
  13. Summer Hit

SXSW 2020 Afterthoughts

First and perhaps most importantly: thank you to SXSW and Amazon for making this event possible. Can’t beat the cost: FREE and it was interesting covering and “attending” this event.

Now, some constructive feedback for the organizers.

The virtual experience — my first ever involved in a film festival — was lacking in terms of the social aspect. There could have been at least some organized watchalongs or some other type of social activities. Maybe these did exist, but I missed them. The films were mostly OK and I liked viewing the short films more than expected.

Most major film festivals have theater release films and something tells me this is one of the main reasons to attend. To see these movie theater films earlier than the masses. So, those covering can get reviews posted way in advance of those of us that didn’t attend.

There were none of those films made available as part of this virtual event. That’s a bummer.

There is an annual local film festival nearby that I may attend later this year, assuming it happens. Right now so many things up in the air.

Would I like to see/attend/cover more virtual film festivals? Yes. Any chance to view movies for me is at least of some interest. There is another one coming up at the end of May 2020. I’ll be posting about that soon.

What are your thoughts on SXSW 2020?

Will you attend more virtual film festivals? Would you rather go in person? Let’s discuss in the comments.