Saturday, May 30, 2009


DOXA: I'm finally getting to the end of the 10 days of docs at DOXA. We've had a phenomenal festival this year, it feels like we've really turned a corner. Attendance has been off the charts, press has been phenomenal - and most importantly, Jennifer Beals disposable camera is now about $50 shy of $8000.00 on eBay (WTF??!). All we are hoping is that the person bidding for is actually going to pay up. I have my eyes on a couple of the others, but I'm going to lay low until the final fantastic frenzy of bidding in a couple of days.

As for the films - a few of my faves:
  • Robinsons of Mantsinsaari - one of the most visually stunning films I have seen. Each frame is absolutely perfect. And I like the idea of the absolute stubbornness that these two old men harbour. I read an interview with the director, and he said he kept filming hoping for something to happen, some small drama, and nothing did. He tried to get the two men together to speak to eachother - they absolutely refused. Oh to have such resolve...
  • Nobody's Perfect - 12 people affected by thalidomide agree to pose nude for a photo shoot. An eye-opening and very funny look into the lives of twelve really unique, creative, strong characters. The trailer above is largely in German, but it gets the point across.
  • American Swing: About the rise and fall of Plato's Retreat, the 1970's swingers club. The interviews with the old attendees of Plato's are priceless. It all sounds like fun until they start describing the smell, the "damp", the crabs, and what the water in the swimming pool consists of (augh!). Shudder.
Such great stuff. If you didn't go, keep an eye open for DOXA next year. It just keeps getting better.


Anonymous said...

Why are you so puzzled Jennifer Beal's camera would go for so much? Don't you know she is a high priestess now to all lesbians around the world for her fantastic role in The L Word and her continuing support for the gay community. She is awesome and these fans love her. Dykes have money, too!!!:)

BunkleLife said...

I'm puzzled that ANYONE'S camera would go for so much...but I'm thrilled that it is!