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Nearly There 

Thoughts, thank yous and 'till-we-meet-agains as the AFF winds to a close

We're nearly there at the end of the AFF'09. I thought I would share with you some of the highlights and bore you with my observations and thank yous. Tomorrow will be a quick post from me with the winners and prizes from tomorrow's award ceremony and then that's it for another year.

Film highlights:

I'm not claiming to have seen all, or even a lot - in fact, I think this has been my lowest tally of films since I've started donning a lanyard at screenings - but here are some of my recommendations based on what I caught.

Bright Star, Jiggers, Amreeka, The Eclipse, Love and Cameras in America, Crackie, Broken Embraces, Best Worst Movie, Big River Man,

Film lowlights:

Act of God, 8, Chloe


Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day, Fig Trees, The Atlantic Shorts Gala

Every year, every fest gets a little bit easier as certain things become more difficult; the program expands and contracts with the over all artistic quality of the year's cinema while more films fall under the pesky review ban; the scramble to get into screenings gets a little easier (the 'flash your badge' system was a snap!) while it gets more difficult to sneak my constant companion into screenings and events (I was playing with fire in that regard anyways). I meet more people, apply more faces to names and make more connections year after year, enriching my personal and professional experience at the Festival and - I hope! - deepening the quality of the coverage you, the reader, is able to enjoy.

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to attend film festivals and I have plenty of people to thank in allowing me to enjoy the pleasures and pains of spending ten days in the dark: Cristin Fraser, AFF communications guru for her prompt help in answering my inane questions, Sue Carter Flinn and The Coast for their continued trust, Mark Palermo, whose insight and taste in film continues for inform my own, Carsten Knox, whose network and inside information is a valued resource (seriously, he shouldn't be just giving this stuff away!), Lisa Buchanan, Lisa just finished law school, presently works for the federal government, is a valued team-player in the local Liberal Party and is a burgeoning expert and advocate in the field of LGBTQ rights and still managed to see as many movies as I did! Give this woman a blog and a badge of her own - you know she can handle it. Her pop culture expertise and enthusiasm for a diverse range of movies has been a treat to enjoy throughout the festival.

As well, I want to thank Dave Howlett, who works all day in a busy downtown comic shop and spends all evening hunched over his drawing board, yet provides a sympathetic ear to my tales of woe, like when an anticipated movie turns out to be a dud, or another film is improperly projected for - horrors! - two minutes. His love and support is invaluable always.

And you, the reader, thanks and until next time...

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