2014 Reel Independent Film Extravaganza

Posted by Michael Parsons on October 4, 2014 in , / No Comments


47008_523547744353430_796376292_nDC Filmdom is proud to be partnered with the folks at Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (RIFE), which begins its one-week run on Friday, October 10 at DC’s West End Cinema. The festival was established by local filmmakers as a platform for independent movie-making talent from around the world to converge with an eclectic offering of features, shorts and documentaries in an environment conducive to audience interaction.

For its fifth year, RIFE is highlighting works from the Washington, DC Metro area in what could be a bellwether of DC’s independent film movement. Look for our pre-event reviews of some of the films, including locally produced “6 Non Smokers” and “Suffering Cassandra”; these films are also nominees in the first annual Indie Capitol Awards, which will be presented on Sunday, October 12th from 1:00-4:00 PM at the gorgeously redesigned Angelika Mosaic Film Center in Fairfax, VA. This inaugural red carpet event will honor some of the most innovative and avant-garde up-and-comers on the indie scene in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Film enthusiasts (and even less ardent moviegoers), we hope to see you there!

Visit (www.reelindependentfilm.comfor ticket info, and be sure to come back to DC Filmdom next week for festival coverage.

Click http: (indiecapitol-awards) to see the list of award nominees!

Michael Parsons

Father. Realtor®. Movie nut. After pestering my parents for their commentary on “Star Wars” when I was four years old, my mind went into a creative frenzy. I’d imagined something entirely different than the actual film, which I didn’t end up seeing until its 1979 re-release at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC. This was my formal introduction to the cinema.

During that long wait, which felt like an eternity to a child, my mind was being molded by more corrosive stuff like “Trilogy of Terror” and “Rosemary’s Baby”, most of which I’d conned various babysitters into letting me watch on television ( I convinced one poor lady that “Jaws” was actually “Moby Dick”).

The folks were pretty strict in that regard, so the less appropriate it was for a kid to watch, the more I was fascinated by it. Horror staples like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th”, as well as lesser-known low-budget fare like “Madman”, “Sleepaway Camp” and “Pieces” all ended up sneaking their way into the VHS on a regular basis.

Since then, I’ve developed an obsession with the entire film industry. Even though I watch and review a wide breadth of films these days, my appreciation for the campy, poorly lit micro-budgeters still lends itself to my evolving perspective on movies just as much as the summer blockbusters and Oscar contenders. As I recall my trips to the movie theater, I realize that this stuff is about much more than just a fleeting piece of entertainment.

A couple years ago, I was finally given the opportunity to lend my opinion on films to a publication, The Rogers Revue, with a subsequent run at Reel Film News. It's been both a privilege and a gateway to what we’re doing now. Most of my experience has come from interviewing independent filmmakers, who consistently promote innovation. The filmmaking process is grueling and relatively unforgiving.

Fellow film enthusiast Eddie Pasa and I have created DC Filmdom as a medium for film reviews, discussion, and (inevitably) some debate. And so, the creative frenzy continues.

(Michael is a member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association).

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