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We are in the privileged position of being able to witness the birth of the "Golden Age of Digital Video."

For the last decade or so, only Peter Greenaway with Prospero's Books and The Pillow Book made feature narrative films that originated on videotape, yet managed to play in commercial theatres. The rules changed when Hollywood caught the unmistakable and irresistable scent of money trailing behind The Blair Witch. The shocking success of that film proved that if an audience is captivated, then presentation (i.e. budget) and production format simply don't matter. On the other hand, artists saw a cheap way to create uncompromised and explore a multitude of distribution strategies: theatrical, the Film Festival circuit, television and the Internet.

Now Time Code, Bamboozled, The Anniversary Party and many other digital films are continuing to make inroads to the multi-plexes. The Digital Video Underground is Ground Zero of this Revolution.

We are particularly proud of the five narrative features in this year's Festival: four World Premieres and the award-winning Opening Night Gala, Falling Like This. The shorter works scattered throughout the Festival (and in three special programs) are a particular treat. Remember to keep an eye on the talent involved as short films are made by great new directors just starting out.

We round out the Festival with three wide-ranging documentary programs guaranteed to be thought-provoking. Enjoy the Festival, and we'll see you at the movies!

–Bruce Fletcher
Festival Programmer


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