San Francisco - More than eight hundred and
fifty Bay Area film lovers turned out for the first edition
of the Digital Underground Film Festival August 25-27 proving
once again the consistent demand for independent film showcases.
The festival was produced by the San Francisco
Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest), Artists' Television
Access (ATA) and Cell with support from local audio/visual
rental house AVTS, the film and music lover's site of choice
Insound.com, and one of the City's best video stores Lost
Weekend Video. The SF Bay Guardian, LIVE 105 and SFstation.com
provided media support to promote the program.
The festival opened with a sold out house for
Patrick Hasson's WAITING a comedy set in Philadelphia's restuarant
industry. The packed house gave visiting filmmaker Hasson
high marks for creating an engaging, entertaining film and
WAITING's star, the up and coming actor Will Keenan, gave
the crowd and impromptu show during the Q&A by hanging from
the second floor balcony before seeming to fall to the floor
of CellSpace. His hilarious performance underscored the uniqueness
of the festival and the undergound movies in the program.
Three days, fourteen programs, one free seminar
and fifty digital films later, the festival closed with ONCE
AND FUTURE QUEEN, the latest work by digital video maker extrodinaire
The Audience Award for Best Feature was awarded
to Patrick Hasson for WAITING. Local filmmaker David Yanofsky's
film about the the growing teen poetry slam movement, POETIC
LICENSE, took the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Fellow
Bay Area native Brian Boyce won the Audience Award for Best
Short for his hilarious piece of editing magic SPECIAL REPORT.
With the growth of digital moviemaking, more
challenging, edgy and truly alternative work is being produced
by young filmmakers every year. In the future, Bay Area audiences
can expect to see regular underground digital video programs
produced by the SF IndieFest.
Be on the lookout for the next San Francisco IndieFest,
January 11-21, 2001.