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Cinequest - Starts Soon!

From: Glenn N
Sent on: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 8:57 AM


Cinequest (San Jose Film Festival) starts Wednesday, 28 Feb., and runs thru Sunday, 11 March. I hope you are all planning to see some films there. This is one of the better film festivals in North America. You will be able to see great (and awful) films that may not ever appear on DVD.

The Cinequest web site can be puzzling to navigate - it's amazing that they keep the same perplexing menu behavior every year. Start here:

You can find printed schedules at the Camera Cinemas and at Peet's Coffee in the South Bay. This is an awesome film festival and frankly I don't think you can do it without a printed guide. 

It's difficult for us to schedule group events at Cinequest, since there are so many films. Instead, this year I suggest we use Twitter hashtag "#sjindie" to keep others in the group informed ... if you have seen a good film, if you are going to a film and want company, if you have a break and want company. I'm a twitter novice, so you're not going to get a tutorial from me. For your smartphone you will want to install "tweetdeck" or something like it for following hashtags. No surprise, there is also a hashtag "#cinequest". I will follow both.

Here is my strategy for scheduling films:

  • Read the brief description of each film. Mark the films that appeal to me.
  • Go back a re-read the films that interest me, rank from 1 to 4 stars.
  • Go to back of printed guide where the calendar is. For each 3 and 4 star film, highlight the film in the calendar grid; each film will show two or three times, highlight all times.
  • Now you can go to Cinequest and easily arrange your viewing for the day.

There are two online scheduling tools, but only one is useful.

  • If has updated their website with the new Cinequest schedule, I go there and input the films that I want to see and have my calendar automatically generated. This is an amazing tool and very easy to use - after I have ranked the films (from 1 to 4), I go straight to this website and within 15 minutes I have a printed calendar with my chosen films.
  • The other online tool is the one provided by Cinequest. It is next to useless. Why they bothered to create it is unfathomable.



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