Day two of the Reel East Texas Film Festival. I’ve watched a ton of films today (note to self: bring a pillow for my chair at the next festival).
My favorite part of this film festival is the Q and A sessions with the movie makers. After watching The Usual Silence, I was not sure if I liked it or not. Then hearing the director and producer talk about the movie and how they came up with the story, it changed my whole opinion of the film. In fact, it is one of my favorite films of this festival.
Melissa is a film about online and social media bullying. This is a film that grabs your emotions and twists you to tears. In fact, the director said that the last scene of the movie, (spoiler alert) where they take a young lady off of life support, even got to the actors too. He said that the actors started (actually) crying, which is what the scene called for, before the cameras even started rolling. Fascinating.
I won’t get into the premise of A Promising Game, but I will say that it has very strong resemblance to Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game. I thought one of actresses of this film turned in a Academy Award-worthy performance. I was shocked to find out that she was not nominated for Best Actress for this festival.
More films to go today. More from East Texas a little later.