The 39th Denver Film Festival — Day 4 & 5

ACTOR MARTINEZ If acting is reacting, what is Actor Martinez? Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, a Denver-based actor, Arthur Martinez (playing himself), hires two indie directors, Mike Ott and Nathan Silver (also playing themselves), to make a movie about his life. They oblige, and all three quickly disappear down the hall of mirrors that make up self-reflexive cinema. The audience is never quite sure if they are seeing the movie Ott and Silver are making or if they are watching the movie Ott and Silver are making about the movie that Ott and Silver are making. It’s like Charlie Kauffman’s Synecdoche, New York with a modest budget. … Continue reading The 39th Denver Film Festival — Day 4 & 5

Starz Denver Film Festival: Day 8

Lost in America The residents of Los Angeles have a nickname for the Antelope Valley. They not-so-lovingly refer to it as “The Awful Valley,” and that’s not far from the truth. A residential development from the 1960s, Lake Los Angeles was promised as paradise, a resort town for all those who came. It was a lie, as they often are, and now the failed development hangs on for dear life while the wind and desert threaten to swallow it whole. Francisco (Roberto Sanchez) hails from Havana, but he came to this country seeking a better life. What he has found is far from it. Looking for day-work … Continue reading Starz Denver Film Festival: Day 8