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Cinequest 10
February/March 2000 - San Jose, CA

Thurs. Feb. 24, 2000 launched the 10th Annual San Jose Film Festival known as Cinequest. For those not in the know, Cinequest has been one of the few prestigious film festivals where movie lovers can come to watch independent filmmaking at its finest along with being able to mix and mingle with the brightest new stars and directors, as well as having the chance to see the awards ceremonies that appreciate those stars who have made extreme contributions to the filmmaking industry. This years' special guests for conferences and tributes included actors Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda along with directors Robert M. Young, Lorena Parlee (IMAX), Dario Argento and Wes Craven. Along with these stars, we had the chance to run into a few other visiting actors such as Peta Wilson, Sally Kirkland and Michael Murphy and directors such as Damien Harris. Next issue we will have interviews with these mavericks.

With the event being covered over the course of 10 days, it is nearly impossible to see every movie offering, but we tried. We covered as many as we could and you can read the summaries of the rest of the films on the Cinequest site: http://www.cinequest.org.

There were some nasty politics involved (aren't there always for these type of big functions) in which the city and the mayor had cut funding, putting a bigger strain upon the festival, but everything ended up working out very well in the end. Things are a bit in the grey if the festival will stay in San Jose next year, but we hope so. All in all, Cinequest was a great event. It was our first and we look forward to doing it again. The films were outstanding for the most part, the guests were great and the audiences really seemed to enjoy all that they were taking in. Don't miss it in 2001.

Written by Philip Anderson
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Philip Anderson is a musician, in addition to being a writer/photographer. He has performed as a guitarist/vocalist, as well as songwriter, in several bands over the past 20 years. As a writer and photographer, he has been published by several magazines and in several books, and had his works appear on television.

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