The first moving picture, which depicted a horse running at full gallop, was quickly enhanced by the first special effects, which showed a horse exploding next to a 3-D spaceship. Enjoy advances in film with today's Groupon: for $75, you get an all-access weekend pass (a $200 value) to Cinequest Film Festival 21, held at several venues in the San Jose area. The pass is valid for entry into all festival-sponsored events scheduled on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6. All passes can be picked up at will call in the lobby of Camera 12 on March 5.
Cinequest Film Festival 21 celebrates artistic expression through the spirit of global, independent storytelling. Each year, CQFF attracts some 80,000 attendees hoping to discover a new creative talent or gain a greater understanding of cinema during technology showcases and panel discussions. Festival-goers partake in a rollicking weekend lineup that grants access to more than 20 different screenings (normally $10 per ticket, $5 for students) including several films making their world premieres. On Saturday afternoon, see the international debut of America, the courageous story of a Puerto Rican woman trying to start a fresh life. Toasty cinephiles looking for more chilling fare may seek out the murder mystery Small Town Murder Songs on Sunday or the French werewolf film The Hair of the Beast shown Saturday at midnight to meet the whims of its lycanthropic ingénues.
In addition to hobnobbing with hobbling nobles during the VIP soirees from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., common film aficionados acquire Hollywood insight during Maverick Artist & Innovator forums (normally $10 per ticket). On March 5, filmmaker Jon M. Chu shares tips for making 3-D motion pictures on small and large budgets that he learned while directing Step Up 3-D, with a separate recitation on how to avoid being served. Sunday afternoon features a presentation on making films with the latest mobile technologies.
- I'm a huge fan of film festivals, and am always excited when Cinequest rolls into San Jose! I've been attending screenings and events for the past few years now, and every year just gets bigger and better. – Connie C., 2/21/10
- I love Cinequest, it's an event, it's a surprise with all the great movies and I leave happy. Especially with great company, it really is a neat experience when the film festival comes to town. – Sabrina A., 3/4/10