Appraising the Virtual Cineplex

While traipsing around the film festival circuit the past few weeks, I caught the public unveiling of a new website,, while attending the Hawaii International Film Festival. The brainchild of Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, formerly the founding executive director of HIFF and a founder of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (or NETPAC for short), is basically an online cineplex, loaded with … Continue reading Appraising the Virtual Cineplex

The Changing (Inter)face of Festivals

It’s a couple of weeks away from the American Film Market, and I’m busy crossing the Pacific Ocean (both literally and figuratively) in my ongoing search for works to program into next year’s Film Festival. Some of the works I’ve encountered are quite exceptional, others a bit disappointing, and a couple of them, appallingly bad. As for me, an entire fortnight of random observations and … Continue reading The Changing (Inter)face of Festivals

Back Out On the Road

It’s a Tuesday evening here at Visual Communications, and in a couple of days I’ll be boarding a plane bound for British Columbia to begin the annual trek across both sides of the Pacific to scour the international film festival circuit for intriguing and audacious (not to mention, excellent and crowd-pleasing) selections for the 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It’s … Continue reading Back Out On the Road