The department is packed this week, so here are just a few household notes.
I had every intention of making it to the Bentonville Film Festival this year; but you know what they say about God laughing at your plans.
So we’re taking a lot of the festival that opened on Wednesday virtually – we’ve got a few screeners and some access to panels and round-table discussions. It’s not the same as being there, but this year will have to do.
After moving to a hybrid environment last year, the 2022 version of the film festival will feature a full range of in-person activities. The main outdoor venue is The Momentary and some of the mainstream films being screened are Sonic the Hedgehog 2, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/jun/24/attending-film-fest – virtual/”The Hunger Games” and “Encanto”. A number of independent feature films recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival will also be screened at this year’s festival.
To find out more about the festival, now entering its eighth year and returning in full force after a couple of years prevented by Covid-19, watch my weekly OnFilm video. For a map of the festival site and a schedule of all events, visit bentonvillefilm.org. The festival lasts until Sunday.
Also in theaters this week is Facing Nolan, the Nolan Ryan documentary reviewed by Keith Garlington at his one-off Fathom Events screening a few weeks ago; it will be released digitally on July 19. (Again, we’ll talk a little bit about this in the OnFilm video — where you can also see the trailer.)
And finally, the year is just over halfway through, which means I’ve been polled on my favorite films of the first half of 2022. For the record, my ballot read, in no particular order, “After Yang” https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/jun/24/attending-film-fest-virtually/”Emergency”, the French film “Happening “, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/jun /24/virtuell-filmfestbesuchen/”Men” and Alex Thompson’s “Rounding”. But that was before I saw The Integrity of Joseph Chambers, which I think is the best film I’ve seen this year.
They only asked for five movies, if I had made the top 10 I would have Everything Everywhere All at Once, Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero, https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/ 06/24/virtual-visit-to-the-film-fest/”Top Gun: Maverick” and “Good Luck, Leo Grande”. Or I could have just listed the last 10 documentaries I’ve seen. (There are a lot of good ones now.)
Remember I’m always way behind at this time of year – I’ll catch up by Christmas.