The Disposable Film Festival
If there’s any word to describe the internet phenomenon, “access” would be pretty high up there. The internet allows access for one person to reach millions. It allows the consumer to find the seller, the performer to find the audience, a human being to find another human being, with greater ease than it had been in the past. Access has been the greatest triumph of the interweb.
And it is that technological accomplishment that has created The Disposable Film Festival. Of course, while the internet plays a huge role, the advent of the cheap, disposable camera, is what takes the stage. We’re talking about cell phones, webcams, flip video cameras, anything that won’t cause a heart attack if you accidentally break it. When the DFF people approached me about the idea, I was completely sold on it. What better way to celebrate regular folks who aspire to make movies without the Arab Money budget? You dedicate a whole festival to it and put out an open call to submissions.
I had the chance to interview the creators behind the Disposable Film Festival, Carlton M. Evans and Eric Slatkin. While the event is only in its 2nd year, it has the potential to become a major institution in the world of film.
When asked about the origins of the festival, Evans answered, “It all started with a singular focus on a device: the one time use disposable camera. It’s not in production anymore but it was made by a company called Pure Digital.”
With 300 entries from 30 different countries, the disposable digital medium has indeed “made filmmakers out of all of us” claims Evans. “It’s this kind of look that people are familiar with. A different aesthetic.” There are no dedicated categories in the film festival, but every and any type of movie does find its way into the festival.
And it’s not just the right-in-your-backyard movie making experience that adds to the uniquity. With websites like Vimeo or Youtube, the audience can give instant feedback on what they thought about the movie. As opposed to regular movies, we can’t just tell Angelina Jolie how hot she is after we’re done watching Wanted.
Personally, I think its the future of film. It’s the same idea that powers blogs. Ideas and visions from the masses for the masses. And while I appreciate spending a good $10 seeing an action flick from a prominent mastermind director, I wouldn’t mind checking out a film made by someone like me. Even big time directors get it wrong sometimes.
The festival kicks off in San Francisco with their competitive shorts program this Thursday, January 29th, at the Roxie Theater. Events will be happening all throughout the weekend. Please check the DFF website for a complete list of events.