Rehobeth Independent Film Festival

The Festival  is over. Five days, fourteen films, and lots of popcorn later, we are inspired and exhausted. We saw some great films. Two of the most memorable were Come as You Are and Starbuck.

Two documentaries stood out. Vreeland which chronicled Diana Vreeland’s iconic style and contribution to fashion around the world, and The Invisible War which documents rape in the military. A congressional committee determined that rape was an occupational hazard. Really! Death, losing a limb, traumatic brain injury…those are occupantional hazzards of being in the military, but rape by a superior officer? And the only people you can complain to are often the people who are abusing you. Congress has been talking about this issue for years. Shame, shame, shame on congress for not doing something.

Because Laura and I write movie scripts, we critique the ones we think are flawed. Robot and Frank had a masterful performance by Frank Langella, but the script had some problems that great acting couldn’t overcome.

We go to the Festival with our spouses and other couples. We don’t schedule movies late at night because we go out to eat and discuss the movies we’ve seen during the day. The Buttery and a Touch of Italy (both in Lewes, DE) were two favorite dining spots this year.

The tent behind the movie theater is a gathering place and also had some good food. T-shirts with Laura’s mermaid poster on them almost sold out.

  

I was told that one person bought 25 tickets. That’s five movies a day for five days. We could hardly keep straight what we’d seen when we saw four in a day. Fourteen was enough, although I have a huge queue on Netflix of the movies we didn’t have time for.

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