Cinequest’s closing weekend managed to bundle slightly little bit of every part this 12 months’s fest — dubbed a “movie and creativity competition” — needed to provide.

There was a rising star in 20-year-old Maverick Spirit Award winner Elle Fanning, who in each her new movie “Teen Spirit” (being launched April 5) and her on-stage dialog with Cinequest co-founder Kathleen Powell displayed expertise and poise that can most likely make her a powerhouse within the movie trade in years to return.

Sunday’s closing night time movie, Terry Gilliam‘s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” was simply the kind of offbeat fare that Cinequest audiences have come to anticipate. The comedy fantasy, starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce, packed the California Theatre and for good purpose: Gilliam’s been making an attempt to get the film made for 1 / 4 century and its solely deliberate U.S. launch is a one-night Fathom Occasions screening at numerous theaters April 10.

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The competition lived as much as its theme “The Sudden,” with shock performances peppered all through the 12-day run, together with digital actuality experiences, dancers, musicians and stand-up comics. Comic Erik Griffin did a shock set Friday night time on the California Theatre, wedged between the Silent Cinema presentation of Buster Keaton‘s “Steamboat Invoice Jr.” and “Electrical Love,” a comedy about courting within the smartphone age wherein Griffin had a small half.

Not everybody liked the additional bits, although, and one longtime Cinequest attendee advised me the competition ought to persist with motion pictures and drop the distractions. However general, the audiences stored displaying up: Attendance was introduced Tuesday at 110,000 — up from final 12 months’s report of 105,000.

Which may be purpose to rejoice, however Cinequest co-founder CEO Halfdan Hussey says preparations are already beneath method for subsequent 12 months’s 30th annual competition.

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SPARTAN SEND-OFF: Saturday afternoon’s celebration of the late Ed Mosher‘s life was all that and extra. Held at Morris Dailey Auditorium on the campus of his alma mater, San Jose State, the memorial opened with a efficiency by the San Jose State band and cheerleaders. Mosher, who died in January and would have turned 90 this previous Monday, had been a Spartans booster for greater than seven a long time, cheering on its soccer group each season — together with the previous two as he battled most cancers.


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