Chattin’ ’bout film fests

With the 2010 Wisconsin Film Festival now a thing of the past (to borrow a phrase from a dear friend: “Shh-laters!”), it’s only natural that Madison cinephiles would try to place it in context, to reflect on how the WFF compares with other American film festivals. Well, as you might already know, the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival begins tonight in NYC. J. Hoberman has an article in this week’s issue of the Village Voice in which he critiques the typical TFF experience relative to that of other film festivals—Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Rotterdam, what have you. Hoberman arrives at the conclusion that it’d really behoove the TFF if it were to try to be more like Rotterdam or South By Southwest than like a fourth- or fifth-rate Cannes. Someday I’ll be getting invited to these festivals and I’ll let you know whether I agree with his take; until then…

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