In the many years that this paper has been publishing (11 next month, thanks for asking!) we've seen a lot of film festivals come and go. And no matter whether it's some huge, glitzy deal sponsored by Absolut, or it's just some cute, scuzzy little deal thrown together by the French club at a local junior college, there are almost always plenty of growing pains early on. Sure, there may be a handful of gems on the bill, but most of the movies are probably very student film-y and pretentious and awful, created by would-be artistes blowing their trust funds. While the Newport Fest is now highly respected, it took them years to get their shit together; seriously, some of those shows back... More >>>