Watching Full Disclosure, which touched on how being embedded affects a journalists objectivity in reporting, I could relate well. As a blogger I've faced a similar issue covering trials, covering the legislature, and covering the festival. It's much easier to write about someone or their performance if you don't know them. But when you actually talk to someone, you get a chance to correct your stereotyping, learn more about who they are and more about the background of the film (or whatever topic.) But it's harder to say negative things. So it's a double-edged sword. I think the most important part is to be honest to yourself and to your readers.
|Brian Palmer on Shannyn Moore show|
|Dave - one of the Beekeeper Team|
While we were there, Dave (I have this nagging feeling that I've mixed up his name with someone else, but I'm pretty sure it's Dave) who does lots of technical stuff for Shannyn, was there and I learned he's one of the people who made The Beekeeper, an Alaskan feature that shows Saturday at 10:20pm at Bear Tooth.
I want to tell you all this because I've been pushing his film here. But I did that because I liked the film and because his style has some linkage to what I try to do here - get video of people as natural and contextual as I can. I think what I'm trying to say is that I didn't write good things about the film because we did things together, but rather it was the other way around. I really liked his film and so wanted to talk to him more about it. (But he'll probably say I did way too much of the talking.)
Elias there (I met him last night and put up a video of him) and talked him into staying for Ticked Off Trannies with Knives. Elias has
So more dilemmas. Elias wants me to see Ashes Saturday at 10 at Out North and I want to see it. But it means I can't see Beekeeper which plays at the same time.
Tomorrow (well, technically, it is already 2 hours into tomorrow) there's lots going on. But I need to go to bed. I've been making serious errors in my blogging (like putting down the wrong venue for films) and I'm going to blame it on being festlagged. I didn't have to fly here, but I'm losing serious sleep time.