Tuesday, October 27, 2009

SDAFF 2009: Three Days Left! Screenings Added!

I can’t believe it’s Tuesday already. There’s today, tomorrow, and Thursday left of the festival! So go watch more movies! Because you’re not going to be able to see movies like these again for a whole YEAR!

Last night, I missed SCANDAL MAKERS and I’m SOOO sad. But I had tons of fun selling merchandise. We have T-shirts ($15 but $10 for members), hats ($10), Reel Voices DVDs ($10), stars ($10), and limited edition coffee mugs ($15 but $10 for members). We also have special promotions going on. Depending on which movie you go to, we’ll also throw in a gift card from one of our amazing sponsors when you purchase SDAFF merchandise. Last night for SCANDAL MAKERS, it was a $5 gift card to the first 20 people who bought something from the merchandise table. Who knows what we’ll be giving away next. Best part about selling stuff? Hanging out with the volunteers and coming up with marketing and sales tactics. I think we have a little too much fun sometimes (but then again, I’m easily amused).

At any rate, I was able to catch the 10:15pm showing of ICHI and for a Monday night, the theater had a pretty good-sized audience. Go patrons! ICHI was GOOD and I’m glad I stayed up for it. I haven’t seen the original ZATOICHI or the remake of it, but I enjoyed ICHI. I thought the story was well put together. It definitely had it’s funny moments, which I’m glad for because Ichi was always so solemn (Can you imagine Joker from THE DARK KNIGHT asking Ichi “Why so serious?!” and then getting his butt kicked?). Haruka Ayase is so cute. I really want to see her in something where she’s a lot more expressive. Any suggestions anyone?

If you missed ICHI last night, there’s another showing of it tonight at 7:30pm, and again on Thursday at 4:15pm.

Speaking of additional showings, we added ALL ABOUT DAD (5:30pm), THE REAL SHAOLIN (7:30pm), LEGEND IS ALIVE (9:30pm), and IP MAN (9:45pm) to Thursday afternoon/night.

And attention volunteers! We have another secret volunteers only screening coming up! Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for details!

Tonight: West Coast premier of 9500 LIBERTY at the Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114). It’s free and it’s at 7pm and directors Eric Byler and Annabel Park are scheduled to attend.

Tomorrow: Going to see ROUGH CUT at 7:10pm

Thursday: Closing night! IP MAN and All American Grill for the reception afterwards. There will be a small silent auction at the reception, so if you missed out at the Gala, here’s your chance! We’ll also be announcing the winner of our Star Campaign (again, it doubles as a raffle for a 7-day Holland America Line Cruise for TWO to the Caribbean or Mexico! Winner need not be present).

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