Santa Cruz Good Times

Wednesday
Aug 20th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

The Festival Queen

Thefestivalqueen1Jane Sullivan

To call Jane Sullivan a pioneer might be an understatement. As director of the Santa Cruz Film Festival, she’s a wild ball of energy. And, in the seven years she’s presided over the local film festival, she has managed to pull off phenomenal feats on a very big scale. It hasn’t been without plenty of hard work, too many volunteers to mention and probably a headache or two.

While this year the fest promises to be bigger and better than ever before, the backstory of how it arrived to where it is today is noteworthy.

Back in August of 2001, Sullivan and her friend Johnny Davis attended a screening of student films at California State University Monterey Bay.

“There was good work coming out of there … [so we thought] let’s start a film festival,” Sullivan says.

It was as simple as that. Then reality sank in. “We didn’t have any idea what Johnny and I were taking on,” Sullivan adds. By the spring of 2002, the first Santa Cruz Film Festival was born.

“It’s changed each year and has a different flavor,” she adds. “It grows every year … and is [more] recognized on the festival circuit. It takes a lot more time than you think it will and a lot more work.”

This year’s theme for the festival is “The Big Picture.” According to Sullivan, “When you look at the big picture, we’re focusing on documentaries this year and [talking] about how one’s life fits into the big picture. Documentaries [can] take on a corporation or social problem, or document the way of how everyone fits in to the world at large. [We have] films from African hip hop to poetry in East San Jose. ‘The Big Picture’ is literal and figurative; to get people off their laptops and see the way films are meant to be seen— on the screen in the big picture. [To get] them enveloped in that delicious scene, that juicy, sensuous, colorful celluloid or tape.”

Getting people into the theaters has not only been advantageous for audience members, but it’s had an impact on revenue in the county. “It (the festival) has brought in $1 million in six years,” she says. “Close to 90 percent [of the filmmakers attend the festival] and their families and crew. [It affects] the hostesses, the restaurants, and where they shop. This is an economic boon to the town.”

Over the years, the fest has attracted myriad big names like Christopher Coppola and David Arquette, among many others. It continues to draw an array of headturners, covering every topic imaginable. Highlights this year include the opening night film One Fast Move or I’m Gone, by documentary filmmaker Curtis Worden, which chronicles the emotional tailspins of genius Jack Kerouac. Look for Ripple Effect to generate buzz as well. (Get the lowdown on GT’s top fest picks on page 56.)

“Civic participation [in the festival] is getting people more involved in the ‘bigger picture’ of your life,” Sullivan says. “Then, when we get back together in the world, it helps us become more realized human beings.”

 

The Santa Cruz Film Festival runs from May 9-17 and boasts more than 140 films. The movies will be shown at theaters and other venues in town. For more information, to view trailers, or for ticket information, visit santacruzfilmfestival.com . See trailers from the film fest at gtweekly.com .

 

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Trending Now

Whether you live by the Vogue bible or choose to go into your day wearing what you slept in, odds are you wear clothes.

 

The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Cultures Collide

No surprises, but lots to savor in foodie film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Foodie File: Kauboi

Japanese-Western themed unites sushi with whiskey and beefgrill

 

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

Santa Cruz | Artist/Show Promoter

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.