What's not to love? That's what I thought when I bought tickets Friday for today's showing of The Narrows at the Charleston International Film Festival. I won't give anything away other than to say that it was better than I expected and I had high expectations. Justine and I stayed in our seats after the show for a Q&A session with the writer, Tatiana Blackington. Her script is an adaptation of Tim McLoughlin's novel Heart of the Old Country. (Alison, Tim McLoughlin is the editor of Brooklyn Noir.) So far the movie has made the festival circuit. It opens in a limited number of theaters on June 19th. It was shot with a digital camera and, because there is no actual film copy, it will be shown only in theaters that have digital projection. The version we saw today wasn't as HD as the release version will be so Justine and I plan on seeing it again if it comes back to Charleston.
Before The Narrows we watched a 7-min short entitled Interpretation. Again I won't give anything away. When it was over the audience applauded politely. That was followed by an unscheduled 8-min short entitled Wish. When it was over the audience sat in stunned silence. Not it-was-bad stunned. More like what-the-fuck stunned.
My only complaint has nothing to do with any of the films we saw. If the Terrace Theater wants to continue hosting the Film Festival the owners need to invest in a better sound system.
Monday morning update: The Narrows won the jury award for Best Feature at the Gala last night.