Hello Dearest Fans and Admirers,
In case you were wondering (I’ll just assume my absence has been keeping you up nights with concern), I have not entirely given up this writing about films lark. In fact I spent last weekend at the most haunted bar in Edinburgh™, Banshee Labyrinth, diving headfirst into the Bootleg Film Festival. And then writing about it.
For any of you that might not be aware, Bootleg is a travelling festival that was started by Tom Wilton in a Glasgow basement in 2008. Run by filmmakers for filmmakers, Bootleg’s raison d’etre is to celebrate the best low- and no-budget shorts and feature films from all over the world in a relaxed (and beer-filled) atmosphere. None of your fancy-pants tuxedos and red carpets here, oh no.
Fronted by Tom and Creative Director Neil Rolland from Write Shoot Cut, the fest ran here in Edinburgh from March 22nd to 24th, and my round-ups appeared in The Edinburgh Reporter. You can read them here:
The next Bootleg Film Festival will be held at the TriBeCa Film Center in NYC this September. If you’re gonna be in the area, you should definitely check it out. Find out more by pointing your pointy arrow thing right here where it says Bootleg, and then clicking that clicky thing. Or tapping it, or whatever.
Release the Kraken!