One nice thing about living in a college town is that events like this rolls around every year. Yesterday was the first day of the Athens International Film and Video Festival (AIFVF), which will be going on until the 19th. It's a good opportunity to see an assortment of low budget and/or foreign films, as well as a ton of shorts. The best part, if you're a cheapskate like me, is that OU students get tickets for free.
Last night I went with a friend to see "This is Not a Film", which is kind of a peculiar slice of life recorded by an Iranian director who is currently under a 20 year government ban from filmmaking. Supposedly it was smuggled out of the country in a cake and brought to Cannes. In any event, things like that make for an interesting viewing experience that falls somewhat outside my ordinary movie-going range. Over the next several days I expect I'll be watching a lot more stuff, and as I type this I have the full festival program in my lap, looking at other upcoming movies and shorts to go see.