Saturday, April 14, 2012

Athens International Film and Video Festival

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.


  1. Sounds interesting. I'm not too big on "art house" type movies, although I did really enjoy Pi (which I think started out that way).

    Is OU a commonly used abbreviation there? I would have thought it was TOSU, since they insist on being called THE Ohio State University. (Or at least I thought that's where you were.) When I hear OU, I think Oklahoma, although I suppose they might use the same abbreviation in Oregon.

  2. Yes, it's OU because I go to Ohio University. Ohio State is in Columbus, about 70 miles away. A lot of people assume I mean Ohio State, but no, I go to a different school.

    For the record, my school is older ;)

  3. It seems I was confused, but obviously I should have figured that out earlier. I knew Ohio State was in Columbus, and I knew you're at school where Skeletonwitch originated, so I should have put 2 and 2 together. Plus you wrote "Athens" right in the title of this one, so it's not as if the sum of 4 was hidden somewhere.

    In other words, I was rather silly.

  4. It happens to the best of us.