- A hoedown in Nepal. (publicity photo)
"Rosebud," Citizen Kane's dying utterance, is perhaps the single most famous word in cinematic history, with the possible exception of "Rudy!" As the name of Kane's childhood sled, burned by his butler, Rosebud represents a kind of lost innocence — and a whole host of other, more salacious things. The word has no such meaning in the context of the Rosebud Film & Video Festival, which remains a fiercely local, modest event. Run by Arlington Independent Media, which took it over from its founder 12 years ago, Rosebud is a day-long slate of 20 movies, mostly shorts, all by filmmakers from D.C., Virginia, or Maryland — it's the rule, but not the only rule.
"We have a very specific charge," says festival director Jackie Steven. "We're looking for films that are innovative, experimental, unusual and deeply personal."
In other words, while at the Dome at Artisphere this Saturday, don't expect a comedy about two straight dudes on a couch whose hands meet in the popcorn bowl. Instead, you'll see films like the ones below, and since the $10 ticket is an all-day pass, you're free to come and go as you please. (Side note: Steven says the projector will be corrected for the Dome's curved wall.)
A look at the lineup, then:
Out in the Silence
A feature-length documentary about filmmaker Joe Wilson's return to his Pennsylvania hometown, where an announcement of his wedding to another man has created controversy.
The Mountain Music Project
Appalachian musicians travel to Nepal to share each other's old-time music.
For Memories' Sake
A half-hour doc about Angela Singer, a Southern homemaker who has compiled 150,000 photographs of her daily life over 35 years. Eat your heart out, Noah Kalina.
Lens & Pens: Art in an Unexpected Place
About an arts workshop for mentally ill patients at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, this documentary inspired this project I wrote about in September.
Legacy: Song of the Senex
"At the ripe age, all boys must learn to be a man. This is the account of one boy's experience during the sacred ritual, The Song of the Senex."
The Bellows March
Oh, just watch it.