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05/25/2007

Korea -> Seattle -> Around the World in 80 Festivalsss

ah ha, we've just figured out how to get the blog up again! So here's a snippet of festival catch-up: After about 6 months of hopping about the planet like a frog -or I hope like something else more elegant that jumps a lot - I ended up this month in Jeonju, Korea. I never could've guessed that Koreans would feel such a strong bond to Gypsies! Audience members came back to see the film twice in 2 days. A bona fide Korean movie star asked if he could introduce the film and talked about his people's ability to empathize with a history that contains great suffering... and the crowning glory was that we won a fine Audience Award! Bibimbop in Jeonju is also an award of its very own - so many varieties of it, so many flavors, a universal yum. Seattle is about the most friendly and clean place I've ever spent time (albeit just a couple of days). Don't skip the public library by mister Koolhaus! Of course the crowning glory is the festival itself, which must be the longest running festival on the planet - 3 weeks! (many film fests are only 3 days). Audiences are amazing too - a standing ovation never hurt anyone. And when i told the audience that I'd be seeing the musicians in a few days and would tell them about the great response - the audience whooped and cheered for them again.

other recent festival stops: Budapest, Amsterdam, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Prague, Nashville, Belgium....

happy, but dog tired (could sleep anywhere - a la standard41)

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