Twice a week, I sit down on my basement floor with a pile of laundry that often extends above my head. Laundry for seven is not an easy thing to keep up with. And since it typically takes me over an hour to tackle the laundry, and since we don’t have cable, I always pop in a DVD. I’ve seen a lot of movies. I’ve seen good and I’ve seen bad. Really bad. The fact is, the best movies are not always the ones that make it to Hollywood.
But since I’m always on the look-out for new things to watch (especially those that I can watch without being nervous about what the kids will see or hear when they come down to see what’s playing) I was thrilled to review a few of the Official Best of Fest collections. Each year, a new group of filmmakers is recognized with the Official Best of Fest Award. The curators at OBOF have packaged a number of their favorite feature films and shorts into different gift sets. They’re even asking for suggestions–What indie films have you seen that you think other people should see also? I love what they have to say about indie films, along with their guarantee: If you don’t like one of the features or shorts on a set that you have purchased, they’ll give you a credit to stream a free one live from their website.
“People have different tastes and films are subjective. Unlike many Hollywood movies which are genetically engineered to appeal to the lowest common denominator, indie films take chances and are likely to satisfy you more.”
The Official Best of Fest Gift Sets include:
• Chick Flicks
• Dog Lovers
• Real People
• Family Sampler
The very first film that CandyMan and I watched on on the Family gift set was Viva Cuba. It’s a story, set and filmed in Cuba, about two young best friends from different social background, determined to do anything to stay together. Candyman has a particular interest in Cuba because of the trip he took there in 2003 to build playgrounds. He instantly recognized landmarks in the film, and was shocked to find out that Viva Cuba was made in the very same neighborhood that he had visited 7 years ago.
Another favorite, from the Inspire gift set, was Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont. It, too, is a story about friendship–this one between young and old.
I enjoyed the variety and uniqueness of these short films and movies. Some were thoughtful, others made me laugh. I admit that not much laundry-folding got done while I read the subtitles for Viva Cuba, but it was well worth the sacrifice. (Ha! Since when is NOT folding laundry a sacrifice?) The Official Best of Fest gift sets are available now at Deseret Book, as well as on the OBOF website.
But you can also get it right here. I’ve got two gift sets (of your choice) to give away. It’s simple–just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite type of movie is.
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**Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Giveaway ends on June 30, 2010 at midnight, Eastern time. Winner will be chosen using random.org and notified via email.
Disclosure: I received the Family and Kids Premium gift sets as well as the Inspire personal pack of DVDs to review. The thoughts and experiences that I shared are mine.
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