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Music at the Movies
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Although I have wandered into and out of past Bellingham Music Film Festivals, last year was the first time that I sat inside a theater at the Pickford Film Center and watched a whole program of submissions with other festival attendees.
I was incredibly entertained.
During my time long tenure as a Pickford projectionist (my side job) and as a former judge of a couple of local film festivals (and one karaoke contest, but we don’t need to talk about that), I have seen a lot—as in, a lot—of nonprofessional filmmaking. Not all of it is good, a portion of it doesn’t make sense, and nearly all of it is very weird in some distinct kind of way.
The chosen submissions of the Bellingham Music Film Festival, by and large, fall into those broad categories, but they’re somehow more charming when they come in the form of music videos. Perhaps the abbreviated format requires stronger choices and more stringent editing. Maybe videos made by and for musicians have intrinsically different character and style than those made by other folks. It’s possible music vids on the whole are just more fun.
I don’t have the answers at present, but I’ve got until Fri., April 3, which is when the festival takes place, to figure them out.
But if you’re wanting to submit one of those strongly choiced, stringently edited, intrinsically different, more fun music videos to the festival to be scrutinized by the festival’s esteemed panel of judges, you have until the final, drop-dead deadline of February 1 to do so. Depending on when you’re reading this, you still may have time to make a music video between now and then, so get your creative juices flowing and go for it.
Speaking of flowing juices (may I never type those words again), the Aslan Depot is celebrating its two-year anniversary on Feb. 1 with an all-day party. Along with undisclosed live music from 7-11:30pm (I love a surprise when it comes in the form of local music), Aslan will be cracking into cases every single bottle project they’ve released as well as their favorite beers from other breweries. Not a bad way to celebrate a birthday, even if the birthday you’re celebrating is not your own. I can’t remember the last time I went to a 2-year-old’s birthday party that involved live music and a variety of handcrafted beer. But that’s probably because I’ve never been to a toddler’s birthday party. Maybe they’re all like that.