Have you guys heard about this program Reel 13? It’s on Thirteen, the NYC arm of PBS. Every Saturday night, it features a classic film (like On the Town or, um, Dances With Wolves), a recent indie (like The Squid and the Whale or Gosford Park), and short film by an emerging filmmaker.
In the spirit of the times, online votes determine which short film gets shown. To vote for one of this week’s candidates, go here.
Granted, it seems a little silly to vote for a screening of a movie that you can watch right there on the website, but I guess Thirteen assumes that lots of viewers will never make it online. At any rate, it’s definitely cool to be a finalist, and it’s even cooler to win.
That’s why I’m throwing my support behind I Love My Suit, a quirky silent about a guy who just loves his suit… to an increasingly loopy degree.
I happened to meet the star, Paul Swinnerton, at a conference a few weeks ago, and he totally sold me on the movie. Having seen it and chuckled, I am happy to offer my endorsement. (Take that, Oprah and Obama!)
But of course, you should vote for whichever film you like most. All that matters is that you vote. With no presidential election this November, Reel 13 may be providing the year’s best chance to participate in our democratic system.
(Note: I originally thought this program was going to be available throughout the country, but it’s a Thirteen-only affair. If you live outside the metropolitan NYC area, then it’s clearly a good idea to go watch the films online… because otherwise, you won’t be able to see them.)