What's in a name, oh Silverlake Film Festival?
The Silverlake Film Festival is on and, as you might guess, it features new independent films, many from local filmmakers (right on). But if you guessed that the Silverlake Film Festival was taking place in Silverlake, you'd be dead wrong.
Most of the films are showing at the ArcLight — one of our favorite movie theaters, to be sure, but it's nowhere near Silverlake. According to GoogleMaps, the ArcLight is 4.6 miles from Spaceland, which is situated somewhere near the middle of Silverlake. To get to the ArcLight from Silverlake, you travel through the neighborhoods of Los Feliz, East Hollywood and then Hollywood (particularly if you take Franklin, which we recommend).
What about the films playing at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy? Good question. They're in Little Tokyo, 4.7 miles from Spaceland in mid-Silverlake, in pretty much the opposite direction from Hollywood. And there are more movies in Little Tokyo at the JACCC/Aratani Japan American Theater. Little Tokyo is cool, but it's not Silverlake either.
This just in: the weekend-long filmmaking competition (sign up before 8pm tonight!) will screen its manically-made films at Club Monte Cristo on Wilshire near Vermont. Whether you call this Mid-City or Koreatown, it still ain't Silverlake.
The closest the festival will get to Silverlake is the Heritage Screening Night: a free salute to Fatty Arbuckle at the Vista Theater on March 30. Many would say the Vista isn't in Silverlake at all: it's more like Los Feliz. Even Sunset Junction doesn't go that far west on Sunset.
So what's Silverlake about the Silverlake Film Festival? The name only. We think if it changed its name to something more accurate, it would smell more sweet. But all we can come up with is "The Hollywood and Little Tokyo Rent-A-Theater Festival." Got any better ideas?