Today at FFF2012: Thursday 4/19

By Samir Mathur
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There were a lot of people at Enzian last night for Monty Python, but tonight may top even that. First up, there's another panel discussion in the morning, entitled 'How to Turn Small Movies Into Big Box Office Successes', which starts at 11am and is free. After that, there are a couple of competition documentaries playing - 'Girl Model' at 1.15, with at least one of the models present today; and 'Salaam Dunk', about a school basketball team in Iraq, at 4pm.

After that, it's going to get crazy at Enzian. At 7pm, they're playing 'Your Sister's Sister', the new film from Lynn Shelton ('Humpday'), which stars famous people Emily Blunt, Rosemary DeWitt and Mark Duplass. It's being distributed by IFC Films, and just yesterday, Vulture posted the film's poster and trailer, so check those out. And at 9.30, it's the big one: 'An Affair of the Heart', with guest appearance from the man himself, Rick Springfield. Tickets for this screening sold faster than those for any other at the festival, and if you don't have one, you'll have to wait in what is sure to be a long, long standby line. On the plus side, if you don't make it inside tonight, Rick will be performing live at the Plaza tomorrow, so there's that.

Elsewhere, at the Regal Winter Park Village, there are three competitive narrative features playing in a row. At 3.30, there's 'Dreamworld' (review), which I found mostly annoying, but whose titles sequence I liked. Then there are two films that I greatly enjoyed - 'Dead Dad' (review) at 7pm, and 'Mamitas' (review) at 9.15pm. The 'Dead Dad' crew gamely plugged their film last night before 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', telling the huge crowd that the ashes of Graham Chapman make a guest appearance. Meanwhile, 'Mamitas' actress Veronica Diaz-Carranza will be at tonight's screening. As I said before, the story is fairly standard but the performances are what make it great, so tonight's a good time to see that film and hear from her. Also at the Regal are a couple of blocks of shorts (at 4pm and 8.30pm), around the well-regarded Norwegian adolescent comedy 'Turn Me On, Dammit!', which is at 6.30.