I decided to go the Asheville Film Festival today. I found one movie I wanted to see and paid the $8 to see this new independant masterpiece from Australia. The theatre was filled with the usual slice of Asheville's "Art & Croissant" crowd. The same people who vote for Al Gore every November whether he is running or not. It was the typical bar scene from "Star Wars". Like a Grateful Dead concert sponsored by the AARP.
About 20 minutes into the movie (just about the time I'm starting to get mildly interested in the characters) the DVD freezes up. They try to clean it up but somehow it won't play past the scratch. They didn't have a back up DVD. So there are about 200 vintage hippies staring at the same blue screen I can easily recreate in my living room. Now all the Traveling Willoughby's have to schlep four blocks down to the Fine Arts Museum for a refund.
I wonder if this happens at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival? Now if I got this DVD from Net-Flix I could spend a few minutes trying to fix the disc with alcohol and tooth paste. If that didn't work they would rush me out another copy. I'd receive the movie a week later because my local rural sub-contracting mail deliverer in her 1969 Mercedes diesel always previews my movies first; but I would eventually see how movie ended.
You can visit the site of the festival at www.ashevillefilmfestival.com and puruse all the movies you may be able to see. Just note that the cost of a 10 movie pass equals a year of Net-Flix. But alas you would miss out on the ambience of the Freakers Ball, which would be an award winning short in itself.