What Are You Watching, Steve Weiss?
How many movies do you watch a week?
I have the same idea about watching films that I do about film festivals. I always thought that the horror story of a film festival would be to go to a place and watch five different films in a day. It would just be ridiculous, because if a film doesn't make you think afterwards -- if you can turn off your brain and start a new one right away, a feature-length film -- then something is wrong with the films.
Probably the best example for me of a film that I made the consideration to sit down, with no distractions, and spend the next three days thinking about -- and probably one of the best documentaries I've ever seen -- is Marwencol. It gives me chills just thinking about. That was an amazing film.
Have you ever walked out of a film?
The Jane Fonda film Barbarella. The gal I was with, this was in the '70s, we just like raced out of the theater screaming. We were just like, "Ah! We got to get out of here. It's too much!"
How has No Festival Required changed in the past 10 years?
In the past 10 years what's changed is that it started as a whim -- I thought that there was something missing, that could be missing in the art scene in Downtown Phoenix. Because we had the music scene, we had the fine art scene with galleries, we had theater and performance ,but film wasn't there. So I did it really as a lark and now it is how I support myself and hopefully support other people, too.
Weiss and his No Festival Required will be screening three films this month:
Trimpin; The Sound of Invention
A film by Peter Esmonde and featuring the Kronos Quartet
Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)
SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)
7373 E. 2nd St. (Scottsdale Civic Center)
A film by Dan DeVivo and Valeria Fernandez Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).
Third Street Theater, Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
Tokyo is Dreaming
Peter Chang's black-and-white documentary
Thursday, June 22
429 W. Jackson St.