Jazz Phillips is a lightning rod for strange cases. After the loss of his beloved Nellie, he's poured himself into his work chasing serial killers and busting dirty corporations. When he's not doing that, he's chasing light with a camera. Then a friend talks him into displaying his photos at a show in Little Rock. When he's not looking, someone leaves a camera data card where Jazz is sure to find it. There is no name on the card so he plugs it into his computer. What he finds is shocking, twenty-four pictures of people who have all been smothered. There is no doubt in his mind that a serial killer is at work and has issued him a challenge: catch me if you can. Yet Jazz has no idea where to begin to look. The security tapes of the photo show are long gone and neither he nor his friend remember anyone suspicious from the show. Aside from the data card, there is no evidence Jazz can take to the police or the FBI. Then the killer strikes again. To spur Jazz on, the killer sends him a message in the form of a body. It is someone Jazz cares for deeply, and Jazz knows he has no choice but to accept the challenge. It's kill or be killed. This killer will not stop until Jazz is utterly destroyed.
This is an outstanding anthology of work on film-festival programming. Combining theoretical and historical overviews with detailed studies of individual festivals and personal testimonies from experts long associated with film festivals, the book makes a thorough, wide-ranging and insightful effort at covering a field that has been significantly neglected in scholarship. As the first book to make film-festival programming its main focus, the book should be considered an essential contribution to the growing body of published work on film festivals. Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival By focusing specifically on programming strategies, Coming Soon to a Theatre near You gives a new twist to the frequently discussed topic of film festivals as 'alternative distribution networks'. The book makes a distinctive contribution to the field by fusing certain preoccupations in the burgeoning area of festival studies with the intricacies of programming. Richard Porton, Cineaste Jeffrey Ruoff has tracked down film festival insiders as well as key researchers in the emergent field of film-festival studies. The combination makes for a valuable synergistic anthology that lays bare the inner workings of a world too often trivialized or deified by those who don't realize what transpires 'behind the curtain.' This important collection raises the bar on festival writing, interrogates questions of taste and marketing, and offers a model for the next stage of study. B. Ruby Rich, Professor, Film and Digital Media Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
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