Cremaster 3, which screens at Madstone on March 18 at 9:30 p.m., is perhaps the most accomplished and intriguing (not to mention longest) film of the entire Cremaster cycle. Celtic mythology and Masonic myths and rituals figure in an opus that's equal parts slapstick, musical revue and artistic apotheosis. The settings this time include the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum, both of which never looked lovelier. Consider this one a must-see.
There's a lot more in store at this year's festival — far too much, in fact, to attempt listing everything — but here are just a few of the highlights. On March 14, 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre hosts the local premiere of Daphne Wynn Boyd's documentary on a local hero, Ferdie Pacheco: Fight Doctor. The following evening, March 15, YFMI moves to Madstone with one of the best films in the festival, Rivers and Tides. This ravishing meditation on the work of environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy screens at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17 is a huge day for the festival, but perhaps the single must-attend is the free screening of Charles Lyman's work-in-progress Bud Lee: Picturemaker, a personal look at a great American photographer who just happens to live right here in town. The 30-minute program begins at 6 p.m. in the HCC Ybor Room.
Among the many other March 17 highlights are two engaging but very different documentaries. Detained is a study of Palestinian women caught up in the Arab-Israeli crisis (2 p.m., Ybor Room), while Afro-Punk examines the culture crossings navigated by black musicians in the hardcore punk scene (7 p.m., Ybor Performing Arts Theater). March 17 is also the date when Wavelengths, a festival-sponsored group show of media artists, opens at the HCC Ybor Art Gallery, and when the Bonk Festival of New Music tears the roof off the HCC Performing Arts Theater. Then, on March 18, Bay area favorite Pat Oleszko comes to Centro Ybor Plaza with A-Roar-Yborealis, a new, original performance with a cast of, well, lots. Showtime is 7 p.m.
The festival's closing weekend is where you'll find some of its most intriguing offerings (including the final parts of Barney's Cremaster cycle), and we'll be covering it all in next week's column. Tickets can be purchased at the individual venues where the screenings are taking place, and totally obsessive high rollers can purchase a $100 Moving Image pass that gets you into every single festival event. For a complete schedule and ticket information, call 813-253-7674 or visit www.yborfilmfestival.com.
Lance Goldenberg can be reached at [email protected] or 813-248-8888, ext. 157.