Yesterday on September 25th, the curtains rose for the 21st annual Raindance Film Festival. Running from September 25th to October 6th, the film festival offers 12 days of independent film, each day with an absolutely packed programme that offers something for every taste. It all started off with yesterday’s opening gala that featured a screening of the highly controversial documentary “How to make money selling drugs”.
The founder of Raindance, Elliot Grove, took the stage as he presented the opening film, as well as the festival in general. Grove, who initiated the festival 21 years ago, spoke of how much time has changed since the first festival, creating completely different circumstances. 21 years ago when the first ever Raindance Film Festival took place, everything was screened on 35mm film and the advertising strategy was limited to printed ads in Time Out. Time has changed, and now everything is digital. Not only does Raindance welcome these changes, they also approach them by asking the question, “are these changes for the better?” Through a number of seminars and panel discussions, Raindance try to get to the bottom of it.
And now to what it is all about, film. And not just any kind of film, independent film. With the opening screening of “How to make money selling drugs”, Raindance proves that this year’s festival is not to be missed. The film is a ‘how-to’ guide, setting up ten steps on how to make money by selling drugs. Featuring celebrities such as 50 Cent, Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson and a number of extremely charismatic former drug dealers, this film is most enjoyable, hilarious and very thought provoking. Do not get me wrong, “How to make money selling drugs” is not just an entertaining film on how to make it in the drug industry, it has a very serious purpose. In the most sarcastic way imaginable, this film criticise the US’ war on drugs and its many consequences.
For more information on the films shown at this years Raindance Film Festival or to get a look at the exciting programme, visit www.raindancefestival.org.