Yeah, Those Bong Close-Ups Are Always A Bad Sign

Film festival organizers may be as enthusiastic about film as a person can be, but they still have only 24 hours in their day, and that’s just not enough time to watch every minute of every movie that comes across their desks. So how do the honchos decide which films make the cut? It’s all about those first few minutes, says one festival organizer, and “if any video from the teetering stack in her living room begins with images of a gun, a bong, a pimp or a whore, she hits the eject button.”