Festival director Britta Erickson is filling the Rodgers slot on a temporary basis. But on Thursday, November 7, prior to a red-carpet presentation at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House of the new indie heartbreaker Waves, which incorporated an appearance by writer-director Trey Edward Shults, she revealed that the "interim" part of the title originally bestowed upon Matt Campbell when he took over Withey's role has now been removed; he'll be the organization's artistic director of festivals moving forward.
This vote of confidence was appropriate given the overall strength of the festival's selections. As with any event of this size and scope, there were hits, misses and everything in between. But the majority of the twenty movies I saw over the course of the gathering's twelve-day run were worthy selections, and often a lot more than that — with one big exception, as you'll see below.
Continue to eyeball mini-reviews of the nine films I caught after the opening weekend, many of which will soon be coming to a theater or a streaming service near you.