A delightful piece on film festivals at Slate. Here's the hook that made me chuckle:
A film festival sounds vaguely intellectual, an oasis of cinematic contemplation in the midst of the crass commercial marketplace. But a film festival is an aberration; people don't need further encouragement to go to the movies. When the most misguided Hollywood remake of a half-remembered TV show can make $10 million in its opening weekend, it could even be argued that people go to the movies too much. There are few good reasons for film festivals to exist, and yet they proliferate like cancer clusters across the country.
The author has really suffered for his film festival, and does a wonderful job sketching the agonies that he endures to make it possible.