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Midday Movies: Frequency Film Festival

Eclectic Film Fare In Ocean Beach

Credit: Topkapi Films

Above: "Resurrection of a Bastard" opens the Frequency Film Festival on May 23 at the Ocean Beach Playhouse.


Paul Parietti, Founder and Film Programmer for the Frequency Film Festival

Beth Accomando, KPBS Arts and Culture Reporter

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with the director of the Frequency Film Festival.


The Frequency Film Festival is living up to its name. It debuted in March and is already back for a second installment. The festival kicked off Thursday May 23 with the U.S. premiere of "Resurrection of a Bastard."

The first thing you notice about Paul Parietti is his enthusiasm. And you need both enthusiasm and energy to run your own film festival. Parietti started the Frequency Film Festival because he wanted to show films as frequently as possible, films that might not play in San Diego if he did not program them. He spends the bulk of his time researching films and trying to track down features that he feels are good enough to have their San Diego premieres at his festival.

"I’m not an awards driven festival," says Parietti, director of the Frequency Film Festival, "My whole mission is to bring in an eclectic array of film, try to be as eclectic as possible between my narrative and documentary feature films, and bring them into San Diego for everybody."

Films like the “Resurrection of a Bastard,” a crime drama from the Netherlands, which made its U.S. premiere on the festival’s opening night. Parietti’s love of music is reflected in a quartet of films including one he’s especially excited about.

"Another music documentary called 'Mongolian Bling,' which is about Mongolian hip hop, com’on people, Mongolian hip hop. This is just great."

Take a sample of the film's music.

I was happy to discover that Parietti is a horror fan. He has programmed a number of intriguing horror films at his festival, the most appealing to me being "Vegetarian Cannibal" from Croatia."

The Frequency Film Festival runs through June 8 at the 57-seat Ocean Beach Playhouse on Newport Avenue. An all access pass is only $30 and will get you into 28 narrative and documentary feature films.

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