Outside the grand marquee of the California Theater, South First Street buzzed with film fans streaming into the art deco lobby and auditorium. On stage, Co-Founder & Director Halfdan Hussey and team welcomed the enthusiastic crowd to Cinequest 2014 with a celebration featuring Maverick Innovator Award winner Martin “Marty” Cooper—recollecting his role in creating the future almost 40 years ago by inventing the first cell phone device—followed by an in-depth conversation with Indiewire’s Eric Kohn, the first recipient of Cinequest’s new Media Legacy Award.
The opening film, Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction, starring Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Brendan Gleeson (Gangs of New York) and Liane Balaban (Supernatural) was a comedic delight. The film took place on the small harbor of Tickle Cove, Canada and did not shy away from showing off the impressive views of the Canadian coastline.
Opening night wrapped with a closing party at South First Billiards, just a few steps down from the California Theater. Cinequest is now in full swing with screenings and events throughout the next ten days, which you can find out more here.
By Jen Myronuk
Photography by Gregory Cortez and Victoria Felicty