Since its called No Festival Required rather than No Festival Allowed, perhaps Steve Weiss downtown film series doesnt lose all credibility in sheepishly admitting to sponsorship of, well, a festival. Especially since the subject of No Fests Alex Karpovsky Film Festival, one Alex Karpovsky, has such indie chops.
The festivals opening selection is 2008s Woodpecker. Working with a budget considerably below the Jurassic Park level, Karpovsky nonetheless crafted a movie in which characters travel to a remote area in search of a creature thought extinct: the ivory-billed woodpecker, declared extinct in the 40s but supposedly spotted several times in recent years in rural Arkansas. The movie follows the efforts of a hardcore birdwatcher to add this ultimate rara avis to his life list.
Karpovsky is scheduled to be present and answer questions.