Sunday, April 7

2024 PFF & IHSFF Festival Recap – Saturday, April 6th

 Coda’s ongoing coverage of the 2024 Phoenix Film Festival & International Horror Sci-Fi Film Festival. I'll be using these posts to recap the films I've experienced as part of these festivals.



By Emery Snyder - @leeroy711

THE HERRICANES – Directed by Olivia Kuan


This is a documentary telling the story of the Houston Herricanes, a women’s professional football team in the 1970’s.

One of my favorite things to happen at festival time is when I see a documentary about a subject that I don’t feel particularly interested in or connected to, and then it turns out to be entirely engaging and engrossing and hooks me in. It begins with the fact that director, Olivia Kuan’s mother was on the team and that’s where the inspiration to tell the story comes from. Quickly though, Kuan understands the importance of interweaving the story of The Herricanes with the history of the struggle for equal access for women in sports. These two stories run parallel to each other, making it clear that it’s the same fight and brilliantly illustrating the importance of the barriers smashed by this football team’s work, over forty years ago.

The doc also does a great job at including interviews from people in this struggle in present day as well. It’s striking actually, to consider how far we’ve come in the past half of a century for so many other efforts for equality compared to this one. We see how women today still hear the same tired diatribe that this team faces all those years ago.

 THE HERRICANES plays again on Sunday, April 7th at 11:45 AM



A CHRISTMAS IN OCHOPEE – Directed by Montana Cypress


 A Native American college student takes his unannounced fiancé home to his Florida reservation for Christmas dinner. Antics and family tension ensue.

Sometimes a film has ideas that turn out to be a little too big for itself. It’s those times that the film could have likely benefited from a more experienced hand, taking a second look at it. It can be an immense help to have eyes, unfamiliar with the project giving honest advice. Unfortunately, this is one of those times. This is a shame because the end product is certainly not without its moments. There are some performances that elevated the film and even a few gags that, should have landed better. The problem however, is that every one of the moments or cinematic aspects, that I should have responded to, was undercut by a lot of long and unnecessary build up. I understand that this is the feature length version of a short film that’s been playing well at festivals. But this feature clocks in at 110 minutes and I can’t help but feel that this would have benefited immensely from a nice trim.

A CHRISTMAS IN OCHOPEE plays again on Sunday, April 7th at 9:00 AM


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