omplete QPORIT: November 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

 

HOLIDAY FILMS 2007


RECOMMENDED:

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Crime drama -- Sidney Lumet (dir), Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

Michael Clayton - Drama, thriller, legal, issues -- George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Pamela Gray

Lars and the Real Girl - Comedy -- : Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
MGM Distribution Company

Bee Movie - Animated -- Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Kathy Bates, Oprah Winfrey, Matthew Broderick

War/Dance


Here is a list of films currently in theaters:

Bee Movie - Animated -- Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Kathy Bates, Oprah Winfrey, Matthew Broderick
Paramount Pictures

American Gangster - Crime, Bio -- Ridley Scott (dir), Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Josh Brolin
Universal Pictures Distribution

Fred Claus - Holiday comedy -- Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Spacey
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Lions for Lambs - Issues -- Robert Redford (also dir), Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Dan in Real Life - Comedy -- Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook
MGM Distribution Company

Saw IV
Lionsgate - Horror, sequel --

The Game Plan - Comedy, football -- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson,
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

30 Days of Night
Sony Pictures Releasing

P2 - Drama, thriller -- Wes Bentley, Rachel Nichols, Simon Reynolds, Grace Lynn Kung
Summit Entertainment, LLC

Martian Child - Drama, comedy, sci-fi(?) -- John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Joan Cusack, Sophie Okonedo, Oliver Platt
New Line Cinema

Om Shanti Om
Bollywood Eros Network

Michael Clayton - Drama, thriller, legal, issues -- George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Pamela Gray
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?
Lionsgate

Gone Baby Gone
Miramax Films

No Country for Old Men - Drama, thriller, violent, western -- Jeol & Ethan Coen (dir), Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
Paramount Vantage, Miramax Films

Into the Wild
Paramount Vantage

Bella
Roadside Attractions

Across the Universe
Sony Pictures Releasing

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

The Darjeeling Limited
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Lars and the Real Girl - Comedy -- : Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
MGM Distribution Company

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Crime drama -- Sidney Lumet (dir), Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman
ThinkFilm

The Comebacks
20th Century Fox Distribution

Saawariya
Sony Pictures Releasing

We Own the Night
Sony Pictures Releasing

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Universal Pictures Distribution

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
National Geographic Feature Films

Lust, Caution
Focus Features

Ratatouille
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Kingdom
Universal Pictures Distribution

The Bourne Ultimatum
Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures International

Rendition
New Line Cinema

Rush Hour 3
New Line Cinema

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

The Heartbreak Kid
Paramount Pictures

Underdog
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Mr. Woodcock
New Line Cinema

The Brave One
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Control
The Weinstein Company

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Warner Bros. Pictures International, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

3:10 to Yuma
Lionsgate

Blade Runner
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Wristcutters: A Love Story
After Dark

The Simpsons Movie
20th Century Fox

The Surviving My Mother
N/A

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten
IFC Films

Deep Sea 3D
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

The Seeker
Fox Walden

Good Luck Chuck
Lionsgate

Music Within
MGM Distribution Company

Bon Jovi - Lost Highway: The Concert
N/A

Darfur Now
Warner Independent Pictures

Holly
Priority Films, Slow Hand Releasing

Death at a Funeral
MGM Distribution Company

The Nanny Diaries
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM)

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
IMAX Corporation

No Reservations
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure
nWave Pictures

Romance and Cigarettes
Boroturro Inc.

Balls of Fury
Rogue Pictures (Focus)

The Jane Austen Book Club
Sony Pictures Classics

O Jerusalem
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Halloween
MGM Distribution Company

2 Days in Paris
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Sleuth
Sony Pictures Classics

The Ten Commandments
Promenade Pictures

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains
Sony Pictures Classics

War/Dance
ThinkFilm

Roving Mars
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

My Kid Could Paint That
Sony Pictures Classics

King Corn
Balcony Releasing

Once
Fox Searchlight Pictures

I'll Believe You
Stand Up Films

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
The Weinstein Company

Steal a Pencil for Me
N/A

The Final Season
Yari Film Group

In the Valley of Elah
Warner Independent Pictures

The Sensation of Sight
N/A

Lady Chatterley
Kino Film

Controlled Chaos
Lovestreak Productions

Diva
United Artists Films, Rialto Pictures

For The Bible Tells Me So
First Run Features

In the Shadow of the Moon
ThinkFilm, Discovery Film Corporation

Sharkwater
Freestyle Releasing

Mr. Untouchable
Magnolia Pictures

How to Cook Your Life
Roadside Attractions

Choking Man
International Film Circuit

The Bubble
Strand Releasing

Space Station 3-D
IMAX Corporation
The Tracey Fragments
N/A

Ira & Abby
Magnolia Pictures

Local Color
Brushwork Pictures

Kurt Cobain About A Son
Balcony Releasing, Sidetrack Films

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
City Lights Pictures

Lagerfeld Confidential
Koch Media

The Life of Reilly
Civilian Pictures

Blame It on Fidel
Koch Media

The List
Mountain Top Films

Fat Girls
Regent Releasing

Deep Water
IFC Films

This is England
First Take (IFC)

The Devil Came on Horseback
International Film Circuit

Aliens of the Deep
Walt Disney Pictures

Memories of Tomorrow
N/A

Manufactured Landscapes
Zeitgeist Films

Gypsy Caravan
Shadow Distribution

Lake of Fire
ThinkFilm

Vanaja
Emerging Pictures

Love for Sale: Suely in the Sky
Strand Releasing

Terror's Advocate
Magnolia Pictures

DarkBlueAlmostBlack
Strand Releasing

Goya's Ghosts
Samuel Goldwyn Films

Quantum Hoops
N/A

Randy and the Mob
Capricorn Pictures

Silk
Picturehouse

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
First Take (IFC)

Rails & Ties
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Naked Boys Singing
TLA Releasing

Moliere
Sony Pictures Classics

Eye of the Dolphin
Monterey Media

T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous
IMAX Corporation

Feast of Love
MGM Distribution Company

Hollywood Dreams
Rainbow Film Company

In Between Days
Kino International

Finishing the Game
First Take (IFC)

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CAPTIVITY


Captivity
is a low-octane thriller/exploitation/horror movie. Our heroine, played by Elisha Cuthbert is kidnapped, held captive and subjected to a variety of styles of torture.

The film is well acted and firmly plotted. It also has pretentions (according to the DVD commentary) of rising above its genre with themes of freedom vs captivity (in a broad sense), our media perception versus reality, love arising as a bond in a crisis, and other philosophical issues. These ideas are, in fact, in the script and the story, but they are so overwhelmed by the conventional genre plot points that in fact they are barely noticable. They contribute to the integrity of the plotting and scripting, but they are not important enough to qualify as original or significant.

The movie is filmed with style, directed by
Roland Joffé (a director with Oscar nominations and awards both in Cannes & the Razzies), though it is quite dark and murky (as I guess it should be). But the climactic action sequences, strangely, are shot to be so brief and sudden that I had to watch those moments in slow motion two and three times to figure out what happened. (That is a luxury not available to theatergoers!) In a movie house, key parts of the film must have been essentially incomprehensible.

For a film about sadism and bondage and sexually motivated captivity, with a beautiful actress, there is a disappointing lack of nudity -- only one fuzzy long shot that could be a body double or even an animated drawing. There is a certain dishonesty and lack of follow-through on not realizing the point of the genre.

The acting by
Elisha Cuthbert and Daniel Gillies is excellent. Daniel has a nice way of holding conflicting ideas, looking innocent, attractive, and evil at the same time; and his portrayal is convincing. (His character's name is Gary Dexter. There's no telling whether there is a deliberate or just an accidental connection to the TV show Dexter and the novels about that character.) Elisha is beautiful, and an interesting enough actress to hold the screen compellingly through the whole movie, even though in much of the film she is alone on screen. It is actually virtuoso acting. She is able to convey ideas with subtle movements of her eyes, mouth and face. It is a shame: too many of her films have the same premise. (Elisha, of course, played the hapless, often kidnapped daughter in 24.) She is capable of taking demanding roles in far better films.

Elisha may have as many as four or five pictures coming out in the next year. I hope some are good enough to realize her potential!


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Friday, November 16, 2007

 

THE DOLLHOUSE COMES TO YOUNG FRIENDS OF FILM


The Film Society Of Lincoln Center Enters the Dollhouse, Dec. 6, as a Young Friends of Film screening hosts the actors from
Todd Solondz’s breakthrough film, Welcome To The Dollhouse.

Young Friends of Film is a membership program at the Film Society, designed for film enthusiasts ages 21–40. Screening classic films from past New York Film Festivals and New Directors/New Films series, paired with special guest speakers and after-screening parties, Young Friends of Film events allow younger generations of moviegoers firsthand access to the remarkable films they may not have had the chance to see on the big screen.

(Recent events have included screenings of Louis Malle’s Murmur of the Heart, Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway and preview screenings of Run, Fatboy, Run and Waitress, with recent appearances by Andre Gregory, Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, David Schwimmer, Chazz Palminteri and Keri Russell.)


The Film Society of Lincoln Center
will welcome actors Heather Matarazzo, Brendan Sexton III and Daria Kalinina to a Young Friends of Film screening of Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse at the Walter Reade Theater, Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

"Solondz’s hilarious breakthrough film is an unflinching look at junior high hell. Dawn “Wienerdog” Wiener (Matarazzo) is incredibly awkward, the laughing stock of her class, a clear family second to her younger sister (Kalinina) and the object of threats from a local thug (Sexton). Her brother Mark sympathizes, but he is otherwise consumed with getting into a top-tier college and playing in his band. When the band takes on a hunky new lead singer (Ugly Betty co-star Eric Mabius), Dawn immediately develops an obsessive crush."

Dollhouse opened New Directors/New Films in 1996, after earning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The actors will be onstage for a Q&A session with the Film Society’s Will McCord after the screening, followed by a reception with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets to this Young Friends of Film event are $25 and include the screening and the reception afterward. They are available at both the Walter Reade Theater box office and online at
www.filmlinc.com. Young Friends of Film members receive one complimentary ticket.

Additional information about the Young Friends of Film program is available by calling (212) 875-5600 or online at
http://www.filmlinc.com/membership/membership_ym.htm .

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

 

DRIVERS' LICENSES


Elliot Spitzer, Governor of NY, has given up his drive to issue drivers' licenses to "undocumented immigrants", due to popular opposition, even though he still believes it is good policy.


That puts "Proof Of Birth" a film we just reviewed (see the previous post) right in the spotlight!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

 

NEW DVD'S Nov 13, 2007


RELEASED THIS WEEK:

Shrek the Third (PG) (Animation) --Directors: Chris Miller, Raman Hui , Voice: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

Ocean's Thirteen (PG-13) (Heist, caper) -- Director: Steven Soderbergh, Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, many others...

Amazing Grace (PG) (Biopic, British antislavery advocate) -- Director: Michael Apted, Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Ciaran Hinds, Albert Finney

La Vie En Rose (La Mome) (PG-13) (in French, Biopic, Edith Piaf) -- Director: Olivier Dahan, Cast: Marion Cotillard, Pascal Greggory, Sylvie Testud


Coming next week:

Live Free or Die Hard (PG-13)
Hairspray (PG)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (G)
Rescue Dawn (PG-13)

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Monday, November 12, 2007

 

PROOF OF BIRTH AT QIFF


Snezhana Chernova and Hugo Calera at QIFF


Proof Of Birth
directed by José Luis Orbegozo is a short film (screened at the Queens International Film Festival QIFF)about the struggle for a Mexican man (here illegally) to find a way to send money (legally) back to his wife; it's also about how he learns to use the system and how his self-confidence develops. The film is well made, and features fine acting by Hugo Calero in the main role, and Snezhana Chernova in a bravura supporting role.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

 

BOBOOBLOG


We have just started a new (sister/brother) BLOG to focus on theatrical news, reviews, credits, etc.

bobooblog.blogspot.com

BOBOOBLOG = B - OB - OOB BLOG:
The Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway BLOG!

QPORIT is designed for features; in some cases -- theatrical reviews, and interviews with Broadway stars and directors for example -- stories will overlap.

However, BOBOOBLOG will include lots more detail on theater than we can include here.


In particular, we are hoping that directors, producers, and actors from (ALL! the zillions of) OOB shows (as well as OB and Broadway shows too, of course) will provide us with flyers for ALL! their shows in advance, plus full cast and creative credits when the show goes up. We want BOBOOBLOG to be a theater resource of unmatched power, information and usefulness.

An example of the utility of BOBOOBLOG is that we had a hard time finding a real list of which theaters were dark and which were open during the current stagehands' strike. We tracked it down and posted that list on BOBOOBLOG, along with information about how to obtain refunds. Because of the volume of information, it would have taken hours to post the information here according to our formatting standards, but we were able to put it up in minutes on BOBOOBLOG once we found it:


http://bobooblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/theater-closings-refunds-due-to-strike.html

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FRACTURE


Fracture
is a better than average, by-the-numbers legal thriller.

I take "by-the-numbers" to refer to those painting blueprints, where the lines of the picture are drawn, and each area has a number that tells you the color of the oil paint to use. In other words, the outline is fixed, and there is limited opportunity to be creative on the details, the palette being prescribed beforehand.

Well, Fracture is like that. It follows the prescription outline for the legal-thriller genre, and uses a little bit of creativity in the way it colors in the details. It's above average because it uses a lot of colors; the numbers it uses go pretty high.

Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling are both very good as the guy who confesses to the killing at the start of the story, and the prosecutor who must take what looks like a simple case to court.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

 

SOME FILM FESTIVAL INFORMATION


Bulletfilm
, a new site for filmmakers, has put up a nice list of film festivals:

http://www.bulletfilm.com/festivals .

(Bulletfilms seems to have been created to host films, but they seem to be planning to charge to host them. It is not clear to me why one would host there, and not on a free site like
Video Google or YouTube. It is not clear if Bulletfilms has any traffic; they say nothing about sharing revenue; and there were programming errors in the promotional e-mail they sent.)

But it seems like a nice list of festivals!

Here's some more ...

FILM FESTIVAL INFORMATION


MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS



NATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS


NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALS


We have several earlier posts on film festivals and their websites, particularly:

Features of a World-class Film Festival Website and
Covering a Film Festival

Here are some more festival sites:


Melbourne Intl. Film Festival
Melbourne AUSTRALIA

Comic-Con Intl. Independent Film Festival
San Diego, CA

Ischia Global Film & Music Fest
Isle of Ischia, Italy

Umbria Film Festival Montone, Umbria, Italy

Intl. Black Women's Film Festival
San Francisco, CA

Haydenfilms Online Film Festival
Kutztown, PA

Telluride Film Festival
Telluride, Colorado

Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland

Los Angeles Intl. Short Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA


Note that some festivals (especially the smaller ones) may (suddenly!) disappear.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

 

MR BROOKS


As
Mr. Brooks, Kevin Costner creates a detailed, sophisticated, multilayered characterization of a serial killer. William Hurt is truly brilliant as the embodiment of the voice in Costner's head, guiding him through the killings.

In a testament to the richness of Hurt's acting, the co-writers,
Bruce A. Evans & Raynold Gideon, comment on the DVD that, with every line, Hurt created more of a fully realized world than they even knew was in the words they wrote.

Marg Helgenberger as Costner's wife, and especially Danielle Panabaker as his daughter, were excellent. I was also happy to see Reiko Aylesworth (one of my favorite characters/actresses from 24) making a nice little appearance.

The film would be famously great were it not for one central problem. There is a major plot element which involves an "apprentice," played by
Dane Cook, a would-be killer who blackmails Costner into taking him on as an intern in serial killing. (It feels silly even to type that here.) It is hard to allocate blame for this nonsense amongst the various elements of the film: the conception of this plot idea, the casting, the direction, the writing, or the acting; but the whole sequence sinks the film into patent absurdity.

Often when one aspect of a movie fails completely, listening to the DVD commentary gives the clue to why it failed: the commentary never addresses the problem issue, suggesting the writer and director never realized there was something that needed to be done.

Here, according to the DVD commentary, the character, played by Cook was originally going to be played by Zach Braff. This might be a clue, namely that they never made the adjustments to the style of the new actor. It might also be a clue to a different cause of the problem, namely that the character and his story were misconceived from the beginning. Surprisingly, the writer and director seem well pleased by both the actor and this whole portion of the film.


The writers also comment on the DVD that they consider Mr. Brooks -- a serial killer -- to be a moral person because he has an addiction: he loves his family, and he truly wants to stop killing, even though he has an addiction to murder. (Unlike other serial killer "heroes, " by the way, he does not even make a pretense of killing only people that -- for some imagined reason -- "deserve" to be killed.) I don't agree. History teaches us that good family men can be vicious killers. He is an evil, dangerous man. He is a sick, evil, dangerous man. (He can not even claim an insanity defense. He knows that what he is doing is wrong.) The fact that this is a story about an amoral or immoral man does not prevent the story from being interesting or well made. There can be great literature about evil people, even if they "get away with it." But the character is still evil and immoral. It's not necessary to defend the character.

The DVD commentary also suggests that the creative team is considering a sequel. Given the terrific acting by the main characters, they could get it all right the second time.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

 

NEW DVD'S Nov 6, 2007


RELEASED THIS WEEK:

Ratatouille (G) (Animated) -- Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava , Voice: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Brad Garrett

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (PG-13) (Comedy) -- Director: Dennis Dugan, Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James , Jessica Biel, lots of others...

Deck the Halls (PG) (Comedy) -- Director: John Whitesell, Cast: Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth

Sicko (PG-13) (Documentary) -- Director: Michael Moore

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Monday, November 05, 2007

 

READINGS AT EST


MEMBERFEST
is a weekly reading series by members of The Ensemble Studio Theater (EST).

November 6, 2007 - 7pm

At EST - 549 W. 52nd St.

I LIKE YOUR CHIN

By Julie Fitzpatrick

Featuring Diana Ruppe, Amy Staats, Helen Coxe, Randy Falcon

Directed by Alexa Polmer & Alexis Poledouris

FREE ADMISSION

For Reservations, call 212 247 4982 x20


If you missed this week's reading, check the EST website for the next one!

 

LUCY AT EST


LUCY


Written by Damien Atkins
Directed by William Carden

Featuring Lisa Emery, Lucy DeVito, Keira Naughton, Scott Sowers, and Christopher Duva

Vivian is an anthropologist at the top of her field. She craves solitude -- motherhood was never an option. But when forced to care for her estranged teenage daughter, Lucy, her life is turned upside down. Lucy is autistic ... and might be the next step in Vivian's evolution.

LUCY is the Sloan Foundation mainstage production at the
Ensemble Studio Theater (EST)

Running through Nov 18... To purchase tickets, go to

http://www.theatremania.com/

or call 212 352 3101

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THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION


Written by the great
Aaron Sorkin, The Farnsworth Invention, about the invention of television, and the struggle to obtain the patent -- and the credit -- for the invention, is currently in previews and opens on November 15 -- at the Music Box Theatre, 239 West 45th Street, and is certainly the show that I am currently most interested in.

The informative, official website for
The Farnsworth Invention contains credits for the complete cast (headed by Hank Azaria as Robert Sarnoff), the author, Aaron Sorkin, the director, Des McAnuff and the principal creative team. It also contains a history of the invention of television.

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SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW DIRECTORS / NEW FILMS


The specs for submissions of films to The Lincoln Center Film Society / Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New Directors / New Films (ND/NF) has just been announced. Joining the selection committee is Rajendra Roy, the new chief film curator at
The Museum of Modern Art.

ND/NF runs from March 26 – April 6, 2008.

Films may be submitted to ND/NF from Nov. 15, 2007, and must be received by 5:00 PM Jan. 9, 2008.



FOR THE OFFICIAL AND COMPLETE RULES, CHECK THE OFFICIAL SITE FOR ND/NF:

http://www.filmlinc.com/ndnf/ndnf.html


WITH THE APPLICATION FORM AT


http://www.filmlinc.com/ndnf/data/NDNF_application.pdf

Here's an un-official summary of the basic rules:

"
• Entries must be New York premieres and have been completed in the current or preceding year. They cannot have been shown in any festivals or public screening in New York. (The Committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings.)
The Festival exhibition formats are 35mm and 16mm prints
with composite optical sound and digital video.
• Short and feature films of all lengths are considered - there are no separate categories.
• Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.
• Films submitted in any previous year may not be resubmitted.


"Work can be submitted (for consideration by the screening committee) on 16mm or 35mm film, HDCam, Digibeta, VHS, or DVD. VHS and DVD entries are not returned. All applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by email by February 28."


New Directors/New Films
is always one of the most interesting events in New York for film lovers. Here's a quick introduction to the program:

"One of the leading international showcases for emerging filmmakers, New Directors/New Films has premiered hundreds of new works, many of which have gone on to enjoy both critical success and wider theatrical release."

"Several artists featured in past New Directors/New Films have become major figures in world cinema, including Chantal Akerman, Pedro Almodóvar, Guillermo Del Toro, Atom Egoyan, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Sally Potter, John Sayles, Steven Spielberg, Todd Solondz, Wim Wenders and Wong Kar Wai. Recent films screened at the festival include Day Night Day Night, The Great World of Sound, Once and Padre Nuestro in 2007; Old Joy and Academy Award® nominees My Country, My Country and Half Nelson in 2006; and Academy Award® nominees Murderball, Darwin's Nightmare and Junebug in 2005."

"Rajendra Roy joins his MoMA colleagues Jytte Jensen and Laurence Kardish and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Marian Masone, Joanna Ney and program director Richard Peña, on this year’s selection committee. "

Roy has an interesting background. "He joined the Department of Film at MoMA as the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film in July 2007, having started his work in independent film programming in 1992 as an undergrad at UCSD.

"For five years he contributed to a major period of growth at The Hamptons International Film Festival, as Director of Programming from 2002-05 and Artistic Director in 2006 and 2007.

"From 2004-07 he was the sole American on the Competition Selection Committee for the Berlin International Film Festival. At the Guggenheim Museum, from 2000-02, he served as Film and Media Arts Program Manager in New York and Bilbao. From 1996 to 2000 he was Executive Director of the Mix Festival in New York, one of the most respected experimental film events in the world.

"He has served on many boards and juries, including the Student Academy Awards, Gotham Awards and NYSCA and has organized numerous touring film programs. He has contributed to such publications as Turbulences Video, indieWIRE, Moving Pictures and Empire magazine."

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

 

PIX BY QPORIT


Here are some pix from QPORIT:
(PEOPLE & EVENTS)



TFF = Tribeca Film Festival
HIFF = Hampton's International Film Festival
NYFF = New York Film Festival

All Pix:
(c) Copyright 2005-2007 Eric H. Roffman. All rights reserved.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

 

THE WOOSTER GROUP SHAKESPEARE


The Public Theater
is currently presenting The Wooster Group Hamlet, written by Shakespeare, directed by Elizabeth Lecompte, with Domonique Bousquet, Ari Fliakos, Allesandro Magania, Daniel Petrow, Bill Raymond, Scott Shepherd, Casey Spooner, Kate Valk, and Judson Williams.

The Wooster Group is a renowned experimental ensemble, dating back to Sakonnet Point at the Performing Garage in 1975. "With their trademark use of video, sound and precise physical language, The Wooster Group takes on Shakespeare in a wildly inventive, artistic event."

Performance Schedule:
Now through Sun Dec 2 (except Nov 20-25, see below)
Tues at 7 (Tues Nov 6 at 8)
Wed-Sat at 8
Sun at 4

Week of Nov 20-25:
Tues Nov 20 at 7
Wed Nov 21 at 8
Thurs Nov 22 No Performance
Fri Nov 23 at 8
Sat Nov 24 at 8
Sun Nov 25 at 2 & 8

For tickets:

1. ONLINE: Visit PUBLICTHEATER.ORG

2. BY PHONE: Call 212-967-7555 (Mon-Sun 10am-9pm)

3. IN PERSON: Visit The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street
(Sun-Mon 1-6pm, Tues-Sat 1-7:30pm)

Rush Tix

There will be a limited number of $20 Rush Tix available at the box office for every downtown theater performance on sale to the general public one hour prior to curtain. There is a 2 ticket limit per person. Cash only.

Full Price Waiting List Tickets
On the day of a sold out performance, we will take a waiting list for full price tickets in person at the box office. The waiting list will be called no earlier than 1/2 hour before curtain. If you are called and not in the lobby, your name will be removed from the list. While tickets occasionally become available in this manner, we are unable to make predictions or guarantees.

Student Tickets
$25 tickets are available for advance purchase at the box office for every downtown theater performance on sale to the general public. Must have a valid student ID at the time of purchase. Limit 1 ticket per person

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