Archive for the ‘Film Festival’ Category

John Sayles’ Films: Chronology and Availability

November 9, 2017

I created a handout for the American Independent Directors Film Series at the library. It lists all of John Sayles’ films in order of most recent to oldest. It also lists all the places you can buy, rent, or watch the films including Amazon, DVD/Blu-ray purchase, hoopla (library), Hulu, (our) Library’s physical collection, and Netflix.

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Sunshine State Screening at the Library: Saturday, 11/11/2017

November 5, 2017

Our final John Sayles film, Sunshine State screens at Fairfield Public Library this Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Join us for our American Independent Film Director series final event. Click on the image below to register.

Announcing the Award-Winning Films From NewFest 2017 (Out)

October 28, 2017

Thrilled to see so many lesbian films win at this year’s NewFest 2017 in New York City. Especially looking forward to:

The Jury Award for Best US Narrative goes to The Feels, directed by Jenée LaMarque. Two brides-to-be throw a joint bachelorette party that ends up calling their whole relationship into question. Equal parts laughs, tears, and introspection, this modern take on a romantic comedy unravels the secrets that can plague even the strongest relationship. Outstanding performances and an earnest script make up the heart of this crazy-enjoyable film.

The Jury Award for Best New York Short goes to Ace, directed by Morgan Kahn Nichols, in which an unlikely pair of teenagers perform an awkward social dance in a house with no parents.

The Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature goes to Hot To Trot. Set in the swinging setting of same-sex competitive ballroom dancing, this tremendously entertaining documentary highlights the culture and art of dance as it humanistically profiles the compelling stories of four international dancers.

The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature goes to A Date For Mad Mary, the first feature film by director Darren Thornton. Mary has just been released from a six-month prison stint for a drunken bar fight. Her best friend Charlene is now getting married and wants to keep Mary at a distance, alienating her from their circle of friends. An encounter with a queer musician changes Mary’s perspective and awakens her romantic spirit. The film also won the Breakthrough Award at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards.

The Audience Award for Best Documentary Short goes to Love Letter Rescue Squad. Director Megan Rossman reflects on the Lesbian Herstory Archives, home to the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities.

See the full list at Out.

John Sayles’ film series at the library

October 13, 2017

Beginning Saturday, October 14, 2017  I will be presenting a brand-new 3-part film series for the Fairfield Public Library. I’m very excited to share these wonderful films and John Sayles’ genius with library patrons.

Fall Film Series
American Independent Film Director: John Sayles
Saturdays, 1:30 pm
Rotary Room, Main Library

October 14, 2017: Matewan (1987)
October 28, 2017: Lone Star (1996)
November 11, 2017: Sunshine State (2002)

Join us this fall when we examine the work of independent film director John Sayles. Sayles entered American filmmaking in 1979 with his debut, Return of the Secaucus Seven. During the 70’s, these films were dubbed Art House Cinema. Today they’re known as Independent Cinema or “Indie.” Named independent, the genre and specifically the filmmaker, refuses financial assistance, input, or control from Hollywood. The films will be screened by Philip Bahr, reference librarian and film blogger. Bahr will introduce each film with a short presentation on independent filmmaking and a brief introduction to the movie. Afterwards, attendees are welcome to stay and discuss the film.
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First up: Matawan this Saturday, October 14th.

 

NewFest 2017

September 29, 2017

Metro NYC peeps: NewFest 2017
The 29th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival

Thursday October 19 – Tuesday October 24
SAVE THE DATES!

NewFest will be celebrating its 29th annual New York LGBT Film Festival from October 19th – 24th, 2017. The six-day festival will feature over 100 films, panels, and parties that reflect the LGBT experience.

Reel Charlie’s looking forward to:
100 Men
Hot to Trot
My Wonderful West Berlin
One Last Thing

Bruce C. Kingsley: 1942 – 2017

July 4, 2017

Back in my Alternative Video days, one of the favorite parts of my job was interacting with all the interesting customers who came through our doors. In particular, the weekends were swamped with NYC residents stopping by on their way to their mountain homes. Two men, Bruce Kingsley and John Laub came in nearly every week and always checked out the most interesting films. We had some great conversations during their brief stops each week. Sadly, John died in 2005 while they were still coming to the Catskills. When I left for grad school in 2006, Bruce brought a delicious homemade soup to the gathering. I always felt bad about not staying in touch more with Bruce. We were Facebook friends who never saw each other after my going-away party.

On Friday, I learned of Bruce’s death. He died in the most remarkable way – of a sudden heart attack while attending the Provincetown Film Festival on Friday June 16, 2017. Bruce’s obituary can only be described as celebratory. May we all live life to the fullest savoring what we truly hold dear in this world. Bruce was a true keeper of the arts and a film aficionado, patron, and historian. His obituary tells the tale of his beautiful life and loves. From SaukValley,

For the past 13 years, Kingsley, who resided in New York, was an active member of the Boston-based Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, where he was a film reviewer and where he had been on the organization’s board of directors for the last 8 years. In New York, Kingsley, with Arnold Himelstein, ran Talking Pictures, a film-appreciation course offered at Penn South Senior Center in Chelsea. For the past decade, Kingsley also sponsored a popular movie night in his apartment, screening classic films every Monday for a loyal following. Kingsley’s film work also included serving as chief researcher on Richard Alleman’s “The Movie Lover’s Guide to New York” and “The Movie Lover’s Guide to Hollywood.”

Read the full obituary in SaukValley.
Thank you Bruce for your kindness over the years.

 

Frameline 41: Genre Queer

June 14, 2017

San Francisco’s amazing LGBTQIAA yearly film festival turns 41 in 2017. This line-up is as always fantastic. Information on dates and links to Frameline’s site below. I’ve also listed the film titles I’m most interested in watching when they come to a streaming service near me:

Frameline 41: Genre Queer
San Francisco, CA
June 15-25, 2017

100 Men
After Louie
Bayard & Me
Rusalka
The Colour of His Hair
Lavender Scare
Center of My World
My Friend Dahmer

30th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival: June 2 – 10, 2017

May 17, 2017

Congrats to the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival on their 30th Anniversary this year! The line-up for their June screenings is now available and looks fantastic. Take a peek here.

My first choice and must-see this year is the documentary, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin premiering in Connecticut on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Explore the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival.

Amazon Acquires Rights to 40 Films From SXSW, Paying $1.9 Million-Plus in Cash Bonuses (Variety)

May 11, 2017

from Variety,

Amazon has swept up streaming rights to 40 films that screened the 2017 SXSW Film Festival — including “Most Beautiful Island,” the Grand Jury Award winner for narrative feature — saying it will pay out at least $1.9 million in upfront cash bonuses for the titles.

The ecommerce giant snagged the SXSW selections through Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program, designed to be a streamlined, no-haggle way for independent filmmakers to get paid for digital distribution. Amazon acquired 15 films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival under the program; it extended a similar offer to entrants in the Tribeca Film Festival and plans to take it to the Toronto International Film Festival, too.

Among the 40 titles that opted in are festival award-winners “Most Beautiful Island,” a gritty drama starring and written and directed by Ana Asensio (pictured above) about an undocumented immigrant struggling to get by in NYC; “The Light of the Moon,” SXSW Audience Award for narrative feature; and “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” SXSW Audience Award for documentary spotlight. Other films include “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong,” special jury recognition for best ensemble; “I Am Another You,” special jury recognition for excellence in documentary storytelling; and “Maineland,” special jury recognition for excellence in observational cinema.

Very excited to see the Armistead Maupin documentary as well as many other films.

Reed the full article on Variety.

NewFest Community Engagement Intern program

January 17, 2017

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From NewFest Facebook,

Are you passionate about film and the many organizations that serve the LGBT community in NYC? Well NewFest is looking for someone a dynamic and organized individual like you for our NewFest Community Engagement Intern program!

Please find the full job description and information for applying on our Idealist post below.

http://www.idealist.org/view/internship/XsSh88NBtbfP/


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