Archive for the ‘Film Festival’ Category

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.

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

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
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


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.

18th EROS Film Festival (Hartford, CT) November 9-12, 2016

November 5, 2016


Five films make up Out Film CT’s Autumn LGBTQ film festival, EROS. This festival is co-sponsored by EROS (Encouraging Respect Of Sexualities), Trinity’s LGBTQQIA student organization at Trinity College.  More information on EROS and the Queer Resource Center at Trinity College is available at their website.

The festival this year features a screening of Cheryl Dunye’s New Queer Cinema classic, The Watermelon Woman on its 20th anniversary.

Check out the entire line-up here.
Read Reel Charlie’s review of The Watermelon Woman.


NewFest 2016

October 21, 2016


NewFest – New York City’s LGBT Film Festival runs through Monday, October 25, 2016. From NewFest,

Join NewFest for a celebration of the year’s best LGBT films from the U.S. and abroad, as well as parties and events bringing filmmakers and film lovers together for six fun-packed days.

Presented in partnership with Outfest, NewFest’s collection of narratives, documentaries and shorts portrays the diverse and compelling stories from across the LGBT spectrum. With more than 70 films to choose from, post-film talkbacks with cast and crew, celebrity sightings and parties, NewFest 2016 is an event not to be missed!

Check out all the films.

Queer 90’s Retrospective at Metrograph (NYC)

October 1, 2016


Good lord, is it already time to do a retrospective of the New Queer Cinema of the 1990’s? I suppose it is. Metrograph, the ultra-hip new single cinema in the Lower East Side has a great selection of films representing the L, G, B, and T and nearly everyone in-between. From Metrograph,

Queer 90s

October 5 to October 30

The 1990s was a watershed decade for the visibility of queer bodies in independent, documentary, experimental, and studio films. The emergence of “New Queer Cinema,” a movement of filmmakers reacting to the rightward shift in culture and the specter of the AIDS plague, produced formally radical and
political works about, and specifically for, LGBTQ audiences; directors Gus Van Sant, Rose Troche, and Todd Haynes emerged as major talents, while producer Christine Vachon ushered films by Haynes, Troche, Tom Kalin, and Kimberly Pierce to the screen. Throughout the rest of the 90s, international filmmakers such as Pedro Almodóvar would become established in the mainstream by warmly portraying queer characters; Hollywood films would finally center on LGBTQs by subverting and embracing their clichés, new experimental classics would emerge by artists like Sadie Benning, and legendary avant-garde filmmakers Warren Sonbert and Derek Jarman would make their final films before succumbing to the disease. “Queer 90s” is a by-no-means comprehensive portrait of the decade, but rather a snapshot of the years that acted as a bridge from Stonewall to wedding announcements in the paper of record.

Capping off “Queer ‘90s” is a special 20th anniversary, week-long revival run of Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman beginning November 11th in a new restoration.

Check out the schedule at Metrograph.

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