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Two Great Film Festivals Happening This Week!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. Time to start planning your activities for this week and if you’re in or near Los Angeles or Ohama, Nebraska and love independent film, then you’re in luck. On Wednesday, March 7 the Omaha Film Festival kicks off and on Thursday, March 8, the Los Angeles Animation Film Festival kicks off.

The Omaha Film Festival was established in 2005 as “a way for the Omaha community to experience the artistry of independent filmmaking through the exhibition of new films by aspiring artists that are otherwise unavailable for viewing in the area.” The festival typically screens over sixty films from around the world with a special section for Nebraska-made films. Genres cover narrative features, documentaries, short films and animated shorts and the festival features regional and worldwide premiers as well as advanced screenings of films that have already received wider distribution. The festival has become one of the top teaching festivals in the Central United States and offers a myriad of panels, lectures and workshops for aspiring filmmakers. You can find a full schedule of events here or pick up an All Film Pass here. The festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 7 and runs until Sunday, March 11.

Here’s a couple of the featured films that will be screening in Ohama this week.

Wednesday, March 7: Bringing Up Bobby (Director: Famke Janssen. 2011) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Film

 

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Cal’s Recommended Oscar Events!

Are you serious about the films nominated for Oscars? Or are you more into the glitz and glamor of the party? Either way, we have some great events happening all over the country for you to check out!

For those who are in it for the films, check out:

Past Best Picture Oscar winner “Chicago” at the Auburn Avenue Theater in Auburn, Washington TONIGHT! Thursday, February 23.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Film, Seasonal

 

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The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival!

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival is underway. This amazing festival, which runs through Sunday, February 26th is one to not be missed.

Eleven internationally-acclaimed feature films, many of which are making their Arizona debuts, offer a wealth of Jewish life, culture, humor and drama. The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival has been a vibrant and growing tradition in the Phoenix area for sixteen years.

Here are a few highlights of films to check out:

Je T’aime I Love You – Screens TONIGHT! Wednesday, February 15 at 3:00 PM

Sometimes you have to laugh or you will cry. Israel can always use a good laugh, as much as any country, and more than many. Perhaps this is why Director Dani Menkin chooses to do this romantic, diverting  yes – even nonsensical film. Think – what better way to have fun than by loving!  Exactly the underlying narrative theme introducing the theme: “Love usually happens when God decides He needs a laugh.”  The film maker portrays this by throwing two young people together on an airplane. Hamlet meets Lady Puck. Israeli Ben is a thirty-something living at home, and obsessing over “to be or not to be” married to his girlfriend in New York. English Emma is outrageous with a flaky charm. A layover in Prague provides the neutral ground for this chancy encounter. Watch it play out and, go ahead, HAVE A GOOD LAUGH!

Advanced Tickets Sales for this screening have ended but there may still be tickets available at the door!

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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Film

 

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The Always-Surreal Crispin Hellion Glover in Atlanta!

Crispin Glover has a reputation for being a little, shall we say, odd. Most people know him for his role in the 80s classic Back to the Future in the role of George McFly, but since then, Glover has shown a penchant for playing eccentrics and oddballs. He portrayed Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone’s ‘The Doors,’ the reclusive rat-lover Willard Stiles in the 2003 remake of ‘Willard’ and the mysterious “Thin Man” in the movie adaptation of ‘Charlie’s Angels.’

Something he is less known for are his films. His directorial debut was 2005’s ‘What Is It?’ featuring a cast of actors with Down syndrome. His second film ‘It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine!’ was written by actor-writer Steven C. Stewart who suffers from cerebral palsy and is a psycho-sexual re-telling of Stewart’s life from his point of view. Stewart also appeared in ‘What Is It?’ and died in 2001, just one month after principal filming for his film wrapped up. ‘What Is It?’ and ‘It Is Fine’ are the first two films in the “It” trilogy. The third film will be entitled ‘It Is Mine.’ Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Film

 

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Who You Gonna Call, Los Angeles?

Tonight! Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31 

Ghostbusters (1984) & Groundhog Day (1993) (double feature) at New Beverly Cinema

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Film

 

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Experience Truly Independent Cinema at Slamdance!

As everyone involved in the independent film industry knows, the Sundance Film Festival is going on in Park City, Utah as we speak. Sundance is a showcase for new works from filmmakers all over the world and has brought attention to modern-day cinematic classics as Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, Clerks and Napolean Dynamite as well as launching the careers of Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch and Steven Soderbergh. While Sundance was once the destination for small-budget, independent films and filmmakers, it has become a media extravaganza complete with Hollywood celebrities, paparazzi and corporate-sponsored luxury lounges.

This is why, in 1995, a group of filmmakers who weren’t accepted into Sundance decided to start the Slamdance Film Festival. Their goal was to showcase “a truer representation of independent filmmaking” and to give new and emerging talent a venue to show their works. Slamdance is the only major film festival fully programmed by filmmakers; fittingly, their mantra is “By Filmmakers For Filmmakers.” It has become a year-round organization that helps unique and innovative filmmakers get more exposure and now consists of not only the film festival, but a Screenplay and Teleplay Competition and Slamdance Studios.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Film

 

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You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Anyone that spent any time as a child in the eighties will certainly know which film I’m referencing in the title of this blog. It’s what everyone told nine-year-old Ralphie Parker whenever he mentioned what he wanted for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB Gun. I’m of course talking about Bob Clark‘s classic 1983 Christmas comedy “A Christmas Story.”

The film was based on Jean Sheperd‘s semi-autobiographical childhood anecdotes about growing up in Indiana.  Three of the stories were originally published in Playboy magazine between 1964 and 1966 and was later published in his books “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” and “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories.” Shepard would also read other segments of the story on his WOR Radio talk show in New York City and to live audiences while touring the college circuit in the late 60’s. The film’s director, Bob Clark first heard Shepard’s work on the radio in 1968.

“A Christmas Story” would become director Bob Clark’s best know film, but ironically Clark got his start in the horror genre and is otherwise probably known for his contributions to the B-movie cannon. Fans of campy classics may remember his other holiday film “Black Christmas” (1974), a seminal holiday-themed slasher flick (which was mentioned earlier this week on the blog) and the 80’s teen sex-comedy romp “Porky’s” (1982). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Arts, Film, Seasonal, Theater

 

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Have Yourself A Campy Little Christmas!

We are ticketing holiday events galore this month and I’ve been trying to suggest events that offer something a little bit different than the usual fare. We know you’ve seen “It’s A Wonderful Life” a thousand times, so how about mixing it up a little bit? Well, our friends at New Beverly Cinema and the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, The Castro Theatre in San Francisco, The Royale in Mesa, Arizona and the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, New York got you covered. We’re talking serial killer Santas, Santa abducted by aliens, tormented sorority girls on Christmas break, vintage holiday curios from Johnny Legend, beer-pong with John McClane and the Griswolds and holiday-themed film noir.

Check it out!

Saturday, December 10  CHRISTMAS EVIL (1980) at midnight at New Beverly Cinema  Los Angeles, California  A psycho in a Santa suit gets to decide who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Film, Seasonal

 

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The Hard Life of François Sagat

Life is not a performance !

This weekend we are ticketing four events at Museum of Arts and Design in New York City involving French adult film star François Sagat. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Sagat who was in Seattle promoting his latest film Man at Bath, by Christophe Honoré, a modern rendition of Gustave Caillebotte’s painting “Homme au bain.” As Caillbotte’s painting was shocking in its own time (1884), this film also aims at portraying an honest and crude image of gay male sexuality and relationships in 2010 Gennevilliers and New York. So of course, this film may not be to everyone’s taste.

Meeting Sagat was an unusual experience, one that comes with many preconceived ideas about the type of personality it takes to work in the adult film industry. Yet, what transpired through our conversation was that Sagat, the man differs drastically from Sagat the performer. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Film

 

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Bay Area: Scary Cow Film Festival at the Castro Theater Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, is the Scary Cow Film Festival in San Francisco. What is a Scary Cow Film Festival you ask? Well, it’s not a festival dedicated to horror films with bovine killers, although that does sound interesting. No, Scary Cow is a film co-op out of the Bay Area that helps aspiring film-makers produce their films. The members run Scary Cow and all revenue that Scary Cow receives goes back to the members in the form of screenings, budgets, classes and more. Since 2007, they’ve made over 150 films and have given out over $130,000 to their members.

Scary Cow has no restrictions on what kinds of films can be made, so a film-maker could, in theory, make a cow-slasher flick if he or she wanted. The film-makers own all the rights to their film, so if by some odd chance their low-budget, indie film takes off and becomes the next Blair Witch Project, then they keep all the profits. But even if their film goes nowhere, Scary Cow offers a valuable service by allowing aspiring film-makers to actually get out there and make it happen; to actually learn by doing. It’s a great way for aspiring film-makers to hone their craft and build their resumes while working and networking with other Bay Area film-makers. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Film

 

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