Monthly Archives: July 2008

Congrats Lynn!

Lynn Shelton is the recipient of this year’s Stranger Genius Award for film. Details here. Well deserved – nice work, Lynn!!

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Venice Announced

The 65th Venice Film Festival has unveiled its program this morning. Some great films to look forward to this year including new titles from Aronofsky, Demme, Kitano, Miyazaki, Kiarostami, Claire Denis, Ross McElwee among others. Competition The Wrestler, dir. Darren … Continue reading

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The Silence Before Bach: This Amazing Film NOT Available on DVD/VHS!

There are some films which simply enrich your soul. They take you to another place and time, where you experience sights and sounds you haven’t seen in that way before. They change the very way in which you see the … Continue reading

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Youssef Chahine, 1926 – 2008.

Youssef Chahine, one of Egypt’s most lauded movie directors whose films over nearly five decades often went on Fellini-esque flights of fancy and tackled social ills and Islamic fundamentalism, died Sunday in Cairo. He was 82 years old. His death … Continue reading

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No Borders, No Limits

I recently found out that Shishido Jo, the great chipmunk cheeked star of many a Nikkatsu film, lives in a neighborhood a few stops away from my place on the west side of Tokyo. I was elated to find that … Continue reading

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Operation Filmmaker

Operation Filmmaker, a documentary directed (and more!) by Nina Davenport, is a film that brings up so many questions, on so many diverse topics, it’s difficult to know where to start. A young filmmaker’s school in Baghdad is destroyed by … Continue reading

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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts

When I started researching this piece, I went to Philip Glass’s website. It says “Welcome”. Instead of saying “Contact Us”, it says “Contact Me”. I like a website that welcomes the public, and (as we know his emails MUST be … Continue reading

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Bike-In Updates

OK, this stuff seems to be changing regularly, but here’s some updated info about the free festivities this Sunday in Cal Anderson Park: SEATTLE BIKE-IN The 3rd annual Seattle Bike-In at Cal Anderson Park Sunday, July 20 Bands at 4pm, … Continue reading

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MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE picked up by IFC

Though I was told the official announcement would be made yesterday on IndieWire, I can’t find anything to link to.¬† But Lynn Shelton tells me her latest work, MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE, has been picked up for distribution by IFC.¬† Congrats … Continue reading

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Silent Light Saga Continues

It appears that the never ending saga over US rights for Carlos Reygadas’ SILENT LIGHT, continues. Apparently¬† recently defunct Tartan never closed the deal on US rights for the title. From Anthony Kaufman: Nothing is certain… as I wrote before. … Continue reading

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