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THE AGRONOMIST
Director: Jonathan Demme
USA / 2003 /
 

Original music by Wyclef Jean/Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis

Upstate 9/21, 5:30pm

 

A long-cherished personal documentary project from Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Melvin and Howard, Stop Making Sense), The Agronomist is a celebration of an extraordinary man - journalist, broadcaster and human rights activist Jean Dominique - and his tireless fight against injustice and oppression, the story of his uncompromising crusade for liberty and democracy in the vibrant country of Haiti.

Demme shot many hours of footage with Dominique over fifteen years. Their joint project was tragically cut short in April 2000 when, in the turmoil leading up to elections in Haiti, Jean Dominique was assassinated outside his radio station, Radio Haiti Inter.

The Agronomist is not a ‘whodunnit’, as the investigation into Dominique’s murder is ongoing. Rather, it is a portrait of a remarkable man, his extraordinary wife and partner Michèle Montas, and their beloved Haiti.

 

 

Courtesy of THINKFilm

Director, screenwriter and producer Jonathan Demme, has 18 films to his credit, including The Truth About Charlie, Beloved, The Silence of the Lambs (for which he won an Academy Award), Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, Something Wild, Swimming to Cambodia and Melvin and Howard, for which he was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics. Additional producing credits include Devil in a Blue Dress,Household Saints, That Thing You Do!, Ulee’s Gold and Adaptation.

Demme’s films have been nominated for 20 Academy Awards. The Silence of the Lambs received five Academy Awards in 1991 - for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay Adaptation. His films have won screenplay Oscars twice, Melvin and Howard (Best Original Screenplay, 1980) and The Silence of the Lambs (Best Screenplay Adaptation, 1991), and two of the Best Actor awards of the 1990s went to Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991) and Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, 1993).

A strong advocate of human rights, Demme has produced and directed a number of documentaries about the Haitian plight, such as the acclaimed Haiti: Dreams of Democracy, Haiti: Killing of the Dream, Tonbe Leve and Courage and Pain. In addition, he directed the documentary Cousin Bobby, and produced the Academy Award-nominated biography Mandela, as well as Into the Rope!, The Uttmost, and One Foot on a Banana Peel, The Other Foot in a Grave. He is also producing Beah: A Black Women Speaks, a documentary on the life of Beah Richards, with Lisa Gay Hamilton, who is making her directorial debut with this project. He recently completed The Agronomist, a documentary on the Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique, who was assassinated in April, 2000 on the steps of his radio station.

Demme’s creative talents have also lured him into the musical domain. He directed the Robyn Hitchcock concert film Storefront Hitchcock as well as the award-winning Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. He has directed Artists United Against Apartheid’s Sun City, Neil Young’s The Complex Sessions and music videos for Bruce Springsteen, Les Frères Parent, The Neville Brothers, KRS-One and The Feelies, among others. He also produced Konbit, an album of Haitian music.

DIRECTOR Jonathan DEMME
PRODUCED BY Jonathan DEMME / Peter SARAF / Bevin McNAMARA
EDITED BY Lizi GELBER / Bevin McNAMARA
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY Wyclef JEAN / Jerry “WONDA” DUPLESSIS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Daniel WOLFF
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS Edwidge DANTICAT / Lizi GELBER
CAMERA ABOUDJA / Jonathan DEMME / Peter SARAF / Bevin McNAMARA
SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR Nicholas RENBECK
MUSIC EDITOR Suzana PERIC
MUSICIANS ROBERT AARON / Jerry “WONDA” DUPLESSIS / Melky JEAN / Wyclef JEAN
A CLINICA ESTETICO PRESENTATION
 
AUROVILLE: FROM UTOPIA TO REALITY
Director(s): Harry Häner and Laurence Bolomey
Switzerland / 2002 / 52 minutes
 
U.S Premiere

WCC 9/21, 1:00pm
 

Synopsis:
 
In Southern India there is a town where two-thousand people hailing from 30 different countries are living up to their dream of a united human race. They believe that mankind has reached the threshold of a new consciousness, and are therefore turning their immediate environment into a laboratory where his dream can be fulfilled.
 
Bhavana Dee DeCew, who works in Auroville with Village Action and Bioregional Planning will speak following the screening
 
 
 
BLUEGRASS JOURNEY
Director(s): Ruth Oxenberg, and Rob Schumer
U.S.A / 2003 / 86 minutes
 
 
 

Bearsville 9/18, 7:00pm

Hunter 9/20, 2:30pm

Synopsis:
“Bluegrass Journey” weaves together high energy, intimately captured musical performances, verité-style cinematography, and interviews to depict and celebrate the contemporary bluegrass music scene. Set largely at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York and at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual gathering in Kentucky, this affectionate film reveals breathtaking musical virtuosity, joyous audience dedication, and the rich spirit that infuses one of America’s great musical genres. Featured performers include The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Nickel Creek, Rhonda Vincent and many others.
 
“The nameless concert-goers featured in ‘’Bluegrass Journey’’ provide as much character and color to this film as the musical legends who perform.” (John W. Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal)
 
A special concert featuring Peter Rowan will take place on September 17. See music for more info
 
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Bio:
First-time Directors Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer, a husband and wife team, fell into bluegrass music and fell in love with it nine years ago when they were planning their wedding in the country. As native New Yorkers they’d had little exposure to the music growing up, but they became instantly taken with it.  Ruth, a longtime producer for network television news, pitched a story about bluegrass to her then-current program, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. While working on the piece, the idea for the documentary was born. Co-director and Editor Nancy Kennedy’s feature film credits include Jan Oxenberg’s Sundance Audience award winner "Thank you and Goodnight," and Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys’s "Riding the Rails," which also played at Sundance and won the LA Film Critics Award for Best Documentary in 1999. 
 
Main Credits
Director(s)Producer(s): Ruth Oxenberg, Rob Schumer
Co-Director: Nancy Kennedy
Editor: Nancy Kennedy
Executive Producer: Gill Holland

 

 
 
A BOY’S LIFE
Director: Rory Kennedy
U.S.A / 2002 / 77 minutes

*IN COMPETITION

Bearsville 9/20, 12:00pm

 

Synopsis:
 
The feature documentary is a fascinating look into an impoverished, rural American family disrupted by the legacy of depression, abuse, and mental disorders.  In the small town of Eupora, Mississippi, Kennedy documents the shaping of a boy’s life as we witness a family’s combative, destructive behavior competing with a system that’s attempting to help: a nurturing school, a family therapist, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Ultimately, “A Boy’s Life” proves a hopeful exploration of a harmful family legacy and is a powerful testimony to the strength of an individual.  Rory Kennedy beautifully captures how positive outside forces can prevail over the destructive inner workings of a dysfunctional family.

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Bio:
Award-winning producer, director, and writer, Rory Kennedy is co-founder of Moxie Firecracker Films, an independent documentary production company that she runs with partner Liz Garbus. Kennedy has produced and/or directed award-winning documentaries for HBO, Lifetime Television, A&E, Court TV, The Oxygen Network and The Learning Channel, covering a variety of topics including the global AIDS crisis, human rights, domestic abuse, poverty, and drug addiction.
 
Kennedy most recently directed and produced, “Pandemic: Facing AIDS,” which premiered at the Barcelona World AIDS conference on July 8, 2002. Pandemic follows the lives of five people living with AIDS in different regions of the world and uses their experiences to put faces behind the numbers and to connect audiences with the heartache and triumph of living under the extreme conditions that AIDS enforces. The film is accompanied by a book, cd, website, traveling exhibition, and educational material.
 
THE BOYS OF 2ND STREET PARK
Director(s):
Dan Klores and Ron Berger 
U.S.A / 2002 / 91 minutes

*IN COMPETITION

Bearsville 9/20, 4:00pm
 

 

Synopsis:
The documentary explores the divergent paths taken by a generation of boys who grew up in New York City during the 1960s. Set against the unforgettable music and events of the era, the film focuses on six men, now in their mid 50s - from childhood days on the basketball court to the tragedies and triumphs that define adulthood.
 
Through extraordinary, intimate interviews, personal photographs and archival footage, The Boys of 2nd Street Park paints a portrait of a group whose lives were forever changed by sex, lost loves, drugs and war.
 
Courtesy: Showtime Entertainment
 
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Bio:
Dan Klores was the producer of Paul Simon’s Broadway musical, TheCapeman, and the executive producer of Warner Bros.,’ City by the Sea, starring Robert DeNiro and Frances McDormand, The Boys of 2nd street Park marks his directorial debut.  He is the author of one bood, Roundball Culture, and his work has appeared in such publications as New York magazine, Esquire and Southern Exposure.
 
As a founding partner and CEO of Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer Euro RSCG, Ron Berger built the fastest-gorwing billion –dollar agency in the advertising world, creating award-winning campaigns for Volvo, Intel, New Balance and Evian.  Berger’s “Time to Make the Doughnuts” was picked as one of the best campaigns of the ‘80s.  Berger has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal’s Creative Leader campaign and is a featured speaker at many advertising industry seminars
 
Main Credits:
Director(s), Producer(s): Dan Klores and Ron Berger
Assoc. Producers: Liza Burnett, Rachel Carr, Maya Davenny, Kaori Kubo
Coordinating Producer: Larry Burday
Editor: Michael Levine
 
 
BROTHERS …
ON HOLY GROUND
Director: Mike Lennon
U.S.A / 2002 / 54 minutes

Bearsville 9/21, 2:30pm

 

Synopsis:
Shortly after noon on September 11th, 2001, retired FDNY firefighter and independent filmmaker Mike Lennon arrived at the site of the World Trade Center. After two hellish weeks of digging for survivors, he grabbed his camera and began filming and interviewing firemen and their families. Eleven months later, “Brothers ... on Holy Ground,” a documentary about the firemen of September 11th, was completed. It is a film that intimately reveals the hidden agony and unbridled pride that lie behind firehouse doors. This is a film that could only have been made by one of FDNY’s own.
 
Preceded by the Academy Award winning short doc  “Twin Towers
 
*This program is free for firefighters. Please show i.d at box office for ticket.
 
 
 
BUKOWSKI:
BORN INTO THIS
Director: John Dullaghan
U.S.A / 2002 / 130 minutes / color

*IN COMPETITION

Upstate 9/18, 6:45pm

 

WCC 9/20, 6:30pm

Synopsis: 
Charles Bukowski prettied up his prose and poetry for no man. He was the downtrodden character he often wrote about, and his unflinching style was brutal and honest. Dullaghan illuminates that honesty, but he also goes to lengths to reveal the fragile man underneath, one who was so in touch with born losers not just because he was one of them, but because he was able to see the beauty even in the ugliest of them.
 
Courtesy: Magnolia Pictures
 
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Bio:
John Dullaghan was born in Alameda, California, in 1962. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a BA degree in English with a focus on 20th-century American literature. He spent more than 15 years in the advertising industry, where he won numerous international awards for writing commercial and print campaigns for Apple Computer. He also worked on an IBM image film with Errol Morris. Bukowski: Born Into This is Dullaghan's first feature film. He lives in Southern California with his family.
 
Main Credits:
Director, Producer: John Dullaghan
Cinematographer: Bill Langley, Matt Mindlin, Matt Jacobson
Editor: Victor Livingston
Consulting Producer: Diane Markrow, John McCormick
Principal Cast: Charles Bukowski, Sean Penn, Barbet Schroder, Linda Lee Bukowski, Bono, John Martin
 
 
BUS 174
Director: José Padilha
Brazil / 2003 / 122 minutes

 

Tinker Street 9/19, 3:00pm

 

Upstate 9/20, 4:30pm

Synopsis:
Jose Padilha’s “Bus 174” is an intense and gripping dissection of an actual headline-grabbing event that occurred in Rio de Janeiro in 2000.  The event in question is the hijacking of a commuter bus by a desperate young man raised in one of Rio’s most oppressive slums.  His spontaneous act triggered massive news coverage, and due to the absence of any police barricades, the resulting footage is alarmingly up close and personal.  Through extensive use of this footage, along with probing ex-post-facto interviews with hostages, law enforcement officers, journalists, and friends and family of the hijacker, Padilha creates a thrilling, prismatic analysis of how one man’s personal crisis became a national news phenomenon as well as a commentary on how the media inflamed the very event it sought to document.

Produced by José Padilha, and Marcos Prado

Courtesy: THINKFilm

 
 
A CONSTRUCTIVE MADNESS
Director(s): Tom Ball, Brian Neff and Jeffrey Kipnis
U.S.A /  2003 / 63 minutes
 
U.S Premiere

Upstate 9/21, 12:00pm

 

Synopsis:
“An architectural thriller.” The film plumbs the evolution of the design of Frank Gehry’s un-built  ‘Peter Lewis House’ to delve into the extraordinary transformation of the architect’s work that occurred over the course of the project, to grasp the elusive processes the architect uses to bring imagination into reality; and to speculate on the artistic meaning and cultural significance of the design ideas springing from the Lewis House. To capture the histrionic dimensions of the film’s subject matter - an obscure architectural project spinning out of control – the film pulls out every stop and use every trick, from the baroque narration of Jeremy Irons to the comic, post-modern quotes from Hollywood films.
 
EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET: THE LIFE & WORK OF PIRI THOMAS:
Director: Jonathan Robinson
U.S.A / 2003 / 58 minutes/ color
 

 

Mountain View 9/21, 11:00am

 

Synopsis:
Set in New York’s Spanish Harlem, this film is a compelling portrait of poet Piri Thomas.  The film is structured around the poet’s emotional rites of passage, and relies on his own poetic recitations.  This is rendered in powerful fashion through sequences of his freeing hardened juvenile offenders by helping them locate their inner creative voices. Robinson integrates still photographs with moving images, historical footage with contemporary shots of street life, and voiceover narration with poetry performances. 
 
 
Preceded by “Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War"
 
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Bio:
Producer/director/writer/editor Jonathan Robinson was born in New York City in 1960. His video, Sight Unseen: A Travelogue, on India, cultural difference, and the contemporary colonial imagination, was featured at 1993 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, was honored with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's SECA Video Art Award, and named Best Experimental Video at the Image Atlanta Film & Video Festival. Robinson studied modern history at the University of California, Berkeley, and received an MFA in live-action film production from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and two daughters.
 
Main Credits:
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Editor: Jonathan Robinson
Co-Producer: Karen D. Davis, Karen McCabe, Francesca Prada, Sonia Rosario, Angel Zapata
Cinematographer: Adam Beckman, Alex Leyton, Kev Robertson
Composer: Kip Hanrahan, John Santos
Principal Cast: Eric Camacho, Carlos Santiago, Jeremy Sanchez, Piri Thomas, Steve Rosario
 
 
FOOD, NOT DRUGS
Director: Cambiz Khosravi
Woodstock / 2003 / 74 minutes

World Premiere

WCC 9/20, 12:00pm

Synopsis: 
When the Grand Union supermarket chain went bankrupt and was sold to the drug store chain CVS in late 2000, thirty stores were effected in the northeast alone. Eleven of them were located in small communities in upstate New York. One such community was the so called: “Most Famous Small Town in the World”, Woodstock.
The crisis brought about by the loss of a vital service, at first united, then divided this community. How did this “quirky” town deal with this differently than any other small town?
 
Rather than another documentary dealing with corporate incursions into rural America, this project delves into the contradictory uniqueness of this town and its denizens.
 
Preceded by   “Indian Point: Nowhere to Run
 
 
GIRLHOOD
Directed by Liz Garbus
USA/ 2002 / 82 minutes

Bearsville 9/20, 2:00pm

 

Synopsis:
 “Girlhood,” the new documentary film from Academy Award-nominated director Liz Garbus, tells two coming-of-age stories from the real America: Shanae, ten years old when she was gang-raped by five boys, responded by drinking and drugging, and then graduated to murder, with the stabbing death of a friend, at age twelve.  Megan, whose mother abandoned her to turn tricks to support her ravaging heroin addiction, ran away from ten different foster homes before being arrested for attacking another foster child with a box cutter.  Both girls ended up in the Waxter Juvenile Facility, home to Maryland's most violent juvenile offenders. It is here that their journeys really begin.
 
With unprecedented access to the system and to the complex interior lives of the protagonists, “Girlhood” follows Shanae and Megan over the next three years of their lives, as they struggle to come to terms with their crimes, their pasts, and their futures.  One of them will graduate from high school fourth in her class, having made her way through the minefield of her childhood and even greater crises to come; the other will find herself trapped by the demons of her upbringing, on the streets of East Baltimore, still searching for salvation. But both will struggle to come of age in an America in which childhood, as we would all like to imagine it, is in shorter and shorter supply. A story of mothers and daughters, crime and its consequences, and ceaseless striving in the face of inconceivable adversity, “Girlhood” is a testament to the faith and struggles of two young girls just trying to grow up.
 
Called “one of the most important films of the year” by LA Weekly, “Girlhood” won Audience Awards at both the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Nantucket Film Festival. It also won the Jury Award at the Atlanta Film Festival and will open theatrically in October of 2003.  “Girlhood” will air on TLC in 2004. 
 
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Bio:
Co-founder, with Rory Kennedy, of Moxie Firecracker, Inc., Liz Garbus achieved international acclaim with “The Farm, Angola, USA.” Made in collaboration with Jonathan Stack, “The Farm” is the result of a three-year relationship that the filmmakers fostered with Louisiana Corrections Officials and men confined at the state penitentiary. “The Farm” received an Academy Award Nomination, two Emmys, the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, first prizes from the National Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the New York Film Critics Circle, and others.  It opened theatrically in 1998 and aired on the Arts & Entertainment Network and in the UK. 
 
In addition to “Girlhood” Garbus has also recently completed directing “The Nazi Officer’s Wife,” a feature-length documentary that opened theatrically in six cities and aired on A&E .  The film tells the story of a Jew from Vienna who managed to survive the war by obtaining false papers and marrying a Nazi.
 
Other recently completed films include “The Execution of Wanda Jean,” which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and aired as part of HBO’s “America Undercover” series. It opened theatrically in New York, won the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award, and was nominated for Best Documentary  by the National Association of Minorities in Communications. Other Moxie Firecracker projects include a series for The Oxygen Network, two projects for HBO, and a special for Lifetime.
 
Garbus made her directorial debut with the Emmy Nominated “Final Judgement: The Execution of Antonio James, ” which aired on the Discovery Channel in 1996. In 1997, she directed “The Secret Life of a Serial Killer” for A&E. In 1999, she produced and directed “Juvies,” which aired on A&E , and “The Travelers,” which aired on MTV.
 
Garbus has been a guest on Rosie O’Donnell, Charlie Rose, CNN, Good Morning America, Extra!, Johnnie Cochran, NPR, and more.  Her work has been featured in many major publications and she is a frequent speaker at film-related events.
 
Main Credits
Director: Liz Garbus
Producers: Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy
Executive Producer: TLC
Cinematographer: Tony Hardmon
Editor: Mary Manhardt
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Original Music: Theodore Shapiro
 
 
GO FURTHER
Director: Ron Mann
U.S.A & Canada / 2003 / 100 minutes
 

East Coast Premiere

Upstate 9/20, 9:15pm
 


Tinker Street 9/21, 12:15pm
 

Tinker Street 9/21, 2:00pm
 

Synopsis:
“Go Further,” the new film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann, explores the idea that the single individual is the key to large-scale transformational change.
 
The film follows actor Woody Harrelson as he takes a small group of friends on a bio-fuelled bus ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. Their goal? To show the people they encounter that there are viable alternatives to our habitual, environmentally destructive behaviors.
 
The travelers include a yoga teacher, a raw food chef, a hemp activist, a junk food addict, and a college student who suspends her life to impulsively hop aboard. We see the hostility these pilgrims encounter and watch as their ideas are challenged from within and without.
 
We meet an entrepreneur who runs a paper company that does not harm trees; an organic farmer who believes Nature is his partner; and a man who teaches environmental activists to use humor as a strategic weapon. Throughout, we see Harrelson test his belief that the transformation of our planet begins with the small personal transformations that are within the grasp of each and every one of us, after which…we’ll go further.
 
Featuring Woody Harrelson, Dave Matthews, Natalie Merchant, Ken Kesey, Bob Weir, Michael Franti, Anthony Keidis, Medeski, Martin & Wood.
 
Bio:
Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann, is one of Canada's foremost documentary filmmakers. He established his international reputation while in his twenties with a series of award-winning theatrical documentaries including Imagine the Sound, featuring jazz innovators Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp, Poetry in Motion with Allen Ginsberg and Tom Waits, Comic Book Confidential with Robert Crumb, and Twist with Hank Ballard and Chubby Checker. In 1999 he received the Best Documentary genie award  for Grass a humorous and surprisingly balanced history of recreational marijuana use in the late 20th century. In addition to his films, Ron Mann has produced the ground-breaking CD-ROMs 'Poetry in Motion I' and 'Comic Book Confidential', and recently completed, 'Poetry in Motion II' and 'Painters Painting'.

 

Director/Producer: Ron Mann
Producers: Ron Mann
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Dave Mathews, Nathalie Merchant, Ken Kesey, Bob Weir, Michael Franti, Anthony Keidis, Medeski, Martin & Wood
 

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GODFATHERS AND SONS
from the Blues Series by Martin Scorcese
Director: Marc Levin
U.S.A / 2003 / 96 minutes

 

Bearsville 9/19, 9:30pm

 

Hunter 9/20, 9:00pm

 

Synopsis:
Under the guiding vision of Martin Scorsese, “The Blues” is a seven-part series of personal impressionistic films viewed through the lens of seven world-famous directors with a passion for the music. Charles Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis, Marc Levin, Richard Pearce, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders capture the essence of the blues and delve into its global influence. The series was sponsored by Volkswagen of America, and will premiere on PBS on September 28th.
 
In Marc Levin’s lively verité-driven film, “Godfathers and Sons,” hip-hop legend Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and Marshall Chess (son of Leonard Chess and heir to the Chess Records legacy) return to Chicago to explore the heyday of Chicago Blues as they unite to produce an album that attempts to bring veteran blues players together with contemporary hip-hop musicians such as Common and The Roots. Along with never-before-seen archival footage of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, there are original performances by Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, Ike Turner, and Sam Lay.
 
Says Levin, “This summer we were shooting Sam Lay and his band at the Chicago Blues Festival. They were playing Muddy Waters’ classic, ‘I Got My Mojo Workin.’ I closed my eyes and was transported back to when I was a fifteen-year-old hanging in my buddy’s basement listening to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band for the first time. My life was changed that day and thirty-five years later the music’s still shakin’ my soul. The feeling of that day in the basement is what I have set out to capture in this film.”
 
 
 
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Bio:
Marc Levin is President of Creative Affairs at Offline Entertainment Group. He has written, produced and directed many award-winning documentaries exploring the worlds of troubled youth, street gangs, the drug war, politics, prisons and the juvenile justice system. His dramatic feature, Slam, premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. A prison story about the personal journey of a talented young rapper-poet, Slam won the prestigious Camera D’Or Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
 
Among his many other awards, Levin has received the DuPont Silver Baton and a Cable ACE nomination for Best Director for CIA: America’s Secret Warriors, a three-part series for the Discovery Channel. His Home Front with Bill Moyers was honored with the DuPont Gold Baton Award. He also directed The Politics of Addiction, part of the ground-breaking five-hour series, Bill Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home, which premiered on PBS in 1997.
 
Levin won an Emmy as the producer and editor of another PBS project, the Bill Moyers special The Secret Government - The Constitution in Crisis. His Portrait of an American Zealot was recognised by the Museum of Modern Art as a work of special importance and made part of the museum’s permanent film collection.
 
He has produced and directed several gripping films for the non-fiction division of HBO including: Prisoners of the War on Drugs, nominated in 1998 for an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special and a Cable ACE for Outstanding Educational Special; Gang War: Bangin’ in Little Rock, a riveting story about southern white teens adopting gang lifestyles, which won a Cable ACE for Best Documentary Special of 1994; Mob Stories, a special on the decline of the Mafia; The Execution Machine: Texas Death Row; and Thug Life in D.C.
 
His political documentary, The Last Party, was a look at the 1992 Presidential Campaign featuring Robert Downey Jr. He also wrote and directed Blowback, which won the Silver Award for Best First Feature at the Houston Film Festival.
 
In 1994, Levin formed Offline Entertainment Group with venture capitalist David Peipers, financier/producer Henri Kessler, writer/producer Richard Stratton and bestselling author Kim Wozencraft. Levin is currently in pre-production on the feature film Brooklyn Babylon, the story of a young rasta rapper on the verge of breaking out who falls in love with a young Jewish woman chafing at the strict confines of her background.
 
 
LONG GONE
Director(s): Jack Cahill, David Eberhardt         
U.S.A / 2003 / 90 minutes  / color
 

IN COMPETITION

Mountain View 9/19, 9:00pm

 

Synopsis:
While an independence that borders on alienation may be the enforced way of life for all 21st century Americans, there is a persistent subculture for whom it is a daily goal. Long Gone, a feature-length documentary film, follows this floating population over five years through the lives of six tramps who have chosen the rails over mainstream society.  They are drifters, hobos, tramps.  And they define themselves as “the last free Americans there are.”  Traveling through America’s heartland, “Long Gone” captures this microcosm with startlingly beautiful photography, seamless storytelling, and original music by Tom Waits.
 
 
 
Bio:
Documentary photographer and filmmaker, David Eberhardt began riding freight trains in 1990.  During the ensuing ten years, he immersed himself into the rail riding subculture; hopping the freights across every state west of the Mississippi, while earning an invaluable level of trust and respect among the hobos. The recipient of a Kodak
scholarship, he attended the Minneapolis College of  Art and Design and graduated with a B.F.A. in film, photography and video His photographs from “THE HIGHLINE,” a documentary on present day hobos, can be found in museums, universities and private collections throughout the world.
 
In 1992 Jack Cahill left Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus to embark on rail riding odyssey that would span over 60,000 miles.  He forged friendships along the way with hobos whose lives he chronicled in a photo documentary project that earned a Sygma Press Photo Grant and an Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop Scholarship. His work as a freelance news videographer has appeared on CBS, NBC and CNN.
 
Main Credits:
Director(s), Producer(s). 2nd Unit photograhy: David Eberhardt, Jack Cahill
Executive Producer(s): Don Hyde, Amanda White       
Director of Photography           Greg Yolen
2nd Unit Dir. Of Photo.  Jack Cahill
Original Music: Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan
Original Music: Charlie Musselwhite
Senior Editor: Manuel Tsingaris
Editor(s): John Wolfendon, Joe Rubinstein, David Eberhardt
Co-Producer(s): Jason Briggs, Ariel Peretz, Nancy Egan, Alec Reid
 
A NORMAL LIFE
Directors: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, and Hugo Berkeley
U.S.A & Kosovo / 2003 / 65 minutes

 

Upstate 9/21, 5:15pm

 

Bearsville 9/21, 4:30pm

 

Synopsis:
For the millions of children living in areas of conflict around the world, coming of age takes on a special poignancy. Seven young ethnic Albanian Kosovars return to Pristina from refugee camps, only to find their country and lives in shambles. As the euphoria of newfound freedom gives way to a painful reality of chaos, the friends struggle to find their identities in a country that has not yet found its own.
 


Hugo & Elizabeth

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Bios:
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi wrote her undergraduate thesis at Princeton University on documentary as a tool of reconstruction in post-war Kosovo. She studied filmmaking and theory, and has directed a number of plays. Vasarhelyi gained extensive experience in the news media, covering important events such as the Hong Kong hand-over in 1997 and the 1998 World Cup for ABC's World News Tonight.
             
Hugo Berkeley wrote his undergraduate thesis at Princeton University on early innovators of cinema verité. He studied film theory at Princeton and NYU, and made several short documentary films. Berkeley has worked as a reporter for the Associated Press and as a critic for Time Out. He also has feature film experience, working for production companies in Rome and New York.
 
Main Credits:
Executive Producer: Craig McKay, Marion Lear Swaybill
Producer: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Hugo Berkeley
Cinematographer: Hugo Berkeley, Chai Vasarhelyi
Editor: Hugo Berkeley, Chai Vasarhelyi
Composer: Hunter Perrin, Rrusta (original songs)
Narrator: Chai Vasarhelyi
Principal Cast: Ylber Bajraktari, Petrit Rrusta Carrkagyiu, Linda Gusia, Garentina Tina Kraja, Kaltrina Krasniqi, Nebi Beni Qena
 
OUR HOUSE
Director: Sevan Matossian
U.S.A / 2003 / 90 minutes

East Coast Premiere

WCC 9/20, 2:15pm

 

 

Synopsis:
Laura survived sexual and physical abuse, a gender transformation, and ten years in a state hospital. Using religious experimentation and determination, she tries to defeat her tormenting handicaps. Laura’s housemate, Tim W., is haunted by a painful childhood marked by abuse and his father’s murder by his step dad. With alcoholism and severe behaviors, Tim W. drives away even the most sympathetic people in his circle of support. Tim S., the third housemate, has a criminal record and is learning the consequences of being an adult. Laura, Tim W., and Tim S. were all born with developmental disabilities and are now living outside an institution for the first time in years. “Our House,” a feature length verité documentary, explores an intimate and original view of human struggle told through three unique people. Filmed over the duration of one year by Sevan Matossian, who lives and works at their home, the documentary strings together a mosaic of humor and pain all taking place under one roof.
 
Preceded by   “Camp Summertime

Main Credits:
Director:  Sevan Matossian
Co-Director: Greg Shields
Producers: Sevan Matossian, Bessie Katerina Morris, Greg Shields     
Editors: Sevan Matossian, Bessie Katerina Morris, Greg Shields
Camera and Sound: Sevan Matossian, Bessie Katerina Morris
Additional Camera:  Greg Shields, Andy Day, Erik Brena, Chad Wennerstrom, Brooke Anderson, Shannon Bell, Stephanie Dyche, Nick Hoyle
Music: Eric Brena, Rob Mitchell
Bios:
Sevan Matossian is a first generation Armenian born in Oakland, CA. While attending college at the University of California at Santa Barbara he majored in Film Studies.  Years later, Sevan stumbled upon a Supported Living home where he decided to put his efforts into working with developmentally disabled adults. Four years afterward, he brought his camera to work and began filming his first feature length documentary, Our House.  The intimate portrait of the three residents of Our House is only possible because of the personal access afforded by Sevan’s years of working with them. 
 
 In the interim Sevan teamed with Greg Shields and produced a collection of documentaries called Whatever, The Zoo, My Name is Eric and 20 episodes of IVTV, a public access show that gained national recognition for it’s provocative documentary portrayal of a college town, Isla Vista, CA.  Sevan received international attention in 2001, by capturing the tragic events of college student, David Attias, running his car into 5 pedestrians, killing four.  (See LA Times article enclosed in press coverage section.) 
 
Sevan and Greg have produced several documentary packages about Foster Children for a multi-million dollar grant proposal and dabbled in commercial work.  A visionary and a doer, Sevan is always inventing new ways and stories to convey using the visual medium.
 
 
Greg Shields is a biology graduate from UCSB and a Napa Valley local, Greg Shields harnessed his talent in documentary by hosting IVTV, an episodic documentary show that portrays the raw culture of Isla Vista, CA. IVTV marked the first collaboration between Sevan Matossian and Greg. As the host for three years Greg massaged his interviewing skills to a level where he could illicit candid responses from even the most hard nosed or provocative questions.
Working with Sevan, Greg produced several documentary packages about Foster Children for a multi million dollar grant proposal for Foster Care. Greg and Sevan continue their experimentation with filmmaking by producing TV commercials for local businesses, and are always brainstorming on new projects.
 
As Sevan’s friend, Greg was no stranger to the house or the people featured in Our House. Greg’s many years knowing Tim S., Laura, and Tim W. contributed to the intimate access that the documentary reveals.
 
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PLAYING FOR CHANGE
Directors: Mark Johnson & Jonathan Walls
U.S.A / 2003 / 70 minutes
 

Bearsville 9/18, 9:00pm

 

 

Synopsis:
Playing for Change is a musical journey of discovery that celebrates the freedom and the lives of street musicians existing in America today.  Focusing on the three cities of Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York, “Playing for Change” captures an array of musical styles and human moments that would otherwise slip through the cracks of society.
 
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Bios:
Playing for Change is Mark Johnson’s first attempt at filmmaking.  However, Mark isn’t new to the music world.  He has recorded and mixed music for some of the most renowned musicians and producers in the music, film & television industries.  Mark has spent the last six years recording a wide diversity of musical styles.  Recently, he recorded and mixed a track for Keb’ Mo’ on the Grammy award-winning album titled, “Timeless: A Tribute to Hank Williams”. He has been involved with over 1500 recording sessions and has perfected an innovative, mobile technique for recording street musicians.
 
Playing for Change is Jonathan Wall’s first feature length movie.  However, he has been working in documentary productions since 1996 when he first directed, shot & edited his documentary thesis video titled “Preserving Life:  The Legacy Project”.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York, Jonathan studied directing at the New York Film Academy where he completed two short films. 
 
Since, Jonathan has been working on a variety of non-fiction projects being anything from a boom operator to a camera operator. Recently he has taken his talents abroad where he shot & edited a short documentary video about an Indian community in Malaysia for the National History Museum of Singapore.  After completion of this, he stayed in Asia and produced, shot, and edited a reality TV series for MTV Asia called “Its My Life”.  Here, he & his team won an award for Best Editing at the Asian TV Awards Ceremony.
 
 
POWER TRIP
Director: Paul Devlin
U.S.A & Georgia / 2003 / 85  minutes

Mountain View 9/19, 2:30pm

 

 

Synopsis:
In an environment of pervasive corruption, assassination, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity disconnections and blackouts.
 
AES Corp., the massive American “global power company,” has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the formerly communist populace that, in this new world, customers pay for their electricity.  The Georgians meanwhile, from pensioners to the Energy Minister, devise ever more clever ways to get it free.  
 
Amidst hot tempers and high drama, Lewis balances his love for the Georgian people with the hardships his company creates for them, as they struggle to build a nation from the rubble of Soviet collapse.
 
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Bio:
Paul Devlin has won awards for “Power Trip” at film festivals in Berlin, Florida, and Hot Docs in Toronto.
 
Paul Devlin is also the filmmaker of the award-winning film “SlamNation,” distributed nationally in theaters by The Cinema Guild and recently cablecast on HBO/Cinemax and Encore/Starz (www.slamnation.com).  His fiction film, “The Eyes of St. Anthony,” is distributed by Tapestry International. 
 
As a freelance video editor, Mr. Devlin has been awarded four Emmys for his work with NBC at the Olympic Games and with CBS at the Tour de France.   His extensive credits as an editor include commercials, music videos, weekly television shows and sports television including the Super Bowl, World Cup Soccer, and NCAA Basketball Championships, among others. 
 
Paul Devlin is also the Producing Editor (or Preditor) on “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme,” winner of a Special Jury Award for Documentary Filmmaking at the 2002 Florida Film Festival.
 
RESISTING PARADISE
Director: Barbara Hammer
U.S.A & France / 2003 / 80 minutes
 

 

Mountain View 9/21, 3:00pm

 


 

What are our responsibilities during a time of political crisis?
War forces people to make choices.   WWII in Southern France is the setting for this film that highlights the painters Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard along with war resisters and refugees.  They all lived or passed through Cassis and other towns along the Mediterranean Coast where light made a paradise of shimmering reflections.  What did they do in time of war?  Viewers will be challenged to look at their own choices in troubling times
 
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Barbara Hammer, born May 15, 1939, in Hollywood, California, is an internationally recognized film artist who has made over 80 films and videos and is considered a pioneer of lesbian/feminist experimental and documentary cinema. She was recently honored with a Modern Masters of Cinema Critics' Night by Frameline at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. Hammer also received the Frameline Award and The Mayor's Proclamation in Philadelphia for a lifetime contribution to lesbian cinema. She was awarded a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2001-2. Her most recent work addresses global issues in the documentaries “Devotion, a Film About Ogawa Productions” (U.S.A./Japan, 2000), and “My Babushka: Searching Ukrainian Identities” (U.S.A./Ukraine, 2001). In March of 2003, a retrospective of her work was held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.
 
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
Directors: Kim Bartley & Donnacha O’Briain
Ireland / 2003 / 74 minutes

East Coast Premiere

*IN COMPETITION

Bearsville 9/19, 1:00pm

 

 

Upstate 9/20, 6:30pm

 

 

Synopsis:
On the 11th April 2002, the world awoke to the news that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been removed from office and had been replaced by a new self-appointed “interim” government. News report after news report carried stories of the mayhem in Caracas, where 11 people had been killed in what were alleged to have been bloody street battles between Chavez supporters and an opposition march. Viewers all over the world were led to believe that Chavez had ordered the killings, and had therefore been forced to resign. What in fact took place was the first coup of the twenty first century, and probably the world’s first media coup.
 
Just over 12 months ago two Irish documentary-makers, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O Briain travelled to Venezuela to make a film about this charismatic and unorthodox world leader. They met with Chavez and secured his permission to have full access to film, what was to be, an up close and personal profile.  It turned out to be something completely different.
 
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Preceded by “Dissident: Oswaldo Payá and the Varela Project
Bios:
Kim Bartley is a freelance producer/director whose work takes her mostly to Africa and Latin America where she directs and films short documentaries for a number of international aid agencies in crisis or conflict situations. She has directed a number of travel programmes for RTE and TG4 and recently produced the historic documentary  "The Hunt for Roger Casement" which was broadcast on RTE in May 2002.
 
Donncha Ó Briain is a freelance producer/director.  His last documentary “The Seminary”, which he directed and filmed himself, was broadcast on RTE’s True Lives series in March 2001 and followed three young men training for the priesthood over a twelve month period. He has worked on productions in Russia, South East Asia and Australia. He is currently completing a film on the Irish Polar explorer Tom Crean for RTE.
 
Main Credits:
Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnacha Ó Briain
Producer: David Power
Executive Producer: Rod Stoneman
Cinematographers: Kim Bartley, Donnacha Ó Briain
Editor: Angel H. Zoido
 
SHELTER DOGS
Director: Cynthia Wade
U.S.A / 2003 / 74 minutes

 

Bearsville 9/19, 5:00pm

(added screening)
WCC 9/20, 10am

 

 

Synopsis:
Each year, almost ten million dogs end up in animal shelters. At Rondout Valley Kennels in Accord, New York, shelter owner Sue Sternberg and her staff respond to this crisis, one animal at a time. As a seemingly endless stream of homeless dogs arrives at their doorstep, Sternberg and her staff navigate a world in which there are no simple solutions, and decisions are often life and death.  The ethical dilemma the staff faces is deeply troubling: For the dogs that don’t find homes, is it more humane to sentence them to life in a chain-link cage?  Or is it more humane to euthanize them?
 
Visually stunning and highly compelling, this award-winning documentary provides a fresh, provocative look at the complex, morally ambiguous world of animal sheltering. With its breathtaking cinematography of the Catskill region, deeply intimate footage, and a gripping exploration of real world ethical choices, both dog lovers and the general public are certain to be moved by this film. 
 
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Preceded by “Beauty School,” and "Cat Dance."
Bio:
Cynthia Wade was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. Her directing credits include “Shelter Dogs” (HBO); “Grist For The Mill” (Cinemax); “Almost Home” (Fanlight Productions), as well as videos for dozens of corporate and non-profit clients. She was principal camera for the 2003 Academy Award nominated documentary “The Collector of Bedford Street”.  Her camerawork has appeared on PBS, A&E, Discovery, MTV, Oxygen, TNT, The History Channel, and Cinemax.  She teaches Directing the Documentary classes at Film/Video Arts in Manhattan.  Wade earned a BA cum laude from Smith College and an MA in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.
 
Main Credits:
Director: Cynthia Wade
Producer: Heidi Reinberg
Co-Producer: Matthew Syrett
Associate Producer: Susan Berry
Director of Photography: Cynthia Wade
Original Score: Mark Suozzo
Editor: Geof Bartz
Featuring: Sue Sternberg of Rondout Valley Kennels in Accord NY.
 
SUNSET STORY
Director: Laura Gabbert  
USA / 2003 / 77 minutes

 


Irja Lloyd (L) and Lucille Alpert (R), photo by Annie Gabbert

Tinker Street Cinema, Saturday, 9/20, 10:00am

 

Synopsis:
"Sunset Story" is a funny and intimate documentary drama that will make you think differently about growing old. Set against the backdrop of a retirement home for political progressives, the film goes inside the world of two women, Irja (81) and Lucille (95), whose feisty engagement with life draws them together inextricably.

In a society in which the elderly are isolated and discarded as "unpleasant" reminders of the aging process, Irja and Lucille surprise us with their vitality and their quest for meaning and connection. "sunset Story: allows us to laugh with, and at quirky elderly characters; it takes us into a world we never thought relevant and ends up hitting home with unexpected urgency and emotion.

“A pitch perfect paean to friends…..Sunset Story has such an abundance of courage and wisdom, and plenty of warmth and humor, that it lingers in the heart long after it’s over.” -- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"A Terrific film. Tremendously moving." 
 --Henry Sheehan, NPR, Film Week

An ITVS feature documentary

Bio:
While in graduate school at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, Laura Gabbert produced and directed the hour-long documentary, "The Healers of Parnassus". "Healres"aired on PBS, was distributed worldwide by Films Transit and won a 1997 National Educational Media Silver Apple Award. Laura also associate produced the ITVS feature "Tarantella," starring Mira Sorvino. She produced the feature-length film, "Gettin to Know You" (1999 Sundance and Venice Film Festivals), which premiered at the Film Forum in 2000 and had a limited theatrical run.  Most recently she directed and produced "Sunset Story,", an ITVS funded documentary, which won a Special Jury Award at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2003 IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival, and will air on PBS in 2004. Laura is currently co-writing and producing a second Joyce Carol Oates adaptation, "Love My Way," and producing "Shinese Baby," a feature film by Mollie Jones.

 
Main Credits:
Director/Producer: Laura Gabbert                                  
Producer: Caroline Libresco                
Co-Producer: Eden Wurmfeld                    
Editor: William Haugse                    
Cinematographer: Shana Hagan                       
Composer: Peter Golub  
 
THIS SO CALLED DISASTER
Director: Michael Almereyda
U.S.A / 2003 / 89 minutes

 

Bearsville 9/21, 12:00pm

 

 

Synopsis:
After appearing in Michael Almereyda’s film of “Hamlet” (in which he played the ghost), Sam Shepard invited the filmmaker to document the staging of his most recent play, “The Late Henry Moss,” when it premiered in San Francisco in the fall of 2000. 
 
Almereyda and a small crew were given access to rehearsals and preview performances leading into opening night, and the project evolved into something more intimate and multi-layered than a straight record of the play. 
 
Employing a deceptively relaxed, collage-like style, Almereyda combines interviews with Shepard, his actors and key collaborators (including composer T Bone Burnett and lighting designer Anne Militello) with rehearsal footage, tabled readings of the play, and glimpses of backstage preparation. 
 
Along the way, Shepard’s singular career, as playwright and director, is given a concise review, illustrated with rare and unpublished photographs.  Also, Shepard recounts his tempestuous relationship with his father, whose death in 1984 triggered the writing of the play.  (“This So-Called Disaster”—a title wryly provided by the playwright himself—refers not to the production at hand but to Shepard’s troubled family history.)
 
Betrayal, loss, the puzzle of identity, the love and treachery possible between siblings, parents and children—these familiar Shepard themes are all on view in “The Late Henry Moss,” served up with dark humor and glimpsed in flashes throughout the film.
 
The resulting documentary is a remarkable group portrait – a vivid look at masterful performers working their way through a process of creative discovery.
 

 

Main Credits:
Director: Michael Almereyda
Producer: IFC Productions, Caroline Kaplan, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Keep Your Head Productions,
Anthony G. Katagas, Callum Greene, Holly Becker
Sales: Cinetic Media
Camera: Amber Lasciak, Andy Black, Adam Keker, Michael McDonnough
Editor:  Kate Williams
Cast: T Bone Burnett, James Gammon, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, Anne Militello,
Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard, Sheila Tousey

Courtesy: IFC Films

Bio:
Michael Almereyda’s first short film, “A Hero Of Our Time” (1987), was distilled from a chapter of Michail Lermontov’s classic 19th century novel of the same title.  The resulting “western/film noir” played at the Sundance Film Festival and screened throughout the U.S. as part of a Dennis Hopper retrospective organized by the Walker Arts Center.
 
Almereyda’s first feature, “Twister” (1989), was a low-key screwball comedy based on Mary Robison’s novel “Oh!” and set in Almereyda’s native Kansas.  The cast included Harry Dean Stanton, Suzy Amis, Crispin Glover, William Burroughs, Dylan McDermot and Lois Chiles.  Although the film’s distribution was inhibited by the collapse of Vestron Pictures, “Twister” was named on a handful of Ten Best lists the year of its release, and nominated for an IFP Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
 
In 1992, unable to fund films by conventional means, Almereyda discovered an aesthetic goldmine in a defunct Fisher Price toy, the Pixel 2000 video camera.  Almereyda’s work in this medium constitutes a benchmark for what can be achieved in “no-budget” cinema.
 
Transferred to 16mm, “Another Girl Another Planet” (56 minutes, 1992) screened at film festivals throughout the world, was awarded a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and cited by the National Society of Film Critics for “expanding the possibilities of experimental film.”  Writing in the Village Voice, Amy Taubin called it “the best downtown love story since ‘Stranger Than Paradise.’”
 
“Aliens” (13 minutes, 1993) was screened in a traveling program initiated by London’s Institute of Contemporary Art and will be featured in the “Bigger Than Life” program at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  “The Rocking Horse Winner” (from the story by D.H. Lawrence; 23 minutes, 1997) was named “Best Short Film” at the Hampton’s International Film Festival and screened in the New York Film Festival, Sundance, Toronto, London, Hong Kong and many others.
 
In 1994, Almereyda wrote and directed “Nadja,” a comic vampire film shot in black-and-white.  The cast included Elina Lowensohn, Peter Fonda, Suzy Amis, Martin Donovan and Jared Harris.  David Lynch financed the film and made a cameo appearance.  “Nadja” was nominated for three IFP Spirit Awards for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography.
 
In 1995, Almereyda co-directed a documentary with Amy Hobby, “At Sundance,” a group portrait of filmmakers offering thoughts and theories about the future of movies.  Featured directors included Robert Redford, Richard Linklater, Atom Egoyan, Todd Haynes, Abel Ferrara, Danny Boyle and Lee Tamahori.  “At Sundance” toured the festival circuit and screened on the Independent Film Channel. 
 
In 2000, Almereyda directed a modern re-telling of “Hamlet” starring Ethan Hawke, Sam Shepard, Kyle MacLachlan, Liev Schrieber, Bill Murray and Julia Stiles.  The film was distributed by Miramax and named on many Ten Best lists the year of its release.  More recently, Almereyda wrote and directed  “Happy Here and Now,” set in New Orleans and starring David Arquette, Clarence Williams III, Karl Geary, Lianne Balaban, Shalom Harlow, Gloria Rueben and Ally Sheedy.  The film was screened in the Toronto and Rotterdam Film Festivals, featured in the Film Comment Selects series at Lincoln Center, and awarded a jury prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival
 
 
TOM DOWD & THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC 
Director: Mark Moormann
U.S.A / 2003 / 90 minutes

*IN COMPETITION

Bearsville Theater, 9/20, 9:00pm

 

Synopsis:
“Tom Dowd & the Language Of Music”  profiles the life and work of a man whose personal history reflects the evolution of modern music and recording technology. Interviews with icons of the recording industry tell the story of this unsung hero, while historical footage, photographs, and classic music tracks expose the audience to the world of the recording studio. It is here that the master of his craft, Tom Dowd, recounts the recording sessions and technical achievements that altered the course of contemporary music.  Includes appearances by Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Les Paul, Aretha Franklin,  Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Phil Ramone, Arif Mardin, Mike Stoller, Al Schmitt, and more.
 

Courtesy: Palm Pictures

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Bio:
Mark Moormann is a Miami-based filmmaker with extensive cinematography and directing credits on documentaries, music videos, commercials, and interactive media. He was director of photography and editor of the independent documentaries “Once Upon A Time On South Beach,” “Hidden Rivers of the Maya,” and “Moonlighting In Haiti.” His mobile, low profile cinematographic style brings a unique visual signature to the screen.
 
Moormann’s credits also include film shoots in the recording studio with Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Michael Jackson, as well as collaborations with directors such as Spike Lee and Gus Van Sant. A graduate of the Florida State University in Tallahassee, he has won several grants and fellowships for his work in the region. Moormann co-wrote the screenplay “Lakeside Story” and is currently developing his next documentary feature project.
 
Main Credits:
Director: Mark Moormann
Producers: Scott L. Gordon, Mark Hunt
Executive Producers: Juan Carlos Lopez
Associate Producers: James Kirk, Wendy Perkins, Lawrence Saichek
Director of Photography: Patrick Longman
Editor: Tino Wohlwend, Mark Moormann
Principal Cast (Appearances by): Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Les Paul, Aretha Franklin, Joe Bonamassa, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Phil Ramone, Arif Mardin, Mike Stoller, Al Schmitt, and more.

 

 
 
VALLEY OF TEARS
Director: Hart Perry
USA / 2003 / 77 minutes
 
East Coast Premiere

WCC 9/21, 5:15

 

Synopsis:
"Valley of Tears" begins in 1979 with a farm strike in South Texas. When pistols were flourished and strike leaders arrested, migrant worker Juanita Valdez recalls: "We realized for the first time Mexican-Americans had rights, that we were the majority....that we were Americans." It took over 20 years to document this dream come true.
 

Courtesy: Seventh Art Releasing

 

Director's Bio: During the last 30 years working as a filmmaker, Hart Perry has carved out three distinct reputations: social and music documentarian, cameraman, and artist. In 1969, he was the youngest cameraman at the legendary Woodstock music festival and in 1970 he directed his first music video for Alice Cooper. In 1977, he shot the Academy Award-winning "Harlan County: USA" with Barbara Kopple, and in the 80s shot Kopple's "American Dream," which also won an Academy Award. In 1992 ,he teamed up with Jonathan Demme to make "Haiti:Killing the Dream," a film about the rise and deposing of peoples' hero, Jean-Claude Aristide.

Main Credits:
Director, Producers, Director of Photography: Hart Perry
Screenwriter: Juan Gonzales
Music: Maria Guardiana, Estavio Jordan, Phil Marsh
 
WOODSTOCK…CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE
Director: David McDonald
Woodstock / 2003 / TBD

World Premiere

 

WCC 9/20, 9:30pm
 

 
Woodstock. A town whose name is synonymous with an entire lifestyle, and considered by many to be the most famous small town in the world.
 
What most people don’t know, however, is that the reality of Woodstock is far more interesting than the myth. Since the beginning of the 1900s, the town had served as a testing ground for ideas later thought to be synonymous with the  ‘60s, from communes to arts colonies to outdoor festivals to alternative lifestyles.
 
“Woodstock…Can’t Get There From Here” may be the first portrait ever of an entire town as spoken by the people who lived its history. By turns powerful, witty and poignant, it is an experience you will never forget.
 
 
 
 
*Schedule is subject to change

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