May 30, 2001
|American Cinematheque Presents...
Two Short Programs:
"The Pleasure of the Gifted Short"
"Film Festival Orgy: Preludes"
screening are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922
Graumans Hollywood Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las
Palmas) in Hollywood.
Tickets available 30 days in advance.
SCHEDULE (by series)
SCHEDULE (by date)
THE PLEASURE OF THE GIFTED SHORT FILM at 7:00 PM, followed by FILM FESTIVAL ORGY at 9:30 PM. These two programs are unrelated and separate admission will be charged. The order of films may change slightly from the order listed below.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2001 - 7:00 PMTHE PLEASURE OF THE GIFTED SHORT FILM (89 mins. total) includes 6 films which are an eclectic mix of drama, comedy and documentary.
Shari Roman and Sophie Fienness "Lars From 1-10" (10 min.) A humorous and non-traditional look at one of the worlds more interesting and controversial directors, Lars Von Trier. Shot pre-DANCER IN THE DARK, this short gives insights into the working habits and mind of this creative, neurotic talent. Andrew Lancasters "In Search of Mike" (8 min.) A major hit at Sundance, where it preceded HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH. Taken from the directors (and star) popular one-man show in Australia, we find a funny, but dark look at a mans conflicted relationship with his mother. Chris Iovenkos "Remember This" (18 min.) A cautionary tale of addiction and renewal. Madelyn Buzzard and her surreal struggle to quit smoking will stay with you long after the lights come up. David Kartchs award-winning "Zen and the Art of Landscaping" (17 min.) Perception, deception and revenge rule in this hilarious look at the escalating emotions of wounding words and revelations within an upper middle-class American family. Jeff Taupiers "Big Wheel" (12 min.) Set in the 70s as Nixon resigned, this poignant tale of a little boy, who, alternately tries to take care of & escape his troubled home life. Mitchell Levines "Shadows" (24 min.) A powerful, gripping drama set in the Nazi death camps in WW II. A young man chooses evil and the resulting consequences of that decision.
Discussion to follow with filmmakers Shari Roman, Chris Iovenko, Jeff Taupier & Mitchell Levine.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2001 - 9:30 PM
FILM FESTIVAL ORGY: PRELUDES (58 mins. total) takes a look at 10 short films, made by top Canadian directors, that were commissioned for the 25th Anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival. Plus, the six official 2001 Sundance Film Festival trailers, made by filmmaker Erik Deutschmann, presented here with their original sound design.
Each film is described in the filmmakers own words. Kicking it off is Atom Egoyans (THE SWEET HEREAFTER, EXOTICA) "The Line." "This is a film dedicated to all the conversations Ive ever had, heard or overheard, while waiting to get into a film or party at a film festival." Patricia Rozemas (MANSFIELD PARK) "This Might Be Good." "A festival is a concentration of hope, audiences hungering for something startlingly new, famously familiar, or just plain good." Don McKellars (LAST NIGHT) "A Word From The Management." "Over the years, in my various Festival guises I have found myself both moved and inspired, and sometimes slightly scared by the boundless enthusiasm of Festival patrons." Jean Pierre Lefebvres (WILD FLOWERS) "See You In Toronto." "I try to film with tenderness the irony of lifes current, so that it does not carry me away completely." David Cronenbergs (CRASH, NAKED LUNCH, VIDEODROME) "Camera." "I dreamed I was in a cinema watching a movie with an audience, and suddenly I realized I was aging rapidly, growing horribly old as I sat there, and it was the movie that was doing it." Anne Wheelers (BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE) "Legs Apart." "When one has ones legs apart, one is open to the best and the worst that life has to offer, not unlike being an artist, filmmaker or otherwise." Jeremy Podeswas (THE FIVE SENSES) "24fps." "The magical illusions of film are created as a result of the simple effect of moving still images through a projector at the rate of 24 frames per second." Michael Snows "Prelude." "I am interested in exploring sound-image relations that are structural and have little or nothing to do with reinforcing narrative." Guy Maddins (TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS, TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL) award-winning "The Heart Of The World." "Im sorry! Ive abused this Prelude; turned it into a soapbox for my tireless campaign to redeem Melodrama." Following PRELUDES are Erik Deutschmans six trailers (6 min.) for the 2001 Sundance Film Festival presented with their original sound design. Mr. Deutchman will briefly introduce this program.
THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.