May 30, 2001

American Cinematheque Presents...

Two Short Programs:

"The Pleasure of the Gifted Short"

"Film Festival Orgy: Preludes"

All screening are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Grauman’s 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 PM

THE 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 Fiennes’s "Lars From 1-10" (10 min.) A humorous and non-traditional look at one of the world’s 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 Lancaster’s "In Search of Mike" (8 min.) A major hit at Sundance, where it preceded HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH. Taken from the director’s (and star) popular one-man show in Australia, we find a funny, but dark look at a man’s conflicted relationship with his mother. Chris Iovenko’s "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 Kartch’s 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 Taupier’s "Big Wheel" (12 min.) Set in the 70’s as Nixon resigned, this poignant tale of a little boy, who, alternately tries to take care of & escape his troubled home life. Mitchell Levine’s "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 filmmaker’s own words. Kicking it off is Atom Egoyan’s (THE SWEET HEREAFTER, EXOTICA) "The Line." "This is a film dedicated to all the conversations I’ve ever had, heard or overheard, while waiting to get into a film or party at a film festival." Patricia Rozema’s (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 McKellar’s (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 Lefebvre’s (WILD FLOWERS) "See You In Toronto." "I try to film with tenderness the irony of life’s current, so that it does not carry me away completely." David Cronenberg’s (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 Wheeler’s (BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE) "Legs Apart." "When one has one’s 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 Podeswa’s (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 Snow’s "Prelude." "I am interested in exploring sound-image relations that are structural and have little or nothing to do with reinforcing narrative." Guy Maddin’s (TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS, TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL) award-winning "The Heart Of The World." "I’m sorry! I’ve abused this Prelude; turned it into a soapbox for my tireless campaign to redeem Melodrama." Following PRELUDES are Erik Deutschman’s six trailers (6 min.) for the 2001 Sundance Film Festival presented with their original sound design. Mr. Deutchman will briefly introduce this program.