FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 30, 2001

Contact: Margot Gerber

Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115

E-mail: amcin@msn.com

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS A DOUBLE SHORTS PROGRAM:

"THE PLEASURE OF THE GIFTED SHORT FILM" AND "FILM FESTIVAL ORGY"

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2001

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents a double shorts program on Wednesday, May 30, 2001, beginning with 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 PLEASURE OF THE GIFTED SHORT FILM includes 6 films which are an eclectic mix of drama, comedy and documentary. FILM FESTIVAL ORGY: PRELUDES 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. The order of films may change slightly from the order listed below. 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.

THE PLEASURE OF THE GIFTED SHORT FILM (89 min.): Wednesday, May 30, 2001 @ 7:00 PM

THE PLEASURE OF THE GIFTED SHORT FILM begins with 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.

 

 

FILM FESTIVAL ORGY (64 min.): Wednesday, May 30, 2001 @ 9:30 PM

FILM FESTIVAL ORGY begins with PRELUDES, 10 Canadian shorts commissioned for the 25th Anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival (58 min.). 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.

 

DIGITAL IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE. SEND A REQUEST VIA E-MAIL TO publicity@americancinematheque.com

 

 

 

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

 

ALL OF THE FILMS ARE AVAILABLE TO PRESS SCREEN ON VIDEO TAPE, IN OUR OFFICE. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE VIDEOTAPES IN OUR OFFICE PLEASE CALL MARGOT GERBER AT 323.461.2020, ext. 115 OR SUSAN STAHMAN AT ext. 116. THANK YOU.

 

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST. YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE.

 

If you would like to receive press screening notices and press releases by e-mail, please e-mail publicity@americancinematheque.com and you will be added to our e-mail list.

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

 

Please note that our ticket prices increased as of Feb. 15, 2001. New Prices: $8 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $7 Seniors (65+ years) and students with

valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase.

 

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

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