Tuesday, February 6, 2018




March 6 – 11
The NYC Feminist Film Week presents its second annual film program committed to increasing the visibility of women and all trans and gender non-conforming filmmakers. The festival aims to foster critical dialogue among filmmakers and the general public, using queer/trans/feminist approaches to interrogate cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, race, class, age, and dis/ability.

Organized around the ongoing theme of feminist film genealogies, the series asks the following questions: What might a genealogy of feminist film look like in its ethics and aesthetics? How do feminist film practices function as forms of political and critical intervention? What strategies do they employ to unsettle and dismantle racism, heterosexism, transphobia, classism, and stigmas around sexuality, illness, and dis/ability? And how do feminist film and media practitioners articulate queer, trans, POC, working class, immigrant, dis/abled, and other marginalized experiences and identities?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

SUNDANCE ALERT: Steve James is America's best living Documentary filmmaker and just nominated for an Oscar (AbacusSmall Enough to Jail). Lauren.Greenfield is an award-winning photo-journalist and provocative award-winning documentary filmmaker (The Queen of Versailles ) premiering her new doc Generation of Wealth..moderated by Carolyn Libresco Sundance Senior Programmer... this is special! (may start at 10:42)

Note: At Sundance, it was announced after its world premiere screening That the  10-part docuseries America to Me from the 'Hoop Dreams' director Steve James and Participant Media  Liongate'sStarz premium cable network had picked up the unscripted 10-part docuseries America to Me, from Hoop Dreams director Steve James

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SUNDANCE 2018 Cinema Cafe chat betw/ NY Times contributing writer Logan Hill, DIrector Gus Van Sant, Danny Elfen re GVS new film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

I loved the new GUS VAN SANT film, DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT which features JOAQUIN PHOENIX, JONAH HILL, ROONEY MARA and JACK BLACK . It is a story of a major fu*k-up, reality check, self-discovery, recovery, love, and redemption beautifully realized and acted. I made time for this NYTIMES sponsord chat between times contributor Loga Hill Gus Van Sant, and composer Danny Elfman chat .... NOTE STARTS 9:20 ...MOVE TO THAT POINT

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot - Official Trailer (2018) Joaquin ...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 | Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences + Octavia Spenser, Steve James, Yancy Ford, Sufjan Stevens r

Here they is the OFFICAL announcement of who is in the running for the Academy Awards for the best work in film in 2017.  click on link 

2018 | Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

I will reserve my reaction to another post. But I will say  I am so thrilled abiut a few of the nominations that Octavia Spencer has been nominated again.  She fills any screen frame she appears in with such an authenticity of an actual human being regardless of the character she is playing 

two of my favorite docs are in contention: both were at Sundance 2017

And look who is nominated for the best original song!  swoon!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

TOMMY KEENE gone but not forgotten.. A Musican's musican...

Tommy Keene master pop indie rocker and song craftsmen.. and my friend has passed in his sleep.

 He was as good a guitar player on the indie rock scene as anyone,  Please visit his song catalog .. in the usual places.  Now I can say what he wanted to keep quiet ... and I did. Tommy was gay,  Most people did not know and those in the industry kept it a secret. Why you ask in 2017?  Well, homophobia killed Darby Crash, keep the Screamers w/ Tomato DuPlenty from being signed by a major, isolated Sister Double Happiness. The closet nearly killed Mark Eitzel, and I could go on but stop here. It's just the same fear that closet that is just the  tip of the iceberg

Tommy was one of the kindest and sweetest indie rockers I ever met. His discipline and craftsmanship at songwriting is manifest on albums and cds. I am speechless at the moment to properly give him his due/

Tommy Keene was a musician that his peers resed and loved.

Tommy and Peter Holsapple  two friends and master song crafters

Last saw him play in Brooklyn with Ivan Julien at Union.Hall a few months back.

We chatted after, He showed me pictures of his dog. Was glad to hear that he and a lover visited Steve Fallon (Maxwell's) in Rehobeth Beach,,,,,,, tick tock...make sure you tell the ones you are pissed at the moment that you also love them .(the lesson AIDS taught me) .. so when suddenly they are gone you send them on their Bardo journey wrapped in love  To all who Tommy loved, speak up please. It's OK now

Loved you Tommy , my gay rocker brother.

here is a live video form the final tour .. a taste .. not perfec but now a memory to be cherrished

And here a goodbye song for us left stunned by the news This song by Carmaig De Forest speaks for me
Bad Things Happen Carmaig De Forest