Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Memories of A VERY NATURAL THING 1974 the first "Gay" feature to be review by the NY Times and of my lover Robert McLane

Look what George Carter found: Ah George ......A VERY NATURAL THING was the first "gay"'movie to be review by the New York Times. Before that they considered all gay films phornography. Robert McLane was one of the two leads. He played the teacher. He was my lover  in the early 70's . We met in the Metropolitan Museum which was a place to find boys friends for a day or a life back then. He lived on 52nd Street between 3rd and 2nd Ave and I lived in a loft at 26 Bond Street (AIR)  

At one point we moved to LA .. living first at the legendary Fontenoy (full of blacklisted actors ) and later moved to one of those glass apartments on the Yamashiro Hill .. our basset hound was named Sebastian ... this brings back lots of memories  some nice ...and some not . Before Robert died in 92 , his lover contacted me and I went to him, It was so important we bring closure to some open issues between us. We did and I was so grateful to him for wanting us to do this . A lesson AIDS taught most of us. Watching the film brought many tears: .good ones for how brave we all were back them and sad ones for all we lost .. I loved him and a part of me still does .. you know no matter what happens somewhere in all our hearts the people we love ..or loved ..remain .

Please watch .. and remember it is a breakthrough film 

A poignant romantic drama examines the life of gay 26 year old, ex-monk, school teacher living in Manhattan. When he meets a man at a gay bar,…

Saturday, December 26, 2015

HAVE YOU SEEN Laurie Anderson' Heart of a Dog? Please see it on a large scree with other o

Have you seen my neighbor :aurie anderson's HEART OF A DOG?  If not I suggest you see in a theater with other people breathing is a dark room .. rather in your own room alone. Beauty is just one of the gifts this documentary gives us ... Anderson is touring art spaces currently showing and talking about Butter .. the butterboy... and yes the film is short listed for an Oscar this year.. Will it make the final 5 ? Hope so

Heart of a Dog in times Square

Monday, December 7, 2015

LOOKS LIKE THE BEST SUNDANCE IN YEARS !. wow! check out this announcement of films .. Book air and hotel now ,, and remenber you also can go slope crazy and ski ski ski

WOW just got the final line up of films that will join the narrative and documentary competition films .. and I am flipping out with excitement !   ... WOW if you love movies .. there is no better film festival in my view in the world .. then check out this   I have already a few favorites and will share with you my thoughts soon .... but right now KUDOS to Executive DIrector John Cooper and Chief programer Trevor Groth for an exciting line up I have booked my ticket and confirmed my staying with my friends,   a  family who actually live in Park CIty all year round! Oh Boy and I so excited by this lineup .. and yes Ira Sachs has yet a new film ...

Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events: Bright Stars, New Stories and Fest Favorites Round Out Robust Festival Program
(L-R) 11.22.63, Credit: Alex Dukay; Sundance Film Festival, Credit: Jemal Countess; Eagle Huntress, Credit: Asher Svidensky.
Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today completed its feature film lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with the highly anticipated narratives, documentaries, episodic work and events in the Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections. The Festival takes place January 21-31in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah. Among the films that have premiered in these sections in recent years are BoyhoodBrooklynTwenty Feet from StardomLife ItselfThe End of the TourMistress AmericaFrankGoing Clear: Scientology and the Prison of BeliefShaun the Sheep and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Sundance Film Festival is truly a place for discovery. We have seen an increase in younger audiences in recent years, showing that the next generation of independent film fans is culturally adventurous and drawn to the diverse lineup we offer each year.”

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Many of our selections this year reveal that what resides at the core of captivating stories are fascinating, and at times heroic, characters. In shining light on these people, independent filmmakers are doing what they've always done best: connecting the dots of human existence with a deeply charged emotional current.”

In addition to those announced today, selections for the U.S. and World Competitions, NEXT, Midnight and New Frontier sections have been announced. An announcement of the Short Film program is forthcoming. For a full list of films announced to date, visit

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Agnus Dei / France, Poland (Director: Anne Fontaine, Screenwriters: Sabrina N. Karine, Alice Vial, Pascal Bonitzer) — 1945 Poland: Mathilde, a young French doctor, is on a mission to help World War II survivors. When a nun seeks her assistance in helping several pregnant nuns in hiding, who are unable to reconcile their faith with their pregnancies, Mathilde becomes their only hope. Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig, Katarzyna Dabrowska. World Premiere

Ali & Nino / United Kingdom (Director: Asif Kapadia, Screenwriter: Christopher Hampton) — Muslim prince Ali and Georgian aristocrat Nino have grown up in the Russian province of Azerbaijan. Their tragic love story sees the outbreak of the First World War and the world’s struggle for Baku’s oil. Ultimately they must choose to fight for their country's independence or for each other. Cast: Adam Bakri, Maria Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Connie Nielsen, Riccardo Scamarcio, Homayoun Ershadi. World Premiere

Captain Fantastic / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Matt Ross) — Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and re-enter society, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd. World Premiere

Certain Women / U.S.A. (Director: Kelly Reichardt, Screenwriter: Kelly Reichardt based on stories by Maile Meloy) — The lives of three woman intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. Cast: Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, James Le Gros, Jared Harris, Lily Gladstone. World Premiere

Complete Unknown / U.S.A. (Director: Joshua Marston, Screenwriters: Joshua Marston, Julian Sheppard) — When Tom and his wife host a dinner party to celebrate his birthday, one of their friends brings a date named Alice. Tom is convinced he knows her, but she’s going by a different name and a different biography—and she’s not acknowledging that she knows him. Cast: Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover. World Premiere

Frank & Lola / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Matthew Ross) — A psychosexual noir love story—set in Las Vegas and Paris—about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption. Cast: Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Emmanuelle Devos, Rosanna Arquette. World Premiere

The Fundamentals of Caring / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Rob Burnett) — Having suffered a tragedy, Ben becomes a caregiver to earn money. His first client, Trevor, is a hilarious 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor hit the road, finding hope, friendship, and Dot in this funny and touching inspirational tale. Cast: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson, Frederick WellerWorld Premiere. CLOSING NIGHT FILM

The Hollars / U.S.A. (Director: John Krasinski, Screenwriter: Jim Strouse) — Aspiring New York City artist John Hollar returns to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother's brain surgery. Joined by his girlfriend, eight months pregnant with their first child, John is forced to navigate the crazy world he left behind. Cast: John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day. World Premiere

Hunt for the Wilderpeople / New Zealand (Director and screenwriter: Taika Waititi) — Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this heartwarming adventure comedy. Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley. World Premiere

Indignation / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: James Schamus) — It’s 1951, and among the new arrivals at Winesburg College in Ohio are the son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey and the beautiful, brilliant daughter of a prominent alum. For a brief moment, their lives converge in this emotionally soaring film based on the novel by Philip Roth. Cast: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Danny Burstein, Ben RosenfieldWorld Premiere

Little Men / U.S.A. (Director: Ira Sachs, Screenwriter: Mauricio Zacharias) — When 13-year-old Jake's grandfather dies, his family moves back into their old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends Tony, whose single Chilean mother runs the shop downstairs. As their friendship deepens, however, their families are driven apart by a battle over rent, and the boys respond with a vow of silence. Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri. World Premiere

Love & Friendship / Ireland, France, Netherlands (Director and screenwriter: Whit Stillman) — From Jane Austen's novella, the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors of her dalliances and to find husbands for herself and her daughter. Two young men, handsome Reginald DeCourcy and wealthy Sir James Martin, severely complicate her plans.Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Tom Bennett, Stephen Fry. World Premiere

Manchester by the Sea / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan) — After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler. World Premiere

Mr. Pig / Mexico (Director: Diego Luna, Screenwriters: Augusto Mendoza, Diego Luna) — On a mission to sell his last remaining prize hog and reunite with old friends, an aging farmer abandons his foreclosed farm and journeys to Mexico. After smuggling in the hog, his estranged daughter shows up, forcing them to face their past and embark on an adventurous road trip together. Cast: Danny Glover, Maya Rudolph, José María Yazpik, Joel Murray, Angélica Aragón, Gabriela Araujo. World Premiere

Sing Street / Ireland (Director and screenwriter: John Carney) — A boy growing up in Dublin during the '80s escapes his strained family life and tough new school by starting a band to win the heart of a beautiful and mysterious girl. Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Mark McKenna. World Premiere 

Sophie and the Rising Sun / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Maggie Greenwald) — In a small Southern town in the autumn of 1941, Sophie's lonely life is transformed when an Asian man arrives under mysterious circumstances. Their love affair becomes the lightning rod for long-buried conflicts that erupt in bigotry and violence with the outbreak of World War ll. Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi, Diane Ladd, Joel Murray. World Premiere. SALT LAKE CITY GALA FILM

Wiener-Dog / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Todd Solondz) — This film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy. Cast: Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Delpy, Zosia Mamet. World Premiere 

Renowned filmmakers and films about far-reaching subjects comprise this section highlighting our ongoing commitment to documentaries.

Eat That Question—Frank Zappa in His Own Words / France, Germany (Director: Thorsten Schütte) — This entertaining encounter with the premier of sonic avant-garde is acidic, fun-poking, and full of rich and rare archival footage. This documentary bashes favorite Zappa targets and dashes a few myths about the man himself. World Premiere 

Film Hawk / U.S.A. (Directors: JJ Garvine, Tai Parquet) — Trace Bob Hawk's early years as the young gay child of a Methodist minister to his current career as a consultant on some of the most influential independent films of our time. World Premiere

LO AND BEHOLD, Reveries of the Connected World / U.S.A. (Director: Werner Herzog) — Does the internet dream of itself? Explore the horizons of the connected world. World Premiere 

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures / U.S.A. (Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato) — This examination of Robert Mapplethorpe's outrageous life is led by the artist himself, speaking with brutal honesty in a series of rediscovered interviews about his passions. Intimate revelations from friends, family, and lovers shed new light on this scandalous artist who ignited a culture war that still rages on. World Premiere 

Maya Angelou And Still I Rise / U.S.A. (Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack) — The remarkable story of Maya Angelou — iconic writer, poet, actress and activist whose life has intersected some of the most profound moments in recent American history. World Premiere 

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall / U.S.A. (Director: Spike Lee) — Catapulted by the success of his first major solo project, Off the Wall, Michael Jackson went from child star to King of Pop. This film explores the seminal album, with rare archival footage and interviews from those who were there and those whose lives its success and legacy impacted. World Premiere 

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You / U.S.A. (Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady) — How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? Norman Lear brought provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week. He proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism: laughter. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM

Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper / U.S.A. (Director: Liz Garbus) — Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper each tell the story of their past and present, their loves and losses, and reveal how some family stories have the tendency to repeat themselves in the most unexpected ways. World Premiere

Resilience / U.S.A. (Director: James Redford) — This film chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators, and communities using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction, and disease. These professionals help break the cycles of adversity by daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse, and neglect. World Premiere

Richard Linklater—dream is destiny / U.S.A. (Directors: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein) — This is an unconventional look at a fiercely independent style of filmmaking that arose in the 1990s from Austin, Texas, outside the studio system. The film blends rare archival footage with journals, exclusive interviews with Linklater on and off set, and clips from Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, and more.World Premiere 

Under the Gun / U.S.A. (Director: Stephanie Soechtig) — The Sandy Hook massacre was considered a watershed moment in the national debate on gun control, but the body count at the hands of gun violence has only increased. Through the lens of the victims' families, as well as pro-gun advocates, we examine why our politicians have failed to act. World Premiere

Unlocking the Cage / U.S.A. (Directors: Chris Hegedus, Donn Alan Pennebaker) — Follow animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. By filing the first lawsuit of its kind, Wise seeks to transform a chimpanzee from a "thing" with no rights to a "person" with basic legal protection. World Premiere 

Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.

Cemetery of Splendor / Thailand (Director and screenwriter: Apichatpong Weerasethakull) — A lonesome middle-aged housewife tends to a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance. Cast: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram. 

Embrace of the Serpent / Colombia (Director: Ciro Guerra, Screenwriters: Ciro Guerra, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal) — This blistering, poetic story is inspired by the original journals of scientists Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes, who meet lone survivor Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman. Over 40 years, they develop a friendship while traveling through the Colombian Amazon in search of the sacred, psychedelic yakruna plant. Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Antonio Bolivar, Nilbio Torres, Miguel Dionisio Ramos.

Green Room / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — This wickedly fun horror-thriller tells a story about the owner of a neo-Nazi club who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band after they witness a horrific act of violence. Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Patrick Stewart. 

Land of Mine / Denmark (Director and screenwriter: Martin Zandvliet) — At the end of World War II, a group of young German POWs captured by the Danish army are forced to defuse and clear landmines from the Danish coastline with no training. Inspired by real events, the film exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in Denmark’s history. Cast: Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Emil Belton, Oskar Belton. U.S. Premiere

The Lobster / Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, France (Director: Yorgos Lanthimos, Screenwriters: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou) — In a dystopian near future, single people are obliged to find a mate in 45 days or else be transformed into an animal of their choice and be released into the woods. Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Olivia Colman.

Maggie's Plan / U.S.A. (Director: Rebecca Miller, Screenwriters: Rebecca Miller, based on a story by Karen Rinaldi) — A young woman’s determination to have a child catapults her into a nervy love triangle with a heart-throb academic and his eccentric critical-theorist wife. Cast: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel.

Miles Ahead / U.S.A. (Director: Don Cheadle, Screenwriters: Don Cheadle, Steven Baigelman) — Inspired by events in Miles Davis's life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred portrait of one of twentieth-century music’s creative geniuses. Cast: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg.

Rams / Iceland (Director and screenwriter: Grímur Hákonarson) — In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together to save what's dearest to them—their sheep. Cast: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson.

Viva / Ireland (Director: Paddy Breathnach, Screenwriter: Mark O'Halloran) — In contemporary Cuba, a father and son struggle to escape from each other’s expectations, duty, and the burden of past sins. Cast: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García.

This section of the Festival is especially for our youngest independent film fans. Programmed in cooperation with Utah Film Center which presents the annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Utah’s premiere film festival for children and youth.

The Eagle Huntress / U.S.A. (Director: Otto Bell) — Step aside, Daenerys and Katniss—Aisholpan is a real-life role model on an epic journey in a faraway world. Follow this 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl as she battles to become the first female to hunt with a golden eagle in 2,000 years of male-dominated history. World Premiere

Little Gangster / Netherlands (Director: Arne Toonen, Screenwriter: Lotte Tabbers) — Rik Boskamp wants a life where he's not constantly bullied. When he and his family move, the people in their new town think his father is a Mafia boss, and everybody treats them with respect—until a bully from Rikkie's past turns up. How long can he keep up his lie? Cast: Thor Braun, Henry Van Loon, Rene Van 'T Hof, Meral Polat, Fedja Van Huêt, Maas Bronkhuyzen. North American Premiere

Snowtime! / Canada (Directors: Jean-François Pouliot, François Brisson, Screenwriters: Normand Canac-Marquis, Paul Risacher) — To amuse themselves during their winter break from school, the kids in a small village have a massive snowball fight. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict as the children learn the role that love and friendship play in their lives. Cast: Sandra Oh, Ross Lynch, Angela Gallupo, Lucinda Davis, Don Shepherd, Sonja Ball. North American Premiere

One-of-a-kind moments highlighting new independent works that add to the unique Festival experience. An evolving section, this year includes episodic work, short films and live post-screening discussions.

11.22.63 / U.S.A. (Director: Kevin Macdonald, Screenwriter: Bridget Carpenter, Executive Producers: J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Kevin Macdonald, Bridget Carpenter, Bryan Burk) — On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy was killed, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Take a journey to find out in this genre-busting, epic new nine-hour event series. The Festival will debut the two-hour premiere of the series, followed by an extended Q&A. Cast: James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Daniel Webber, George MacKay, Josh Duhamel, Chris Cooper. World Premiere

Behind the Scenes of Anomalisa / U.S.A. (Directors: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Screenwriter: Charlie Kaufman) — Michael Stone—husband, father and respected author—is crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. He’s amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in an unassuming woman, who may or may not be the love of his life. The Festival will present a screening of the film followed by a Q&A with the creators. Separately, they will speak on a Festival panel explaining their creative process and how they brought their extraordinary film to life. Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, David Thewlis.

Chelsea Does / U.S.A. (Director: Eddie Schmidt) — This four-part documentary series features Chelsea Handler as she explores topics of personal and universal fascination: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs. The Festival will premiere one installment of the series with clips from the other three installments, followed by an extended Q&A with Chelsea Handler, Director Eddie Schmidt, and Executive Producer Morgan Neville. World Premiere

The Girlfriend Experience / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, Executive Producers: Steven Soderbergh, Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, Gary Marcus, Jeff Cuban) — Law student Christine Reade is introduced to the world of transactional relationships in this original anthology series. Providing "The Girlfriend Experience" (an emotional and sexual relationship offered at a high price) gives Christine a rush of control and intimacy, but she soon finds herself juggling two very different lives. The Festival will premiere four episodes of the series, followed by an extended Q&A. Cast: Riley Keough, Paul Sparks, Mary Lynn Rajskub, James Gilbert, Kate Lyn Sheil. World Premiere 

The New Yorker Presents / U.S.A. (Executive Producers: Alex Gibney, Kahane Cooperman, Showrunner: Kahane Cooperman) — A groundbreaking new series that brings America's most award-winning magazine, The New Yorker, to the screen with documentaries, short narrative films, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons from the hands of acclaimed filmmakers and artists. The Festival will premiere the first two episodes of the series, followed by an extended Q&A. World Premiere

O.J.: Made in America / U.S.A. (Director: Ezra Edelman) — This is the story of O.J. Simpson, one of the most polarizing people of the twentieth century, and the city in which he lived for much of his life, Los Angeles. The film explores Simpson's rise and fall, centered around two of America's greatest fixations—race and celebrity. The Festival will premiere the full 7.5-hour documentary, followed by an extended Q&A.World Premiere

The Skinny / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jessie Kahnweiler) — Follow feminist and wannabe YouTube star Jessie as she struggles to live, love, and get over her bulimia. The Festival will premiere six 10-minute episodes, followed by an extended Q&A with Kahnweiler. Cast: Jessie Kahnweiler, Illeana Douglas, Spencer Hill, Ryan Pinkston, Megan Ferguson, Sadie CalvanoWorld Premiere

United Shades of America / U.S.A. (Executive Producers: Jimmy Fox, W. Kamau Bell, Star Price) — Political comedian W. Kamau Bell explores the racial subcultures of America. In this original series premiere, he uses humor to challenge Klansmen looking to rebrand their message. The screening will include an extended Q&A.World Premiere
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Holly Woodlawn in BROKEN GODDESS - 1973

Here is how I want to remember Holly .. not just the fabulous trash mouth drag queen in Paul Morrissey movies and cabaret performances at places like Reno Sweeney's, but as an underground GODDESS joining Mario Montez as a beautiful boy made for drag with feminine gender expression and no extreme body modification  Holly was a fabulous drag queen. Holly as Holly always said was simply Holly.  A self-conceived construction long before we had language to layer on v.  Holly made a sissy boy an object of ridicule in most places a genuine SUPERSTAR . Blessed be Holly and your bardo journey .

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You | MoMA

MoMA has hs a group of films of merit that have been hard to find
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Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You | MoMA

Saturday, December 5, 2015

SXSW Film 2015 Storytelling with Alison Bechdel and Joshua Oppenheiner hosted by Maria javihosa

SXSW 2015 a conversation between Alison Bechdel and Joshua Oppenheimer both MaCarthur Genius fellows and part of my lesbian/gay family hosted by Maria Hinojosa .... two very smart people talk about storytelling

SXSW Film 2015 Storytelling with Alison Bechdel and Joshua Oppenheiner

SXSW 2015 a conversation between Alison Bechdel and Joshua Oppenheimer both MaCarthur Genius fellows and part of my lesbian/gay family hos

SXSW Film 2015 Storytelling with Alison Bechdel and Joshua Oppenheiner

SXSW 2015 a conversation between Alison Bechdel and Joshua Oppenheimer both MaCarthur Genius fellows and part of my lesbian/gay family hos

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Stop thinking ISEL is the Arab World Upheaval: Views from the Arab World and learn


Museum of the Moving Image will present three recent features from Egypt and Tunisia as part of the series Upheaval: Views from the Arab World on December 4 and 5, 2015. These dramatic and documentary features highlight the intense and profound cultural reality and visceral artistic representations of a people defined by geography, language, and culture. The films include 

Bastardo (2013, Dir. Nejib Belkadhi), a noir-meets-magical-realism story set in contemporary Tunisia; 

El Gort (2013, Dir. Hamza el Ouni), a documentary portrait of young Tunisian hay workers before and after the revolution (with documentary subject Khaireddine Hajri in person); 

The Trace of the Butterfly (2014, Dir. Amal Ramsis), an intimate look at the Egyptian revolution from the point of view of a Coptic woman whose brother died in protests. See below for full descriptions and schedule.

The series is organized by guest curator Mais Darwazah, Alwan for the Arts. Major support for this series is provided by the Ford Foundation, with additional support from Con Edison.

Tickets for each film are $12 ($9 seniors and students / free for Museum members at the Film Lover level and above). Advance tickets are available online.

All screenings take place at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria, New York. Tickets are $12 adults ($9 seniors and students / $6 children 3–12) and free for Museum members at the Film Lover level and above. Advance tickets are available online at Ticket purchase includes same-day admission to the Museum’s galleries.

BastardoFRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 7:30 P.M.
Dir. Nejib Belkadhi. 2013, 106 mins. Digital Projection. In Arabic with English subtitles. With Abdel Moneem Chouayat. Bastardo is the story of Mohsen ‘the bastard’ whose origins and history are unknown. He was found in a dustbin 30 years ago by Am Salah, his adoptive father, and has always been excluded and rejected by the residents of the rundown district where he lives. After being fired from his job, Mohsen, in cahoots with his friend Khlifa, places a mobile phone relay tower on the roof of his house for a substantial monthly payment. The tower allows the locals to have access to mobile phones for the first time. This Tunisian drama film was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

El Gort 
With documentary subject Khaireddine Hajri in person

Dir. Hamza el Ouni. 2013, 86 mins. Digital Projection. In Arabic with English subtitles. This documentary follows the evolution of a group of young Tunisians working in the hay trade, tracking their movements and transformations between fragility and toughness, before and after the Tunisian revolution.

The Trace of the Butterfly (Athar Al Farasha) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 5:00 P.M.
Dir. Amal Ramsis. 2014, 68 mins. Digital Projection. In Arabic with English subtitles. What does a butterfly leave behind when it flutters in the air around us? How do we feel its trace? The documentary begins with the Maspero massacre in Egypt in October 2011, which left 27 Coptic Christian demonstrators dead. Among those killed was the “Guevara of the Egyptian Revolution,” Mina Daniel. His sister Mary takes us on a two-year journey of the Egyptian Revolution—two years of frustration and triumph, of deaths, and the feeling of the perpetual absence and presence of the departed.


The Tainted Veil Offical railer What do you think when you see a veiled woman on the street?

What do you think when you see a veiled  woman on the street. Be honest.  Well now hear how women who wear the veil think .. and women who do not think .. and the men who are incharge ... opens Dec 11 at Cinema VIllage and ... is under consideration for for selection as a nomination for the Documentary  Academy Award

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Reel Deal Movies That Matter Review> Janis: Little Girl Blue a documentary on Janis Joplan by Amy Berg

Janis: Little Girl Blue directed by Amy Berg: Janis died at age 27 in a LA motel room of a heroin overdose in the middle of a recording session for a new album. Amy Berg knows we all know that. So her Janis does not overly dwell on the “Behind the Music” dark backstory. Instead she gives us a vibrant Janis who got out of Port Arthur, TX, as soon as soon as she could. First Austin TX for college, next San Francisco (where I became friends with her while both of us were living in North Beach). Berg covers the essentials and includes some very much neglected facts. She has on camera Janis’s black lesbian lover from her coffee house singing days who fills in missing information; she interviews Big Brother members, lovers like Country Joe McDonald and ends with her last and perhaps most important love, a hippie hobo traveling the world.  Berg made the right decision by making the core of her film Janis performing live . I suspect that the only place Janis felt whole and happy was singing on stage. It is evident in the collection of live performances Berg’s brings to us. Kudos to Berg and her fellow producer Alex Gibney for capturing the magic that was Janis live. I think you will love it !

Here is a clip from Little Girl Blue

Note; Amy Berg also made one of the most important documentaries of the year . It was on the sexual harassment of teenage boys in Hollywood, It opened and disappeared , I would say it was industry censorship. Look for it  

(cc) Jim fouratt

Let the Record Show a new documentary about the AIDS devastation told through the eyes, hearts, vision and rage of artists living and dead.

LET THE RECORD SHOW  a new documentary about the AIDS devastation told through the eyes, hearts, vision and rage of artists living and dead. It premiers at Leslie Lohman Gallery On World Aids Day December 1-3

watch the trailer.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Just in time for the Holidays master film maker Kenneth Anger has put on sale this seasons most sought after collectable .His limited edition and Anger authenticated bomber jacket is just perfect for that person who hates presents and thinks christmas is a capitalist plot or that special person who wants to snatch the rainbow back out of the hands of the assimilated queer robots The jacket is uni-sex  

Did I say limit edition ? Well I have now.  

here is the only place you can buy it ..ANGER's own web site

EXCLUSIVE Buy at KenethAnger's website

oh you might want to catch up with where Lucifer Rising (rolling stones funded and features among other lovelies Marianne Faithfull) here

Lucifer Rising 1972 from Jeremy Waldow on Vimeo.

and what happened to Anger's first choice for Lucifer? Ask Charlie Mansion

bobby IS lucifer

Pussy Riot - Refugees In (at Banksy's Dismaland)

Less we forget ,,,given the average attention span today is two days becasue digital media... artist fight back against dominate media hegemony . Enjoy . Thanks Pussy Riot , Thanks  Banks  Thanks Joly MacFie

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Marsha : clips and commentary from the dirs Raina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel. + Q&A ...

Sneak peek of much anticipated  experimental documentary on Marsha P. Johnson. Based on the emotions and survival on the streets of Marsha P Johnson and v friend Sylvia Rivera and their lives HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARSH is not simply rooted in the facts, but is an exploration of what might have happened . HBO is financing a factual documentary pn Marsha directed by David France

Please watch this and go to the indiegogo campaign to complete the film .. yes it is fully shot .. and the two actors who play MPJ and Sylvia Rivera have found the mojo, sound and essence of these two remarkable street queens  circa 1969

Here is the Q&A that took place after the screening  ..

and now that you have seen and head all of this, please help to complete the fully shot film .. go here to help and to watch the trailer

Happy Birthday Marsha : clips and commentary from the dir Raina Gossett ...

Sneak peek of much anticipated  experimental documentary on Marsha P. Johnson. Based on the emotions ands survival on the streets of Marsha P Johnson and their life and not simply rooted in the facts, HBO is financing a factual documentary pn Marsha directed by David France  watc this and go to the indiegogo campaign  ( to complete the film .. yes it is fully shot .. and the two actors who play MPJ and Sylvia Rivera have found the mojo, sound and essence of these two remarkable streets circa 1969

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Barbara HAMMER career retrospective lecteur @ Lesley Lomen MUSEUM

 Barbara Hammer, The Hidden Hammer
Visual artist working primarily in film and video. She has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. Here she is LIVe and in person .. this is the Q&A that followed her lecteur

Barbara HAMMER career retrospective lecteur @ Lesley Lomen MUSEUM

 Barbara Hammer, The Hidden Hammer
Visual artist working primarily in film and video. She has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. Here she is LIVe and in person .. this is the Q&A that followed her lecteur

Friday, November 13, 2015

Dr Vaginal Davis and Professor Jose Munoz(NYU) in a serious discusion o...

More on Dr Vaginal Davis : in conversation with the beloved punk Professor Jose Munoz (RIP) when Vaginal was last visiting from Berlin. The LA expat is directing v vision of THE MAGIC FLUTE  at NYU.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

In 1978, Anger re-cut his landmark 1954 film, Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome rarely seen

Cultural Legacy and the fascinating world of Kenneth Anger

via Justin Bozung "In 1978, Anger re-cut his landmark 1954 film, Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome by several minutes as well as changing the score of the film he had previous selected, Glagolitic Mass by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. This re-constructed version, offered here today features Anger's choice of the 1974 Electric Light Orchestra album, 'Eldorado' as score. This edition of the film would be labeled by Anger as his "Sacred Mushroom Edition". Anger successfully screened this E.L.O. version of the film at the 1978 Boston Film Festival. This festival exhibition would be the only time in history this version of Anger's film had been seen, until now."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Jim Fouratt Reel Deal: Movies that Matter
November 2015 # 1

If you think of important movie opens Every Other Day in NYC, you are right, It is falling and the Harvey Weinstein template is in full boom. The Bank Street resident reinvent how Oscars were perused. In 1999 Shakespeare in Love won 7 Oscars, Harvey had Decided to hold its release until the last quarter. His Oscar gameplan. Blowing up Golden Globes into seemingly serious awards The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a total of 93 voting members ( Followed by the Spirit and SAG (with thousand of eligibel voters) It workedl for Harvey and now everyone else copied it So yes it is "raining quality films"

First let me alert you to two very significant and different festivals in Novenber.  DOC NYC, America's Largest Documentary Festival, has a full line-up for its 6th edition running, 12 to 19 November at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village and Chelsea's SVA Theatr e and Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea. 2015 festival includes 104 feature-length documentaries and has expanded to over 200 films and showcase events overall. Included are 27 world premieres,  1 5 US premieres, 2 00 doc makers and special guests expected in person Including   Hillary Clinton (!) For Once and For All, directed by Michael Epstein and Dyllan McGee, about the 1995 Beijing Women's Conference where First Lady Clinton gave a historic address on women's rights .. A few highlights You Should Book Now include Amy Berg's Janis Joplin portrait, Janis: Little Girl Blue, Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones!

19 sections did include   Galas and Special Events; Competition Sections Viewfinders (for distinctive directorial visions), Metropolis (for New York City Stories); nationally and globally takes in American Perspectives and International Perspectives. The thematic sections are CenterStage (on performers), Fight the Power (on activism), Jock Docs (on sports), and Sonic Cinema (on music). New this year are Doc Eat Doc (on food), Modern Family (on various relations), The Wild Life  (on animals) and Behind the Scenes (on films and filmmaking). DOC NYC Metro, focusing on student projects. Remaining sections are Docs Redux, reviving classics; shorts, representing the upsurge of short-form documentary; Oscar doics contenders shortlisted (15 of the year's award contenders) and DOC NYC PRO, focusing on panels and master classes. Must click: for additons and surprises. Kudos to former chief of programing Newfest and Sundance programing associate DOC NYC chief of programing Basil Tomakis and ED Tom Powers for searching high and low for t has doc thatthey want us to see.

MIX NYC28 10 to 15 November MIX NYC Describes itself as "A community of artists and organizers joined together to explore, share, and create queer experimental media through to ever-changing constellation of Means. We make art for ourselves and our community, not for markets or museums "Ah yes! .Unlike Any film festival in the world, MIXNYC happens inside a magic dome of faux timetravel combining, at indoor radical faery encampment, a Queer Stock on environmental spectacle, visual art and live performance and food (!). It is rooted in a very diverse Essentially MIX of experimental cinema formats Whose content include shorts, documentaries, narrative features did cross all boundaries of priority. You Became a part of an interactive seduction That Stimulates the eye, the brain and all your erogenous zones. Nothing and no one is taboo be it porn or spicy vegan chili. Every night ends with a party with music and performance. Among the people who have been stimulated natured and MIX is the current MoMA head of Their film programing Rajendra Roy Check out Their website Hanes program Inot availabels we go to press). Trust me, this will be not like any other film festival. Check my blog and Their website and Their Kickstarter has a wonderful video oh All Are Welcome


STEVE JOBS director Danny Boyle
Bridge of Spies director Steven Spielberg

Both films revolve around One Of These character did in many ways darstellt Both what is held as the true values ​​of the United States and How They May Be Changing

In Steve Jobs,  writer Aaron Sorkin choses to focus on the relationships with the people surrounding Jobs has him. It is personal. Michael Fassbender again shows his ability to inhabit a character. You forget how Jobs Actually Looked or talked in life. Sorkin like Alex Gibney in his documentary Steve Jobs the Man and the Machine, Which I recommend seeing first to prepare you, Focus Is that Jobs never invented anything, yet has become on international symbol of successful capitalism as personified in one person. Boyle has shaped his film like a perfectly designed Apple product and hermetic gorgeous.If It was an object You Could Hold your hands you would be sweating with desire, like Boyle Gibney presents Jobs as someone who is high functioning autistic Either a personality incapable of empathy or a sociopath , brilliant and sexy and driven to achieve in any way Possible, What Matters Is not family (you will be shocked at his behavior towards his first wife and child) or friendship. He's surrounds himself with genius did paint his charisma and his ego needs to be the best. He hand picks flawed genius and proceeds to encourage and then brain pick Their ideas Which They willingly give him. He Walks Away When They are no longer useful. , He put his handprints all over the perfectly packaged product as if He in fact had created them. His uncanny ability to be seduced through design and function and brilliant marketing. He sells to the public a product makes them feel Whose acquisition cool, hip and sexy. In many cases the product be it computer or handheld does changes Their Lives. It become as essential as a bed or food on the table. Jobs' he's surrounded himself with nerds now wellknown in the public eye and yet none of them have what Jobs had. It is shocking to learn of his treatment of thesis so called friends and in Particular the woman he first married and the child he fathered. Kate Winslet, unregonizable in character stands out as the ever suffering but keep-Steve- together-and-On-Schedule assistant. A performance so convincing of the power Jobs had over people.

But is he a hero? Do we want to teach our children did success is the only thing that matters. That using people and tossing them aside When They no longer matter to you or don''t need them is the American way. We know from Walter Isaac's definitive biography did Jobs Could be ruthless, brilliant and mostimportant charismatic. But seeing it on the screen is devastating. Sorkin I believe is asking have we Given up our sense of teamwork and humanity to be successful and iconic? Jones did it Appears both.

Steven Spielberg in the  Bridge of Spies tells a Cold War story based in history. A time about a standoff between the US and Those dirty communists, the Russian. Spielberg is a master storyteller. So He is a filmmaker with a conscience. Unusual combination for someone so successful in current Hollywood, The storyline is: we capture a Russian spy brilliantly played by Mark Rylance and the Russians' capture Gary Powers our jet propelled spy pilot. The Governments are not talking to eachother in this cold world. In the United States officially we do not have spies. But bothsides did capture a spy. No official channel is open to figure out how to exchange them. Bring in a hard drinking successful lawyer from One Of Those big New York City law firms. Tom Hanks is assigned by his law firm to do pro bono defense of the Russian spy. Hank's wife wants him to have no part of it for good reason.When his face is front paged as defending a Communist spy, people Recognizing him make sure he knows of Their disapproval. He does not wanna do it but He has to his law firm assigns him: because. He's a good lawyer. He meets with the Russian spy and the spy realizes feels He has done no wrong is most likely in the same way did Gary Powers feels he is serving his country. Just like now in a Fox media saturated America there is little support for the nuances Necessary in power politics. Hanks, one of his best performances, exemplifies how this professional lawyer does this job. He Manages to find away to justify the behavior of a Both Spies. He alone negotiates "unofficially" with the Russians the Hanes exchange of prisoners. Everything about Bridge of Spies is Hollywood craftsmanship at its highest creating a 50's cold war landscape. But I think there is another agenda here besides telling a damn good spy story. I believe Spielberg is asking a very critical question at this moment Particular about what is a good citizen. What is a good American. After seeing the film I walked out of the theater thinking of  Lynn Stewart, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange, It is a critical question. See it. You may have other answers