Monday, February 16, 2015

Alert FREE OONLINE SCREENING one time only The Abominable Crime, a documentary by Micah Fink, exposes the endemic violence against gays in the island nation and closes out season seven of the AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange TV series.

It’s been called “the most homophobic place on Earth.” Jamaica is known for its beautiful beaches but to be gay in Jamaica means an ugly truth: your life is at risk. The Abominable Crime, a documentary by Micah Fink, exposes the endemic  violence against gays and lesbians on the island nation and closes out season seven of the AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange TV series. It introduces you to a lesbian mom, shot twice for her sexual preference. And to Maurice Tomlinson, one of Jamaica’s most prominent human rights activists forced to flee after he was outed and received death threats.

Please join us (and spread the word to your readers/listeners/viewers) for an online screening and chat with the director Micah Fink and Maurice on Wednesday, February 18, at 5:30 PM ET. The event is co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch. Here is the link to sign up: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/xx0ov Please also let me know if you do plan to attend.

The film premieres on Monday, at 8 pm ET/10 pm PT and will be available at blackpublicmedia.orgfor a month. A press release on the film/episode is attached as is a press kit with details. If you’d like to interview the director or Maurice, please let me know.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NYFF 14 PASOLINI post screening public Q&A wDefoe and director ABEL FERRARA audience erupts...

As usual with this director when Pasolini the new Able Ferrer film played the New York Film Festival (2014) controversy erupted. Here he and actor Willem Dafoe  meet the audience ,.Dennis Lim, chief programer at the Film Society moderates .his answer to my question is interesting   FYI Ferrara's  Pasoline is Mama's boy and his brutal murder not a political act but simply a bad trick act.



here are the program notes from the NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (2014) prestred by the the Film Society of Lincoln Center :          

Pier Paolo Pasolini—filmmaker/poet/novelist, Christian, Communist, permanent legal defendant, and self-proclaimed “inconvenient guest” of modern society—was an immense figure. Abel Ferrara’s new film compresses the many contradictory aspects of his subject’s life and work into a distilled, prismatic portrait. We are with Pasolini during the last hours of his life, as he talks with his beloved family and friends, writes, gives a brutally honest interview, shares a meal with Ninetto Davoli (Riccardo Scamarcio), and cruises for the roughest rough trade in his gun-metal gray Alfa Romeo. Over the course of the action, Pasolini’s life and his art (represented by scenes from his films, his novel-in-progressPetrolio, and his projected film Porno-Teo-Kolossal) are constantly refracted and intermingled to the point where they become one. A thoughtful, attentive, and extremely frank meditation on a man who continues to cast a very long shadow, featuring a brilliant performance by Willem Dafoe in the title role. Note: This film contains scenes of a sexually explicit nature






Doc ALERT: Right now on PBS *Channel 13 in NYC) Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun is playing Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq -

Doc ALERT: Right now on PBS *Channel 13 in NYC) Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun is playing .. it made my top 10 of Docs of 2013. FIrst shown at the New York Film Festival .. insight look at one of the great Ballerinas of the 20th century..tragedy happen ...bold face names are all over this doc by Nancy Buirski .... and it is fascinating to learn who remain her friend and who dance on .... an American Master/KING LORBER film..... it is also viewable on the PBS American Masters website


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TAMMY FAYE STARLITE CALLS DOWN LORETTA LYNN AT JOE'S PUB 1

One night she is Marianne Faithful, another night she is Nico , sometimes she invades Mick Jagger's skinny jeans and here she is Loretta Lynn ,,, but she is always 24/7 Ms Tammy Faye Starlite ,,, actress, philospher and savant, rescuing performance art from the pits of ego saturation and returning it to art form of creativity, perception and insight ,,, rumor has it she is working on an old angry Harper Lee... ... you'd be a fool to ever miss her.... and her musicians are always .,.. as you can hear here,,, top notch and tasty , This night Lenny Kaye was just one of the "boys in the band" on stage ...how cool is that ?

TAMMY FAYE STARLITE CALLS DOWN LORETTA LYNN AT JOE'S PUB 1
http://youtu.be/kVUs5bDeZVw

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Athena Film Fest Rosie O'Donnell post screening discussion of women and ...

In that brash, totally Rosie humor, Rosie O'Donnell's new HBO documentary is both hilarious and dead serious about women and their hearts .. O'Donnell's near death experience with a heart attack is at the core of this the take no prisoners live stand up .... and it educates all of us and especially women how to know and care for their heart. Great discussion .. funny and informative...... it premiers on Valentine's day on HBO and HBO GO


Friday, February 6, 2015

Hey New Yorkers ,, check out the website athenafilmfestival.com ... interesting programing ... and mostly free , but you have to register repeat mostly free but you have to register .. Friday Saturday and Sunday.... I will be there ..say hi! ... focus is women in film .. and empowerment .. good panels ...good films ... good people ... you will see blog (Women and Hollywood) .legend Melissa Silverman ≈..everywhere ...her finger prints are all over this ... jody foster shimmered last nigth receiving her awars ... Kate Bornstein tonight doing a Q&A ,... and please don't ask me ! ..... did I say free if you register for a film or panel ? well now I have  don't miss:
ALTHEA    

The 2015 Athena Film Festival (NYC) presents to Jody Foster the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award.


The 2015 Athena Film Festival (NYC) presents to Jody Foster the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award.  Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world.  The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and talent and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.



Thursday, February 5, 2015

(2) Hamlet In The Rented World: a screening of Jack Smith's films and presentation by Jerry Tartaglia

ONE OF MY FAVORITE EXPERIMENTAL FILM MAKERS : JERRY TARTAGLIA has been restoring JACK SMITH's  "lost" films . He will present  some  of his JACK SMITH restorations  and lecture on  on the expansion of time and the illusion of space in Smith’s work. . Tartaglia own work I believe are deserving of a major Museum retrospective. I am not going to miss this event!

(2) Hamlet In The Rented World: a screening of Jack Smith's films and presentation by Jerry Tartaglia

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"Selma" Director Defends Film’s Portrayal of LBJ-MLK Dispute on Voting Rights Legislation | Democracy Now!

REALITY CHECK Finally Ava DuVernay, the Director of the historical narrative film SELMA gets to respond to the organized campaign emanating form Washington D.C. to deny Selma and her in particular Academy Award nominations . It took place the last two weeks of balloting time . Amy Goodman asks DuVerney directly questions about the historical basis for her portrait of LBJ, the cause of the successful campaign and DuVerney drops her public face of not responding and moving on and answers , Important interview to bring some clarity to the issue from the actual creator of SELMA .... important, please watch ... do share (and if you share be sure to copy and paste this intro into the space for comments in the share ... and if you have not seen the film SEE SELMA

"Selma" Director Defends Film’s Portrayal of LBJ-MLK Dispute on Voting Rights Legislation | Democracy Now!

ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL at Barnard College opening nigth film "Dreamcatcher" Trailer

This is the opening night documentary at the ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL at Barnard College.NYV Feb 4th - Direct from winning a Sundance Award .Director Kim Longinotto and subjects will be present for Q&A. Be therehttp://athenafilmfestival.com/ It was my favorite documentary at Sundance...and this is just one of a number of outstanding films that will play. Check out the program .. wow!
"Dreamcatcher" Trailer

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Athena Film Festival 2015 Feb 5-8th nyc Barnard College

This is important film festival sneaks into NYC and should not be missed ..opening night:  direct from wining an award at Sundance 2015  DREAMCATCHER , directed by multi-award winner Kim Longinotto  present will be some of the  subjects of how prostitutes leave the streets and repair their lives . ... Feb 5th -8th  check out the outstanding selection of films and panels .. bring your mothers, bring your daughters ..see you there

Athena Film Festival 2015 on Vimeo

2015 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony Hosted By Tig ...

Sundance15 watch as Tig Notaro and special guests present filmmakers with jury and audience awards... all the awards ..all the surprises ..all the thank yous


2015 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony Hosted By Tig ...

Sundance15 watch as Tig Notaro and special guests present filmmakers with jury and audience awards... all the awards ..all the surprise ..all the thank yous


2015 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony Hosted By Tig ...

Sundance15 watch as Tig Notaro and special guests present filmmakers with jury and audience awards... all the awards ..all the surprise ..all the thank yous


2015 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony Hosted By Tig ...

Sundance15 watch as Tig Notaro and special guests present filmmakers with jury and audience awards... all the awards ..all the surprise ..all the thank yous


2015 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony Hosted By Tig ...

Sundance15 watch as Tig Notaro and special guests present filmmakers with jury and audience awards... all the awards ..all the surprise ..all the thank yous


2015 Sundance Film Festival: Day One Press Conference with Robert Redfor...

SUNDANCE15 Why we are here : Day One Press Conference with Robert Redford, Keri Putnam & John Cooper

Cinema Cafe: Saoirse Ronan and Toni Collette @ 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Join brilliant, fearless storytellers Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, The Office), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live) with New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum as they discuss antiheroes and archetypes, using humor to crash through boundaries, as well as how far their art will go to tell the truth.

The fascinating range of three-dimensional female characters on film and television these days suggests a sea change in the cultural zeitgeist. They’re smart, sexual, funny, and flawed; they upend expectations, thwart our sympathies, and complicate the way we talk about gender roles.

SUNDANCE15 Power of Story: Serious Ladies at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Join brilliant, fearless storytellers Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, The Office), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live) with New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum as they discuss antiheroes and archetypes, using humor to crash through boundaries, as well as how far their art will go to tell the truth.

The fascinating range of three-dimensional female characters on film and television these days suggests a sea change in the cultural zeitgeist. They’re smart, sexual, funny, and flawed; they upend expectations, thwart our sympathies, and complicate the way we talk about gender roles.

SUNDANCE 15 Cinema Cafe: Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Power of Story: Visions of Independence at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance15 .. the POWER OF THE STORY George Lucas and Robert Redford

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Jim Fouratt's IndieWire-CriticWire ballot Sundance 2015 + comments

For those film buffs who care about these things: Here is my IndieWire/ Criticwire ballot for Sundance 2015. In my comments I disagree with some of the awards . I suggest you place this somewhere and refer to it as these films become available for viewing. some times this takes a year, or only on vod.I will give expanded reviews when they become available: (go to Sundance Film Festival Guide online read more about film IndieWire/CriticWire ballot Sundance 2015
Jim Fouratt Westview News (NYC), Reel Deal: Movies that Matter, Framework,
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
1. The End of the Tour
2.Take me to the River
3. Tangerine
4. Princess
5. The Summer of Sangaile
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
1. Dreamcatcher
2 .Black panthers Vanguard of the Revolution
3.the hunting ground
4.Cartel Land
5 Going Clear
BEST DIRECTOR
1.sean baker tangerine
2. Matt Sobel Take Me to the River
3 kim longinotto Dreamcatcher
4.james ponsoldt The end of the tour
5.tali shalom ezer PRINCESS
BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE
1. jason segel The End of the Tour
2.jesse eisenberg The End of the Tour
3.Jermale Clementi People Places and things
4.Zachary Quinto I am Michael
5. regina casse the second mother
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
1. jeremy chabriel - partisan
2.michael chernus people places and things
3. joan cusack end of the tour
4.Connie Britton Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
5.
BEST FIRST FEATURE
1. princess
2.(t)error
3.the witch
4 diary of a teenage girl
5 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.alfonso Gomez - Regon
BEST SCREENPLAY.
1: People Places and Things
2. The End of the Tour
3.The Witch
4.Take me to the River
5. tangerine
BEST ENSEMBLE
1.Ivy
2. Tangerine
3. Take me to the River
4. Partisan
5. eden
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Comment: I have been attending Sundance for over 20 years. I have seen it split into 2 Sundances : the One on Main Street .. stars . parties, music etc. and the authentic Sundance that Robert Redford envisioned when he stated it.John Cooper has returned Sundance to the original concept while at the same time recognizing Hollywood independent movies. The addition of the NEXT and New Frontiers categories takes Sundance into the future/
My film viewing criteria at Sundance is this: US docs. World Docs, World Narrative, NEXT, US Narrative, New Frontier and SHORTS. I do not go see films with stars that will open somewhere in the next year. My job as critic is to ferret out those films that in the current distribution crisis need to be seen and written about … above any other concern. I did go to The End of the Tour because of the subject matter and it turned out to be one of the best films I saw this year.
I do tape many of the post screening public Q&A's and be viewed on my youtube channel reeldealmovies
I saw 58 features in the 10 days at Sundance. . I did little other than be in a darken room with light splashed across a screen
The documentary category both US and World was full of worthy films and to limit to five was very difficult :The Chinese Mayor,The Masks you live in, What Happened Miss Simone, Welcome to Leith, The Amine Project. Censored Voices, Best of Enemies all were deserving.
I am Michael : I thought it was the best critique of Queer Theory I have ever seen. When you have no identity you are vulnerable to the dominant cultures seduction. Religion and spirituality are two very different things . Quite frankly I am tired of seeing James Franco's thick 40 year old body flesh out characters younger than himself. The dazzling smile works but it is for me wearing thin.
Grand Jury prize documentary winner Wolfpack is full of holes ...you can do that in an experimental narrative … and you can’t in a documentary.. You can have an experimental arc such as in Iraq In Fragments . But you can not have basic connecting information left out . The filmmaker says she saw these boys on the Street and followed then. She was seduced by the image but fails to have the skills to go underneath that seduction. That is what a good documentary filmmaker does.
jim fouratt in transit and sick with what may be the flue .