COMPLETE 2004 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, October 22, 2004
4:00pm Nosey Parker
Film introduction by Sandi Knakal
Real Life meets Reel Life. Nosey Parker is a delightful combination of fact and fiction. John O’Brien, the creative force behind the movie, takes two actors, Natalie and Richard, and inserts them in his (O’Briens) hometown of Tunbridge, Vermont. Most of the other characters are denizens of Tunbridge, with George Lyford taking on the starring role as himself. The result is wonderful. Not rated. 104 minutes. Official Selection: 2003 South By Southwest Film Festival
The Crunchbird, 1972 Oscar Winner for Best Animated Short, will preceed the showing of Nosey Parker.
6:00pm Around The Bend
Stars Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas, Jonah Bobo and Glenne Headly. Four generations brought together by the chance to uncover their family’s past. Rated R for strong language. 85 minutes.
8:00pm Imaginary Heroes
Film introduction by Calliope Nicholas
A 1960’s-going-on-2000 generational drama. Sigourney Weaver plays the druggy matriarch of a dysfunctional family riven by skeletons and grudges in which nothing is as it seems. Directed by first timer Dan Harris who wrote X-Men 2. Also starring Jeff Daniels. Rated R for substance abuse, sexual content, language and some violence. 112 minutes.
A story of a young Turkish-German woman who marries a man she doesn’t love to escape her conservative Islamic family. 2004 Grand Prize Winner, Berlin Film Festival. Rated R. 112 minutes.
Saturday, October 23, 2004
10:00am Children’s Film Program
Film introduction by Eva Chaitman, 5th Grader, Chatham Middle School
FilmColumbia presents its second annual short film program for kids. Provocative, award-winning films from around the world. You won’t see this anywhere else! *Free admission for kids and students
10:00am Meet-The-Filmmakers Brunch and Panel Discussion: Animation in Film
With features like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Incredibles, and The Polar Expresspushing the animations envelope, what does the future hold? Will computer graphics take us to the next level or destroy animation as we know it?
Gary Leib: president of Twinkle Animation in New York. At Gary is a successful animator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker and who contributed to the animation for the film American Splendor.
John Kuramoto: a senior animator at Twinkle who wrote the book on Flash –literally. The Art of Cartooning with Flash was published by Sybex in 2001 and has since been translated into Italian and Arabic.
Ted Petok: Academy Award winner for Animated Shorts in 1972 for The Crunch Bird. Ted has authored over two dozen comical shorts with many screenings at other festivals.
Rohitash Rao: an award-winning art director, writer and director for such clients as Energizer, Taco Bell, PlayStation 2 and The Scifi Channel.
Simon Tarr: creator of numerous award-winning animated films and shorts. He is co-curator of Cinema on The Edge and chair of the Association of Independent Video and Film Makers.
Film introduction by Shari Springer Berman & Bob Pulcini
The latest film from Academy Award-winning director Bill Condon. Cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O’Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Oliver Platt, Tim Curry. Rated R for pervasive sexual content, including some graphic images and descriptions. 118 minutes.
2:00pm The Woodsman
Film introduction by Scott Cohen
Kevin Bacon delivers his finest performance in this harrowing and moving tale of one man’s attempt to re-enter society. Based on a play of the same name. Rated R for sexuality, disturbing behavior and language. 87 minutes.
4:00pm Being Julia
Film introduction by Branda Miller
A comedy of sex and revenge–All About Eve or Liaisons Dangereuses, take your pick–morphed into the world of the London stage, c. 1930. A tour de force by Annette Bening, helmed by the great Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Mephisto). With Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon.Rated R for some sexuality. 105 minutes.
Film introduction by John Hart & Helen Schulman
Laura Linney in a romantic fable about getting a second chance at first love. Torrid and tender, serious and sexy. Shot entirely in New York City. Based on Helen Schulman’s novel of the same name. Director: Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger) Cast: Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Paul Rudd, Lois Smith, with Gabriel Byrne, and Marcia Gay Harden. Rated R for language and sexuality. 97 minutes.
The much anticipated new film from award-winning director Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Election, Citizen Ruth…) Rated R for language, some strong sexual content and nudity. 123 minutes.
Film and Dessert – Following Sideways
Enjoy award-winning film director Alexander Payne’s (About Schmidt, Election) much awaited new film,Sideways. Then join filmgoers and filmmakers at the popular Chatham restaurant, Blue Plate, for an irresistible buffet of pastries and desserts.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
10am-Noon Meet-The-Fimmakers Brunch and Panel Discussion: The Art of Film Criticism
The panel will explore how film critics think and what criteria they use when judging films.
Distinguished panel includes:
Bruce Handy: senior editor and writer at Vanity Fair. Previous writer for Time, Spy, Saturday Night Live, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, New York and others.
Seth Rogovoy: editor-in-chief of Berkshire Living, WAMC’s Cultural Czar, rogovoy.com
Ned DePew: frequent contributor and film critic to Berkshire HomeStyle Magazine.
Doug Short: Doug’s Movie Menu review segment and Cinema Shorts can be seen on Regional News Network (RNN).
Peter Biskind, moderator: celebrated author of several film industry books
11:30am High School Film Project
Film introduction by Wes Jones
Mentored by filmmaker Wes Jones who worked with seven local high school students in writing, filmming, and editing the original short using digital video. The students were encouraged to explore the world of film through the use of genre. Out of the many possible genres discussed, the students chose to produce a Western. While the film,Walking The Line, is a classic genre story, its setting is not the ‘Old West,’ but rather a mythical ‘New West,’ where modernity intermingles with classic Western motifs and situations.
2004 High School Film Project Students:
Alex Van Dyne
12:30pm Far Side of the Moon
Based on the award-winning Robert Lepage play of the same name. From Canada. Rated PG. 105 minutes
12:30pm Script Reading: The Glass Tank
By playwright, scriptwriter and Columbia County resident Anastasia Traina, whose work has been produced in theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. This play examines the life of Jack Robes, a man who seems to have it all – a beautiful house, loving wife, and three wonderful sons, but he’s beset by demons that threaten his increasingly fragile reality. Enter Clair, a mysterious woman who may be the only one who can help Jack put his life back together.
2:30pm A Silent Love
Won Best Screenplay Awards at Brooklyn International Film Festival and Miami Latin Film Festival. From Canada. Rated PG.
4:30pm Shorts Program
Film introduction by Courtney Hunt
A collection of shorts that are too good to pass up
Frozen River: At the border of New York and Quebec, two women smugglers are tested when they realize they mistakenly left behind an infant in a suitcase.
Don’t Call Me Crazy on the 4th of July: Who is crazier? A homeless man who believes the government is conspiring against him, or our government who believes a homeless man is conspiring against them?
Asylum: Oscar nominated documentary about a Ghanian woman fleeing genital mutilation in her native country. Executive produced by Deborah Shaffer
Soldiers Pay: A meditation on the current war in Iraq. Not a partisan film, it listens to people from all sides and of varying opinions.