Thursday, October 20, 2005
German director Gordian Maugg (Olympic Summer) gives us a riveting feature based on the 1937 fiery destruction of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst, New Jersey, which has been called one of the most spectacular disasters of the 20th century. To finally bring to an end a story his father has kept hidden in a notebook, Matthias Silcher researches the story of his grandfather, who died in 1937 in Lakehurst as a crew member on the Hindenburg. The bizarre circumstances of his grandfather’s death comes to light in 2004 with the help the only witness who really knows what happened. Genre: History. 105 minutes. From Germany. In German. Not rated.
3:00pm Mind the Gap
Director Eric Schaeffer deftly weaves five seemingly unrelated stories into a magical tapestry. Starring Alan King, Elizabeth Reaser and Jill Sobule. Rated PG-13. Comedy, Drama. 134 minutes.
5:30pm Winter Passing
Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune if she can secure the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, she finds an ex-grad student and a would-be musicial have moved in with her father, who cares more about his new friends than he does about his own well-being. Written and directed by Adams Rapp. Starring Ed Harris and Will Ferrill. Rated R: for language, some drug use and sexuality. Drama. 1 hour 38 minutes.
8:00pm Sneak Preview
This sneak peak turned out to be Breakfast on Pluto, from Sony Pictures Classics. Comedy/Drama. From Ireland and the U.K. 135 minutes. Rated R.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Noon The Loss of Nameless Things
In 1978 Oakley Hall lll was a promising playwright on the verge of national recognition when a mysterious fall from a bridge took his artistic life away. The Loss of Nameless Things is the haunting tale of Hall’s fall from grace and what happens when, twenty five years later, a theater company stages the very play he was writing the night he fell. Documentary. 103 minutes. Not rated.
A historical drama based on Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz’s novel about Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust: After his father loses his business and is taken to a labour camp, Gyorgy Koves finds himself baffled and alone at Auschwitz-Birkenau, struggling to find meaning in his tragic fate. Amid the deprivation and brutality, he takes solace in the kindness of an array of characters. Gyorgy will have to draw on the memory of these small gestures of humanity when he returns to Budapest and realizes that the horrors he has experienced while interned have left him profoundly alienated from his post-war community. From Hungary, Germany and the UK. Drama. In Hungarian, English and German. 134 minutes. Not rated.
5:00pm Paradise Now
Directed by Palestinian Hany Abu-Assad (Rena’s Wedding), Paradise Now is the riveting story of two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. A young woman throws a monkey wrench into the works. Shot on location in the West Bank. Strong cast and script, powerful photography. Drama. From France, Germany, Netherlands and Israel. In Arabic. 90 minutes. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language.
5:30-7:30pm Pub Party
Filmmakers and film buffs kicked off our sixth annual festival of film! Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. At Peint O Gwrw on Main Street. Free admission with film ticket.
This sneak turned out to be, Caché, the French drama/mystery starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binochefrom Sony Pictures Classics.From France, Austria, Germany and Italy. In French. Drama/Thriller. 117 minutes. Rated R.
This is the story of brutal turf war between two street gangs in Winnipeg’s NorthEnd. Omar, the mixed-blood leader of the ABS (Asian Bomb Squad), dominates the ‘hood with his crew of Filipino enforcers. His nemesis, Mama Ceece, is the girl-thug leader of the Indian Posse. “Stryker” is Canadian slang for a prospective gang member. This film follows one Stryker, a 14-year-old Native arsonist form a northern reserve whose arrival in the city serves as a catalyst in this fierce battle. From Canada. Rated R.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
10:30am Children’s Program
Introduced by puppeteer Steve Charney, FilmColumbia is please to present award-winning film shorts from around the world, exclusively for our young crowd. Ideal for children 12 and under. Curated by Stephanie Fishette and Patti Greany of Bob Giraldi Productions in NYC. Free admission. Not rated.
12:30pm Bee Season
A wife and mother begins a downward emotional spiral, as her husband avoids their collapsing marriage by immersing himself in his 11 year-old daughter’s quest to become a spelling bee champion. Adapted from the best seller by Myla Goldberg and starring Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche and Kate Bosworth. Filmmakers: Scott McGehee, David Siegel. Drama. 104 minutes. Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language.
1:00pm Script-Reading, “Tar Beach”
This year’s script was written by Chatham local Rose Ross. This poignant coming-of-age story, set in the South Bronx in 1958, is of four teenagers who carry secrets that change their lives forever. The reading was directed by Wesley Brown.
Wesley Brown is the author of two published novels,Tragic Magic and Downtown Strutters. He has produced plays, Boogie Woogie and Booker T, Life During Wartime, and A Prophet Among Them, co-edited two multicultural anthologies, Imagining America (fiction), and Visions of America (essays), edited Teachers and Writers Guide to Frederick Douglass and wrote the narration for a segment of the PBS documentary W.E.B Dubois: A Biography in Four Voices. He recently retired from Rutgers University after teaching literature and creative writing for 26 yers.
3:00pm The Ax (Le Couperet)
Adapted from a Donald Westlake novel, Costa-Gavras’ (Z, Missing) latest is a far-fetched crime tale with a welcome and successful black comic edge. José Garcia is a put-upon suburban everyman who loses his well-paid job at a corporate paper company and is unable to find another position to support his family.His solution is radical, ridiculous even. Gavras strikes a fine balance between tragedy and comedy so that the wildness of his story never seems to matter. Satire/mystery/thriller. From France, Belgium and Spain. In French. 122 minutes. Rated R
5:30pm Ice Harvest
In icebound Wichita, Kansas, it’s Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate have just successfully embezzled $2 million from the Kansas City boss. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Billy Bob Thornton, John Cusack , Randy Quaid, Oliver Platt and Connie Nielsen star in this Focus Features release. Directed by Harold Ramis.Comedy, Thriller 2 hours. Rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity.
8:00pm Sneak Preview
This sneak peak turned out to be Brokeback Mountain from Focus Features.Drama/Romance. 134 minutes. Rated R.
Sneak Preview Plus Dessert
Catch the hottest ticket in town! Attendees enjoyed Saturday evening’s Sneak Preview and then joined us for an irresistible buffet of autumn sweets and lively talk at Blue Plate Restaurant. Cash bar.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
10:00am Sunday Brunch with the Actors
Visiting actors held a two-hour symposium on acting in film. As part of the session, they read passages from screenplays brought in by the audience. Moderated by Scott Cohen (Kissing Jessica Stein, Law and Order, Trial By Jury, Street Time).
10:30am High School Film Project
The Chatham Film Club is proud to present two student films this year. The first was written and filmed by high school students in Columbia County working together with filmmaker and mentor Wes Jones. The second film is by student Austin Call. Admission is free.
Noon Bearing Witness
A searing portrait of five women war correspondents who covered the war in Iraq, giving us a firsthand account of the events they witnessed including one’s arrest and incarceration in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. Directed By Bob Eisenhardt, Barbara Kopple and Marijana Wotton.Documentary. 90 minutes. Not rated.
2:30pm Animation Festival
From hilarious to poignant, a variety of animated shorts that show the extreme range of technique and expression possible in the medium. Something for animation fans to love whatever their stylistic preference (computer generated, stop motion, old-school hand-drawn), including a Shane Acker short called “9.” Curated by Gary Leib (American Splendor). For mature audiences only. Rated R.
4:30-6:00pm Meet the Animators
This was your chance to mingle with the film industry’s leading animators and participate in the Q&A session. Held upstairs at the Peint O’ Gwrw on Main Street.
4:30pm Go For Zucker
Down on his luck, conniving pool shark Jaeckie Zucker must make up with his estranged Orthodox Jewish brother Samuel in order to meet the terms of his mother’s inheritance – the only thing that could save him from jail, ruin and divorce. But as Samuel and his entire clan move into Jaeckie’s chaotic household, a clash of civilizations is inevitable, and Jaeckie’s going to need every trick he can think of to make things go smoothly. Comedy. 90 minutes. From Germany. In German. Not rated.
6:30pm Four Lane Highway
This deeply felt, award winning film was shot throughout Columbia County and NYC. Sean, stuck in his life in a small college town in Maine and living in the shadow of his famous writer father, takes off for NYC with his best friend in search of Molly, a painter and former love. The journey, fueled by a deep sense of longing, unfolds with a buoyant comic energy. Romance/drama. Rated R.
9:00pm The Squid and the Whale
Noah Baumbach’s pitilous yet darkly amusing account of the breakup of his parents marriage told from the point of view of his 16 year-old self. Jeff Daniels plays the father, portrayed as a pompous, less-than-successful man of letters, and Laura Linney does his mother, a smart, attractive writer whose sexual indiscretions precipitate the breakup. Jesse Eisenberg plays the older son. The New York Times calls it “both sharply comical and piercingly sad.” Played Sundance and the New York Film Festival. Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Film. Drama. 80 minutes. Rated R.