Here are this week's happenings in film from New York to LA and points in between ...
New York City: Film Forum, a hot spot for all things indie, has some interesting things going on. Filmmaker Jennifer Fox will be on hand for the screenings tonight at 8:15PM and Saturday at 1:15PM and 5PM of her film Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman. The film runs through July 17. Also showing: Woody Allen's Manhattan (through 7/19), and Jean Pierre Melville's Le Doulos (limited time only, so get on over there for that one!). Coming soon at Film Forum: Live-In Maid (7/18-7/31) and Metropolis (7/20-7/26).
Los Angeles: This week in Los Angeles, Outfest -- the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival -- is going on. With six galas and 70 features, there's lots to see, including a screening of a restored copy of Bill Sherwood's Parting Glances, outdoor screenings, panel discussions, and parties, parties, parties! Check out the full schedule for the fest on the official Outfest website, then get your butt off your couch and go see some films.
Seattle: One of the things I'll miss most about Seattle is Northwest Film Forum, which not only shows great movies, but does a lot of work to help make them as well. This weekend, Northwest Film Forum is showing the awesome (albeit deeply depressing) Raise the Red Lantern, Walking to Werner (held over through July 15), and L'Iceberg. Monday they're doing a one-night screening of the films of Seattle filmmaker Barbara Ireland, and Tuesday night they'll host the Filmmaker's Saloon, a "panel discussion and socializing event for the local film and dance community." For filmmakers and filmmaker wannabes, upcoming workshops at NWFF include Introduction to Flash and Garage Band for Directors. Check out their website for complete schedule of events.
Also upcoming in Seattle: On July 21 at 2PM (location TBD), The Film School's Speaker Series, by Warren Etheredge, will host Sandra Nettelbeck, whose film Mostly Martha has been remade into the upcoming No Reservations starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin. Nettlebeck will discuss her film the remake, and what's different between the two. July 28, TFS brings Oscar-nommed director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) into town to sneak-preview his latest doc, Taxi to the Dark Side, which played at the Tribeca Film Festival. Taxi is about torture practices used by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, told through the story of an innocent taxi driver who was tortured and killed in 2002. Gibney's a sharp guy and a solid filmmaker -- that one's a must-see for you Seattle film buffs. Tix for both available at Etheredge's website, The Warren Report.
Austin: Austin's a great town for film, and this weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse is no exception. If you just haven't gotten enough of Michael Moore lately after his appearances on CNN and Larry King Live, you can catch his newest doc, SICKO, at the Drafthouse's Lake Creek location this weekend. Tired of hearing the name Harry Potter? Saturday and Sunday at noon, take the kid(s) in your life to a special screening of The Secret of Nimh, the movie that made rats cute years before Ratatouille. Coming up next weekend: A special midnight screening of one of my fave Hitchcock films, Rear Window, Daft Punk's Electroma, and another screening for the kids (or those of us who haven't quite grown up yet, Dark Crystal.
Dallas: If you live in Dallas, you know that the city has really grown in access to arts over the past decade, and there's a lot more going on with film down there than there used to be. The AFI Dallas Film Fest had great support from locals, but it only comes once a year. What to do the rest of the time? Well, for starters, on July 17 at 7:30PM, you can head over to Victory Park for an outdoor screening of everyone's fave friendly-alien flick, E.T. Bring the kids, a picnic dinner, and a box of tissues for that ending ("I'll be riiiiight heeeeere ...") and have a great time. On July 19, pop over to Studio Movie Grill in Addison for Mr. Weird's Grindhouse Volume 1, featuring a big-screen screening of Night of the Living Dead, preceded by an awesome 45 minute compilation of trailers and commercials from 1968 and trailers from zombie movies!
Oklahoma City: Yeah, Oklahoma City (my hometown, where I just relocated with my family) actually has some indie film happenings these days! Booyah! Every Thursday through Sunday, the museum screens independent, foreign and classic films. This weekend at the Oklahoma CIty Museum of Art, they're showing Alice Neel, a documentary about the painter by her grandson, Andrew Neel. Alice Neel painted portraits of such notables as Andy Warhol, Bella Abzug and Allen Ginsburg; her grandson's film explores her life and her work. Also at the Museum this weekend is John Ford's cheery and uplifting Grapes of Wrath. Coming soon: Broken English, Away from Her, Summercamp! and Once. Excellent selections, all. (Now if only we'd get a Landmark Theater here to give us a little more access to indie films ... nudge nudge ).
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