Archive for October 15th, 2007

Get out the vote…

October 15, 2007

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington seeks nominations for the National Film Registry. To be eligible for the Registry, a film must be at least 10 years old and be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The number of public votes a film receives is a factor weighed during the selection process. Congress first established the National Film Registry in the 1988 National Film Preservation Act, and most recently extended the Registry with passage of the National Film Preservation Act of 2005 (part of the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005, Public Law 109-9). Along with mandating continuing implementation of a plan to save the American film heritage, this law authorizes the Librarian of Congress (after reviewing public suggestions and consulting extensively with film experts and the 44 members and alternates of the National Film Preservation Board) to select up to 25 films each year for inclusion in the Registry.

The 450 films chosen during the first eighteen years illustrate the vibrant diversity of American film-making, and range from well-known Hollywood classics (Casablanca, The African Queen, and A Night at the Opera) to landmark independent, documentary and avant-garde masterpieces (Nothing But a Man, Louisiana Story, and Meshes of the Afternoon).

For consideration, please forward recommendations (limit 50 titles per year) via email to:

Email is preferred given security issues on Capitol Hill and delays in postal delivery. To submit via regular mail:

National Film Registry
Library of Congress, MBRS Division
Washington, D.C. 20540
Attn: Steve Leggett

European Film Awards

October 15, 2007

This in the news today:

“In recognition of their outstanding dedication to cinema, Jean-Luc Godard and Michael Ballhaus will receive honorary awards at the 20th European Film Awards on 1 December in Berlin.”

I know that you know the first, but the second? click… I dare you!

an inspiring week

October 15, 2007

After a few days of catching up on sleep, laying off of booze and digesting the entire experience of this year’s Local Sightings Film Festival, I can honestly say that it has been the best year yet! I’ve never been so excited about and inspired by Northwest filmmaking, and I’ve never seen so clearly what is completely unique about Local Sightings.
Throughout the festival, all kinds of filmmakers from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver mingled in the lounge. Jurors Vanessa Renwick and Joe Swanberg, both active filmmakers themselves, had infectious enthusiasm for the festival (and especially for the rarely seen 1963 Vancouver gem THE BITTER ASH, this year’s historic presentation.) The premieres of experimental documentary features METROPOLE and ALL MY LOVE (the feature competition award winner) as well as an intimate panel discussion on new directions in documentary filmmaking explored really interesting and important developments in Northwest non-narrative work. It was exciting to see glimpses of new projects in progress, from Lynn Shelton’s new narrative feature MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE to the upcoming Portland-made documentary THE MORE THINGS STAY THE SAME. And most inspiring: Thursday night in a packed Cinerama, the announcement of the festival competition winners preceded an amazing live presentation of BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!- the homecoming of one of the most ambitious experimental film projects to be shot in Seattle. Director Guy Maddin narrated the unique performed film for the first and possibly only time.
Local Sightings is all about connecting people, energy, passion, process, ideas, inspiration. Its about the artists in this region getting together, showing new work, and celebrating- not the business of movies, but the thrill of making moving image art in new ways. It is less about cinema as product, and much more about exciting possibilities.
I really want to thank Dave and Adam, my partners in steering this crazy thing; jurors Joe, Vanessa and Jonathan, and all of the staff, volunteers, artists and audiences involved in making this year’s Local Sightings really exciting and enlightening. I can’t wait to see what next year brings, and how the second decade of the festival unfolds. If you were involved, as a participating artist or an audience member, let us know your thoughts!