Archive for March, 2010

Still Bill – one night only this Wednesday

March 29, 2010

STILL BILL – Wednesday, March 31 at 8pm

Seattle Premiere
Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM and Jive Time Records

Soul music legend Bill Withers was an undersized, asthmatic, stuttering child from the small town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. After a stint in the Navy, he ended up working odd jobs in California as a clerk, a milkman and a mechanic. It wasn’t until his mid-30s that the instant success of his song “Ain’t No Sunshine” would catapult the unlikely pop star into fame through records, tours and television appearances. Withers followed Sunshine with classics such as “Use Me,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “Lean On Me” and “Just The Two Of Us.” But he grew tired of the music industry and chose to be a husband and a father rather than a hitmaker. This intimate documentary highlights his career, catches up with the reclusive, low-key singer at home and captures his first musical endeavors in decades. The film also includes commentary from Cornell West and Tavis Smiley.

Read more about the documentary at NPR

Alice in Wonderland is no Captain EO

March 28, 2010

Am I the only one who doesn’t get this whole 3D craze?  I work at a non-profit independent film center, so maybe that counts my opinion out from the start, but overblown and boring plot aside, I just don’t see the thrill in Alice 3D.

For one, I wear glasses and have not figured out how to make the 3D glasses comfortable through an entire movie.

Second, something about the 3D projection I find confusing and nauseating.  It’s hard to know where on the screen to look, and I end up feeling like I have wall-eye vision.

But mostly, it just isn’t that thrilling.  Remember the gasps and cheers during Disney’s “Captain EO”?  And if you took your glasses off and looked in the theater at the audience during the show, everyone had their hands outstretched, just making sure those fuzzy creatures were not actually floating in front of them.

Alice has a few fun sequences, a fast moving teacup here and there, but doesn’t really use the 3D effect to any real extent.  Why not?

I can’t be the only one who doesn’t think 3D is the new talkie.. right?

Post-“Warsaw Bridge” discussion is back on!

March 25, 2010

Film Forum members rejoice. Though our program director Adam Sekuler was unable to host this quarter’s free discussion after Warsaw Bridge on Monday, March 29, film professor and critic Dennis West has stepped in to fill his shoes.

Warsaw Bridge

March 28 – April 1 (Sunday-Thursday at 7 and 9pm)
Special 20th Anniversary Screening

Monday 7pm show FREE for Film Forum members!
Followed by a discussion hosted by Dennis West

Directed by Pere Portabella, Spain, 1990
Presented on a new 35mm print

A thoroughly engrossing collage of images and surreal sequences woven together by only a loose plot, Warsaw Bridge is one of intermittent filmmaker Pere Portabella’s (Silence Before Bach) masterpieces. Ostensibly about the entanglements of a writer, an orchestra conductor and a professor, the film is more an ode to its medium than an attempt at traditional storytelling. Thick with Buñuelian surrealism, Portabella’s work decades ago as director of Viridiana leaves its mark on Warsaw Bridge, but over the years he has also developed highly original elements in his style.

“Overwhelming and exhausting but always transfixing.” -Time Out New York

“The exquisite images, the superbly rendered music, the bravura style, this bold narrative, the great performances, the perfection of the totality of this unique and vibrant wonderland of a film-How to get it seen in America?” -Jonathan Demme

Northwest Film Forum members, please join us for a free screening and post-film discussion on Monday, March 29 at 7pm.
Discussion will be held after the movie in our workshop room, and will be hosted by film professor and Cineaste editor Dennis West.

Want to join the fun?  Become a member today.

Just in from the Tribeca announcement party!

March 23, 2010

David Russo and Tania Raymonde at the Tribeca announcement party.

Marshall Allman and Tania Raymonde

Editor Billy McMillin, Actor Marshall Allman, Producer Peggy Case,
Co-Executive Producer David Glickman – photo by Meghan Noone

Actress Tania Raymonde & Producer Peggy Case – photo by Billy McMillin

Photos from Peggy Case.

Tribeca Film signs on as US Distributor of Little Dizzle!

March 23, 2010

Congrats to Director David Russo and everyone who has been a part of this amazing production!

375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY

Contact: Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
Dade Hayes: (212) 843-8022 or
Sharleen Valentin: (212) 843-9327 or

Tribeca Enterprises
Tammie Rosen: (212) 941-2003 or trosen@tribecaenterprises.



Seven of the 12 Films to Premiere at 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the Same Time VOD Run Begins
Films Will Also Go To Theatres, Home Video, Airlines, Hotels and Other Distribution Channels

New York, NY March 23 2010 – Tribeca Film, supported by founding partner American Express, today announced the first 12 independent films to which it has acquired the rights to distribute across multiple platforms, beginning with video-on-demand. The films range from award-winning dramas and revealing documentaries to uproarious comedies and sports stories; five are acclaimed titles from the festival circuit, while the remaining seven will premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the same time their VOD runs begin. The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, The Infidel, Metropia, My Last Five Girlfriends, The Swimsuit Issue (Allt flyter),The Trotksy and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia join the previously-announced The Birth of Big Air, Climate of Change, Road, Movie, sex & drugs & rock & roll, and TiMER as Tribeca Film’s initial 12 titles.

Beginning April 21, all 12 titles will be available in up to 40 million homes via cable and satellite systems, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Bright House Networks, RCN, and Bresnan Communications. Subscribers will be able to access all films at affordable price points in the “Tribeca Film” category of their Movies On Demand channel and/or via pay-per-view offerings. American Express is the Founding Partner of the newly created Tribeca Film, which is an initiative of Tribeca Enterprises – the same parent company that runs the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Tribeca Film’s initial slate features such filmmakers as Academy Award® nominee Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are), and notable stars, such as Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder), Academy Award® nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear) and Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting). These films also introduce audiences to Mat Hoffman, whose teenage, aerial dirt-bike feats took the sport of BMX to a new level; a mordantly satirical vision of Europe in 2024; a high-schooler who thinks he is Leon Trotsky; an alternate reality where the precise moment you will fall in love is monitored through “timers”; and a captivating environmental adventure by the producers of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, with narration by Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton.

The films are as follows:

Films Premiering on VOD and the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

• The Birth of Big Air, directed by Jeff Tremaine. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur. By 16, he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations and pushed the boundaries of gravity. Academy Award® nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sports fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to “Big Air.”

• Climate of Change, directed by Brian Hill. (USA, UK) – North American Premiere, Documentary. A group of 13-year-olds in India rally against the use of plastics. A renaissance man in Africa teaches villagers to harness solar power. Self-described “hillbillies” in Appalachia battle the big business behind strip mining. Tilda Swinton beautifully narrates this rich and inspiring documentary about a world of regular people taking action in the fight to save our environment. This extraordinary environmental documentary is executive produced by Participant Media and the Alliance for Climate Protection.

• The Infidel, directed by Josh Appignanesi, written by David Baddiel. (UK) – International Premiere, Narrative. Mahmud Nasir (comedian Omid Djalili) may not be the most observant Muslim, but deep down he is a true believer. His life is turned upside down when he learns he was adopted—but most scandalous is that his birth mother was Jewish! And his given name was Solly Shimshillewitz! As Mahmud tumbles into a full-scale identity crisis, a true comedy of religious errors unfolds. With Richard Schiff and Matt Lucas.

• Metropia, directed by Tarik Saleh, written by Fredrik Edin, Stig Larsson, and Tarik Saleh. (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) – New York Premiere. In the year 2024, all of Europe is united by a vast web of underground railways, populated by an army of downtrodden worker bees. When one such cog starts hearing voices and encounters a femme fatale shampoo model who seems to hold some answers, he finds himself unearthing a vast Orwellian conspiracy in this visually arresting animated noir. With the voices of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, and Alexander Skarsgård.

• Road, Movie, directed by Dev Benegal. (USA, India) – US Premiere, Narrative. Loath to take over the family hair-oil business, young Vishnu jumps at the chance to drive his uncle’s beat-up Chevy truck across India to its new owner. The young runaway, wandering old entertainer, and beautiful woman he picks up along the way make for a magical journey that will change Vishnu’s life. With the sumptuous landscape of India as his canvas, director Dev Benegal paints a delightfully original road movie.

• sex & drugs & rock & roll, directed by Mat Whitecross. (UK) – North American Premiere, Narrative. Awards: Nominated, Best Leading Actor, Best Music, 2010 BAFTA Awards; Nominated, Best Actor, British Independent Film Awards; Nominated, British Actor of the Year, Young British Performer of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards. sex & drugs & rock & roll is The Road to Guantanamo codirector Mat Whitecross’ ripsnorting portrait of mercurial British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury (BAFTA nominee Andy Serkis). From a troubled childhood and a battle with debilitating polio to the effects of fame on relationships and fatherhood, here are the highs and lows of a life lived sneeringly, unapologetically out loud.

• The Trotksy, directed and written by Jacob Tierney. (Canada) – US Premiere, Narrative. Like most high schoolers, Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel, Tropic Thunder) is having an identity crisis. What differentiates Leon, however, is that he believes he is the reincarnation of Soviet thinker Leon Trotksy and predestined to follow the same path as his namesake. Tackling issues from students’ rights to semi-formal dances, this “revolutionary” comedy will have you united in laughter.

Independent Feature Premieres

• My Last Five Girlfriends, directed and written by Julian Kemp. (UK) – Narrative. Based on the international best seller On Love by Alain de Botton, this delightful romantic comedy explores with delicious wit and whimsy just how modern urban relationships go wrong. Surveying the wreckage of his last five relationships, thirtysomething Duncan (Brendan Patricks) concludes that love is a battleground where only the fittest survive.

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, written and directed by David Russo
(USA) – Narrative. After losing his cubicle job in Seattle, spiritually confused Dory feels like his life is going down the drain. Forced to take a job as a night janitor at a shady research firm, he and his cast-off coworkers are unwittingly used as guinea pigs for new products that are doing strange things to their bodies and minds. Quirky, humorous, and dark, David Russo’s feature debut is a stylish, bittersweet fable about the search for meaning in our throwaway society. With Marshall Allman and Natasha Lyonne.

• The Swimsuit Issue (Allt flyter), directed by Måns Herngren, written by Jane Magnusson, Brian Cordray and Herngren. (Sweden) – Narrative. What begins as a joke turns into a new shot at glory for a group of over-the-hill athletes who decide to form Sweden’s only all-male synchronized swimming team. The less they’re taken seriously, the more determined they are to win the world championship in this fun, feel-good comedy about friendship and family. In Swedish with English subtitles. Part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

• The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, directed by Julien Nitzberg. (USA) – Documentary. Shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing, drug dealing, pill popping, murders, and tap dancing — what do these all have in common? The White Family. From executive producers Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine comes a shocking portrait of Boone County, West Virginia’s most notorious and surly family. Nitzberg spends a year with multiple generations of the White family in this outlandish doc featuring the family’s dancing muse, Jesco White (star of the cult classic documentary Dancing Outlaw). Also with Hank Williams III.

• TiMER, directed and written by Jac Schaeffer. (USA) – Narrative. Finding true love is easier than ever thanks to a bio-technological implant called the TiMER, which counts down to the exact time people meet their soul mates. Love-starved Oona (Emma Caulfield, TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is pushing 30, but her TiMER hasn’t even started counting down yet. What’s worse, she’s falling for a guy (John Patrick Amedori, Gossip Girl) who is set to meet his true love in four months. Newcomer Jac Schaeffer crafts a smart romantic comedy that leaves behind the burning question… would you want to know?

Free Titles

Through Tribeca’s ongoing partnership with ESPN, Tribeca Film is also presenting a selection of free titles via most of its video-on-demand partners courtesy of ESPN. Those films include:

• Hellfighters, directed by Jon Frankel (USA) – Documentary. In 2003, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Doug Ferguson founded Harlem’s first high school football team and one of the only such teams in all of New York City. The film follows the Harlem Hellfighters though the peaks and valleys of their third season as players fight formidable odds in pursuit of greatness both on and off the field.

• Kobe Doin’ Work, directed by Spike Lee (USA) – Documentary. From celebrated filmmaker and die-hard, front-row basketball fan Spike Lee comes a remarkable all-access portrait of one of the NBA’s all-time greats, Kobe Bryant. Lee uses 30 cameras and his storytelling panache to show a day in the life of a basketball star, following Bryant before, during and after a single late-season game against the San Antonio Spurs.

• Muhammad and Larry, directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan. (USA) – Documentary. Relying on vintage 1980 footage, the filmmakers trace the story of the much-hyped fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes, in which the 38-year-old Ali was relentlessly pummeled by Holmes, then 30. The fight is considered by most to be the end of an era, one in which Ali was truly “The Greatest.” The film captures not only the fight itself, but also months of lead-up and hype during which the two champions (and former sparring partners) trash-talked in the media, albeit with mutual respect and obvious affection.

• Through The Fire, directed by Alistair Christopher and Jonathan Hock. (USA) – Documentary. This up-close-and-personal look inside the life of Brooklyn basketball prodigy Sebastian Telfair examines his decision whether or not to leap from high school to the NBA. But the film is far more than just a sports documentary. It’s also the story of the star-making industry in America, and how the lure of riches and fame exert their magnetic pull on the Chosen One, and those who surround him.

Tribeca Film, with Founding Partner American Express, stems from Tribeca Enterprises’ desire to redefine traditional models of film distribution and release patterns. After starting with a branded VOD offering that will launch day-and-date with the Tribeca Film Festival (April 21 – May 2), Tribeca Film will expand to theatrical, home entertainment, airline, hotel, subscription and advertising-supported digital platforms. Tribeca Film initiative, launched in tandem with online venture Tribeca Film Festival Virtual, gives more opportunities to filmmakers and also delivers to audiences a range of compelling films that they otherwise would not be able to see.

“We are excited to be offering audiences more choices through Tribeca Film,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer at Tribeca. “One of Tribeca’s missions has always been to find new ways for audiences to discover film and for filmmakers to get attention for their work. We feel Tribeca Film gives us a way to accomplish that, not just in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival but year-round and nationwide.”

For more information, please visit

About Tribeca Enterprises
Tribeca Enterprises is a diversified global media company based in New York City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of branded entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas, and the newly announced distribution initiative, Tribeca Film. The Company’s mission is to provide artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their works and to broaden the access point for consumers to experience independent film and media. Jonathan Tisch, through Walnut Hill Media, is a minority investor in Tribeca Enterprises and is a member of the Board of Directors.

About Tribeca Film & Tribeca Film Festival Virtual
Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution platform dedicated to acquiring and marketing independent films across multiple platforms, including video-on-demand, theatrical and home video. It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises. Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual) is a new online extension of TFF, offering audiences outside of New York a chance to connect with movie enthusiasts around the world and experience all aspects of the fest including select 2010 Festival titles, panel discussions and live red carpet action via Together, Tribeca Film and TFF Virtual provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. American Express continues its support of Tribeca and the independent film community, signing on as the Founding Partner of Tribeca Film and TFF Virtual.

New on Capitol Hill: The CHS Marketplace

March 23, 2010

Northwest Film Forum has been happy to be partner with the ever-expanding blog. Those guys are always thinking of bigger and better ways to support the Capitol Hill community. And now there’s this!

Join the Capitol Hill Marketplace: The easiest way to trade what you have and get what you need in your community.

Brought to you by the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, the Capitol Hill Marketplace is where locals buy and sell goods, services and stuff, all for Dibits – the online currency that’s taking Seattle by storm.

Dibits are just as valuable as Dollars but they’re much easier to earn and spend, so all of us can trade what we have and get what we need.  And if you’re quick about it you’ll get 100 Dibits (worth $100) just for being one of the first 20 people to post an offer!

–For businesses, it’s a quick way to get loads of neighborhood customers and pay for many of your core business costs.

–For Capitol Hill residents, it’s the fast, safe and easy way to sell your stuff and buy local.

And since our Marketplace is exclusively for the neighborhood, it’s a great way to build connections and keep resources in the community.

The Marketplace is brand new but it’s already filling up with great offers:

Sign up now for your free account on <>  <> :
Then join the Capitol Hill Marketplace and post an offer for your neighbors: <>  <>

Northwest Film Forum is not yet equipped to accept dibits, but we are hoping to get on board soon.
You can start getting involved and earning dibits by signing up, posting offers and inviting your friends!

Coming this weekend: LIVE featuring “too”

March 22, 2010

Tickets are on the move for this one – I suggest you get yours now.

Northwest Film Forum and AmyO/tinyrage are proud to present too, the second
live performance in the inaugural season of “Live at the Film Forum,” a series of commissioned events that stem from and reflect the inherently collaborative and experimental quality of cinema. “too” will be performed at Northwest Film Forum March 25-27 at 8pm.

Choreographed and directed by Amy O’Neal, “too” is an ecstatic interplay of live and recorded
movement performed by dancers O’Neal and Ellie Sandstrom. Drawing inspiration from the
rural/urban divide, karaoke and Japanese love hotels, “too” ruminates on the increasing challenges of human contact in a fractured and complex technological age. The duo interacts with strangers and friends in a cut and paste dance of physical extremes. “too” is an attempted mimicry of memory, an attempt to keep up with the challenges of contemporary life, and an attempt at dance karaoke. The performers have to watch a monitor of the video the whole time in order to keep up
with what is going on.

Previously filmed duets across the US and Japan include on-screen performances by Reggie Watts, Tommy Smith, Melanie Kloetzel, Kathleen Hermesdorf, David Dorfman, Sarah Gamblin, Corrie Befort and 30 more. Ivory Smith and Ollie Glatzer composed the score, with video editing by Michelle Witten.

The Live at the Film Forum debut event of “too” will be the first performance in Seattle by Amy
O’Neal under her new/additional identiy AmyO/tinyrage, who has been co-directing the dance,
music and video company locust for the past ten years. More information about her new company can be found at

Win tickets to October Country – WITH directors in attendance

March 19, 2010

There are some great reviews for October Country coming in from the Seattle press this week, but somehow they missed that the documentary’s directors, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, will be at the screenings this Friday & Saturday!

This is an especially important detail given that the film (called, oddly enough, “first great horror movie of the decade” by Seattle PostGlobe, and “the scariest horror film since The Blair Witch Project” by The Stranger – both of whom also went on to compare it to Antichrist and BladeRunner, respectively) is about director Mosher’s own family. (The Stranger even gave the film one of their coveted “Suggests,” but not for a day the directors will be here.)

This is going to be a Q&A to remember.

As if that isn’t compelling enough, we’re giving away free tickets for Friday or Saturday’s shows to the first 10 people who answer this question correctly: The name of the film shares a title with a collection of short stories by what author?
Send your answers to by 2pm today to win.

October Country plays Northwest Film Forum March 19-24 at 7 and 9pm daily. Read more about the film and get your tickets here.

Godard’s Latest Bandes-Annonces

March 18, 2010

Critics Apparently Matter… At Least To Each Other

March 18, 2010

Check out this têteà-tête going on between the Village Voice’s J. Hoberman and New York Press’ Armond White.

Is the profession on the verge or a reality television show? We all knew it would come to this.