Archive for April 12th, 2010

“My Son” held over – additional dates through April 22

April 12, 2010

It was a very busy weekend here at the Film Forum, with the popular Visual Music playing against the Herzog/Lynch curiosity My Son My Son What Have Ye Done.

Though we were excited by the great turnout, we weren’t pleased to have to turn away so many filmgoers!
With that in mind, we are happy to announce we are extending the run of My Son through April 22.

The film will now play daily at 7 and 9pm through April 22. Please note, the one exception is Saturday, April 17 when the movie will ONLY show at 5pm.

Spread the word!

Charlotte Gainsbourg Q&A tomorrow – just announced

April 12, 2010

This just in from the Alliance Francaise Seattle!

Charlotte Gainsbourg in an Intimate Q&A

at the Alliance Française, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

Tuesday, April 13th from 7-8pm

Doors/Registration open at 6pm

Event in English but will have interpreter for French speakers.

France’s most-beloved daughter, award-winning actress and international musical star is stopping by the Alliance Française of Seattle for a Q&A session with Seattle’s French and Francophone community this coming Tuesday, April 13th from 7:00-8:00pm.

Charlotte is currently on tour promoting her latest album, titled IRM, where she collaborated with chart-topping American artist, Beck.

Charlotte will be answering questions not only about her latest work with Beck but also about what it is like for her to live with two languages and two cultures.  Her mother is English top-model/singer/actress Jane Birkin and father is the legendary French singer/songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg.

Charlotte is France’s most prolific star and the Alliance Française of Seattle is honored to welcome her as she talks about her latest work and her life as one of the most iconic people for France.

Space is limited to the first 100 attendees.

Doors open @ 6:00pm

FREE for Members of the Alliance Française

$15 donation for non-members

Bring your CDs, posters, etc for signing

*If planning on asking Ms. Gainsbourg a question, please have it prepared to hand it at registration on arrival.

For more information about this unique opportunity to meet Charlotte:

Alliance Française de Seattle • 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N #205, Seattle, WA 98103 • 206.632.5433

Follow Up From Cine Institute

April 12, 2010

Today I received a follow up form the fine folks at the Cine Institute, who were the beneficiaries or our  benefit for Haiti’s earthquake victims. Thought I’d share for those of you came out to support.

April 2010
Dear Friends,

THANK YOU to all our friends, partners and supporters who have contributed in so many meaningful ways over the past three months. Your support and assistance arrived in many amazing forms… From those who volunteered time and services, to hosting of benefit events, organizing relief shipments, lending office space, giving gifts in cash and in kind, providing professional references and opportunities, organizing school visits, ensuring blog and press mentions and the simple act of sending us letters of encouragement and support.

This is a long overdue letter of thanks and an update from the front.

Every bit of support has made a huge difference to us and has impacted our community. We suffered losses and significant damages, but thanks to your efforts Ciné Institute was the only school in the southeast of Haiti that remained open throughout the post-earthquake State of Emergency.

It is now three months since the tragic events of January 12th. We have been at work since day one assisting friends and neighbors in every way possible – from producing video reports and supporting visiting journalists and filmmakers, to helping victims obtain medical care, to assisting with the distribution of food, medicine, water filters, tents, blankets and generators. We’ve also provided enjoyment and pleasure to tent camp residents through weekly outdoor screenings. Our students have referred to this post quake period as their ultimate master class in civic duty and journalism. Their strength and determination to work through this tragedy has been truly remarkable.

We’ve been operating out of a temporary storage space and yard kindly provided by Gerald Mathurin and the team of CROSE (Coordination of the Organizations in the South-East Region), a group coordinating all grassroots organizations across the southeast of Haiti. Their generosity and solidarity has been extraordinary and we will forever be grateful. Learn more about CROSE here.

While Ciné Institute remains operational, there is so much about us and around us that has changed. As a result we are currently operating with an interim curriculum for the semester and have combined the entire student body into classes focused on areas of community outreach and documentary and fiction film production. We are also evaluating our longer term curriculum in light of a very different Haiti. How should we grow or adapt our curriculum and training to better serve Haiti’s future?

Our goal is to be relocated and able to implement full time normalized curriculum again by the start of the school year in September.  To do so we also find ourselves evaluating how best to go forward with the task of rebuilding: What are the safest structural approaches? What are the best environmental practices and how can we turn this into an opportunity to become more energy independent and even carbon neutral? Can our own rebuilding help give birth to a local green movement?

In the coming months we will develop and certainly share with you concrete strategies, plans and financial needs associated with rebuilding Ciné Institute.

Thank you once more for your continued support and interest!

David Belle

Ciné Institute