Archive for May 14th, 2010

Denis Cote’s Carcasses

May 14, 2010

I was pleasantly surprised today when I received the Grand Illusion’s email newsletter today to discover that our friends over there are premiering Denis Cote’s Carcasses. Sadly not a single paper in town covered this one, so I’m going to do my part as a film goer and HIGHLY encourage you check this one out.

The film is one of the most original Canadian movies in recent years. It opens as a documentary portrait of Jean-Paul Colmor, the unabashedly eccentric owner of a massive junkyard in rural Quebec containing just about every conceivable object, as well as the dilapidated carcasses of thousands of cars. This gnarled, rusted landscape proves to be as fascinating as Colmor himself, especially when his kingdom has some equally surprising visitors. That’s when Côté takes his film into a realm that viewers may recognize from the strangest visions of Werner Herzog, Luis Buñuel and to more recent works from filmmakers like Lisandro Alonso. Carcasses makes for an unusual journey by anyone’s standards, but it’s one not soon forgotten. Don’t miss this one, it’s a fine vision from one of our continents finest filmmakers.

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NWFF Summer Classes

May 14, 2010

NWFF’s summer class listings are now online. And I must say, it’s a lovely assemblage of gifted and talented instructors leading thoughtful discussions and discourses. One of Seattle’s gurus of screen vocabulary, Brian McDonald, has tailored his story-writing class for the filmmaker audience with Cinematic  Storytelling. We’re also introducing a new class on 3-D modeling and animation software: Introduction to Blender, led by Tony Mullen (an animation virtuoso who cut his animation teeth with NWFF’s own Bolex camera.) Peaking further into the changes that technology is having on filmmaking, we’re offering a one-day class about filming with digital SLRs and another on digital post production.

Special guests will be bringing their skilled expertise to teach: longtime music-documentarian Murray Lerner shares his doc-making knowledge, Vincent Moon offers his own approach to music-inspired film with a show and tell of quiet, intimate musical performances, and brothers Benny and Josh Safdie challenge you to write from the gut by watching and analyzing films that tug at your emotional strings in ever to so subtle ways, and use that to kick-start your own heart-felt storytelling.

And for the teen filmmakers, we still have space available in our two-week Mixed Animation Camp for 14-17 year olds, happening in August. Scholarships are available!