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Date: January 31, 2006
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115
IN FEBRUARY THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUES
INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN PRESENTS
TWO EVENINGS OF WINNERS FROM THE 2006 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL IN A BEST OF FEST SHOWCASE
February 9 & 16, 2006
HOLLYWOOD The American Cinematheques THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE presents two evenings of Award Winners from the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival on Thursday, February 9th & 16th. Each program will begin at 7:30 PM and will feature different films (shorts and features, narratives & documentaries). If you didn't make the trek to the snow-capped peaks of Park City, Utah for the 12th annual Slamdance Film Festival - or simply couldn't see EVERYTHING while you were there - you'll be able to catch up with 2006 festival winners with two evenings of screenings featuring different award-winning shorts and features. Schedules permitting, filmmakers, still clutching their coveted "Sparky" award statuettes, will appear with their films. A complete list of Winners is available at www.slamdance.com. The exact screening schedule is also available at www.egyptiantheatre.com or at 323.466.FILM. All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood (between Las Palmas Ave. & McCadden Place).
THE BEST OF SLAMDANCE Thursday, February 9, 2006
The Thursday, February 9th program is a 7:30 PM screening of the Grand Jury Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature THE EMPIRE IN AFRICA (2005, 87 min., USA) which made its World Premiere at Slamdance. Directed by Philippe Diaz. The story of the unjust war the international community waged against civil war stricken Sierra Leone. The prize included a Sony HD camera plus five hours of tape from Media Distributors in conjunction with Sony. The short film "Under The Roller Coaster" (2005, 15 min., USA), Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short, will precede the feature. Directed by Lila Place. This film is about Mae Timpano, who lived under the famed Thunderbolt Roller Coaster at Coney Island. To thousands, the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster was a Coney Island icon, but for Mae Timpano it was home. This enchanting film examines the true-life experience of one woman and her unique relationship to Coney Island living under the famed Thunderbolt Roller Coaster. Discussion following with filmmakers subject to availability, with a reception for all ticket buyers.
THE BEST OF SLAMDANCE Thursday, February 16, 2006
The Thursday, February 16th program is a 7:30 PM screening of the Grand Jury Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature WE GO WAY BACK (2005, 80 min., USA), which made its World Premiere at Slamdance. The film was also awarded the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography ($5,000 in Kodak Film) for d.p. Ben Kasulkes work. The film is wrtten and directed by Seattle based filmmaker Lynn Shelton. Adolescence has left 23-year-old actress Kate robbed of her bearings and her boundaries. Can a surreal confrontation with her 13-year-old self redeem her? A sly and tender depiction of one young woman's journey of self-rediscovery. The Jury Prize also entitles the filmmaker to receive a Panavision Camera Rental Package valued at $60,0000. The film will be preceded by the Spirit of Slamdance Award Winner for Best Gallery Short, "Hiro" (2005, 20 min., Canada), which made its U.S. Premiere at Slamdance, from Vancouver based filmmaker Matthew Swanson. After a chance encounter with a young girl, a shy Japanese insect collector finds himself thrust into a wild chase to recover a stolen beetle. Discussion following with filmmakers subject to availability, with a reception for all ticket buyers.
Started in 1995 by a group of upstart filmmakers, the Slamdance Film Festival is a year-round organization dedicated to emerging artists and their vision. Slamdance has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors with limited budgets. At the same time, the Festival has stayed true to its roots by being organized and programmed by active filmmakers. Slamdance films have been picked up for distribution, invited to festivals around the world, won Independent Spirit Awards, the Palme d'Or and an Academy Award, among many other accolades. Slamdance Film Festival alumni include "Memento" director Christopher Nolan (festival award winner "Following"), the Emmy Award winning Russo Brothers ("Pieces"), and "Monster's Ball" director Marc Forster (festival audience award winner "Loungers"). The 2005 Slamdance opening night film, "Mad Hot Ballroom," was acquired by Paramount Classics. For more information about the 2006 festival see: www.slamdance.com or call 323.466.1786.
Review copies of the films will be available from the American Cinematheque offices starting January 30th. Call for details: 323.461.2020, ext. 115.
For press credentials to cover or to interview talent, send a fax on letterhead from your outlet stating that you have a specific assignment to cover, and when the coverage will appear. If your outlet is not known to us, please include a paragraph describing your outlets circulation and focus. Press
requests not faxed in on time cannot be honored. For details see our website for press policies. http://americancinematheque.com/pressreleases/pressticketpolicies.htm
General admission price: $9. Sr./Student rate is $7 and Cinematheque/IFP /SAG/ WGA/ AIVF/FAF/Filmmakers Alliance Members are $6. Tickets now available at www.fandango.com
The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition And Beyond , the American Cinematheques on-going series focusing on independent and new forms of cinema was created to serve the public as well as the independent film community in Los Angeles by providing a year-round venue for independent feature films that have not yet secured wide commercial distribution. Whatever the ALTERNATIVE SCREEN offers from
month to month, it promises to be provocative, innovative and fiercely independent. Select Alternative Screen alumni include MY FATHER THE GENIUS, EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS, HABIT, STAR MAPS, OUR SONG
and THE LAST BIG THING.
The Alternative Screen takes on-going submissions for consideration of fiercely independent work in all genres. Please send a 1/2" tape to: Margot Gerber, The Alternative Screen, c/o American Cinematheque, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA., 90028. Include a SASE if you would like your tape returned. Inquiries
should be directed to 323.461.2020, ext. 115. Short films should be sent to the attention of Andrew Crane. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
For information about the Alternative Screen or other American Cinematheque events, please call 323.466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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Monday, January 9, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Monday, January 9th program begins at 7:30 PM of TSOTSI, (2005, Miramax, 94 min.) Director Gavin Hoods blistering account of a tumultuous six days in the life of Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae), a young gang leader in Johannesburg, who undergoes a surprising change after being involved in the shooting death of a young mother. With an exhilarating catalogue of Kwaito dance hall music on the soundtrack, TSOTSI pulsates with a vibrant, violent energy. Adapted from a novel by Athol Fugard (Boesman And Lena), it compares favorably to Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lunds CITY OF GOD.
For information about this film, please contact Adam Keen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, January 10, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Tuesday, January 10th program is a 7:30 PM screening with THE PROMISE (MO GIK), (2005, Moonstone Entertainment and China Film Group, 102 min.). Director Chen Kaige (FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE) delivers a stirring martial arts fantasy in the tradition of HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, drawing on the acting talents of Japanese leading man, Hiroyuki Sanada, Korean Jang Dong-Kun and Chinese Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse. A cursed Princess (Cheung) gathers strength from the love of the slave (Dong-Kun) of an esteemed general (Sanada) and must brave the perils of an evil duke (Tse). This film was slated for release through the Weinstein Company, but the rights have now reverted back to the producers. The version screening here is the longer one. Director Chen Kaige will appear at the screening.
For information about this film, please contact Etchie Stroh, email@example.com
Wednesday, January 11, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Wednesday, January 11th program begins at 7:30 PM with JOYEUX NOËL (MERRY CHRISTMAS), (2005, Sony Classics, 110 min.). Director Christian Carions poignant film is based on a real incident, the story of how German, Scottish and French soldiers declared a truce for one day on Christmas Eve during World War I and shared feelings about the meaning of the season. This uplifting saga is both profoundly moving and a scorching condemnation of the idiocy of war. Starring Guillaume Canet, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Thomas Kretschmann.
For information about this film, please contact Mark Roper, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 12, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Thursday, January 12th program begins at 7:30 PM with KUNG FU HUSTLE, (2004, Sony Classics, 95 min.). Wunderkind Stephen Chow not only directs this brilliantly comic, martial arts tour de force, but also performs as an amusingly arrogant wannabe thug attempting to join the evil "Axe Gang" in 1940s Shanghai. What he doesnt count on is inadvertently starting an all-out war between the gang and the downtrodden members of a poor housing community, a number of whom are hiding nearly superhuman martial arts prowess!
For more information on this film, please contact Mark Roper, email@example.com
Friday, January 13, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Friday, January 13th program begins at 7:30 PM with PARADISE NOW, (2005, Warner Independent Pictures, 90 min.). Director Hany Abu-Assads harrowing film follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions. Starring Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal. Director Hany Abu-Assad will appear at the screening.
For more information on this film, please contact Fredell Pogodin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Kim (email@example.com)
Sunday, January 15, 2006: Egyptian Theatre
The Sunday, January 15th program begins at 1:00 PM with a Roundtable Discussion with all of the filmmakers of the nominated films with moderator Mike Goodridge of Screen International. Directors Chen Kaige (THE PROMISE), Hany Abu-Assad (PARADISE NOW), Stephen Chow (KUNG FU HUSTLE), Gavin Hood (TSOTSI), and Christian Carion (JOYEUX NOËL) will participate.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards:
For more information about the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
see the official website, www.hfpa.org.In early 1944, a number of movie stars went to 20th Century Fox Studios to see what a small group of foreign journalists, reporting from Hollywood back to their homelands, had found to be especially interesting and worthwhile during the turbulent preceding year. Lunch was served in the commissary, and all applauded when "The Song of Bernadette" was declared best motion picture and Jennifer Jones and Paul Lukas took home the honors (in form of scrolls) in the leading actress/actor categories The journalists, all members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, decided that this would be a yearly event for the purpose of delivering an impartial view on motion pictures and their impact. In order not to be swayed and influenced by the powers in Hollywood--not even the Academy Award choices--it was important to them that they give their awards before the Oscars. The basic awards for motion picture, leading and supporting actors and actresses were supplemented with a director's award the second year, an award that became permanent.
Since 1955, the Golden Globes have honored achievement in television as well as film. By 1962, the general public was invited to share in the celebration when KTTV in Los Angeles first televised the awards. The Golden Globes Awards from the very first were born out of a wish to create bridges between countries and cultures all around the globe and have, over the years, kept alive, a feeling of celebration rather than competition.
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E-MAIL. PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST TOpublicity@americancinematheque.com or
to the publicist listed after each film description abovek
WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS. THE CINEMATHEQUE WILL NOT BE PRESS SCREENING ANY OF THESE FILMS. YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT THE PUBLICIST LISTED AFTER EACH FILM DESCRIPTION ABOVE FOR PRESS KITS, SCREENERS OR THEATRICAL PRESS SCREENING INFORMATION, AS WELL AS INTERVIEWS.
A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films is available on our website.
General Admission is $9. Double Features are two films for one admission price.
There is generally a 7 10 minute intermission between films.
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TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323-461-9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. THURSDAY AT 6 PM IS THE ABSOLUTE
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THE SHOW AT THE BOX OFFICE. Details at: http://www.americancinematheque.com/pressreleases/pressticketpolicies.htm
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THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD screens Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM & 3:30 PM exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre UNTIL NOV. 20th. After that it will screen only with historic tours. Screening & dates will be on our website. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.
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