Sorry to learn we will be a bit short-handed tomorrow. Abbott and Nancy, I am
not entirely surprised that this Monday might not be the most convenient time
for you to meet and certainly we got that information to you rather late. We do
look forward to seeing you both on the 19th and wish for good progress on your
recovery from surgery, Nancy. Bob, sorry you won’t be able to make tomorrow’s
meeting. I think we can make some progress tomorrow and keep everyone in the
Mike has let me know that Ken has booked “MAYA DARDEL” for next month so I have
taken it off the CINEMA EXPLORATIONS 2018 list.
Thank you, Laurie, for sharing your additional Quebec possibilities. I have
added them to our list.
If one hasn’t yet tracked down a trailer for “HENRI HENRI” (2014), here is one
with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy3b90YrO38 The trailer
seems to present the film as similar to the French film “AMELIE” in that it has
a fanciful quality to it. The film does not have US distribution, but did show
at two higher profile stops on the festival circuit in the Seattle and Palm
Springs Int’l Film Festivals and at least one other US film festival.
“THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE” is a terrific film from Denys Arcand. It
received a Best Foreign-language Film Oscar nomination. It certainly qualifies
as something of a classic, though its storyline of sexual intrigues and
intellectualizations among a group of Montreal academics may not quite be what
our Franco target audience may be looking for. Here is a link to a trailer for
the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvxMxWxR9tg The film was distributed
in the US and Koch Lorber had DVD rights which emerged later. I’m not sure
exactly what the US distribution rights situation would be at this point, but
that could be sorted out.
“THE ROCKET” (2005) is a biopic of hockey star Maurice “the Rocket” Richard who
played in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1940’s and 1950’s up to
1960. The film showed at MIFF about the time it came out. It has certainly been
long enough that to re-show it would be OK. I remember enjoying the film quite
a bit, but I like hockey and sports movies. I don’t know how enticing that type
of film would be to our core supporters, potential Franco filmgoers, or other
potential new filmgoers. Palm Pictures (
http://www.palmpictures.com/foreign.html ) is the US distributor. Here is a
link to a trailer for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkcFx1p4-Cg
Everyone, enjoy your Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day—whichever you may
From: cinemaexp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:cinemaexp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Bob Stewart
Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2017 7:29 PM
Subject: [cinemaexp] Re: CINEMA EXPLORATION 2018 NEXT MEETING DATE
Good evening Joel and all... I regret that attending the meeting tomorrow will
not be possible for me. I will follow along by email and look forward to
attending our next meeting.
I remain enthusiastic about "The Other Side of Hope". In spite of it's flat
tone which could be perceived as a weakness it has strength of character and a
feeling of hope for us as part of the human race.
Please do continue to explore the strengths of the Agnes Varda film. On initial
review it feels like the sort of story that could please our Cinex audience.
Joel, thanks for the .doc Thematic Film Grid. Will explore it when I get home
tomorrow. Alas the device I am using this evening will not open this file. :(
Thank you to all for your contributions thus far. My regards to Nancy and
Abbott. Nancy, wishing you a gentle recovery from your recent event and look
forward to seeing you both, next week perhaps.
On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM, Laurie Graves <laurie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hope Nancy is making a speedy recovery and that we see you both at the next
On Oct 8, 2017 5:44 PM, Nancy Meader <nbmeader@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Nancy and I are just too swamped with obligations and situations to get to
meeting #2. However at present the 19th is open. We do hope to show up for that
one and thereafter, and at least add some thoughts as things develop.
Go you girls and guys! VV Abbott
----- Original Message -----
From: Joel Johnson <mailto:joel_johnson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Mike Perreault <mailto:mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2017 6:01 PM
Subject: [cinemaexp] CINEMA EXPLORATION 2018 NEXT MEETING DATE
This will be a reminder for everyone who was there on Thursday. Our next
meeting is Monday, October 9th at 9:30 am at Railroad Square Cinema.
Abbott and Nancy, we hope that Nancy’s recovery has progressed well. This is
relatively short notice as we had quite a bit of difficulty in scheduling a
second meeting this coming week. We hope you will be able to join us. We did,
however, come to the conclusion that Thursday will be a good day for our
meetings this fall after this and plan to have our third meeting on Thursday,
I have developed a thematic grid for the films on my CINEMA EXPLORATION 2018
list (http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020109024/) on IMDb. This should be helpful in
seeing commonalities and unique characteristics for those films. Hopefully,
this will help us begin to rule-in or rule-out films for our discussion and
process. I have not addressed the Quebec films on the list (#5-#10) in
deference to Laurie who likely may be developing her own process for assessing
them. There are some older classic films in the Quebec group, but aside from
those we only have one classic film (“HEAT AND DUST”) currently on our list.
The group enjoyed the screening “THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE,” but wanted to
evaluate it further knowing more about some of the other films that we have
under consideration. A handful of films were mentioned during our discussion
though we did not address most of the films on the list and no additional films
beyond the list were suggested. The films that on first-look seemed intriguing
beyond “THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE” were narratives “KILLS ON WHEELS” and “ON THE
BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE” as well as documentaries “LIBERATION DAY,” “BOMBSHELL:
THE HEDY LAMARR STORY,” “FACES PLACES,” “THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE,” and
“INDIVISIBLE.” These were the ones I included in my notes and, hopefully, I
didn’t miss any others that may have been mentioned.
There was a very favorable review of “FACES PLACES” in the New York Times. Here
is a link to that review:
The Maine Jewish Film Festival is planning for Railroad Square Cinema to
function as a satellite venue on March 10th and 11th. It looks like the easiest
way to avoid stretching our audiences between CINEMA EXPLORATIONS and MJFF
would be for us to begin on 1/6-7/18 and have a bi-weekly schedule that would
include 1/20-21/18, 2/3-4/18, 2/17-18/18, 3/3-4/18 and finish on 3/17-18/18. If
anyone has input about any conflicts on any of these dates, please let me know.
Mike, I have included you as a “cc” on this e-mail, but we were intending to
add you to the mailing list. If this has already happened, it would be helpful
for someone to let me know. Thanks!
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday.