There is no link for "HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING" or for "ON THE
SEVENTH DAY." Both are from The Cinema Guild http://www.cinemaguild.com/ .
There are reviews available through Metacritic (via IMDb) or RottenTomatoes.
I don't have any problem with you and Clif choosing to view either of those
two films. I would forewarn you that "LA FAMILIA" starts out pretty rough as
it shows how youth are kind of on their own. It takes a while for the
father-son relationship to coalesce. There are some other FilmMovement films
for which I sent out screener links that are part of what I proposed you
might want to see if you haven't already taken a look at them. The only
other one that you might want to look at is "GENESIS 2.0." Bob Stewart
forwarded a link for that to you this mornng.
From: cinemaexp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <cinemaexp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> On
Behalf Of Laurie Graves
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2018 1:55 PM
Subject: [cinemaexp] Re: MAKING SOME FINAL DECISIONS
Thanks for the update, Joel. We were planning on screening Un Traductor and
Familia tonight and tomorrow. Are there other films you would rather have us
screen? Hale County this Morning? Is there a link for this? I am sorry to be
so forgetful, but my focus for the past two months has been on Library Lost,
and there isn't much room for anything else. The little brain is working at
maximum output. ;)
If you and Alice like a film, then I am perfectly comfortable going with
On 11/12/2018 1:43 PM, Joel Johnson wrote:
Even before the e-mails of the last couple of days, it had occurred to me
that we were definitely running out of time (next week is Thanksgiving!) and
needed to come to some resolution on what films to include and when to show
them. Attached is a proposal with some options for your consideration. This
leaves a lot of the films on our list out in the cold.
I have compressed our schedule to work around the Women's Protest Marches
called for 1/19/19 and for the weekend of satellite screenings of MJFF films
OPENING THE SERIES ON 1/12-13/19: We have usually tried to have an upbeat,
fun film to start our series. Food-oriented films-usually docs-have been
ideal in this position. Obviously, there seems to be growing interest in the
food-oriented drama "RAMEN SHOP." I had leaned toward possibly placing it in
the middle of our series as I was concerned that it might not have the
dynamism that would be ideal as an opener. You may not share that concern
and certainly not all of our opening films would have been described as
"dynamic." "RAMEN SHOP" might be the consensus choice for a food-oriented
opener. We might also decide to start with something other than a
food-oriented film. We had wanted to show "WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?" before it
screened on TCM on 1/31/19 which gives us our opening weekend of 1/12-13/19
or our second weekend 1/26-27/19. Another option would be to show the
Bergman documentary "SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN" as an opener. This might
be a good way to honor his legacy, provide an overview of his films, and to
demonstrate how his films continue to influence filmmakers.
SECOND WEEKEND 1/26-27/19: Obviously, if we do decide to go with the
food-oriented narrative or the Bergman doc, that would leave "WHAT PRICE
HOLLYWOOD?" as our second weekend film. If we chose "WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?"
as the opener, then we would have a number of options for this slot.
THIRD WEEKEND 2/2-3/19: February is Black History month. Our screening of
"LIFE AND NOTHING MORE" didn't work out very well, but "HALE COUNTY THIS
MORNING, THIS EVENING" has very strong reviews and seems to address many of
the same issues as "LIFE AND NOTHING MORE." It would have the advantage of
being shorter and allowing more opportunity for a post-film discussion.
Another very highly regarded film from The Cinema Guild is the Latino
immigrant film "ON THE SEVENTH DAY." Another option for this slot would be
"RAFIKI" which is the Kenyan lesbian film from FilmMovement.
FOURTH WEEKEND 2/16-17/19: This one has a number of options with films that
we have had on our list for many of which we have had screeners. We have not
had screeners for "THE THIRD WIFE"-though Alice and I did see it in Toronto
and were quite impressed-and "3 FACES" from Iranian director Jafar Panahi
which has good critical support
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/3_faces I didn't initially include "ICEMAN"
for this slot because I thought the title might be something of a downer for
the middle of winter and that it might be perceived better at the end of the
series when there may be more light at the end of the winter tunnel. If we
decide to include "GENESIS 2.0" in our final time-slot and want to include
"ICEMAN" we would need to consider it for this slot.
FIFTH WEEKEND 3/2-3/19: This is the weekend before MJFF and last year
probably helped boost the attendance for MJFF satellite screenings at RRSQ.
"THE WALDHEIM WALTZ" is probably the most attractive of the films that I
discussed with Barbara Merson of MJFF. I don't think it was initially one
that was going to be offered to us. I specifically asked about it and was
told that we "could negotiate on that one." Anyway, "THE INTERPRETER" is
another film that has fairly favorable reviews
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_interpreter My wife and maybe some
others were intrigued by the noirish thriller "BUDAPEST NOIR." The IMDb
webpage has a handful of reviews. The biggest problem noted in one was that
it seemed quite similar to other noir-type films. This seems to me to be the
type of criticism that might come from a film critic yet wouldn't be a big
problem for an average filmgoer-or to borrow from Garrison Keillor-an
above-average filmgoer as we know all of our CINEMA EXPLORATION filmgoers
are. I think we are likely to be fairly well satisfied by which ever option
we choose from the films already part of the MJFF. The one that I think
might not be quite as attractive is the documentary "INSIDE THE MOSSAD." I
was concerned that this is the would be perceived kind of documentary that
will make you a better person for having seen it, but probably won't be much
fun (the bad-tasting medicine-type documentary).
SIXTH AND FINAL WEEKEND 3/16-17/19: I was proposing three films that could
be seen earlier depending on our choices, but would make fairly good closing
films. If for some reason we could not schedule "WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?" at a
workable price, we could consider the runner-up classic "WILD STRAWBERRIES"
for this slot as well. "GENESIS 2.0" was the only one that we pretty much
agreed had issues for which our audience might have negative reactions
(i.e., bored, pervasive sense of dread, comprehending the issues) and,
therefore, could affect the overall series and so it would be best shown
only as the final film. I'm a little leery about showing films for which I
know there could be negative audience reactions even though we have shown
films in the past and even may be including other films this year for which
audiences may have been or may be challenged. Clearly there are ethical
issues that probably will need to be addressed about the artistic and
genetic use of what is recovered from long-dead mammoths. "GENESIS 2.0"
definitely tries to shed light on these issues, but is there a distinction
between some of our other films and this one in how the knowledge gained
empowers our audience to understand and take action after seeing it?
So I'd like to hear from folks about their recommendations for which films
to show during each of our six weekends. I'd like to hear from everyone by
By my count, everyone except for my wife Alice and I is unavailable to meet
this Thursday. It, therefore, makes no sense to have any meeting at RRSq
this week. Assuming we can come up with some consensus on a plan for each
weekend we may not need to meet again. Once we have some consensus, I will
contact Barbara at MJFF (about any MJFF selection) and then Ken about
booking all of our choices. Hopefully, we can wrap this up before Turkey
Day. Thank you for your input.