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Finian’s Rainbow

As a musical it’s excellent — fine tunes and lyrics, great singing and dancing by the ever-youthful Fred Astaire, the glorious songbird Petula Clark, and the impishly weird Tommy Steele cast appropriately as a grimacing Leprechaun. The update of what was a politically acute Broadway hit in 1947 is awkward but the show is a melodious pleasure — great color, fine voices and peppy direction by Francis Ford Coppola on his first big studio feature.

Finian’s Rainbow

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Warner Archive Collection

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 145 141 min. / Street Date March 7, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock, Al Freeman Jr., Ronald Colby, Dolph Sweet, Wright King, Louis Silas.

Cinematography: Philip Lathrop

Film Editor: Melvin Shapiro

Original Music: Ray Heindorf

Written by E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy

Produced by Joseph Landon

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Finian’s Rainbow is a unique musical with a strange history.
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Vessel

Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomberts built a reproductive clinic on a ship, sailed it to countries where abortion is outlawed -- Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain... and got responses from thousands of women in need. It's an advocacy docu about an activist experiment that's moving around the world, promoting positive change. Vessel DVD Kino Lorber 2014 / Color / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 86 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 24.95 Starring Rebecca Gomperts Cinematography Diana Whitten Film Editor Simeon Hunter Animators Emily Hubley.Emilie Liu, Hsien Pei Liu Original Music T. Griffin, Heather McIntosh Produced by Mitchell Block, Diana Whitten Directed by Diana Whitten

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

An efficient and powerful advocacy documentary, 2014's Vessel documents the work of Rebecca Gomperts, a pro- women's reproductive rights activist. A doctor and one-time activist with Greenpeace, around 2000 Gomberts decided to stop working in a women's clinic in her home of Amsterdam, Holland, and to take the
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Jennifer Coolidge at Provincetown: 'I Should Have Stopped at 'American Pie'

Jennifer Coolidge at Provincetown: 'I Should Have Stopped at 'American Pie'
Read More: Provincetown Film Festival Releases Lineup For 17th Edition  Jennifer Coolidge, the actress best known for her role as Stifler's mother in the "American Pie" franchise and her work with director Christopher Guest on his beloved improvised comedies "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration," made a trip to the beachside town of Provincetown, Massachusetts over the weekend to pick up the event's Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. The actress, who got her start as a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe alongside Will Ferrell, has worked non-stop since the late '80s in both TV and film. On top of the "American Pie" and Guest movies, Coolidge has memorably appeared on the small screen in "Seinfeld," "Sex and the City" and most recently "2 Broke Girls," and in the two "Legally Blonde" films as a daffy beautician who perfects the Bend and Snap to bag a man.
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Hit the Beach at the 2015 Provincetown Film Festival

Time to hit the beach, moviegoers! The Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) recently announced the honorees for its 17th edition, taking place June 17–21 at the scenic Massachusetts town. Founded in 1999 as a means to promote Provincetown’s rich cultural history, the festival honors innovation in independent filmmaking and has become a top destination for both industry pros and cinephiles looking to welcome summer. 2015’s recipient of the coveted Filmmaker on the Edge Award, recognizing visionaries in the film world, will be presented to Bobcat Goldthwait (“Call Me Lucky”) on June 20 at the town hall. The award has been previously given to luminaries such as Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, and John Waters, the festival’s resident artist. Actor Jennifer Coolidge (“Best in Show,” “Legally Blonde”) will receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. “This year’s honorees underscore the importance of comedy to independent film—not only surprising and delighting us,
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Provincetown Film Festival to Honor Bobcat Goldthwait, Jennifer Coolidge

Provincetown Film Festival to Honor Bobcat Goldthwait, Jennifer Coolidge
Read More: Provincetown Film Festival Releases Lineup For 17th Edition  The Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) announced that it will honor comedian and writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait, as well as actress Jennnifer Coolidge, at this year's edition of the festival. Goldthwait, whose documentary "Call Me Lucky" screened in competition at Sundance in January, will be named "Filmmaker on the Edge" in a conversation with Piff resident artist John Waters. Coolidge, best known for her roles in "Best in Show" and the "American Pie" and "Legally Blonde" franchises, will be awarded the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award from film critic B. Ruby Rich. In addition to announcing the 2015 honorees, Piff released the full shorts program, as well as the titles of feature films that have been added since the festival's main program announcement. Notable additions include Noah Baumbach's "Mistress America;" a...
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Sliff Interview: Sarah Paulsen – Director of Elegy For Connie

Elegy To Connie screens Saturday, Nov 15 at 6:30pm at St. Louis University as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. It is a Free event.

Elegy To Connie is a touching and unique documentary by local artist and filmmaker Sarah Paulsen that employs stop-motion animation to address the events leading up to and following the 2008 Kirkwood City Council shooting. The troubling incident is retold in interviews with a group of unintentional women activists who are bound together by their friendship with slain Councilwoman Connie Karr, and the animation amplifies their voices through striking visuals that sometimes illustrate their comments directly but frequently offer metaphoric counterpoint. Made in collaboration with these women, the film addresses the complicated issues surrounding the shooting – citizen representation, disenfranchisement, white privilege and black alienation, post-tragedy healing – and celebrates Connie’s legacy as a leader.

Sarah Paulsen took the time to talk to We Are Movie Geeks about her film.
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Short Film Corner: Interview with Bernardo Britto (Yearbook)

For this week’s Ioncinema.com’s Short Film Corner, we feature Yearbook, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it deservedly was awarded the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Recently listedl as one of Filmmaker Mag’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, writer/director Bernardo Britto’s densely packed, darkly prophetic tail of an average working man tasked with cataloging all of recorded history before Earth is destroyed by a retaliatory alien attack is a startlingly deep philosophic discussion of what keeping a record actually means.

It’s also a tragic, yet moving depiction of a classic man at work/wife at home trope, as well as an earnestly hand made animated short that calls on the tonality of Chris Ware’s hyper stylized tragicomic work and reaches far beyond its formative stricture to something of simple cinematic greatness. I had the opportunity to pose the young filmmaker
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One Chance among Piff winners

One Chance among Piff winners
Top brass at the Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) have announced the award winners of this year’s festival.

As previously announced, David Cronenberg was presented with the 2014 Filmmaker On The Edge Award and took part in a conversation with Piff resident artist John Waters at Town Hall.

Debra Winger was on hand to receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award and took part in a conversation with film professor B Ruby Rich.

Patricia Clarkson was presented with the 2014 Excellence in Acting Award.

The festival ran from June 18-22 and the 2015 edition is set for June 17-21.

The winners:

HBO Audience Award / Best Narrative Feature: One Chance, David Frankel;

HBO Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature: Alive Inside, Michael Rossato-Bennett;

HBO Audience Award / Best Short Film: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy Of Grace, Jeff Dupre;

The John Schlesinger Award, presented to a first time documentary or narrative feature filmmaker: Keep On Keepin’ On, Alan Hicks;

Tangerine
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Provincetown Film Fest Announces Special Screenings Including 'A Master Builder' and Award Recipients

Provincetown Film Fest Announces Special Screenings Including 'A Master Builder' and Award Recipients
The 16th annual Provincetown International Film Festival will run June 18-22. What's most anticipated? Probably the North American premiere of Jonathan Demme's "A Master Builder" with Wallace Shawn (read more about it here). Demme's feature will show on the festival's closing night.   The opening night film will be "Last Weekend," directed by Tom Dolby and Tom Williams, making its east coast premiere. Other Spotlight showings include "Compared To What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank" from Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler on Friday, and "Love is Strange" from Ira Sachs on Saturday.  Some anticipated awards have been announced as well. Patricia Clarkson ("Pieces of April," "Last Weekend") is to receive the 2014 Excellence in Acting Award, and Debra Winger ("Terms of Endearment," "Rachel Getting Married") will receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. "We are delighted to honor Patricia Clarkson and Debra Winger at this year's festival," said Connie White,
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Last Weekend, Master Builder bookend Piff

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Last Weekend, Master Builder bookend Piff
The 16th Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) will open with the East Coast premiere of Tom Dolby and Tom WilliamsLast Weekend starring Patricia Clarkson on June 18.

Closing the event on June 22 is the North American premiere of Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder.

The Friday Spotlight will be Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler’s Compared To What: The Improbable Journey Of Barney Frank and the Saturday Spotlight will be Ira SachsLove Is Strange.

The 2014 Excellence in Acting Award will be awarded to Clarkson, while Debra Winger will receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award.

“We are delighted to honour Patricia Clarkson and Debra Winger at this year’s festival,” said artistic director Connie White. “It is perfect timing to honour Patti, as we can celebrate her remarkable talent and also spotlight her beautiful performance in Last Weekend as our Opening Night Selection.

“In choosing Debra, we get to highlight one of our favorite actresses and a career
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Movies This Week: May 9-15, 2014

 

The Austin Film Society has one last screening this evening of the new IFC Films release Hateship Loveship over at the Marchesa. Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce star in this adaptation of Alice Munro's story. On Sunday, Afs is celebrating the Hubley Centennial with an afternoon of animated shorts screening from the husband and wife team of John and Faith Hubley. The shorts will screen at 2 pm, followed by an Afs Moviemaker Dialogue with their daughter Emily Hubley at 4.

On Tuesday, Ladonna Harris Indian 101 is playing for Doc Nights. Julianna Brannum's film explores the life of Comanche activist Ladonna Harris, who works to this day on educating emerging indigenous leaders. On Wednesday night, Richard Linklater will present a 35mm print of Louis Malle's 1981 drama Atlantic City and on Thursday evening, Essential Cinema will screen Woody Allen's Stardust Memories

The Alamo Drafthouse has a few Mother's Day events happening this weekend.
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Spend an Animated Sunday Afternoon with Afs and the Hubleys

This year marks 100 years since animator John Hubley's birth. To celebrate the work of this man and his wife/collaborator Faith Hubley, Austin Film Society will be hosting an afternoon of shorts by the team as part of the Hubley Centennial.

Their daughter Emily Hubley, an animator and creative force in her own right, will introduce the screening and then participate in an Afs Moviemaker Dialogue afterwards (a separate ticket).

You may not think you've seen any of the Hubleys' work before, but given that they worked on TV ads and public television programs such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company -- along with their singular short films -- you most likely have.  The shorts included in the Centennial programming are new 35mm prints from the Hubleys' oeuvre between 1956-1970.  Their Oscar-winning Moonbird will be screened, as well as Windy Day (still above, includes voices of daughters Emily
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2002 Movie About Film Decomposition Included Among National Film Registry's 2013 Inductees

Gilda,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’: 2013 National Film Registry movies (photo: Rita Hayworth in ‘Gilda’) See previous post: “‘Mary Poppins’ in National Film Registry: Good Timing for Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks.’” Billy Woodberry’s UCLA thesis film Bless Their Little Hearts (1984). Stanton Kaye’s Brandy in the Wilderness (1969). The Film Group’s Cicero March (1966), about a Civil Rights march in an all-white Chicago suburb. Norbert A. Myles’ Daughter of Dawn (1920), with Hunting Horse, Oscar Yellow Wolf, Esther Labarre. Bill Morrison’s Decasia (2002), featuring decomposing archival footage. Alfred E. Green’s Ella Cinders (1926), with Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, Vera Lewis. Fred M. Wilcox’s Forbidden Planet (1956), with Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Robby the Robot. Charles Vidor’s Gilda (1946), with Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready. John and Faith Hubley’s Oscar-winning animated short The Hole (1962). Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), with Best Actor Oscar winner Maximilian Schell,
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Haute Cuisine among Piff winners

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Haute Cuisine among Piff winners
2013 edition of the Provincetown International Film Festival ran June 19-23.

Christian Vincent’s Haute Cuisine [pictured] and Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet From Stardom were among the winners at the 2013 Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff).

Haute Cuisine and Twenty Feet From Stardom scooped the HBO Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature, respectively.

Other winners at the 2013 edition of Piff included Whoopi Goldberg’s Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ To Tell You which took home the John Schlesinger Award, given to a first time documentary or narrative feature filmmaker.

As previously announced, cinematographer Ed Lachman received the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award (sponsored by the Mallrd Foundation), while Harmony Korine won the Filmmaker on the Edge Award (sponsored by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation).

The 2013 Piff ran June 19-23. For the full list of winners, visit the festival’s website.
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Haute Cuisine, Twenty Feet among winners at Piff

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Haute Cuisine, Twenty Feet among winners at Piff
2013 edition of the Provincetown International Film Festival ran June 19-23.

Christian Vincent’s Haute Cuisine [pictured] and Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet From Stardom were among the winners at the 2013 Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff).

Haute Cuisine and Twenty Feet From Stardom scooped the HBO Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature, respectively.

Other winners at the 2013 edition of Piff included Whoopi Goldberg’s Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ To Tell You which took home the John Schlesinger Award, given to a first time documentary or narrative feature filmmaker.

As previously announced, cinematographer Ed Lachman received the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award (sponsored by the Mallrd Foundation), while Harmony Korine won the Filmmaker on the Edge Award (sponsored by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation).

The 2013 Piff ran June 19-23. For the full list of winners, visit the festival’s website.
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'Haute Cuisine' and 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Top Audience Winners in Provincetown; Harmony Korine Accepts Special Award

'Haute Cuisine' and 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Top Audience Winners in Provincetown; Harmony Korine Accepts Special Award
Christian Vincent's "Haute Cuisine" and Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom" were the big winners last night as the Provincetown International Film Festival concluded during an open-air block party by doling out prizes to the audience award winners. "Haute Cuisine," the story of Daniele Delpeuch, who was the private chef to French President Francois Mitterrant was named best narrative feature, while "Twenty Feet," which is currently playing in select theaters, won best documentary feature. Other winners included Whoopi Goldberg, awarded the John Schlesinger Award given to a first-time documentary or narrative feature filmmaker for her debut "Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' To Tell You," and Marnie Crawford Samuelson, whose "Selina Trieff Will Not Stop" won best short film. Earlier over the weekend, renown cinematographer Ed Lachman ("Far From Heaven") accepted the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award, and Harmony Korine was on hand to receive the Filmmaker on the Edge.
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Piff to kick off on Jun 19

Piff to kick off on Jun 19
The 15th anniversary of the Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) will begin on Jun 19 and runs through Jun 23.

As previously announced, Harmony Korine will receive the Filmmaker On The Edge Award, Matt Dillon will receive the Excellence In Acting Award and cinematographer Ed Lachman will receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award.

The festival will open with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace [pictured] and close with Francesca Gregorini’s Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes.

The Friday Night Spotlight Selection is John WatersI Am Divine and The Saturday Night Spotlight Selection is Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited!

The festival will close on Jun 23 with a town block party featuring the presentation of the HBO Audience Awards.
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Academy's 'Film-to-Film' Festival to Screen Rarities in Los Angeles

Film-to-Film Festival Schedule [See previous article "Brazil Movie Director's Cut: Film-to-Film Festival."] See below the complete “Film-to-Film” Festival schedule via the Academy’s press release. (Above image: John and Faith Hubley’s Of Men and Demons.) Thursday, September 27: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 7:30 p.m. Brazil (1985), Original Director’s Cut (35mm, color, 142 min.) Onstage discussion with Katherine Helmond and Arnon Milchan. Writer-director Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” is set in an alternative reality “somewhere in the 20th century,” where civil servant Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) fights a hopeless battle against a totalitarian state. The film earned Academy Award® nominations for Original Screenplay (Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown) and [...]
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The Academy Launches First-Ever “Film-to-Film” Festival – Carnival Of Souls, Terry Gilliam.s Brazil On Schedule

In celebration of its recent film preservation efforts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch the first-ever .Film-to-Film. Festival, which will run September 27 through September 29, in the Academy.s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. A year ago the Academy Film Archive launched an ambitious effort called .Project Film-to-Film,. aimed at preserving as many films on film as possible over a two-year period. The initiative.s main goal is to take advantage of the current, but threatened, availability of film stock to create new prints of a diverse range of motion pictures, encompassing the whole history of the art form.

More than 390 new prints have already been created from the best available film elements, covering significant narrative features and documentaries, as well as experimental, animated and short film titles. The wide variety of titles range from .Navajo,. the only film
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The Academy Pays Tribute To Independent Animators John And Faith Hubley

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The husband-and-wife team of John and Faith Hubley, who brought a humanistic perspective and a distinctly modern style to postwar American animation, will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Oscar®-winning animator and renowned animation historian John Canemaker will host this in-depth look at these two iconoclastic artists.

The films the Hubleys made, together and independently, earned seven Academy Award® nominations and two Oscars®. The Hubleys took home Oscars for “The Hole” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1962) and “Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1966) and were nominated for “Windy Day” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1968), “Of Men and Demons” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1969), “Voyage to Next” (Animated Short Film, 1974) and “The Doonesbury Special” (Animated Short Film, 1977, with Garry Trudeau). John Hubley also earned an
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