Heat and Sunlight (1987) - News Poster


First 80s indie film fest shows movies that paved the way for the indie boom

The decade’s underground film offering rarely gets its dues but at a new festival Jarmusch and Lynch sit next to under appreciated gems like Heat and Sunlight

It started with a conversation about Hollywood Shuffle.

Nellie Killian, programmer at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek, and Jake Perlin, director of Artists Public Domain’s Cinema Conservancy, were discussing Robert Townsend’s 1987 independent comedy born from the frustration of being a black actor unable to find good roles. “The trailer actually has him holding up his credit cards,” they both enthusiastically recalled, and this captured the essence of what the massive 60+ film, six-week series kicking off on 17 July at Bam is all about. “Was this put on the director’s credit card?” was the litmus test they asked one another when deciding which titles to include in indie 80s. The question may not have been literal, but the spirit is easy to recognize.
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Four Most Interesting Films Set On The Planet Mars

Fictional representations of Mars have been popular for over a century and with good reason. Apart from the beauty of the planet’s dramatic red colour, early scientific speculations that its surface conditions might be capable of supporting life have often inspired writers to take on either the possibility that Mars could be colonized by humans or would be incapable of sustaining human life – thus the idea that Martians would one day invade our planet. With the release of Andrew Stanton’s sweeping action-adventure John Carter (a film based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs and set on Mars), I’ve decided to list a few films which also revolve around the mysterious and exotic planet that might be worthy of your time.

#1- Total Recall

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

The premise for Total Recall, a film based on a Philip K. Dick short story ( ‘We Can Remember
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Sliff 2010: Stroke (2000) with Director Rob Nilsson

Director Rob Nilsson made Stroke, an intriguing, character-driven story in 2000. Stroke is a curious blending and blurring of the documentary and the fictional narrative, featuring Ron Perlam among the various actors that appear in this collaborative experiment. For those familiar with the work of independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Night On Earth, Coffee And Cigarettes), this film should be a welcome experience.

Rob Nilsson has been making truly independent films since Northern Lights, his first film from 1978, which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes. Nilsson’s 1987 film Heat And Sunlight also earned him the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. I encourage you to take this rare opportunity to attend the screening of Stroke with director Rob Nilsson, and be sure to see his new film Imbued, which is also playing the Saint Louis International Film Festival.

Rob Nilsson Seminar

Saturday, November 13th at 10:30 am

in the Sverdrup building,
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Cinema St. Louis Announces Lineup for 19th Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival (Nov. 11-21, 2010)

The stars are getting ready to shine at the 19th Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) next month - November 11th throught the 21st. Sliff will screen nearly 340 films: 200 shorts, 90 features and 48 documentaries. This year’s festival features a record 162 programs, with 44 countries represented. The fest will host more than 100 filmmakers and related guests.

The festival opens with the St. Louis premiere of Casino Jack, directed by native son George Hickenlooper, a former Cinema St. Louis Award winner. Featuring a buzz-generating performance by two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, the film chronicles the rise and fall of disgraced super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Other prominent films featured in the festival include:

Blue Valentine

The Black Swan

The Illusionist

Rabbit Hole

Another Year

The Debt

Made In Dagenham

127 Hours

Winter’S Bone

The fest schedule and a complete list of films (with descriptions) is now available at the Cinema St. Louis Web site (www.
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