Sunday, November 12, 2017

Skipped a period

Although these posts are meant to be monthly, last month's was merely a list of upcoming screenings. Her Magnum Opus has now had 4 of them: two at the Port Townsend Film Festival on the Olympic Peninsula, one at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, and one at YoFiFest in Yonkers. I'm happy to report that after 4 viewings, I don't twitch at every transition. I can almost see what's actually there instead of what existed in an earlier draft.

Certainly audiences see what's there - and they seem to be very moved by it.  

Delicious and whimsical. 

Stunning. Blew my mind on a dismal afternoon.

People have commented on how the toys dance, on the house-within-a-house, on the music, on how Opus makes them want to dance, how it allows viewers to receive the narrative at their own pace. One dear woman was crying too much to speak!

As well as a local screening coming up on Wednesday December 13 at Rivertown Film in Nyack, Opus is an Official Selection in the Borrego Springs Film Festival, where it will screen over MLK weekend, January 2018.  Now that I actually believe in it myself, I'm daring to submit to film festivals again, so there will be probably be more good news soon. I look forward to getting so jaded that I go out for dinner during the screening and only return for the Q&A, like a real filmmaker.

Below is the latest my latest short film, in search of lost time, which had a preview at BAAD! last month, and is already a semi-finalist in two festivals: 

- the 37th Black Maria Film Festival - where I have a 30-year history starting with Mountainview

 - Midwest RAD Fest.

One a dance/film fest, one not  : just like I like it.

In December, when I would be writing the next post, instead I'll be in Sao Carlos Brazil, where I was a guest artist 3 years ago during their Sao Carlos Videodance Festival. Over the course of a few weeks, I'll concoct a dance film, based on the work of choreographer Francisco Silva and his URZE companha  de danca, and shot by a local cameraperson.  

The plan: trust. The storyboard: a dream. The budget: love.  
And whatever magic does or doesn't happen, there's always the editing - what dancer Andy Chapman calls "editography".  To be done back here in Nyack, over the winter with images of summer in Brazil to keep me warm.

As Thanksgiving rolls around,  I have a lot to be grateful for.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Monthly dosage: Her Magnum Opus

October 29
Upstate Films
Rhinebeck, NY

November 5
Yonkers, NY

December 13 
Wednesday 8:00pm
Nyack, NY

Need I say more?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Calendars out, please!

A month (!) of east coast events will follow the west coast premiere of Her Magnum Opus at the Port Townsend Film Festival September 14-17. Here's hoping you can join me at some or all.  

Saturday, October 7 @ 8:30
Teatro Latea 
New York, NY 

Honeymoon will screen in the "Las Jefas" block of the 3rd Annual Official Latino Film Festival on the lower east side.  Block 8 looks like a great line-up of films, all directed by women.  And check out the great page Danny Hastings made just for Honeymoon.  I'll be attending, and I hope Carlos Gonzalez will too, since he and Tina Vasquez are the two Latinos who lend me cred.  To join me, get your tickets here.

Sunday, October 22 @ 3:00
the Bronx

This will be a special multi-media event sharing with the public the completed 2 volumes of MARTA RENZI: NEWSLETTERS, created by Arthur Aviles with photographs and newsletters spanning 3 decades.  Arthur will present a live dance performed by Jonathan Gonzalez, along with another book he created to archive that dance. All 3 books will be shared as both hard copies and projected on screen. Click on the newsletter image above right because you might be in there! If you are, I hope you can make it up to the Bronx to join in the reminiscing.  And lest we get stuck in the past, there'll also be a sneak preview of my latest short film, 
In search of lost time, featuring Aislinn MacMaster and David Thomson.
 Free admission. RSVP here.

Sunday, October 29 @ 2:00 
Upstate Films
Rhinebeck, New York 

A screening of Her Magnum Opus held in conjunction with 
Upstate Films and Bard College to celebrate the 86th birthday of our leading lady Aileen Passloff.  Arthur & Aileen will join me for a Q & A after, with cake to follow.  Follow us on Facebook to see who else will be attending.

November 3-8, details TBA
Yonkers, New York 

The east coast premiere of Her Magnum Opuspresented by the coolest film festival in the Hudson Valley.  If you can't make Aileen's October birthday party, join us in Yonkers where there'll be a red carpet and a whole lot of other great films. 

And for those of you who live between the two coasts, stay tuned because we're concocting plenty of opportunities to see Opus in the future.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Long Ago and Far Away

Long Ago:

VOL I - 1983-1992
VOL II - 1993-2006

Thanks to the magic of technology, these two "books" can now be viewed online. Enjoy them now until August 12th when the hosting subscription expires.  Simply click the b&w photo at right and wander back in time.  Previous posts have given a bit more information about how a simple archiving project grew into these 2 beautiful books, chockfull of photos, many by Robert Flynt. Huge thanks to Arthur Aviles who has organized a live celebration of the books - and one documenting his own work - on Sunday October 22.

If I hear lots of comments from y'all about how I should pay to keep the newsletters accessible longer, I may do so. Of course a donation of any size never hurts.

Far away:

October 7
A Thousand Miles from the Sea
l'art difficile de filmer la danse
Brussels, Belgium

November 15-19
Her Children Mourn
Family Film Festival
Porto, Portugal

Her Children Mourn
Migrations Dance Film Festival
Llanwrst, Conwy, Wales

Closer to home:

Plow Plant Reap
Saturday August 19th at 7:00
Dobbs Ferry, New York

Official Latino Film Festival
showing Saturday September 16 8:30-10:30
Block 8 - "Jefas" (women directors)
Harlem, New York

But my little heart is aching for follow-up screenings for 
Her Magnum Opus after its premiere September 15-17 at the 
Port Townsend Film Festival.  Though there are several submissions pending, right now its acceptance/rejection ratio is about 1/6.

So to hell with the film festival circuit. Let me know if you have a school, theater, festival, backyard gathering where I can share it.

Back to my old-school ways, like in the early days of the Project Co - for free, outdoors, in unlikely places, for regular people not the cognoscenti. 

I'm serious.

Meanwhile, enjoy this Bonus Extra, which doesn't appear in Opus because it's even looser than my usual improvised shooting, and doesn't further the narrative. Dedicated to the worldwide fans of Lorenzo Wolff.