American Cinematheque's 8th Annual Focus on Female Directors Short Film Showcase
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American Cinematheque screens producer/star Douglas Fairbanks' 1927 swashbuckler The Gaucho, with live musical accompaniment, followed by a fascinating discussion of the film's magnificent art direction and its influence on another filmmaker, Gene Kelly. Carl Oscar Borg's enormous set was built to be both visually striking and to withstand Fairbanks action-filled stunts, which inspired Kelly's production design as a director. Not only will you see the full, fun Fairbanks movie, in which he plays an amoral Bandit King in the Andes, but you'll also see a clip reel featuring excerpts from Fairbanks' other adventure films, as well as Kelly's work in The Pirate, The Three Musketeers and Singin' in the Rain. Professor John Tibbetts of the University of Kansas (author of Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century) and special guest Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly's widow and biographer, will delve into the relationship between set design and dance and stunt choreography, in a panel moderated by John Muto, the founder of the Art Directors Guild Film Society. Learn More
Julie Delpy’s Blah, Blah, Blah (France, 1995, 12 min): A comical insight into the trials and tribulations of two women in Los Angeles who have to deal with love, herbs and random crime.
Ondi Timoner’s How Reddit Was Born (USA, 2012, 12 min.): Reddit has grown from a network of niche communities to the “front page of the Internet.” The social news site, which received 47 million visitors last month, has become a voice to be reckoned with on the web. Users have discovered new talents and kept politics in check – among many other important moments. How did the site get its start? Reddit founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian discuss how the site went from startup to global social newspaper.
Jill Soloway’s Una Hora Por Favora (USA, 2011, 13 min.) A woman hires a day laborer for an hour and gets more than she bargained for. Starring Michaela Watkins and Wilmer Valderrama.
Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos & Jessie Ennis’ The Arm (USA, 2011, 9 min.) To keep up with social pressure in a technologically advanced world, Chance starts a texting relationship with Genevieve, a girl he meets at a yogurt shop. But tragedy forces Chance to realize that he was never in a relationship at all.
Amanda Tasse’s The Reality Clock (USA, 2011, 7 min.) Searching for his lost clock, a watchmaker loses himself in memory. A Student Academy Award Gold Medal Winner.
Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby’s When the Day Breaks (Canada, 1999, 10 min.) This acclaimed animated short, from the directors of last year’s Oscar-nominated Wild Life, illuminates the links that connect our urban lives while evoking the promise of a new day. With singer Martha Wainwright. A Cannes Palme d’Or winner.
Clarissa De Los Reyes’ Johnny Loves Dolores (USA, 2011, 27 min.) A sweet, moving love story set in the Filipino immigrant community in New York City.
Discussion following the screening with Jill Soloway, Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos, Jessie Ennis, Amanda Tasse, Julie Delpy and other directors, schedule permitting. Reception in the lobby following for all ticket holders.
About the Ticket Supplier: American Cinematheque
The American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported cultural organization dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents the best of film and video – ranging form the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form.