Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

6pm and 8pm

Admission is $10 for one or both

 

Fifteen films have advanced to the short list for Oscar(R) consideration for best feature length documentary.  We will screen two of them tonight......both top picks of Friends Of Film's Bob Sharka

 

"One of the toughest years in recent memory to pick a top five from the short list." - Bob Sharka, Friends Of Film

 

FUEL - the Opening Night Film of the 2008 Pacifc Palisades Film Festival

I.O.U.S.A

TROUBLE THE WATER - 6pm

MAN ON WIRE

THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY - 8pm

 


 

Directed and produced by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Executive Produced by Joslyn Barnes and Danny Glover of Louverture Films

 

 

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Trouble the Water is directed and produced by Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal.

 

The film tells the story of an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning. It’s a redemptive tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes that takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen.

 

Trouble the Water opens the day before Katrina makes landfall, just blocks away from the French Quarter but far from the New Orleans that tourists know. Kimberly Rivers Roberts is turning her video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbors trapped in the city. “It’s going to be a day to remember,” Kim says excitedly into her new camera as the storm is brewing. It’s her first time shooting video and it’s rough, jumpy but dense with reality. Kim’s playful home-grown newscast tone grinds against the audience’s knowledge that hell is just hours away. There is no way for the audience to warn her. And for New Orleans’ poor, there is nowhere to run.

As the hurricane begins to rage and the floodwaters fill their world and the screen, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film, documenting their harrowing voyage to higher ground and dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors.

 

Intertwining Kim and Scott’s insider’s view of Katrina and powerful video with a mix of verite and in-your-face filmmaking, Deal and Lessin follow their story through the storm and its aftermath, and into a new life. Along the way, they discover Kim’s musical talent as rap artist Black Kold Madina when she finds the only existing copy of her recorded music survived the storm with a relative in Memphis. Kim’s performance in that moment reveals not only devastating skills as a musician, but compacts her life story into explosive poetry that paints a devastating picture of poverty.

 

 

 

8pm

 

THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY

 

Directed by Daniel Junge

Produced by Nigel Nobel, Henry Ansbacher

On February 12th, 2005, Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73 year-old Catholic nun from Ohio, was shot six times at point blank range and left to die on a muddy Amazon road.

 

Her murder shocked the world and exposed a sordid battle in the Brazilian rainforest.  Who was she: social advocate or social agitator?  What powerful economic and political interests led to her murder?  Will justice prevail and her legacy endure or will she be vilified and her life's work destroyed?

 

THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY follows the powerful real-life courtroom drama that unfolds at the trials of her killers and explores her life's work in the Brazilian rainforest that led to that fateful day.

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

FRIENDS OF FILM SUPPORTERS

HOST OUTDOOR SCREENINGS/COCKTAIL PARTIES THIS SUMMER/FALL

tix available by PayPal below

 

 

Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 6:30pm

 

Friends Of Film Patron Supporters Tom and Chris Lombardi open up their home once again this year for a benefit for the Sixth Annual Pacific Palisades Film Festival, welcoming Academy Award winning filmmaker Chuck Workman in person with a dazzling cocktail party and an outdoor screening of his latest work.

 

 

Many of today’s public figures, well-known journalists and just ordinary people bring John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s legacy to the forefront of today—in this dazzling, thought-provoking documentary. Is he relevant 45 years after his death? Absolutely!

There have been more documentaries and movies made about the 35th president than any other, yet Chuck Workman’s “In Search of Kennedy” brings a new insight and perspective into his life and what he means today, as the country goes through the most important presidential election of this century.

“In Search of Kennedy,” filmed in many parts of the world over a three year period, comes out at a time when his speechwriter Ted Sorensen is publishing a book on the Kennedy years, when GQ and Vanity Fair feature JFK on their covers, and, as we see in the film, when every presidential candidate, Republican or Democrat, is comparing him or herself to the 35th president.

John Kennedy’s charisma and mystique is captured in archival footage, some of it iconic, some rarely if ever seen before.  It is also captured in the eloquent words of those who knew him, including his surviving brother, Senator Edward Kennedy, speaking in an exclusive interview.

Actors Alec Baldwin and Elizabeth Peña eloquently voice the words of well-known authors who have written about him.

Writer/director Chuck Workman made the film in five parts because Kennedy was indeed a man of many parts and for so many people he still is a myth, a president, a call to the future. In the first part “The Myth,” we visit an auction of Kennedy souvenirs, talk to people in Berlin and Boston, look at the way Kennedy changed both style and substance in American politics, and see the moment in time that changed the world forever—assassination in Dealey Plaza, Dallas. As fellow documentary maker Michael Moore says in the film, since then everything has been “a copy of a copy of a copy,” with 40 plus years of scandals, cynicism and disillusion.

Of course JFK was no stranger to scandal himself and the film has a clip of Judith Campbell Exner admitting her “close personal relationship” with the president, plus footage of a playful Marilyn Monroe. But, as the documentary makes clear, in a sequence where today’s alternative media takes a look at JFK, it was a different time and the public knew nothing about his amorous adventures, nor little about his poor health.

Hopefuls in the 2008 presidential campaign were among those interviewed for the documentary and speak glowingly of JFK and his legacy.

At the same time, bartenders and customers in an Irish pub in Boston, most of them not yet born when he died, speak with pride of their hometown hero, longing for a time they never knew, despite the scandals.

In part two “The President,” Kennedy admits his failure with the infamous Bay of Pigs misadventure and, according to historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., says “this is the week I will earn my salary,” when faced with the Cuban missile crisis. He did earn that salary, avoiding nuclear war without a shot being fired. The film also looks hard at Kennedy’s involvement with Vietnam and civil rights.

The heart of “In Search of Kennedy” is in part three, “The Present,” which shows the effect the 35th president has on the current presidential campaign, offering comparisons, favorable and unfavorable, with today’s candidates, including the frontrunners and those who have since fallen by the wayside.

In one sequence a painting of Kennedy wearing a bemused smile, appears ghost-like in the background as various candidates speak, comparing themselves to him.

Another sequence follows a mock campaign for JFK in ’08, with the slogan “Bring Back Jack.”

In part four, “The World,” Workman’s cameras travel to such places as Venezuela, Sierra Leone and return to Berlin, where John Kennedy’s name still reverberates today, recalling a time America was respected by people of other nations, and implying, in comments by Ted Sorensen and others that this might not be so true today.

The final segment deals with “The Legacy,” where a new generation speaks of its call to duty, and young people talk about their need for a new leader with courage and authenticity. A revealing sequence on the Kennedy family since JFK’s death takes another look at his legacy. In talking of what might have happened had Kennedy lived, Bill Clinton says, “Instead of asking ‘what if,’ we should ask ‘what now’?”

Alec Baldwin, quoting Schlesinger, says, “He transformed the American spirit.”

And from broadcaster Chris Matthews comes the simple phrase, “He was the real thing.”

In addition to those already named, Workman interviews dozens of ordinary citizens and a number of public figures including James Carville, Al Franken, Senator Tom Hayden, Tim Shriver, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Arianna Huffington, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Garrison Keillor, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Norman Mailer.

 

Tickets to this exclusive event - a benefit for the Sixth Annual Pacific Palisades Film Festival - are available for a minimum donation of $50 through Paypal below.

 

Sunday, Oct 26, 2008

Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

7:30pm

Admission is $10

 

WOMEN IN BOXES

Directed by Phil Noyes and Harry Pallenberg

Filmmakers in attendance!

 

 

"A film that will bring out smile lines on the freshest Botoxed face in town." - Bob Sharka, Executive Director, Friends Of Film

 

Advance tix available, $10

 

 

 

PAST SUMMER EVENTS

 

Saturday, Aug 9, 2008 

Summit Club - Palisades Highlands

1501 Chastain Parkway West

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Cocktail Party at 7pm - $10

Screening - free at 8pm

 

GARBAGE: The Revolution Starts At Home

Written and Directed by Andrew Nisker

 

A feature-length documentary on how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of all time.

"A wake-up call,for sure, but Nisker treads lightly on us all offering simple changes that even a guy like me can make without any pain!"

- Bob Sharka, Executive Director, Friends Of Film

 

Purchase your ticket now for the cocktail party before the screening!

 


 

Saturday, Aug 23, Huntington Palisades -

6:30pm

 

Join Friends Of Film supporters Kim and Scott Wendelin in the Huntington Palisades for a backyard screening and cocktail party to support the 2009 Pacific Palisades Film Festival.

 

$50 per person miminum donation required -see PayPal below

Email Bob Sharka if you have any questions

Bob@FriendsOfFilm.com

 

 

 

CIRCUS ROSAIRE,

Directed by Robyn Bliley

 

 

Bliley returns for an encore screening of a crowd favorite from 2008 Pacific Palisades Film Festival!

For nine generations, the Rosaire family has entertained audiences all over the world with their legendary animal acts. From lions and tigers, to bears, horses and chimpanzees, the Rosaires are renowned for their unique and respectful way of training and performing with animals. At the height of their fame, they headlined shows for royalty, presidents and legions of fans with their spectacular feats. Today they are struggling to survive in the modern age of entertainment. Major declines in audience attendance, and increasing concern for animal welfare have significantly impacted the Rosaires way of life. Jobs are scarce in the circus, and living the life of gypsy performers is taking its toll on the family. The Rosaires are acutely aware that their traditional way of making a living is slowly dying.  However, they continue struggling to keep it alive because it’s in their blood and it’s all they know.  Their livelihood and future are at risk as they attempt to carry on the family tradition.
 
Produced over a five-year period, CIRCUS ROSAIRE is both heartbreaking and hilarious as it takes an intimate, behind the scenes look at this quintessential circus family.

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

www.CircusRosaireMovie.com

 

Purchase your tickets for the Huntington Palisades Reception/Screening of CIRCUS ROSAIRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS PROGRAMS

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 7:00pm

Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

 

Admission is $10 - free parking

 

 

CHAIN LINK

 

a recent award-winning film from Method Fest 2008 and Monaco Film Festival!

 

 

Directed by Dylan Reynolds

      
CHAIN LINK  is a film about a man searching for love and redemption. Recently released from prison- he takes steps towards a better life - to have the family he’s always desired.  But circumstances compel him to resort back to a life of crime, affecting the ones he loves....but this time he may not have a second chance.

A character driven drama from first time writer/ director Dylan Reynolds CHAINLINK deals with a world where there is no simple right and wrong- good or evil; where people are faced with regrets, moral choices, immoral certainties, and ultimately fate.

CHAIN LINK’S solid ensemble cast includes Emmy nominated Mark Irvingsen, Jim Storm (TV’s “Dark Shadows”, “Bold & Beautiful”, and “Heroes”), Luciano Rauso (Disturbia), Yassmin Alers (Broadway’s RENT, Across the Universe), Jody Jaress (Hollywoodland, Charlie Wilson’s War),  Peter Looney(Outbreak), David Kallaway (People Vs. Larry Flynt), Jim Round (TVs “The Unit”), & two-time BAFTA nominee Lelia Goldoni (Cassavetes’ Shadows,  Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore).

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Check out the film's web-site, www.ChainLinkTheMovie.com

 

"Add Dylan Reynolds to your talented young filmmaker-to-watch list - a true diamond in the rough, a filmmaker with an eye and great storytelling ability who does so much for so little in this little indie gem....... a candidate for your next feature." - Bob Sharka, Friends Of Film

 

With three short films

 

SALVATION, TEXAS

 

 

Directed by Mark Apicella

 

Ray Salter, an unassuming and stoic taxi driver, is a man trying to
put the painful past behind him. But when his daughter's attacker is prematurely released from prison, Ray is forced to confront the pain, anger, and failure that haunt him.  Ray believes only one terrible course of action will protect his daughter and bring justice: kill the man responsible.

With the help of a shady acquaintance, Will Fennix, Ray journeys into his own heart of darkness.  One long night will change the lives of all three men - and blur the lines between revenge and justice.

But will justice cost him his soul?

VIDEO
MySpace Page (includes Trailer):
myspace.com/salvationtexas

 


 

BROWN
 
 
Director: Chris Groban
 
A hardened bartender is faced with a decision to help a drug addicted family member- a decision that leads to violence. 
View a clip:
 http://cinema.usc.edu/students/festivals-and-distributions/first-look/brown.htm
 
VAN MAN

Directors: Owen Williams and Sherry Romito
 
A couple attempts to survive the apocalypse by moving into a van. 
View trailer at:
 

 

 

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Sunday, July 27th, 2008 - 7:30pm

 

Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


 

PROGRAM TBA!

 

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FRIENDS OF FILM

WELCOMES VILLA AUROURA RESIDENT

Birgit Moller

and her Hamptons International Film Festival Crowd Favorite Film

 

VALERIE

 

 

Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 7:30pm

Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

 

Valerie is a German feature film shot in a cinéma vérité style about a glamorous but down-and-out model. The camera follows Valerie throughout a week in her life as she stumbles through Berlin trying to scrape her life back together. Young, beautiful, and used to the finer things in life, she is nonetheless considered “over the hill” in the short-lived world of modeling. Having packed up her apartment in Paris and driven to Berlin to meet with her agent and potentially nail down an elusive modeling job, Valerie instead ends up dodging hotel bills and avoiding embarrassing situations. Reluctant to ask friends for help, or admit that she is homeless, she resorts to sleeping in her car and stealing scraps of food, while the rest of the city celebrates Christmas and New Years. Valerie soon befriends Andre, a parking attendant, when she doesn’t have enough money to pay her parking bill. Valerie is unable to accept the fact that her career is over, and that she has no money or plans for the future. How will she keep going?
 
Filmmaker Birgit Moller will be in attendance for a post screening Q+A!

 

 

General Admission Ticket - Good for any Friends Of Film screening  $10



FIFTH ANNUAL

PACIFIC PALISADES FILM FESTIVAL 

March 6 - 8, 08

 

 

OPENING NIGHT FILM

FIELDS OF FUEL, directed by Josh Tickell

Thursday, March 6, Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades 7pm

 

 

Tickell (VEGGIE VAN VOYAGE) returns to the Pacific Palisades Film Festival!

Most Americans know we have a problem: an addiction to oil that taxes the environment, entangles us in costly foreign policies, and threatens the nation's long-term stability.  But few are informed enough to do much about it.  Enter Josh Tickell, an expert young activist who, driven by his own emotionally charged motives, shuttles us on a revelatory, whirlwind journey to unravel this addiction - from its historical origins to political constructs that support it, to alternatives available now and the steps we can take to change things.

- Carloline Libresco, Sundance Film Festival Programmer

www.FieldsOfFuel.com

 

 

OPENING NIGHT VIP PARTY

For Filmmakers, Invited Guests and Festival Pass Holders only

following FIELDS OF FUEL film screening

Special Location

Pacific Palisades

 

Festival Opening Night PartyVIP passes - include all screenings and VIP party

 

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTATIONS TO

 

Robert Guillaume

 

Seymour Cassel

 

 

 

THE PIXAR STORY, directed by Leslie Iwerks

Friday, March 7, 8pm, Theatre Palisades

 

 

Oscar nominee Leslie Iwerks (RECYCLED LIFE) returns to the Pacific Palisades Film Festival!

PIXAR STORY takes audiences behind the scenes of the groundbreaking company that pioneered a new generation of animation and forever changed the face of filmmaking.  Using never-before-seen footage from the Pixar library, along with historic archival animation and first hand accounts by animators, studio executives, directors, producers and voice performers, Iwerks tells the riveting story of a Bay Area start-up that revolutionized Hollywood.

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

www.ThePixarStory.com

 

 


HELLFIGHTERS, directed by Jon Frankel

Sat. March 8, 10:15am Palisades Library

In their third season, the Harlem Hellfighters try to prove that they deserve to become Harlem's high school football team, providing a path to college and to maturity.  The Harlem Hellfighters, organized by Coach Duke, a former NFL player, is made up of young men who attend different high schools in Manhattan.

They have to struggle to obtain funding, to gain permission to play in the city league, to exist at all.  HELLFIGHTERS demonstrates what football can mean in adolescent dreams and adult realities.  The boys and their parents weep and laugh as the season unfolds and their tough talking coach can only hope that his methods will compensate for mixed results.

www.HellFightersMovie.com

 

 


ROW HARD NO EXCUSES, directed by Luke Wolbach

Sat. March 8, 1pm, Palisades Library

 

Two middle-aged American men set out to win the "world's toughest race" — three thousand miles across the Atlantic in a rowboat — is it a noble quest or an ill-fated nightmare?

www.LanternFilms.com

 

 

 

FATHER G AND THE HOMEBOYS, directed by John Bohm and Pete Tapia 

Sat. March 8, 3:30pm, Palisades Library

 

Narrated by Martin Sheen, Father G and the Homeboys chronicles the lives of four Latino gangbangers as they redirect their lives in a wartorn area of Los Angeles known as Boyle Heights, at one time, the street gang capital of the world.  For over twenty years father Gregory Boyle (Father G) and his non-profit organization HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES have helped kids plan for their futures not their funerals.
FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE!

www.FatherGandTheHomeboys.com

 

 

 

SHORTS PROGRAM Sat. March 8, 12:30pm, Theater Palisades

 

 

     - PILGRIMAGE, directed by Tad Nakamura

 

 

PILGRIMAGE tells the inspiring story of how an abandoned WWII concentration camp has been transformed into a current-day symbol of retrospection and solidarity in the aftermath of 9/11. 

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!
 www.myspace.com/pilgrimagethemovie

 


 DIGITAL DUMP: EXPORTING RE-USE AND ABUSE TO AFRICA

produced by Basel Action Network

 

The photo-documentary report entitled “ The Digital Dump: Exporting High-Tech Re-use and Abuse to Africa,” exposes the ugly underbelly of what is thought to be an escalating global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded computers and other e-scrap collected in North America and Europe and sent to developing countries by waste brokers and so-called recyclers.

In Lagos, while there is a legitimate robust market and ability to repair and refurbish old electronic equipment including computers, monitors, TVs and cell phones, the local experts complain that of the estimated 500 40-foot containers shipped to Lagos each month, as much as 75% of the imports are “junk” and are not economically repairable or marketable. Consequently, this e-waste, which is legally a hazardous waste is being discarded and routinely burned in what the environmentalists call yet “another “cyber-age nightmare now landing on the shores of developing countries.”

 www.BAN.org

 


SOUTH CENTRAL FARM: AN OASIS IN A CONCRETE DESERT

directed by Sheila Laffey

co-producers Sheila Laffey and Geoffrey Pepos


 

This 24 minute documentary tells the true story of the high profile controversy involving poor farmers and their supporters, including celebrity tree sitters, the developer and the City of Los Angeles over the South Central Farm, the largest and most bio-diverse urban farm in the U.S.

The film focuses on farmer leaders Rufina Juarez and Tezozomac, as well as celebrity tree sitters such as Daryl Hannah, Joan Baez, John Quigley and Julia Butterfly Hill, and other supporters such as Martin Sheen and

Willie Nelson who brought international attention to the issue. KPFK host Lila Garrett, head of a committee dealing with race issues at the farm, speaks movingly at a press conference. Others interviewees include Green Party leader and former Santa Monica Mayor, Mike Feinstein, on roller blades during a colorful farm parade in Santa Monica and Don White, human rights spokesperson. Other supporters include Linda Piera-Avila, Marion Nestle, author of “Politics of Food.”

Includes footage by Daryl Hannah and Academy Award winner Haskell Wexler.

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

www.Envirofilms.com

 

 


BAM 6.6, directed by Jahangir Golestan

Sat. March 8, 3pm, Theater Palisades

 

BAM 6.6 transcends geopolitical differences with a simple message of love and hope amidst tragedy, unfolding through the story of two young American victims of this devastating earthquake. Set against a backdrop of death and destruction, BAM 6.6 captures the indomitable will of the human spirit and the pervasive and altruistic culture of Iranian hospitality, kindness and generosity.

Veteran film producer/director Jahangir Golestan-Parast, visually captures the horrendous destruction that took 50,000 lives and left tens of thousands injured, orphaned and homeless. Eschewing a sterile narration, Golestan tells the story of tragedy and resurrection through sequential and emotional interviews that allow viewers to draw their own conclusions on a first-hand basis.

www.EssenceOfIran.com

 

 


CIRCUS ROSAIRE, directed by Robyn Bliley

Sat. March 8, 5:30pm Theatre Palisades

 

 

For nine generations, the Rosaire family has entertained audiences all over the world with their legendary animal acts. From lions and tigers, to bears, horses and chimpanzees, the Rosaires are renowned for their unique and respectful way of training and performing with animals. At the height of their fame, they headlined shows for royalty, presidents and legions of fans with their spectacular feats. Today they are struggling to survive in the modern age of entertainment. Major declines in audience attendance, and increasing concern for animal welfare have significantly impacted the Rosaires way of life. Jobs are scarce in the circus, and living the life of gypsy performers is taking its toll on the family. The Rosaires are acutely aware that their traditional way of making a living is slowly dying.  However, they continue struggling to keep it alive because it’s in their blood and it’s all they know.  Their livelihood and future are at risk as they attempt to carry on the family tradition.
 
Produced over a five-year period, CIRCUS ROSAIRE is both heartbreaking and hilarious as it takes an intimate, behind the scenes look at this quintessential circus family.

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

www.CircusRosaireMovie.com

 

 

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

 

ADJUST YOUR COLOR: THE TRUTH OF PETEY GREENE

directed by Loren Mendell

Sat. March 8, 8pm Theatre Palisades

 

 

Narrated by Don Cheadle.

Mendell returns to the Pacific Palisades Film Festival! The unlikely story of America's first shock-jock, a black man in a white man's world who battled the system and his own demons during a time of civil unrest in our nation's capital.

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

www.PeteyGreene.com

 



Festival passes, which will guarantee admission to all screenings and
the Opening Night Party, are available in limited supply, for $100.

 

Venue Locations:

Theatre Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

www.TheatrePalisades.org

 

Pacific Palisades Library

861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

www.lapl.com

 

Opening Night Party

Special Location, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272



 

 

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Friends of Film Library Screening

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 6:30 pm

Palisades Library

861 Alma Real Drive

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

 

 

Directed by:
Jahangir Golestan Parast
 

BAM 6.6 transcends geopolitical differences with a simple message of love and hope amidst tragedy, unfolding through the story of two young American victims of this devastating earthquake. Set against a backdrop of death and destruction, BAM 6.6 captures the indomitable will of the human spirit and the pervasive and altruistic culture of Iranian hospitality, kindness and generosity.

Veteran film producer/director Jahangir Golestan-Parast, visually captures the horrendous destruction that took 50,000 lives and left tens of thousands injured, orphaned and homeless. Eschewing a sterile narration, Golestan tells the story of tragedy and resurrection through sequential and emotional interviews that allow viewers to draw their own conclusions on a first-hand basis.

BAM 6.6 introduces you to Tobb and Adele, the American tourists buried in the rubble, as you experience the personal and medical hospitality extended to Adele and her parents following Tobb's death. You will meet tour guide Farzaneh Khatame, who selflessly stayed with the American couple throughout their ordeal. You will experience the Iranian children as they find the inner resources to prevail over such overwhelming loss and destruction. You will come to realize the sacrifices made by Jilla Kashef as she works to help these children overcome their vulnerability and begin a journey of recovery.

Jahnagir's love of the ancient culture and architecture of Iran, formerly known as Persia, has been evidenced by his prior works: "Esfahan, a City Known as Half the World" and "Iran, a Video Journey". After the Bam earthquake, that love became a consuming passion to convey the true essence of Iranians, as manifested in their heroic efforts to survive and recover from this horrific calamity. Divested of ethnicity, nationality, religion, politics, age and gender, Jahangir tells the story of human love, concern, service and hospitality in hopes that future peace can evolve through understanding, knowledge and education. Jahangir prevailed in bringing this film to fruition during a difficult three and a half year journey that included the mortgaging of his home to shore up dwindling financial resources, numerous setbacks and discouragement.

The ruins of the 2,000-year-old Citadel may portray the outward face of the earthquake, but Bam 6.6 portrays the magnificent inner strengths of love, hope, kindness and human commonality. As reviewer Brian Appleton stated, "I assumed it would put me in tearsI certainly did not think that it would bring any joy."

Bam 6.6 is an educational journey into human understanding!

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Sunday, November 25, 07

Theatre Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

6:30pm

 

 

SAUDIS IN AMERICA
Directed by Fahmi Farahat
 
On September 11 2001, 19 hijackers flew American airplanes into the World Trade Center… 15 of them were from Saudi Arabia.

Since that tragic day, Saudis living in America came under scrutiny as many Americans wondered about Saudis; who are they; what are they doing in the US; why do they hate us; do they support Osama Bin Laden; how do they feel about 9/11; and most importantly why do they oppress their women?

Saudi filmmaker Fahmi Farahat takes his camera and invites us into his own life in an attempt to answer these questions. He captures the views and attitudes of his family and friends, who are either living or visiting the US, through which he explores the many issues that surround Saudis in America.

www.myspace.com/saudisinamerica
 
 
With the Oscar(R) short listed short documentary
 
SALIM BABA
Directed by Tim Sternberg
 

Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.

 

www.RV-Films.com

 
 

 

Friends of Film Library Screening

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 6:30 pm

Palisades Library

861 Alma Real Drive

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

 


 

WILLIE FRANCIS MUST DIE AGAIN

 

Danny Glover narrates the unique story of Willie Francis, who survived execution in the Louisiana electric chair in 1946.  After the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow a second execution, Felix Frankfurther — the Justice who cast the deciding fifth vote — then went to work behind the scenes to try to get the sentence commuted to life in prison.

Produced by Glen Pitre and Allan Durand and co-produced by Michelle Benoit. Written & directed by Allan Durand.

52 minutes

 

 

 

"Even though it's tough to top this festival for recognizing Hollywood's best performances - and bringing out the stars at its Hollywood Film Awards, HFF still manages to bridge the gap for tomorrow's up-and-comers, too!"

- Bob Sharka, Friends Of Film


"Don't miss Andrew Wagner's STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, with an Oscar worthy performance by Frank Langella and one of the best documentary filmmakers in the business today,  Leslie Iwerk's  THE PIXAR STORY.

-Bob Sharka, Executive Director, Friends Of Film

 

"A great escape from L.A., if only for a day,  to tool around downtown Ojai with its art galleries, independent coffee shops and great films."

- Deborah Depauk, Friends of Film

"Year after year, the IDA program at DOCUWEEK continues to impress with its stellar line-up of docs, pics that regularly show up come Oscar season.  Expanding beyond Hollywood to West Los Angeles and the new LANDMARK  theatres brings a breath of fresh air for doc lovers.  Don't miss National Film Board of Canada's production of Alanis Obomsawin's film, GENE BOY CAME HOME, the story of an Aboriginal man's return from the Vietnam War...topical, thought-provoking, another reason to rethink our political leaders, and the first title on my best short documentary list this year!"

- Bob Sharka, Executive Director,  Friends Of Film


 

 

August 23 - 29, 2007

 

"Palm Springs Festival of Short Films kicks off  its week-long event with an opening night party poolside at the Palm Springs Hilton, right smack in the middle of the main drag, an event not to be missed..... year after year PSFSF brings the top shorts to this beautiful desert community.  I'm no NBA referee but I'll bet you a few cold ones that this year's two Golden Boys will screen here." - Bob Sharka, Friends of Film

 

"A few days in Palm Springs lounging by the Hilton pool during the day with frozen drinks and seeing tomorrow's best directors today, watching films till the wee hours?  Twist my arm covering this festival!"

- Deborah DePauk, Friends Of Film 

 

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FRIENDS OF FILM'S

October Screening

Sunday, October 28, 2007

7pm

Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades

RSVP to Bob@FriendsOfFilm.com

 

BAD FAITH
Directed by Barbara Donahue
 
Multiple Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Donahue returns to the Friends Of Film/Pacific Palisades Film Festival monthly screening series with her Oscar qualified new short doc!
The insurance industry, and specifically disability insurance, is an industry rife with unethical practices. The crisis is rooted in the industry’s gross overselling of disability policies to younger professionals in the 1970’s and 80’s. As that population aged and its claims increased dramatically, the insurance companies began casting about for ways - not always legitimate - to cut their losses. This is not about arguing with an insurance company over your standard coverage or their prompting you as the insured to seek mediocre care. This documentary is about insurance companies’ deliberate “policy” of wrongfully black-balling policyholders, and using hardball tactics like the threat of criminal charges, paying other individuals to make disparaging remarks about the insured, pressuring doctors to renege on their diagnosis, malice, fraud, oppression, involving the Social Security Administration, the IRS and even the United States Postal Service, deposing the insured’s ex-spouse, counter-suing, stealing property and files, and finally, speaking to sources without permission and refusing to identify those sources, even in a court of law. 
Commonplace in the disability insurance industry, all of these actions are intended to ruin the insured’s reputation and cast doubt on their character. In the end, it is all calculated for one purpose and one purpose alone, to cheat people out of their rightful benefits.
 
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FRIENDS OF FILM'S

AUGUST SCREENING

Sunday, August 26, 2007

7pm

Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades

Directed by John Bohm
Narrated by Martin Sheen
 
Father G and the Homeboys chronicles the lives of four Latino gangbangers as they redirect their lives in a wartorn area of Los Angeles known as Boyle Heights, at one time, the street gang capital of the world.  For over twenty years father Gregory Boyle (Father G) and his non-profit organization HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES have helped kids plan for their futures not their funerals.
 
 
Sunday, July 29
Theatre Palisades
941 Temescal Canyon Rd
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

THE SEEKERS

Writer/Director: Frank Megna
Writer/Producer: Diana Ljungaeus
In a post 9-11- era, sudden death and destruction are facts of life, complicated by the massive influx of immigrants-- some of whom may wish to do us harm.
Los Angeles is a magnet for every desire the human heart can conceive. And, so, each new day The Seekers come…
There is the non-citizen soldier home from the Iraq War and his Filipino family. There is the Mexican illegal, married to an American three times her age, who came into the country with forged papers. There is the Swedish daughter of a famous Hollywood actress who abandoned her as an infant in Lapland. 
The Department of Homeland Security has the responsibility of determining who has a right to be here and who does not. The people who work for the government are made of the same flesh and blood, the same desires as those they judge: There is the alcoholic agent whose marriage is disintegrating and the lonely, paranoid agent haunted by nightmares of planes crashing into tall buildings. There are the security guards who daily witness the parade of foreign petitioners, there are the supervisors who are themselves naturalized citizens …
Most seek the fulfillment of their dreams for a better life.
Some are afraid and seek to protect and hide what they have earned.
Others seek opportunities to join the American family.
And, some come for nothing but revenge and death…
 
Filmmakers in attendance!
 
With the short film
TOMOKO'S KITCHEN
Directed by Shawna Baca
Produced/Written by David Chester
 
Shawn Baca returns to the Pacific Palisades Film Festival monthly screening series!
A divorced businessman, a neurotic actress, arguing lovebirds, a suicidal celebrity, and a blocked writer live in the same building  but have never met. When the building's entrance security doors jam shut one workday morning, they learn the only other exit is through the apartment of English-challenged fellow resident Tomoko Meadows, who's in the midst of making cinnamon rolls. Although these disparate neighbors are desperate to barge in and dash out, when Tomoko misunderstands "jam" and invites them to enjoy the oven-fresh rolls, they discover how little their personal dramas mean... and how love and friendship are closer than they imagined.
 

 

 

 

Sunday, March 25, 07

Theatre Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

7:00pm

 

Friends of Film welcomes back PPFF alumnist Matt Radecki in person for a one night only screening of his Sundance Film Fest hit

TV JUNKIE. 

 

Trevor Groth's entry from the 2006 Sundance Film Fest catalog

 

"A rare cinematic treat..... Subject Rick Kirkham was reality TV when, quite frankly, reality TV didn't exist.  Co-director/ editor Radecki pulls yet another rabbit out of his hat piecing together hundreds of hours of footage shot by Kirkham himself, in a doc that will have you pulling for Kirkham one minute and only seconds later, reaching for the bottle and calling your shrink."

- Bob Sharka, Executive Director, Friends OfFilm 

 


Sunday, December 17, 2006

Theatre Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

6:00pm

 

HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM

Directed by Rick Minnich

A musical romp through the Ozark Mountains with a handful of rascally modern-day hillbillies.

Hillbillies haven't died off: they've simply become neo-hillbillies.  Three families of musicians in the Ozark Mountains in Southwestern Missouri give new meaning to the term "hillbilly". Float down the backwaters, soak up some old time religion, savor a washboard duel, and bask in the neon lights of psuedo hillbilly showdown Branson.  Lean back and merge into hillbilliness.

7:40pm

VOICES OF KATRINA

Directed by Chris Hume
Follow the lives of several families for one year - as they reclaim their lives in the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in United States history.  Chris Hume and his camera crew slept in garages and rented cars as
they traveled the devastated countryside,  capturing a portrait of life in the year following Hurricane Katrina. . It’s a stinging indictment of government neglect. But it’s also an intimate journey, filled with humor, rage, and hop
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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Theatre Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

6:00pm

 

Friends of Film presents six of this year's short list candidates for short documentary Oscar nominations.

"Going from short list (8 films) to actual Oscar nominee (3 to 5) is always one of the toughest calls to make, particularly this year....one of the few years I'm actually glad I'm NOT on the committee."

 - Bob Sharka, Friends Of Film

 

 

 

THE DIARY OF IMMACULEE

Directed by Peter LeDonne

This film reveals the horrific, yet inspiring story of a remarkable woman’s experiences in the midst of one of history’s most tragic events. Immaculée Ilibagiza, and others who were there, will tell you what happened . . . and you shall never forget it. With powerful and emotional on-camera appearances from the good Samaritans who kept Immaculée alive in Rwanda, to inspirational personalities such as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Carl Wilkens, this amazing story of a journey through the darkness of holocaust will touch your heart and soul.

Filmmaker in attendance 

 

THE BLOOD OF THE YINGZHOU DISTRICT

Directed by Ruby Yang

Produced by Thomas Lennon

39 minutes

A year in the life of of children in the remote villages of Anhui Province, China, who have lost their parents to AIDS.  Traditional obligations to family and village collide with terror of the disease.

 

 

PHOENIX DANCE

Director/Producer: Karina Epperlein

16 minutes

It seems impossible, but after losing a leg to cancer, accomplished dancer Homer Avila returns to the stage without crutches, performing with Andrea Flores a duet choreographed by Alonzo King.  We witness determination, skill, and courage as Homer collaborates in his now "imperfect" body - and his "one leggedness" turns into translucent beauty.

 

 

DEAR TALULA

Directed by Lori Benson

34 minutes
Diagnosed with breast cancer 14 months after the birth
of her daughter Talula, filmmaker Lori Benson finds
courage, beauty and humor in the face of unexpected
change.

 

 

RECYCLED LIFE

 

Directed by Leslie Iwerks

39 minutes

A selection from the 2006 Pacific Palisades Film Festival

A journey into Central America's largest and most toxic landfills, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump, where thousands of adults and children have been living, eating, and working over the last sixty years.  

 

A REVOLVING DOOR

Directed by Marilyn Braverman

39 minutes

Chuck Braverman returns to the Friends Of Film Festival - this time as producer - with the story of 33 year old Tommy Lennon, struggling to deal with the dual diagnosis of mental affliction and drug addiction.  The film focuses on Tommy and his family's frustration, helplessness, courage, and resilience.  Was a head injury a catalyst that turned Tommy's life upside down?  For 10 years, he is stuck in a revolving door of homelessness, drug abuse, mental institutions and jails.  Will Tommy and his loving family learn to deal with a constantly shifting reality?

Filmmakers in attendance 

 

October 29, 2006

Theatre Palisades

941Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
 8 pm
 

No Umbrella: Election Day in the City

Directed by Laura Paglin

26 minutes

An unblinking look at the 2004 US Election Day failures in one of Ohios poorest neighborhoods.  In the most hotly contested state in the country, gridlock at inner city polls ignites tempers and sets off charges of conspiracy. No Umbrelladrops us squarely into the chaos as we watch the irascible octogenarian councilwoman (Ms. Fannie Lewis) take on polling place breakdowns, an unresponsive bureaucracy and an increasingly agitated electorate.

 

www.noumbrella.org

 

 

TWO SQUARE MILES

Directed by Barbara Ettinger

 

The historic "city" of Hudson, New York, is confronting a modern Goliath: its own future.

Two Square Miles tracks the conflicts that unfold as a proposed multinational coal-fired cement plant threatens to reshape the small community on the banks of the Hudson River. Hudson's colorful and passionate citizens fight to save the town's unique character and its architectural heritage, breathing life into the exercise of local democracy.

Two Square Miles immerses the viewer in an extended observation of life in an American small city experiencing rapid transition over the course of two years. Building on its focus on the present, brief historical interludes sprinkle the film with context from Hudson's notorious past when it was a whaling port and an internationally famous city of vice and corruption. The scope of Hudson's ups and downs illustrates the cyclical nature of boom and bust and brings attention to the turning point that the city currently faces.

The questions that exist about the future of Hudson are similar to the concerns of citizens in towns and cities across America. How is the global economy affecting our communities? Can a traditional small town main street with mom and pop stores still be viable with the 21st Century competition of big-box stores and consolidation? Can goals of environmental conservation and economic development co-exist?

How can citizens and activists concerned about the direction of their communities be involved in the democratic process, and can idealistic goals drive real political change? And, in the wake of divisive political campaigns, can new and productive political alliances that serve the common good be forged?

To watch Two Square Miles is to peer through the looking glass at the changing fabric of America today. This energetic exploration of small town America at the turn of the 21st Century is a journey beneath the surface of a classic American town, where the layers are peeled back to reveal and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity and unusual characters that make small town America so unique.

See the trailer at www.twosquaremiles.com

 

 

September 24, 2006

7:30pm

Theatre Palisades

941Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

AMERICAN BLACKOUT

Directed by Ian Inaba

 

A multiple award-winning film on the festival circuit, American Blackout chronicles the recurring patterns of voter disenfranchisement witnessed from 2000 to 2004. Told through the life of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who took an active role investigating the scrubbing of the Florida voter roles and then found herself in her own election debacle after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the terrorist attacks of 9-11.  American Blackout travels from Florida to Georgia to Ohio examining the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent.

Visit the web-site, www.AmericanBlackout.com

 

“Engrossing, fast-paced, stylish… a powerful examination of voting rights in America.”    -Sura Wood, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 “…a muckraking indictment of … the systematic disenfranchisement of African American voters…”     -Kenneth Turan, LA TIMES

"Be sure to bring your blood pressure meds to this screening- you're going to need them." - Bob Sharka, FRIENDS OF FILM

Produced by Anastasia King
Edited by Liz Canning, Jean-Phillipe Boucicault, Ian Inaba
Graphics by Anson Vogt
Music by DJ Shadow, Soulsavers, Thievery Corporation, Michael Bierden, Mark Batson

 

Cries from Ramah
Directed by Loren E. Chadima
15 minutes
Written by Nathan Scoggins
A story about two mothers, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who lose their sons in a suicide bombing and then meet in a Tel Aviv police station. Winner of "Director's Choice: Best Short Film" at the Sedona International Film Festival and "Best of the Fest" at the Rochester International Film Festival, Cries from Ramah has qualified for the 79th Academy Awards.
Visit the web-site, www.CriesfromRamahmovie.com
 

"...a moving story that reaches out to people of all faiths......Although only 15 minutes in length the cries from this film will be heard long after the curtain falls."     ~ Santa Monica Observer 

"After the finger pointing is done, we usually still a have a problem to work out.....CRIES FROM RAMAH illustrates this often overlooked fact in a brilliant 15 minute piece that will surely capture the attention of the Oscar voters." - Bob Sharka. Friends Of Film

 

LUCIDITY

 

Directed by Sean Spence

5 minutes

A woman becomes suspicious as she takes a shower in her Hollywood Hills home. Suspecting there is an intruder, she valiantly travels from room to room, gathering information until the inevitable happens...she comes face to face with her biggest fear...and her ultimate salvation. Choices are made that can not be changed, and what she thinks is her best defense may be her worst enemy.

 

SPECIAL SCREENING

COURTESY OF FIRST LOOK STUDIOS

Open to Friends of Film

 

A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS


Raleigh Studios, Chaplin Theatre

Melrose and Van Ness, Hollywood

Monday, Sept 25 at 3pm

 

Running Time: 98 minutes

Cast: Academy Award nominee Robert Downey, Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Channing Tatum, and Rosario Dawson

Director/writer: Dito Montiel

Producers: Trudie Styler, Travis Swords, Charlie Corwin, Clara Markowicz; Executive Producers: Sting, Bobby Sager

 

Synopsis:  A modern day MEAN STREETS, this is a brash and moving story of a young man who tries to find his way through the minefield of his youth in his tough New York neighborhood.

 

"Already on my short list for this upcoming award season, this film packs a punch stronger than a heavyweight champs.  A dazzling cast led by Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum, and Shia LaBeouf in my favorite selection from Sundance 2006." - Bob Sharka, Executive Director, Friends of Film

 


 

3rd Annual Pacific Palisades Film Fest Wraps!

 May 11 - 13, 2006

 

Check out the www.FilmFestivalToday.com coverage on-line.

 

 

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

6:15pm - Student Academy Award documentary winners

7:45pm - THE BIG BUY: TOM DELAY'S STOLEN CONGRESS

Theatre Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

 

Friends of Film proudly presents

Student Academy Award winners in the documentary category and the latest from Robert Greenwald, THE BIG BUY: TOM DELAY'S STOLEN CONGRESS

 

Gold Medal Winner

REPORTER ZERO


Directed by Carrie Lozano, UC Berkeley

 

Reporter Zero is the first documentary film about journalist
Randy Shilts’ groundbreaking AIDS reporting and the struggles he
faced trying to get the nation to reckon with the devastating
truth about AIDS. While most publications shied away from
covering what was considered a “gay disease,” Shilts, the
nation’s first openly gay reporter at a major media outlet,
reported from the frontlines of the AIDS crisis, sounding alarm
after alarm in the San Francisco Chronicle. His inspiring story
exemplifies the power of journalism, documents massive
institutional failure, and reminds us that in spite of flaws and
psychic struggles, one person can make a difference.

 

Silver Medal Winner

THE WOMEN'S KINGDOM

Directed by Xiaoli Zhou, UC Berkeley

In the '90s, China introduced tourism to the Mosuo region, home of China's last matriarchy. Although the villages in the area prosper, the traditional lives of women are nonetheless complicated and threatened by the arrival of visitors and all that they bring with them…

 

 

Bronze Medal Winner

THREE BEAUTIES

Directed by Mak Hossain, Purdue University

 

7:45PM

THE BIG BUY: TOM DELAY'S STOLEN CONGRESS

a film by Mark Birnbauk and Jim Schermbeck

 

In a stunning 1994 interview, shortly after the now infamous Republican revolution, Tom DeLay sat down and laid out his vision for America: to destroy the Department of Education, HUD, OSHA, the NEH, the NEA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. His self-stated goal was to "completely redesign government."

The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress is the story of how he did just that. It's the story of one of the most blatant power grabs in American history, and how a District Attorney in Texas turned out to be the biggest threat to the national DeLay Machine. The film is a warning about how easy it is for American democracy to be hijacked by a combination of relentless ambition and corporate millions. It makes the case that DeLay built a "custom-made Congress" that is still providing votes for his agenda.

DeLay's utter contempt for government made him a favorite of corporations. Over the next decade, they funded DeLay's rise to power with millions while wining, dining, and bank rolling an extravagant lifestyle complete with corporate jets, expensive restaurants and stays at plush golf resorts.

But Travis county D.A. Ronnie Earle is on his heels, and DeLay's made a mistake. He blatantly funneled banned corporate money to candidates in the 2002 Texas elections. This was the critical first phase of a take-no-prisoners plan to ensure a more hard-Right Republican U.S. Congress. DeLay's actions led to controversial redistricting in Texas that disenfranchised voters, set-off the largest upheaval in modern Texas political history and sent five new hard-Right Republican congressmen to Washington.

Texas grand juries have brought 41 indictments against eight corporations, DeLay's political action committee, a business lobby ally, three underlings and Tom Delay himself. But while Delay has given up his leadership post, his Texas takeover is still impacting all Americans daily. His Texas redistricting changed the face of the last Congress. The Central American Free Trade Agreement, the Energy Bill, Budgets and Budget Cuts that hurt college students, single parents and the working poor -- all passed in the last 14 months by less than the five votes DeLay won from his scheme in Texas. From now until the November elections- The Big Buy is destined to serve as a rallying cry for those who want to change "the house that Tom built" back into "the people's house."

The Big Buy is a feature length documentary that connects the dots between big money and big government. It's not a pretty picture.

 

 

 

 

Last years's Pacific Palisades Film Festival Centerpiece Film MY BIG FAT INDEPENDENT MOVIE gang with Brian Krow, Chris Gore, Philip Zlotorynski, and Paget Brewster fielding

a tough question at the post screening Q+A.  (photo by Gayle Goodrich)

 

 

 

Sunday, August 27, 2006 - 8pm

DARK WATER RISING

The Truth About Katrina Animal Rescues

Theatre Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

A small group of brave rescuers from around the world risked their lives to sledgehammer down doors, brave toxic floodwaters and dodge corrupt cops in a race against time to rescue up to 10,000 trapped and starving animals.

 

"Ever stop by one of those animal adoption places that you see at the Farmer's Markets all over town?  Well check the lease before seeing this one because you may be shopping for a rescued pet, post screening." 

Bob Sharka, Friends of Film

"Hurricanes aren't rated G." - Mike Shiley, filmmaker

 

 

HALF LIFE: A JOURNEY TO CHERNOBYL

Directors: Davd Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky

40 minutes

An early season candidate for the short documentary Oscar short list,  this film tells the story of the people who dealt with the world's worst nuclear disaster at ground level: the firefighters, the soldiers, the "liquidators", and their families.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 19, 2006

two screenings: 6:30 and 8:35pm


Theater Palisades

941 Temescal Canyon Road

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

 

MY LIFE WITH COUNT DRACULA

Director/Producer: Dustin Lance Black

74 minutes, BetaSP

 

Many years ago in a small house in South Central Los Angeles, a childlike little man with a wobbling gait and a high pitched voice abandoned his law books to dedicate his life to giving Sci-Fi and Horror films, "a little bit of dignity."

 

In 1962, Dr. Donald A. Reed created The Count Dracula Society, and soon thereafter was named the world's authority on Count Dracula. From Fritz Lange to Rock Hudson, Elsa Lanchester to Ray Bradbury, Hollywood's glitterati all showed up (many wearing fake fangs). Within the decade, his campy Count Dracula Society evolved into the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. The capes and fangs morphed into tuxedos and golden Saturn Awards, and by the late 70's his award show was on every TV set in the United States.

 

Today, genre filmmakers such as James Cameron, Dean Devlin, and Bryan Singer dominate the box office, each never failing to recognize the importance of this eccentric little man's undying support for their films and their careers. Time and time again, he is introduced as the man responsible for bringing genre filmmaking to the mainstream, but unlike the filmmakers and authors he supported, Dr. Reed never made a dime from his work. Like a young boy, monster movies, not money, were his passion.

 

In 1999, Dr. Reed underwent triple bypass surgery. As a chocolate cake eating diabetic, he wasn't given long to live. His award shows were no longer being televised, and he was scratching out a meager existence in a run down house in the ghetto of Los Angeles preparing for his 26th Annual Saturn Awards dinner.

MY LIFE WITH COUNT DRACULA documents the final days of the man who brought the undead to American pop culture as he faces the grim realities of his own mortality.

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

 

See the trailer at

www.MyLifeWithCountDracula.com

 

 

 

 

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- we are a non-profit charitable organization that depends on donations from individuals, foundations and corporations to continue our works.

- we honor film industry talent with the Friends Of Film Lifetime Achievement Award.

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- we make our annual picks for the best films and performances of the year.

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