Friday, April 30, 2010
Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library: An archive of performing arts on video from across the Americas
The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library, a collaboration between New York University Libraries and NYU's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, provides a digital venue for documenting the expression of social and political life through performance in the many cultures and political landscapes of the Americas. The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library brings together in one place materials that have been available only in small, little-known archives that are inaccessible to scholars and that lack the resources to properly care for and provide access to these extraordinary cultural documents. But it is not enough simply to gather the videos together. We have used the resources of digital technology to insure the long-term preservation of this rare material and to make it accessible not just to researchers at NYU but to scholars and artists around the world.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
One of the remarkable things about Passion Fish is it is not a film about disability; it is a film about codependent relationships, personal demons, acceptance and compassion. In some ways this film reminds me of one of my favorite filmmakers, Mike Leigh, in its slow style and a reluctance to show anyone as a “bad guy”. But there is something quintessentially American about this story, as almost all Sayles films are. May Alice and Chantel’s struggles are with a failed life of excess and urbanity. What they face now is how to negotiate a new kind of life—a more authentic one.
David Strathairn (Good Night & Good Luck) also appears as Rennie, in a wonderful performance as a down-to-earth Cajun.
Check out the trailer:
Monday, April 26, 2010
YouTube video tutorial on the procedure for reserving and accessing the DMS workrooms overnight
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Media Services Recommends...Althea's List of Mostly Soppy Love Dramas Plus Kill Bill and Sleeping Beauty
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - HU DVD 244
Sabrina - HU DVD 5390
Pride and Prejudice (BBC Version) - HU DVD 2819
Gone with the Wind - HU DVD 9
Dangerous Liaisons - HU DVD 5913
Love Actually - HU DVD 3510
Casablanca - HU DVD 150
Dead Poets Society - HU DVD 303
Kill Bill Vol. 1 - HU DVD 793
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Videodrome - HU DVD 64
Titus - DVD 197
Fearless - HU DVD 292
Brazil - HU DVD 360
Underground - HU DVD 1342
Battle Royale - HU DVD 880
The Fog Of War - HU DVD 791
The Cove - HU DVD 6763
RiP: A Remix Manifesto - DVD 6355
Dig! - HU DVD 1862
Friday, April 16, 2010
For those of you about to graduate, a different perspective: Kicking & screaming HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 4842
Kicking and Screaming is the directorial debut of film critics’ current indie darling, Noah Baumbach. This film really strikes at the heart of Gen-X anxiety, which perhaps is why I like it so much, but really it's about reluctance to grow up. It comes with my highest recommendation to graduating seniors, as long as you can stomach the somewhat bleak message.
Also, Chris Eigeman, a remarkably talented and often over-looked actor, is a riot, delivering witty and sarcastic lines as only he can. And the often over-perky and loud-mouthed Parker Posey won me over in her role as an annoyed and sarcastic co-ed.
Check out the trailer:
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Filmfest DC, Washington's longest running and most prestigious film festival, is set to kickoff April 15 with eleven days of the best in new international cinema.
This year the festival will feature provocative Italian films and cutting edge work from Romania, the hottest spot on the international cinema scene. Fans can also look forward to "The Tango Singer" (Argentina), "Hipsters" (Russia), "Medal of Honor" (Romania), "Heliopolis" (Egypt), "Will You Marry Us" (Switzerland), "25 Carats" (Spain) and scores of other international award winning films. Now celebrating its 24th year, Filmfest DC presents over 80 feature premieres, restored classics, shorts and special events in an enjoyable atmosphere for movie lovers. New this year is the Social Justice Award. The festival's audience is widely diverse, curious and knowledgeable and Filmfest DC has developed into one of the city's major cultural events.
As seen in the WAMU Calendar.
Filmfest DC April 15 - 25
Tickets now on sale!
The 24th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival is set to kickoff April 15 with eleven days of the best and most exciting in new international cinema.
Look for our 24-page catalog in The Washington Post on Friday, April 9, and our centerfold ads in The Washington City Paper on April 1 and April 15.
The Filmfest DC Opening Night Gala will take place on Thursday, April 15 starting at 7:00 PM, at AMC Mazza Gallerie with a party immediately following at the Gallerie Atrium. There will be live music, dancing, food and Champagne. Plans are underway for a festive, entertaining and memorable evening!
Our opening night film premiere will be Hipsters, a vibrant musical from Russia, which takes place in the 50s. Hipsters has been described as Swing Kids meets Hairspray, bursting with razzle, dazzle and rhythm. The music and the dancing in the film is spectacular, beautifully and intricately choreographed, and bursting with color. Hipsters has been collecting prizes at film festivals worldwide, including the prize for best film at the Russian Nika Awards (equivalent to our Academy Awards).
Opening Night Gala entertainment will feature dance performances by Flying Feet and live dancing music by the Grandsons during the Gala.Tickets are $40.00 per person for the film and Gala Party, and are now on sale through tickets.com