By Sharon Abella | SydneysBuzz September 30, 2013 at 12:48PM
The New York Film Festival (Sept. 27-Oct.13) is going on now. Los Angeles' own Rose Kuo (formerly director of the AFI FIlm Festival) has notched it up this year as our local
newspaper L.A. Times has pointed out to
us in perhaps a somewhat condescending way. NYFF was never a "quaint afterthought", but it was not what the Lincoln Center Film Society offered the trade
with new offerings of films you can see in its spring festival New Directors/ New Directions. But this year, it is on the trade's map of top fall film
festivals for the first time since 1984 when Blood Simple of the Coen Brothers made the trade realize its great value.
Covering for SydneysBuzz in New York
is Sharon Abella, an occasional writer for SydneysBuzz. Editor-in-chief of One World Cinema , an internationally-minded website about film, music and travel, Sharon Abella holds multiple degrees in the sciences, and she makes the
point that this site would not be possible without the help of God, family, friends, and her life partner, Jon Kilik. We are happy to be able to post her
articles on SydneysBuzz.
Read Sharon's Review for Captain Phillips Below:
The festival, which runs from September 27- October 13, 2013 is jam
packed with incredible films including: Inside Llewyn Davis, Blue is
Color, Her, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Nebraska, About
Time, All is Lost, American Promise, Jimmy P : Psychotherapy of a Plains
Indian, and many
Ken Jones, the new director of programming, succeeding Richard Pena, introduced the director of Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass (United 93, Bloody Sunday). Paul shared with the audience how he and his 10 year old daughter took a walk in Central Park and he explained it’s been 40 years since he began his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. How he dreamed of becoming a director, showcasing a film at the NYFF.
Although Somali piracy has threatened international shipping since the beginning of Somalia’s ongoing Civil War which began in 1991, when a coalition of clan-based armed opposition groups overthrew the long standing military government, the majority of piracy cases have mostly occurred in the 2000′s, from 2005-2012.
I could write more about Somalia’s history, however, I would have to type the name of different factions and militant groups responsible for the mall shootings in Kenya, and I don’t want to take the chance.
In 2009 alone, over 70 ships had been hijacked by pirates in the waters off the coast of Somalia (the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden), one of which being the cargo ship the “Maersk Alabama.” On April 8-April 12, four Somali pirates seized the ship loaded with 17,000 metric tons of cargo, bound for Mombasa, Kenya, 240 nautical miles off Southeast of the Somali port city of Eyl, with a crew of 20 from “The United States Merchant Marines” were on board. Most of the occurrences are foiled, others end peacefully once the ransom has been received, and others have fatalities.
The United States Merchant Marine (also known as USMMA or Kings Point) is one of the five United States service academies. It is charged with training officers for the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the military, or the transportation industry.
Midshipmen (as students at the Academy are called) are trained in marine engineering, navigation, ship’s administration, maritime law, personnel management, international law, customs, and many other subjects important to the task of running a large ship.
The Captain of the “Maersk Alabama,” Captain Richard Phillips was born in Winchester, Massachusetts and graduated from Winchester High School in 1973. Phillips enrolled at the University of Massachusetts and planned to study international law, but later transferred to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he graduated in 1979. During his schooling, Phillips worked as a cab driver in Boston. Phillips married Andrea Coggio, a nurse, in 1987, and had two children, Daniel and Mariah.
On March 28, 2009, he set off from his home in Underhill, VT to the waters off the coast of Oman and Somalia to unload cargo containers. Knowing he was in dangerous pirate territory, he ordered for the tightening up of security and for the cages to be locked, even while in port. At the same time, four pirates set out from Eyl, Somalia in 2 skiffs, with a mission to “get a big ship, so they can get paid.” When the Maersk noticed the skiffs on their radar, they went on lock down and prepared the fire hoses and necessary procedures, however, the ruthless pirates managed to place and climb a ladder on board, screaming and demanding money. “$30,000 is nothing, we want millions!” “Irish, don’t move or I will —- you.” “Irish, don’t worry, everything going to be alright.”
This Hollywood psychological thriller, released by Sony Pictures, will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with your heart pounding, and if you like
Tom Hanks, as much as I do, crying.