Film Park Slope Tonight

By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully February 15, 2009 at 1:59AM

Film Park Slope Tonight

If I were back in Brooklyn, I know where I'd be tonight. Let co-curator Keith Uhlich tell you all about it at The House Next Door. Or just in case you're too lazy to click from all of that Valentine's Day celebrating, here's the gist of it:

A reminder that this evening (2/15/2009) is the latest installment of the film series ("Film Park Slope at Congregation Beth Elohim") that I co-curate. The main feature is Waiting for Hockney, a documentary about Baltimore-based artist Billy Pappas, who dedicates nearly ten years of his life to a single portrait (a beyond-the-pores reinterpretation of Richard Avedon's famed Marilyn Monroe photograph). The 78-minute film will be preceded by the 14-minute short Michelangelo Eye to Eye. See after the break for more detailed information (including directions to the screening venue) and click here to join the series' Facebook group. Hope to see you there.


DOORS OPEN: 7:00 pm

MAIN FILM DESCRIPTION (taken from the official website): Waiting for Hockney is a comic and poignant tale of a man and the people who believe in him as they collude and collide for an entire decade in the service of a grand idea. The film explores the sometimes precarious line between dreams and delusion as it looks at the risks, payoffs and consequences when one man single-mindedly pursues his vision. Billy Pappas is a true American original. An art school graduate from a working class background living in rural Maryland, Billy has decided that his mission in life is to reinvent realism. He spends eight years on a single drawing of Marilyn Monroe working to show a microscopic level of detail he hopes will reveal something deeper than photography. Literally, he hopes to create a new art form. Aided, one might even say enabled, by an eccentric cast of characters including a clergyman, a professor and an architect calling himself “Dr. Lifestyle,” Billy finally completes the portrait and then begins a quest to show it to renowned contemporary artist David Hockney, the one person he thinks can validate everything for which Billy has been striving.

SHORT FILM DESCRIPTION: Michelangelo Eye to Eye is the final directorial effort of Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni (L'Avventura, Blow-Up, The Passenger, among others). For 15-minutes, the director himself (semi-crippled by a stroke) silently contemplates Michelangelo Buonarotti's sculpture of Moses in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli.




a) Brooklyn-bound 'Q' or 'B' Train to "7th Avenue" stop in Park Slope. Exit at Flatbush Avenue. Walk around the block to 7th Avenue. Go down 7th Avenue past various name streets to "Garfield Place." Make a left. Walk up Garfield Place to 8th Avenue. Temple and entrance is directly in front of you.

b) Brooklyn-bound '2' or '3' Train to "Grand Army Plaza" stop in Park Slope. Exit at Flatbush. Walk around the corner to 8th Avenue. Walk down 8th Avenue to Garfield Place. Temple and entrance are on your left.

c) Brooklyn-bound 'F' train to "7th Avenue" stop in Park Slope. Exit at 8th Avenue and 9th Street (stay towards the front of the train to do so). Walk up 8th Avenue, numbers descending (e.g.: 9th Street, 8th Street, etc...) until you come to Garfield Place. Temple Beth Elohim and entrance will be on your right.


M69 along 8th Avenue to Garfield Place.