This weekend, the Michael Tully and Todd Rohal roller coasters continue to ride, albeit in different parts of the country. Tomorrow morning I wake up early to catch a train up to the Newport Film Festival, where SILVER JEW screens at 7:15pm, followed by another screening at 3pm on Friday. Before tomorrow's screening, I'll be on a "Music in Film" panel with R. Craig Zobel and AJ Schnack. Both of those guys seem pretty stuck up, so I hope the panel won't devolve into pretentious snobbery. There's always the threat of that when you're dealing with rampaging, unchecked egos like theirs. Of course, I've never actually met them before. Maybe they'll prove me wrong.
If you happen to live in, be visiting, or know somebody who will be in Chicago from June 8th-14th, have I got good news for you. Todd Rohal's wildly visionary THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE will be screening all week. In addition to that, David Wingo's sublime Ola Podrida will be playing a full on rock-and-roll show at Schuba's on Wednesday, June 13th. Here are the specifics, from the official TGH press release:
THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE
The Gene Siskel Film Center
June 8 –14
Fri. at 8:00 pm
Sat. at 5:15 pm
Mon., Tue., and Thu. at 6:00 pm
***Special Q&A following Fri & Sat screenings with Director Todd Rohal and William “The Refrigerator” Perry!***
164 North State Street
Chicago Il 60601
Wednesday, June 13th at 8pm
3159 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
And if you're stuck in New York, be sure to go see Mike Akel's very, very funny CHALK, which opens on Friday at the Sunshine.
But no matter where you are, provided there are no semifinal shockers, be sure to wake up early on Sunday to watch the men's final of the French Open. As long as things do work out and it's a Federer/Nadal final, this might very well be one of the most important matches in tennis history. Provided Federer wins, that is. Go, Roger, go!