By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall August 6, 2008 at 8:18AM
Since I am at home, enjoying our first week with the Boy and the Mrs. here at the house, I haven't been able to watch a single film in almost ten days. That must be some kind of record for me. And since it is unlikely that I am going to make it to many films in the coming few weeks, you should! A few items in brief, most of which you've probably read about elsewhere...
-- Add another to the "good things happening to great people" file; David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express opens today. I met David when he directed a staged reading of A Confederacy Of Dunces at the Nantucket Film Festival a few years back, and he is a really great guy and a Director who continues to delight and surprise me. I was in birth mode during his recent BAM retrospective and missed Pineapple, but I am interested to see the film and watch how it performs in the marketplace. I'll be honest here; I find drug humor incredibly boring, but if anyone can transcend the limitations of the genre, it's David. Can't wait to catch it...
-- Speaking of BAM retrospectives, next week's Azazel Jacobs retrospective at BAM promises to be my must-see/ probably can't-see event of the summer. I may sneak off to a screening of The GoodTimes Kid on Monday, but who knows. Aza brought Momma's Man to Sarasota this year and we were so proud to be able to share the film; Don't miss this chance to catch up with Aza's films in what is fast becoming my favorite venue in the city.
-- Two belated congratulations;
Congrats to David Redmon and Ashley Sabin on the recent launch of their Carnivalesque Films DVD label. Their first film on the label is Mardi Gras: Made In China, a must-see. There are several other films in the works, many of which I know very well, and I can't wait to watch the Carnivalesque label grow... so much promise! Be sure to "Add" Mardi Gras: Made In China to your Netflix queue or get a copy today from David and Ashley's website.
Also, a big congrats to Matt Wolf for the recent acquisition of his terrific film Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell by Plexifilm. I have written rhapsodically about the film before, but now that the film has a release date of September 26 at the IFC Center in NYC and the ICA in London, I am really excited to hear what everyone thinks about this wonderful movie. Matt was gracious enough to allow us to host the film's US Premiere in Sarasota (not that you'd know it from reading indieWIRE...grumble...) and I am really happy to see that the film is taking off. Much deserved!
-- Finally, one week before the Boy was born, I was able to catch a press screening of Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale here in NYC. The movie exceeded my expectations, a shaggier, more deeply-felt film than any Desplechin has made before. I've decided I must see it again (in Toronto and at the NYFF) before writing about the movie in detail. Needless to say, I have a ton of thoughts on the movie and can't wait to watch it again. Expect a full reaction this autumn; In the meantime, circle your calendars and do NOT miss the film when it opens at the IFC Center and on-demand on November 14 (the week of my birthday... coincidence? I think not.)