By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall November 2, 2006 at 4:47AM
It's been a while since I have taken time to blog, but that's nothing new; Every once in a while, there are stretches of life that pull me away from the cinema, from my on-line rambling, and replenish me with the engaging energy of real-life. Which is not to say that cinephilia is somehow at a remove from reality, but more that, after taking in 50 films in Toronto and another 30 plus at the New York Film Festival, the time that is usually spent watching 80 films (probably a few months) is condensed to such a point that other obligations, family, planning for The Sarasota Film Festival and social time have been re-stating themselves as priorities in my life. I have taken in a few movies; I finally caught up with Climates yesterday after missing it at the NYFF and it is all everyone says it is and more (best break-up movie ever?), as well as the amazing Memories of Murder on DVD (How did this movie not do more business? It’s tremendous and I recommend it anyone). That said, a lot of the films that are heading into theaters are just not my cup o’tea or I have seen them already. Many times, September’s annual 80-film feast is a blow-off for the entire fall.
So, what’s been up? Well, first and foremost, I’ve been working with my partner in crime to get the The 2007 Sarasota Film Festival Call For Entries up and running. We’ve been sending out some early film invitations, maintained our film tracking, and have done a great deal of planning for the months ahead. Filmmakers, I encourage you to apply to our festival; If you look at last year’s films, so will see that we’ve tried very hard to balance our program to include films and stories of all types, so I hope that we can encourage you to submit and launch your film at our festival. I promise you’ll have a great experience. The festival runs April 13-22, 2007, but submission deadlines are soon, so please drop us a DVD and we’ll take a look.
In addition, we’ve been very fortunate to partner with our friends at The Asolo Theater, a newly restored 17th Century Italian Opera House restored inside The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, to bring a Monday Night Movies series to the community. The first series has focused on documentary films (we’ve shown Rebecca Dreyfus’ Stolen, Billy Corbin’s terrific Cocaine Cowboys and the scary 1922 classic Häxan so far), and we continue the series with a screening of Michael Apted’s terrific 49 Up this coming Monday, and Luke Meyer and Andrew Neal’s thrilling Darkon on November 13. After a break for the holiday season, the series will continue in January with a look at some masterful American independent films from the 1960’s to the present. It has been a real treat to have this outlet for films that otherwise might not be seen in the community, and I look forward to bringing more films to Sarasota in this beautiful theater.
I will be moving down to Sarasota for the festival season in a few weeks, so I have also been soaking up friends here in Brooklyn, enjoying Park Slope, running the bi-weekly Trivia Game (more on next Wednesday’s game soon), playing some Fantasy Footie (Katie Trainor, you’re mine!) while watching my Liverpool (we’reeee baaaaack!), shedding a tear over my Detroit Tigers while thrilling at the performance of my Michigan Wolverine football team, and making some trips back to the Midwest to see the families. I’m planning to see Borat again tomorrow with friends so that I can do a full write up, and more coming very soon, but its been a long, un-blog worthy couple of weeks. Having just read this post, I’m sure you agree.