“Farewell to Hollywood” – A young woman, who loves movies, decides to document her experience as she battles osteosarcoma at age 16.

February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Life and Death of Reggie Nicholson

A documentary film directed by Henry Corra and Reggie Nicholson

Opens in NYC – Wednesday, February 25 -on Reggie’s birthday at Cinema Village
Opens in LA – Friday, March 13- Noho 7

One and a half months after her 16th birthday, Regina Diane Nicholson, from Long Beach, California, was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma, a malignant, cancerous, bone tumor that usually develops in teenagers and young adults when they are growing rapidly.  Many first complain of pain which may be worse at night. Those active in sports, may complain of pain in their lower femur, or right below their knee. A pathological bone fracture may also be a first sign or symptom,  as the bones may not be as strong as they normally would be.

Regina, or Reggie, handles her diagnosis with maturity and humor, and seeing as she has a passion for films and filmmaking, decides to document her experience, the disease process, and the impact it has on her family, friends, and healthcare providers.

In her film, “Farewell to Hollywood,” she compares the anguish she is experiencing, to the intensity, rawness, and violence exhibited in Quentin Tarantino’s, “Pulp Fiction,” often cutting to scenes from the 1994, action thriller.  A film enthusiast through and through, Reggie has film posters all over her bedroom walls and even “Made a Wish” with the “Make a Wish” Foundation and was allowed to be an extra on the film set of Kevin Smith’s’ “Red State”.

Good natured, with only good intentions demonstrated in the film, Film Director, and co-director of “Farewell to Hollywood,” Henry Corra, met the then 17 year old filmmaker, Regina (Reggie) Nicholson at a film festival, and agreed to help her make her feature film.  When Reggie turned 18, her parents had conflicting emotions about her becoming an adult and her desire to branch out, creating an independent life for herself. This would mean she would be moving out of their house, getting her own living and work space, completing the film, all the while, continuing to receive treatment while documenting.  Everyone handles stress differently.

The film carries the viewer through the difficult decisions that this young adult female has to make.  You will see how she copes, the medications that she chooses to take, the surgeries she chooses to undergo, what and who makes her happy, who she appoints as her healthcare proxy, and how she and her caretaker decide to carry out her end of life care.  The film should raise awareness to the fact that we should all appoint a healthcare proxy (someone who would make healthcare decisions for you in the event you are unable to make them yourself), even at a young age.

In the film, she often shows herself swinging on a swing over a cliff and the sea in Southern California, where she appears to be very free and happy.

Regina was a very brave woman who knew who and what made her happy, and how to live life to the fullest.

This award-winning documentary has screened at numerous international film festivals including IDFA, Hot Springs Doc Fest and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

Once again, the film will open in New York at Cinema Village on Wednesday, February 25 , 2015 (the day of Reggie Nicholson’s birthday),

and at the Noho 7 in Los Angeles on Friday, March 13, 2015.

A national release will follow.

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Song One -opens at the Angelika in NYC, on demand, and on itunes on Jan 23, 2015

January 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

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‘Song One’ is an 88 minute Brooklyn summer romance-indie-hipster drama starring Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Franny), and West London folk singer, Johnny Flynn (James Forester). Franny, who is studying for her PhD in anthropology in Morocco, receives a call from her mother stating that her brother, Henry, has been hit by a car crossing the street, is in a coma in the hospital, and asks that she return to NYC.  Franny visits her brother in the hospital often, and by searching through his belongings, listening to songs he has played, musical videos he has recorded, and journal entries he has written, gets to know what his likes are and where his interests lie. She stumbles upon an unused ticket for a musician that he really respects, James Forester, at the Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street on June 1, 2013. She attends the show, and approaches the acoustic guitarist/violinist at the end, asking him if he might have known Henry personally.  James did not know Henry personally, however, demonstrates empathy, and visits Franny, while she is visiting Henry in the hospital.  Franny and James begin reliving her brother’s Williamsburg musical lifestyle, while recording sounds of NYC that he might be familiar with, meanwhile, continuing to visit him in a coma, playing the recordings for him, and getting to know one another on a deeper, more personal level.

ITUNES BUY LINK:

http://bit.ly/SongOneOST

Album Preview (30 second snippets from the album) –

“In April” Lyric Video –

Album Preview –

“In April” Full Song – https://soundcloud.com/lakeshore-records/song-one-in-april-johnny-flynn

The movie is cute.

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“Ballet 422″

January 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Ballet 422, directed by Jody Lee Lipes, opens in New York at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, on Friday, February 6th, 2015.

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Have you ever wondered how a ballet gets created, the costumes get designed, the timing is mastered, and the pointe shoes get sewn on?

Ballet 422, transports you backstage to the making of the New York City 422nd ballet, “Paz de la Jolla,” set to the musical composition by Bohuslav Martinu from 1950, “Sinfonietta La Jolla.”

Founded in 1948, the NYC Ballet staffs a full orchestra, costume shop, lighting department, production crew and 91 full time dancers. 25 year old, Justin Peck, has been a member of the NYC Ballet since 2007, and was commissioned to choreograph the only new ballet in the 2013 winter season, with only 2 months to prepare.

Justin Peck: “My whole process of choreography is based on the music exposing the details, the complexities, and the textures of the orchestra.”

Observe the elite principal dancers (Sterling Hyltin, Tiler Peck, and Amar Ramasar), practice their:

Pas de Chat’s (‘the step of the cat’ The dancer jumps sideways, and while in mid-air, bends both legs up (two retirés) bringing the feet up as high as possible, with knees apart),

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Grand Jete’s (a split in the air),

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Pas de trois (a dance by three dancers),

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Passe’s (placing or passing the working foot near the knee of the supporting leg. When passing by the knee, the foot passes from front to back or back to front and then may slide down the supporting leg to the floor or transition into a position such as arabesque or attitude),

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Arabesque’s (A body position in which a dancer stands on one leg (the supporting leg) with the other leg (the working leg) turned out and extended behind the body, with both legs held straight),

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Assemble’s (A jump that lands on two feet).

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Two months, two weeks, one week, as the premiere of “Paz de la Jolla” draws closer, the film reflects back on all the hard work and practice rehearsals that it took to lead up to the big night.

How will it be received?

Heavenly!

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Orson Welles is 100! Celebrate his Centennial Year at Film Forum

January 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

From January 1st through February 3, 2015!

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SELMA! 8 NAACP and 4 Golden Globe nominations

December 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

As people continue to protest and march across the Brooklyn Bridge fighting for African American human rights and dignity 50 years later, sadly, Selma continues to ring true. The Director of Selma, Ava DuVernay http://www.avaduvernay.com/, majored in English and African American studies at UCLA, and has broken the glass ceiling, as she becomes the first African American woman nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes.

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The film illustrates the time period when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led his followers on three historic marches from Selma, Alabama, to the state’s capital, Montgomery, with the hopes that African Americans would one day win the right to vote and serve on juries.

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The movie begins in 1964, as Dr. King, Jr., and his wife, Coretta Scott King, are getting ready to attend the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Dr. King expresses guilt that he and his wife are in black tie attire while folks back home are suffering.

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Having met with President Johnson directly, Dr. King asked him to change the law to allow African Americans the right to vote, and was told, ‘voting has to wait, I want to fight the war on poverty first.’ So, as with most things in life, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which became effective on August 6, 1965, did not come easy.

From March 7-25, 1965, he led followers on various marches to raise awareness, however, often times, violence broke out between the police and the protestors.

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Along with his sermons, the marching scenes are some of the most powerful in the movie.

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(Photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

For a timeline of the historical facts:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/15/us/1965-selma-to-montgomery-march-fast-facts/

David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is confident and fierce.

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4/5 stars

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Elephant Poaching- A short film by Katherine Bigelow

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

http://www.lastdaysofivory.com/

“Last Days” is only 3 minutes long, yet is fierce and brave. Save the elephants.

ABOUT WILDAID

WildAid is the only organization to focus on reducing the demand for wildlife products. WildAid works with hundreds of Asian and Western political figures, celebrities and business leaders, including the Duke of Cambridge, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, Edward Norton and Sir Richard Branson, to dissuade people from purchasing endangered wildlife products. WildAid’s public service messages and educational initiatives reach hundreds of millions of people per week in China alone through donated media space. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”

ABOUT ANNAPURNA PICTURES

Annapurna Pictures is a film production and finance company founded with the goal of boldly creating sophisticated, high-quality and ambitious films that appeal to a variety of audiences. Under Megan Ellison’s guidance, Annapurna has provided the industry with a critical boost of intelligent, adult dramas in recent years. Currently in theaters is Bennett Miller’s Cannes and Toronto Film Festival hit film FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo. Annapurna’s projects from 2013 alone earned 17 Academy Award nominations and made Ellison the first woman to earn two Best Picture nominations in the same year with her nominations for AMERICAN HUSTLE and HER. Annapurna’s past releases include David O. Russell’s Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated AMERICAN HUSTLE, Spike Jonze’s Golden Globe and Academy Award winning HER, Bigelow’s Academy Award nominated ZERO DARK THIRTY, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated THE MASTER. Annapurna will also reteam with Bigelow on a film based on the non-fiction book, The True American.

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“Unbroken” Directed by Angelina Jolie

December 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

Kathryn Bigelow and Angelina Jolie have been successfully directing war films for the past 5 or so years: The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and now, Unbroken, while Christiane Amanpour’s war correspondences from the frontlines, still hold strong.

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What will it take to break a man? How much can one man take?

In “Unbroken,” the latest film directed by Angelina Jolie, Jack O’Connell (‘Starred Up’ and ”71′), portrays Louis Zamperini, an Italian man who was first tormented by boys on the playground when he was young, and then by prison guards, while he was held captive as a POW in Japanese prison camps during WWII. In between the two stages of his life, he found success as a track runner and Olympic athlete.

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Can Louis persevere, or will he give up hope, as he has many reasons to falter? Can the thought of his mother’s gnocchi recipe carry him through difficult situations? Is there a grand plan?

It almost seems too difficult to imagine that one person could endure as much as Louis did, as he was repeatedly punched, kicked, verbally abused, crashing, stranded, fighting for survival, screamed at, told that he needs to learn respect, and that he is nothing.

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
Can his Italian spirit help him through?

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Q&A

Angelina Jolie (poised and smiling):

“The entire cast got to meet Louis. Louis Zamperini was full of life and spirit, and I hope the film lives up to him, and remembers him for how extraordinary, intelligent and well-educated he was. I hope the film lives up to all of these great people.”

The Character of Francis ‘Mac’ McNamara, played by Finn Wittrock:

“A lot of us might not have strength when faced with life and death situations. Hope in the time of despair. It was an examination of the the mind/body relationship.”

The Character of ‘Bird’ or Mutsushiro Watanabe (the abusive prison guard), played by Takamasa Ishihara:

“I didn’t want to represent Japan in a negative light. The book was not translated into Japanese, and it is controversial. I was scared to tackle this role, as it is risky. The story is not a war story, so much as it is a story about forgiveness and how strong one man can be. ‘Bird’ had issues with his father, and released his evil feelings through torture. Louie had everything that ‘Bird’ wanted. Bird knew he was losing.”

Angelina Jolie:

“The actors could never demonstrate what the actual men went through in real life. Louis Zamparini held that beam over his head for 37 minutes, and was unable to explain what took over.

Louis saw a rough cut of the film on a laptop in his hospital bed before his death on July 2, 2014.”

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3.5/5 stars
Life on the frontlines is difficult.

Will Roger Deakins, DP, win his first Oscar?

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