“A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt”, Directed and Produced by Sally Rowe, Article by Sharon Abella

April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

To air on HBO this summer!

“Lotus Eaters” Directed by Alexandra McGuinness (Ireland/UK), Article by Sharon Abella

April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

“If I could dance or sing the rest of my life. If people would travel from miles around to see me dance. Is this what heaven is like? How fabulous would it be if we could all sleep in one giant bed and embrace the earth together?”

Observe waify, bohemian socialites as they muddle through existence partying and lofting around. This 78 minute Narrative is for anyone who enjoys the sound of the “Yeah Yeah Yeahs”, or  “Belle and Sebastian”, and is looking for some new artists to mellow out to.

All original music composed and performed by Birger Clausen  All Rights Reserved ©

‘Jesus For The Jugular
Written by Finn Andrews
Performed by The Veils
Courtesy of Rough Trade

‘Almost There’
Written by Aska Matsumiya
Performed by Aska
Courtesy of Manimal Vinyl Records

‘Dorothy Gale’
Written by David Turpin
Performed by David Turpin
Courtesy of Kabinet Records

‘Freeze Frame’
Written by Wolf Justman
Performed by The J. Geils Band
Courtesy of EMI

‘A Hundred Lovers’
Written by Josep Xorto
Performed by Stand Up Against Heart Crimes
Courtesy of Anomaly Records
By arrangement with MixTape-Music

‘Coffee and Cigarettes’
Written by Josep Xorto
Performed by Stand Up Against Heart Crimes
Courtesy of Anomaly Records
By arrangement with MixTape-Music

‘Hologram World feat. Karen O’
Written by Hernandez, Maxwell, Orzolek and Simmins
Performed by Tiny Masters Of Today and Karen O
Courtesy of Mute Artists Ltd

‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’
Written by Don Gibson
Performed By Ray Charles
Courtesy of Sony Music

‘Romance’
Written by Laura Fraser and Emma Chitty
Performed by Thrush Metal

‘Champagne People’
Written by Tim Berkestijn
Performed by Benny Sings feat. Floor van Berkestijn
Courtesy of Dox Records

‘Just Say Maybe’
Written by Kacey Underwood
Performed by Little Death

‘Money In My Pocket’
Written by Dennis Brown and Joe Gibbs
Performed by Dennis Brown
Courtesy of VP Records

‘Papa Was A Rodeo’
Written by Stephen Merritt
Performed by Johnny Flynn
Under Licence from Notting Hill Music

‘Je Suis Bien’
Written by Martiniano Lopez-Crozet and Milena Muzquiz
Performed by Los Super Elegantes
Courtesy of LSE Records

‘Keep It On The Phone’
Written by Tara McCormack
Performed by Vengeance And The Panther Queen

‘Dead Disco Dancer’
Written by Tobi O’Kandi
Performed by O.Children
Courtesy of Deadly Records

‘Let Love Touch Us Now
Written by Quillen and Smith
Performed by Doris Duke
Courtesy of Ace Records

‘Herz Ist Trumpf’
Written by Stephan Remmler
Performed by Trio
Courtesy of Universal Records

‘Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto’
Composed by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang
Performed by The Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Canary Classics

‘Jagadamba, You Might’
Written by Klara Soderberg and Johanna Soderberg
Performed by First Aid Kit
Courtesy of Wichita Recordings

‘If I Had A Heart’
Written by Karin Driejer Andersson
Performed by Fever Ray
Courtesy of Rabid Records

‘Meaning Of The Ritual’
Written by Conor O’Brien
Performed by Villagers
Courtesy of Domino Records

‘Untitled’
Written by Johnny Flynn
Performed by Johnny Flynn

Enjoy!

Article by Sharon Abella

www.1worldcinema.wordpress.com

“Lotus Eaters” is screening at Tribeca one more day, Wed, April 27, 2011 at 10:00pm AMC Loews Village 7 (AV7)  66 3rd Avenue at 11th Street

Opening Night of the 20″11″ Tribeca Film Festival, Elton John Concert, Article by Sharon Abella

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

The stars were out last night in Lower Manhattan in more way than one!  The gods shined down on the opening night of the 10th Anniversary of “The Tribeca Film Festival “, as it did not rain, the wind was not howling, the temperatures were about average for this time of the year, and star-studded guests like Mayor Bloomberg, Dennis Leary, Martin Scorsese, and Elton John entertained the general public.

For those who were unable to attend, or for those who would like to relive the magic, please see the links below from the miraculous opening night of the festival which began a decade ago with the hopes of bringing business back downtown after the tragic events of 9/’11′”.

Sir Elton John explained in the opening night Cameron Crowe documentary, “The Union”, “that sometimes in order to move forward, you have to go backwards”, how Leon Russell is the secret source behind a lot of records including, Bobby Vee, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and The Crystals, and that Leon was the piano player who made the largest impact on him,  stating, “writing the album, “The Union”, together has made my songwriting better”.

“The piano does not move, so I had to do handstands on it, everything possible  to make love to the instrument, because you just can’t pick up a piano unless you are Tarzan”, explains the humble keyboard legend, Elton John.  “You can’t expect to be on the top fo the charts when you are 70, and I would rather be struck by lightning, than make a Christmas record.”

Leon Russell expressed his  love for “true songs”, while Stevie Nicks shared with Leon his impact on her and how 5 years before Fleetwood Mac even started, she was in a band called “Fritz”, she met Leon and it changed her life.


Article and videography by Sharon Abella

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“The Union” Directed by Cameron Crowe, FREE FILM AND OUTDOOR CONCERT BY ELTON JOHN, Article by Sharon Abella

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tonight, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, is Opening Night of  The 10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival and it is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE OF CHARGE!   So, if you are either a resident or a tourist currently in New York City,  if Cameron Crowe (Director of ‘Almost Famous’, ‘Tom Petty’, and  ‘Jerry Maguire’), Sir Elton John, American musician, Leon Russell (who has played with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and The Rolling Stones), and T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart), interests you, then grab a FREE wrist band and head to The World Financial Plaza.  You will  be guaranteed  up close and personal, behind the scenes footage of the making of “The Union”, the 2010 album by Elton John and Leon Russell, as Director, Cameron Crowe, chronicles the collaborative process between the two.

THREE EASY STEPS!!

1. Pick up your wrist band TODAY, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 4:00pm at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center located on the West Side Highway and Chambers Street. (Limit 2 per person)

2. Get to The World Financial Plaza by 7:30pm and

3. Enjoy the film!

For more info, please visit www.tribecafilm.com/festival or call 866-941-FEST (3378).

Article by Sharon Abella

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“Janie Jones” by Writer/Director David M. Rosenthal, Article by Sharon Abella

April 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

He’s in love with rock ‘n’ roll…. He’s in love with Janie Jones.   “Janie Jones”, 1977 punk rock song by The Clash about British pop singer/madame.

Although the film entitled Janie Jones, is NOT about the British pop star OR about The Clash, it IS about Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola), a hardened lead singer in a rock and roll band, who softens up as his life transforms when he takes on responsibility for an eleven year old daughter that he fathered when he was eighteen,  but never knew he had until he was twenty-nine.  When Mary Ann Jones (Elisabeth Shue), shows up back stage at one of the band’s shows, and drops the news that Ethan is the father to Janie (Abigail Breslin), Ethan is resistant, uncertain that he ever even knew Mary Ann, and knows that a child on tour would be bad for the band’s lifestyle and image, not to mention his lovelife.  Mary Ann abandons Janie at the show, in order for her to enter rehab for a methamphetamine addiction, uncertain when or if she will return.

Unlike Sophia Coppola’s Somewhere, Janie Jones gets left with a musician and not an actor, therefore, the film “lives and dies on the music”, and contains fourteen original songs written by two different artists.  Irish singer and songwriter, Gemma Hayes, wrote the music for Janie’s songs, while, Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide, wrote Ethan’s songs, as well as, scored the film. Director David M. Rosenthal explains, “I didn’t want the same songwriter for Janie and Ethan. They needed to have their own voices. Gemma was my first choice to write all the songs for Janie. She has the ability to write beautiful, effortless songs that seem simple, but are really complex. I knew she would be able to find the voice of a young musician easily, while Eef has enormous range. There’s an evolution to Ethan’s music in the film. Being on the road with his daughter brings him back to something so much more simple and soulful. Once he lets go of ego-based striving to ‘make it’, it becomes about the music.”

Abigail Breslin (Janie Jones), probably best know for her performance in Little Miss Sunshine, 2006, shines as Janie.  She explained that she had NO professional musical experience prior to the film,  she began voice lessons just a few weeks prior to agreeing to the role, that the only place she ever sang before was at a church Christmas party, and that singing is much more nerve-wracking than acting. Along with vocals, Abigail started guitar lessons after she took on the role, and had never really considered playing the guitar before then, but shared that Alessandro Nivola (Ethan Brand), “is such an amazing guitar player and that she picked up tips from him”.

Must see.

Friday April 29, 6:00pm SVA Theater 1 Silas

Saturday, April 30, 2:30pm, AMC Loews Village 7-3

Article by Sharon Abella

Gnarr by Gaukur Ulfarsson/Iceland, Article by Sharon Abella

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Follow Jon Gnarr, the Ricky Gervais/David Brent of Iceland, on his satirical political campaign trail through Reykjavik during the financial banking crisis and global economic downturn, as he tries to make people feel good about themselves in a time when Iceland desperately needs some positive affirmations and comic relief.  Will you be able to take this unconventional mayoral candidate for “The Best Party” who believes that “politics is a big joke and good comedy”,  that there should be “more time for punk and less politics”, and that “life is totally pointless”, seriously?  As Gnarr attempts to win over voters by promising a polar bear at the local zoo,  an Icelandic Disneyworld, where the unemployed can get their photo taken with Mickey Mouse, and free towels at all swimming pools,  he reminds its citizens that “everything good in Iceland came from other parts of the world”,  and that “there are 2 types of people in the country, the one’s who know and the one’s who don’t know the difference between hail and sleet”.   As press, citizens, and opponents don’t know whether or not to take him seriously as he never addresses any real issues, Gnarr and his “Best Party” continue to run until the end.   Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Al Franken and Gnarr? Will he win? Would you vote for this personable actor/comedian, with no experience in politics?

Tribeca Film Festival Screenings open to the public:

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 8:30pm Clearview Chelsea Cinema 4

Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 9:30pm Clearview Chelsea Cinema 6

and

Monday, April 25, 2011 at 4:00pm AMC Loews Village 7, Theater 2

Article by Sharon Abella

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“Rid of Me” by Portland, Oregon native, James Westby, Article by Sharon Abella

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

When homebody  Meris and her husband,  Mitch Canfield, move from Irvine, CA to Portland, OR to pursue a job at his friend’s company,  Meris feels like an outcast among Mitch’s fraternity/sorority like circle of old high school friends, and everything she does and says to try and fit in is perceived as awkward, freaky and bizarre. It is not until she finds her niche in punk rock, chocolate covered gummi bears,  and rebellion, when she can finally break free and feel comfortable in her own skin.  “Rid of Me”,  filmed in a neighborhood of Portland, known as Multnomah Village, or Laurelwood, as it is referred to in the film, was directed by writer/director/editor/producer, James Westby, also known for his features, “Film Geek”, “The Auteur”, and his next project, “Hot in the Zipper”, and stars Art Alexakis, of Everclear, Katie O’Grady, John Keyser, and Theresa Russell.

Q: Discuss the casting. How did the lead guitarist and songwriter from “Everclear“, Art Alexakis, get involved?

A: James Westby:  “I cast Katie O’Grady (Meris Canfield), in my previous film, The Auteur, in a small but effective role as a foul-mouthed Hotel front desk clerk.  At first she seemed way too pretty to play Meris, but when she dyed her hair brown and started slouching and chewing nervously on her lower lip, she suddenly became ideal for the role.  Katie is an amazing actor, and has the most beautiful face. Her face is perfect for the movies.

Art Alexakis (Virgil),  is someone I met through mutual friends; we had lunch and bonded over movies. He really liked the character of Virgil, and Art turned out to be a very good deadpan actor.  For me, an actor cannot usually be deadpan enough. He seems to have deadpan in his veins.  The sex scene with Meris and Virgil on the sofa is maybe the second-most-awkward scene in the film.

John Keyser  (Mitch Canfield), is a native of Portland, and although he voraciously watched films most of his life, it wasn’t until a friend brought of Julian Schnabel’s BASQUIAT, that he became so inspired and passionate about the pursuit of this craft.

Katie and I pursued Theresa Russell (Mrs. Lockwood),  because we are both big fans.  We grew up on Black Widow, and were both very star-struck when we worked with her. I love “Bad Timing, Straight Time”.  When we were filming the bookstore scene, I needed to stop and reset. Theresa asked, “oh, are you switching lenses?” Morgan, my soundman, and I giggled to each other after I said something like , “uh-no, not just yet.” We only had the lens that came with the camera, the Sony EX-1 (which doesn’t allow for interchangable lenses anyway, without an adapter), and this is the woman who made SO many films with Nicholas Roeg! She didn’t say anything about the fact that there were no lights. Maybe she felt sorry for us.  Theresa Russell is just cool.

Q: Who are your favorite filmmakers?

A: James Westby: “Terrence Malick, Wong Kar-Wai, Robert Altman. French New Wave. Kubrick, Woody Allen. Old Hollywood.”

Q: What do you want Tribeca audiences to take away form Rid of Me?

A: James Westby: “Foremost, I want audiences to embrace the character of Meris. To me, she’s like all of us. She has contradictions. She’s sweet, stupid, smart, funny, and does horrible and wonderful things and never seems to know exactly how she feels about anything.  Secondly, I want audiences to cringe then squirm, then laugh, then cry (in that order).”

Q: What is your favorite scene in “Rid of Me”?

A: James Westby: “My favorite scene is Meris’ drunken meltdown at the dinner table. It is the apex of her stature as a serious outsider. It also shows what damage a lot of anxiety and plenty of red wine can do.”

Q: How long was the shoot?

A: James Westby: “We shot the movie in 20 days, mostly in a neighborhood in Portland, called Multnomah Village (where I used to live and where I wrote the script). Most of the locations in the film were written into the script. The neighborhood is very charming, and very preserved-in-the-1950’s, and it stood nicely for a small town.”

Q: What indie films do you like?

A: James Westby: “Primer, 2004, by Shane Carruth, was a mind-blowing film.  Whatever happened to him?  Old Joy, Tarnation, Alex Karpovsky, the Duplass and Safdie Brothers’ films, Bryan Poyser, Caveh Zahedi, Harmony Korine. Also Margaret Brown’s documentary on Townes Van Zandt, Be Here to Love Me.”

Q: Discuss your next project.

A: James Westby:  “The feature we are shooting next (in five 20-minute takes) is called HOT IN THE ZIPPER. It is a screwball comedy following the bisexual adventures of three women in 1947 Manhattan.  Katie O’Grady is the lead in that one too, playing a cosmetics counter girl with ten boyfriends and a lesbian roommate. The twenty minute takes are very complicated, and the sets extravagant, but there will be no editing.  Well, five cuts. After “Rid of Me”, I am so excited to make a film with only five edits in it.”

Friday, April 22nd 9:00pm, Clearview Chelsea Cinema 7

Monday, April 25th 10:30pm Clearview Chelsea Cinema 9

Wednesday, April 27th 3:30pm Clearview Chelsea Cinema 1

Article by Sharon Abella

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