“The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir”

April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir” opens with old footage of Jerry turning to Bobby and saying, “I guess it’s you and me, Bob.”

Cut to Bob Weir, in modern day, driving his car across the Golden Gate Bridge from Sausalito to San Fran, explaining to the camera, “I’ve stood on stage more than any other, at least for the 3000 ‘Grateful Dead’ shows.”

Mike Gordon from ‘Phish’ shared this comment about Bob:

“If you don’t have an ego, you can be #2 on the planet, and that’s what makes Bob so special.”

Born in San Francisco on October 16, 1947, co-founder, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of “The Grateful Dead,” wild child, Bob Weir, was kicked out of play school, and suffered from dyslexia, however, it was never diagnosed. His adopted parents worried about him, especially when he chose to be a musician. Bob met banjo player, Jerry Garcia, on New Year’s Eve of 1963-64 in Palo Alto, California at ‘Dana Morgan’s Music Store,’ and they instantly hit it off, formed a jug band, then a rock and roll band, and set off from Palo Alto, to San Fran, to the world.

On October 1, 1965 began the psychedelics, having taken one hit every Saturday for one year, riding along in the bus with Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, and Neal Cassidy, going to Kool-Aid parties, and having a difficult time playing the guitar when the neck was turning into a ‘snake like critter’. Bobby explained that it was ‘permissive bedlam’. The once red, now purple, 710 Ashbury Street, where Neal Cassidy was his roommate. Bobby was considered the best looking and the heart throb of the band. He recalled his first real adventure with songwriting, “The Other One,” was a story trying to be told.

Once they realized that they could get paid to perform, they hit the road and didn’t look back.

The doc goes on to discuss the whole subculture, when they realized that the faces in the front row were the faces from the front row from a different city the night before, how Jerry was like a big brother to Bobby, the Dead’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and how Jerry felt the R&R Hall of Fame was just a cult of personality, Jerry’s reverence for American Musical Tradition, his coma, their popularity through MTV music videos with 1987’s “In the Dark”/’Touch of Gray’, the drugs, the yoga, diving trips in Kauai and Pahoa, Hawaii, rehab, Jerry’s death on August 13, 1995, the obligation Bob felt to carry on for the fans, settling down and having 2 girls at age 50, wanting to find his biological parents, making sense of the endless depth to life, and searching for timelessness.


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“Chef” Audience Award Winner at Tribeca Film Festival 2014

April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Jon Favreau, wrote, directed, and starred in what might sound like a simplistic plot, yet is very funny and feel good. Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), is the chef in a top restaurant in Los Angeles. When a famous food critic, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt), who recently sold his blog to AOL for $10 million, makes it known that he is coming into the restaurant that night, Carl wants to get creative with the menu. The owner of the restaurant, Riva (Dustin Hoffman), does not like the idea of him changing the dishes, and tells him to stick to the menu and “play the hits”. “If you went to a ‘Rolling Stones’ concert and Mick Jagger didn’t play ‘Satisfaction’ wouldn’t you get upset? Play your hits. Stick to the menu.”

Well, the food critic doesn’t like the food served on the menu and takes to twitter to blacklist the chef stating that “Carl is gaining weight and must be eating all the food that is being sent back to the kitchen.”

Carl and Ramsey start a bad mouthing war on twitter, and it goes viral.

Ramsey decides to give the top chef another chance at a better tasting meal, however, a downward turn of events sends Carl’s life into a different, yet happier direction.

Cute film that will make you hungry.

Article by Sharon Abella
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“Zero Motivation”

April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Tribeca Film Fesival 2014:

WINNER: World Narrative Competition: Israel, in Hebrew with subtitles.

The Nora Ephron Prize: Zero Motivation, written and directed by Talya Lavie (Israel). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by Coach, Inc. The award was given by Delia Ephron, Carol Kane, Natasha Lyonne, and Tanya Wexler along with Stephanie Stahl, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Coach Inc.

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature – Zero Motivation, written and directed by Talya Lavie (Israel). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by AT&T, and the art award “Central Park, NY” by Tony Bennett. The award was given by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal joined by Esther Lee, SVP Brand Marketing/Advertising, AT&T.

Jury Comments: “The winner of this year’s Founder’s Award follows young women who must find their place and establish their identity in a world normally dominated by men and machismo. They do so with humor, strength and intellect. The filmmaker mirrors these same qualities. We believe a new, powerful, voice has emerged.”

“Zero Motivation” is about the daily occurrences among young and restless, female Israeli soldiers serving their mandatory military sentences on a remote base in the hot Israeli desert. They kill time playing computer games, filing paper, and chasing male soldiers.

The story starts off where one non-military girl dresses up as a soldier and sneaks on to the base to be closer to a boy that she likes. When she finds him kissing another girl, she kills herself.

Meanwhile, a blonde haired soldier, who believes she is now possessed by the dead girls ghost, starts acting like a zombie, and begins to follow around the only female virgin on the kibbutz. The virgin is trying to lose her virginity with a male soldier that is scheduled to leave the next day. The possessed zombie blonde follows the virgin around to make sure she is safe, and makes sure she makes the right decisions.

Very amusing.

Article by Sharon Abella
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“Maradona ’86” ESPN 30 for 30, Soccer Documentary

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

The ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary Short about the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 is a must see, as well as, the one showing at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, about soccer great, Diego Armando Maradona, entitled “Maradona ’86.”

“Maradona ’86,” directed by Sam Blair, illustrates the highs and the lows of one of history’s iconic soccer players. Fame saved Maradona from poverty, however, success was more dangerous than he bargained for. Of the four FIFA World tournaments that Maradona played in, he lead Argentina to their 1986 victory over West Germany.

In the quarterfinal round during that same tournament in 1986, he scored both goals in a 2–1 win over England. The first goal was a questionable and controversial, unpenalized handball known as the “Hand of God”, while the second goal followed a 60 meter run past five of the players on the English team, or “The Goal of the Century”. With the recent tension between the two nations from the 1982 Falklands War, this didn’t help their pre-existing rivalry.

Maradona’s career became even more controversial when he was suspended from participating in the sport for a period of time.

Must see!

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Tribeca Cinema Theater 1.

Article by Sharon Abella
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Kevin Spacey at the Tribeca Film Festival

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Directed by Sam Mendes, “The Bridge Project” (January 3, 2009 to March 4, 2012), was a collaboration between The Old Vic and Neal Street Theaters and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It’s goal was for American and British actors to work with one another in many of Shakespeare’s works including, “The Winter’s Tale,” “As You Like It,” “The Tempest,” and finally, “Richard III,” starring Kevin Spacey.

After performing “Richard III” at The Old Vic in 2011, the company brought the show on the road for ten months, performing the play in Greece, Naples, Italy, Istanbul, Turkey, Sydney, Australia, Doha, Qatar, Hong Kong, Beijing, and San Francisco. It is no wonder when they finally arrived at BAM in NYC for 198 performances from January 10 to March 4, 2012, that they were so incredible.

A documentary entitled, “Now: In the Wings on a World Stage” played at the Tribeca Film Festival tonight, April 21, 2014. Demonstrating how the actors prepared, collaborated with one another, and bonded together on and off the stage, the film allowed the viewer to get up close and personal with the theater company, while taking you behind the scenes of the world tour and performances of Sam’s “Richard III,” starring Kevin Spacey.

Kevin admitted that “theater is like walking on a tightrope, I love to get that much closer to the edge.” “The goal? To bring Shakespeare’s work to life, and to take a character (King Richard III), who had been born with a deformity, had heard every derogatory joke imaginable, who was born into royalty, and to turn all of those factors into strengths, and not weaknesses. I let the play take me and it always does. Our job is to bring the writers, in this case, Shakespeare’s work, to life, and in the case of “Richard III,” I wanted to bring the power struggle to life, he lacks a conscience.”

Showing the scene from the Sam Mendes directed film from 1999, “American Beauty,” where Kevin is about to have a moment with his wife (Annette Bening), when she stops and screams, “You are about to spill your drink on our $4000 Italian silk sofa!” Depressed suburban father, Lester Burnham, played by Spacey, rebuts, “This is not living, this is just stuff. It doesn’t mean anything.”

In that regard, it is evident, that he wanted more than just the theater for his company. He wanted all the actors TO LIVE LIFE, TO TRAVEL, and to spend time with one another, showing clips of them on a yacht in the south of Italy, and riding in an SUV in the middle of the desert together. However, there was mention that the distance and hotels does take a toll on their real families lives.

Actor’s thoughts:

“Kevin allowed me ownership of the text.”

“Kevin is mercurial, mysterious, and an observer.”

“We have to remember that what we are doing is playing.”

Article by Sharon Abella
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“Keep on Keepin’ On”

April 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

The jazz performance at the end of “Keep on Keepin’ On” held exclusively for Amex card members on Saturday night, April 19, 2014, may have been in the top 10, if not the #1 event, from the highlights of the Tribeca Film Festival since it’s inception. Five beautiful jazz songs were performed by a myriad of artists, one of whom being, a student of Clark Terry’s, Justin Kauflin, on piano.

First time film director from Australia, Alan Hicks, and ‘his mate’ Adam Hart, started documenting “Keep on Keepin’ On” five years go, and the great Quincy Jones came on as a producer.

Clark Terry is a jazz musician (trumpeter) with a career spanning over seventy years. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and wanted to play the trumpet so badly, that he made one himself out of a lead pipe (mouthpiece), and a funnel (bell). His neighbors couldn’t stand the noise that the makeshift horn made, so they collected $12.50 and bought one from the pawn shop. His first big break was when he was hired by Count Basie, and then as the first black staff musician at NBC. He went on to play with and/or teach some of the jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dizzie Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Quincy Jones. In fact, Quincy Jones was Clark Terry’s first student, and Clark left the Duke Ellington band to join Quincy Jones eleven years later. He has been inducted into the Jazz at Lincoln Center Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, and rewarded with the 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has two Grammy certificates, and three Grammy nominations.

Clark or (C.T.), believes in mentoring and giving back to the community. He stated, “my dreams of playing the horn came true, and now it is my turn to make others’ dreams come true.” C.T. has taken countless students under his wing, one of whom, mentioned earlier, is Justin Kauflin.

Justin lost his vision from exudative retinopathy when he was in the sixth grade. Knowing he was unable to play video games or basketball anymore, he sat down at the piano and fell in love with it. While practicing to be a jazz pianist, he said to his mother, ‘I wish something bad would happen to me so I could play the piano like the famous jazz musicians.’ His mom would hesitantly say, ‘Honey, you just lost your sight, isn’t that bad enough.’ and Justin replied, ‘Naw, what these guys went through is much worse.’

C.T. has had diabetes for over 60 years, and as a result, has been losing his vision too. Justin and Clark could relate to one another in that regard.

Clark Terry’s advice,

“You have to have a desire to excel.”

“You have to want to play better than everybody else.”

“Other students don’t study themselves. You have to know your shortcomings and work on them.”

“Whatever you are doing, do it well.”

“Find your own voice.”

“Don’t copy.”

“If someone believes in you, it makes you believe in yourself more.”

Article by Sharon Abella
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“Human Capital”/”Il Capitale Umano” at The Tribeca Film Festival

April 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Human Capital,” in Italian with English subtitles, is set in Italy and France, stars two of Italy’s finest actresses, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Carla), and Valeria Golino (Roberta Morelli), and is part of the World Narrative Competition.

Divided into four chapters, all the shots are reshot from a different characters perspective, their lives intersect, they all know one another, and they are all in crisis; exploring feelings of loneliness, being a social outcast, losing wealth, gaining wealth, failure, relationships, cover up’s, extortion, and integrity.

It begins with an average middle class man (Dino), who owns a real estate agency, and would like to buy into (Giovanni) a wealthy tennis partners’ hedge fund. Dino signs away 700,000 Euros that he doesn’t have, with the intentions of making a 30-40% profit, meanwhile, his significant other (Roberta), tells him that she is pregnant.

Six months later, Dino and Roberta are at a gala, where Dino’s daughter’s boyfriend, Massimiliano, is competing for an award. Massimiliano is also the hedge fund owner’s son. Roberta is expecting twins, and begins to have contractions at the dinner table and needs to leave for the hospital asap. Roberta’s car keys are handed off to Serena (the real estate agent’s grown daughter), who was instructed to drive Roberta’s car home. Massimiliano loses the competition, and goes out partying afterwards to drown his sorrows in alcohol, meanwhile, a bicyclist gets hit by a car on the road and is found severely injured in a ditch. Now it becomes a whodunnit, as many of them were out on the road at that time for different reasons.

How much are human lives from different classes worth?

Very interesting. Very well done, and EXTREMELY well acted.

So far, the best Narrative I have seen.

“Human Capital” is playing THREE more times.

4/21 at 10pm
4/22 at 6pm
4/27 at 2:30pm

Article by Sharon Abella
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