|Special Events in October:ALL ROADS FILM FESTIVAL
Click for a schedule of events in this
series at the Egyptian Theatre, Sept. 28 - Oct.
1, in Hollywood.
The National Geographic All Roads Film Project showcases
breakthrough film and still photography from indigenous and under-represented minority
cultures around the globe. Launched in 2004, All Roads supports diverse cultural
perspectives with an international film festival, funding, networking, and distribution
opportunities to bring together voices that celebrate the vibrant stories of our world.
For more details: www.nationalgeographic.com/allroads
Sunday, October 1 3:00 PM
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ALL ROADS FILM FESTIVAL ANIMATED PROGRAM
Traditional tales from around the world, come alive in animated form
with: The World Premiere of "How the Elephant lost his Wings" (2006, 4
min.) Dir. Tara Douglas. A story from the Muria Gond culture about conflict between
the first elephant and man. The World Premiere of "Pot of Gold"
(2006, 5 min.) Dir. Nitin Donde. A tale from the Warli tribe of Maharashtra tells
what happens when a husband and wife find a pot of gold. The World Premiere of "Best
of the Best" (India, 2006, 5 min.) Dir. Leslie MacKenzie. A vain mouse
gets what she deserves in this story from the Gondi tribe. The Los Angeles Premiere
of "First Fire" (US, 2004, 10 min.) Dir. Nathan Young. Stop-motion
claymation depicts the origin of fire from the Cherokee nation. In Cherokee with English
Subtitles. The US Premiere of "Un Poquito de
" ("A little
") (Mexico, 2003, 11 min.) Dir. Dominique Jonard. School children
wrote and illustrated this story showing the fun lives of people living near the
Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. The US Premiere
of "Raven and the First People" (Canada, 2006, 23 min.) Dirs. Caleb
Hystad, Simon James. In the first of two new episodes from the award-winning
series about Pacific North Coast tribes, "Raven Tales," Eagle and Raven are at
odds over how to take care of the world entrusted to them. The US Premiere of
"Raven and the Seawolf" (Canada, 2006, 23 min.) Dirs. Caleb Hystad, Simon
James. The first man is dismayed to find he has no skill as a fisherman, and that his
skills as an artisan are unappreciated, so he calls out a mythical sea monster to help
Tuesday, October 10 7:30 PM
World Premiere of Newly-Colorized Version -
Ray Harryhausen In-Person
SHE, 1935, The Douris Corporation, 95 min.
Dirs. Lansing C. Holden and Irvin Pichel. "I am Yesterday, Today and
Tomorrow." Producer Merian C. Cooper (KING KONG) tries his hand at the
oft-adapted adventure fantasy classic by H. Rider Haggard and comes up with what re mains,
to this day, the most entertaining, eye-popping version. Unlike the enjoyable
mid-1960s Hammer studios take on SHE starring Ursula Andress, which recast its tale
in the African desert, this mesmerizing escapist fare is set in the Arctic, with intrepid
explorer, Randolph Scott encountering man-eating cannibals before coming up against
the even more formidable She Who Must Be Obeyed. Helen Gahagan is the imperious,
goddess-like ruler of the lost kingdom of Kor, a woman haunted by her immortality after
bathing in the flame of eternal life and waiting eons for the man of her dreams
Scott! Cooper had originally hoped for the film to be shot in color, but alas, it was not
to be. Now thanks to Legend Films and the personal shot-by-shot supervision of fabled
effects wizard, Ray Harryhausen, Coopers original vision has been realized in a new,
eye-popping, colorized and uncut restoration (with 8 additional minutes not seen in the
movie since 1935!). With Nigel Bruce, Helen Mack. Special
guests for the evening will include Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury and Forrest J. Ackerman,
plus a discussion following the film with Ray Harryhausen. Preceding the screening, there
will be a reception open to the public at Every Picture Tells A Story, 1311-C Montana
Ave., Santa Monica (right across the street from the Aero).
Wednesday, October 11 7:30 PM
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, 2006,
Sony Pictures, 120 min., Dir. Ryan Murphy. Hilarious and poignant film based on the
personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs. Growing up in the 1970s, young Augusten (Joseph
Cross) was living a middle-class existence with an alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin)
and a bipolar mother (Annette Bening), an unpublished poet with delusions of
becoming famous. When his parents divorce, Augustens mother sends him to live with
her wildly unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox) and his eccentric
extended family. RUNNING WITH SCISSORS chronicles Augustens survival under the most
extraordinary of circumstances. With Jill Clayburgh. Guests
who will introduce screening to be announced.
Wednesday, October 18 7:30 PM
SOULER OPPOSITE, 1998, Souler
Opposite Productions Inc., 104 min. Opposites attrract, repel and collide like bumper cars
in a savvy "romantic mockery" from writer director Bill Kalmenson.
Christopher Meloni ("Law and Order SVU") plays Barry, a stand up comedian
whose love life is a joke. Janel Moloney ("The West Wing") stars as,
Thea, the political activist drawn to Barry and distanced by him. And Timothy Busfield
("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is the pal who helps keep Barry on an uneven
keel. Discussion following with director Bill Kalmenson and
actors Janel Moloney and Timothy Busfield.
Thursday, October 19 7:30 PM
Alan Arkin In Person Tribute!
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, 2006,
Fox Searchlight, 101 min. The directorial debut of renowned music video directors
(and husband-and-wife team) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris is an American
family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the
film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent
cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only
in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards
of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. A runaway hit at the Sundance Film Festival,
where it played to standing ovations, the film strikes a nerve with everyone whos
ever been awestruck by how their muddled families seem to make it after all. With great
performances by Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin.
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER,
1968, Warner Bros., 123 min. Alan Arkin was nominated for an Academy Award for his
heart-wrenching performance as Singer, a deaf-mute who lives in a world of his own
until he befriends an introverted teenaged girl (Sondra Locke, in an equally
astonishing performance.) Beautifully directed by Robert Ellis Miller (THE
BUTTERCUP CHAIN), based on Carson McCullers acclaimed novel. Discussion
in between films with actor Alan Arkin.
Saturday, October 21 7:30 PM
BEST IN SHOW, 2000, Warner Bros., 90
min. The same folks who brought you THIS IS SPINAL TAP and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, are
responsible for this side-splitting spoof on the insanity both in-front-of and
behind-the-scenes of big time dog shows. Christopher Guest not only directed and
starred-in, but co-wrote the howlingly funny script with co-star, Eugene Levy. The
incredible ensemble cast also includes Parker Posey, Catherine OHara, Fred
Willard and Michael McKean, to name but a few. Discussion
following with actor Fred Willard.
Sunday, October 29 6:30 PM
Memorial Tribute to Argentine Director
Acclaimed Argentine director Fabian Bielinsky was only
47-years-old when he died suddenly of a heart attack while doing pre-production on a
commercial in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2006. Argentina lost one of its shining lights of
the contemporary film industry, a filmmaker who had been redefining the thriller genre
with techincal skill, emotional complexity and uncanny intuition. The
body of the Argentine Film Festival is at the Egyptian Theatre. Click for more films!
NINE QUEENS, 2000, Sony Classics,
114 min. Late writer/director Fabian Bielinskys first thriller brought
Argentine cinema back to the foreground. Rookie Gaston Paul and master Ricardo
Darin are partners in crime in counterfeiting stamps. This explosive cocktail of
thieves, conmen and pickpockets was shot in modern-day Buenos Aires, in a handheld camera
style to organically capture the environment. With a gallery of well-drawn character
roles. Already a classic!
EL AURA, 2005, IFC Films, 134 min. Dir.
Fabian Bielinsky. A taciturn and epileptic taxidermist (Ricardo Darin) who
is bored with people, spends his days dreaming up the perfect heist. But he will soon be
involved in theft, double crosses and murder. Reminiscent of the Coen Brothers
muted, atmospheric style, with a camera that lingers lovingly on lonely rural landscapes
where dreadful things unfold. Theres no room for emotion other than thrilling,
nervewracking suspense in this noirish world where greed alone drives virtually all of the
characters. Discussion with actor Gaston Paul (NINE
QUEENS) and actress Dolores Fonzi (EL AURA).