From Venereal Diseases to Cafeteria Manners, It's the 24,0000 Wonderful and Weird Films of A/V Geeks' Skip Elsheimer
Growing up, Skip Elsheimer collected baseball cards, coins, comic books and fossils. As an adult, he would continue to be an ardent collector and de facto historian of educational films -- especially venereal disease films.
While she calls herself a pirate, she's not doing anything illegal. Video remix artist Elisa Kreisinger has made three videos remixing scenes from the run of "Sex and the City" to explore the possibilities of Carrie's same-sex attraction. She's created a video made up of television clips exploring the selling of the image of Obama around the time of his inauguration. She's recently taken to "Mad Men," creating a video that imagines Don Draper and Roger Sterling as lovers. All of them are hosted on her site, Pop Culture Pirate.
"I've always been a big fan and viewer of Hindi cinema as a child," Bollywood anthropologist Tejaswini Ganti recently told Indiewire. We should note that "Bollywood" is a name for the contemporary Hindi film system. According to Ganti, in her 2004 "Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema," Bollywood is "a tongue-in-cheek term created by the English-language press in India in the late 1970s" and "has now become the dominant global term to refer to the prolific and box-office oriented Hindi language film industry located in Bombay."
Husband-and-wife film studies team David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, now retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have published editions of their "Film Art" textbook since 1976. It's a classroom standard, one that freshmen often react to with some eye-rolling derision: Certainly we've all watched so many films that we know everything there is to know about film form and film language. Dive into it, however, and in no time you'll realize that you don't.
In 2009, when Rachel Chanoff had just begun programming at the 92Y Tribeca in New York, she asked Ira Sachs (the director of the '12 Sundance hit "Keep the Lights On" and '05 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Forty Shades of Blue") if he'd be interested in programming a queer film series for the space's ambitious and eclectic film program. Sachs had recently met a young filmmaker, Adam Baran (who was then Contributing Editor at the iconic Butt Magazine and is currently working on a short film, "Jackpot"), and the two had been talking about approaching film from an art perspective. Together, Sachs and Baran joined forces to accept Chanoff's offer.
Most of us have probably assumed that the days of video stores are over. Those friendly clerks at the counter who had your dream job (watching movies all day and offering film recommendations) had to move on to blogs and art house ticket counters. All those DVDs were donated to libraries or sold on EBay. So, now you settle down to browse Netflix. It may surprise you, however, that in Brooklyn's rapidly-booming Greenpoint neighborhood, there's an independent video store that is beating the odds. Whenever its doors are open, Photoplay Film and Video on Greenpoint's Manhattan Avenue is never empty and never quiet.
"Ice Age" or "Hangover"? Two movies, one choice. The only thing to do is pick. That’s the driving force behind Flickchart, a film website launched by Nathan Chase and Jeremy Thompson in late 2009. “The whole premise behind the site is that you’re having to make this hard choice between two movies and that’s your only point of focus for the moment. You have to think with some depth and really compare them," said Thompson, the programming half of the site's central parternership. "When you put one ahead of the other one, you have to suffer the pain that comes with saying, ‘This movie just isn’t as good.’”
About halfway through our conversation, Laura Major looked around her office to see what she had lying around waiting for her attention. "I have John Ford's home movies stacked up in my office here," she told Indiewire. As the Head Color Timer's Assistant at Colorlab in Silver Spring, Maryland, Major works in the prep department. Working on color timing means using various means to improve the color and the image of film prints.
A few years ago, London-based Sam Ashby was a busy graphic designer and a casual fan of queer film, albeit one with a thirst to explore the genre's legacy. He also wanted to put his design skills to work on a magazine, but he hadn't come upon the right subject. And then one night, while watching Paul Morrissey's "Flesh" starring Warhol favorite "Little"Joe Dallesandro, he found his muse. Thus Little Joe -- the biannual, limited-run "magazine about queers and cinema, mostly" -- was born.
You're a New Yorker. You have great, film-loving friends. But if you told them you wanted to see a movie tonight, in theaters, that would be undoubtedly worthwhile, how many would tell you about tonight's screening of Michael Curtiz's Joan Crawford-starring "Mildred Pierce," hosted at the Chelsea Clearview Theater by the tenacious drag queen Hedda Lettuce? We didn't think so. You need more friends like Paul Brunick's website AltScreen, a comprehensive directory to repertory and indie cinema in New York.