Argento's "Heart is Deceitful" and Glover's "What is It" to Bookend '05 NYUFF
by Eugene Hernandez
Asia Argento's "The Heart is Deceitful About All Things" will open the 2005 New York Underground Film Festival next week in downtown Manhattan. The film, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year, is based on the book by JT Leroy. The festival will kick-off on March 9th and run through closing night on March 13th with a screening of Crispin Glover's 2005 Sundance debut "What is It" ending the festival. Two days of repeat screenings will take place on Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15th.
Esther Bell's "Exist," is among the films that will screen on day two of the NYUFF in Manhattan, along with Robert Banks' "Mercenaries!" Bell's latest, having its NYC premiere at the festival, looks at life within the American protest movement.
Also on tap is "Code 33" by David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley & Zachary Werner. The film follows the Miami-Dade forensic artist Samantha Steinberg and explores the work of creating sketches and catching perpetrators. The film screened at the Miami International Film Festival and will also show at SXSW in Austin next week.
On Saturday at the festival, a free kids show will offer a noontime showing of "Pancake Mountain," described as a children's TV/web variety show, aimed at kid's but also of interest to parents by "promoting independent thought through imagination and humor." The program will benefit UNICEF.
And, on the final day of the festival, NYUFF will mark the 50th anniversary of the Robert Flaherty seminar with an afternoon discussion featuring filmmakers from a trio of festival films. On the same day, the fest will mark the 10th anniversary of Joanie For Jackie with a selection of famous J4J tapes by Erika Robo, Mary Hackett, Kellie McGregro, Irena Fayngold, Sarah Hanssen, Sativa Peterson, Sara Kaye, Erica Hill, Erica Norman and Justine Haemmerli.
[ For a complete list of information, and schedules, please visit: http://www.nyuff.com. ]