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Paramus Summer 2013 Series!
Screening Date Change:
Monday June 17th's Film has been MOVED to:
Tuesday June 18th at 7PM AMC Paramus.
Tuesday June 18th -
A wonderfully, heart-warming story of a loving marriage between grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) and the ever-cheerful Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). Cantankerous but doting husband Arthur does not share his wife Marion's passion for performing. While she is happy to sing her heart out with the unconventional local choir, Arthur would prefer to hide himself away and complain about how embarrassing it all is. But when heartbreak strikes, Arthur is forced to re-think his outlook on life. With the steady perseverance of choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton), Arthur begins to find a way to come out of his shell and in the process forms a touching relationship with Elizabeth as well as a desire to build bridges with his estranged son James (Christopher Eccleston).
Directed By: Paul Andrew Williams
Guest: Terrence Stamp
Host – Peter Travers
David Edelstein and TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM Director Morgan Neville
6/10 - 20 Feet From Stardom
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.
Guest: Director Morgan Neville
Documentarian Morgan Neville, whose films "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story," "Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied," and "Johnny Cash’s America" have all been nominated for Grammys.
He also produced "Pearl Jam Twenty," "Beauty is Embarrassing" and "Crossfire Hurricane." Neville's first film, after working as a journalist, was "Shotgun Freeway," which took him three years to complete. "That was really my film school," he said.
Host: David Edelstein.
(L-R) Judy Blume, Director Lawrence Blum and Peter Travers
6/3 – 7:00pm - Paramus Summer Opening Night
Forced by her grieving mother to move from her home in Atlantic City to the strange “atom bomb” town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Davey no longer knows who to be or how to fit in. Everything that once mattered – the friends, reputations, parties and expectations that fuel high school days – suddenly seems insignificant and Davey is certain no one has the first clue about the turmoil she is going through.
But when she meets Wolf, a mysterious Native‐American climber exploring the surrounding canyons, she feels he is able to see right into her most wild and secret emotions. Their intense relationship brings Davey back from the edge as she finds the courage to embark on the first great adventure of her life.
Judy Blume and Lawrence Blume
Amy Jo Johnson
Guests – Judy Blume, Lawrence Blume.
Author: Judy Blume
Judy Blume has written many novels for children and young adults which have exceeded sales of 80 million and been translated into 31 languages. Blume's novels for teenagers were among the first to tackle racism (Iggie's House), menstruation (Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.), divorce (It's Not the End of the World, Just As Long As We're Together), bullying (Blubber), masturbation (Deenie, Then Again, Maybe I Won't, and originally Tiger Eyes) and teen sex (Forever). Blume has used these subjects to generate discussion, but they have also been the source of controversy regarding age-appropriate reading.
Host – Peter Travers
2013 Spring Series Recap:
5/20 - SHADOW DANCER
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim), Magnolia Pictures’ SHADOW DANCER stars Andrea Riseborough (W.E., upcoming Oblivion), Gillian Anderson and Clive Owen. A conspiracy thriller set around an act of betrayal within a tight knit family, the story centers around single mother Collette McVeigh (Riseborough) -- a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Owen) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family.
With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in the MI5 and return home. When her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger. With informants working on both sides, Collette’s psychological and personal turmoil builds.
Guest: Director James Marsh
Host: Godfrey Cheshire.
5/13 - The English Teacher
Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way. But Linda's simple life turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York.
Director: Craig Zisk
Guest: Nikki Blonsky
Born on November 9th, 1988, Nikki Blonsky has cultivated a considerable fan base due to her tremendous abilities to both sing and act. Nikki was nominated for a Golden Globe after starring in the hit film 'Hairspray'. Aside from cinema experience, Ms. Blonsky also had a brief run with an ABC television program entitled 'Huge'. http://www.nikkiblonsky.com/
Host Dana Stevens
Our guest; Director Ben Wheatley with Peter Travers
Director Ben Wheatley
5/6 – Sightseers
Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through this sceptred isle in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life.
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Guest – Director Ben Wheatley
Host – Peter Travers
4/29 - The Attack
Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman) is an Israeli-Palestinian surgeon who has fully assimilated into Tel-Aviv society. His picture-perfect life is turned upside down when police inform him that not only was his wife Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem) killed in a terrorist bombing but that she was the suicide bomber. Amin immediately rejects their accusation, but his conviction is shaken when he receives a posthumous letter from Sihem confirming her role in the carnage. Shattered by the startling revelation, Amin abandons the security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the zealots who recruited her.
Director: Ziad Doueiri
Screenwriter: Ziad Doueiri
Script: Novel Adaptation
Host: Richard Pena
Guests: Director Ziad Doueiri & Andrew Silow-Carroll
Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor in chief of the New Jersey Jewish News and the former managing editor of the Forward newspaper. From 1996-1998 he lived in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow, an international program in Jewish education sponsored by the Mandel Foundation. Andrew was also a recipient of a FEREP (Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program) Scholarship. He was a Spielberg Fellow, teacher, and director of communications of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. In 2006, he initiated a series of events, called “The Next Big Think,” which brought together the leadership of five New Jersey Jewish Federations for an unprecedented conversation on the Jewish future.
4/22 - ARTHUR NEWMAN
Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is tired of his existence. Divorced, disconnected from his young son, dissatisfied with his love life, depressed and in the doldrums of middle age, he decides to make a radical change by walking away from his old life. He buys a new identity and hits the road as Arthur Newman to begin life anew, bound for Terre Haute, Indiana, where he dreams of reinventing himself as a golf pro at a tiny country club.
Directed By: Dante Ariola
Written By: Becky Johnston
Guest: Director Dante Ariola
Host: Caryn James
Norman Baker shares his experience with Kon Tiki’s Thor Heyerdahl. Bio
4/15 - Kon Tiki
Max Manus co-directors Espen Sanberg and Joachim Ronning re-team for this sweeping adventure detailing Thor Heyerdahl's daring attempt to prove that early settlers from South America once populated Polynesia by sailing across the Pacific on a simple balsa wood raft. Rejected by every publisher he approaches to print his unusual thesis, Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen) eventually decides that the only way to prove it, is to make the journey himself as the entire world watches. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Written By: Petter Skavlan
Pål Sverre Hagen
Odd Magnus Williamson
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Host – Richard Pena
Guests: Directors Joachim Rønning , Espen Sandberg & Captain Norman Baker
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
4/8 - INTO THE WHITE
On 27 April 1940, Luftwaffe pilot Horst Schopis' bomber, a Heinkel He 111 (1H+CT) is shot down near Grotli by a Fleet Air Arm Blackburn Skua (L2940) fighter, which then crash-lands. The surviving German and British crew members begin to shoot at each other, but later must share the same cabin to survive the harsh, Norwegian winter. An unlikely, lifelong friendship blossoms between the pilots.
Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Valerie Edwina Saunders
Stig Henrik Hoff
Guest: Director Petter Naas
Host: Godfery Cheshire
4/1 - No Place On Earth
In 1942, 38 members of five desperate Jewish families escaped the Nazis by descending into a muddy hole in southwest Ukraine. They had no idea that the pitch-black cave they discovered would be their home for nearly a year. When the cave dwellers finally emerged, they were greeted by a blinding sun that some of the children had forgotten existed. In 1993, cave explorer Chris Nicola was mapping one of the world's most extensive horizontal cave systems with a group of elite Ukrainian cavers. He discovered unusual objects: buttons, shoes, a grinding stone, even a rusty, old house key. Over the next nine years, Nicola pieced together a most unbelievable story: with no gear or training, a desperate group had lived in this cave for months on end, and survived.
Director - Janet Tobias
Screenplay - Janet Tobias
Director: Janet Tobias
Janet Tobias studied at Yale and has worked as a producer for 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC and Nightline. No Place On Earth (12) is her first feature documentary.
Host: Alison Bailes - (WOR-am, More Magazine, NBC)
Recap of the 2013 WINTER SERIES
Photos: James O’Rourke
David Cross, Todd Berger, and Pedro Travers discuss IT'S A DISASTER
It's A Disaster
Eight friends meet for their monthly "couples brunch." But
what starts as an impromptu therapy session / airing of domestic grievances
takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious
attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly
normal people become increasingly unhinged to hilarious, surprising,
and revealing results.
Directed By: Todd Berger
Written By: Todd Berger
Kevin M. Brennan
Director Todd Berger
Host: Peter Travers
Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something
of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the
big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep
of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky falls in with an elderly
Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as
she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other's language,
they develop an unlikely bond.
Directed by: Avie Luthra
Executive Producer: Christopher J. Wilmot
Producer: Lance SamuelsLance Samuels
Guest: Executive Producer; Chris Wilmot
Host: Richard Pena
Fisher Stevens in Paramus
Monday 1/28 -
Stand Up Guys
'Stand Up Guys' stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin
in a tough but touching action comedy as retired gangsters who reunite
for one epic last night. Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after
serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close
criminal associates. His best friend Doc(Christopher Walken) is there
to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch
(Alan Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect
on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of
glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is
still very much alive and well-- bullets fly as they make a hilariously
valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex
they've missed. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret-
he's been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his
time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises
on the guys' legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more
desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.
Al Pacino ,
Christopher Walken ,
Director: Fisher Stevens
Guest Fisher Stevens
Opening Night -January 21st -7:00pm
Celebrated matador Antonio Villalta (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) gets injured
during one of the bull fights, an accident which leaves him paralyzed.
His pregnant wife Carmen goes into premature labour and dies after
giving birth. Antonio, who receives a double blow of the handicap and
the loss of his wife, becomes bitter towards his newborn daughter and
rejects her. He ends up getting married to the nurse who looked after
him (she is after his money in reality). However, things take a bitter
turn for everyone concerned except the nurse. The daughter, who is
christened Carmencita, lives with her grandmother, in deprivation of
the love of her father. The father, meanwhile, has been living in a
disparate condition at the hands of the 'then compassionate, now conniving'
nurse Encarna (Maribel Verdú).
Daniel Giménez Cacho,
Director: Pablo Berger
Writer: Pablo Berger
Guest: Director Pablo Berger
International Film Festival interview
Host Richard Pena.
Richard Peña was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln
Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival. (1988-2012)