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6/2 LOVE IS STRANGE _ Final Screening for the Spring Series
After 39 years together, Ben and George take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, Ben gets fired from his longtime job as a choir director for a co-ed Catholic school. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple finds that they can’t afford the rent on their small Chelsea apartment. Only days after they have gathered to celebrate the nuptials, this tight-knit community of family and friends now has to come together again to help figure out how to help their two friends.
Harriet Sansom Harris
Darren E. Burrows
Guest Director: Ira Sachs
Ira Sachs’ latest film, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Best Director, has been called a “front runner for best American film of the year” (Village Voice), as well as “exquisitely, even thrillingly authentic” (A.O. Scott, New York Times). It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Teddy Award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Sachs’ previous work includes MARRIED LIFE (Toronto Film Festival 2007, New York Film Festival 2007), THE DELTA (Toronto 1995, Sundance 1996), and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning FORTY SHADES OF BLUE. He is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim fellowship for the development of LOVE IS STRANGE.
Host: Peter Travers
5/27 (no screening Monday 5/26) - MAY IN SUMMER
To all appearances, MAY BRENNAN has it all -- intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book and set to marry her loving fiancé ZIAD, a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her familial hometown of Amman, Jordan for the wedding, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show.
Her headstrong, born-again Christian mother NADINE disapproves of Ziad, a Muslim, firm in her decision to not attend the ceremony. Her sisters DALIA and YASMINE revert to behaving like rebellious teenagers. And her estranged father EDWARD, newly remarried, awkwardly attempts to make amends. Confronted with the wounds of her parent’s long-broken relationship, coupled with the unavoidable clash of old-world and modern values, May is lead to question the direction her life is taking. Soon, her once carefully structured world appears to unravel as she grapples with her own truths.
Ritu Singh Pande
Director: Cherien Dabis
Producer: Cherien Dabis
Screenwriter: Cherien Dabis
Guest: Director Cherien Dabis
Host: Alison Bailes
5/19- STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS
Director Sam Fleischner and Series Producer Mark Ehrenkranz discussing the film.
"Stand Clear of the Closing Doors" is a family drama rooted in the vibrant depiction of a seldom-seen community on the city’s edge. With an eye-opening view of life on the autism spectrum, the film simultaneously explores the strains of the immigrant experience. The film is about identity and conformity; communication and intolerance. It explores the dark spaces between us, seeking out the peculiar threads that tie us together.
Andrea Suarez Paz
Marsha Stephanie Blake
Tenoch Huerta Mejía
DIRECTOR: Sam Fleischner
STORY BY: Rose Lichter-Marck
SCREENPLAY BY: Rose Lichter-Marck & Micah Bloomberg
PRODUCERS: Andrew Neel , Veronica Nickel
Dave Saltzman & Craig Shilowich
Guest: Director: Sam Fleischner
5/12 – CHINESE PUZZLE
A 40-year-old father of two, still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can't bear them growing up far away from him and so he decides to move there as well.
Directed By: Cédric Klapisch
Written By: Cédric Klapisch
Cécile De France
Guest – Director: Cédric Klapisch
Cédric Klapisch is from Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is a director and writer, known for L'Auberge Espagnole (2002), Russian Dolls (2005) and Family Resemblances (1996).
Host: Alison Bailes
5/5 - FOR A WOMAN
Director Diane Kurys (ENTRE NOUS) and Caryn James discuss FOR A WOMAN
Anne has a very active imagination, only natural for a writer. But in her mid-thirties, she still knows practically nothing of her own family's past. After her mother's death, Anne discovers old photos and letters that convince her to take a closer look at the life of her parents, Michael and Léna. The young couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, later moving to France to start their new life together. Soon, Anne's research into their Jewish history and their ties to Lyon's communist party reveals the existence of a mysterious uncle, Jean, whom everyone seems intent on forgetting entirely. As she gradually closes in on the discovery she didn't know she was looking for, her father grows ever more ill, and may take the secret that kept them apart for so long to his grave. In a journey that stretches from post-war France to the 1980s, Anne's destiny intertwines with her father's past until they form a single, unforgettable story. (c) Film Movement
Directed By: Diane Kurys
Written By: Diane Kurys
Guest: Director Diane Kurys.
Former member of Jean-Louis Barrault's theater group who made her film directing debut with "Peppermint Soda" (1977), the first installment in an absorbing semi-autobiographical trilogy. "Peppermint Soda" was France's highest-grossing film of 1977 and won the Prix Louis Delluc as Best Picture of the Year. "A Man in Love" (1987), Kurys' first film with a male protagonist, was a watery international melodrama which lacked the conviction of her earlier work. Former member of Jean-Louis Barrault's theater group who made her film directing debut with "Peppermint Soda" (1977), the first installment in an absorbing semi-autobiographical trilogy. "Peppermint Soda" was France's highest-grossing film of 1977 and won the Prix Louis Delluc as Best Picture of the Year. "A Man in Love" (1987), Kurys' first film with a male protagonist, was a watery international melodrama which lacked the conviction of her earlier work.
Host: Caryn James
4/28 - DECODING ANNIE PARKER
steven Bernstein Director: DECODING ANNIE PARKER
Based on true events, Decoding Annie Parker tells the life affirming story of two remarkable women; the irrepressible Annie Parker, a three time cancer survivor and the geneticist Mary-Claire King whose discovery of the breast cancer BRCA gene mutation is considered one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century.
Stuart W. Ross
Guest: Director Steven Bernstein
Director Steven Bernstein ASC wrote and directed the award winning feature film "Decoding Annie Parker" (U.S. theatrical release Summer 2014) which won Best Actress for Samantha Morton at The Seattle International Film Festival and also won Bernstein The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Award at The Hamptons International Film Festival. Bernstein is a 2013 nominee for The ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for his work on Magic City.
Bernstein began his film career as a cinematographer in the United Kingdom, first doing documentaries, then commercials (for which he won several awards including the Cannes Golden Lion). He went on to shoot many landmark feature films for both studios and independents including the highly acclaimed "Like Water For Chocolate" and the Oscar winning "Monster."
He is also author of the best selling book "Film Production"about the process of film making. He has authored several other books and screenplays and his new film about Dylan Thomas, "Dominion" from his original screenplay, begins filming in New Brunswick, Canada in March 2014. - IMDb Mini Biography By: R. Barth
Host: Godfrey Cheshire
Godfrey Cheshire was instrumental in the founding of Raleigh's Spectator Magazine in 1978. At that time he began writing film criticism professionally. He moved to New York in 1991, and has written for numerous national and international publications, including The New York Times, Variety, The Village Voice, New York Press, Interview, Film Comment, Oxford American, the Independent Weekly and Rogerebert.com. Of special interest to him are cinematic representations of the South, Iranian film, and the transition from analog to digital technology. He has also served as chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle. - http://variety.com/author/godfrey-cheshire/
4/21 - Cold In July
Initially hailed as a hero for fatally shooting a low-life burglar who broke into his house, small-town Texan Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) begins to fear for his family's safety when the victim's ex-con father (Sam Shepard) turns up in town making some not-so-veiled threats. Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, and Nick Damici (who also penned the screenplay) co-star in this thriller directed by Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) and based on the book by Joe R. Landsdale. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Directed By: Jim Mickle
Written By: Nick Damici
Michael C. Hall
Host: Peter Travers
Michael C. Hall
Director: Jim Mickle
Monday April 14- No Screening - Passover
Director Liza Johnson and Peter Travers discuss the film HATESHIP LOVESHIP
Monday, April 7th "Opening Night" for the 2014 Series in Paramus
Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) is a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, complicated by the circumstances of that death for which her grandfather still blames her father, Ken (Guy Pearce), a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm.
Robert Ogden Barnum
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
by Alice Munro
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Guest: Director Liza Johnson
Paramus Winter 2014 Series ReCap:
2/10 - Elaine Stritch Shoot Me
"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is a ferocious, funny and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend as she reaches her 87th year.
At 87, Broadway legend ELAINE STRITCH remains indisputably in the spotlight. In the revealing and poignant ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. By turns bold, hilarious and moving, the film’s journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.
In stolen moments from her corner room at New York’s Carlyle Hotel and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with photographs from her personal collection and words from friends (including Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro). Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of “30 Rock,” or sharing her personal takes on her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and artist.
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME marks the directorial debut of acclaimed documentary producer Chiemi Karasawa.
George C. Wolfe
Host: Peter Travers
Guest Director: Chiemi Karasawa
2/3 – THE GERMAN DOCTOR
Based on Lucía Puenzo's fifth novel, translated to over fifteen languages, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding" in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals. It is widely speculated that Mengele continued his human experimentation after he fled from Germany, including during his years in South America. Puenzo's thriller follows an Argentinian family who befriend and entrust their young daughter to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring The German Doctor to justice. (c) Samuel Goldwyn
Based on: Wakolda by Lucía Puenzo
Host: Godfrey Cheshire
Guest: Director Lucía Puenzo
1/27 - LE CHEF
Jacky, a self-trained cook with haute-cuisine ambitions, gets canned from a series of menial cooking jobs. His pregnant girlfriend Beatrice tries to halt their financial meltdown by arranging a handyman position for him at an old folks home, but he can't resist the siren call of the kitchen. Meanwhile, Alexandre, chef of the three-star establishment Cargo Lagarde, faces a crisis of a different sort. Stanislaw, the son of his retired business partner, wants him to cut costs and introduce molecular gastronomy.
Directed By: Daniel Cohen
Written By: Daniel Cohen
Host - Alison Bailes
Guest - Star Michaël Youn
1/20 - Girl On A Bicycle
Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta (Nora Tschirner), when the young French beauty, Cécile (Louise Monot) pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle - and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek (Paddy Considine), finds himself with a German fiancée, a French "wife", two Australian children who call him "Papa", and his life upside-down. (c) Monterey Media