Wednesday, November 21, 2007

STL DENIES BUT HOLLYWOOD EMBRACES CARROLL

He may have been denied by the St. Louis Walk of Fame, however, the Hollywood Walk of Fame has honored Mickey Carroll, along with the rest of the Munchkins. Read on: [CLICK HERE]

VLAA TO OFFER FAIR USE SEMINAR

Today, anyone with a video camera and movie-editing software can make a documentary. But can the aspiring filmmaker afford to make it legally? Just a few years ago the answer often was “no.” Now, thanks to a best practices fair use statement developed and disseminated by their peers, documentary filmmakers are dramatically lowering clearance costs -- the licensing fees paid to copyright holders for permission to use music, text, archival photos and film and news clips -- while also respecting copyright ownership.

These new developments will be explained during a seminar for filmmakers that will be offered by St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) on December 3. The program, which is entitled Best Practices in Fair Use, begins at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude at 9:30 p.m.

Award-winning filmmaker J.J. Hanley of in Kartemquin Films in Chicago (Hoop Dreams, Refrigerator Mothers, Vietnam Long Time Coming, 5 Girls) will show clips to present her “in the trenches” perspective on fair use. Mark P. McKenna, assistant professor at St. Louis University of Law, will address the legal issues.

The seminar will be held in the Regional Arts Commission’s building, which is located across the street from the Pageant. For more information, call 314/863-6930, or visit the VLAA Web site, www.vlaa.org.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

THE PAPER TONIGHT AT WEBSTER WITH PANEL

The Paper
Aaron Matthews, USA, 2007, 78 min.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Webster University

“The Paper” takes an inside look at the pressures and problems of modern journalism as faced by the staff of a university newspaper embroiled in controversy. Following a year in the life of Penn State’s Daily Collegian, the film features first-time journalists struggling with the greatest challenges to the field: plummeting circulation, barriers to investigative reporting, and criticism of coverage. “The Paper,” directed by SLIFF alum Aaron Matthews (“A Panther in Africa”), is both inspiring and astonishing in its exploration of tomorrow’s journalists wrestling with key questions facing today’s national media. Do you lure newspaper readers by entertaining them or offering them hard news? How do you deliver the news when you are obstructed by wary public officials and misleading public-relations campaigns? What is your responsibility to serve the public interest?

A panel on the issues raised by the film will follow the screening.
Participants include former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Richard Weiss and St. Louis University professor Avis Meyer.

Sponsored by Richard and Josephine Weil

Friday, November 09, 2007

HEAR AND NOW PLAYING ON SUNDAY

Hear and Now
Irene Taylor Brodsky, USA, 2007, 85 min.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre
Sunday, Nov. 11, 4:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre (fully captioned for hearing impaired)

In this deeply personal memoir, filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky documents her deaf parents’ complex decision to leave the silent world they had known and undergo a dangerous surgery to get cochlear implants, the only mechanical item that can restore any of the senses. At the age of 65, Paul and Sally Taylor decided they wanted to hear their first symphonies, hear their children’s’ voices, and talk on the phone. How will this operation transform them, their relationship with each other, and the deaf world they might leave behind? This is a story of two people taking a profound journey from silence to sound. The question is, what will they make of it, and what might they gain – or lose – forever?

Director Taylor Brodsky and subjects Paul and Sally Taylor – both former students at St. Louis’ Central Institute for the Deaf – will attend.

[CLICK HERE] to see what The Post-Dispatch has to say about it.

CHECK THE DIRECTORS SEMINAR ON SATURDAY!

Check out what is in store for Saturday:

St. Louis Directors Seminar
Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m., Tivoli, Free
Local directors – including Jack Snyder (“Ghost Image”), Wyatt Weed (the upcoming “Shadowland”), Chris Grega (“Rhineland”), and Jeremy Corray (participant in “On the Lot” and co-creator of the exciting upcoming feature "Full-Time Ninjas") – discuss the current state of filmmaking in St. Louis.

WHEN A MAN FALLS IN THE FOREST... TONIGHT!

When a Man Falls in the Forest
Ryan Eslinger, USA, 2007, 90 min.
Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Saint Louis Art Museum


This elliptical, quietly powerful drama follows four unlikely heroes – three men and one woman – as they struggle to make sense of their lives. Bill (Dylan Baker) has never been able to interact normally with others, living in self-imposed exile in a secret world where his dreams offer the only escape. Travis (Pruitt Taylor Vince) is able to reach out to others but bears the guilt for a terrible tragedy. Karen (Sharon Stone), frustrated with her marriage, finds salvation in forbidden thrills, finding empowerment in breaking taboos. Linking them all is Gary (Timothy Hutton), who’s desperate to make a connection, to bridge the gulfs between them. In one defining moment, he makes a startling and irreversible decision that transforms all their lives.

Director Eslinger, a St. Louis native, will attend.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

CINEMA ST. LOUIS HONORS JOHN SAYLES

Be sure to head down to the Tivoli tonight, where SLIFF will be honoring John Sayles. Visit www.cinemastlouis.org for more information. Here's an article: [CLICK HERE]