Thursday, December 12, 2013

[UPDATE:  Dec. 12, 12:30am:  I originally posted this, by mistake, for Wednesday.  I fixed the title and now I've edited this to call more attention to The Animal Project playing at 8:30pm at the museum.]

My thoughts on Thursday.  Full schedule below.  

Juventad (Youth) is, I'm told, the pick for Thursday, 8pm at the Bear Tooth.  This is an autobiographical film by a well known Mexican director who will be at the screening.  Wikipedia says:
Jaime Humberto Hermosillo (born 22 January 1942) is a Mexican film director, often compared to Spain's Pedro Almodóvar.  Born in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, in center Mexico, Hermosillo's films often explore the hypocrisy of middle-class Mexican values.
He's worked with Gabriel García Marquez, the Nobel Prize winner for literature and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude.

But there are lots of other interesting choices.

I had a chance to talk to Ingrid Veninger about her film The Animal Project which is NOT
Ingrid Veninger saying "Mask"
about rescuing animals (see Lion Ark for that over the weekend).  This is about an acting instructor, his relationship with his son, and the use of animal costumes to teach acting.  I haven't seen this one, but it sounds like Ingrid is doing something unique here.  And it's already won awards in other festivals.   Ingrid told me this is her fourth feature in five years.  I've decided I'm going to this one at 8:30 in the Museum.  And she'll be there to talk afterward. 

But watch the video of Ingrid Veninger here. 

The two mountain climbing docs are worth seeing.  The first repeats a 1963 climb of Everest and the second recreates a legendary mountain rescue in the Tetons.  In both films the original participants are interviewed to give their stories about the original events. 

The Iranian film, Everything is Fine Here, is an interesting film, not only because it's from Iran today, but also because of its look and feel.  The film was not approved for filming in Iran - it's about a rape and the effect on the woman and those around her.  It moves at a slower pace than American movies, so be ready for that.  The film makers were there Saturday and are schedule to still be in Anchorage so I'd guess they'll be there for this showing.  Anchorage is the US premiere of this film.

I'm going to see 7 Cajas on Saturday at 11:30 am.  Here's a link to a Huff Post description. It's apparently the biggest Paraguayan movie ever.  And you can see this Paraguyan film Saturday.

I'll go see the beginning of One for Ten at Loussac at 7pm
"Since [the death penalty was reinstated in the US in 1976], for every ten people that have been executed, one person has been exonerated and released from death row after spending an average of ten years in isolation."
And then to the Museum to see The Animal Project.  I have a hunch about this one. Ingrid is a good salesperson.  Again, check the video here.

Antarctica is supposed to be good.  I'll try to see it on the weekend.
9 Full Moons is a movie that reminds us how hard it is to pull off a good movie.  I saw it over the weekend.  There are interesting characters and some good scenes - I liked the interactions with the country western singer a lot - but it is long.  The movie has heart.  The film maker is scheduled to be there.  

And there's the Animal Project which I'm told is good and what I've read is intriguing.  And I've got a couple of free passes for it so email me if any one wants to go at 8:30pm at the Museum. Their press kit includes this short description:
"An unorthodox acting teacher (Aaron Poole) attempts to push a group of eager young performers out of their comfort zones, while struggling with his own ability to live an authentic and fulfilling life with his teenage son."

The Schedule:

Thursday, December 12th
5:30 PM
pourya azarbayjani 2012 | Feature | 75 min.
Alaska Experience Theater - Small Theater
5:45 PM

Documentary Program | 96 min.

Alaska Experience Theater - Large Theater
6:30 PM

Tomer Almagor | Feature | 103 min.
** Note: Filmmaker attending
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
7:00 PM

Documentary Program | 120 min.
Wilda Marston Theatre at Z. J. Loussac Public Library
7:45 PM

Anthony Powell 2013 | Documentary | 92 min.
Alaska Experience Theater - Small Theater
8:00 PM

Jaime Humberto Hermosillo 2010 | Feature | 115 min.
Alaska Experience Theater - Large Theater
8:00 PM

Juan Carlos Maneglia | Feature | 100 min.
Bear Tooth Theatre

8:30 PM

Ingrid Veninger | Feature | 77 min.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

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