Friday, November 09, 2007

30th Starz Film Festival

Here's the shows I'm going to:

Chicago 10 (Brett Morgen in person)

It's 1968. The war over there is causing chaos over here, where the spirit of revolution fills the air. When the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Chicago, a television audience of over 50 million watches as protestors clash with police and bring the city to a standstill. Eight men are held accountable for inciting the riots in what will soon become known as the Chicago conspiracy trial – and as a media circus whose ringleaders and clowns, political-tightrope walkers and sideshow freaks represented Americans on both sides of the divide.

Animation Station workshop

All in this Tea (Blank and Leibrecht in person)

Blank’s new film with co-director Gina Leibrecht, All In This Tea, constitutes a similar sort of departure in its portrayal of a subject as consumed by his passion as he is driven by the pursuit of its perfection. In this case, we’re following not Herzog (who nonetheless makes a cameo appearance) but David Lee Hoffman, a tea expert and merchant from Berkeley, California. Obsessed with locating the world’s best handmade teas, Hoffman travels to the farmlands of China to work directly with the few remaining practicioners of an ancient but dying art.

Adventure is Where you Find it (For shorts :p)

Persepolis (sadly Marjane Satrapi not in person)

With her remarkable multi-volume graphic novel Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi parlayed the stuff of her life in post-revolutionary Iran into art-critical acclaim and pop-cultural fame. First published in the United States in 2003, Persepolis operated on multiple levels - as a disarmingly funny bildungsroman, an exposé of Iranian society under totalitarian rule and an example, à la Art Spiegelman's Maus, of the ways in which comics are expanding our notion of storytelling.

What I Did For Love? (For Georges Schwizgebel's Jeu)

It's going to be a fun two weeks.


E.A. said...

Persepolis is amazing, Melon! You're in for a treat!!!!

I'm so envious of you now! Poo!!!

Melon which rhymes with said...

Yeah, it was amazing. For me, it bumped Ratatouille off for Best Animated Picture. (This is remarkable because I love that movie. The black and white style was simplistic, but well done with texture and movement.

Ideally, it would be great if Persepolis won for Best Foreign film if it doesn't win the animated category.

The festival was a lot of fun. I'm envious of you Enoch. You're living in California: the land of movies :D

E.A. said...

Yeah, I suppose that's true. But, there are so many here that the smaller ones tend to get lost in the shuffle, and so it's harder to publicize them, regardless of the quality of the filmmaking and narrative :(. But, they get seen, anyway. Every good film does.