one of the best reasons to go out and see a movie in a theater or pop-up screening or film festival is to connect with fellow film-goers, filmmakers or moderators around the ideas being presented.
i recently got back from the camden international film festival where i was lucky enough to get to play music before a few screenings in the camden opera house. this allowed me to catch some films i otherwise probably wouldn't have come across. i probably wouldnt have gone out of my way to see newtown, for example, which digs deep into the mourning of the community of newtown connecticut years after the sandy hook elementary school shooting. i have never sat in a film that generated so many sustained tears in an audience. but the shared experience, though painful, was powerful and made even more-so with the thoughtful panel discussion with director kim snyder, a gun safety expert and a state rep from portland. hearing from the audience, filmmaker and experts really enriched the overall experience and ultimately made me feel a part of a larger community, one where we are lucky enough as maine citizens to be able to vote for further background checks on guns for private sales in the upcoming election.
this weekend in portland we've got a somewhat elusive pop-up screening over at the pizza spot, slab. presented with the name Fem Cine Anarchy, it is a collection of short films directed by women. here is a trailer for this particular screening, which will be free, on the patio at slab, 8pm this evening:
one film i didn't get to see at camden film fest that i've been looking forward to seeing for a while is kate plays christine, which plays just one showtime at space gallery this monday at 7:30pm. the film is a sort of meta-experiment in which we follow actress kate lynn shiel as she researches and prepares to take on the role of christine chubbuck- a tv newscaster who committed suicide on air in 1974 in sarasota florida. the film won a special jury prize at sundance earlier this year and appears to be a sort of cinematic oddity in its melding of fact and fiction- journalism, thriller, portrait of an artist, and a deep look at a bizarre, very public tragedy.
there will also be a skype q and a withe the director after the screening. hope to see ya there.