Arclight Films Announces the Cannes Market Premiere of
DURAN DURAN UNSTAGED
A Filmic Feast for the Senses
Starring Duran Duran • Directed by David Lynch
CANNES (May 15, 2013) – Arclight Films announces the acquisition of DURAN DURAN UNSTAGED, a new experience in live concert filmmaking and a feast for the senses, directed by David Lynch and starring rock icons Duran Duran. The band will be in Cannes headlining AmfAR's 20th anniversary Cinema Against AIDS event, to be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Arclight Films have taken on international sales in collaboration with Little Studio Films, and will present DURAN DURAN UNSTAGED during the upcoming Cannes Market this May.
“We’re honored to be representing this unique film, and working with such an incredible team of entertainment industry professionals, whose artistic endeavors have had such a profound effect on people all over the world,” said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films. “DURAN DURANUNSTAGED is a breakthrough in movie-making. It’s an experience that marries the arts of film and music in a distinctly creative and refreshing manner that will appeal to audiences worldwide.”
Directed by award-winning film maker, David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive) at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring special guests Mark Ronson, Kelis, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Beth Ditto (Gossip), DURAN DURAN UNSTAGED is a multimedia experience that takes the audience on a cinematic journey with one of the most successful music acts in the world.
“The idea was to try and create, on the fly, layers of images permeating Duran Duran on the stage,” explains director David Lynch; “A world of experimentation and some happy accidents."
The band’s frontman Simon Le Bon adds, “We were all beyond delighted that David Lynch agreed to direct this show for us and knew that he would create something that wouldn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before. It was a dream come true, quite frankly. We are all such huge fans of his work and think he has a creative vision like no other.”
Known for their epic productions, amazing visuals, ground-breaking stage sets and style, this is only the second time in their storied three-decade career that the band have filmed one of their concerts in glorious high definition sound and vision, giving fans a rare and unique opportunity to relive the experience.
Duran Duran are one of the most iconic British bands of all time boasting undeniably remarkable stats: Over 80 million records sold, 30 UK Top 30 hits, 18 American hit singles, 2 Grammy awards and no fewer than 6 prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ from MTV, the BRITS, the Ivor Novellos, both GQ and Q Magazines and the Spanish Ondas.
The band are currently in the studio working on their 14th studio album, teaming up with producer Mark Ronson once again.
This special director’s cut of the film has never before been released to the public. The original concert film had an exclusive one-night live online stream via YouTube and Vevo.
Free film series celebrates third year with movies focused on LGBT seniors
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013, at 6:30 pm a the Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, and in association with the Queer Film Society, Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, and The Legacy Project present Cinema Q III, the third annual film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies. The free screenings will take place on four Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2013 in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. All screenings will feature a discussion and Q&A following the film. The lineup at this year’s Cinema Q series focuses on the lives of LGBT seniors with some selections celebrating their pioneering efforts and others centered on the unique challenges faced by the LGBT elderly. This series contains films with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
A rowdy road dramedy adapted by writer-director Thom Fitzgerald from his stage play, Cloudburst follows the exploits of the hilariously profane Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dotty (Brenda Fricker), her sweet but equally tough partner as they head to Canada to legally wed after being together for 31 years. The unedited version will be shown. This screening co-sponsored by Center on Halsted (Directed by Thom Fitzgerald; 2011, 94 minutes).
To Die Like a Man
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Writer-director João Pedro Rodrigues’s gritty, provocative drama centers on Tonia, an aging drag headliner in Lisbon torn between the demands of a new romance and coming to terms with the past. In Portuguese with subtitles. (Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues’s; 2009, 134 minutes).
Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @100 and
T’Aint Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Former Chicagoan, filmmaker Yvonne Welbon’s celebratory and insightful portrait of lesbian activist Ruth Ellis is preceded by out filmmaker Robert Phillipson’s exploration of the lesbianism of legendary blues singers Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, and others. This screening co-sponsored by Affinity Community Services (Ruth Ellis directed by Yvonne Welbon; 1999, 60 minutes, T’Aint Nobody’s directed by Robert Phillipson; 2011, 30 minutes).
Gods and Monsters
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
A 15th anniversary screening of out writer-director Bill Condon’s Oscar winning (Best Adapted Screenplay) portrait of the last days of gay Frankenstein director James Whale and his complicated friendship with his hulking, hunky gardener. Sir Ian McKellen portrays Whale in an Oscar nominated performance, Brendan Fraser is the gardener, and Lynn Redgrave (also Oscar nominated) plays Whale’s devoted, eccentric housekeeper. This screening co-sponsored by Pride Films and Plays. (Directed by Bill Condon; 1998, 106 minutes).
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In this clip Pulitzer Prize winner (and Oscar nominee this year for "Lincoln") Tony Kushner praised David France's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague while discussing the legacy of his Angels in America:
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions--ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
Malcolm Ingram's lively new documentary CONTINENTAL takes viewers back in time to the sexually charged New York of 1968, when the notorious Continental Baths opened its doors. This groundbreaking den of debauchery (advertised as a place “for sophisticated men only”) came to transcend sexual identity and became a cultural beacon to the hip, beautiful and infamous. Not only host to newly-empowered gay men of all shapes and sizes, eager to take full advantage of their sexual freedoms at a lavish venue, the Continental brought both high and low culture to the bathhouse's stage week after week, becoming instrumental in the careers of ‘60s and ‘70s icons like Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle, Peter Allen and countless others.
With the help of its owner and proprietor, the enigmatic Steve Ostrow (along with his former staff, historians and artists who were there), CONTINENTAL tells the tale of one of the most important keystones in the sexual revolution, one that fostered an environment of tolerance and contributed to a level of mainstream gay acceptance and uncensored sexuality the likes of which have never been seen since.
“Continental” premieres at SXSW on Sunday, March 10th.
In this advance clip from next Monday's edition of "Anderson Live,
" AIDS and gay rights activist Peter Staley
and host Anderson Cooper
discuss David France
's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague
as an invaluable educational tool for young LGBT people, as well as an inspiring model for activism and motivating any sort of positive change. The episode will air Monday at 12:00pm EST / 1:00pm PST.About Peter Staley
Peter Staley has been a long-term AIDS and gay rights activist, first as a member ofACT UP New York
, then as the founding director of TAG, the Treatment Action Group
. He served on the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research
(amfAR) for 13 years and then founded AIDSmeds.com
, an educational website for people living with HIV. Staley is a leading subject in the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague
. About "How to Survive a Plague"
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
Audra McDonald and Will Swenson join the Kickstarter Campaign in effort to raise $65,000.Facing East
is directed by Tony nominated Broadway actor Will Swenson
(Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
) and is written by noted queer cinema veteran Guinevere Turner
(Go Fish, American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page
) from an off-Broadway play by author Carol Lynn Pearson
(author of the books Goodbye I Love You
and No More Goodbyes
), and produced by Duane Andersen
, James Duke Mason
and Emily Pearson
. The Kickstarter site mentions that the production is in the process of casting but cannot release specifics at this time, but that Broadway diva Audra McDonald will play a supporting role.
The film tells the story of a prominent Mormon couple dealing with the aftermath of their gay son’s suicide. The Trevor Project,
the nation’s only suicide hotline for LGBT and questioning youth, endorses Facing East
and 10% of all profits go to that organization.
The campaign offers unique rewards targeted at fans of Mr. Swenson and his wife, five time Tony winner, Audra McDonald, including autographed memorabilia, the opportunity to have lunch with the couple, or the three stars from Priscilla (Will Swenson, Nick Adams, and Tony Shelton), or to have Ms. McDonald sing to you over the phone on your birthday, or to have Mr. Swenson serenade you publicly.
The Kickstarter Campaign will end on December 14, 2012, just before Christmas, so the rewards could be a unique holiday gift. For more information visit the film’s web sites: www.facingeastthefilm.com
FACING EAST is a film about a Mormon family who reevaluates their lives and beliefs after the suicide of their gay son.Facing East
is a feature length narrative film that sheds light on an important subject. Just as we think our society is becoming more tolerant and inclusive, our hopes are dashed as we hear about another young gay person, drowning in shame and despair, taking their own life. Nowhere is this shame and despair more acute than among LGBT youth raised in religious homes. Repeatedly told directly and subliminally that God hates them, that they can change the very person that they are, that they are sinners, many see no escape other than death.Facing East
tells the story of a family dealing with this exact tragedy, and through their journey of discovery we see hope for ourselves, our families, our community, our world. Facing East
began as a stage play, by Carol Lynn Pearson, which premiered in Salt Lake City, later travelled to New York and San Francisco, and has since been performed at theater companies across the country.
"Some theater is good drama. Some drama is important theater. Facing East
is both." -- nytheater.com
"This compact, emotional epic doesn't bear even the slightest trace of exploitation: only truth, simply and beautifully told." -- talkingbroadway.com
We are all so close to this issue. We've all been tormented as we've watched good people struggle and families torn apart. We've all seen how gay children (or husbands, wives, fathers, mothers) from religious families struggle along a trail that has few reliable markers. The unique thing about the story of Facing East
, is that it provides those markers, without condemning or degrading. Though about religious people, it is not a religious film, and has found support from both the LDS as well as LGBT community. Facing East
has the potential to be a bridge between two very different communities.Facing East
is directed by Tony nominated Broadway actor (Hair
, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
), and independent film director (Sons of Provo
) Will Swenson. Will's personal biography as a Utah raised former Mormon and effective gay rights activist make him the perfect voice for this delicate subject. Will and his wife, Audra McDonald, were recently honored by PFLAG for their efforts to promote marriage equality with the 2012 Straight for Equality in Entertainment Award.
Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page
), one of the most prominent voices in LGBT cinema, has adapted Carol Lynn's stage play into a wonderful screenplay.
With this extraordinary
team in place, we are now prepared to shoot Facing East
in late 2013. While most of our funding is in place through equity investment, it will not be available until our preproduction period in Fall 2013. We need a bit extra to bring us to that point, so we are turning to you. The amount we are raising now is to fund some script rewrites, continue casting, pay for some legal and accounting necessities, and prep for production.
Are you excited by character driven, independent cinema? Do you long for a day when no one will feel that suicide is their only escape? Please support this amazing, important project.
YELLING TO THE SKY A FILM BY VICTORIA MAHONEY to OPEN 12/14/12.
An official selection of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival, "YELLING TO THE SKY" stars Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: FIirst Class, the forthcoming Mad Max: Fury Road) as Sweetness O'Hara, an introspective and shy inner-city teenager who unsuccessfully tries to quietly blend into the crowded halls of her high school. But an increasingly complex home life, and a persistent, growing threat at school, soon carry her into a world of reckless ambivalence.
A visceral coming-of-age story, Yelling To The Sky features a sobering, breakthrough performance from Kravitz, with an all-star supporting cast including Jason Clarke (Public Enemies, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, Baz Lurhman's The Great Gatsby); Gabourey Sidibe (Best Actress nominee for Precious, Tower Heist); Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Antonique Smith (Abduction, Notorious).
Yelling To The Sky is the feature directorial debut of writer-director Victoria Mahoney, who began her career as an actress in such films as Reese Witherspoon hit Legally Blonde. She received the "Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship" and an "Annenberg Film Fellowship" for Yelling To The Sky. Filmmaker magazine recently named Mahoney one of its “25 New Faces of Independent Film"
LED ZEPPELIN: CELEBRATION DAY Opens Worldwide Todayfor a Strictly Limited Engagement
Don't miss the chance see to LED ZEPPELIN: CELEBRATION DAY
, featuring the legendary group's 2007 London O2 Arena tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, on the silver screen. In theatres for a limited time beginning Wednesday, October 17, 2012
, LED ZEPPELIN: CELEBRATION DAY
captures a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ’n’ roll. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway To Heaven.”Click here for a listing of showtimes and theatres near you.
Source: Press release
AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS DIVE IN WITH GREG LOUGANIS DOCUMENTARY
Award-winning filmmakers, director Cheryl Furjanic (Sync or Swim) and producer Will Sweeney (The Royal Tenenbaums) announced yesterday they will film Olympic legend Greg Louganis in London during the 2012 Olympic Games to continue documenting his return to the sport of diving after a twenty-year absence.
This footage will become part of a feature-length independent documentary titled BACK ON BOARD GREG LOUGANIS about the diving champion’s inspiring personal story, due to be released in 2013.
The film reveals Louganis’ evolution from childhood diving prodigy to Olympic champion, and from pioneering openly gay athlete with HIV to a sometimes forgotten sports icon. BACK ON BOARD GREG LOUGANIS is an engrossing story about an American hero on the cusp of a comeback. His recent return to the sport (once synonymous with his name) as a mentor to USA Diving’s current Olympic team provides an exciting new chapter to his life-story.
“Greg’s story is so inspiring and his life is really extraordinary. As a gay filmmaker, I’ve always admired Greg and I saw this film as an opportunity to reintroduce a true pioneer to the American public. He has seen life’s high highs and low lows -- we can all learn a lot from Greg’s story,” said director Cheryl Furjanic.
“His story is connected to so many important moments in American history including the Olympics, the AIDS epidemic, the gay rights movement, and even the recent housing crisis ” said producer Will Sweeney. “Greg’s return to diving after feeling unwelcome for so long gave us a natural way to tell his unique story and explore his enduring legacy.”
Louganis’ legacy will become even more powerful as this film travels throughout the world affecting the lives of the next generation. While most people remember the four-time Olympic champion for winning one of his gold medals after hitting his head on the board at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, few realize how many of today’s important social issues have affected him: LGBT rights; HIV/AIDS; bullying; dyslexia; adoption; depression; domestic violence; and the housing crisis, to name a few. The filmmakers are committed to using this film to do educational outreach in connection with the distribution of the film.
“What the public has seen is pretty powerful. But, what goes on behind the scenes, I think was even more incredible,” said Greg Louganis.
The filmmakers are utilizing the innovative crowd-funding website Kickstarter to help finance the production of BACK ON BOARD GREG LOUGANIS. Kickstarter connects the general public with filmmakers to provide maximum creative freedom by directly engaging with their audience during the production.
Everything gay — the recognition of gay marriage, the plethora of gay characters on television, the coming out of gay celebrities — is a sign of rapid cultural shifts. Paradoxically, top-echelon Hollywood stars who may be gay are still petrified to reveal themselves.
That is reason enough for the existence of gay cultural seeding grounds like the annual NewFest. This lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival begins its 24th season today Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and runs through Tuesday, with 14 narrative features and 4 documentaries.
In moving to Lincoln Center, the venerable but struggling NewFest has finally come in from the rain. There is no underestimating the importance of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s imprimatur as it brings the festival under its wing. It is a natural, if overdue, embrace by an organization whose commitment to diversity is evident in its longstanding celebration of world cinema from the farthest corners of the earth.
The Film Society paved the way for this official welcome last year when it presented NewFest’s opening- and closing-night selections. Rose Kuo, the Film Society’s executive director, offered the invitation after she met with NewFest’s executive director at the time, Lesli Klainberg, who has since become the Film Society’s managing director.
Another major development is NewFest’s coming merger with its more financially robust Los Angeles counterpart, Outfest, which this month celebrated its 30th anniversary. The pooling of resources, the details of which have yet to be worked out, will be especially helpful to NewFest because Outfest, located at the center of the film industry, has a higher media profile and more generous donors.
These events would never have happened if movies with gay material hadn’t infiltrated independent film culture and even Hollywood (“Brokeback Mountain”), beginning two decades ago with what was labeled New Queer Cinema. Paradoxically, New Queer’s groundbreaking auteurs Todd Haynes (“Poison”), Tom Kalin (“Swoon”) and Gregg Araki (“The Living End”) had posited L.G.B.T. cinema as a defiant, outsider platform for deconstructing gender roles and sexuality without apology or shame.
New Queer Cinema also reflected the militant spirit of Act Up, the AIDS protest organization born in 1987 whose history is told in two recent and essential documentaries: “How to Survive a Plague” and “United in Anger: A History of Act Up.”
An overriding theme in this year’s NewFest is family, Ms. Kuo said, citing three films: “Petunia,” “Young & Wild” and “My Brother the Devil.” She is right to the extent that family interaction plays a larger role in many of the films than it did in the past, when anguished stories of coming out and self-discovery were more common.
One thing that hasn’t changed about NewFest, however, is the centrality of sexuality in the work and the willingness to confront taboos without hysteria.
That is certainly the case in “Four,” the opening-night film, directed by Joshua Sanchez. This screen adaptation of Christopher Shinn’s well-regarded play, first seen in New York in 2001, observes the mating rituals of two couples on a Fourth of July evening. One pair — Dexter (E. J. Bonilla) and Abigayle (Aja Naomi King) — is relatively conventional. The secret meeting of Abigayle’s married, closeted African-American father, Joe (powerfully embodied by Wendell Pierce of “The Wire” and “Treme”), and June (Emory Cohen), a much younger white teenager he meets on the Internet, is not. The film’s unblinking, nonjudgmental focus on this illegal relationship, and its extremely articulate and pointed dialogue, put it squarely in the post-New Queer Cinema tradition.
The closing-night selection, the Chilean director Marialy Rivas’s “Young & Wild,” also focuses on a sexually rampant teenager. In the opening scene Daniela (Alicia Rodríguez), a 17-year-old Chilean girl from a Christian evangelical background, is shown discreetly masturbating while surrounded by friends.
Under the name Young and Wild, the highly sexed Daniela describes her fantasies and adventures in an explicit blog. Once exposed, she is expelled from school and forced to work for a Christian television station, where she meets other young people and develops a fraught romantic triangle with a boy and a girl. This sexy, freewheeling movie is more comedy than high drama.
Travis Mathews’s “I Want Your Love” blurs the line between narrative storytelling and pornography as thoroughly as any movie I’ve seen. The story focuses on a gay San Francisco artist in his 30s who is moving back to his Ohio hometown after a decade. At his farewell party he and his friends have casual, explicit sex, much of it filmed in close-up.
“I Want Your Love” seems a conscious effort to take back gay sex on film from the pornography industry and show comfortable, nonperformance-oriented lovemaking among men who have genuine affection for one another.
Kieran Turner’s “Jobriath A.D.” is an exceptional documentary about a pop phenomenon that never happened. In the mid-1970s Jobriath, a k a Bruce Campbell, was hyped in a relentless marketing campaign as the next step in pop androgyny, beyond David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. He and his Svengali, the promoter Jerry Brandt, imagined themselves to be a team akin to Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker. But the extreme hype backfired; his two albums didn’t sell. Audiences turned on Jobriath, and in two years his recording career was finished.
This plaintive portrait of an entertainer who more than once changed his appearance and his name (as a cabaret performer, he called himself Cole Berlin) reveals a lost soul with prodigious talent as a pianist and composer who just missed grabbing the golden ring.
Jobriath, who died of AIDS in 1983, embodied a concept that goes to the heart of contemporary L.G.B.T. culture: the still radical notion of sexuality and gender identity as constructs that are more malleable than is commonly thought. Fluidity is the thing. The festival’s films with transgender themes — “I Am a Woman Now” and “Born Naked” — signal further shifts as familiar roles are increasingly relaxed.
For Ms. Klainberg, NewFest and Outfest (for which she also worked) are as vital as ever. “The film industry is so constrained and in some ways very conservative,” she said. “That’s why I believe the film festival is still the place to create community.”
She has a point. Until people of every sexual persuasion can find true reflections of themselves in Hollywood movies, the organized push for inclusion will continue.
More information on NewFest, which runs through Tuesday, is at filmlinc.com.