This will be quite an exciting week for foreign films. Not only is IU hosting an Italian film festival, but Marian University is hosting a French one as well. Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture, Tournées Festival is the only officially sanctioned French film festival in Indianapolis. The films are open to the public free of charge and faculty-led discussions will follow each screening. Each film will be shown at the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library auditorium on the Marian University campus (3200 Cold Spring Road).
Here is the rundown of films:
April 6, 7 p.m.
Entre les Murs (The Class): This is not typical, inspirational teacher film. For one thing, its star and screenwriter (François Bégaudeau) is a real-life teacher and the students in the film are actually his. The Class is not a documentary, but simply a unique film of searing authenticity. Its story of a Parisian junior high school teacher's triumphs and tribulations was lauded by critics worldwide. It even won the 2008 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or award. Rated PG-13. 128 minutes. This screening is sponsored by NUVO.
April 8, 6 p.m.
Comme un Juif en France (Being Jewish in France) (2007): The title explains it all. This documentary follows Jews living in France. More specifically, it investigates the complex relationship that French Jews have had with the French Republic and, in turn, the multiple ways in which French society has dealt with its Jewish population over the course of history. Not rated. 185 minutes.
April 9, 7 p.m.
A Secret (2007): This film follows the life of a Jewish family (with a dark, troubled past) in post-World War II Paris. Not rated. 110 minutes.
April 10, 7 p.m.
Ballerina (2008): This documentary follows the new generation of rising ballet stars at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia. It includes scenes from famous ballets such as Marius Petipa's "Paquita", "Swan Lake" and "La Bayadère". Not rated. 80 minutes.
April 11, 5 p.m.
Indigènes (Days of Glory) (2006): The festival closes with this World War II film about the unsung heroes in the fight for France - the native African recruits. Nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this film is universally acclaimed. Rated R. 120 minutes.
Call for Entries is Now Open for the 2010 Heartland Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival presents Crystal Heart Awards and more than $100,000 in cash prizes to the top-judged submissions, including a Grand Prize for Best Dramatic Feature, a Best Documentary Feature Award and a Vision Award for Best Short Film.
Awards and cash prizes are given to independently-produced feature length and short film entries in dramatic, documentary and animation. Selected student films will receive Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Awards and cash prizes. Submissions will be evaluated for their achievement of excellence in filmmaking and promotion of Heartland's mission.
For more information on the Heartland Film Festival, visit TrulyMovingPictures.org/FilmFestival.
This just in from Primary Colours. It's a call for artists to apply for a space in this June's Installation Nation...contact Primary Colours for application info.
Installation Nation Returns!
Our newest event, Installation Nation, returns this June. Once again we're inviting all contemporary artists coast to coast with experience in creating installation art to submit proposals. A jury will select seven projects, and we'll give them each $750 to create their vision within the confines of a 20-foot metal shipping container. Applications are available now. You have until Tuesday, April 27 (5 p.m. EDT) to submit them.
For a long time, there was no sense of magic, discovery, and most importantly, fun in horror films. Instead, we had deep, depressing forays into the human psyche (The Ring, The Orphanage, Joshua, etc.). Horror films lost their innocence. They were grim and uncompromising - no longer about making viewers jump and laugh in terror, but about inflicting nightmares and shaking people to their core. The genre was stripped down to its essence with films like Saw and Hostel - sadistically simple displays of violence that were as torturous and painful to watch as the brutal acts their characters had to endure.
The Horror Hound convention (at the Indianapolis Marriott East) is the perfect antidote to this disturbing side of the horror genre world. It revives an old-fashioned sense of fun. Costumed fans danced around me playfully like children on Halloween.
I felt a strange sense of comfort at this event, as if I could walk up to anyone and start joking around. In fact, people seem to want you to do exactly that. Even the celebrities were approachable and eager to engage in conversation. Actor Tom Noonan (Manhunter, Last Action Hero) seemed disappointed when fans only spoke to him briefly (I was one of those nervous many).
The major celebrity there was director George A. Romero, the master behind such classics as Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead - the films that gave birth to the zombie genre.
If these films and people are so fun, why are the films they inspired often not? Why are modern directors like Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) offering such bleak, painful visions? Something to think about as you roam the campy, retro rooms of the convention.
Go to Horror Hound if you get the chance - it's a unique experience. It ends tomorrow at 5 p.m. Events include a tribute to horror TV personality, Vampira and an appearance from horror actor Paul Clemens. For more information, visit www.horrorhoundweekend.com.
Words I like to hear: You’re a VIP attendee. Your name is on the guest list. Enjoy the free drinks. Short of landing on a pile of cash, this evening is off to a good start.
And the evening in question is last night's NUVO 20th Anniversary bash at Talbott Street, which happens to nicely coincide with my first week of being hired as a new writer by NUVO!
Because I am such a VeryImportantPerson, it’s appropriate that I arrive at Talbott Street for NUVO’s 20th-anniversary party still wearing my shades. It’s not 7:00 p.m. on a spring evening; I’m a damn celebrity. To prove it, I stride towards the door and pull on the wrong handle, nearly dislocating my shoulder. Ayup. Awesome.
Soon after arriving, I’m offered Jagermeister — sponsor! — which smells so much like Valerian Root that homeopathy literature must be nearby. I take a table near the stage. I play with free stuff left on the table — headphones from Scion (snag), anniversary stickers (snag, snag, snag), and a coaster (skip).
But it's not until I wrap an orange lei around my wrist and NUVO Managing Editor Jim Poyser begins to lead the crowd in an impromptu (and already drunken) performance of “The Impossible Dream” that I realize this 20-year-old party is too young to be in a bar and start giggling.
What? Yesh, I’d love more Magerjeister!
After Poyser's spectacular performance, I head into Talbott’s interior bar to see Lord of the Yum Yum perform before Talbott's Ladies of Legend take the stage.
Yum² puts on a crazy weird but entertaining show that includes freestyle rapping, microphone fellatio, and an outfit seemingly culled from shopping at Goodwill while on acid… after repeated viewings of Dangerous Liaisons. I’ve either stumbled into an alternate universe or New York City.
There's lots more to report of course, but things get a little fuzzy for me from here on out. Before the evening ends, however, I do remember meeting the smoky-eyed model who posed for the Spark Art Photography ad I saw in the anniversary issue of NUVO and watch, mouth agape, while a burlesque performer strips off a red-fringed bra to reveal nearly-naked boobs.
If this is being a VIP and NUVO employee, I have to say I approve.
Okay, first of all, this was a very non-Rupert-oriented episode — but that’s a good thing, because it means that our boy is nowhere near the chopping block.
After the NCAA tourney preempted last week’s show, this week’s episode was broadcast on a Wednesday night. I had a few people over to Cheese Manor to drink beer, eat pizza and watch the show. Nice little party. I coerced everyone into writing down their thoughts regarding the show, allowing me the opportunity to concentrate more on my buzz. SO, here’s my few words, plus theirs:
Boston Rob is the man; he’s playing all the angles and is showing himself to be a super strategizer. Russell also shows that he is as clever as he is devious — but he’s got a huge target on his back. Sandra continues to have the biggest balls of anyone on the island, Courtney still looks like she’s starving, and Rupert speaks candidly about the opposing Villain tribe: “The line between heroes and villains is so blurred right now — they’re showing the heroes how to play.” Tyson screws up and is voted off, as is my twin brother James, who then proclaims, “I’m gonna get good and drunk in the next five minutes.”
Jim Kelly, artist: I’m surprised how stupid Tyson was.
Dave Frohbieter, artist: When bananas became an issue, too many nanas, James! I enjoyed the cannibalism.
Shannon Ross, writer/dog rescuer: The best/worst karmic moment for me was Tyson throwing away Boston Rob’s well-crafted plan just to get hot dogs five minutes earlier. At least he realized his idiocy. Good talk, Russell.
Veronica Sanders, beer seller/artist: Favorite moments: Boston Rob baits Russell about the immunity idol. James refers to Rupert as a “fat man.” Tyson “just wants some hot dog in my mouth.”
Scott Sanders, painter/musician: I love the Russell/Rob friction and the fogged-out boobs and pubic hair. I think Russell is the ultimate hobbit on meth and no one trusts him or believes a word he says.
There you have it, folks! Stayed tuned for next week’s insightful, slightly inebriated analysis of America’s favorite reality TV phenomenon. Aargh!
Here we are, one and zeroes finally aligned, and NUVO with a new web site. In the coming days and weeks I'll be posting thoughts and information about the arts. You'll find a bulletin board of notices regarding local arts happenings not covered in our calendar. But I also intend to post dispatches about whatever else should come to mind about the larger world of creative enterprise. Thanks for checking out the new site. We hope you'll be back soon.
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