To mark the opening of PASSION, his latest film, a treat for Brian De Palma fans: he met with Nicolas Rapold of the New York Times “to watch and discuss sequences from his own oeuvre that informed” his new film. Scenes discussed include ones from DRESSED TO KILL and SISTERS.
(Rapold dutifully mentions that the film is also available on VOD, but watching a movie by a director as visually gifted as De Palma on anything but a movie theater screen would be akin to eating a delicious meal and rinsing with mouthwash between each bite.)
LIVE CONCERT, FILMMAKER-HOSTED SCREENING AND Q&A at the Music Hall for MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK, Friday, September 6th before and the 7:15 show.
Join award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Holiff for an intimate Q&A this month–the 10th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Johnny Cash! See why this film has played 30 film festivals, in 15 countries, winning 8 competitions–and discover why it is not just a “Johnny Cash film” but a personal memoir that every father and son should see!
Before the screening, beginning at 6:30 PM, The Mighty Cash Cats will perform their Tribute to Johnny Cash with June Carter that the Salt Lake City Tribune described as being “As close as you can get to the real thing.”
The Mighty Cash Cats have toured from L.A. to Las Vegas, Ireland to Israel. Their show covers six decades of Cash’s career including fun Johnny Cash and June Carter duets. The L.A. Weekly wrote “Michael J. embodies Johnny Cash.” A Jerusalem Post review stated that “If the audience closed their eyes during Michael J’s show they, no doubt, thought that the country-rockabilly crooner, Johnny Cash, had managed to find his way back to the terrestrial bandstand.” And the Los Angeles Music Connection wrote “Michael J. Smith leads the performance playing a black acoustic guitar. It is impossible not to be drawn to the bass texture of his voice–and his physical and aural resemblance to Johnny Cash is practically eerie.”
Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras is familiar to Laemmle audiences from her films My Country, My Country (an Oscar nominee) and The Oath. She and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald are the people who facilitated former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s leak about the full extent of U.S. government surveillance. As detailed in the last weekend’s New York Times Magazine cover story about her, she’s now making a film on the same subject, but after years of intense harassment at airports (even before connecting with Snowden the government placed her on the watch list known as Secondary Security Selection), she has relocated to Berlin to protect her material from seizure. The measures she takes to protect herself and her work from surveillance is just one of the stunning and chilling things revealed in the article.
When asked by the Times reporter why he chose to contact Poitras and give her and Greenwald all of his documents (thus far they have only released a small portion of them), Snowden said “she had demonstrated the courage, personal experience and skill needed to handle what is probably the most dangerous assignment any journalist can be given — reporting on the secret misdeeds of the most powerful government in the world — making her an obvious choice.”