Filmforum returns April 22 with a screening that will include Los
Angeles premieres of new works by Ken Jacobs, Bruce Conner, Jennifer
Reeves, and more! But in this email I'd like to highlight two other
First, Jon Jost's newest film LA LUNGA OMBRA (THE LONG SHADOW) will
screen at the UCLA Film & TV Archive at the Hammer Museum on April 15.
Jon Jost will be there in person. Last time Jost was in town in
October 2004, it was for the US premiere of OUI NON at Filmforum, with
a full house. So we know that some of you are Jost fans, and I'm sure
all of you are thinking that there is no better way to celebrate
taking care of taxes with a good Jon Jost film.
But even better, the UCLA Archive is offering a limited number of free
tickets for this screening to readers of the LA Filmforum list. To
request free tickets, please send an e-mail to <email@example.com>,
mentioning that you saw the offer in this e-mail and specifying
whether you would like one or two tickets. And that's it!
There's no Filmforum on the 15th, so no conflict there either.
Sunday April 15 2007, 7:00PM
LA LUNGA OMBRA (THE LONG SHADOW)
(2006, Italy/United States) Directed by Jon Jost
In this improvised feature shot in Italy, two women try to comfort a
third, whose husband has left her. As much tone poem as narrative, LA
LUNGA OMBRA reflects the disquiet that pervaded Europe in the wake of
September 11, 2001.
Cast: Agnese Nano, Eliana Miglio, Simionetta Gianfelici. Presented in
Italian dialogue with English subtitles. DV, 77 min.
Next, continuing all week (until April 12) at the Laemmle Grande is
the new documentary OPERATION HOMECOMING: WRITING THE WARTIME EXPERIENCE.
Yours truly Adam Hyman is the co-producer of this feature. We just
won a Special Jury Prize at the Florida Film Festival for Innovative
Documentary Storytelling. I'll be present after the 5:45 and 7:45 pm
screenings tonight (Saturday), and Tuesday 4/10 for Q&A, and drinks,
Directed by Richard E. Robbins and co-produed by Adam
Hyman (director of Los Angeles Filmforum) and Kristin Lesko, OPERATION
HOMECOMING is a unique documentary that explores the firsthand
accounts of American troops through their own words. Unlike any
documentary yet to emerge from Iraq, OPERATION HOMECOMING takes you
inside the minds of the troops on the front lines. We
Laemmle's GRANDE 4-PLEX
345 S. Figueroa St.
Downtown Los Angeles, 90071
Here is the Laemmle's webpage with map, and the showtimes starting
Fri: 5:45 7:45 9:45
Sat-Sun: 1:45 3:45 5:45 7:45 9:45
Mon-Thur: 5:45 7:45
The film is built upon the Operation Homecoming initiative created by
the National Endowment for the Arts to gather the writing of soldiers
and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan. The film transforms selections from this collection of
writing into a deep examination of the experiences of the men and
women who are serving in America's armed forces. At the same time it
provides depth and context to these experiences through a broader look
at the universal themes of war literature. It uses a full panpoly of
visual strategies to illuminate each of the pieces of writing included
in the film - a virtual guide to documentary filmmaking techniques.
At the core of the writing in OPERATION HOMECOMING is a deep desire by
all those who have served in war to come to terms with their
experiences. Throughout the film the soldiers, young and old, express
a profound hope that people will listen to their stories and try to
understand what they have seen. As with all of the great war writers,
the soldier writers of OPERATION HOMECOMING are trying to find meaning
in the chaos and brutality of war. The film is a deeply humanizing
look at those who suffer the de-humanization of war.
For more information:
Here's a trailer:
And don't forget:
-- Monday April 9, 8 pm - FILM AT REDCAT PRESENTS Kevin Jerome Everson
and his film CINNAMON
-- The Restored KILLER OF SHEEP by Charles Burnett at the Nuart
Theatre, April 6-12
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