While prepping for tonight’s Bad Movie Night screening of 12 Rounds, we came across what might be the greatest IMDB headshot of all time. Not what you might expect from the guy who played Carcetti on “The Wire”. As one of our Twitter followers suggested, we might now have to start calling him “Car-kitty.”
Melvin Van Peebles: Love, That’s Occupy Wall Street
Thirteen/WNET New York’s MetroFocus did a short but very interesting interview with Melvin Van Peebles in which he talks about one of his songs, “Love, That’s America,“ used in Occupy Wall Street related videos:
When I found out that the song had been co-opted by Occupy Wall Street, my jaw dropped. It went viral online. People were remixing it and mashing it up with videos from the protests. The time I wrote it it was a time of social upheaval, the Stonewall Riots had just happened. Forty years later, the same thing was going down in the streets of New York City.
That’s Tumblr’s Mark Coatney on stage at 92YTribeca for this afternoon’s full house event: Future of Film Lunch Series with Tribeca Film Festival. The FREE series continues all week. Here’s more info on the lineup for each day.
What we learned earlier in the afternoon when Kickstarter’s Betty Holm was on stage: 12 films at the Tribeca Film Festival, 17 at Sundance and 33 at SXSW were funded via Kickstarter campaigns.
Follow the hashtag #futureoffilm for information from all the discussions.
2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the bad-ass feminist road trip movie, Thelma and Louise.
Plans tomorrow after work? We’re screening the film at 92YTribeca, on August 2, with a panel discussion afterward.
At the time it was released, Thelma and Louise was hailed as a groundbreaking feminist classic, an answer to the male-dominated road trip and buddy movie genres. But how much has it actually changed the way we think of gender, class, race, rape, rebellion and female movie characters? Panelists Nona Willis Aronowitz, Jaclyn Friedman, Sofia Quintero, Melissa Silverstein and Jamia Wilson will lead an intergenerational discussion on these questions and more after a screening of the film.
I was 19 when I became a GLOW girl and I remember calling my dad for his advice, and he highly encouraged me to do it. I remember him telling me that ‘20 years from now when you’ve raised your family you will one day look back and realize that you had an adventure of a lifetime.’
Looking for “The Stanley Kubrick Archive”? Here it is, from the University of the Arts London.
We don’t have any Kubrick screenings scheduled (our latest one happened last month), but check 92YTribeca Film for a complete listing of upcoming shows or download the November calendar in PDF and put it on your fridge!
Made in India is a feature length documentary from filmmakers Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha. The film explores the human experiences behind the phenomena of “outsourcing” surrogate mothers to India.
In a review of the film, Varietywrote: “Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha’s engrossing feature follows a working-class U.S. couple proceeding with a last-resort hope for having a child genetically their own: paying a young Mumbai woman to carry their implanted embryos in her womb.”
When accused of exploitation, Lisa responds: “Walk a mile in my shoes before you judge me.“
The award-winning film screens at 92YTribeca on November 9. Both filmmakers will be in attendance to discuss issues of sex, sexism and colonial legacy.
Of all the Karate Kid lines, can you believe Ralph Macchio still hears this one from adoring fans? Watch his 45-minute Q&A with Slate’s Culture Editor John Swanburg that followed a special screening at 92YTribeca last summer.
It should get you in the mood for 2 Good 2 B 4Gotten, a monthly film series revisiting the cinematic staples of our youth, co-presented by the femme-centric film podcast Bonnie & Maude and xoJane.
When Michael is not illustrating comics, he’ll glance at the website English Russia, if time allows. And he get his news on Twitter, the “magic grapevine.” Read more about his culture and media habits below, in the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.
Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Twitter. It’s a magic grapevine.
What are your favorite websites?
I have no time anymore, but an amazing one to look at is English Russia. Apparently Russia is a cross between The Road Warrior and Brazil. Endlessly fascinating.
How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
A lot. I genuinely enjoy Twitter and the interactions I find there; with Facebook I enjoy the interactions but detest the site itself. Someone on my Twitter feed recently compared it to East German in the 1970s, which I thought was very apt; the spying, the control, the fact that you can never do what you want/need to. It’s maddening!