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    • TCM Remembers Andy Griffith - 7/18

    • Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember the life and career of actor Andy Griffith on Wednesday, July 18. Griffith passed away this morning at the age of 86. TCM's four-film memorial tribute is set to begin at 8 p.m. (ET) with Griffith's brilliant performance in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd (1957). The night also features the hilarious service comedy No Time for Sergeants (1958). The following is a complete schedule (all times Eastern):

      8 p.m. - A Face in the Crowd (1957) - with Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau and Lee Remick. Directed by Elia Kazan.

      10:15 p.m. - No Time for Sergeants (1958) - with Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton and Don Knotts. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

      12:30 a.m. - Hearts of the West (1975) - with Jeff Bridges, Donald Pleasance, Blythe Danner, Alan Arkin, Richard B. Shull, Herb Edelman, Alex Rocco and Marie Windsor. Directed by Howard Zieff.

      2:15 a.m. - Onionhead (1958) - with Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau, Erin O'Brien, Joe Mantell, Ray Danton, James Gregory and Joey Bishop. Directed by Norman Taurog.

      Andy Griffith, 1926-2012

      With his folksy, down-to-earth charm and winning smile, actor Andy Griffith brought a warm sincerity to his most popular roles - small town Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and the crafty southern lawyer Ben Matlock on "Matlock" (NBC/ABC, 1986-1995). Prior to becoming a friendly face in many American living rooms, Griffith was a talented musician with early aspirations to be an opera singer, though he went on to record gospel and Christmas albums - one of which earned him a Grammy Award. Often exerting strong creative control over his efforts, Griffith brought a sense of realism to his shows and characters that managed to never stray into caricature, and whose appeal endured for generations of viewers well into the new millennium.

      Born on June 1, 1926, in Mt. Airy, NC, Griffith developed a strong interest and talent in music at an early age. First hoping to become an opera singer, he shifted gears and set out to become a preacher, enrolling at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina as a pre-divinity student. While in college, his focus turned again to the arts with an emphasis on music and theater, and he eventually earned his degree in 1949. After graduation, he became a music teacher at Goldsboro High School, but still yearned to perform professionally. After three years of teaching, Griffith and his first wife, Barbara Edwards, began developing comedy and music routines that they performed on the road, including a comedy monologue called "What it Was, Was Football," a first-person point of view of a simple farm boy's first bewildering experience watching a football game. The skit was released on a record album in 1953.

      Griffith honed the monologue to perfection and performed it in one of his four appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971). He was soon tapped to play the lead role in the United States Steel Hour presentation of the Ira Levin play, "No Time for Sergeants" (ABC, 1955). He reprised the role on Broadway the following year, earning a Tony nomination for his performance, and was joined onstage by a young comic actor named Don Knotts, with whom Griffith would enjoy a lengthy professional and personal relationship. He soon caught the eye of acclaimed film director Elia Kazan, who cast him in a startling dramatic role in "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). Griffith played Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, an Arkansas drifter who is plucked out of obscurity and finds fame as a television host, but whose friendly, folksy charm is cover for scheming ambition for political power. Written by "On the Waterfront" (1954) screenwriter Budd Schulberg, the film was based on the alleged onstage phoniness of Will Rogers and Arthur Godfrey. In his first film role, Griffith arguably never again turned in such a powerful performance playing such a dark character.

      Griffith returned to comedy with a feature film version of "No Time for Sergeants" (1958), working again with Knotts, then returned to the stage and earned another Tony nomination for his performance in the musical "Destry Rides Again" (1960). After a series of occasional guest appearances on "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC, 1956-1960), Griffith landed an episode on the Danny Thomas show, "Make Room for Daddy," (ABC, CBS, 1953-1965), making his first appearance as the no-nonsense, down-home Sheriff Andy Taylor. The episode served as the inspiration for "The Andy Griffith Show," which debuted on CBS in 1960, where he expanded his character into one of the most beloved television series of all time. Set in the fictional town of Mayberry, the show centered on Taylor, a widower living with his son Opie (Ron Howard) and his Aunt Bee (Francis Bavier), who worked alongside his earnest, but high-strung deputy, Barney Fife (Knotts). The town itself was populated by an array of quirky townspeople, including Gomer (Jim Nabors), a dim-witted, but well-meaning mechanic; his equally dull cousin, Goober, gossipy Floyd the barber, a rock-throwing town clown named Ernest T. Bass, and Sarah, a nosy-but-unseen telephone operator. Part of the show's appeal was avoiding the stereotype that Mayberry's locals were irreproachably moral - the citizenry, including Andy himself, were just as petty, judgmental or selfish as the outsiders who passed through town.

      Throughout the years, Griffith made subtle adjustments to his performance. For the second season, he began to rein in some of his wide-eyed, "gee whiz" qualities, and became more of a straight man to comic foil, Knotts. The show was also remarkable for its portrayal of Taylor as a single father going through the dating process; first with Mayberry's pharmacy clerk Ellie Wakler (Elinor Donahue), then Opie's schoolteacher, Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut). Initially, Griffith and Knotts figured on the show running just five years and signed contracts accordingly. But when the first five years were up, Knotts left the series, while Griffith chose to remain until the show finished its run in 1968 after eight seasons. The series remained a ratings success and finished number one in the ratings in its last season. Griffith stepped into an executive producer role for the spin-off, "Mayberry RFD" (CBS, 1968-1971), though he did appear in the pilot episode. Despite setting a ratings record for a new show, the spin-off was nonetheless cancelled when the network elected to rid itself of rural-themed shows.

      Griffith went on to occasionally star in movies, but it was mostly forgettable fare like "Angel in My Pocket," (1969) and "Hearts of the West" (1975). On television, he tried to recapture some of his down-home appeal with the short-lived "The New Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1971), a confusing program on which Griffith played Andy Sawyer, a man who made good and left his small rural hometown, only to return to fill in as a replacement mayor. Regarded as distinctly inferior to the original, "The New Andy Griffith Show" was cancelled after a few months on air. Meanwhile, Griffith continued appearing in guest spots on shows like "The Mod Squad" (ABC, 1968-1973), "Hawaii 5-0" (CBS, 1968-1980), "Here's Lucy" (CBS, 1968-1974) and "The Bionic Woman" (ABC/NBC, 1976-78). Griffith had a leading role in the television movie "Salvage" (ABC, 1979) and its subsequent series, "Salvage 1," (ABC, 1978-1980), playing Harry Broderick, an ordinary junk dealer who creates a working rocket ship to fly to the moon to retrieve spare parts left behind by NASA astronauts.

      After a string of guest spots and the disappointing ratings of "Salvage 1," Griffith turned in an Emmy-nominated performance as the suspicious father of a woman believed to have been murdered by her plastic surgeon husband in the TV movie-of-the-week "Murder in Texas" (NBC, 1981). He then appeared in the James Burrows-produced old west sitcom "Best of the West" (ABC, 1981-82), before turning in a cameo in a 1982 episode of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). But in 1983, his acting career was put on hold when he became stricken with Guillen-Barre syndrome, a muscular disease that left him partially paralyzed for several months. But in a few years, he made a triumphant return, joining co-stars Don Knotts, Ron Howard and others for a reunion movie, "Return to Mayberry," (CBS, 1986). That same year, Griffith made a significant return to series television with the courtroom drama, "Matlock" (NBC, ABC, 1986-95). His portrayal of lawyer Ben Matlock, whose country charm and simple mannerisms belied a sharp, cunning mind, struck a chord with millions of viewers - many of them older and likely fans of his previous work as a Sheriff Taylor. Griffith also served as executive producer on the show and appeared in all 180 episodes. After the long-running series left the airwaves, he reprised the role in a special guest appearance for two-part storyline on "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS, 1993-2001).

      Of all the characters he played over the years, Griffith remarked that Matlock was his favorite. During the show's run, he played the character in several well-received movies-of-the-week, including "Matlock: The Vacation" (ABC, 1992), "Matlock: The Legacy" (ABC, 1992) and "Matlock: The Heist" (ABC, 1995). Griffith continued working even after the show, playing a villain in the Leslie Nielsen espionage spoof "Spy Hard" (1996), while appearing on episodes of "Dawson's Creek" (WB, 1998-2003) and "Family Law" (CBS, 1999-2002). He also recorded a series of Christmas and gospel albums, including I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns which won a Grammy Award in 1997. Griffith made frequent appearances on television after the death of his old co-star Don Knotts in early 2006, including a tribute to his friend on "Larry King Live" (CNN, 1985- ). As the years piled on, the aging star appeared less frequently on screen, while several health issues began to take prominence. In 2000, he underwent a successful quadruple bypass surgery. After receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, Griffith re-emerged for a return to the big screen in the independent romance, "Waitress" (2007), playing Old J , a wise patron of a small town diner where an unhappy waitress (Keri Russell) works. The beloved actor died on July 3, 2012 at the age of 86 at his home in Dare County, North Carolina.

      * Biographical data provided by TCMdb

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  1. New Books

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    • Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero


    • By Nancy Schoenberger

      For over twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. But by 1960, the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor with his first solo project, The Alamo. Few of Wayne's following films would have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western but, taken collectively, the careers of these two men changed movie making in ways that endure to this day. Drawing on previously untapped caches of letters and personal documents, Nancy Schoenberger dramatically narrates a complicated, poignant, and iconic friendship, and the lasting legacy of that friendship on American culture.


      Nancy Schoenberger is a professor of English and creative writing at the College of William and Mary. She is the author of Dangerous Muse: The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood, and coauthor with her husband, Sam Kashner, of books on Oscar Levant, George Reeves, and the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. She lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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    • Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart


    • By Scott Eyman

      Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

      They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies' man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.

      For Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda's widow and children as well as three of Stewart's children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men--in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.


      Scott Eyman has written fifteen books, three of them New York Times bestsellers, including John Wayne: The Life and Legend. His most recent book is Hank and Jim. He has been awarded the William K. Everson Award for Film History by the National Board of Review. He teaches film history at the University of Miami and lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Lynn.

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    • Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

    • by Alan K. Rode

      Academy Award®-winning director Michael Curtiz (1886-1962)--whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954)--was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven-year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, historical dramas, horror films, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director's staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks.

      In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums and his difficulty communicating in English. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar®-nominated performances under his direction.

      Rode also investigates Curtiz's dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. His meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age.


      Writer and film scholar Alan K. Rode is the author of Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy. He is the host and producer of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California, and director-treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation.

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    • Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking


    • by Eric Lax

      Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) is a cinephile's dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film-from inception to premiere-and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history of cinema.

      Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen almost every step of the way. He chronicled Allen's transformation from stand-up comedian to filmmaker in On Being Funny (1975). His international best seller, Woody Allen: A Biography (1991), was a portrait of a director hitting his stride. Conversations with Woody Allen comprised interviews that illustrated Allen's evolution from 1971 to 2008. Now, Lax invites us onto the set-and even further behind the scenes-of Allen's Irrational Man, which was released in 2015, and starred Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Revealing the intimate details of Allen's filmmaking process, Lax shows us the screenplay being shaped, the scenes being prepared, the actors, cinematographers, other crew members, the editors, all engaged in their work. We hear Allen's colleagues speak candidly about working with him, and Allen speaking with equal openness about his lifetime's work. An unprecedented revelation of one of the foremost filmmakers of our time, Start to Finish is sure to delight not only movie buffs and Allen fans, but everyone who has marveled at the seeming magic of the artistic process.

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  1. DVD Reviews

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes Gary Cooper's Blu THE HANGING TREE!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES GARY COOPER'S BLU "THE HANGING TREE": Producer/host Dick Dinman and Warner Home Video's Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein celebrate the Warner Archive's lustrously restored Blu-ray release of THE HANGING TREE one of legendary superstar Gary Cooper's most unjustly forgotten masterworks and actress Joan Leslie (who at the tender age of 16 costarred with Cooper in SERGEANT YORK) and acclaimed director Michael Anderson (who directed Cooper's final two films) regale Dick with their praise of Cooper's uniquely invisible acting technique.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman Salutes YOUNG MR. LINCOLN Director John Ford!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES "YOUNG MR. LINCOLN" DIRECTOR JOHN FORD: In honor of the just released Criterion Collection's magnificent 4K Blu-ray restoration of director John Ford's beloved classic "OUNG MR. LINCOLN producer/host Dick Dinman showcases his chat with the prolific director Andrew V. McLaglen who knew director Ford both intimately and professionally from the early '30s until Ford's demise in the '70s and Andrew relates some never before heard and frequently hilarious stories about this charismatic yet crotchety and unpredictable cinema giant.
      PLUS: Tributes to Ford from Lee Marvin, Roddy McDowell, Richard Widmark, Robert Wagner, Charlton Heston, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon and Maureen O'Hara.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & Alan K. Rode Salute CASABLANCA Director Michael Curtiz

    • DICK DINMAN & ALAN K. RODE SALUTE "CASABLANCA" DIRECTOR MICHAEL CURTIZ: Producer/host Dick Dinman's guest Alan K. Rode, author of the just released and universally praised bio MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM, regales Dick with numerous previously unknown facts about the incredible film career and chaotic romantic life of one of the most prolific and volatile yet sensitive film directors of all time.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman's "Best of '17" Classic Blu-ray Releases!

    • DICK DINMAN SALUTES YEAR'S BEST CLASSIC BLU-RAY RELEASES: Producer/host Dick Dinman picks his choices for the best classic Blu-ray releases of the year among which one of the biggest surprises is Classic Flix' s shockingly magnificent rendering of the brilliant Anthony Mann/John Alton noir masterwork T-MEN and guest Classic Flix head honcho David Kawas reveals the wallet-busting challenges inherit in restoring a classic previously only available in dupey second rate dvd renditions.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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    • Dick Dinman & George Feltenstein Salute Restored & Uncut "THE SEA WOLF"!

    • DICK DINMAN & GEORGE FELTENSTEIN SALUTE RESTORED & UNCUT "THE SEA WOLF"!: Warner Home Video's Senior Vice President of Classic and Theatrical Marketing George Feltenstein regales producer/host Dick Dinman with the arduous challenges inherent in bringing the Michael Curtiz classic THE SEA WOLF to it's full uncut glory for the first time in more than 60 years and both celebrate the Blu-ray releases of the lyrically romantic Gene Kelly/Cyd Charisse/Vincente Minnelli classic BRIGADOON as well as the long sought after Robert Taylor/Richard Widmark western thriller THE LAW & JAKE WADE and HELL ON FRISCO BAY in which Alan Ladd faces death in his revengefull quest to bring mobster king Edward G. Robinson to justice.
      PLUS: George and Dick salute the continuing quality of The Criterion Collection as both preview Criterion's upcoming Oscar-winning comedy classic THE PHILADELPHIA STORY which will be restored from pristine newly discovered elements.

      The award-winning DICK DINMAN'S DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR is the only show devoted to Golden Age Movie Classics as they become available on DVD and Blu-ray. Your producer/host Dick Dinman includes a generous selection of classic scenes, classic film music and one-on-one interviews with stars, producers, and directors. To hear these as well as other DVD CLASSICS CORNER ON THE AIR shows please go to www.dvdclassicscorner.com or www.dvdclassicscorner.net.

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  1. Press Release

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    • Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, April 13-15

    • TCM members and supporters Get 20% Discount on Entry Fee for Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, April 13-15

      Prizes Include Hollywood Mentorships, Festival Screenings, Cash & Other Prizes


      One in five Americans have a disability, making it today's largest minority, yet far too often their important and varied stories go untold ... Until now!

      In its 5th year and supported by some of Hollywood's biggest names, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge addresses this underrepresentation by giving filmmakers the platform to collaborate and tell unique stories to help Change the Way You View Disability.

      Judged by a noted and diverse group of entertainment industry talent, films are not required to include disability in the storyline, but must include at least one person with a disability in front of or behind the camera.

      REGISTER TODAY for the annual, weekend-long competition, April 13-15. Entry deadline: April 11, 2018. Entrants are given 55 hours to write and produce a 3-5 minute short film based on an assigned genre. RULES:
      www.DisabilityFilmChallenge.com

      Finalists will be announced and screened at the Bentonville Film Festival (May 1-6), which champions inclusion in all form of media; will be invited to an exclusive roundtable discussion with agents at United Talent Agency; and receive a one-year subscription to Variety Magazine.

      Winners, announced at a red-carpet event May 10, hosted by United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, are awarded industry mentorships; the opportunity to screen their film at the Los Angeles-based HollyShorts Film Festival (August 9-18), an Academy Award-qualifying competition; $1,000 grants provided by Universal Filmed Entertainment Group towards their next production; and other prizes, including Dell computers and a Nike gift bag with assorted products, including a pair of shoes from the new FlyEase line!

      2018 MENTORS: A top Universal Pictures executive (TBA),casting director Pam Dixon (Green Lantern, The Mask of Zorro, The Punisher, Angels in the Outfield, City Slickers) and Tiffany Smith Anoa'i, VP Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainment. Additional mentors TBA.

      TCM Members and Supporters get 20% off the entry fee and special arrangements have been made for the films to be produced under the SAG-AFTRA short film agreement. DISCOUNT CODE: TCM2018

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    • 22nd Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival - Feb. 23-24


    • For its 22nd annual event, the Kansas Silent Film Festival will spotlight 'Women in Silent Film', showcasing several shorts and features all of which will star, be directed by, produced by or written by a woman. On the last weekend in February, from Friday night through Saturday night, come rain or snow or shine, the festival will feature films from the silent era with live musical accompaniment, but showcasing women is a first! All films will be shown on a big screen like they were originally, and most are shown on film or DVD, if necessary.

      The 2018 Kansas Silent Film Festival will continue to be staged at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus in Topeka on Friday night, February 23rd and all-day Saturday, February 24th. The event is free and open to the public.

      Friday night kicks off with three different shorts featuring female stars as 'Slapstick Divas'. First is Louise Fazenda in the 1919 Mack Sennett comedy, HEARTS AND FLOWERS co-starring Ford Sterling playing a cocky hotel orchestra leader who has his hands full when he flirts with one girl too many. New Hampshire pianist, Jeff Rapsis will provide the impressive music. CINDERELLA CINDERS highlights the work of Alice Howell, employed as a cook, who also masquerades as royalty at a high society bash. The background score for this chaotic comedy will be by organist Bill Beningfield. Finally, aspiring detective Gale Henry finds herself way over her head in a mysterious Chinese laundry in THE DETECTRESS, also a 1919 short. Organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen will provide the lively musical score. The feature for Friday night is WHY BE GOOD? starring one of 1929's most famous stars, Colleen Moore with Neil Hamilton (more famous for playing Commissioner Gordon on the BATMAN TV-series later in his career). Moore plays Pert Kelly out to have a good time, but so much so that she gets a bit of a reputation. Since she's in a relationship with the boss's son at work, his dad thinks she's not good enough so a little test is devised...will Pert pass inspection? The jazzy score for this feature will be performed live by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

      Saturday morning begins with a special presentation at 9:00 am for early risers. This will be a documentary connected with this year's theme. The official KSFF morning session starts at 10:00 am with MATRIMONY'S SPEED LIMIT, a 1913 short made in Fort Lee, New Jersey - the earliest film capitol. In front of and behind the camera is film pioneer, Alice Guy Blache who made over 400 films in her career, both in France and in the U. S. Live music will be supplied by organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen. SUSPENSE, a short film also from 1913, stars its writer/director, Lois Weber as a woman (with her infant child) who is threatened by an intruder while her husband rushes home in hot pursuit by the police. The exciting musical score will be delivered by Bill Beningfield at the organ. Saturday morning's feature will be BACK TO GOD'S COUNTRY, a 1919 Canadian feature by writer, producer and star Nell Shipman as a woman confronted by her father's killer in a remote arctic location where she must use her instincts to survive. A native of Canada, Shipman carved out a unique career in films outside of Hollywood that allowed her to play strong, adventurous women in films that she had a hand in creating. She continued making films into the 1940's. This gripping movie will be accompanied by organist Marvin Faulwell and percussionist Bob Keckeisen.

      After a lunch break, the Saturday KSFF schedule will resume with a D. W. Griffith short starring Dorothy Gish (sister of Lillian) in HER MOTHER'S OATH from 1913. Jeff Rapsis will supply the music. A look at 'Serial Queens' follows with a chapter from a 1920 serial adventure featuring a woman in peril - it's Chapter 2 'The Dagger of Death' from A WOMAN IN GREY. This fifteen-chapter serial played in theaters week to week and starred Arline Pretty as the adventurous lady. Live music will be provided by organist Marvin Faulwell.

      Saturday afternoon's first feature is 1915's FILIBUS, an Italian serial film featuring a woman leading a double life. She is a baroness to the world, but to the underworld, she is a criminal mastermind called Filibus and is aided in her crimes by a one-of-a-kind zeppelin. This interesting little film from Italy has a woman in the power position of villain--at a time in Italy when women had limited independence. This film shows a woman fully independent and capable of out-maneuvering her male opponents. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra adds a rousing live music score for this recently discovered gem.

      The afternoon break will allow time for our special guest, author Cari Beauchamp to autograph copies of her books for attendees in the Lobby. Read more about Cari in our Cinema-Dinner description below.

      After the break, the shorts will continue with THE WATER NYMPH, a 1912 Mack Sennett comedy featuring the radiant Mabel Normand in the lead. This film inaugurated a series of comedies featuring Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties. The Mont Alto Orchestra's pianist and conductor, Rodney Sauer will provide the music. FOX TROT FINESSE, a 1915 domestic comedy short follows with stars Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew, a turn-of-the-century comedy couple who were very popular up until the death of Mr. Drew in 1919. Music will be supplied by Jeff Rapsis. The final Saturday afternoon feature will be MGM's 1921 version of CAMILLE. You may know the story from the later, more famous MGM sound version with Garbo, but before her there was another star who was known just by one name--Nazimova. She was a Russian-born performer who recreated herself as Alla Nazimova and appeared in what would today be called art films. Her smoldering, young co-star is Rudolph Valentino.

      Saturday's traditional Cinema-Dinner will continue a 10-year tradition with a great meal and a guest speaker - Cari Beauchamp, author of WITHOUT LYING DOWN: FRANCIS MARION AND THE POWER OF WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD and MY FIRST TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. She will address attendees with stories about the many creative women of early Hollywood.

      Saturday's evening double feature will conclude the event with AMARILLY OF CLOTHESLINE ALLEY, a grand Mary Pickford feature from 1918 featuring a script by Francis Marion and a rousing score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The second feature, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH from 1926 is the rarest film being shown at the Festival and contains a unique story about a world ruled by women, who discover one man over 14 left alive on planet earth. Of course, it's a comedy! Music will be provided by Marvin Faulwell and Bob Keckeisen.

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    • 60s VERITÉ at NYC's Film Forum - 1/19-2/6


    • Part of Carnegie Hall's city-wide festival The '60s: The Years That Changed America

      Talking heads, pushy interviewers, voice-of-God narration - fed up with conventional documentaries, Time-Life editor/correspondent Robert Drew looked for another way. In the late 1950s, with cameraman Richard Leacock, he developed lightweight 16mm synchronous sound cameras, and found it: the invisible filmmaker.

      Joined by D.A. Pennebaker, Albert and David Maysles, Bill Jersey, and many others, they chronicled events as they happened, capturing the decade in a way impossible before: JFK, the Civil Rights Movement, the war in Vietnam, drug culture, drag culture, the rock and folk scenes, hippie counterculture, as well as the seemingly mundane.

      "60s Verité" features more than 50 modern classics which not only changed the recording of social history, but revolutionized filmmaking itself. From the observational cinema of Drew Associates to the collaborative work of Pierre Perrault and Jean Rouch; from Lionel Rogosin's Apartheid South Africa docufiction, to Jim McBride's confessional-skewering mockumentary; from William Greaves' avant-garde Symbiopsychotaxiplasm to Agnes Varda's verité-infused Cléo from 5 to 7, and everywhere in between.

      Plus nine films by Jean Rouch, one of the inventors of cinéma vérité: The Mad Masters, Mammy Water, Moi, Un Noir, Chronicles of a Summer, The Lion Hunters, Jaguar, Little by Little, The Human Pyramid, and Punishment.

      Programmed by Elspeth Carroll.


      Films in this Series

      JANE & Lonely Boy
      Friday, January 19
      2:00 6:40*

      CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7
      Friday, January 19
      4:10

      THE QUEEN
      Friday, January 19
      8:30*

      GIMME SHELTER
      Friday, January 19
      10:20

      CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7
      Saturday, January 20
      12:30 7:45

      Will the Real Normal Mailer Please Stand Up? & A Visit with Truman Capote
      Saturday, January 20
      2:20

      GIMME SHELTER
      Saturday, January 20
      4:10 9:45

      JANE & Lonely Boy
      Saturday, January 20
      6:00

      AND THIS IS FREE & Sunday
      Sunday, January 21
      4:00
      THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
      Sunday, January 21
      7:30

      GIMME SHELTER
      Sunday, January 21
      9:00

      THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
      Monday, January 22
      3:50

      THE BUS
      Tuesday, January 23
      2:00 8:20

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Tuesday, January 23
      4:00 10:15

      A TIME FOR BURNING
      Tuesday, January 23
      6:20

      WINTER SOLDIER
      Wednesday, January 24
      2:00 5:20 8:40*

      SAD SONG OF YELLOW SKIN
      Wednesday, January 24
      4:00 7:20

      A MARRIED COUPLE
      Thursday, January 25
      2:00 4:00 6:30

      FACES
      Thursday, January 25
      8:30

      ON THE ROAD WITH DUKE ELLINGTON
      Friday, January 26
      2:00 6:15*

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Friday, January 26
      3:30

      MONTEREY POP
      Friday, January 26
      5:25 10:00

      MEDIUM COOL
      Friday, January 26
      7:45

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Saturday, January 27
      12:30

      MINGUS
      Saturday, January 27
      2:25

      Take This Hammer & Baldwin's N*****
      Saturday, January 27
      4:05

      MOONEY VS. FOWLE
      Saturday, January 27
      6:15*

      MUHAMMAD ALI: THE GREATEST
      Saturday, January 27
      8:15

      MONTEREY POP
      Saturday, January 27
      10:30

      POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE
      Sunday, January 28
      1:15

      DONT LOOK BACK
      Sunday, January 28
      8:50

      THE CHAIR
      Monday, January 29
      7:20

      LAW AND ORDER
      Monday, January 29
      9:00

      POUR LA SUITE DU MONDE
      Tuesday, January 30
      2:00

      THE CHAIR
      Tuesday, January 30
      4:05

      LAW AND ORDER
      Tuesday, January 30
      5:45

      BLACK NATCHEZ & I Am Somebody
      Tuesday, January 30
      7:30

      BASIC TRAINING
      Wednesday, January 31
      2:00 5:25 8:40

      HIGH SCHOOL
      Wednesday, January 31
      3:50 7:05

      DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY
      Thursday, February 1
      2:00 6:30 10:00

      SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE ONE
      Thursday, February 1
      4:45 8:15*

      SHOWMAN
      Friday, February 2
      2:00 6:15 10:05

      PORTRAIT OF JASON
      Friday, February 2
      4:10 8:00

      MONTEREY POP
      Saturday, February 3
      12:30

      ONE STEP AWAY
      Saturday, February 3
      2:20

      YANKI NO!
      Saturday, February 3
      3:50

      ONE P.M.
      Saturday, February 3
      5:15

      LE JOLI MAI
      Saturday, February 3
      7:50

      The Railrodder & Buster Keaton Rides Again
      Sunday, February 4
      12:40

      COME BACK, AFRICA
      Sunday, February 4
      5:30

      HOSPITAL
      Sunday, February 4
      7:30

      COME BACK, AFRICA
      Monday, February 5
      2:00

      The Railrodder & Buster Keaton Rides Again
      Monday, February 5
      3:55

      TITICUT FOLLIES
      Monday, February 5
      7:25

      HOSPITAL
      Monday, February 5
      9:15

      CRISIS: BEHIND A PRESIDENTIAL COMMITMENT
      Tuesday, February 6
      2:00 5:10 8:20*

      PRIMARY
      Tuesday, February 6
      3:45 6:50*

      *Guest Introductions


      For more information, links and showtimes, visit www.filmforum.org

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    • Acclaimed documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL released on DVD & Blu-ray

    • FilmRise has announced the September 1 Blu-Ray and DVD release of Tab Hunter Confidential. After an incredible year on the film festival circuit and a theatrical run across fifty cities in the United States, the acclaimed documentary will be available to rent or own from all major retailers. Based on Hunter's New York Times best selling memoir, producer Allan Glaser and director Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine) have assembled dozens of past and present Hollywood stars, and most importantly the man himself, to talk frankly about being a survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. The Blu-Ray & DVD will be available nationwide at all major retailers, with autographed copies only available on Tab Hunter's official website, www.tabhunter.com. Click here to learn more and order Tab Hunter Confidential on Blu-Ray & DVD (with optional autograph).

      Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood's ultimate heartthrob. In dozens of films, and in the pages of countless magazines, Hunter's astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, solidifying him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Hunter was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist. But throughout his years of stardom, Hunter had a secret. He was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Decades later, Hunter's dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature.

      Tab Hunter Confidential offers unprecedented access to the man behind the marquee smile, who shares first hand what it was like to be a manufactured movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and the consequences of being someone totally different from his studio image. The film traces Hunter's dizzying rise to Hollywood super-stardom, his secret life in an era when being openly gay was unthinkable, and his ultimate triumph when the limelight finally passed him by and true love won.

      Punctuating Tab's on-screen presence are rare film clips and provocative interviews with friends and co-stars including John Waters, Clint Eastwood, George Takei, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Portia de Rossi, Noah Wyle, Connie Stevens, Robert Osborne, and dozens more.

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