Showcasing Local Directors
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"Directors Cut" is curated by Boston Phoenix film critic Gerald Peary who personally selected each film in the series. Peary, a former curator of the Harvard Film Archive, was known for featuring outstanding, student-made shorts from Harvard and Boston University filmmakers at the Archive. As a well-traveled critic who attends many international film festivals each year, Peary now brings his curating skills to the Coolidge Corner Theater. "Gerry chose films that get people to think," says Clinton McClung, one of the managers at the Coolidge. "It can be very easy just to show films by local filmmakers, but we wanted to make this a one of a kind event by incorporating interaction between the audience and the artist."
The first film to screen was "Live Free or Die," a documentary by New Hampshire filmmakers Marian Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt. "Live Free or Die" tells the story of a controversial doctor who provides abortion services in his community. The film premiered on WGBH in late September as part of PBSs POV line-up.
"We had a lot of people who were very interested in the film," he says of the event. "That is far more important to me, to have people who are interested, as opposed to a full house of people there to just be entertained."
Each "Directors Cut" presentation features an informal reception prior to the screening and discussion, giving audience members an opportunity to mingle on a more personal level with film artists and fellow film buffs. McClung is excited about the programs possibilities: "These films go well beyond just entertainment; the whole impetus of this series was to do something significant in support of local independent film."
Other films in the series include:
"Happy Accidents" (Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m.) – Directed by Brad Anderson ("Next Stop Wonderland"). This sci-fi comedy is about time-travel-crossed lovers and stars Marisa Tomei and Vincent DOnofrio.
"The Brightest of B.U." (Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.) – Three shorts films by student filmmakers Lauren Ivy Chong ("Testament"), Stephen L. Fromkin ("The States Conception") and Tom Danon ("Cuppa Cabby, Piece O Pie").
"I Was a Teenage Filmmaker" (Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.) Under the supervision of Jay Craven ("Where the Rivers Flow North"), and through the Vermont production company, Fledgling Films, teenage filmmakers present four short films: "Carlin Fell," "Night Out," "Perfect 10," and "Losing Sleep."
"Humorous Hometown Documentaries" (Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.) – This program features two documentaries from the Boston area; "Hairdo" directed by a trio of filmmakers (John Capron, Jonathan Schula, and Caroline Toth), chronicles a multi-cultural Medford beauty contest. Following "Hairdo", Director Randy Bell will introduce his film, "Its Only a Tattoo." Bells documentary "Look Back, Dont Look Back" won the "Best of Festival" award at the New England Film and Video Festival 2000.
For more information about this series call 617-734-2500, or go to www.coolidge.org.