FDL Movie Night: The American Brew

By: Monday July 7, 2014 4:59 pm

Beer! This miraculous beverage is actually more American than apple pie, and its history is linked inextricably with our country’s. Tonight’s guest, director Roger Sherman, a founder of Florentine Films with Ken Burns, brings us The American Brew a fine crafted, bubbly film with depth and flavor that explores our nation’s relationship with beer.

 

FDL Movie Night: In the Shadow

By: Monday June 9, 2014 4:59 pm

It’s not summer without a vacation or a horror movie–and In the Shadow, directed, co-written and co-produced by tonight’s guest Nicole Elmer, brings us a taut tale of psychological and supernatural horror set against a beautiful island backdrop. Add in  the additional layer of sex tourism, Puerto Rican politics, and colonial imperative, plus the bonus of  that rara avis, a female horror director–and well, In the Shadow is a perfect summer FDL movie.

This is not a traditional horror movie in the slasher/gore vein. It is deeper, more supernatural and psychological in nature, raising questions about the price we pay for the things we love the most. It is also shot in lush, vibrant, saturated colors contrasting the island’s beauty with the story’s dark subject matter.

FDL Movie Night: Before You Know It

By: Monday May 26, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary is the perfect kickoff for Pride Month. Before You Know It is the story of three gay senior citizens, men in their late 60s and 70s, who lived through repression and are now seeing amazing changes in LGBT rights. Our guests tonight are producer Sara Giustini and director PJ Raval. While Before You Know It highlights three gay men, the underlying themes of aging and acceptance apply across the board.

FDL Movie Night Preview: Lisa Stock

By: Monday April 14, 2014 3:45 pm

Monday’s Movie Night guest, filmmaker Lisa Stock, will be discussing her short film HELL, watchable here. She also created an eight-part web series about Persephone, and her work focuses on myths and magical realism, taking the viewers into worlds that are saturated with color, lush, horrifying, surreal and at times challenging

FDL Movie Night: Preview to the Golden Globes

By: Monday January 6, 2014 4:59 pm

The Golden Globes are January 12 and we’ll be live blogging them beginning at 5pm Wesr Coast time, so it seems appropriate to look at the nominees. There are for me some cognitive dissonances: The Wolf of Wall Street (and American Hustle for that matter): comedy? One could then argue all of life is absurd, but…

JFK Assassination Anniversary Primer

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 3:20 pm

If you don’t think JFK was killed accidentally by a hapless Secret Service agent, by a Mossad agent hidden in the trunk of his open-top limo, or by heretofore underestimated quick-draw artists Jackie Kennedy or John Connally, you are back to square one—which requires you to square the facts we now know with the Warren Commission’s omissions and flaws.

And that’s where Lisa “La Figa” Derrick and I will begin on November 25th when we co-host a thought-provoking FDL Movie Night discussion with John Barbour, pioneering creator of the hit show Real People and director of an unyielding documentary on the assassination—The Garrison Tapes.

Preview: “I Am Divine” on FDL Movie Night Tonight

By: Monday October 28, 2013 2:26 pm

I Am Divine chronicles the life of Divine from his Baltimore childhood as Harris Glenn Milstead through his years as John Waters’ muse and star, as he reaches his ultimate goal to achieve mainstream acceptance and global recognition. This is a movie about believing in yourself and  accepting yourself, two things Divine exuded and brought to his fans.

Join us tonight as we discuss I Am Divine with director Jeffrey Schwarz.

FDL Movie Night: The Ghosts in Our Machine

By: Monday October 14, 2013 4:59 pm

In The Ghosts in Our Machine Director Liz Marshall follows acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur as she creates her book We Animals, a profound look at at how humans use animals daily as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment/companions. Through McArthur’s photographs we learn the stories of the animals she photographed, becoming intimately close with their stories and their brethren. The richness of the film and its warm, at times melancholy, tone enhances McArthur’s photography which features prominently along with her compassionate voice and writings as she meets, studies and interacts with her subjects.

FDL Movie Night: Informant

By: Monday September 30, 2013 4:59 pm

Informant follows the engrossing and disturbing story of Brandon Darby, the handsome, impassioned radical activist turned FBI informant and Tea Party hero whose work with the FBI led to one man’s death in Austin, Texas, and the trial and imprisonment of two anarchists during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Our guest tonight, Director Jamie Meltzer, has crafted a taut tale with re-enactments that break the fourth wall, conflicting accounts of key incidents, and an unreliable, perhaps confabulist, narrator.

FDL Movie Night: What’s In Your Queue?

By: Monday August 5, 2013 4:59 pm

I admit, the last movie I saw in a theater was White House Down, which was a lot better than I thought it would be. It was non-partisan, with Jamie Foxx playing the nicotine-addicted president who was a fan of  Republican Abraham Lincoln. There were passing references to the military-industrial complex being Evil, but no party was fingered as being the Bad Guy. I won’t give away any spoilers, should you decide to watch it, and I recommend it as popcorn movie.

What have you seen? What movies are you looking forward to?

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