Inaugural season features North American and world premieres, artist Q&As and more
New York, NY: July 23, 2012 – This September, 92YTribeca launches La Di Da Film Festival, a new weekend-long festival curated by Miriam Bale showcasing an emerging style of film and the artists who are shaping it. The festival highlights some of the most exciting new work in independent cinema, including premieres and standouts from the festival circuit. The inaugural La Di Da lineup includes career peaks by indie stalwarts Amy Seimetz, The Safdie Brothers, and Sean Price Williams; new work from up-and-coming filmmakers Dustin Guy Defa, Maiko Endo, Sam Fleischner and Stephen Gurewitz; plus breakthrough performances by actors Alex Karpovsky, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley and Eléonore Hendricks. Each program also features a post-screening Q&A with artists in attendance.
"I've programmed mostly classic films for many years, but recently I've seen contemporary films that look like new classics," says Bale. "Many were shot on 16mm. They're simple yet sophisticated, and also experimental and really feel like something new. These filmmakers are using documentary or low-budget methods to film quickly and cheaply in the streets, not to replicate reality but to create new emotionally rich, lyrical worlds."
The idea for La Di Da first germinated at a conference at the Maryland Film Festival on changing distribution models in independent film. Bale noticed that “there were great films that weren't finding the right context to be screened and get noticed in New York. And so, inspired by the energy which with these films were made, with little resources except a good idea and talented collaborators, I realized it was possible to launch a small-scale festival, based in New York but with an international scope. And the intimate, congenial atmosphere of 92YTribeca seemed like the perfect setting for that."
Says Cristina Cacioppo, 92YTribeca’s Director of Film Programming: “We always enjoy working with Miriam. She has an eye for films that deserve more attention. We also care a lot about nurturing talented filmmakers here at 92YTribeca, so La Di Da really feels like a perfect fit. Plus, it’s great to have so many people included in this festival that already have a relationship with us – either because we’ve shown their earlier films, or because they attend repertory screenings here throughout the year.”
La Di Da Film Festival takes place Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 at 92YTribeca.
Please note: Miriam Bale and select filmmakers and actors are available for interviews. All films are available to preview. To request an interview or inquire about previewing opportunities, please contact Nora Lyons at nlyons@92Y.org.
La Di Da Film Festival 2012 Schedule
September 14 and 15, 2012
ALL PROGRAMS FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE
Friday, September 14
6:45pm - Savage Innocence: Shorts Program
A roundup of the some of the best short films of the year, and a glimpse at a promising upcoming feature, all from NY-based filmmakers. Works to be screened include:
The Black Balloon (Directors: Bennie and Josh Safdie, 2012, 21 min.)
A winner of awards at both Sundance and SXSW, this retelling of the "The Red Balloon" follows the sole black balloon in a brightly colored bunch as he breaks free and observes the urban isolation in crowded New York City.
Family Nightmare (Director: Dustin Guy Defa, 2011, 10 min.)
A masterful use of found footage, VHS home movies are dubbed in the filmmaker's own voice to show a haunting, innocent view of family dysfunction.
Me the Terrible (Director: Josephine Decker, 2012, 11 min.)
Featuring stop-motion animation and a soundtrack made up entirely of audio from early 20th century radio shows, a little girl pirate invades New York where the essential urban turf battle is between the past and the future.
Circles (Director: Sam Fleischner, 2012, 5 min.)
Edited footage from a screen audition of Jesus Sanchez, the star of Fleischner's new feature Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, about a young autistic boy who runs away from his family and lives on the NY subway for 11 days.
People Parade (Director: Chris Maggio, John Wilson, 2012, 23 min.)
A surreal comedy about the end of the reign of a long-running television variety show (reminiscent of early David Letterman) features Peruvian daredevils The Peanut Butter Brothers, a haggard showgirl named Dee, and more delightfully bottom barrel show business folks.
9:00pm - Kuichisan
**North American Premiere**
Gorgeous yet audacious documentary images of Koza -- a town in Okinawa, Japan that is not quite Japanese and not quite American -- are filmed in 16mm by Sean Price Williams in Maiko Endo's breathtaking directorial debut. The camera spies on Eléonore Hendricks, as an ill-at-ease American wanderer, and follows a solemn 10-year-old boy who observes in wonder from afar. The little boy also partakes in enchanted mob rituals with other abandoned children, as the film pushes the boundaries of magic, nature, observation and alienation. The Copenhagen International Documentary Festival has called it “the discovery of the year.”
Director: Maiko Endo, 2011, 76 min.
Saturday, September 15
5:30pm - Open Five 2
Made over the course of three years, there is a visible evolution of the content and style in this film as it moves through Kentucker Audley's roots in the post-collegiate wanderings of mumblecore towards a new deftness in depicting details of intimacy and drama. Audley reveals in his fourth film to be an American director with Rivette's interests in improvisation and experimentation as well as a Cassavetes' interests in dangerously utilizing his own relationships to plunge depths of raw emotion. Starring Audley, Caroline White, Jake Rabinbach, and Z Behl.
Director: Kentucker Audley, 2012, 65 min.
7:15 pm - Marvin, Seth and Stanley
Good natured Marvin (Marvin Gurewitz) summons estranged sons Seth (Alex Karpovsky), a smug careerist going through a divorce, and Stanley (Stephen Gurewitz), a delicate aspiring actor, for a father-son bonding fishing trip that totally falls apart. Filmed on 16mm, this comedy looks like a lost ‘70s road movie but is the clear inheritor of Curb Your Enthusiasm's tonal mixture of upbeat cheer with unbridled narcissism, embarrassment, and painful reveals. Karpovsky--known for his work in Girls, Tiny Furniture and his own films--gives the best performance of his career so far, in a role that was written for him by co-star Stephen Gurewitz. "It’s the kind of observational comedy that most observational comedies aren’t—because this one is based in actual observation, in an unsparing intimacy regarding the characters, a pitch-perfect ear for the lifetime of emotion packed in an offhanded remark, and a patiently avid camera-eye that follows the characters insistently and pounces on quiet moments of revelation." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Director: Stephen Gurewitz, 2012, 76 min.
9pm - Sun Don't Shine
A sweaty fever dream, this beige and garish-colored Florida noir was filmed under the oppressive bright light of high noon on 16mm by Jay Keitel. After producing and acting in dozens of indie films, Amy Seimetz makes her directorial debut with this lovers-on-the-run film starring Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley, who both give astonishing, unforgettable performances as a couple caught in an electric current of panic while trying desperately to escape everything. "In short, what Seimetz accomplishes is a unity of camera style, acting style, editing style, and narrative rhythm; it's no small feat to make a small film this smartly assured... All of this is laid out with the efficiency of good cheapo B noir; there's more than a hint of Poverty Row craft to the way Sun Don't Shine compacts its pulp premise" Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, MUBI
Director: Amy Seimetz, 2012, 82 min.
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