Cutting Room for October 4

  • As we still patiently await the day when Hollywood realizes that having ladybits doesn’t mean you can’t write, direct and produce spectacular big-time films, we’ll have to make do with Lunafest. On Thursday Oct 17 at 6 pm, Aksarben Cinema will be showing the Lunafest Film Festival, which will not turn you into a werewolf. Get it? Because “luna” means moon and…nevermind. In collaboration with Woodmen of the World, Women’s Center for Entertainment and NRG Media, Aksarben will show this collection of short films by talented women filmmakers. And, oh year, 100% of the net proceeds go to charities, including the Breast Cancer Fund and other local community organizations. So you get to see bad-ass films from bad-ass women while making a bad-ass difference. Be there or you’re no bad ass.
  • This will come as a shock to anyone who reads my writing and thinks “that guy is even keeled and nonprovocative” but I get into lots of fights on social media. Mostly, I get furious at people who refuse to think critically about race, class and privilege. I lose a lot. But this time, I have Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater backing me. On Tuesday Nov 5 at 6:30 pm, the theater is partnering with the Center for Holistic Development to show American Promise, which is about two middle-class African-American boys who attend a private school. The postshow panel discussion is sure to talk about things like how insanely messed up it is that there’s still a huge gap in educational achievement and how silly it is that we think “The American Dream” means you get everything you want if you just really try hard and stuff. It will be exactly like one of my Facebook conversations, only nobody will use a gross emoticon.
  • Also, real quick, Film Streams will be showing that new Alexander Payne movie, Nebraska, for a special one-week engagement starting Friday Nov 15. Not that anybody in this city would want to watch a film from an Oscar-winning native that’s actually named after our state. Yeah, I’d buy tickets early…

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).

posted at 11:18 am
on Friday, October 04th, 2013

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