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Re: [movies-320] The Film Festival & The Gatekeepers

From: Donna
Sent on: Sunday, March 10, 2013 8:53 AM

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On Mar 10, 2013, at 8:49 AM, [address removed] wrote:

I just want to say it was in very poor taste to list the names of people who did not show and then send out an email to everyone to show what happens if you do not honor your RSVP.

I have worked in and with the restaurant establishment and you can be assured that they are not upset if a few do not show up for their reservations as they can easily adjust to filling in empty seats because they are accustomed to last minute cancellations.  The best way to make reservations is to keep this in mind and be more flexible.

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On Mar 9, 2013, at 11:37 PM, Jims <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi everyone,
Many of you may have already returned from Rebecca on Saturday and will be heading out to possibly two other films on Sunday.  The reviews were really good, but there were 5 no shows (Robert, Lynne, Elizabeth, catgirl, Paul).   Please do your best not to let this happen again.  Restaurants depend on accurate counts, especially on a busy night.  Thanks.
First and foremost, Cleveland's biggest event of the year (outside of sport events) is the Film Festival.  If you like high quality movies, you can't miss it.  Mark your calendars for April 6 around late afternoon for our official movie group gathering.  If you can't make it, don't let that stop you as there are tons of films to see (180 full length features).  Plus, it may save you some money.  How?  After you go to the Film Festival, you won't waste your money on a conventional movie theater ever again.  <Emoticon1.gif>  Maybe not.
As a privilege, our members will be having a special meeting with Bill Guenzler, the Program Director for the Film Festival.   He will talk about his travels looking for great movies and perhaps share some thoughts on films to see. Of course, like everyone else, his choices may differ than ours.  We begin the event that day with a classic silent film.
Sparrows Cinematheque 3:30 PM - March 24, dinner with Bill Guenzler at Tudor Arms Canopy Grill - 6:00 PM


Sparrows, a film about orphanages that were baby factory farms back then will be shown in Cinematic splendor with a live piano accompanist. Plus, an acclaimed author who has written a book on Mary Pickford will be in person to introduce the film.

To be part of the dinner at Canopy Grill (Stokes Blvd and Carnegie), please make sure your membership is paid up.



The Other Son & The Rabbi's Cat - Sunday, Mar. 10, Art Museum & Cinematheque


RC starts at 1:30 at the Art Museum and should be over a few minutes after 3.  You can then either join part of the group to discuss the film in the Provenance Café or walk across the street to the Cinematheque to see our next film.  This unique treasure has a kindly rabbi debating philosophy and religion with his acerbic talking cat in this colorful, whimsical animated feature set in 1920s Algeria.  Not for kids.


The Other Son was at the Cedar Lee for almost a month but no one got around to scheduling it.  Join us to see it now.  It is about an Israeli Jewish couple and a Palestinian couple discover that their 18-year-old sons were accidentally switched at birth—and thus raised by “enemies.”  It is partly a comedy.  Dinner is at Indian Flame so please plan to walk out of the theater at 5:45.


Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia Part I: The Festival of Nations, Thursday at 6:45 at the Cinematheque. March 13


Time Magazine listed its top 100 films of last century and one curious entry is a Nazi propaganda film about the Olympics.  We know our story, see how Germans portrayed Jesse Owen's historic win as well as amazing camera techniques.  Perhaps the greatest sports film of all time.


Like Someone In Love, Friday, Cedar Lee, March 15 - Lemongrass afterward


The title of this movie is from a song by Ella Fitzgerald. This is made by a famous Iranian director who can no longer make movies in his own country so he points his movies to Japan.  It revolves around the brief encounter between an elderly professor (81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno, here playing his first leading role in a film) and a sociology student (Rin Takanashi) who moonlights as a high-end escort.   Sounds fascinating.


Double Feature: Jean de Floette + Manon of Spring, Cinematheque, Sunday March 17 - 3:45, 6:30


These are two French films from the same book.   The first film is a French historical drama that concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community.  Manon continues 10 years later on where they are STILL fighting.  You can come to either film or both.  The group will be ordering pizzas in between the two films.  Thanks Lynda for such a great treat for us to see.


West of Memphis: Cedar Lee, Tuesday March 19 - 6pm Stone Oven


West of Memphis has received spectacular reviews by documenting a desperate fight in Arkansas to prevent an innocent man from going to prison.   It truly is a well-made documentary that will keep you on the edge of your seat.



The Gatekeepers, Cedar Lee, Sunday March 24 - 6PM at Lopez

Gatekeepers has won major awards and gives significant insight into the Israeli Secret Services.  Some of the controversy lies in whether they admitted too much or not enough and whether they were contrite or should have been contrite.  Our conversation afterward should be riveting.





At least once a week, I get a request to see a certain movie.  Well, the best way to do that is to organize your own movie.  You can pick most anything, even a "smart" mainstream film.  Regular organizers get to see movies for free.  It is not that difficult.  Your dues are also waived.  Please drop me a line.


Your dues of $5.00 are very important in  order for us to host directors or others coming into town and pay for the website.


Thanks, Jim

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