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Est 2000
The Quarterly Newsletter of
The Macon Film Guild
Volume 2, Issue 2
Halloween Issue, 2../ !OO#
UIcominC ScreeninCsJ
View from the Director;s Chair
CamI Bacon president
[email protected] is MFG’s [email protected] TuarterH
So far it @as Keen a satisfyinC,
enlarCinC e]Ierience made
IossiKle Ky a Creat crew of
Polunteers and loyal audienceH
It doesn’t seem [email protected] a lonC
time since COLOR OF
PARADISE, an Iranian filmH
Friends of [email protected] Cuild from [email protected]
first audience of _/ IeoIle still
recall [email protected] filmJ a side of Iran we
@ad no idea ofJ Keautiful Iastoral scenes, a [email protected] for Klind
[email protected] (males), [email protected] Kurden of
a Klind [email protected] on a Ioor rural
family, [email protected] cataracts, and a
[email protected] mysterious
endinCH It was a taste of [email protected]
film can mean to an audienceH
It’s [email protected] reaction [email protected] DeeIs us
looDinC for films [email protected] [email protected],
[email protected], or IuSSleH
In [email protected] / years we a @aPe
Keen amaSed at [email protected] Pariety of
story-line and [email protected] talent of
directors and actors of [email protected]
we @aPe nePer @eardH And
non-Irofessional actors, some
of [email protected], liDe in HIMALAYA,
@ad nePer seen electricity
[email protected] less film, [email protected] less actinC, turn in Iowerful and [email protected] IortrayalsH And scenery [email protected] droIs your caw W
HIMALAYA, THE WIDOW
OF ST PIERRE, THE FAST
RUNNER, KANDAHAR or
MOTORCYCLE DIARIESH
[email protected] [email protected] are [email protected] stories
of remarDaKle IeoIle and Ieo-
Ile doinC remarDaKle [email protected]
_.’s surfers in RIDING
GIANTS taDinC on X.-foot
waPes, a society of CuKan
Ioets in BEFORE NIGHT
FALLS, [email protected]’s (and @is
crew’s) remarDaKle tale of [email protected] surPiPal locDed in [email protected]
ice of Antarctica in ENDURANCE, first recordinCs of ancient [email protected] music from [email protected] in SONG CATCHER,
or RIVERS AND TIDES [email protected]@
featured [email protected] Iatient, uniTue,
and dynamic natural art of
Andrew [email protected]
[email protected] were @oIeful stories
of [email protected] Dids [email protected] win [email protected] sIellinC Kees in SPELLBOUND, [email protected]
maCic of an e]Ierienced
[email protected] in a one-room [email protected]
in rural France in TO BE AND
TO HAVE, and [email protected] story of
immiCrant Dids IN AMERICAH
[email protected] [email protected] were [email protected] films of
Iure entertainmentJ mystery,
dramaH
RememKer HUKKLEO It
was a murder mystery in a
small HunCarian PillaCeQ [email protected]
audience didn’t realiSe [email protected]
were actually aware of [email protected]
murders, Kut @ad not Iut [email protected]
clues [email protected] [email protected] was really
fun to talD aKout Kecause
IeoIle would Cet one clue and
[email protected] start IuttinC [email protected] story
KacD [email protected] aCainQ clePer, to
say [email protected] leastH
And [email protected] Russian film THE
RETURN [email protected] @ad so many
twists for @aPinC only [email protected]
main actors, and left as many
Tuestions unanswered as
answeredH
RememKer Billy BoK
[email protected] in THE MAN WHO
WASN’T THERE W our toI
attendance [email protected] a total of 2/X
admissionsH
And comedyH [email protected] was
[email protected] Keautifully understated
LoneCan story YOU CAN
COUNT ON ME starrinC
Laura Linney, and [email protected] way
understated Zim [email protected]
BROKEN FLOWERS, starrinC
Bill MurrayH HE LOVES ME HE
Director’s Chair, continued p. 2
Letter from the Editor
Blaine [email protected] editor
As a MFG memKer liDe
myself , [email protected] youePe noticed
[email protected] recent documentary film
releases @aPe increasinCly Kecome uKiTuitousH Personally,
Iem all for itH My faPorites are
tyIically [email protected] films [email protected]@
undertaDe to e]Iose controPersial information not Cenerally made aPailaKle for IuKlic
consumItion or discourseH I
KeliePe films [email protected] asJ AN
INCOVENIENT TRUTH,
THE FOG OF WAR, and
Editor, continued p. 3
CREDITS
In aIIreciation, oIerations in cooIeration [email protected] [email protected] DouClass [email protected]
Newsletter layout and desiCnJ Walter Elliott
Sunday, October 8, 2006
Broken Wings
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Sunday, November 12, 2006
Factotum
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Sunday, December10, 2006
Mongolian Ping Pong
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On deck, subject to change...
The Bridesmaid
(January 14, 2007)
Tsotsi
(February 11, 2007)
Three Times
([email protected] dd, 2..f)
On OctoKer _,
Macon Arts
Alliance
Honored
CamI Bacon
[email protected] [email protected]
2../ Cultural
[email protected]
Award
See Camp’s Fire, page 3...
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Director’s Chair continued...
LOVES ME NOT [email protected] KacD
Amy Tatou in a story you couldn’t decide was comedy, farce, or
mystery W until a Panity is moPed
from [email protected] wall in [email protected] last sceneH
[email protected] were [email protected] romances
[email protected] [email protected], liDe WWI eIic A
VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT
[email protected] was as [email protected] detectiPe as
romance, and [email protected] MOSTLY
MARTHA or ITALIAN FOR
BEGINNERS, [email protected] [email protected] directors Iroduced [email protected] of [email protected]
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected] audience is transIorted into [email protected] story desIite
your Kest efforts to not KeH
I’ll admit [email protected] were some
[email protected] left ePen us IuSSled as to
[email protected] [email protected] director was tryinC to
[email protected] TRISTRAM
SHANDY for e]amIle, a film
aKout not KeinC aKle to maDe a
film aKout an 2.. year old noPelH
[email protected] [email protected] was WAKING LIFEQ
its Iseudo animation and dream
state comIletely Kefuddled, Kut
I’ll @aPe to say I @aPe found occasion to Tuote from [email protected] film, liDe,
[email protected] sea refuses no riPerHk [email protected]
does [email protected] meanO Not sure Kut
you can’t deny [email protected] [email protected] of itH
And [email protected] are [email protected] films
[email protected] are in a leaCue of [email protected] ownH
THE FOG OF WAR, RoKert
McNamara’s insider story of [email protected]
Pacific [email protected] of WWII and
Vietnam WarH WINGED
MIGRATION, [email protected] you fly
alonC [email protected] [email protected] Kirds in miCration,
[email protected] [email protected] eyes, Keat of [email protected]
winCs, witnessed [email protected] successful
miCrations and inePitaKle, sometime KiSarre demise of [email protected]
I could Co on, sePenty filmsH
A lot of Cood memoriesH It’s our
@oIe you will continue to @onor
us [email protected] your PaluaKle time as we
KrinC [email protected] Kest of film [email protected] [email protected] you would not see, [email protected] at
a local [email protected] or select for
@ome PiewinCH We aIIreciate
[email protected] reCulars and looD forward to
seeinC you [email protected] [email protected], and @oIe
[email protected] rest Kecome reCulars and
KrinC [email protected] friendsH
See you at [email protected] ne]t [email protected]
SynoIses of UIcominC ScreeninCsHHH
for October 8...
BROKEN WINGS Nir Bergma
[email protected] releaseJ [email protected] d2, 2..4
(Sony Pictures Classics)
Is it IerPerse, irresIonsiKle, or cust Ilain stuIid to
maDe a moPie set in Haifa,
Israel, in [email protected]@ [email protected] Israeli and
Palestinian conflict not only @as
no KearinC on [email protected] action, Kut
isn’t ePen so [email protected] as mentionedO BROKEN WINGS, [email protected]
Pery imIressiPe feature deKut
of writeridirector Nir BerCman, is in fact none of [email protected]
aKoPe, since it insists on [email protected]
Irimacy of [email protected] ePeryday, if
@ardly ordinary, liPes of its
[email protected] a family on [email protected]
PerCe of imIlosionH
Dafna (Orly ZilberschatzBanai) is a recent widow [email protected]
four Dids, two in [email protected] late
teens, and two cust startinC
[email protected] resIectiPe [email protected]
Dafna’s a nurse worDinC insane
[email protected] at a @osIital,
leaPes a lot of [email protected] [email protected] duties to @er
oldest [email protected] Maya (Maya
Maron), a fledClinC sinCersonCwriter [email protected] doesn’t liDe
@aPinC @er CiCs interruItedQ
esIecially Ky calls tellinC @er
[email protected]’s Cot to droI [email protected] to
looD after a couIle of unruly
moIIetsH BeinC so often
Iressed Ky Dafna, Maya ePentually [email protected] off @er resIonsiKilities [email protected] a [email protected] [email protected]
and Coes off to a recordinC
session, unfortunately, at [email protected]
worst IossiKle timeH One of
@er siKlinCs winds uI in [email protected]
@osIital, and not for a Pisit
[email protected] MomH [email protected] stolid Dafna is
left [email protected] nary a [email protected] of @oIe
to clinC to and H H Hwell, it all
sounds [email protected] KleaD, doesn’t itO
[email protected] minor miracle of [email protected]
Iicture, is [email protected] as Kad as [email protected]
Cet for [email protected] [email protected], one Cets
too [email protected] uI in [email protected] [email protected] to
desIair aKout itH BerCman
wants [email protected] Piewer to [email protected]
more [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]’
IersePerance [email protected] [email protected] Iain,
and @e Iulls it off, [email protected] to @is
[email protected] eye, comIassion, and
@umor, and of course to [email protected]
IerformancesgIarticularly
[email protected] of [email protected] luminous Maron,
[email protected] will surely Ke @eard from
more in [email protected] futureH
Glenn Kenney -- PREMIERE
MAGAZINE
for November 12...
FACTOTUM Bent Hame
[email protected] releaseJ AuCust dX, 2../ (IFC Films)
FACTOTUM is Kased on
a KooD Ky [email protected] BuDowsDi,
celeKrated [email protected] of LHAes
sDid rowH Some fans reCard [email protected]
KooD as [email protected], [email protected]
IroKaKly not true, [email protected]@ [email protected]
moPie is aKout a fellow named
[email protected] (Matt Dillon) [email protected] (as
did [email protected] late BuDowsDi) suIIorts @is writinC [email protected] a Pariety
of odd coKsH
NorweCian filmmaDer
Bent Hamer @as decided to tell
@is story, as [email protected] moPes
from one [email protected] flameout
to [email protected], into a droll comedyH Ites full of deadIan comIositions, down-temIo slaIsticD,
comical line readinCs - [email protected]@
[email protected] [email protected] moPiees curiously
funny edCe is a conseTuence of
@aPinC Matt Dillon in [email protected] title
roleH As one of [email protected] few moPie
stars [email protected] was minted as a Koy
yet acceIted Ky audiences as a
man, Dillon @as IroPen to Ke
[email protected] most duraKle of @is Brat
PacD contemIorariesH [email protected]
duraKility @as made @im a rela]ed and confident IerformerH
For e]amIle, @ees assured
[email protected] to let a line of dialoCue
float for a moment Kefore
resIondinC, fillinC [email protected] KlanD
sIace [email protected] a looD of confusion
or Koredom or disdain [email protected]
usually Cets a [email protected] Dillon first
disIlayed [email protected] talent IlayinC a
cunDie in DRUGSTORE COWBOYH His [email protected] [email protected] Ke
seen as an older, [email protected]
reflection of [email protected] former, career-maDinC [email protected]
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
liDeaKle aKout Dillon @elIs
e]Ilain [email protected] @e can maDe addicts or drunDs IalataKle, [email protected]
@e can Ke @onored for IlayinC
a racist coI in CRASH, also
@ow @e taDes [email protected] edCe off [email protected]
misoCyny and [email protected] smuCness in [email protected] [email protected], leaPinC a Centle, KooSy
comedy on screenH
FeaturinC notaKle turns
from Marisa Tomei and Lili
Taylor, FACTOTUM truly
Tualifies as [email protected] @[email protected] [email protected]@ed, Kut increasinCly elusiPe
Keast of modern cinema, [email protected]
actores filmH
Gary Thompson -- PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
Volume 2, Issue 2
Page 3
CAMP'S FIRE
Jack Sammons vice-president
In Zanuary of 2..d, a small
CrouI of film Coers, fifty-si] to
Ke Irecise, came to [email protected] DouClass [email protected] to see THE
COLOR OF PARADISE, a Pery
[email protected] Iranian film aKout a
[email protected], a widower, [email protected] loPes
@is Klind son Kut is also emKarrassed Ky @is KlindnessH It is a
Keautiful film, one [email protected] [email protected] a
side of Iran few would Dnow, a
film [email protected] reTuires Iatience and
[email protected]@t to Ke aIIreciated, and
[email protected] Dind of film [email protected] would
seldom, if ePer, come to middle GeorCia or many [email protected]
Ilaces for [email protected] matterH [email protected]
reason it was @ere is Kecause
one Ierson in Macon [email protected]@t
its aKsence from our liPes was
our loss and cared [email protected]
aKout [email protected] loss to do [email protected] aKout itH
One year later almost to
[email protected] day, [email protected] @undred and fiPe
film-Coers liPed [email protected] [email protected]
[email protected] in HIMALAYA (and I
mean [email protected] [email protected] livedQ [email protected] film
was [email protected] Cood) for a [email protected] one @undred and forty two
minutes [email protected] none of [email protected] will
ePer forCetH
And, aCain, it was [email protected] one
Ierson [email protected] insisted [email protected] [email protected]
Co [email protected]
Now, si]ty nine films
later, as [email protected] Macon Film Guild
is aKout to enter its [email protected]
year, [email protected] Ierson, CamI Bacon, is still at it, still insistent
[email protected] we e]Iand our liPes Keyond [email protected] worlds in [email protected]@ we
narrowly define [email protected], still
asDinC [email protected] we Ke Iatient,
[email protected]@tful, and communal
Piewers of [email protected] fine art [email protected]
Cood films always are, and still
KeliePinC [email protected] [email protected] aKsence of
[email protected] Keauty from our liPes is
imIortant [email protected] to do [email protected] aKout itH [email protected] you,
CamIH
On OctoKer [email protected] at Macon
Little [email protected], Macon Arts
Alliance @onored CamI, our
founder, auteur, and leader
[email protected] [email protected] 2../ Cultural
[email protected] AwardH
May CamIes fire and all
[email protected] it illuminates Kurn on
[email protected]
Thank you, Camp!
Marisa Tomei and Matt Dillon in FACTOTUM
Editor continued...
HOWARD ZINNJ YOU
CANeT BE NEUTRAL ON A
MOVING TRAIN are not only
@[email protected] entertaininC Kut also
IroPide a Pital e]amIle of freedom of [email protected]
In sIite of my noKle
stance, I must also confess a
weaDness for any doc [email protected]
features music or Irofiles my
faPorite musicians, and sIend
far too [email protected] time [email protected]
sameQ a TuestionaKle use of
time I admit, Kut liDe [email protected],
some are more [email protected] [email protected]
[email protected]
New festiPal suKmissions
[email protected] as Cecilia PecD’s DInIE
CHICKS - SHUT UP AND
SING, seem an oKPious attemIt to maDe @ay simIly Ky
[email protected]@inC suIerficial controPersy, ala Madonnaes TRUTH
OR DAREH Some may arCue no
matter @ow earnest [email protected] filmmaDeres intent, celeKrity is
celeKrity is celeKrity, Kut for
[email protected] worD it aIIears [email protected]
director deliKerately [email protected]
for a Creater social resonanceH
AKout [email protected] recent
Toronto International Film
FestiPal, indieWIRE (wwwH
indiewireHcom) commentedJ
lAmonC [email protected] most KuSSed
aKout music docs were AZ
[email protected]’s KURT COBAIN
ABOUT A SON, Paul [email protected]’s AMERICAN HARDCORE, and DaPid Leaf and
[email protected] [email protected]’s THE UHSH VSH
ZOHN LENNON - [email protected] Pery
different documentaries [email protected]
e]Ilore music aCainst a KacD-
droI of American anCstHl
Also at Toronto was
Zerome LaIerrousaS’s MADE
IN ZAMAICAH Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoesHcom)
descriKes [email protected] film as, [email protected]
sadly familiar story of BoCle,
[email protected] now-leCendary fiCure [email protected]
inPented [email protected] dance KearinC @is
nameHl For [email protected] of us unfamiliar, Kasically [email protected] film documents [email protected] reaction and [email protected] to [email protected] IoIular artistes
senseless murderH
RT Coes on to say, lHis
funeral was a [email protected] affair, attractinC
[email protected] Cenerations of reCCae
and [email protected] suIerstarsH
MADE IN ZAMAICA emKraces
[email protected] [email protected] sIiritual and [email protected] carnal e]Iressions of [email protected] island’s
Kest musicH Some artists connect to [email protected] sufferinC of enslaPed ancestors from centuries aCo, [email protected] to [email protected] immediate Ileasures of [email protected] momentHl
Now [email protected] all sounds [email protected]
uI my alleyH IePe always Keen a
sucDer for any Cenuine cultural
moment rePealed [email protected]@ [email protected]
lens of its musicH For me, [email protected]
imIortance of [email protected] documentary film is contained [email protected]
[email protected] word itselfJ documentH
[email protected] [email protected] CrowinC audience for [email protected] Cenre now indisIutaKle, I would e]Iect [email protected]
oPer time, ePen [email protected] most oKscure culturally siCnificant IeoIle, Ilaces, and [email protected] will
manaCe to receiPe a cinematic
e]Iression of some sortH It
Kecomes [email protected] reason to
loPe filmH Let us Dnow your
faPoritesH
The Quarterly Newsletter of
The Macon Film Guild
for December 10...
MONGOLIAN PING-PONG Ning Hao
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MonColian PinC PonC KeCins [email protected] [email protected] imaCe of a family
@aPinC its Iicture taDen aCainst
a [email protected] of Tiananmen
STuare, [email protected] directores camera
ePentually IanninC to rePeal
[email protected] scenees actual, striDinC
MonColian steIIe settinCH It
Kecomes a fittinC Pisual eTuation of [email protected] urKan and [email protected] rural,
as director NinC Haoes Iortrait
of nomadic MonColian society
elePates its @interlands locale
to [email protected] realm of [email protected] macestically
iconicH Out on [email protected] Crassland
Ilains, [email protected] Klue sDies
crowded [email protected] Killowy clouds,
f -year-old BiliDe (Hurichabilike)
@aIIens uIon an adPenture
[email protected] @e discoPers a IinC IonC
Kall floatinC in a streamH
HaPinC nePer seen [email protected] a
[email protected] Kefore, [email protected] Koy and @is
two friends emKarD on a mis-
sion to find out [email protected] [email protected] Kall
is, [email protected] BiliDees [email protected]
statinC ites [email protected] lClowinC Iearll
of a riPer sIirit, mystified
monDs offerinC no answer, and
a traPelinC carniPales Irocectionistgonce @e [email protected] [email protected] a [email protected] moPie aKout
Colfgfinally rePealinC [email protected]
oKcectes true identityH
ParallelinC [email protected] Didse [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] titular Kall,
BiliDees dad [email protected]
uses an electric [email protected], is
imIressed Ky coffee (aka:
American tea) and yearns to
construct [email protected] tyIe of windmill
seen in an ELLE maCaSine ad
titled lPerfect Life,l [email protected] [email protected]
[email protected] of BiliDees friend Dawa
(Dawa) attemIts to receiPe TV
Kroadcasts [email protected] an antenna
constructed from a [email protected]@erdinC sticD and Keer cansH
In [email protected] interminClinC of
contemIorary ciPiliSation and
traditional MonColian cultureg
as well as in [email protected] [email protected]
[email protected] of its unsIoiled [email protected] rePerential, condescension-free
MONGOLIAN PING PONG
cultiPates a sIellKindinC
[email protected] of amaSementH
And in its maCnificent final
[email protected], [email protected] film, more [email protected] any in
recent memory, taIs into a
IalIaKle, oPerIowerinC sense
of [email protected]@ood wonderH
Nick Schager -- SLANT
MAGAZINE
[email protected] Mission of the Guild is to screen recently released films tyIically not aPailaKle to a Middle GeorCia audienceH [email protected] films are
usually, Kut not limited to, award winninC, critically recoCniSed worDs of contemIorary, indeIendent American or foreiCn directorsH
[email protected] ideal candidate for film selection will e]@iKit a discerniKle deCree of artistic, cultural, andior social meritH In addition, [email protected] Guild [email protected]
will consider a Iarticular film’s suKstance [email protected] [email protected] Iromotion, [email protected] director aKoPe any featured actors, [email protected] [email protected] oPer any
sIecial effects, and Tuality actinC Ierformance as oIIosed to mere disIlays of Dinetic actionH
[email protected] Guild is a non-Irofit orCaniSation of Polunteers [email protected] [email protected] new films, Iroduce and distriKute IuKlicity materials, [email protected] dePeloI [email protected]
IroCram [email protected]
The Macon Film Guild
Friends of [email protected] DouClass [email protected]
[email protected] 4fX-f42-2...
NON-PROFIT
U.S. POSTAGE
PAID MACON, GA
PERMIT NO. 507
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