I’m posting this update from Toronto…where I’m seeing three films a day (sometimes more) and sighting plenty of stars along the way. Perhaps you’ve been keeping up with my blog, too. Each day is posted separately, so just click on the day you’d like to read.
We are now playing JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK. Hopefully you’ve seen the fantastic trailer and have been waiting for this film (the trailer is below). I saw it a few weeks ago and fell in love. That said, you should hurry down to see it. With the way we’re backed up right now, it might not stick around too long. In addition to JOAN, we’ll hold both GET LOW and GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE for another week.
Synopsis for JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK: “Joan Rivers- A Piece of Work exposes the private dramas of comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. A unique look inside America’s obsession with fame and celebrity – Joan’s story is both an outrageously funny journey and a brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success and the ultimate vulnerability of the first queen of comedy. With unprecedented, unguarded access, the film takes the audience on a year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer.” (taken from fandango)
The Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival is almost here, and festival passes are now on sale – just $40 for all six screenings and the opening night party! (Single tickets are on sale, too – just $8.00 each.) Check out the official website for images and trailers at www.daytonlgbt.com. As of right now, we have 4 artists planning to attend the festival. Casper Andreas – director of VIOLET TENDENCIES (Saturday, Sept. 25 at 9:30), Sarah Louise Lilley – star & producer of NOTHING HAPPENED and Jessica Provenz – writer and producer of NOTHING HAPPENED (Saturday, Sept. 25 at 3:00), and Heath Daniels – writer, star and producer of GO-GO REJECT (also on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 3:00) will attend the fest. These guest artists will be flying in from NYC and LA…and I hope they’ll have a warm reception with an enthusiastic crowd at each screening – please help to make it happen.
Here’s more great news. On Oct. 1, we will begin a one-week run of THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM – shot partially in Oakwood. This film just won Michael Moore’s film festival in Traverse City. “The Elephant in the Living Roomis an award winning documentary film about the controversial world of raising the deadliest and most exotic animals on earth as common household pets. The story follows the journey of two men at the heart of the issue. One, Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose mission is to protect exotic animals and the public, and the other, Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to keep two pet African lions that he loves like his own family. This critically acclaimed film has won multiple BEST DOCUMENTARY awards including one by Academy Award winning director Michael Moore who describes it as ‘One of the scariest, most entertaining and technically perfect films.'” For more information on the film, visit the official website at www.theELEPHANTintheLIVINGROOM.com.
Living City Film Fest is at it again! This year, the festival will be a celebration of the career of Jeff Bridges. Titles include THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and THE BIG LEBOWSKI (each on 35mm)…there will be 5 films in all…and a full line-up of titles, sponsors and dates (October/November) will be announced next week.
I’ll be back at THE NEON on Saturday, and I hope to see you this weekend for JOAN RIVERS.
SHOWTIMES for September 17 – September 23:
Showtimes always available at www.neonmovies.com
GET LOW (PG-13) 100 Minutes
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 2:50, 5:00, 9:45
Monday – Thursday: 2:50, 5:00
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (R) 129 Minutes
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12:20, 7:15
Monday – Thursday: 7:15
JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK (R) Minutes
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 1:00, 3:00, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30
Monday – Thursday: 3:00, 5:10, 7:20
COMING SOON (several dates will change):
Sept. 24 ANIMAL KINGDOM
Sept. 24 RESTREPO
Sept. 24 FAREWELL
Sept. 24 WILD GRASS
Oct. 1 THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM
Oct. 1 MAO’S LAST DANCER
Oct. 8 LEBANON
Oct. 8 IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
Oct. 15 A WOMAN, A MAN & A NOODLE SHOP
Oct. 15 NEVER LET ME GO
Oct. 22 YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER
Nov. 5 CAIRO TIME
Nov. 12 INSIDE JOB