Posts Tagged ‘independent film’

The Hammer Museum: ‘What Manner of Person Art Thou’ and other exhibits

Last weekend, Evan, my friend Laura and I went to the Hammer museum to see “What Manner of Person Art Thou” and the other exhibits. Though the Hammer is a small museum, it has some really wonderful works and frequently changing exhibits.

We started with the Francesca Gabbiani-curated collection of images that have to do with witchcraft, sorcery and the darker side of life. In a room filled with mostly old etching and prints, though also including some more modern ones, we were really delighted by the bizarre elements we found in many of the pieces, especially the extremely strange Pieter van der Heyden works from the 1500s.

There was also a neat portrait exhibit called “Other People,” which had a wide range of mostly contemporary portraiture. My favorite piece was a collection of baseball card style photos of baseball photographers. Of course, they were all in baseball poses and had baseball props, but were all in their normal clothes.

The real reason we went to the museum, though, was to see Erin Cosgrove’s animated film, “What Manner of Person Art Thou.” It was shown in a very small room, with just two couches and some chairs in the back. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but the film was quite funny, though a bit long. It followed two men from a religious sect, whose families had died, trying to find any other descendants to bring back to their community. They’re sorely disappointed by what they find out in the world, from pro-anorexia groups to dating shows. With each relative they meet, their journey becomes more absurd and more horrifying.

The film is only playing until tomorrow, but it’s worth checking out, as are the other exhibits.

New York in a New York Minute

MoMA Gallery SpaceI’m sure I’ll be posting a bit more, with photos and better descriptions, but Evan and I got back from our New York weekend today.

We left from Gatwick airport Friday morning and had a 2-hour delay off the bat since our plane didn’t arrive on time. After an uneventful flight — Evan slept and I finished reading Youth in Revolt (very funny) — we got to Newark, took the train to our hotel (the W, very nice) and got ready to go out to dinner.

We had Greek food (yum), went to see Towards Darkness (unfortunately the theater wasn’t very full, though it was well-received by the friends and family who came), and went out for drinks at the Thirsty Scholar (fun!).

Saturday we went to MoMA (very cool, check out the photo), walked through Central Park (always lovely), had Mexican food in DUMBO (quite an adventure to get to, though the food was delicious), and went out with friends at B Bar.

Sunday, we had brunch (I miss American-style brunch), Evan bought a camera, we had drinks with a friend, then spent a long time in Newark airport waiting for our flight (we were early). The flight was bumpy. Evan slept; I didn’t. I did, however, completely conk out on the train in from Gatwick. I also managed to take an accidental 6-hour nap this afternoon (oops) while Evan was at work.

More about the weekend soon.

Also, check out my latest Hitched article, “Online Tools to Keep You Organized.”

Update: Towards Darkness Change of Date/Theaters

This just in: The schedule I posted earlier for the Towards Darkness screenings has changed. The latest opening dates and theaters:

  • NEW YORK – March 14 — Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10011 (777-FILM #636)
  • LOS ANGELES March 28 — Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211 (310-274-6869)
  • IRVINE – March 28 — Westpark 8, 3735 Alton Pkwy, Irvine CA 92606 (949-622-8609)
  • SANTA FE – March 28th — DeVargas Mall 6, 562 North Guadalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 (505-988-1110)
  • MIAMI – TBD (I’ll keep you posted)

It seems like the Fort Lauderdale screening is off at the moment, too, unfortunately. Thank goodness the New York premiere is still happening the same weekend as planned — we already have our tickets.

You can stay updated on the movie through it’s websites: www.peacearch.com, www.tdmovie.com, www.myspace.com/tdmovie.

There’s also a new trailer:

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Towards Darkness in Theaters March 14

UPDATE: This information is now outdated. View new theaters and opening dates here.Towards Darkness

Save the date, book your tickets and plan an awesome night out at the movies on March 14 if you’re in LA, New York, Miami or Fort Lauderdale: Towards Darkness (aka Hacia la Oscuridad) is finally making its public debut. Its also Evan’s first feature as an editor.

We went to the premiere last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, which was actually the first time I got to see the film — no sneak previews for me on that one — and I was totally blown away. About a college student’s kidnapping in Columbia, the story is full of suspense. It also stars America Fererra among other talented actors and is half in Spanish, half in English.

Evan and I are planning on going to New York to see it, so if you’re going to be around, let us know and we can all go together.

Where you can see it:

  • Los Angeles: Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211
  • New York: Quad Cinema. 34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY 10011
  • Miami: AMC Aventura 24, Biscayne Blvd. In Aventura, FL 33180
  • Fort Lauderdale: MUVICO Paradise 24 Theater, 15601 Sheridan Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331

I have no idea how long it will be playing, so try to make it opening weekend, March 14, 2008.

What people are saying:

“A gritty bilingual kidnapping tale.” -Entertainment Weekly

“A thrilling and mesmerizing story that will have audiences glued to their seats.” -Skuawk! Magazine

“Slick, riveting, and absolutely sure of itself at every moment…like ‘Man on Fire’ only with a cooler story structure.” -Creative Screenwriting Magazine

The trailer:

And if you can’t make it out to the theater, the DVD is set to come out June 17, 2008.