Category

Newsletters

American Auteur: Jim Jarmusch (copy 02)

By Newsletters

*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|*

View this email in your browser (*|ARCHIVE|*)

**
————————————————————

** BIFF’S NEW FREE FILM SERIES
BEGINS THURSDAY
————————————————————
Join us this Thursday at 4PM for the first in a series of monthly discussions with Howie Arkans. We kick-off this week with Jim Jarmusch, followed by Wes Anderson on March 25th, and wrap the series with Noah Baumbach on April 22nd. All films in the series are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. (Rental fees may apply.)

** FIRST UP…
American Auteur: Jim Jarmusch
————————————————————

Thursday, February 25 | 4PM to 5PM

Jim Jarmusch came to New York City from Akron, Ohio to study at Columbia and NYU’s film school. He would also study film at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris. He worked as an assistant on LIGHTNING OVER WATER (1980), a film by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders, before making his first film, PERMANENT VACATION (1982), made for roughly $15,000. After much hustling, he found a German producer by the name of Otto Grokenberger, who stayed out of his way and provided him with complete artistic control. The result was the highly stimulating STRANGER THAN PARADISE (1984), a film he structured around Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ song, “I Put A Spell On You”, and which would go on to win the Camera D’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

To participate, stream NIGHT ON EARTH and BROKEN FLOWERS through the links below BEFORE Thursday. Howie will propose questions and lead a discussion of the films, answering questions and criticisms. BIFF is very pleased to be presenting this fun series to help us get through the winter and we are grateful for Howie’s time and expertise!
Register Here (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIudOmvqjIpHNc0aEZ8lQsYtCyqNs5V07qe )
Your Homework

NIGHT ON EARTH: An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.
Rent NIGHT ON EARTH here (https://www.amazon.com/Night-Earth-Gena-Rowlands/dp/B00A5IXH4I/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=night+on+earth&qid=1611582539&s=instant-video&sr=1-1)

BROKEN FLOWERS: As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
Rent BROKEN FLOWERS here (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.b0a9f765-85c7-0cba-0432-781c50cd971d?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_pvt_aiv&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_pvt_aiv-20)

** NEXT UP! WES ANDERSON ON MARCH 25
————————————————————

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel’s glorious years under an exceptional concierge.
Rent THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL here (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.58a9f7ad-e857-4460-e379-cfd125a65b96?ref_=imdbref_tt_wo_pvt_aiv_2&tag=imdbtag_tt_wo_pvt_aiv-20)

MOONRISE KINGDOM: A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
Rent MOONRISE KINGDOM here (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.2ea9f7a0-b17f-9168-ad1d-fb750bdad3b0?ref_=imdbref_tt_wo_pvt_aiv_2&tag=imdbtag_tt_wo_pvt_aiv-20)

Register here for Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach!
Wes Anderson—March 25 (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucuCvpzkvG9NY12_ztLlSh-bhgvv8kxpv )
Noah Baumbach—April 22 (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMofuurpzIoHNIdVTu3u_psDfvRqTTR_ous)
The concept of the auteur—of the filmmaker as an artist and author of his or her works—began in Paris in the late 50s to 60s, where filmmakers and critics reacted to the industrialized of filmmaking in the United States and Europe.

The French word auteur literally translates to the English, “author.” Within the context of cinema, the word auteur is used to describe a director who exerts a high level of control across all aspects of a film. Auteur directors generally have a distinctive style from film-to-film and often fill other roles besides directing including: writing, editing, and sometimes acting in their own films.

Howard Arkans BA, MD, Stanford Howie has had a keen interest in film since his grandmother took him to see THE JAZZ SINGER remake in 1952. He has taught Tuesday at the Movies for OLLI at BCC for the past 12 winters and has been a BIFF REEL Friend for years.

============================================================
Copyright © 2020 Berkshire International Film Festival, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can ** update your preferences (*|UPDATE_PROFILE|*)
or ** unsubscribe from this list (*|UNSUB|*)
.

American Auteur: Jim Jarmusch

By Newsletters

BIFF’S NEW FREE FILM
SERIES BEGINS
Thursday, February 25!

This February, March, and April, BIFF is sponsoring a FREE monthly discussion of films by American auteurs. Howie Arkans will curate a discussion of two films by the auteur on the fourth Thursday of each month.

We kick-off in two weeks, with Jim Jarmusch on February 25th, followed by Wes Anderson on March 25th, and wrap the series with Noah Baumbach on April 22nd. All films in the series are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. (Rental fees may apply.)

** FIRST UP…
American Auteur: Jim Jarmusch
————————————————————

Thursday, February 25 | 4PM to 5PM

Jim Jarmusch came to New York City from Akron, Ohio to study at Columbia and NYU’s film school. He would also study film at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris. He worked as an assistant on LIGHTNING OVER WATER (1980), a film by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders, before making his first film, PERMANENT VACATION (1982), made for roughly $15,000. After much hustling, he found a German producer by the name of Otto Grokenberger, who stayed out of his way and provided him with complete artistic control. The result was the highly stimulating STRANGER THAN PARADISE (1984), a film he structured around Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ song, “I Put A Spell On You”, and which would go on to win the Camera D’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

To participate, stream NIGHT ON EARTH and BROKEN FLOWERS through the links below. Howie will propose questions and lead a discussion of the films, answering questions and criticisms. BIFF is very pleased to be presenting this fun series to help us get through the winter and we are grateful for Howie’s time and expertise!
Register Here
Your Homework

NIGHT ON EARTH: An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.
Rent NIGHT ON EARTH here.

BROKEN FLOWERS: As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
Rent BROKEN FLOWERS here .

** NEXT UP! WES ANDERSON ON MARCH 25.
————————————————————

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel’s glorious years under an exceptional concierge.
Rent THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL here.

MOONRISE KINGDOM: A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
Rent MOONRISE KINGDOM here.

Save your spot for Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach!
Wes Anderson—March 25
Noah Baumbach—April 22
The concept of the auteur—of the filmmaker as an artist and author of his or her works—began in Paris in the late 50s to 60s, where filmmakers and critics reacted to the industrialized of filmmaking in the United States and Europe.

The French word auteur literally translates to the English, “author.” Within the context of cinema, the word auteur is used to describe a director who exerts a high level of control across all aspects of a film. Auteur directors generally have a distinctive style from film-to-film and often fill other roles besides directing including: writing, editing, and sometimes acting in their own films.

Howard Arkans BA, MD, Stanford. He has had a keen interest in film since his grandmother took him to see The Jazz Singer (remake) in 1952. He has taught Tuesday at the Movies for OLLI at BCC for the past 12 winters. He has been a REEL Friend of BIFF for years.”

============================================================
Copyright © 2020 Berkshire International Film Festival, All rights reserved.

.

Join our New Film Study Series

By Newsletters

Happy New Year to our BIFF Community and Thank You for Your Loyal Support Throughout this Unprecedented Year!

As Promised, BIFF is Remaining Physically Distanced, but Still Socially Engaged, so we are Thrilled to Present a NEW FREE FILM SERIES

Films by Three Iconic, American Auteurs and Discussions will be led by Howie Arkans beginning FEBRUARY 21, 2021

BIFF will also Bring Back the Popular Environmental Film Focus Series Beginning in March

 

** And, if you missed our screenings of JIMMY CARTER: ROCK AND ROLL PRESIDENT at this summer’s Drive-In, CNN will be airing the film on Saturday night! It is a wonderful documentary which was scheduled to be BIFF and Tribeca’s opening night film last year. Check it out!
————————————————————

This February, March, and April, BIFF is sponsoring a FREE monthly discussion of films by American auteurs. Howie Arkans will curate a discussion of two films by the auteur on the fourth Thursday of each month.

We’ll start with Jim Jarmusch in February, Wes Anderson in March, and wrap the season up with Noah Baumbach in April. All films in the series are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

The concept of the auteur—of the filmmaker as an artist and author of his or her works—began in Paris in the late 50s to 60s, where filmmakers and critics reacted to the industrialized of filmmaking in the United States and Europe.

The French word auteur literally translates to the English, “author.” Within the context of cinema, the word auteur is used to describe a director who exerts a high level of control across all aspects of a film. Auteur directors generally have a distinctive style from film-to-film and often fill other roles besides directing including: writing, editing, and sometimes acting in their own films.

There will be two films participants can stream before each session, and Howie will propose questions and lead a discussion of the films, answering questions and criticisms. BIFF is very pleased to be presenting this fun series to help us get through the winter and we are grateful for Howie’s time and expertise!

Howard Arkans BA, MD, Stanford. He has had a keen interest in film since his grandmother took him to see The Jazz Singer (remake) in 1952. He has taught Tuesday at the Movies for OLLI at BCC for the past 12 winters. He has been a REEL Friend of BIFF for years.”

Happy Holidays from the BIFF

By Newsletters

On behalf of everyone at BIFF, we want to take a moment to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. We look forward to seeing each other in a lighter, brighter and stronger 2021!

While you are home this holiday season, Lauren, Laura and I wanted to share with you what we have been watching…holiday movies, inspirational films and of course, a few good love stories!

LAUREN
When the snow is piling up outside and with the holiday season upon us, watching classic films in their original black and white format is what I really enjoy as I nestle under a blanket with the lights off and popcorn in hand. Frank Capra was the most prominent filmmaker of the 1930’s winning three Academy Awards for best director during that time. His film IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE was based on the short story The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern. The tale of Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and the certain truths in this film…the importance of friends, family and neighbors, that we are all in this together and can’t do it alone really strikes a cord as we wind down this difficult year. The next film that not many people are familiar with is THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN starring Barbara Stanwyck. The first time I watched this I cried, and to me, it’s one Capra’s most interesting films, very different from his lighter films that made is reputation. Strange and unusual for the 1930’s,
this film touches upon interracial romance and is about a young fiancée of a missionary in China who is kidnapped by a general with whom she eventually falls in love. Very progressive, dark and mysterious, this film is a gem that you don’t want to miss.

LAURA
I get very sentimental around the holidays and usually only have time for old favorites. The silly but sweet ELF is one of them. Will Ferrell is never funnier, especially when he is “playing” with the “naughty” James Caan, Papa Elf Bob Newhart, and Ed Asner as one of the best Santa’s ever. I laugh out loud through the whole movie but the “Jack-in-the-Box” scene is my favorite and results in multiple rewinds. (Buddy’s duet with Zooey Deschanel is a close second). I love that this movie is for most ages and that Christmas spirit saves the day in the end. WHITE CHRISTMAS is another favorite that I never miss—because it just wouldn’t be the holidays without Bing Crosby singing White Christmas. Edith Head’s costume design and Bob Fosse’s uncredited choreography are the best—plus I always love a story about sisters. The tear-jerker ending gets me every time. People coming together to honor and celebrate a hero reminds me that there are heroes all around us—especially in these challenging times.

KELLEY
Between the COVID pandemic, the tumultuous political season and the hardships we have all experienced or read about, the kids and I were looking for some inspiration, something that made us feel good, and that gave us hope. We certainly found two documentaries that fit that high mark! The first was the wonderful documentary BECOMING, based on Michelle Obama’s autobiography of the same name. The film follows the admirable Mrs. Obama on her 2019 book tour, giving the audience a very intimate look at her hopes, her journey and her incredible connection to people of all backgrounds. She is not only inspirational and graceful, but also funny and down to earth. So why stop there? We followed it up with THE WAY I SEE IT about the former Chief Official White House Photographer to Reagan and Obama, Pete Souza. The film is extraordinary as it takes you deep into the journey of the Obama presidency with top-secret clearance and total access to the US President. We were moved to tears, more than once,
by Obama’s dignity, grace and respect for the duties of that office. Told through Souza’s incredibly moving lens, we are given the gift of laughter, hope and humanity. A must see! Lastly, I need to throw in an oldie but goodie, LOVE ACTUALLY. Can anyone really every tire of that film which captures everything of this holiday spirit in one film?

We also want to take the time to thank you all for supporting us this summer by attending our “pop up” Berkshire Drive-In. It was wonderful to see many of you in a socially engaged, but physically distanced way, while watching and supporting our independent filmmakers! We are planning a creative and engaging festival for 2021 as well as some winter/spring virtual programs, so look for more details in January! If you are able to, we kindly ask that you think of us when it comes to your year-end giving as any amount helps BIFF survive and thrive!

Wishing you lots of light, good health and good wishes! HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Warmly,
Kelley, Laura and Lauren

BIFF and The Triplex Honor RBG and BLM

By Newsletters
SCREENINGS OF RBG CONTINUES IN HONOR OF JUSTICE GINSBERG’S LEGACY

THIS WEEKEND, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Triplex and BIFF are partnering with the Clinton Church Restoration to bring you four important, powerful and inspiring films in the special event, “From W.E.B. Du Bois to George Floyd: 150 Years of Resistance” on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2020 at the Triplex Cinema and virtually. Here are the films and schedule. W.E.B Du Bois to George Floyd: 150 Years of Resistance Weekend of Free Films

Saturday, Oct. 3, Noon: Kickoff Event with Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Sabrina Allard, and Brooke Bridges

Saturday, Oct. 3, 1pm and 6pm: W.E.B. DU BOIS: A BIOGRAPHY IN FOUR VOICES

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2pm and 7pm: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Sunday, Oct. 4, 1pm and 6pm: JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE

Sunday, Oct 4, 2pm and 7pm: WHOSE STREETS

LOCATION: TRIPLEX CINEMA, 70 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230, Office Phone: 413-528-8886 Movie Hotline: 413-528-8885 Reservations are required.

There will be a streaming option for a small fee for those unable to attend in person, which will be available for two weeks starting October 3. A portion of the streaming fee will go to the Clinton Church Restoration project. For schedule and tickets, visit www.thetriplex.com (http://www.thetriplex.com/).

Sponsors include The Triplex Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival, Berkshire Property Agents, The Berkshire Coop, Berkshire Money Management, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Housatonic Heritage, Lance Vermulean Real Estate, Berkshire County NAACP, the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail, Berkshire Bank, and Housatonic River Walk, a project of Great Barrington Land Conservancy.

Thank you! Stay safe and stay well!

Kelley

In honor of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, our friends at Magnolia Pictures have re-released the award-winning documentary, RBG, and the Triplex will be participating in the virtual screening of the film. Magnolia will be donating all of the proceeds to the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, which was co-founded by Justice Ginsburg in 1972. To watch the film and donate, please visit the Triplex website. ============================================================ Copyright © 2020 Berkshire International Film Festival, All rights reserved.

That’s A Wrap! Next Great Filmmaker Announced!

By Newsletters
Berkshire International Film Festival and
Shakespeare and Company's
Berkshire Drive-In Ends Season

Next Great Filmmaker Award Announced!

On behalf of the BIFF and Shakespeare and Company, a big thank you to our incredible Berkshire community for coming out and supporting our pop-up Berkshire Drive-In! Over the past 8 weekends, we welcomed more than 2,000 film lovers to nearly 40 curated, independent films with 2 dozen filmmakers in attendance! What a thrill to be able to gather socially in a safe and physically distanced way. Thank you to Allyn Burrows and our partners at Shake & Co, Sam Sorrentino, Jack Gibson, Graham Moriarty, Brian Hoff and the Palm Springs International Animated Fest, the talented filmmakers and our incredibly dedicated volunteers for making this a reality!  And thank YOU, our audience, for making this endeavor a success in these unprecedented times!

We also want to thank our friends at the Mahaiwe and the Basilica for partnering with BIFF to present two BIFF evenings at their drive-ins. Lastly, thank you to our generous sponsors: Canyon Ranch, Toole Insurance, Ellen and Scott Hand, Mary Mott and Gordon Simmering, Stone House Properties, Nejaime's Wine Cellar and Williamstown Theater Festival...THANK YOU ALL!

We are also thrilled to announce the winner of the BIFF and Berkshire Bank's "Next Great Filmmaker Award."  The winner is....BABY KATE directed by Jennifer LaFleur. Jennifer had this to say about the competition, "
Having grown up and attended college and grad school in Massachusetts, the Berkshires have long been a source of inspiration and creativity. I feel so grateful for this award, especially as it was considered alongside so many wonderful films. I’m looking forward to better days where we can all come back together to sit in a dark room watching stories that make us laugh, make us think, and help us grow our minds and hearts. And I look forward to the day I can bring my newborn daughter back home to introduce her to the magic of the Berkshires. Thank you so much for this honor!”

Congratulations Jennifer and thanks to Berkshire Bank and all those who voted to support independent filmmakers!

Although the drive-ins are over, BIFF will continue to strive to keep our audiences, physically distanced, but socially engaged. Thanks for staying engaged with us!

Thanks to the Filmmakers Selected for 2020!

By Newsletters

Dear BIFF Film Lover,

Last March just days before the pandemic hit and everything changed, BIFF had finalized our 2020 programming of nearly 70 independent narrative, documentary and short films. We were so excited to share this wonderful selection of films that we had been curating from near and far for the last 6 months. Even though we were not able to share all the films we programmed, we were thrilled to present nearly half of the films during our Berkshire Drive-In  and through our Next Great Filmmaker Award . Since independent filmmakers work hard and spend years of their lives and money to bring their beautiful stories to the big screen, we thought it would be appropriate and respectful to share with you the full line-up of films programmed for our 2020 season. The BIFF programming committee is back at work and viewing films to curate for our 2021 season, and from those films in our 2020 selection that have not been released, we will add them to our 2021 season. Please find the complete list here and look for them on the various streaming platforms and again, congratulations and thanks to the incredible filmmakers who shared their wonderful work with us this past year!

Documentary Features
*AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY
ASSASSINS
*BEETHOVEN IN BEIJING
*BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT
*DESERT ONE
DISCLOSURE
FOUR WINTERS
*HOY BOYS
*ICONICITY
LARRY FLYNT FOR PRESIDENT
LINO TAGLIAPIETRA
LOOPERS: THE CADDIE’S LONG WALK
MEDICATING NORMAL
*ORCHESTRATING CHANGE
*PLAYING WITH FIRE
*RUNNER
*SPACESHIP EARTH
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
THE CURRENT SEA
*THE DONUT DOLLIES
THE ELEVENTH STEP
THE FIGHT
*THE PRISON WITHIN
URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD
*WOMEN IN BLUE

Narrative Features
A BUMP ALONG THE WAY
*ALICE
ALL ABOUT YVES
*CRESCENDO
EMA
GULLY BOY
HEROIC LOOSERS
INEZ & DOUG & KIRA
LILLIAN
LITIGANTE
*LUCKY GRANDMA
MASTERS OF LIE
RICORDI
SPIDER
SURDINE
THE EXCEPTION
*THE KEEPER
THE PERFECT CANDIDATE
THE TRIP TO GREECE
THOSE WHO REMAINED
WIPE OUT
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT
WHITE LIE

Short Films
ANNA
*BABY KATE
*DOUBTS
DRIVING LESSONS
*EXTRA INNINGS
*GOOD CONVERSATION
HELD FOR A MOMENT
*IRON GRANDMOTHER
*NICE GUY
TALKING PICTURES
THE NEIGHBOR’S WINDOW
*THICK AS THIEVES
*KIDS FLIX
*PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED SHORT FILMS

*Shown virtually with the Triplex, at the Berkshire Drive-In or on-line as the Next Great Filmmaker Award.

I also want to thank you all for your generous spirit and donations this year. BIFF is strong because of YOU and BIFF will survive because of YOU! Please consider making a year-end, charitable gift of any amount here (https://biffma.org/support-us/become-a-reel-friend/) . We promise to come back even stronger bringing the best of independent film from around the world to the Berkshires and supporting the stories of independent filmmakers. Fingers crossed, we WILL all gather together in 2021, and I thank you in advance for helping BIFF survive and thrive!

Founder and Artistic Director

P.S. BIFF was a part of a video with other cultural institutions to the Berkshire community and the world, promising to bring the Arts Back to the Berkshires. Watch it here!

BIFF was named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2020. Read about it here.
Presented by FilmFreeway

============================================================
Copyright © 2020 BIFFMA, All rights reserved.
www.biffma.org