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Tuesday, October 21
 

6:30pm

American Swing, dir. Mathew Kaufman, USA (NYC Premiere)
Links About New York, 1977, enjoyed its own Summer of Love - sort of - thanks to meat seller Larry Levenson and his Plato's Retreat. Levenson's club was one of the first and most famous swingers' club in the world. Documentarians Mathew Kaufman and Jon Hart catch up with Plato's (now elderly) clientele as well as archival footage for a voyeuristic insight into the watershed moment when the Sexual Revolution faced the dark shadow of AIDS.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
Genre 6:30pm Opening Night Reception, 7:00pm Screening, Q&A with director Jon Hart and Mathew Kaufman

9:00pm

What About Me?, dir. Duncan Bridgeman & Jamie Catto, UK
Links About The visionary duo 1 Giant Leap, which consists of Duncan Bridgeman and Faithless founder Jamie Catto, traveled to over 50 locations around the world to explore eclectic issues like God, sex, and death. More than just a documentary, this multimedia project also catches up with figures from arts, entertainment, and politics, such as Kurt Vonnegut, Dennis Hopper, Tom Robbins, Brian Eno, Michael Stipe, Robbie Williams, Neneh Cherry, and Stewart Copeland, for a comprehensive look at what both divides and unites us.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
Genre Q&A with director Jamie Catto
 
Wednesday, October 22
 

6:30pm

The Brothers Bloom, dir. Rian Johnson, USA
Links About The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. Starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, and Mark Ruffalo.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php

9:00pm

Raspberry Brothers - Bad Movies, Good Jokes: The Lost Boys
Links About The Raspberry Brothers continue the irreverent tradition of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in unleashing their caustic badinage for all present, while screening some bad movies of yore. In this special CMJ Film Festival event, the comedic troupe of cinephiles pans and parses The Lost Boys - the 1987 modest modern classic about teenage vampires in suburbia, starring Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, and, of course, the two Coreys.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php

11:00pm

Agile Mobile Hostile: A Year With Andre Williams, dirs. Tricia Todd & Eric Matthies, USA (East Coast Premiere)
Links About In the course of a five-decade career, Andre Williams has written greasy odes to bacon fat and rib tips, recorded X-rated party records, gone alt-country and penned at least one certified soul classic (Blues Brother film "Shake a Tailfeather"?). He's also battled addiction, poverty and homelessness - issues that come to a head in this documentary, which follows the singer over the course of 16 months as he rehearses, records, and plays shows around the globe.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
 
Thursday, October 23
 

7:00pm

Zack and Miri Make a Porno, dir. Kevin Smith, USA (NYC Premiere)
Links About Legendary for finding the humorous and heartfelt in life's more vulgar moments, Kevin Smith has helmed what might be his raunchiest film to date. Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks play low-income working shmoes with a bright idea to score some cash: homemade porno! Who wouldn't wanna watch that?
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
Genre Q&A with director Kevin Smith
 
Friday, October 24
 

6:00pm

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, dir. Bestor Cram, USA (NYC Premiere)
Links About On January 13, 1968, Johnny Cash alongside June Carter, Bob Johnston, Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers, and the Tennessee Three dropped by Folsom's infamous penitentiary for a performance that forever lives on in music, if not American, history. Forty years later, this new documentary features exclusive footage from inside the prison and interviews with Merle Haggard, Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, and former inmates who saw the concert.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
Genre Q&A with John Carter Cash, director Bestor Cram, and Michael Streissguth

6:45pm

A Wink And A Smile, dir. Deirdre Timmons, USA (East Coast Premiere)
Links About Follow Seattle's sexy thriving burlesque scene with Miss Indigo Blue and dive into her Academy of Burlesque, which provides instruction in the art of striptease. This documentary follows the pros and 10 beginners as they shed more than just clothes. They strip off self-doubt, emotional hang-ups, and stereotypes in order to strut enticingly across the stage confident they've earned the right to have every eye on them.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
Genre 6:45pm Live Burlesque Performance; 7:15pm Screening

8:30pm

CMJ CineMini Short Film Contest: Narrative Competition & Awards
Links About In search of the freshest new voices in short narrative and documentary films! Winners from each category are selected to receive a prize package with essentials for their next shoot from partners Avid, JVC, Manhattan Edit Workshop, and more. Legendary film producer David Picker (The Jerk, The Crucible, A Hard Day's Night) chairs the narrative jury, alongside Emmy-winning documentarian Mark Marabella (FBI Files, Grounded on 9/11) who helms the documentary jury. They are joined by producer Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake); feature film producer Brian Peter Falk (Embassy Row Pictures); VP for Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming for A&E, Elaine Frontain Bryant; doc and feature film EP John Schwally (Frontline, Dateline NBC, Nature); Executive in Charge of Production at BBC, Shirley Escott; and international doc producer Tanja Medding (Sally Gross, The Pleasure of Stillness, The Gates).
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/film-cinemini.php

9:15pm

100 Feet, dir. Eric Red, USA
Links About Famke Janssen stars as a young woman granted early release from her prison sentence for manslaughter (killing her husband - a violent NYC cop - in self defense) on condition she wear an electronic ankle bracelet and remain within her home, effectively under house arrest, for the remainder of her sentence. Her late husband's partner keeps tabs on her from a patrol car parked across the street, hoping she'll violate probation and he can send her back to prison. But the 100-foot radius her ankle bracelet allows isn't the worst of her problems. Her dead husband - now a malevolent ghost - is still in the house, where he died, intent on savage revenge.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
Genre Q&A with director Eric Red

10:00pm

CMJ CineMini Short Film Contest: Documentary Competition & Awards
Links About In search of the freshest new voices in short narrative and documentary films! Winners from each category are selected to receive a prize package with essentials for their next shoot from partners Avid, JVC, Manhattan Edit Workshop, and more. Legendary film producer David Picker (The Jerk, The Crucible, A Hard Day's Night) chairs the narrative jury, alongside Emmy-winning documentarian Mark Marabella (FBI Files, Grounded on 9/11) who helms the documentary jury. They are joined by producer Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake); feature film producer Brian Peter Falk (Embassy Row Pictures); VP for Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming for A&E, Elaine Frontain Bryant; doc and feature film EP John Schwally (Frontline, Dateline NBC, Nature); Executive in Charge of Production at BBC, Shirley Escott; and international doc producer Tanja Medding (Sally Gross, The Pleasure of Stillness, The Gates).
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/film-cinemini.php

11:15pm

Donkey Punch, dir. Oliver Blackburn, UK
Links About After meeting at a nightclub in a Mediterranean resort, seven young adults decide to continue partying aboard a luxury yacht in the middle of the ocean. But when one of them dies in a freak accident the others argue about what to do, leading to a ruthless fight for survival.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
 
Saturday, October 25
 

6:00pm

Pressure Cooker, dirs. Jennifer Grausman & Mark Becker, USA
Links About In the unforgiving inner-city streets of Northeast Philadelphia, three high school seniors rise above histories of abuse, poverty, and fragmented families to cook up a real-life story of inspiration and courage, courtesy of Wilma Stephenson. A Culinary Arts teacher at Frankford High School, Stephenson and her boot camp for baking and other cookery represent a strict but guiding light that truly leaves no child behind.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
Genre Q&A with filmmakers & cast

7:00pm

For My Father, dir. Dror Zahavi, Germany & Israel
Links About Tarek is a 20-year-old Palestinian assassin. Sealing off the West Bank put a stop to his career as a footballer. Under mounting pressure he decides to sacrifice himself. For his family, for the political cause, for the life he is deprived of. But when he pulls the fuse, the bomb around his waist fails to explode. Due to the Sabbath, the trigger can only be repaired two days later - two days in which he experiences his enemy's everyday lives.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php

9:00pm

Sunshine Cleaning, dir. Christine Jeffs, USA
Links About Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, and Alan Arkin star in this offbeat comedy about two sisters, still dealing as adults with the aftermath of their mother's suicide when they were children, who are stuck in dead-end jobs. Then one of them gets the idea to stop cleaning rich people's houses for a living and to start a business cleaning up crime scenes instead.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php
Genre Q&A with Peter Saraf

9:15pm

Who is KK Downey?, dirs. Darren Curtis & Pat Kiely, Canada (NYC Premiere)
Links About Welcome to the World of Hipsterdom, where your worth is determined by how many people know you, how cynical you can be about current trends, and how little you can do on a week day. This hilarious comedy follows the story of two wannabes who decide they are sick and tired of trying to make a name for themselves the old-fashioned way. So, what are these two failures going to do? After a string of humiliations - the band sucks and the book is collecting dust - the two hatch a plan to turn Theo's fictional book into an outlandish autobiography.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php

11:15pm

AC/DC - No Bull: Director's Cut, dir. David Mallet, (US Premiere)
Links About The Aussie rockers are back in black with another thunderous concert film. Shot on July 10, 1996, in Madrid, No Bull captured the spectacle of the Ballbreaker tour in Spain's historic Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas bullring. Only director David Mallet was never satisfied with the final product. Until now! With this Director's Cut, No Bull can finally shake us all night long - the way it was meant to be.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php

11:30pm

Mirageman, dir. Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Chile
Links About Orphaned as a young man when his parents were killed in a violent attack that also left his brother institutionalized, Maco spends nearly every free moment mastering the martial arts. After foiling a home invasion, Maco goes on to inspire and kick criminal ass as the masked Chilean, Mirageman.
http://www.cmj.com/marathon/films.php