Once an insular, poor, but proud mill village of Appalachian transplants, the neighborhood offered sanctuary to bohemians in the 1970s. The ’90s wave of intown gentrification was not able to stamp out Cabbagetown's offbeat nature. The community is filled with eccentric artisans, musicians and other artist types. The community — authentic and complex — is filled with the creative, intelligent, and curious. People in Cabbagetown are known as the Jester, the King, Doc, the Reverend and the Bike Doctor.
A strong proud sense of community is exhibited. People still sit on their porches together, talk, feud, and help one another. They party and they share food. The town is a world that imitates fantasy inside and outside of the homes.
The film opens among the Krog Street Tunnel with philosophical graffiti. Filmed with an old-fashioned Super 8, the camera captures the nubby, grainy, rich layered textures of the community. Textures and colors are intensified. The film takes on its own form, having a sensual as well as a spiritual feeling to it. The film offers viewers an experience; it invites the viewer to float through such as the camera does. There is a magical and surreal feeling to crossing through the tunnel into this town.
Scenes of a dog in a window, or sheets blowing in the wind become an introduction to a place, its people — and the magical worlds they have built in their homes.
Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase!
CinErotic celebrates beautiful, smart, sexy, surprising, titillating and artful independent films with erotic themes. The festival will showcase film and video by independent artists, especially cinema oriented towards women, queers, kinky folk, people of color, people with disabilities and non-mainstream sexualities. Submissions welcome, especially from Atlanta and Southern filmmakers.
Showtimes: Fri Feb 12th 8:30pm -- Queer as F**k
Sat Feb 13th 8:00pm -- Passion & Pleasures
Sun Feb 14th 6:00pm -- Kink-o-matic
Saturday's "Passion and Pleasures" show includes a special 16mm double projection of Barbara Rubin's legendary avant-garde film Christmas on Earth. Film Love's Andy Ditzler will host the screening and introduce the film.
We will approximate the original 1960s screenings of Christmas on Earth with two 16mm film reels running simultaneously (one image inside the other), a specially chosen soundtrack of 60s pop songs and surprises, and colored gels for the projectionist and audience to place over the projector lenses as the film shows. Join in the fun!
This vintage film will be accompanied by adventurous, current film and video works on eroticism, chosen by the CinErotic programmers. Full program information is at the CinErotic website.
image from the double projection of Christmas on Earth (Barbara Rubin, 1963): orange gel on the inner frame, blue gel on the outer frame. image courtesy Anthology Film Archives
Sunday's "Kink-O-Matic" show includes a rare 16mm projection of Curt McDowell's "naked vaudeville" show Pornografollies. Film Love's Andy Ditzler will host the screening and introduce the film.
This vintage film will be accompanied by adventurous, current film and video works on eroticism, chosen by the CinErotic programmers.
Film Love: Mauricio Kagel Part 2
February 18, 2010 8:00PM - - - Price: $5
Film Love presents
MAURICIO KAGEL FILM MUSIC, MUSIC PERFORMANCE, PERFORMANCE FILM
Part 2: TWO-MAN ORCHESTRA
Musician as actor, composer as filmmaker, film as concert – the works of Mauricio Kagel constantly upend conventions and expectations. Often, his compositions are actually theater pieces, except played by virtuoso musicians in a concert hall rather than actors in a theater. He instructed musicians to play guitars with fan blades and coffee mills, and constructed giant instruments in which musicians were encased.
In addition to creating a vast compositional output, Kagel doubled as a film director, with typically mindblowing results. For the second night of a two-evening tribute to Kagel's music and film, Film Love presents an exceedingly rare screening of Kagel’s film Two-Man Orchestra.
In this film, two musicians are inserted into Kagel’s specially built one-man-band setups (of over 250 instruments!) which they control with their fingers, feet, legs, heads and any other possible way. Trapped in these enormous, overgrown constructions and dealing with their unpredictable malfunctions, the performers evoke everything from Charlie Chaplin to circus music to complete atonality in a virtuoso physical and musical feat.
Zwei-Mann-Orchester (Two-Man Orchestra) (directed by Mauricio Kagel, 1973, 71 minutes) screened on DVD
Part 1 of Mauricio Kagel: Film Music, Music Performance, Performance Film takes place on Friday, February 12, 2010 at Georgia State University.
MAURICIO KAGEL: FILM MUSIC, MUSIC PERFORMANCE, PERFORMANCE FILM is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and is featured in Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta 2009. Archives of the series may be found at www.filmlove.org.
Film Love: Martin Scorsese
February 26, 2010 8:00PM - - - Price: $7
Film Love presents
Martin Scorsese Portrait Films
Two intimate, rarely screened films by the legendary director
How to make pasta sauce: Catherine Scorsese in the kitchen, in Martin Scorsese's Italianamerican
"[Italianamerican] is, I think, the best film I ever made. It really freed me in style...I saw it as the story of these two people. I had seen them as parents, not as people. Then suddenly they became people, and it was a love story." –Martin Scorsese on his film Italianamerican
PRESS for Martin Scorsese: Portrait Films Creative Loafing: "American Boy and Italianamerican showcase the director’s greatest loves: family, friendship and film. Not necessarily in that order."
To filmgoers the world over, the name "Martin Scorsese" is synonymous with moviemaking, not only through iconic films such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull but also his well-known advocacy for film preservation and his passionate dedication to all eras and genres of film history – including the experimental and avant-garde.
To coincide with the release of Shutter Island – his first feature since winning the Academy Award for Directing for The Departed – Film Love presents two of Scorsese’s intimate short films. Made in the 1970s as "breathers" in between his ambitious Hollywood films, they represent some of the director’s loosest, most free-wheeling work, and deserve wider recognition.
Italianamerican (1974) lovingly profiles Scorsese’s parents, Charles and Catherine (whose acting appearances in their son’s films have delighted fans for decades). In addition to showing priceless moments of interaction between husband, wife, and son, the film doubles as a moving (and typically cinematic) portrait of a long marriage, and by extension the immigrant experience in mid twentieth-century America.
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (1978) is an alternately charming and intense film about Scorsese’s friend and roommate (most famous for his cameo as a gun salesman in Taxi Driver). An almost archetypal member of the ‘60s generation, Prince is an effortless raconteur, recounting a series of riveting and increasingly hysterical anecdotes about his Jewish upbringing in the ‘50s, experiences as road manager for Neil Diamond, heroin addiction, and sober brushes with violence and death (some of which found their way almost verbatim into movies by other directors, most notably Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction).
Common to both films are nods to the meta-cinematic innovations of the French New Wave and the Cinema Vérité movement – such as shots of Scorsese directing and discussing the films as they’re being made, and the insertion of home movies and other archival footage – that remind us of how important the act of making movies is in the director’s own life, and make these films, in part, a celebration of moviemaking itself.
Called "the bravest thing Scorsese has ever done" by The New York Times, these films remain unavailable on video in the United States. Film Love is proud to present a one-night-only screening of these too-rarely-seen works.
Italianamerican (1974, 48 minutes) (screened on DVD)
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (1978, 55 minutes) (screened on DVD)
Martin Scorsese (right) and Steven Prince (second from left) filming American Boy, 1978
MARTIN SCORSESE: PORTRAIT FILMS is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and is featured in Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta 2009. Archives of the series may be found at www.filmlove.org.