Category Archives: Movies

Miss Saigon in Cinemas for Epic 25th Anniversary Event

gia on the move film theatreBoublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, Miss Saigon is coming to select cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Thursday, September 22, in honor of its 25th anniversary.

Captured live in front of a sold-out audience at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

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Eva Noblezada as Kim in Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, Miss Saigon. Fathom Events, Universal Pictures and Picturehouse Entertainment.

This special event features a finale of epic proportions with appearances from the original cast, including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.

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San Pedro International Film Festival Celebrates 5th Year

gia on the move films moviesThe San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) celebrates its 5th anniversary presenting one of the South Bay’s largest film festivals from October 6-16, 2016 in San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District.

The festival will spotlight expanded multimedia programming including art, music and the latest technology innovations in virtual reality.

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October 15 Dark Progressivism: On Rupture and Rebellion reveals the creative and social forces behind some of the most important artists today like Saber, Cryptik, Defer, Big Sleeps, Gajin Fujita, Prime, Patrick Martinez, Chaz Bojórquez,  and Chuey Quintanar.

The festival kicks off October 6th during San Pedro’s First Thursday Artwalk with an art exhibition in conjunction with the documentary Dark Progressivism, directed by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre.  The film covers LA’s history of murals, tagging and street art born during the urban upheaval of the 80s and 90s. The film screens October 15 as part of an evening of programming presented with the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District in the historic Warner Grand Theatre.*

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October 15 Playing Lecouna, a performance-based tribute to legendary Cuban pianist Ernesto Lecuona.

A screening of Playing Lecuona follows, the stunning documentary film that explores Cuban pianist & composer Ernesto Lecuona’s influence through the lens of three of the maestro’s most well-known jazz pianist descendants:  Chucho Valdés, son of renowned bandleader and composer Bebo Valdés;  Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a Cuban from the generation after Chucho;  and the Dominican Michel Camilo.

October 8th
SPIFFest presents its first tech event with a look at Virtual Reality and its applications in cinema and entertainment, featuring a panel discussion and demo of the latest works by some of today’s top VR innovators including Oscar winning visual affects artist Kevin Mack (What Dreams May Come, 1999)

October 14
Music store Alva’s hosts a music showcase  with innovative master of styles, John Heussenstamm (Surf Punks, Deniece Williams).  Live music follows with his Blues Fusion Trio, featuring special guest jazz pianist Ron Kobayashi (Mel Tormé, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott).

 

Hollywood Costume Designer Orry-Kelly and the ‘Women He’s Undressed’

Dear Orry,
Sorry I haven’t mentioned why I am writing to you. I don’t know how you will feel about this, but I have just finished making a Feature length Documentary about you. It has been nearly three years tracking your life. This has been frustrating, illuminating, tough and yes, FUN….. So I thank you for entering my life. ~Gillian Armstrong, filmmaker

Orry-Kelly worked on over three decades’ worth of classic films: Jezebel, 42nd Street, Casablanca, Oklahoma, Auntie Mame, Some Like It Hot, An American in Paris, Now, Voyager -and hundreds more.

He dressed cinema’s greatest icons, including Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyk, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn, and many more. Interviews featured include Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, and costume designers Colleen Atwood, Anne Roth, Kym Barrett.

marilyn monroe gia on the move costume designOutspokenly gay at a time when Hollywood was deeply conservative, a lover of boxing and booze, a charming rebel with a biting wit, Australian born Orry-Kelly always lived a life of artistic and personal integrity.

His accounts of life behind the Hollywood golden curtain are legendary, and include his very close relationship with handsome British actor Archie Leach, who later changed his name to become Cary Grant, and entertaining stories of his powerful friendships with top actresses and Hollywood icons of the time, including Bettie Davis and Jack and Ann Warner.

WomenHesUndressed_KeyArt_FinalThe new documentary, released today, August 9, 2016 (on DVD / VOD,  iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand), WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED traces the rise and fall and rise again of Orry-Kelly who was one of the most prolific, and spectacularly talented costume designers of Hollywood’s golden age: legendary three-time Academy Award winner.

Tracing his four-decade career (which included a very close, live-in relationship with a young Cary Grant) and dazzling creative relationships with a who’s who of Hollywood, this dishy and glamorous film – inspired by his recently published posthumous, long-lost memoir, discovered in a pillow case – unveils the secrets of one of Hollywood’s most singular and outspoken talents.

Veteran Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong (MY BRILLIANT CAREER) mixes recreations of Orry-Kelly’s life with testimonies from intimates, admirers, and Hollywood royalty to create an unforgettable portrait of one of Hollywood’s grand godfathers of glamour.

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99 min * 2015 * Documentary * Colorgia on the move movies costume design

Director: Gillian Armstrong (Little Women, Mrs. Soffel, Oscar and Lucinda, My Brilliant Career, High Tide)
Screenwriter: Katherine Thomson
Producers: Gillian Armstrong and Damien Parer
Interviewees: Colleen Atwood, Kym Barrett, Scotty Bowers, Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, Anne Roth, Catherine Martin
Distributed by: Wolfe Video

Star Trek: Beyond (What you think you already know)

How good it your general knowledge when it comes to the epic Star Trek franchise? Did you know, for instance, that Star Trek was the first TV show in US history to show an interracial kiss? Or that the release date of Star Trek Beyond was chosen because that day is the anniversary of the original TV series debut? Here are a few teasers by our friends at Morph Costumes to celebrate this week’s opening.

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Film to Watch: LUCHA MEXICO

gia on the move film lucha mexicoIn Mexico, the fight between good and evil has been waged every week for decades, thrilling generations of fans with the spectacle of Lucha Libre.

Real-life superheroes and villains, these masked wrestlers put their lives on the line night after night to entertain the legions of fans.

Gaining unprecedented access to all the major Lucha promotions, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz offer an entertaining, no holds barred look at some of the sport’s top performers, featuring the “1000% Guapo” Shocker, Luchador heir Blue Demon Jr, the tragic hardcore wrestler El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, and extreme American bodybuilder Jon “Strongman” Andersen.

“Lucha Mexico goes behind the mask, on a journey into the heart of Mexico.”

Kino Lorber Presents A Sol y Luna release:

LUCHA MEXICO

Directed by Ian Markiewicz & Alex Hammond
Opens Theatrically in New York and Los Angeles plus 25+ cities nationwide on July 15th, 2016 and on iTunes and Cable VOD

Film Website: www.luchamexicofilm.com
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Running Time: 105 Minutes/ Language: English, Spanish/ Country: USA

2nd Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Fest Announces Lineup

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Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, set in the majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes, California, five hours north of Los Angeles by car and thirty minutes south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, has announced its line-up of screenings and events for the festival’s second edition.

The five-day festival will take place over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 25 -29, 2016, and includes a tribute to legendary director Joe Dante, four Gala events,14 films in Narrative and a Documentary Competition, as well short film screenings, Q&As, and a Saturday morning Indie cartoon program for children. The festival will also include nightly gala events that celebrate the excitement and discovery of visionary filmmaking.

Gala events include the Opening Night Screening and Party for Operation Avalanche, Centerpiece Sierra Spirit Award Presentation to iconic filmmaker Joe Dante, Spotlight Screening of acclaimed documentary Beware The Slenderman, a Gala Closing Night Screening for Sonita, and a closing night Awards Party.

Festival passes and individual tickets are available now.
Ticket sales and additional festival information can be found at: www.MammothLakesFilmFestival.com

Discounted lodging through the festival’s lodging partner Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa can be purchased with a 20% discount on by calling in or booking online at http://thesierranevadaresort.com/ CODE – Theater)

All screenings and special events will take place in Mammoth Lakes, at venues including the Edison Theatre, the Forest Service Visitor’s Center Theater, the Minaret Cinemas, as well as the Mono Lake Visitor’s Center.

CURRENT FILM SLATE BELOW:

OPENING NIGHT GALA SCREENING & PARTY
Operation Avalanche (USA) -Director: Matt Miller
In 1967, during the height of the Cold War, four undercover CIA agents sent to NASA to pose as a documentary film crew discover one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. Opening Night Party will include entertainment by Ouroboros Shadow Pictures, an innovative shadow picture company.

SPOTLIGHT GALA SCREENING
Beware The Slenderman (USA) – Director:Irene Taylor Brodsky
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky, tells the story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Ms. Taylor Brodsky will be present for Q&A.
*Also in documentary feature competition

CENTERPIECE GALA TRIBUTE & SCREENING – HONORING JOE DANTE
On Saturday evening we honor legendary director Joe Dante with our inaugural Sierra Spirit Award. The Sierra Spirit Award is given to an iconic and visionary filmmaker who inspires audiences, breaks boundaries, and has created visionary entertainment that has touched generations. Joe Dante’s tremendous body of work exemplifies storytelling passion and skill. We are proud to present a screening of Mr. Dante’s classic 1987 film Innerspace, followed by a conversation with Mr. Dante. Special guest appearance by actor Robert Picardo (Innerspace, Gremlins 2).

CLOSING NIGHT GALA SCREENING & AWARDS PARTY
Sonita (Iran) -Director:Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
The inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000.
*Also in documentary feature competition

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
All The Colors Of The Night (Brazil) – Director: Pedro Severin
Iris wakes up in her spacious seafront apartment, discovers a body in the living room and enlists the help of other women, setting off a spiral of redemption in an atmospheric drama of dark imagery and questionable reality.

Baby Bump (Poland) – Director:Kuba Czekaj
11-year-old Mickey House is no longer a child. But who is he? He has no clue. He has no friends. He hates what’s happening to his body. Reality and imagination blend together in a toxic mix. Growing up is not for kids.

Bodkin Ras (Netherlands) -Director:Kaweh Modiri
A young fugitive searches for a nonexistent home, in a small town called Forres, a Scottish town well-hidden between the Highlands and the North Sea. The characters in this town are all real people with traumas whose stories are incorporated into the film script, in which documentary and fiction are blended together.

Buddymoon (USA) –Director:Alex Simmons
Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2) stars in this buddy-flick comedy. Jilted groom David is convinced by his excitable best man, played by Flula, to continue with his planned honeymoon, a backcountry trek in the mountains of Oregon, in this comedic ode to friendship and the great outdoors.

Mad (USA) -Director:Robert Putka
A tragicomedy about a matriarch who passes the point of a nervous breakdown, her two daughters that don’t give a damn, and the heat-seeking missiles of resentment they toss at each other.

Last Summer (Italy) – Director:Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli
On a luxury yacht off the coast of Italy, a young mother has four days to leave her son with a lasting memory of her before she loses custody of him for many years. Starring Academy Award nominated actress, Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Babel).

On The Rocks (USA, World Premiere) -Directors: Ariel Gardner & Alex Kavutskiy Dallas struggles to get ahead in life. As he is dealing with his father passing he must overcome the day to day obstacles that prevent him from making progress. When he thinks he has taken one step forward he soon will see that he took two steps back.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Atlan (Iran) – Director:Moeen Karimoddini
Ali is a Turkman horse trainer. Horses are his life. His horse Ilhan has won him so many prizes. Ali is planning to use Ilhan’s and his other horses’ awards money to pay for his wedding. But not everything goes favourably in the course of events.

Beware The Slenderman (USA) – Director:Irene Taylor Brodsky
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky, tells the story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Ms. Taylor Brodsky will be present for Q&A.
*Also Spotlight Gala Screening

Helmut Berger, Actor (Austria) -Director:Andreas Horvath
A relentless, yet intimate portrait of the legendary actor Helmut Berger who epitomized the exuberant jet set lifestyle of the 70s, and now reigns over a run down two-room apartment at the outskirts of his hometown Salzburg, Austria. The film exposes the brusqueness of his character for what it really is: a cry for attention, closeness and intimacy.

Learning To See (USA) -Director:Jake Oelman
Insect photographer Robert Oelman’s transformational journey to find and document the Amazon’s strangest creatures. His quest culminates with a New York City gallery show where he finally shares his striking and magical images with the general public.

Myrtle Beach (USA) -Directors:Michael Fuller & Neil Rough
Like a darker less whimsical Vernon Florida, Myrtle Beach profiles a charismatic cast of local eccentrics, survivors and lone wolves.

Sonita (Iran) -Director:Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
The inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000.
*Also Closing Night Gala Screening

Under The Sun (Russia) – Director:Vitaly Mansky
Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the ‘Day Of The Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday).

Film To Watch: Art Bastard – Rise of a Rabble-Rouser

gia on the move art moviesIn a madcap art world obsessed with money, fame and hype, how does an artist driven by justice, defiance and his own singular style thrive? ART BASTARD is the tale of a rebel who never fit into today’s art world… yet has become one of its most provocative, rabble-rousing characters nevertheless. At once a portrait of the artist as a young troublemaker, an alternate history of modern art and a quintessential New York story, ART BASTARD is as energetic, humorous and unapologetically honest as the uncompromising man at its center: Robert Cenedella.

CAVU Pictures presents a Concannon Productions film, ART BASTARD, written and directed by Victor Kanefsky and produced by Chris T.

The new documentary will release in New York on May 20th at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and on June 3rd in Los Angeles/Orange County at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica and Edwards University Town Center 6 in Irvine, followed by a national release.

Cenedella was a contemporary of Andy Warhol. But he has essentially served as the anti-Warhol. His noisy, raucous, color-splashed paintings of city scenes approach the world with a sincerity that defies the irony, frivolity and controversy-for-the-sake-of-controversy that have become the cultural currency since the 60s.

Yet, as ART BASTARD reveals, Cenedella couldn’t be any more a product of these times. He was the son of a blacklisted writer, raised on crushed 50s dreams. He’s been haunted by dark family secrets that had him questioning his identity. His passionate convictions started so young they got him kicked out of high school. Even when he found solace and expression in art, he was an unabashed outsider – never a gallery darling, not pursued by museum curators, but an artist who was going to have his say regardless of who was paying attention. Even so, over time, Cenedella’s vast canvases, rife with the chaotic beauty of politics, humor, history and humanity, drew admirers from all walks of society – even from the vaunted art patrons who rejected him.

In a fast-moving series of riveting interviews with family members, art critics, museum directors, New York power brokers, art students and Cenedella himself, director Victor Kanefsky candidly presents Cenedella’s personal journey – and reveals the creation of a modern art career that ignored all the modern art rules.

Kanefsky follows Cenedella from his days selling cheeky “I Like Ludwig” buttons to pay his art school tuition to his apprenticeship in New York with George Grosz (1893-1959), the German painter and graphic artist who was the most outstanding caricaturist and political satirist of the period after World War I.

Grosz inspired Cenedella with his merging of refined technique with blistering social critique; from Cenedella’s provocative 1965 “Yes Art” exhibit which became the most popular – and debated – show of the year, lambasting the crass commercialism of the blossoming Pop Art movement, to his sudden, 12-year break from painting and his fruitful return as a teacher, mentor and unbowed iconoclast of American painting.

While Cenedella forthrightly questions the mechanics – and profit-making — of the art world, he has it out for no one. As he puts it: “It’s not what they show that bothers me, it’s what they don’t show.”

What ART BASTARD shows, in stunning cinematic detail, are the living, breathing, storytelling canvases that Cenedella has created for six decades. Set to a rollicking soundtrack, the film not only tours Cendella’s life. It also tours his eye-poppingly intricate, New York-centered paintings as one might travel the city – peering into every corner to uncover Cenedella’s characters, commentary and emotions.

Running Time: 84 minutes
Rating: Not Unrated
Language: English