This weekend, in honor of Halloween, the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, on the square in Marietta will be showcasing a selection of 35mm film screenings mirroring, and rivaling the programming of the Plaza Theatre.
In this corner, the tried-and-true Plaza Theatre presents Rocky Horror Picture Show, each and every Friday at Midnight.
The challenger: the upstart Strand will showcase Rocky Horror Picture Show for one show only, on Saturday, October 30 at 11:55 pm.
Readers are no doubt familiar with the Pulitzer Prize winning Natasha Trethewey, who recently released a deeply personal examination of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Beyond Katrina. Collin Kelley, author of Better to Travel and Conquering Venus, is well known around town for his work organizing the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, serving on the board of Poetry Atlanta, and so forth. Poetry slam champ M. Ayodele Heath, 2004 Georgia Author of the Year recipient Cecilia Woloch, and The Charge author Patrick Donnelly.
Following a recent trend of established directors breaking ranks and searching for new distribution models, Terry Gilliam joins Ed Burns, David Lynch, and Steven Soderbergh in shifting the paradigm by releasing his new "filmette" THE LEGEND OF HALLOWDEGA on October 31, on ESPN at 1pm (in advance of the race at the Talladega Superspeedway), live on premises at the Talladega Superspeedway, and online at http://www.legendofhallowdega.com/.
The "filmette", sponsored by AMP Energy Juice (which is also name sponsor of the "AMP Energy Juice 500"), presents an opportunity for Gilliam—a filmmaker notorious for financing problems, budgetary overruns, and other production difficulties—to fulfill his creative yen on the dime of a corporate sponsor.
A recent post on producer and indie film pundit Ted Hope's Truly Free Film Blog, by Amy Lo called "How Big Brand Sponsorship Saved Our Indie Film" suggests that corporate sponsorship and product integration may represent the future of "independent" film.
Before folks get all bent-out-of-shape and call Gilliam a "sell out," let's not overlook the fact that a significant number of major auteurs regularly work for pay, shilling and directing television commercial campaigns including Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson and Errol Morris, to name but a few.
The complete press release, after the jump:
After reading an early October post about how cool and futuristic people in 1910 thought Atlanta would look in 2010, Fresh Loaf reader — and self-proclaimed "avid amateur Atlanta history buff" — Bob Schreiber passed along an illustration he found in his archive, a 1924 rendering of possible transit solutions in downtown Atlanta:
An illustration from the 1924 Beeler Report proposed new ways of accommodating cars, buses, and trucks in downtown Atlanta. In response to the increased density of high-rise developments, people would travel underground on moving sidewalks. The artist’s vision shows Peachtree Street looking north to Five Points, where shops line the “subsurface moving platforms.” (Reprinted from John A. Beeler, “Report to the City of Atlanta on a Plan for Local Transportation” [Atlanta, Ga.: Foote & Davis, 1924], 83)
The scary trailer countdown to Halloween could easily have been restricted to films from the 1970s, especially if The Shining, released in 1980, qualifies. Coming up with spooky, memorable promotional material from the past 20 years has been surprisingly difficult — almost shockingly so, given the popularity of horror films and the viral video possibilities enabled by the Internet. Earlier we watched Twister's eerie trailer from 1996, and while the trailer for The Human Centipede can elicit nightmares, it trades on its disgusting premise more than its artistry. A few clever teasers have taken inspiration from ads and public service announcements, like this Hostel 2 commercial and particularly the warped slide-show teaser for
Can anyone come up with more from the past two decades? I suggest a few others after the jump:
Well, it's that time of year again.
The time when thousands of otherwise coherent college students descend upon the quaint oceanside town of Jacksonville, Florida in order to forgo their usual civil drunkenness for a more unbridled form of public intoxication.
Oh yeah, there's a football game on Saturday, too.
For the 88th time since 1904, the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs will hit the field for their annual border battle. But for the first time in over 30 years, neither team enters the game ranked in the Top 25 (in football at least).
Which begs the question: How many beers will it take to make this game interesting?
In years past, Florida and Georgia students have balanced their collective disdain for one another with their shared adoration for one thing: Getting ridiculously drunk then passing out which leads to being carried into the stadium by their slightly less inebriated friends before suddenly awakening just in time for kickoff where they then attempt to stifle 22 beers worth of vomit long enough to root for whichever team's colors they are able to decipher through the blurred haze of last night's kegstand and this morning's hangover.
A few standing naps and three hours later, the game ends and if they haven't been taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning or arrested for defecating/urinating without leaving their seat, it's been a successful trip.
Talk about tradition.
But that's when at least one of the teams is good and people still possess glimpses of hope for the rest of their school's season to actually amount to something.
What the hell is going to happen this year?
In a small farming town, gifted high school student Peck (Jason H. McCarthy David) unwillingly serves as a magnet for his school’s violent thugs. While The Storytelling Ability of a Boy culminates with Peck’s extreme response to his persecutors, bullying doesn’t emerge as a theme until about halfway through the play. Primarily, Carter W. Lewis’ drama explores the emotionally complex relationship between Peck (Jason H. McCarthy David), his precocious, self-destructive friend Dora (Lily Chambers) and their conflicted teacher Caitlin (Joy Brunson). Rather than an inspirational-teacher story, however, Storytelling veers into improbable melodrama.
>> Some Democrats are supporting Tea Party politicians running as third-party candidates in hopes they'll take votes away from Republicans. This political move could prove successful, or it could be like when America gave Afghan insurgents money and weapons, only later for them to become the Taliban. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. (CBS)
>> The presidential investigation into the Gulf oil spill has shown that the cement mixture intended to seal the BP well failed four advance tests as unstable, but Haliburton only told BP about one of the tests before the explosion. And if we can't trust Haliburton to be honest and upfront at all times, then who can we trust? (the Washington Post)
>> A New York judge ruled that a 4-year-old girl can be sued for negligence after running down an old woman while riding her bike with training wheels. The elderly woman suffered a hip fracture and died. Hopefully kids will not be allowed to ride bikes on the street anymore to keep such criminal acts from happening again. (the New York Times)
>> And finally: Some things are just facts of life, like Black Friday, the horrible day after Thanksgiving where stores open at the crack of dawn with special holiday bargains. But wait! This year, Black Friday is arriving ahead of Halloween this week. If I have to start hearing Christmas music in October, I'm going to hurt someone. (the New York Times)
Do NOT mess with another man's hall of fame — especially when you're asking him for a helping hand.
Senate Minority Leader Robert Brown of Macon recently sent a letter to Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts. The commissioner, as you've read here, has invited two struggling state museums located in Macon to pack up and move to the big city.
Your persistent efforts to relocate the Georgia Music and Sports Halls of Fame from Macon to Atlanta give me cause to withdraw my support of and encourage others in the Georgia Legislature to oppose your proposal to bring Casino gambling to Georgia.
State House Rep. Jill Chambers, R-Atlanta, filed a civil suit in Fulton County Superior Court Thursday morning against the Democratic Party of Georgia over two flyers that went out in recent days containing the last four digits of her Social Security number.The judge granted a restraining order prohibiting the Democrats from releasing the mailers for 30 days. Now if Chambers could just convince a judge to thaw her frozen campaign account, she'd have a much better chance against Democrat Elena Parent.
Chambers said she’s not concerned with the content of the flyer itself, but is concerned about the release — on more than one occasion — of information that can be used to access her bank accounts, phone records or other personal data.
“I don’t have a problem with them using tax documents against me; they’re public records,” said Chambers. “I play hardball politics myself, and I know that sometimes in the rush of it all things get by you. But they did it twice — that’s not an accident.”
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