I *WILL*, dammit!

OCTOBER 29th – NOVEMBER 5th

Yes, it’s that time again. Time to shake off the shackles of tyranny and oppression that mainstream cinema usually foists upon us year in and year out.

The institution that owns this city’s lifeblood whether or not the city wants to admit it or not, SCAD (Savannah College Of Art And Design) is putting on the annual film festival. It’s been going strong since 1998, I do believe. Click the logo to see this year’s screening schedule.

As much as I bitch about SCAD not coming through with an indie/arthouse theater downtown, they’ve really come through with this year’s lineup. Time permitting (and it better!), I’ll be seeing George Clooney’s directorial debut good night, and good luck.

That’ll be preceded by a tribute to director Sidney Lumet. I hope his new movie Find Me Guilty is good.

Then there’s a conflict: do I see Noah Baumbach’s (co-screenwriter of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) The Squid And The Whale or the “Project Greenlight”-birthed horror film Feast? I know Feast will be on alot of screens whenever the Weinsteins decide to release it so maybe I’ll skip that in favor of the indie film, since Savannah’s never too kind on arthouse films.

The Squid And The Whale will have one of its stars, Jeff Daniels, in attendance. It’s getting really good reviews, raves even. I think that will be my choice, between Feast and this.

On Wednesday, November 2nd at 7PM there’ll be a “Special Screening” of a highly anticipated film due out this holiday season from a major studio. I don’t care what it is; that’s intriguing.

Earlier that day, a customer from work has a film of hers screening at 3PM, Red Thread. The website’s at www.redthreadthemovie.com

I’ll try to go but I might be working at 3PM that day. I just hope that my schedule is somewhat normal (i.e. back to its original format) so that I can see these screenings, as most are in the evening.

Thursday, November 3rd at 7PM is the screening of the Pierce Brosnan-Greg Kinnear starrer The Matador.

www.miramax.com/matador is the official site, BTW. It’s a joint distribution between the new Miramax films and The Weinstein Company, the Weinstein brothers new shingle. Wow, a nice website for the film when the Weinstein guys don’t even have one for their new movie company yet!

But I digress.

Friday, November 4th sees the enchanting Ellen Burstyn honored for her remarkable body of work. She was cruelly robbed of the Oscar she deserved for Requiem For A Dream, in favor of the boring offal known as Erin Brockovich and Mrs. Horse Teeth.

Anyway, after her well-deserved honor, the much-buzzed about Capote will unspool. It’s about Truman Capote during the time when he was writing In Cold Blood. I will be there for this!

And closing night sees animation giants Don Bluth and Gary Goldman honored for their works. I was a big fan of An American Tail so I’m happy for Bluth and Goldman. Following this, the closing night film will be the first incarnation of Pride And Prejudice in 65 years. It stars my future wife, Keira Knightley. Yeah, I know I’m dreaming.

Come hell or water high, I will attend this. I’m through talking. I keep meaning to attend. But meaning isn’t doing and I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. So if you’re in the area and want to see some cool new movies that don’t turn your brain into nacho cheese or want to attend filmmaking workshops, stroll into our fair city for a fun time.

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