Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Yes On Sundance

The Bay Area Reporter asked me to write a Guest Opinion piece about why I'm NOT boycotting the Sundance Film Festival. If you can stand to read one more defense of Sundance read on RIGHT HERE. And then go watch my film again — 575 Castro St. is now available in HD on the FilmInFocus website!

Monday, December 08, 2008

575 Castro St. to World Premiere at Sundance 2009

The press release just went out from the Sundance Film Festival today announcing all the short films for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. My new short film, 575 Castro St. will have it's festival World Premiere there (in front of the exciting new documentary, Shouting Fire: Stories From The Edge of Free Speech). Playdate info is below in case you're attending.

And here's the other great thing:

575 Castro St. is now available for viewing on the Focus Features MILK website (which is what it was originally commissioned for). But it's so hard to find you should go watch it here.

And then come read more about the film on the 575 Castro St. official blog.

575 Castro St. (2008) | HD | color | 7 minutes | USA
575 Castro St. reveals the play of light and shadow upon the walls of the Castro Camera Store set for Gus Van Sant’s film Milk. These mundane shots are almost bereft of movement and sound. So quiet, so still. All the better to showcase the range of emotions evoked by Harvey Milk’s words on the soundtrack. The audio track is an edited down version of the 13-minute audio-cassette that Harvey Milk recorded in his camera shop on the evening of Friday, November 18, 1977 (a few weeks after his election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors which made him one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States). Labeled simply: “In-Case” the tape was to be played, “in the event of my death by assassination.” The sensibility of 575 Castro St. hearkens back to the dozens of Super 8 gay short films of the ‘70s that passed through Harvey Milk’s hands to be processed and developed.

Sundance Film Festival Public Screenings:

Showing in front of the Documentary Competition film, Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech:

Mon. Jan 19 9:00 PM Temple Theatre, Park City
Tue. Jan 20 2:30 PM Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
Thu. Jan 22 6:45 PM Broadway Centre Cinemas V, SLC
Fri. Jan 23 8:30 AM Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
Sat. Jan 24 12:00 PM Temple Theatre, Park City

Find details about tickets and everything else on the Sundance website right now!

Friday, December 05, 2008

75th Anniversary of lifting of ban on Ulysses


"Molly darling he called me what was his name Jack Joe Harry Mulvey was it yes..."

Saturday, December 6th 2008 marks the 75th Anniversary of the lifting of ban on James Joyce's Ulysses!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

First Review of 575 Castro St.

Daryl Chin was nice enough to watch my new short film and write up some thoughtful reflections on his fabulous Documents on Art & Cinema blog last week. He gives me a brief tangent in the midst of his lengthy and entertaining critique of Janet Gaynor Day on Turner Classic Movies. How perfect!
"Anyway, over the weekend, i watched a short film made by Jenni Olson, "575 Castro Street" (which was the address of the store owned by Harvey Milk in San Francisco). It was quite a lovely short... consisting of shots of the (reconstructed) store interior (used as the set for the Gus Van Sant movie "Milk") accompanied by a taped message by Harvey Milk, which was made "in case of" his death. (Milk felt that he would be assassinated, because his stature as an openly gay man elected to public office was going to be under attack.)

Jenni's film brought to mind the attempts (since the 1960s) to find a way to meld "radical" content to formalism. On its own, it's a very evocative short: the "empty" interiors take on a ghostly quality as Milk's words (which foretell his assassination) pervade the space. Milk's own space is devoid of his presence, which is reinforced by his own words which explain the possibility of his absence.

I was reminded of how many people (Straub-Huillet, Marguerite Duras, Yvonne Rainer, Peter Wollen and Laura Mulvey, William E. Jones) have attempted to create disjunctive relationships between sound and image. "575 Castro Street" is a evocative addition to this aesthetic legacy."
— Daryl Chin, Documents on Art & Cinema