Yeah, I know I'm supposed to be on vacation. But I checked my email and just got this in from Patti. Being that I am both a huge Patti fan, I had to post this. See what happens when an obsessive blogger checks their email while on vacay?
Check it out my you fusty old punks and Hazbin wannabees!:
"Patti Smith: Dream of Life" opens today at New York City's Film Forum for a limited two-week engagement.
Permit us to discard our usual dispassionate voice and urge those interested in Patti Smith and her work to see this film. Steven Sebring's movie, filmed over twelve years, is both entertaining and deeply moving, one of the most intimate portraits of an artist we have ever seen. If you are interested in Patti and her work, you will love "Patti Smith: Dream of Life".
Just today we learned that the film won the Best Documentary prize at the 29th Durban International Film Festival, with this citation:
"exquisitely and sensitively filmed, this documentary goes to the heart of its subject. It captures the passion, calm, poetry and venom of an incredible human being. The film weaves us through historically charged footage right through to the present and allows us glimpses at an uncompromising and consistent energy that has always believed in the empowerment of all."
Here is a message which director Steven Sebring sent yesterday:
It's twelve years since this project began and we really appreciate your interest and would like to thank you for your support with this update on the film Patti Smith: Dream of life.
It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it received the award for best cinematography in a documentary. It is currently scheduled to screen or has been shown at the following film festivals:
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, PARK CITY UTAH, USA BERLINALE FILM FESTIVAL, GERMANY BOLOGNA, ITALY PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL, PENN. USA THESSALONKI FILM FESTIVAL, GREECE FULL FRAME DOCU. FESTIVAL CHAPEL HILL, USA NYON FILM FESTIVAL, SWITZERLAND BUENOS AIRES FILM FESTIVAL, BRAZIL ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL, TURKEY MADRID FILM FESTIVAL, SPAIN BANJALUKA FILM FESTIVAL, BOSNIA SEOUL FILM FESTIVAL, CHINA CLUJ TANSILVANIA, ROMANIA NOVISAD FILM FESTIVAL, SERBIA WASHINGTON DC FILM FESTIVAL, USA EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL, SCOTLAND ATHENS FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, GA. USA MUNICH DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, GERMANY SEATTLE FILM FESTIVAL, WA. USA JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL, ISREAL ERA NEW HORIZONS, POLAND DURBAN FILM FESTIVAL, SOUTH AFRICA PROVINCETOWN, MA. USA MILAN 2008 (SEPT 12 TO 21) VLADIVOSTOK 2008 (SEPT 13 TO 19) RIO DE JANEIRO (SEPT 25 TO OCT 9) MELBOURNE 2008 (OCT 9 TO 25) VIENNALE, AUSTRIA, 2008 (OCT 17 TO 29)
More are being added every day.
Please keep an eye on the film's website for reviews, locations and details as they are confirmed.
The International theatrical release dates will vary from country to country and city to city.
The first theatrical release was April 5th 2008 at the historical theatre LE CINEMA DU PANTHEON in Paris where it's scheduled to continue playing every Saturday for the next year. The French release of the film coincided with an enormous retrospective of Patti Smith's art, photography, and vision at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporian.
Dream of Life's American premiere was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York followed by a small performance in their garden.
The official theatrical release begins August 6th at
Film Forum 209 West Houston Street New York NY.10014 Tel:(212) 627-2035 www.filmforum.org
and will continue to open nationwide. The DVD will be available starting in 2009.
For those who would like info on Patti Smith events, appearances, tour dates, or to read a souvenance or coffee break, please feel free to do so at pattismith.net and Patti's MySpace page.
Be sure to check out the film's my space page www.myspace.com/dreamoflifethemovie.
Marty Markowitz as Sally Bowles sings "Maybe This Time"
at a rehearsal of the 1966 production of Cabaret.
The Pigeon has decided to take herself and her youngin' off for a little r&r for a week or so.Hold down the fort Brooklynites! And don't forget to go see Liza at the C.I. bandshell Thursday evening. Let's just hope Marty doesn't try to steal the show from Minelli. It is rumored that Marty will be showing up in his Cabaret attire.
Few people know that Liza and Marty competed for the role of Sally Bowles in the the film version of Cabaret. Since Marty served as the understudy to Judy Dench in the role in the 1966 Broadway production, he thought he was a shoe-in for the part. However, Minelli's Hollywood ties gave her the edge and Marty's Hollywood dreams would never be realized. There is deep lingering resentment to this day.
Although Marty never even made it to the stage in the '66 production (due to Judy Dench's perfect health) he put on one hell of a show at rehearsals and what legs!
We've come upon another great perennial summer event in Brooklyn; Celebrate Brooklyn's silent "Movies & Music" night up at the bandshell. This is great stuff and the kids love it too. So bring the youngins! 7:30 p.m.
Here's how the Celebrate Brooklyn website spins it:
Three of Chaplin’s greatest shorts—The Rink (1916), The Immigrant (1916), and The Adventurer (1917)—will come alive as never before with new scores by the highly sought after UK based composer CARL DAVIS (London Philharmonic Orchestra), performed live by the dashing 16-piece pickup NY chamber orchestra THE KNIGHTS. Brooklyn born Davis returns home to conduct. With the charming local violinist and singer CHRISTINA COURTIN, whose fearless delivery recalls “performers as diverse as Janis Joplin and Antony.” (Time Out)
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