January – February 2015
Co-Presented by FRAMELINE !!
Skype Interview with the Director Desiree Akhavan
Tuesday, Jan. 20th!! After the 7:00 show.
Written, directed and starring Desiree Akhavan APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR is Akhavan’s debut feature and it premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2014.
“Akhavan is very much her own artist – with a polyglot urban voice that comes off like an unholy cross between Fran Lebowitz, Junot Diaz, Tina Fey and Hanif Kureishi”. -Rolling Stone
“For all its disorganization and lack of an ending or even a sense of direction, “Appropriate Behavior” is alive. The screenplay is packed with smart remarks, clever and unpredictable turns of phrase that knock you off balance”. – New York Times
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following
a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. (K.Y.)
Directed by DESIREE AKHAVAN, 90min., 2015, U.K.
“CRITICS PICK! DIRTY, HILARIOUS & MOVING” – VILLAGE VOICE
“SO POPULAR WITH JANET MOCK“ MSNBC.COM
Desiree Akhavan Interview with Janet Mock, January 9th, 2015
“WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD” INDIEWIRE
Film Preview by Inkoo Kang, – January 5, 2015
“25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2014″ ROLLING STONE
By James Montgomery, January 5th, 2014
by John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
After a chance run-in with a film producer eager to invest in a new project, aspiring writers Dominic (Michael Godere) and Raphael (Ivan Martin) need to come up with a script fast, so the pair head to the seclusion of upstate New York to churn out their masterpiece. But when Dominic’s siren of a sister (Marisa Tomei) turns up desperate for reprieve from her boyfriend (Sam Rockwell), they soon realize they’re in for more than they bargained for as their creative retreat is increasingly waylaid by uninvited guests, romantic entanglements, and unexpected distractions. Isabelle McNally and a hilarious Brian Geraghty round out the ensemble cast of New York art world characters in this romantic comedy from director Adam Rapp. -Cara Cusuman, Tribeca Film Festival.
Directed by Adam Rapp. Starring Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, Brian Geraghty and Isabelle McNally. 2014. 75 min. USA.
A Spike Lee Joint, DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is a new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society. A reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s horror cult film “Ganja & Hess”, which played as a Critics’ Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee’s stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.
Director: Spike Lee/123 minutes/Country: USA