Yale Bulletin and Calendar

September 13, 2002|Volume 31, Number 2














Eva Amurri makes up Brooke Adams in a scene from the film "Made-Up," directed by Tony Shalhoub, which will be shown at Film Fest New Haven.

Film Fest showcases works by independent filmmakers

A documentary on the artistic partnership between the late Yale filmmaker Faith Hubley and her husband John -- whose innovations helped change the face of animation -- is among the works being featured in this year's Film Fest New Haven, which will take place Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22.

Now in its seventh year, Film Fest New Haven showcases the wide variety of films and videos being created by today's independent filmmakers from around the world. The more than 50 offerings include features, shorts and documentaries, which are being shown at three city sites: the York Square Cinema at 61 Broadway, the Little Theatre at 1 Lincoln St. and the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

This is the first year that the film festival is being offered in the fall; it was previously held in the spring. The change is designed to better accommodate the schedules of film lovers in New Haven and from throughout the Northeast, according to festival organizers. Last year's festival attracted roughly 5,000 people. Yale has been a regular supporter of the event.

Prior to the festival, on Sept. 14, Film Fest New Haven will join other New Haven arts organizations at the citywide celebration "Start With the Arts," which will feature a sneak preview of some of the festival's offerings. These will be shown 1-4 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art, 1180 Chapel St.

The documentary "Independent Spirits: Faith Hubley/John Hubley" by Sybil DelGaudio is one of the highlights of the three-day festival. The film explores the careers of the Academy Award-winning filmmakers and their contributions to the development of animation as an art form.

A film studies professor at Yale for 25 years who attracted hordes of students to her course on storyboard design, Faith Hubley produced some 50 animated films during her career, about half of which she made with her husband. The Hubleys employed a free-form visual style and often used improvised dialogue by their children and others, as well as jazz music by such artists as Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Carter. After her husband's death in 1977, Hubley remained true to a pact she and her husband made early in their marriage to produce a film a year. Her solo work was marked by an emphasis on world mythology and the art of indigenous peoples.

"Independent Spirits: Faith Hubley/John Hubley" will be shown as part of a series of films beginning at noon on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the York Square Cinema.

Also being shown as part of the festival is a film by Yale graduate Beau Bauman, who is currently a story analyst for Jerry Bruckheimer Films. He is the screenwriter of and produced "tHE tOWeR oF BaBBLe," a comedy that explores how six different people can all be saying something different with exactly the same words. Bauman is a recent graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program and the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. His film will be shown as part of a series of shorts at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday at the Whitney Humanities Center.

Other screenings at the Whitney Humanities Center

Two feature films and selected shorts will be shown Saturday and Sunday at the Whitney Humanities Center. These reveal in microcosm the range of works being offered at Film Fest New Haven. They are:

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. -- "Zero Day," a drama by Ben Coccio about two high school friends who create their own nation and declare war on the world will be screened. A discussion will follow.

Saturday, 10:15 p.m. -- "Dark Heaven," a drama by Douglas Schulze about a city police officer wracked with guilt over the deaths of his wife and stillborn son, will be featured. The work will be preceded by the short film "Daughter."

Sunday, noon -- The shorts "Paradise Lounge," "King Returns," "Apples and Oranges" and "Lea's Voice" will be shown.

Sunday, 1:45 p.m. -- The shorts "The Perfect Gooseys," "Effraction," "Woman X," "tOWeR oF BaBBLe," "Creative Process 473" and "My Chorus" will be featured.

Children's program

New to the festival this year is a complete four-hour program for young people and their families that will take place on Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Little Theatre. The Young People's Program will feature films for pre-school-aged children up to young teens, and will also honor the achievements over 50 years of Weston Wood Studios, which creates film adaptations of best-loved children's books.

Other highlights

Films exploring the creative process of a top Polish fashion designer, the experiences of American Airline pilots making the flight from Boston to Los Angeles since Sept. 11; and the sad and comic lives of people in a trailer park are among the other offerings of the festival. In addition, a sampling of films from the Boston Underground Film Festival will be shown.

Film Fest New Haven is seeking volunteers to help at the festival and to assist with pre-festival publicity. Those interested should call (203) 776-6789 or send e-mail to info@filmfest.org.

Individual tickets for Film Fest New Haven shows are $10; $7 for students and seniors. A Film Buff Pass for all of the three-day events is $100, and a Weekend Pass for Saturday and Sunday shows is $50; $40 for students and seniors. A 3-Program Pass is $25. For further information on the film festival, call (203) 776-6789 or visit the festival's website at www.filmfest.org.


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