Stop By. Watch Films.
This weekend the Savannah College of Art and Design cranks up its annual film festival. In recent years the event has been growing in size and status; 2007's eight-day affair is one of the most star-studded.
Guests include Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, highly respected filmmakers Milos Forman and John Sayles, Spider-Man heartthrob James Franco (touting his self-helmed movie Good Time Max) and Rush Hour director Brett Ratner.
The festival is geared toward independent and pioneering films like The Kite Runner, The Diving Bell & the Butterfly, and Reservation Road. There are categories for dramatic features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student films, all competing for awards.
One of the festival's best presentations will be at the Lucas Theatre (a sexier version of the Sottile), where Kodak hopes to convert a few videophiles with "Stop By. Shoot Film." It's a free event where registered attendees can spend two hours shooting a scene on 16mm, supervised by a top-notch cinematographer.
"Shoot Film" might not convince everyone to start using celluloid, but it's a great opportunity to find out how tough it is to get some decent footage in the can — fostering a greater appreciation of films in the process.
For more details about the guests, films, workshops, and panels, visit www.scad.edu/filmfest. —Nick Smith
What better way for Redux Contemporary Art Center to celebrate its fifth anniversary than with — wait for it — Swedish animation?
On Nov. 8 at 6 p.m., a showcase of Nordic shorts, music videos, and artist films will be shown under the title of Daydream Nation.
While the center's real anniversary celebrations kick off at the end of November, its growth as a well-rounded gallery of contemporary media is neatly symbolized by the screenings. Daydream Nation is presented by Package Deals, a Brooklyn-based organization with the smart idea of presenting films from around the world in country-by-country bundles.
Redux is also screening B.I.K.E., a documentary that looks behind the scenes at the Black Label Bike Club, which struggles against consumer culture and rival underground bicycle clubs in its bid for two-wheeled supremacy.
It might sound like a spoof, but the club is a 15-year-old international organization deadly earnest in its belief that one day soon, cars will be extinct and bicycles will reign supreme (as modes of transport, at least). The film was directed by Anthony Howard.
The Redux screening is on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. —Nick Smith