Friday, October 2, 2009

A panel and a movie and more insanity

I am off to a very timely panel discussion on the economy and filmmaking, moderated by Ron Nyswaner, who wrote the screenplay for "Philadelphia."

At 7 p.m. I will be in my former hometown, two times around, to see "Racing Dreams."

Hands gripped to the steering wheel, feet light and quick on the peddles, eyes fixed on the track, and hearts pumping out of their chests, Annabeth, Josh, and Brandon whiz past the finish line and into our hearts in Marshall Curry's “Racing Dreams.” The racers, ages 11-13, are competing in the World Karting Association’s National Championship, with dreams of becoming professional NASCAR drivers one day. Marshall's lens captures both the thrill of the races and the ups and downs his subjects deal with off the racetrack: the giddiness brought on by young love, the tears of a boy whose father can't seem to get it together, and the struggles of parents and guardians trying to find the funds to support their child's dream. Winner of the Best Documentary award at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the film is sure to delight and inspire audiences of all ages. (Emily Suttmeier and Julie Mariel Anzovino)
Marshall Curry directed the Academy Award¨-nominated documentary, "Street Fight," which won numerous awards and was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy. Marshall was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film" and he was awarded the International Documentary Association (IDA) Jacqueline Donnet Filmmaker Award.

Then it's a stop off at the ukulele concert at the Colony Cafe, then onto the Bearsville Theater for the documentary on The Doors, "When You're Strange."

My jets are fired, and I am off, full of a second wind. Though this is starting to become a grind.

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