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"It's tempting to call "The Garden" a story of innocence and experience, of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and an excellent documentary that does them full justice." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
The Garden A Film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Lumiere Theatre 1572 California Street at Polk San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 267-4893
Special Appearances: On Friday 5/1/09 Producer/Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy will do Q/A after the 5:10 and 7:10 screenings On Saturday 5/2/09 Co-Producer Dominique Derrenger will do Q/A after the 7:10 screening
Special Appearances: On Friday 5/1/09 Co-Producer Dominique Derrenger and farmers Tezo and Rufina Juarez will do Q/A after the 7:00 screening On Saturday 5/2/09 Producer/Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy will do Q/A after the 2:30 and 7:00 screenings
MORE LOS ANGELES THEATRES (check theatres for show times and special guests)
25-Apr Kansas City AMC Mainstreet 27-Apr Newport, RI Jane Pickens 1-May San Francisco Landmark Theaters 1-May Berkeley Elmwood 8-May New York, NY Cinema Village 15-May Phoenix Valley Art 15-May DC E-Street 22-May Santa Rosa Rialto Lakeside 22-May Waterville, ME Railroad Square 5-Jun Grand Rapids, MI UICA 9-Jun Normal, IL Normal Theatre 6/11-6/14 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Film Forum 6/12-18/09 SLC, UT Broadway 19-Jun Tucson, AZ The Loft 6/26-6/28 Houston, TX MFA
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Binside TV had the pleasure of attending an exclusive Fame Route Performance by ELEW at "The Gates". The Gates is Manhattan's newest and luxurious restaurant lounge. Guests were served an array of decadent appetizers and sipped on Rose's cocktails. The event was held to benefit the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Allan Houston Foundation.
Jazz pianist, Eric "ELEW" Lewis, played his own rock opera renditions of popular songs by Coldplay, The Killers and Evanesance.
ELEW received applause from the audience which included Russell Simmons, Julie Henderson, NBA star Allan Houston and Jeffrey Wright (Cadillac Records).
ELEW is definitely a star on the rise and a talent to watch. We were amazed and captivated by his electric live performance.
According to Radar Online Social Services finally decided to do their jobs and paid Octo-mom, Nadya Suleman, a visit. Why is it taking so long to rescue those kids from Octo crazy? Watch Nadya's explanation for the visit.
The La Habra Police Department and Social Services of Orange County paid a visit to Nadya Suleman's
home Wednesday. Suleman says they told her they were there to
investigate a claim of neglect. Detectives and child welfare officials
were in the home in the early afternoon on Wednesday before returning
for a 45 minute interview on Wednesday afternoon. After the meeting,
the officials left and no children were removed from the home.
Suleman says she thinks her son Aidan's teacher made the call to
authorities after he went to school with a black eye and a bite mark on
his back from one of his siblings. The Octo-Mom said the teacher had
put a note in her son's backpack, but she hadn't seen it until Tuesday,
and assumes the teacher alerted authorities when she didn't respond.
Suleman said she doesn't expect a follow-up visit and that she isn't
upset that the officials investigated the claims. [ RADAR ONLINE]
Mel Gibson made a public appearance with his mistress at the red carpet premiere of X-Men Wolverine in LA. This the first time that Gibson and his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva have gone public with their relationship and made things official. PEOPLE confirmed the identity of Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva and shared details about the nasty divorce between Mel Gibson and his wife Robyn Moore of more than 30 years.
More than two weeks after his wife filed for divorce, Mel Gibson and girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva made their first public appearance at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine screening in L.A. Tuesday.
Holding hands, the 53-year-old actor -- in a black suit with a dark
gray shirt -- and Grigorieva, 38, did not stop to pose for
photographers, instead rushing inside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in
As Us Weekly previously reported Grigorieva is a Russian singer
who is signed to the his record label, Icon Records. She was hired to
compose a song for Gibson's upcoming thriller Edge of Darkness. The two got close on the Massachusetts set last summer but always tried to be discreet about their relationship.
"They would come out and attempt to walk around separately, but then at
the end of the day, they both returned to the same hotel," the on-set
source told Us. "She was there on and off for a week, but it was clear she had no business there other than to be with Mel." [US WEEKLY]
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt continued their showmance tour after their fake wedding for their MTV hit reality show "The Hills." The photo op couple seized the opportunity to show some PDA's for the cameras without letting a little swine flu get in the way. Speidi was caught wearing swine flu face masks at LAX airport. According to Contact Music the Speidi wedding was staged for ratings.
HEIDI MONTAG and SPENCER PRATT's Pasadena, California wedding will be another fake ceremony, according to U.S. reports.
The Hills stars staged a bogus ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in November (08) and now they're doing it again.
Sources tell In Touch magazine that Saturday's (25Apr09) wedding
at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena is nothing more than
a phony ceremony for the series finale of The Hills.
An insider tells the publication, "It’s all set up by the
producers of MTV to get people to watch. It’s just a plot line. They’re
not really getting married."
The magazine reports the wedding will be staged on a closed set with the entire The Hills cast in attendance.
Meanwhile, new reports suggest Montag will wear a dress designed
by Monique Lhuillier for the big day and she'll be dripping in more
than $1 million (£690,000) of on-loan jewellery. Her sister, Holly
Montag, will serve as maid of honour with Pratt's sister Stephanie as
The reception will reportedly be held at Wolfgang Puck's Cut steakhouse in Beverly Hills. [CONTACT MUSIC]
Kim Kardashian tells Life & Style that she has cellulite and is proud of her cottage cheese thighs. Kim K posed for a untouched photo shoot after her Complex Magazine photoshop controversy to prove that she was proud of her curves. Kim Kardashian also declares that her body and "assets" aren't fake because she hasn't had plastic surgery at all. Click here to read the article.
Kim Kardashian spent a night out with her sister Khloe Kardashian at a Pepsi Throwback Launch Party. Pepsi, roller skates, headbands and 80's spandex is always fun. Click here for more celebrity photos.
Julia Roberts gave a funny speech dedicated to Tom Hanks.
The Pretty Woman gave a cursing tribute and was swearing like a sailor. We didn't know Julia Roberts could drop so many f-bombs. Only Julia could get away with saying she didn't like Tom Hank's accent in The Terminal. Funny!! [spotted @ popcrunch]
Roberts proclaimed, "Alright well, it's late and I'm paying my babysitter overtime and I have to pee. So Tom, everybody f-----g likes you. All my bits are gone. Listen, I had lunch today with Rita [Wilson, Hanks' wife], and her t--s were here [motioned high] and her waist was here [motioned small] and her a-- was like that [motioned high], so what can I tell you that's new? Tom Hanks, what the f--k?"
She went on, “I love the Cohen brothers, but the hair Tom [in 2004's Ladykillers], I didn't even know what the f--k that movie was about!" And regarding “The Terminal” she quipped, "You in the airport with the accent? It was a pass for me. Airport? Were you just an immigrant lost? I didn't know. I love you, and I didn't know what to do, really. God, I’m wearing the same f-----g dress tonight as your publicist!"
Julia finally concluded her bizarre tirade, saying, "Listen, I've got to get home. But this much we know ... I will say this: Tom Hanks, I love you." [GOSSIP GIRLS]
Institute today announced the 12 projects selected for its annual June
Directors and Screenwriters Labs, taking place at the Sundance Resort in
Utah from June 2-26, 2009.Under the leadership of Michelle Satter, Director of the Sundance
Feature Film Program, and the artistic direction of Gyula Gazdag, the
projects selected for this year's program include emerging filmmakers from
the United States, China, India, Morocco, Latin America, the United
Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
The core of the Feature Film Program, these
Labs provide an opportunity for filmmakers to develop distinctive new work
under the guidance of accomplished Creative Advisors in an environment that
encourages innovation, collaboration, and
The projects and participants
selected for the June Directors
Lab from June 2-20 are:
·All Fall Down/Jonathan
Wysocki (writer/director), U.S.A.
·Beasts of the Southern
Wild/Benh Zeitlin (co-writer/director) and Lucy Alibar
·Goodnight Moon/Elgin James
·My Brother the Devil/Sally El
Hosaini (writer/director), U.K./Egypt
·The Narrow Frame of
Midnight/Tala Hadid (writer/director), Morocco/U.S.A.
·On the Ice/Andrew Okpeaha
MacLean (writer/director), U.S.A.
·The Story of Ram/Ritesh Batra
These Fellows will be joined at
the June Screenwriters Lab from
June 21-26 by the following projects and
·The American People/Keith Davis
·Hello, I Must Be
Going/Sarah Koskoff (writer) and Todd Louiso (director),
Ewijk (co-writer/director) and Abdelhadi Samih (co-writer), Netherlands/Morocco
·Little Wings/Emily Tang
(co-writer/director) and Chow Keung (co-writer), China
"We're thrilled to be supporting
such an exciting and inspired group of emerging independent artists," said
Satter. "Their work explores the richness of the human condition in
an increasingly global community, telling specific, personal stories with
humor, audacity, and grace. We're confident they will each flourish
in the creative and challenging atmosphere of the June Lab, where they will
have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their craft and do the deep
exploration needed to realize the full potential of their
Over the course of the Directors
Lab, the Fellows work with an accomplished group of Creative Advisors and
professional production crews, shooting and editing key scenes from their
scripts.Through this intense,
hands-on process, the Fellows workshop text, collaborate with actors, and
find a visual language for their film in an atmosphere where
experimentation is encouraged.Directors Lab Fellows also join in the week-long Screenwriters Lab
with four additional projects to participate in individualized story
sessions under the guidance of established screenwriters.
Gyula Gazdag returns for his 13th
year as Artistic Director of the Directors Lab.This year's other Creative Advisors include:Robert Redford, Michael Almereyda,
John August, Ronan Bennett, Walter Bernstein, Joan Darling, Caleb
Deschanel, Lisa Fruchtman, John Gatins, Michael Goldenberg, Keith Gordon,
Susannah Grant, Randa Haines, Catherine Hardwicke, Ed Harris, Etgar Keret,
Michael Lehmann, Peter Medak, Walter Mosley, Jeremy Pikser, Howard Rodman,
Susan Shilliday, Stewart Stern, Wesley Strick, Joan Tewkesbury, Tyger
Williams, Alfre Woodard, and Doug Wright.
The participants and project selected
for the 2009 June Directors Lab are:
All Fall Down/Jonathan Wysocki (writer/director), U.S.A.:When a
nine-year-old suburban boy makes the ill-fated decision to dress up as
Osama bin Laden on Halloween 2001, the fragile underpinnings of his
dysfunctional family are exposed.
starting his career in theatre, Southern California native Jonathan Wysocki went on to obtain
an MFA in Film Production at UCLA, where he wrote, directed and edited four
short narratives, including the award-winning films The Way Station and The Vessel Pitches.He currently teaches Film Studies
at Chapman University and is a feature programmer for the Los Angeles Film
Beasts of the Southern
(co-writer/director) and Lucy Alibar (co-writer), U.S.A.:In this epic comedy, a ferocious ten-year-old girl
refuses to evacuate her home in the Louisiana Delta without her dying
father as the Southern Apocalypse descends upon
Raised by two folklorists in Queens NY, Benh
Zeitlin is a director, animator, and composer for the Court
13 coterie. Director of award-winning shorts Egg, Origins of
Electricity, I Get Wet and
Glory at Sea, he currently resides in New Orleans, where he is
developing two feature films and transforming Glory at
Sea's ship, the U.S.S Jimmy Lee, into a rolling, popcorn
making movie projector cum Mardi-Gras float in preparation for carnival
Lucy Alibarwas raised in
north Florida and south Georgia. Her plays have been performed at
Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Cherry Lane, and Dixon Place, as well as
theaters in Avignon, Montreal, and Johannesburg. She is a playwright
in residence at Ensemble Studio Theatre and an Affiliated Artist of New
Goodnight Moon/Elgin James
(writer/director), U.S.A.:Amidst the stark landscape of the
Salton Sea, two 14-year-old girls test the limits of their friendship when
one follows the other in an escape to Los Angeles, only to discover that
the boredom of home may be better than learning to survive in the big
As a homeless teenager, Elgin James founded a national
street gang that robbed drug dealers to give money to charity. After a life
spent torn between violence and altruism, James crawled out of the criminal
lifestyle and settled in Los Angeles. The following year, he shot a short
film version of Goodnight Moon,
which ultimately sold to THINKFilm.
My Brother the Devil/Sally El Hosaini (writer/director), United Kingdom/Egypt:Two teenage brothers must face their prejudices head on if they are
to survive the perils of being young, Arab, British and Muslim on the
streets of gangland London, post 9/11.
Sally El Hosaini is an
Egyptian-Welsh writer/director based in London. After making award-winning
documentaries in Belgium, Yemen, and post-Saddam Iraq, she turned to
writing and directing narrative short films.Her short film The Fifth Bowl won a regional
BAFTA Award, and her latest short, Henna Night, will play the Cannes
Film Festival next month.
Porfirio/Alejandro Landes (writer/director), Brazil/Ecuador:After years of waiting for his pension, a Colombian man confined to
a wheelchair hijacks a plane with his unwitting teenage son in an effort to
draw the attention of the President to his plight.
Alejandro Landes was born in Sao
Paulo, and holds Colombian, Ecuadorian and Brazilian citizenship.After graduating from Brown
University in 2003 and working in the television, newspaper, and film
development worlds, Landes made the feature documentary Cocalero, which premiered at the
2007 Sundance Film Festival.The film went on to screen at 50 international film festivals and
enjoyed theatrical distribution in more than 10 countries.Landes was a Cannes Cinefondation
resident in 2009.
The Narrow Frame of Midnight/Tala Hadid
(writer/director), Morocco/U.S.A.:From North Africa to the bleak winter landscapes of Northern France
and beyond, two refugees struggle to find their place in a world without
Born in London,
Tala Hadid splits her time
between New York and Morocco. In 2000 she was awarded a fellowship to study
film at the graduate film department at Columbia University. Her
thesis film, Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan, won the 2005 Cinecolor/Kodak
Prize and received a Student Academy Award. It has screened and won prizes
at numerous film festivals around the world, including the Panorama Best
Short Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Hadid’s work has screened
at the MOMA, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C, L’Institut
du monde Arabe and the Cinémathèque
Française in Paris and the Photographer’s Gallery in
the Ice/Andrew MacLean
(writer/director), U.S.A.:On the
snow-covered arctic tundra, at the top of the world in Barrow, Alaska, two
Iñuit teenagers try to get away with murder.
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is an Iñupiaq
filmmaker born and raised in Alaska. As a short film, Sikumi (On the Ice) premiered at
the 2008 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize in Short
Filmmaking and went on to many other awards at festivals around the
world.He is a recipient of a
United States Artists Rasmuson Fellowship, the John H. Johnson Film Award,
and the 2007-2008 Riese Award, among other honors.MacLean holds his MFA in film
directing from NYU.
The Story of Ram/Ritesh Batra (writer/director), U.S.A./India:A
chance encounter over the radio waves leads to an extraordinary friendship
between the Prime Minister of India and an ordinary tea vendor, which ends
up transforming a nation.
Born and raised in
Bombay, India, Ritesh Joginder
Batra is based in New York and attends the MBA/MFA dual degree program
at the Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business at NYU. In
2006, he was selected for the MAISHA Film Lab, and in 2007 completed the
award-winning short film The Morning
Ritual. Batra recently worked on a feature screenplay for director
The participants and projects joining
the directors at the 2008 June Screenwriters Lab
The American People/Keith Davis (writer/director), U.S.A.: Deep in
the heart of Alabama wiregrass country, a woman haunted by visions of the
future struggles to find hope when a shattering loss fractures her
A native of Ozark, Alabama, Keith Davis received his MFA in
acting from the Yale School of Drama and is an MFA candidate at NYU’s
Graduate Film Program. As a writer/director, his short Surface of Things screened at
several festivals including Chicago International, AFI/Dallas and Palm
Springs International ShortFest. As an actor he has performed in film
and television as well as on Broadway in Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington. As an editor he has
recently completed three short projects with Spike Lee.
Hello, I Must Be Going/Sarah Koskoff (writer) and Todd Louiso (director), U.S.A.:Divorced, childless, and demoralized, Amy Minsky's
prospects look bleak when she is condemned to move back in with her parents
at the age of 40—until the unexpected attention of a bold teenage boy
Sarah Koskoff is a writer
living in Los Angeles.She has
also worked as an actor in film, television and theater.Hello, I Must Be Going is her first screenplay.
Todd Louiso is an actor and
credits include Love, Liza with
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates, and The Marc Pease Experience with Jason Schwartzman and Ben
Land/Jan Williem van-Ewijk(co-writer/director) and Abdelhadi Samih (co-writer), Netherlands/Morocco: Lost between
the contrasting worlds of visiting European tourists in the summer and the
emptiness of his fishing village in the winter, a Moroccan windsurfer sets
out on an ocean voyage towards Europe in an effort to make sense of his
Dutch filmmaker Jan-Willem van Ewijk has a Masters
Degree in Aircraft Design and worked as an investment banker before
writing, directing, producing, editing and starring in his debut feature
film Nu. (Now), which he shot
entirely with friends and family. Nu. screened at festivals around the world, including Montreal,
Seattle and Paris, where it received the Grand Jury Prize at the European
Independent Film Festival.
Abdelhadi Samih, a Moroccan
poet and playwright, has written and directed several plays for his
Safi-based theatre group WHASHM. His award winning work includes The Symphony of Masks and Verses of Madness. Abdelhadi is
president of the Safi Theatre Alliance.
Little Wings/Emily Tang (co-writer/director) and Chow Keung (co-writer), China:The murder of a teenage prostitute, recently emigrated
from China to Hong Kong, shakes the lives of her previously indifferent
family members across the border.
Born in Sichuan Provence and raised in Beijing, Emily Tang received her Master of
Arts in Drama in the Chinese National Institute of the Arts and attended
the directing program at the Central Academy of Drama, which paved the way
for her career as a director. In 2001, she directed her debut film Conjugation, which had its world
premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival. That same year, she
emigrated to Hong Kong, where she now resides.
Born in Hong Kong, Chow Keung studied anthropology,
sociology and media studies in Hong Kong and New York. Upon returning to
Hong Kong, he worked for the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Hong Kong Film
Critics Society before devoting himself full time to filmmaking. In 2003,
he co-founded Xstream Pictures with Jia Zhangke and Yu Lik-wai.He has produced 17 independent
Chinese feature films, including Still Life (winner, Golden Lion Award, 2006 Venice
International Film Festival), UselessDiao
Yinan’s Uniform (winner,
Dragons and Tigers Award, 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival) and
Emily Tang’s Perfect Life
(winner, Dragons and Tigers Award, 2008 Vancouver International Film
Since 1981, the Sundance Institute
Feature Film Program (FFP) has supported more than 450 independent
filmmakers whose distinctive, singular work has engaged audiences
worldwide. Program staff fully embrace the unique vision of each filmmaker,
encouraging a rigorous creative process with a focus on original and deeply
personal storytelling. Each year, up to 25 emerging filmmakers from the
U.S. and around the world participate in a year-round continuum of support
which can include the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Composers Lab,
Creative Producing Summit, ongoing creative and strategic advice,
significant production and postproduction resources, a rough-cut screening
initiative, a Screenplay Reading Series, and direct financial support
through project-specific grants and artist fellowships. In many cases, the
Institute has helped the Program’s fellows attach producers and talent,
secure financing, and assemble other significant resources to move their
projects toward production and presentation. In 2008 the FFP launched the
Creative Producing Fellowship, a year-long program for emerging independent
producers, which includes the Feature Film Creative Producing Lab, industry
mentorship and financial support.
its 28 year history, the program has supported an extensive list of leading
independent filmmakers and films including Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre, Sophie Barthes' Cold Souls, So Yong
Kim's Treeless Mountain, Cherien
Dabis' Amreeka, Cruz Angeles and Maria
Topete's Don't Let Me Drown, Alex
Rivera's Sleep Dealer, Fernando Eimbcke's Lake
Tahoe, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s Half Nelson,
Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, Hany
Abu-Assad’s Paradise Now, Debra Granik’s Down to
the Bone, Josh Marston’s Maria Full of Grace, Peter
Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas, John Cameron Mitchell’s
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem
for a Dream, Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don't Cry, Tony
Bui’s Three Seasons, Walter Salles’ Central
Station, Chris Eyre and Sherman Alexie’s Smoke
Signals, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard Eight, Tamara
Jenkins’ Slums of Beverly Hills, and Quentin Tarantino’s
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981,
Sundance Institute is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the
development of original storytelling in film and theatre, and presents the
annual Sundance Film Festival. Internationally recognized for its artistic
development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film
composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured
such projects as Angels in America, Spring
Awakening, Boys Don't Cry, Sin Nombre and Born
into Brothels. www.sundance.org.