Music: Jazz with Michaela Coppola, Amanda Bellitto on Thurs., July 7

Jazz guitarist Michaela Coppola and vocalist Amanda Bellitto will perform at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, July 7. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Amanda Bellitto is a jazz vocalist out of Fairfield, Connecticut. She has been singing for eight years, and performing professionally since the age of 15. She performs regularly in a jazz duo with Michaela Coppola on guitar, and a pop/folk duo with Jerome Goosman. She is also part of a quartet with Jake Epstein, Esdras Lubin and Jack Srebnik.

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At age thirteen, Michaela Coppola became the youngest performing member of the Fairfield County Jazz Guild, where she developed her Jazz improvisational skills on the stage of local Jazz Club, Two Boots, in Bridgeport. During this time, she mainly played with college music majors and made some guest appearances with local professional Jazz artists.

For the past three years, Michaela has been performing semi-professionally with her father, renowned jazz guitarist Michael Coppola, at many events such as the Montreal Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada; The Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, Tennessee and Connecticut’s Levitt Pavilion and other venues. She is a regular performing artist in the house band of the monthly Jazz Jam at Café Nine in New Haven, Connecticut as well as other local Connecticut clubs and restaurants. She was featured at Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum’s Guitar Series with Master Jazz Guitarist, Gene Bertoncini and has also performed with Jazz Piano Legend, Don Trenner and many others.

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Her thirst for knowledge brought her to the Litchfield Summer Jazz Program under the tutelage of masters such as Claudio Roditti and Dave Stryker and the Neighborhood Music School Summer Program with Wayne Escoffrey.Michaela just graduated from ACES Education Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut and studied with Jeff Fuller and Jim Martin. Michaela was selected as the lead guitarist for the 2012 and 2013 Connecticut Regional Jazz Festival, 2013 Connecticut All State Jazz Festival and the 2013 National Honor Jazz Ensemble. Michaela is also a member of the Shoreline Community Big Band. Currently Michaela is a student at The New School of Jazz in New York City. She studies with Vic Juris, Jimmy Owens, and Gerard D’Angelo.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM, SPECTRAL FANGS

• Sunday, July 3. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, July 6. STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW

• Thursday, July 7. JAZZ: MICHAELA COPPOLA & AMANDA BELLITTO

• Friday, July 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOSÉ OYOLA, REBECCA KESSLER OF VIOLENT MAE (SOLO)

• Saturday, July 9. FILM SCREENING: A DARK ROOM FILM FEST WITH TONY JULIANO

• Sunday, July 10. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”)

• Monday, July 11. FILM SCREENING: “REMEMBER”

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Thursday, July 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE ROCK: DANIELLE CAPALBO

• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE

• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”

• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM

• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.

• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”

• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE

• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS

• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”

• Wednesday, Aug. 10. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Thursday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Free Sunday afternoon bluegrass jam this Sun., 2-5 PM

The “First Sunday” Hamden Bluegrass Jam—hosted by GuitarTown CT Productions—takes place this Sunday afternoon, July 3, from 2—5 PM in Best Video Performance Space. There is no cover so come on down—have a coffee, beer or glass of wine and enjoy the music. It’s all acoustic and mostly traditional. Any and all bluegrass players are welcome.

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Bring your instrument or just bring your ears. Come to pick or just to listen.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUINN HARLEY, LILIANA MALDONADO

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM, SPECTRAL FANGS

• Sunday, July 3. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, July 6. STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW

• Thursday, July 7. JAZZ: MICHAELA COPPOLA & AMANDA BELLITTO

• Friday, July 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOSÉ OYOLA, REBECCA KESSLER OF VIOLENT MAE (SOLO)

• Saturday, July 9. FILM SCREENING: A DARK ROOM FILM FEST WITH TONY JULIANO

• Sunday, July 10. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”)

• Monday, July 11. FILM SCREENING: “REMEMBER”

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Thursday, July 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE ROCK: DANIELLE CAPALBO

• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE

• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”

• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM

• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.

• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”

• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE

• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS

• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”

• Wednesday, Aug. 10. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Thursday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

New releases 6/28/16

Top Hits
Eye in the Sky (war drama, Helen Mirren. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 73. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen  Holden’s Times review: “An alternative title to ‘Eye in the Sky,’ a riveting thriller about drone warfare and its perils, might be ‘Passing the Buck.’ When urgent life-or-death decisions are required in a race against time to kill terrorists preparing a suicide attack, officials, wary of being held responsible for civilian casualties, repeatedly “refer up” to higher authorities for final approval.” Read more…)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (comedy, Tina Fey. Rotten Tomatoes: 68%. Metacritic: 57. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “Based on Kim Barker’s memoir, ‘The Taliban Shuffle,’ ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ contains the fondly, proudly recalled details of battle-tested experience. Kim — last name ‘Baker’ in the film — goes from typing TV news in an office to a tour of duty as a journalist in war-ravaged Afghanistan. She dashes into a shootout to get video, parries the clumsy advances of an Afghan government official and frequents the hormone-addled expat party scene. Somewhere along the way, she also finds herself and cracks a few jokes. That’s not entirely unexpected, because Kim is played by Tina Fey, an old hand at portraying the self-deprecating, nerdy workaholic getting a handle on her personal life.” Read more…)

Kung Fu Panda 3 (animated feature, Jack Black [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 66. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “That give this entry in the franchise [directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh Nelson] a darker feel than the first two — young viewers will have to process not only the scary Kai, but also thoughts of mortality, absence, selfhood, afterlife. But if they’re familiar with the earlier movies, they’ll know that the tenacious Po is not about to let his beloved teacher, Shifu [Mr. Hoffman], or his five fighting sidekicks [voiced by Ms. Jolie, Ms. Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan and David Cross] be turned into trinkets.” Read more…)

Mistress America (comedy, Greta Gerwig. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%. Metacritic: 75. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen  Holden’s Times review: “Noah Baumbach’s ‘Mistress America’ advertises itself as a screwball comedy. But this smart, fast-paced film is not really the zany, lighter-than-air divertissement that the term usually conjures. There are scattered sharp one-liners, but not enough to infuse the movie with a sustained bonhomie. It’s fair to say that “Mistress America” revises and subverts this most buoyant of genres with a steady undertow of anxiety, dread and anger.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Eye in the Sky

New Foreign
RamsRams (Iceland, drama, Sigurdur Sigurjonsson. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 82. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “Even though they live in rural Iceland, thousands of miles from the Holy Land, and in a modern reality of computers and mechanized farm equipment, Gummi and Kiddi have a decidedly Old Testament vibe. It’s not just the untended beards and the well-tended sheep. The two men, who live on neighboring farms in a quiet valley, are feuding brothers, locked in a sibling rivalry that recalls Jacob and Esau or Cain and Abel. The sources of the bad blood are never specified, but it trickles though ‘Rams,’ Grimur Hakonarson’s new film, like an icy stream.” Read more…)

Rabin: The Last Day (Israel, docudrama, Yitzhak Hizkiya. Rotten Tomatoes: 65%. Metacritic: 66. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review of Israeli director Amos Gitai’s movie about the assassintion of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin: “Rabin” is not merely an expression of political pessimism, though it certainly is that. In movie terms, it is radically negative, undermining any of the genre categories that might make sense of it. It’s a political thriller with an almost infinite tolerance for tedium, a detective story with an obvious culprit, a courtroom procedural caught up in irrelevant details. It’s a profoundly frustrating movie, which is to say that it’s an authentic expression of profound frustration.” Read more…)

Detective Montalbano: Episodes 27 & 28 (Italy, detective series, Luca Zingaretti)
Young Montalbano: Episodes 7-9 (Italy, detective series, Michele Riondino)
Margarita with a Straw (India/United States, drama/romance, Kalki Koechlin. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. Metacritic: 63.)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, legendary Stanley Kubrick Cold War black comedy in Criterion edition, Peter Sellers. Rotten Tomatoes: 99%. Metacritic: 96. From Bosley Crowther’s 1964 New York Times review[requires log-in]: “Stanley Kubrick’s new film, called ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,’ is beyond any question the most shattering sick joke I’ve ever come across. And I say that with full recollection of some of the grim ones I’ve heard from Mort Sahl, some of the cartoons I’ve seen by Charles Addams, and some of the stuff I’ve read in Mad magazine. For this brazenly jesting speculation of what might happen within the Pentagon and within the most responsible council of the President of the United States if some maniac Air Force general should suddenly order a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union is at the same time one of the cleverest and most incisive satiric thrusts at the awkwardness and folly of the military that has ever been on the screen.” Read more…)

Really Weird Tales (1987, made-for-TV comedy genre spoofs, John Candy)

New Documentaries
Elstree 1976 (Star Wars extras, pop culture, movie history. Rotten Tomatoes: 81%. Metacritic: 66. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Neil Genzlinger’s Times review: “‘Elstree 1976,’ a documentary both sweet and bittersweet, might sound as if it’s only for “Star Wars” nerds. But in telling a small story of bit players, the director, Jon Spira, captures a more universal picture of the droplets of fame created by a pop-culture tidal wave.” Read more…)

Dream/Killer (criminal justice, wrongful conviction. From Ken Jaworski’s New York Times review: “I won’t reveal the end of ‘dream/killer,’ but I will predict what you’ll feel after watching it: This documentary elicits large measures of incredulity, frustration and astonishment.” Read more…)

Fastball (sports, baseball, physics, Narrated by Kevin Costner. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%. Metacritic: 74. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Neil Genzlinger’s Times review: “The narration, read by Kevin Costner, finds a certain elemental beauty in the confrontation that takes place when a good hitter is challenged by a good fastball pitcher. It is, Mr. Costner says, ‘a showdown between the fastest it’s humanly possible to throw a ball and the fastest it’s humanly possible to react to it.’ This appealing documentary makes you understand why aficionados regard baseball as a form of poetry.” Read more…)

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (movie history, sci-fi/fantasy, stop motion animation. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%.)

New Gay & Lesbian DVDs
Margarita with a Straw (India/United States, drama/romance, Kalki Koechlin)

New Children’s DVDs
Kung_Fu_Panda_3Kung Fu Panda 3 (animated feature, Jack Black [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 66. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “That give this entry in the franchise [directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh Nelson] a darker feel than the first two — young viewers will have to process not only the scary Kai, but also thoughts of mortality, absence, selfhood, afterlife. But if they’re familiar with the earlier movies, they’ll know that the tenacious Po is not about to let his beloved teacher, Shifu [Mr. Hoffman], or his five fighting sidekicks [voiced by Ms. Jolie, Ms. Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan and David Cross] be turned into trinkets.” Read more…)

New film series—”5 Great Directors, 5 Great Moral Dilemmas”—begins Mon., July 11

Directors_Dilemmas_flyer_WebThe next Best Video Film & Cultural Center film series begins Monday, July 11, with a screening of Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s recent thriller “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer. The series, presented in concert with Temple Beth Sholom’s Adult Education program, features five films by great directors that eal with pressing moral dilemmas. The series runs on consecutive Mondays from July 11 through August 8. Each screening starts at 7:15 PM and admission is $7. (Temple Beth Sholom members get in for free.)

Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic from Temple Beth Sholom will introduce the movie and lead the discussion for “Remember” and “Magnificent Obsession;” Best Video founder Hank Paper will do the same for “Lifeboat,” “Ace in the Hole,” and “The Train.”

The schedule:

July 11: Atom Egoyan’s “REMEMBER” • A resident with dementia, played by Christopher Plummer, escapes from his nursing home to track down and assassinate the former Auschwitz guard who killed his family during World War II. Martin Landau is his fellow resident and plotter who aids his search across the country in this suspenseful, twisty tale from the director of The Sweet Hereafter.

July 18: Alfred Hitchcock’s “LIFEBOAT” • Nothing stretches the boundaries of morality and suspense like people in a lifeboat. In this masterpiece of twists and ongoing perilous decisions, Tallulah Bankhead gives a career-defining performance in the good company of Hume Cronyn, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, and Henry Hull. But Hitchcock’s artistry is the true star.

July 25: Billy Wilder’s “ACE IN THE HOLE” • A scrabbling and ambitious journalist exploits the sufferings of the victims of a coal mine disaster in order to jump-start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. This brilliant un-Hollywood film, with white hot acting by Kirk Douglas, was way ahead of its time in 1951. In an era of social networking and the 24 hour news cycle, this film’s time is now.

August 1: John Frankenheimer’s “THE TRAIN” • What is worth more: a masterpiece of art or a human life? Like “The Swimmer,” this Burt Lancaster film is unforgettable. A stationmaster and resistance leader is asked to stop — at any cost — a heavily guarded Nazi train filled with France’s best paintings. Non-stop suspense, ingenious plotting and a philosophic context keep this film on track as a celluloid masterpiece. With Jeanne Moreau and Paul Scofield as the equally determined, art connoisseur commandant of the titular train.

August 8: Douglas Sirk’s “MAGINIFICENT OBSESSION” • When a rich, self-absorbed playboy crashes his speedboat on a lake, the only ambulance in town saves his life rather than tending to a stricken self-sacrificing doctor. When the doctor dies, it sets in motion a journey of unexpected twists and turns leading to a higher power, including a torrid and forbidden love.

New releases 6/28/16

Top Hits
Eye in the Sky (war drama, Helen Mirren. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 73. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen  Holden’s Times review: “An alternative title to ‘Eye in the Sky,’ a riveting thriller about drone warfare and its perils, might be ‘Passing the Buck.’ When urgent life-or-death decisions are required in a race against time to kill terrorists preparing a suicide attack, officials, wary of being held responsible for civilian casualties, repeatedly “refer up” to higher authorities for final approval.” Read more…)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (comedy, Tina Fey. Rotten Tomatoes: 68%. Metacritic: 57. From Nicolas Rapold’s New York Times review: “Based on Kim Barker’s memoir, ‘The Taliban Shuffle,’ ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ contains the fondly, proudly recalled details of battle-tested experience. Kim — last name ‘Baker’ in the film — goes from typing TV news in an office to a tour of duty as a journalist in war-ravaged Afghanistan. She dashes into a shootout to get video, parries the clumsy advances of an Afghan government official and frequents the hormone-addled expat party scene. Somewhere along the way, she also finds herself and cracks a few jokes. That’s not entirely unexpected, because Kim is played by Tina Fey, an old hand at portraying the self-deprecating, nerdy workaholic getting a handle on her personal life.” Read more…)

Kung Fu Panda 3 (animated feature, Jack Black [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 66. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “That give this entry in the franchise [directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh Nelson] a darker feel than the first two — young viewers will have to process not only the scary Kai, but also thoughts of mortality, absence, selfhood, afterlife. But if they’re familiar with the earlier movies, they’ll know that the tenacious Po is not about to let his beloved teacher, Shifu [Mr. Hoffman], or his five fighting sidekicks [voiced by Ms. Jolie, Ms. Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan and David Cross] be turned into trinkets.” Read more…)

Mistress America (comedy, Greta Gerwig. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%. Metacritic: 75. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Stephen  Holden’s Times review: “Noah Baumbach’s ‘Mistress America’ advertises itself as a screwball comedy. But this smart, fast-paced film is not really the zany, lighter-than-air divertissement that the term usually conjures. There are scattered sharp one-liners, but not enough to infuse the movie with a sustained bonhomie. It’s fair to say that “Mistress America” revises and subverts this most buoyant of genres with a steady undertow of anxiety, dread and anger.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Eye in the Sky

New Foreign
RamsRams (Iceland, drama, Sigurdur Sigurjonsson. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%. Metacritic: 82. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “Even though they live in rural Iceland, thousands of miles from the Holy Land, and in a modern reality of computers and mechanized farm equipment, Gummi and Kiddi have a decidedly Old Testament vibe. It’s not just the untended beards and the well-tended sheep. The two men, who live on neighboring farms in a quiet valley, are feuding brothers, locked in a sibling rivalry that recalls Jacob and Esau or Cain and Abel. The sources of the bad blood are never specified, but it trickles though ‘Rams,’ Grimur Hakonarson’s new film, like an icy stream.” Read more…)

Rabin: The Last Day (Israel, docudrama, Yitzhak Hizkiya. Rotten Tomatoes: 65%. Metacritic: 66. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review of Israeli director Amos Gitai’s movie about the assassintion of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin: “Rabin” is not merely an expression of political pessimism, though it certainly is that. In movie terms, it is radically negative, undermining any of the genre categories that might make sense of it. It’s a political thriller with an almost infinite tolerance for tedium, a detective story with an obvious culprit, a courtroom procedural caught up in irrelevant details. It’s a profoundly frustrating movie, which is to say that it’s an authentic expression of profound frustration.” Read more…)

Detective Montalbano: Episodes 27 & 28 (Italy, detective series, Luca Zingaretti)
Young Montalbano: Episodes 7-9 (Italy, detective series, Michele Riondino)
Margarita with a Straw (India/United States, drama/romance, Kalki Koechlin. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%. Metacritic: 63.)

New American Back Catalog DVDs (post-1960)
Dr_Strangelove_CriterionDr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, legendary Stanley Kubrick Cold War black comedy in Criterion edition, Peter Sellers. Rotten Tomatoes: 99%. Metacritic: 96. From Bosley Crowther’s 1964 New York Times review[requires log-in]: “Stanley Kubrick’s new film, called ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,’ is beyond any question the most shattering sick joke I’ve ever come across. And I say that with full recollection of some of the grim ones I’ve heard from Mort Sahl, some of the cartoons I’ve seen by Charles Addams, and some of the stuff I’ve read in Mad magazine. For this brazenly jesting speculation of what might happen within the Pentagon and within the most responsible council of the President of the United States if some maniac Air Force general should suddenly order a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union is at the same time one of the cleverest and most incisive satiric thrusts at the awkwardness and folly of the military that has ever been on the screen.” Read more…)

Really Weird Tales (1987, made-for-TV comedy genre spoofs, John Candy)

New Documentaries
Elstree 1976 (Star Wars extras, pop culture, movie history. Rotten Tomatoes: 81%. Metacritic: 66. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Neil Genzlinger’s Times review: “‘Elstree 1976,’ a documentary both sweet and bittersweet, might sound as if it’s only for “Star Wars” nerds. But in telling a small story of bit players, the director, Jon Spira, captures a more universal picture of the droplets of fame created by a pop-culture tidal wave.” Read more…)

Dream/Killer (criminal justice, wrongful conviction. From Ken Jaworski’s New York Times review: “I won’t reveal the end of ‘dream/killer,’ but I will predict what you’ll feel after watching it: This documentary elicits large measures of incredulity, frustration and astonishment.” Read more…)

Fastball (sports, baseball, physics, Narrated by Kevin Costner. Rotten Tomatoes: 89%. Metacritic: 74. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Neil Genzlinger’s Times review: “The narration, read by Kevin Costner, finds a certain elemental beauty in the confrontation that takes place when a good hitter is challenged by a good fastball pitcher. It is, Mr. Costner says, ‘a showdown between the fastest it’s humanly possible to throw a ball and the fastest it’s humanly possible to react to it.’ This appealing documentary makes you understand why aficionados regard baseball as a form of poetry.” Read more…)

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (movie history, sci-fi/fantasy, stop motion animation. Rotten Tomatoes: 91%.)

New Gay & Lesbian DVDs
Margarita with a Straw (India/United States, drama/romance, Kalki Koechlin)

New Children’s DVDs
Kung_Fu_Panda_3Kung Fu Panda 3 (animated feature, Jack Black [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 66. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “That give this entry in the franchise [directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh Nelson] a darker feel than the first two — young viewers will have to process not only the scary Kai, but also thoughts of mortality, absence, selfhood, afterlife. But if they’re familiar with the earlier movies, they’ll know that the tenacious Po is not about to let his beloved teacher, Shifu [Mr. Hoffman], or his five fighting sidekicks [voiced by Ms. Jolie, Ms. Liu, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan and David Cross] be turned into trinkets.” Read more…)

Music: Post-punk from Telegram Scam, Spectral Fangs Fri., July 1

Post-punk bands Telegram Scam and Spectral Fangs play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, July 1. The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

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Telegram Scam

Telegram Scam is a rock & roll band hailing from New Haven, CT. Their fusion of wall-of-sound guitars, darkwave synths, and melodic vocals have garnered comparison to The Raveonettes, My Bloody Valentine, and The Cure, and caught the attention of college and independent radio in the U.S. and Europe. Brian Slattery of The New Haven Independent has described them as “the moodier, atmospheric end of rock, raucous and dreamy at the same time.” Currently they are gigging in support of their debut EP, “Good Looking Corpses,”with a follow-up expected in late 2016.

Originally a three-piece garage band with dreamy drifts, Spectral Fangs expanded in November 2012 to fit waves of reverb and power pop sensibilities. Now the band floats tight melodies high above a coalescence of ’60s soul, ’70s punk, irreverent ’90s rock and indie pop.

Photo by Erin Waterfall

Photo by Erin Waterfall

Spectral Fangs’ influences range from T.Rex and Belle and Sebastian to The Soft Boys, Dinosaur Jr., The dBs and The Left Banke. This reflects only a sliver of the vast music catalogue galvanizing the band—and the many projects that each Fang has embarked upon since they were teenagers growing up in the Tri-State Area.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Tuesday, June 28. “THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF MAKING A MOVIE”—A FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

• Wednesday, June 29. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS CD RELEASE SHOW

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUINN HARLEY, LILIANA MALDONADO

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM, SPECTRAL FANGS

• Sunday, July 3. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, July 6. STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW

• Thursday, July 7. JAZZ: MICHAELA COPPOLA & AMANDA BELLITTO

• Friday, July 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOSÉ OYOLA, REBECCA KESSLER OF VIOLENT MAE (SOLO)

• Saturday, July 9. FILM SCREENING: A DARK ROOM FILM FEST WITH TONY JULIANO

• Sunday, July 10. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”)

• Monday, July 11. FILM SCREENING: “REMEMBER”

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Thursday, July 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE ROCK: DANIELLE CAPALBO

• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE

• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”

• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM

• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.

• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”

• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE

• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS

• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”

• Wednesday, Aug. 10. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Thursday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

Music: Singer-songwriters Quinn Harley, Liliana Maldonado Thurs., June 30

Singer-songwriters Quinn Harley and Liliana Maldonado perform at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, June 30. The music starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

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Quinn Harley

Quinn Harley, fifteen, is an indie folk pop singer/songwriter from Bethany, CT. Quinn sings and plays guitar, guitalele, and ukulele, among other instruments. With pure and mature artistry, Quinn fills stages with a youthful innocence through their music. Her lyrics are mournful of a dark past, yet inspirational, drawing inspiration from modern indie folk and pop artists including Joshua Hyslop, Maria Mena, William Fitzsimmons, Julia Autumn Ford, and Iron and Wine. Quinn is currently planning her debut EP, By the Pines, to be released in August 2016.

Liliana Maldonado

Liliana Maldonado

Liliana Maldonado is a 17 year old indie pop singer/songwriter from Watertown, CT. She is a self taught musician who plays the guitar and ukulele. What inspires her music are artist such as, Jack Johnson, Tori Kelly, Ingrid Michaelson, and Melanie Martinez. While all of these artists are all completely different,she draws inspiration from their lyrics and their musical styles. Liliana just released her EP, “Indie Trash” April of 2016.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, June 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Sunday, June 26. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“STALAG 17”)

• Monday, June 27. BEER CLASS WITH MAX FINNANCE OF SIXPOINT BREWING; MUSIC: STEVE RODGERS

• Tuesday, June 28. “THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF MAKING A MOVIE”—A FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

• Wednesday, June 29. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS CD RELEASE SHOW

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUINN HARLEY, LILIANA MALDONADO

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM, SPECTRAL FANGS

• Sunday, July 3. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, July 6. STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW

• Thursday, July 7. JAZZ: MICHAELA COPPOLA & AMANDA BELLITTO

• Friday, July 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOSÉ OYOLA, REBECCA KESSLER OF VIOLENT MAE (SOLO)

• Saturday, July 9. FILM SCREENING: A DARK ROOM FILM FEST WITH TONY JULIANO

• Sunday, July 10. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”)

• Monday, July 11. FILM SCREENING: “REMEMBER”

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Thursday, July 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE ROCK: DANIELLE CAPALBO

• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE

• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”

• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM

• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.

• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”

• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE

• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS

• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”

• Wednesday, Aug. 10. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Thursday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

Music: CD release show for Jeff Fuller & Friends jazz trio Wed., June 29

Fuller_1_WebThe jazz group Jeff Fuller & Friends plays the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, June 29. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The event celebrates the release of the new CD “Shoreline Blues” by Fuller’s jazz trio, Jeff Fuller & Friends. Bassist Fuller is joined by Darren Litzie on piano and Ben Bilello on drums.

Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors.

An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry.

Fuller is one of the most sought after jazz bassists in Connecticut, and currently leads his own ensembles in many jazz venues. In September, 2014, he was awarded the annual Jazz Haven Award, “For all you have done in presenting and preserving the culture and music of jazz.”  Fuller plays the Upton Hawkes Hybrid double bass, and a Ken Smith 6-string bass guitar.

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The history of the jazz piano/bass/drums trio is an encyclopedia of many volumes and entries. Remarkable bassist/composer Jeff Fuller’s new CD Shoreline Blues is an outstanding new contribution to that storied legacy, building upon the foundation he laid with his acclaimed 2015 release The Call From Within. The trio – called Jeff Fuller & Friends – was established in 2014 with pianist Darren Litzie and drummer Ben Bilello, and over that time has established that special level of synergy that results in seemingly telepathic interplay. That empathy is in full evidence on every track of Shoreline Blues.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, June 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Sunday, June 26. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“STALAG 17”)

• Monday, June 27. BEER CLASS WITH MAX FINNANCE OF SIXPOINT BREWING; MUSIC: STEVE RODGERS

• Tuesday, June 28. “THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF MAKING A MOVIE”—A FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

• Wednesday, June 29. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS CD RELEASE SHOW

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUINN HARLEY, LILIANA MALDONADO

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM, SPECTRAL FANGS

• Sunday, July 3. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, July 6. STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW

• Thursday, July 7. JAZZ: MICHAELA COPPOLA & AMANDA BELLITTO

• Friday, July 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOSÉ OYOLA, REBECCA KESSLER OF VIOLENT MAE (SOLO)

• Saturday, July 9. FILM SCREENING: A DARK ROOM FILM FEST WITH TONY JULIANO

• Sunday, July 10. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”)

• Monday, July 11. FILM SCREENING: “REMEMBER”

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Thursday, July 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE ROCK: DANIELLE CAPALBO

• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE

• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”

• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM

• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.

• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”

• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE

• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS

• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”

• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Beer Class with Max Finnance of Sixpoint Brewing; Music by Steve Rodgers Mon., June 27, 7 PM

Beer_class_promo_WebCome join us for a fun and informal beer class with Max Finnance of Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewing on Monday, June 27, at 7 PM! After the talk, Hamden’s own Steve Rodgers will play an acoustic set. Definitely not to be missed. Admission is $7 at the door.

Max will discuss the basics of beer; ingredients, brewing processes, and the differences between the many different styles of beer available today. And yes…. There will be samples! We will also be running specials of some tasty Sixpoint brews at the cafe, so come thirsty!

Steve Rodgers and his brother Jon formed the core of the critically acclaimed local band Mighty Purple. The band released 9 albums in their 15 year career and toured relentlessly; playing for their adoring fans all over the United States. Steve’s stellar songwriting and creative vision propelled the sound of Mighty Purple, as they do his current project, Arms and Voices.

Since 2003, Steve has spent endless hours as the Founder and Director of Hamden music venues The Space and The Outer Space; the latter being recognized as having one of the area’s best selections of craft beer. Steve is one of the hardest working guys in showbiz, and a proper beer nerd to boot. We’re mighty well pleased to have him join us for this event.

UPCOMING EVENTS

• Friday, June 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST

• Sunday, June 26. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“STALAG 17”)

• Monday, June 27. BEER CLASS WITH MAX FINNANCE OF SIXPOINT BREWING; MUSIC: STEVE RODGERS

• Tuesday, June 28. “THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF MAKING A MOVIE”—A FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

• Wednesday, June 29. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS CD RELEASE SHOW

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUINN HARLEY, LILIANA MALDONADO

• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM, SPECTRAL FANGS

• Sunday, July 3. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, July 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOSÉ OYOLA, REBECCA KESSLER OF VIOLENT MAE (SOLO)

• Saturday, July 9. FILM SCREENING: A DARK ROOM FILM FEST WITH TONY JULIANO

• Sunday, July 10. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY BILLY WILDER (“WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION”)

• Monday, July 11. FILM SCREENING: “REMEMBER”

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Thursday, July 14. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE ROCK: DANIELLE CAPALBO

• Friday, July 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, BOP TWEEDIE

• Monday, July 18. FILM SCREENING: “LIFEBOAT”

• Wednesday, July 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Thursday, July 21. JAZZ: BRETT BOTTOMLEY

• Friday, July 22. FOLK: HOMEMADE JAM

• Sunday, July 24. INDIE, HIP-HOP: RUNNING LAPS & NATHAN CORP, THE FOREST ROOM, CHEF THE CHEF, ZAK G.

• Monday, July 25. FILM SCREENING: “ACE IN THE HOLE”

• Wednesday, July 27. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF ENNIO MORRICONE

• Thursday, July 28. DIY/EXPERIMENTAL: PAINTED FACES, BIG NURSE

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

• Monday, Aug. 1. FILM SCREENING: “THE TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 3. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, Aug. 4. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: THE NAMELESS TRIO

• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND, EARTHLINGS

• Monday, Aug. 8. FILM SCREENING: “MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION”

• Wednesday, Aug. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE, TINY OCEAN

• Friday, Aug. 19. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: PONYBIRD, FRANK CRITELLI, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING: “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

BVFCC announces BestFest Student Films festival for fall; workshop for aspiring student filmmakers Tues., June 28, 7—9 PM

BestFest_student_workshop_flyer_WebBest Video Film & Cultural Center (BVFCC), a cultural nonprofit based in Hamden, announces the creation of BestFest Student Films, a new film festival to showcase work by area high school students. The festival will be open to all high school students from New Haven and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange).

“With the widespread availability of video technology and editing software, movie-making has become an accessible option for young people. We want to encourage student creativity by offering a forum for the screening and recognition of their work,” said Hank Hoffman, BVFCC Program Director.

Beyond presenting students’ films, the festival will serve as an educational resource for student filmmakers. The steering committee plans to assemble a group of expert volunteers—including film industry veterans and educators—to mentor and coach students who seek advice on issues ranging from screenwriting to audio engineering, film financing to editing.

As preparation for the festival, BVFCC will host a session titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Making a Movie” on Tuesday, June 28, from 7-9 PM. Experienced filmmakers will be available to explain the step-by-step process of creating a movie. Among the topics covered will be pre-production solutions, the under-appreciated importance of good sound, and how to get a gorgeous shot with just one light. The second half of the session will consist of a hands-on exercise in shooting a scene, based on an existing short film.

Submissions to BestFest Student Films will be accepted through late October with the festival taking place in early November. Entry is free, and students should submit films through withoutabox.com.

“We know you have film ideas—now it’s time to make it,” said Caden Rodems-Boyd, a student filmmaker who attends Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven.

For more information as this festival is developed please visit www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.