Now you can use an Advance Gift Form to schedule your support for BVFCC in The Great Give

Now you can use the form below to schedule your gift to Best Video Film & Cultural Center in advance of The Great Give®! See the secure form on the bottom of this post.

• The Great Give® is an annual 36-hour online-giving event to support local nonprofits sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

• YOUR support—and the support of your family members and friends—could help us win thousands of additional dollars in prizes.

• During the 36-hour giving marathon, visit TheGreatGive.org Website, find Best Video Film & Cultural Center, and click “Donate Now.”

The Great Give® is New Haven County’s spring non-profit online fundraiser. And ours! Overseen by the The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Great Give® is part of a 36-hour national charity giving marathon.

This—along with our fall Anniversary Gala (scheduled for Nov. 18)—is our most important and significant fundraising event of the year. Last year was our first time participating in The Great Give® since we became an official non-profit and we finished in first place with the greatest number of donors for a rookie organization (and 12th overall out of about 400 organizations!).

We cannot make this any clearer: Our continued existence depends on your generosity.

Fulfilling BVFCC’s mission of bringing film, music, and people together requires the support of the community.

The Great Give® starts on Tuesday, May 2, at 8 AM and lasts until Wednesday, May 3, at 8 PM. The charitable donations of you, your family members and friends could make Best Video Film & Cultural Center eligible for thousands of dollars in prizes. In 2016, we won an additional $3,000 for having the greatest number of donors to an organization participating in its first Great Give®.

Your donations to BVFCC during The Great Give® are fully tax-deductible.

Please plan on participating. During the 36-hour giving marathon, visit The Great Give® Web site, find BVFCC, and click “Donate Now.”

And pass the word along to your friends, family and associates!

Thanks for your support!

SCHEDULE YOUR DONATION NOW:

Happy Hour event for The Great Give Tues., May 2, 4-7 PM

You can support Best Video Film & Cultural Center online in the 36 hours of The Great Give.

You can schedule your gift in advance of The Great Give.

AND, now, you can have the option of supporting BVFCC in a social setting with real live friends and neighbors!

FUN! COMMUNITY! MUSIC! SNACKS! DRINK SPECIALS!

BVFCC will host a Great Give Happy Hour from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, May 2. We invite supporters to come over, bring your laptops (we supply the wi-fi!) and donate, enjoy snacks and drink specials, as well as live music. Socialize with your neighbors in person and support BVFCC online at the same time!

The Great Give is New Haven County’s spring non-profit online fundraiser. And ours! Overseen by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Great Give is part of a 36-hour national charity giving marathon.

This—along with our fall Anniversary Gala (scheduled for Nov. 18)—is our most important and significant fundraising event of the year. Last year was our first time participating in The Great Give since we became an official non-profit and we finished in first place with the greatest number of donors for a rookie organization (and 12th overall out of about 400 organizations!).

Our continued existence depends on your generosity.

Music: Noise pop mavens Procedure Club play Thurs., May 4, at 8 PM

Procedure Club at Lyric Hall March, 2017.

Noise pop band Procedure Club returns to Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thursday, May 4. The tunes start at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

Procedure Club is a band from New Haven.  They formed in 2007, and had releases on Slumberland Records, Sixteen Tamborines (Japan), and Beko Disques (France) and others. The current lineup features Adam, Andrea, Tim, Wes, and Kyle.

Their most recent record, “Pinky Swear,” was released on Safety Meeting Records in August, 2016. “Pinky Swear” is Procedure Club’s follow up to their Slumberland Records release, “Doomed Forever.” With undercurrents of haunting airiness and mechanical instability, Procedure Club’s latest work is like a ghost driving the Beast Of Turin through a hailstorm. The song structures consist of heavily reverbed melodic vocals, stuttering mechanized drum beats, dirty bass, synths, and alternately washed-out and jangly guitars.

Sharing a fondness for the noisy shoegazers and gentle C-86 artists, Adam Malec and Andrea Belair formed Procedure Club in New Haven, CT in December of 2007. After self-releasing a limited run of CD-Rs and cassettes — lo-fi bedroom recordings of bass, drum machines, and guitar fuzz, all topped with Andrea’s sweet, airy vocals — the duo posted a free-to-download album on BEKO DSL and a 7” titled Slut Fossil on Sixteen Tambourines. In 2010, the duo was signed to Slumberland Records (home of similar-minded artists Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Black Tambourine, and the Lodger) and Malec and Belair started laying the groundwork for their first official album.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Apr. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ZACH ANDERSEN, ACOUSTIC DUO: THE HOOCH

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Tuesday, May 2, 4-7 PM. THE GREAT GIVE HAPPY HOUR

• Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM. FILM SCREENINGS & LECTURE/TALKBACK: THOMAS WEXLER ON “I HAVE A DREAM”: THE CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION, AND HIP-HOP IN THE SOCIAL UNCONSCIOUS (Just added!)

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

Film/Lecture: Thomas Wexler presents a screening and talkback on “‘I Have a Dream:’ The Civil Rights Generation, and Hip-Hop in the Social Unconscious” Wed., May 3

Thomas Wexler, M.A. American Studies, Bowling Green State University presents a screening and talkback on Wednesday, May 3, at 7 PM entitled “‘I Have a Dream’: The Civil Rights Generation, and Hip-Hop in the Social Unconscious.” This event is free.
Following the film, a talkback session will be held exploring contradictions, and distinctions between the Civil Rights Generation, and Hip-Hop culture. The film features Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech as well as freestyle rap selections by Biggie Smalls and the Notorious B.I.G.
Discussion will focus on “The Art of the Freestyle.”  “Freestyle,” and “Freestyling” as a buzzword in today’s Hip-Hop culture, and the various contexts in which “Freestyle” performance should historically be interpreted as part of politically motivated Hip-Hop “Struggle,” or activism.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Apr. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ZACH ANDERSEN, ACOUSTIC DUO: THE HOOCH

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Tuesday, May 2, 4-7 PM. THE GREAT GIVE HAPPY HOUR

• Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM. FILM SCREENINGS & LECTURE/TALKBACK: THOMAS WEXLER ON “I HAVE A DREAM”: THE CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION, AND HIP-HOP IN THE SOCIAL UNCONSCIOUS (Just added!)

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

New releases 4/25/17

Top Hits
La La Land (Oscar-nominated musical, Emma Stone. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%. Metacritic: 93. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “[Director Damien] Chazelle, whose previous features [‘Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench’ and ‘Whiplash’] were full of music and brash, youthful energy, is a natural showman and a canny craftsman. He wears his influences on his sleeve, but he wears them lightly. For all its echoes and allusions, ‘La La Land’ is too lively and too earnest for mere pastiche. It doesn’t so much look back longingly at past masters like Vincente Minnelli, Nicholas Ray, Stanley Donen and Jacques Demy [to name a few] as tap into their mojo, insisting on their modernity and its own classicism in the same gesture.” Read more…)

The Girl With All the Gifts (horror/thriller, Gemma Arterton. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%. Metacritic: 67. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “‘The Girl With All the Gifts,’ directed by Colm McCarthy, is a moderately engrossing, reliably gory British variation on the tried-and-true zombie-apocalypse theme with a first-rate cast. The formula, worked almost to death — or is it undeath? — on ‘The Walking Dead’ and elsewhere, has been tweaked a bit. The shambling, vacant-eyed cannibals are called “hungries,” and their infection seems to be fungal rather than viral. Also, some are cute, normal-seeming children, including the title character, a young girl named Melanie [Sennia Nanua].” Read more…)

The Daughter (drama, Geoffrey Rush. Rotten Tomatoes: 76%. Metacritic: 62. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “Constructed gingerly around a soon-to-explode family secret, ‘The Daughter’ — a soapy take on Henrik Ibsen’s ‘The Wild Duck’ — creates a superficial tension by situating its escalating emotions within icily contained visuals. For a while, this slow-burn approach by the writer and director, Simon Stone, works: Stabilized by mostly unimpeachable performances, the movie hugs the rails of credibility more tightly than its melodramatic material deserves.” Read more…)

Underworld: Blood Wars (action, Kate Beckinsdale. Rotten Tomatoes: 17%. Metacritic: 23. From Ben Kenigsberg’s New York Times review: “The ‘Underworld’ franchise — in which vampires and werewolves, called Lycans, use guns and swords to settle a centuries-old feud — showed signs of growing more playful with its fourth installment, ‘Underworld: Awakening’ [2012], which moved away from the series’s labored mythology and threw in Stephen Rea as a mad scientist. Any hope of a similarly limber fifth outing dies immediately in ‘Underworld: Blood Wars.'” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
La La Land

New Foreign
Anatahan (Japan/USA, 1953, World War II-era drama, Akemi Negishi Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. From an unsigned 1977 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “The ‘reconstructed’ version of Josef von Sternberg’s ‘The Saga of Anatahan,’ which opened yesterday at the Thalia Theater, is virtually a one-film retrospective of that great, idiosyncratic, often off-putting director’s work. The film, in a fine new print, has been put together from footage that was originally released here in 1954—and reviewed in The New York Times on May 18, 1954, as ‘Ana-Ta-Han’—with supplemental nude footage that von Sternberg cut into the first version in 1958.” Read more…)

Ophelia (France, 1962, Shakespeare-inspired drama, Alida Valli. From Nora Sayre’s 1974 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “When it takes 12 years for a renowned director’s movie to reach our screens, the product is apt to be a jewel or a dog. Claude Chabrol’s Ophelia,’ made in 1962, has just emerged from the kennel, and although the picture has a bit of historical interest, much of it strays far from the film maker’s own talents.” Read more…)

New British
The Pied Piper (1972, musical/costume/legend, Donald Pleasance. From Vincent Cany’s 1972 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “You wouldn’t know by reading the ads but ‘The Pied Piper,’ which opened at a number of theaters here yesterday with a totally befuddled science-fiction film called ‘Z.P.G.,’ is a new work by Jacques Demy, the very talented, idiosyncratic French director who came out of the Nouvelle Vague with ‘Lola’ and then went on to develop what amounted to a new kind of contemporary fairy tale with ‘The Umbrella of Cherbourg’ and ‘The Young Girls of Rochefort.'” Read more…)

The Witness for the Prosecution (Agatha Christie period whodunit, Toby Jones Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 79.)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar (1967, live action Disney, Ron Brown)

New Documentaries
Disturbing the Peace (conflict resolution, Palestinian-Israeli relations, nonviolence Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 81. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Andy Webster’s Times review: “How much bloodshed can a divided populace stand? In Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young’s documentary, ‘Disturbing the Peace,’ we meet Combatants for Peace, an advocacy-activist group comprising Israelis and Palestinians who have reached their limit and renounced violence. Most are former military or paramilitary personnel seeking a two-state solution to Israel’s agonized convulsions. Their stories are compelling — and persuasive.” Read more…)

New Childrens’ DVDs
Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar (1967, live action Disney, Ron Brown)

Film screening: Gen X series continues with Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” Sun., Apr. 30

Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s Generation X film series continues on Sunday, Apr. 30, with a screening of Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.” The series features six films of the 1980s and early 1990s that touch on the culture and politics that informed so-called “Generation X.” The screening is at 7 PM and admission is $7.

An instant critical and commercial success, Spike Lee’s third major film chronicles a single sweltering day in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. Lee stars as Mookie, a delivery man working for Sal’s Pizzeria, a white-owned business in the center of the black neighborhood. When Sal (Danny Aiello, who received an Oscar nomination for the role) gets into an argument with Mookie’s best friend, the neighborhood’s long-simmering racial tensions erupt. Billed as a comedy-drama, the film is indeed funny, even as it explores the complexity, frustration and tragedy the film’s characters experience. As relevant today as it was nearly thirty years ago for its unflinching yet empathetic portrayal of race relations, the star-studded cast of “Do the Right Thing” includes John Turturro as Sal’s antagonistic son, and Rosie Perez (in her screen debut) as Mookie’s girlfriend.

From Vincent Canby’s 1989 New York Times review [requires log-in]:

 

In all of the earnest, solemn, humorless discussions about the social and political implications of Spike Lee’s ”Do the Right Thing,” an essential fact tends to be overlooked: it is one terrific movie. From the sinuous and joshing solo dance sequence, which begins the fable on the dawn of the hottest day of the summer in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant section, until the mournful fadeout 24 hours later, ”Do the Right Thing” is living, breathing, riveting proof of the arrival of an abundantly gifted new talent.

View the trailer for “Do the Right Thing”:

The remaining schedule is:

Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM: “Do the Right Thing”

Sunday, May 7, 7 PM: “Thelma and Louise”

Sunday, May 14, 7 PM: “My Beautiful Launderette”

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Apr. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ZACH ANDERSEN, ACOUSTIC DUO: THE HOOCH

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Tuesday, May 2, 4-7 PM. THE GREAT GIVE HAPPY HOUR

• Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM. FILM SCREENINGS & LECTURE/TALKBACK: THOMAS WEXLER ON “I HAVE A DREAM”: THE CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION, AND HIP-HOP IN THE SOCIAL UNCONSCIOUS (Just added!)

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

Music: GuitarTownCT presents The Slocan Ramblers Fri., Apr. 28, at 7:30

GuitarTownCT Concert Series presents The Slocan Rambers Friday, Apr. 28, at Best Video Performance Space. Tickets are $20 and are available through GuitarTownCT.

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans understand that if you polish up the music, you lose the raw excitement that makes it so vibrant.

On their sophomore album Coffee Creek (2015), The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with sawdust-thick vocals. In the liner notes, producer Chris Coole breaks it down: “What really impressed me while we were working on this album, was that, while they can pull off the precision and virtuosity that is at the backbone of bluegrass, they understand the power of the fragile moment in music.” On Coffee Creek, they’ve done this by staying true to the rough and rowdy roots of the music.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Apr. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ZACH ANDERSEN, ACOUSTIC DUO: THE HOOCH

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Tuesday, May 2, 4-7 PM. THE GREAT GIVE HAPPY HOUR

• Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM. FILM SCREENINGS & LECTURE/TALKBACK: THOMAS WEXLER ON “I HAVE A DREAM”: THE CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION, AND HIP-HOP IN THE SOCIAL UNCONSCIOUS (Just added!)

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

BVFCC a sponsor of Magnetic Fest 2 this Sat., Apr. 29, at Lyric Hall

Best Video Film & Cultural Center is one of the sponsors of Magnetic Fest 2, a VHS tape Swap Meet and Celebration this Saturday, Apr. 29, at Lyric Hall in Westville. Magnetic Fest 2 will be held from 11 AM to 4 PM and is free.

Vendors set up to trade and/or sell movies on VHS (and other formats), and also sell and trade posters, toys, zines, books, music, stickers, buttons, patches, and more. We also conduct VHS screenings on the stage of Lyric Hall Theater in our specially-designed Magnetic Fest VHS Lounge.

Staff members Rob Harmon and Molly Capobianco will staff a BVFCC table with VHS for sale, buttons, and t-shirts. Come by and say hello and get some rare VHS tapes!

Music: Zach Andersen, The Hooch play Thurs., Apr. 27

Singer-songwriter Zach Andersen and acoustic duo The Hooch play Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Apr. 27. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Zach Anderson

After breaking his neck, all Zach Andersen could do during the recuperation process was play video games and learn to play guitar. Once he was all healed, he jokingly thought it would be fun to write his own songs. A few minutes later, this joke turned into a new passion and the formation of The Andersen Brothers (or something like that). Along with his brother, Eric, Zach took the local music scene by storm with their catchy, relatable and nostalgic songs. Their first album, “Unrequited Daze”, was released in 2011 and contained crowd favorite “However Hard She Tries” and several other TAB classics. While TAB is on hiatus, Zach continues to play both solo shows as well as gigs with his other band, “The Or Something Like Thats” (or whatever he decides to call them on any given night). Check out ZachAndersenMusic.com for more information, lyrics, set lists, videos, and so much more!

The Hooch

The Hooch was formed in 2013 when its members, Jemar Phoenix and Mike D, were introduced to each other during a “live music” Open Mic event in New Haven, CT. What began as a simple “Hey, can you play percussion during this set?” eventually morphed into a brotherly chemistry syncopated like no other. Since then, The Hooch has been ascending, playing venues throughout the Metro Northeast, and impressing their audiences with their dynamic sound.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Thursday, Apr. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ZACH ANDERSEN, ACOUSTIC DUO: THE HOOCH

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Tuesday, May 2, 4-7 PM. THE GREAT GIVE HAPPY HOUR

• Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM. FILM SCREENINGS & LECTURE/TALKBACK: THOMAS WEXLER ON “I HAVE A DREAM”: THE CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION, AND HIP-HOP IN THE SOCIAL UNCONSCIOUS (Just added!)

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

New releases 4/18/17

Top Hits
Split (thriller, James McAvoy. Rotten Tomatoes: 75%. Metacritic: 62. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “At once solemn and preposterous, sinister and sentimental, efficient and overwrought, ‘Split’ represents something of a return to form for its writer and director, M. Night Shyamalan. Or maybe I should say a return to formula. The movie, shot in and around Philadelphia, Mr. Shyamalan’s hometown, proceeds nimbly and with suave misdirection toward a pair of rug-pulling final twists that an attentive viewer will probably be able to anticipate. It’s not exactly a Choose Your Own Adventure, but you can opt either for the pleasure of surprise at the end or for the satisfaction of working out the puzzle as you go along.” Read more…)

The Founder (McDonalds founder bio-pic, Michael Keaton. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%. Metacritic: 66. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Ray Kroc, the whirling center of ‘The Founder,’ doesn’t come across as a meat-and-potatoes man — much less a mogul destined to peddle burgers and fries. As played by Michael Keaton, an actor who generates terrific centrifugal force, Ray seems more like a guy who fuels up on 10 cups of coffee before calling it a night with a bottle of Scotch. ‘The Founder’ never figures out what makes him spin and run and keep on running, but it does give you Mr. Keaton zinging around like the Road Runner. His kinetic performance doesn’t enhance the movie; it is the movie.” Read more…)

Sleepless (action, Jamie Foxx. Rotten Tomatoes: 18%. Metacritic: 33. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “At least since the 2009 film ‘Taken,’ the dad-to-the-rescue action movie has been a staple of the winter release calendar. ‘Sleepless,’ a sort-of-remake of the French thriller ‘Sleepless Night,’ represents Jamie Foxx’s foray into late-midcareer Neesonism.” Read more…)

Ocean Waves (Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%. Metacritic: 73. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Glenn Kenny’s Times review: “[Studio Ghibli’s] 1993 film, ‘Ocean Waves,’ was produced for television and initially conceived as a slight break from time-consuming meticulousness. A tale of young love, adapted from a novel by Saeko Himuro, it was directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, who supervised junior staff artists. The undertaking proved to be as quality-conscious as that of any of the studio’s other works. Now released in the United States for the first time, it is a fascinating variant on Ghibli’s house style.” Read more…

New Blu-Ray
Split
Ocean Waves

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
The Migrants (1974, Tennessee William drama made for TV, Cloris Leachman)

New Documentaries
Don’t Blink: Robert Frank (art, photography, filmmaking, Robert Frank. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%. Metacritic: 75. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “Laura Israel’s new film is called ‘Don’t Blink—Robert Frank,’ and it’s at once a welcome admonition and an efficient motto. This compact, fast-moving portrait of the artist proceeds through a flurry of images, many of them gleaned from Mr. Frank’s long and prodigious career. The man himself, barreling through his early 90s with a mixture of impatience, resignation and good humor, has spent a lifetime looking, mostly at North American people and landscapes, but also somehow inward, using cameras as instruments of documentation and introspection.” Read more…)

Before the Flood (National Geographic, environmental issues, climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. Metacritic: 63. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Even if you subscribe to the view that a problem isn’t a problem until a Hollywood celebrity tells you it is, ‘Before the Flood’ feels out of phase. It’s a documentary in which Leonardo DiCaprio sounds the alarm abou global warming, something that could not possibly have escaped anyone’s attention in recent years and is at this point probably beyond discussion: Either you think climate change is real or you don’t, and the battle lines aren’t likely to be shifted by an earnest movie star.” Read more (and maybe read the comments criticizing the review, too)…)

New Childrens’ DVDs

Ocean Waves (Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli)