Hail to the Chief! New film series dealing with Presidents begins Mon., Sept. 12

Presidents_films_flyer_WebThe Oval Office meets the silver screen as Best Video founder Hank Paper presents five great films dealing with the most powerful role in the world— three based on history (“All the Way,” “Thirteen Days,” “All the President’s Men”) and two classics of Cold War-era paranoia (“The Manchurian Candidate,” “Dr. Strangelove”). All films start at 7 PM—except the Oct. 16 screening, which starts at 2 PM—and admission is $7.

SCHEDULE:

MON., SEPT. 12: ALL THE WAY • Just out on DVD and Blu-ray: HBO’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed long-running Broadway play starring “Breaking Bad”’s Bryan Cranston as LBJ. Following the chaos of JFK’s assassination, Cranston, in his bravura portrait of LBJ, is forced to go “breaking bad” with Southern senators in order to pass the Civil Rights Act.

MON., SEPT. 19: THIRTEEN DAYS • Kevin Costner plays JFK advisor Kevin O’Donnell in this highly suspenseful political thriller that deftly portrays the real people involved in the most tense thirteen days in the 20th Century: the Cuban Missile Crisis. Intellect and reason battle with impulse during two weeks of alarming escalation that brings us as close to nuclear winter as we’ve ever come.

SUN., SEPT. 25 (moved to accommodate 1st Presidential debate): THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE  • A rogue nation manipulating our Presidential election; our minds being hacked, our behavior controlled! This John Frankenheimer political thriller, uncomfortably prescient in its own time, remains distressingly relevant today. Stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury. If  Hank Paper were making a BVFCC People’s Choice submission for a screening at Best Video this would be it: his all-time favorite film. In fact – he is screening it!

MON., SEPT. 26: First Presidential Debate

MON., OCT. 10: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN • Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Jason Robards, Jr., offer galvanizing, peak performances amid an incredible cast in this multi-Oscar nominated political thriller about tracking the source of the Watergate break-in all the way to the White House – ultimately leading to the President’s resignation.

SUN., OCT. 16: DR. STRANGELOVE… • Stanley Kubrick’s impending nuclear war satire remains as fresh as the day it was released: hilariously funny as it is frightening. Amid an all-star cast, Peter Sellers plays three roles while George C. Scott takes wing as General “Buck” Turgidson. Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Sellers), and Best Screenplay (Kubrick and Terry Southern). A truly one-off film about a one-off event.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Aug. 31. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 6. POST-PUNK: GRIST, DEADBEAT CLUB

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

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Tuesday, Oct. 11. FILM SCREENING: “ELMER GANTRY”

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

 

Film screening: John Frankenheimer’s “The Train,” set in France during World War II, Mon., Aug. 1

The_Train_poster_WebThe Best Video Film & Cultural Center film series “5 Great Directors—5 Great Moral Dilemmas,” continues Monday, Aug. 1, with a screening of “The Train,” John Frankenheimer’s thriller set in France during World War II and starring Burt Lancaster.  The series—presented in concert with Temple Beth Sholom’s Adult Education program—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.)

Best Video founder Hank Paper will introduce the movie and lead the optional post-film discussion for “The Train.”

Based on a true story, “The Train” depicts the efforts of French Resistance fighters to stop a Nazi colonel (played by Paul Scofield) from spiriting away a host of the nation’s cultural patrimony. The philosophical subtext is: Is art worth more than the human lives that may be sacrificed to save it? Burt Lancaster plays a French railroad worker in league with the French Resistance who vows to stop the train.

From Bosley Crowther’s 1965 New York Times review: “Such movement of railway equipment, chases and collisions with trains, throwing of switches, and derailments as used to make for vivid action in silent films is brought to mind with fondest feeling by John Frankenheimer’s The Train, which piled up a beautiful, hissing tangle at the Astor and the Plaza yesterday.”

Remaining schedule:

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 “MAGNIFICENT 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• 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, JULIE BEMAN & ERIC BLOOMQUIST

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

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

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

• Friday, Aug. 12. INDIE/DIY/QUEERCORE: LADY QUEEN PARADISE, ADULT MOM, SPACE CAMP

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

• Thursday, Aug. 18. ROCK: THE RIGHT-OFFS

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

• Sunday, Aug. 21. INDIE ROCK: WALTER, ETC.; BLOWOUT, 1 more TBA

• Wednesday, Aug. 24. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Aug. 25. JAZZ: BRIAN JARAWA GRAY

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

• Wednesday, Aug. 30. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM

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

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

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

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

 

Film screening: “Ace in the Hole,” Billy Wilder’s corrosive exposé of sensationalist journalism Mon., July 25

Ace-in-the-Hole1_WebThe Best Video Film & Cultural Center film series “5 Great Directors—5 Great Moral Dilemmas,” continues Monday, July 25, with a screening of legendary director Billy Wilder’s exposé of sensationalist journalism in the 1951 film “Ace in the Hole,” starring Kirk Douglas.  The series—presented in concert with Temple Beth Sholom’s Adult Education program—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.)

Best Video founder Hank Paper will introduce the movie and lead the optional post-film discussion for “Ace in the Hole.”

In a 2007 review at the time of the movie’s Criterion DVD release, critic Roger Ebert wrote, “There’s not a soft or sentimental passage in Billy Wilder’s ‘Ace in the Hole’ (1951), a portrait of rotten journalism and the public’s insatiable appetite for it. It’s easy to blame the press for its portraits of self-destructing celebrities, philandering preachers, corrupt politicians or bragging serial killers, but who loves those stories? The public does. Wilder, true to this vision and ahead of his time, made a movie in which the only good men are the victim and his doctor. Instead of blaming the journalist who masterminds a media circus, he is equally hard on sightseers who pay 25 cents admission. Nobody gets off the hook here.”

Remaining Schedule:

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 “MAGNIFICENT 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.

Film screening: Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat,” a great moral dilemma, Mon., July 18

Poster - Lifeboat_01_WebThe Best Video Film & Cultural Center film series “5 Great Directors—5 Great Moral Dilemmas,” continues Monday, July 18, with a screening of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1944 film “Lifeboat,” starring Tallulah Bankhead.  The series—presented in concert with Temple Beth Sholom’s Adult Education program—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.”

From Bosley Crowther’s 1944 New York Times review: “That old master of screen melodrama, Alfred Hitchcock, and Writer John Steinbeck have combined their distinctive talents in a tremendously provocative film—indeed, a surprisingly unique one—titled “Lifeboat,” which came to the Astor yesterday. With only nine characters under scrutiny within the limits of a standard ship’s lifeboat—an area from which the camera never at any time departs—they have peeled off a tense and vital drama of survivors adrift from a torpedoed ship, absorbing in its revelations of character and its brilliantly pictorialized details. However, they have also given us an allegorical film with a theme which is startling in its broad implications, especially in this critical time.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

• Wednesday, July 13. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• 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 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.

Film screening: “Sarah’s Key,” part of the JCCNH’s Beckerman Jewish Film Series, on Mon., May 16, at 7 PM

Sarahs_Key_poster_WebJewish Community Center of Greater New Haven and Best Video Film & Cultural Center present a screening of the 2010 film “Sarah’s Key” as part of the Beckerman Jewish Film Series. The screening takes place at BVFCC on Monday, May 16, at 7 PM. Admission is $7 ($5 for JCC members). Best Video founder Hank Paper will introduce the film and lead the optional post film talk-back.

In 2002 Paris an American journalist, assigned to write a story about France’s then little–known round-up of Jews in ’42, makes a startling discovery in her father-in-law’s childhood apartment that draws her into unraveling the mystery of a ten-year-old’s truly amazing story sixty years earlier.

This film about family secrets and the comfort of strangers, offers a multi-award winning performance by the non-pareil Kirsten Scott Thomas – with Aidan Quinn and Melusine Mayance as Sarah, whose story will defy your beliefs, raise your spirits, and hold you spellbound to the final minutes.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 11. FILM SCREENING: BRIAN ROBINSON PRESENTS “THE APPLE”

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Saturday, May 14. FILM SCREENING/WINE & CHEESE TASTING: VINO/NOIR

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Wednesday, May 18. BLUES: CODA BLUE

• Thursday, May 19. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, CRETELLA|PAOLUCCI DUO, ID M THEFT ABLE & FLANDREW FLEISENBERG

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Thursday, May 26. EXPERIMENTAL: ELECTRONHIC

• Friday, May 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Thursday, June 2. HALFWAY TO GUITAR NIGHT: SHAWN PERSINGER, NANCY TUCKER, NORMAN PLNKEY, ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, June 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR

• Thursday, June 9. CABARET/SINATRA: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Thursday, June 16. CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT & LYS GUILLORN CELEBRATE BLOOMSDAY

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

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, QUINN HARLEY

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

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

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

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

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

Vino Noir! A unique film screening and wine and cheese tasting event this Sat., May 14, at 6:30 PM

Vino_noir_graphic_WebJoin The Wine Thief’s Janine Sacco and film maven Hank Paper on Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 PM for an evening of wine tasting, cheese tasting (cheeses provided by Caseus) and a tasting of several amusing short films (including an Academy Award nominee or two). Hors d’oeuvre included. Expect to be oenologically and visually stimulated. Enjoy,  eat, drink and be merry! Admission is $35 and reservations are recommended because seating is limited.

The likely film menu:

DAS RAD: Two rock piles view the history of mankind in this highly clever 8 minute film.

MAESTRO: What it actually takes to go out and face the day would make some of us cuckoo.

HELMER & SON: At a senior care facility, a visiting son finds his father locked in a closet, refusing to come out.

ZEN AND THE ART OF LANDSCAPING: Seduction by a suburban housewife causes a lawn boy to cut off more than he can chew.

CUBBCHUBBS! Oscar winning animation short puts a highly witty Star Wars spin on karaoke.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Tuesday, May 10. ECLECTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS, PRETEND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN, THE HUMAN LIGHT BOX

• Wednesday, May 11. FILM SCREENING: BRIAN ROBINSON PRESENTS “THE APPLE”

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Saturday, May 14. FILM SCREENING/WINE & CHEESE TASTING: VINO/NOIR

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Wednesday, May 18. BLUES: CODA BLUE

• Thursday, May 19. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, CRETELLA|PAOLUCCI DUO, ID M THEFT ABLE & FLANDREW FLEISENBERG

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Thursday, May 26. EXPERIMENTAL: ELECTRONHIC

• Friday, May 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Thursday, June 2. HALFWAY TO GUITAR NIGHT: SHAWN PERSINGER, NANCY TUCKER, NORMAN PLNKEY, ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, June 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR

• Thursday, June 9. CABARET/SINATRA: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Thursday, June 16. CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT & LYS GUILLORN CELEBRATE BLOOMSDAY

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

• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, QUINN HARLEY

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

• Friday, July 29. ART-ROCK: FE FI FO

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

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

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

Film Screening: “The Contender,” Mon., Apr. 11, part of great political films series

Programmed in consultation with the League of Women Voters (Hamden-North Haven) and Temple Beth Sholom, the current film series—dubbed “Candidates, Campaigns, and Controversies: Great Political Films”—features clasic films dealing with politics and political issues. The series continues on Monday, Apr. 11, with a screening of the 2000 drama “The Contender,” starring Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Gary Oldman. With the exception of “Bulworth” on Tuesday, Apr. 19, all the screenings will be on Mondays at 7 PM. Admission to each screening is $7 (TBS members get in free).

Joan Allen portrays a Senator who is nominated by the President (Jeff Bridges) to fill a vacancy caused by the death of the incumbent veep. Gary Oldman plays the role of her political opponent who tries to derail her nomination by airing a seeming sex scandal from her collegiate past.

Writing in the New York Times in 2000, critic Stephen Holden opined, “A political thriller pumped with as much dramatic juice as ‘The Contender’ doesn’t have to be believable to be gripping. If it’s realism you want, go rent the underappreciated ‘Primary Colors.’ What makes this twisty, cautionary yarn, written and directed by Rod Lurie, delicious is a cast that chews the scenery with such obvious enjoyment that you’re happy to put up with its tin-eared oratory and preposterous plot turns for the sake of a good ride.”

The schedule:

APR. 11: THE CONTENDER • Joan Allen as a nominee for Vice President! With an Oscar contending turn by Gary Oldman as the inquisitor senator and Jeff Bridges as the wily, loosey-goosey President.

TUESDAY, APR. 19: BULWORTH  • Even these days, who says fun and politics can’t mix? Our vote is for Bulworth: brilliant, hysterical and terrifying tour-de-force with Warren Beatty and Halle Berry.

APR. 25: A FACE IN THE CROWD • Andy Griffith — yes, a great actor — as a folksy demagogue! It can’t happen here — or can it? A cautionary, prescient tale of politics and the media.

MAY 2: THE CANDIDATE • Idealism: What have you got to lose when you know you can’t win? Or can you? Robert Redford as an earnest young nominee.

MAY 9: FRUITVALE STATION  • One of the most powerfully affecting independent films, starring Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Oscar Grant, a young Black man shot by the police. Based on true events, up to the minute and unforgettable.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Friday, Apr. 15. ROCK: ROPE

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

Thursday, May 5. FOLK/BLUEGRASS: WALKINGWOOD MANDOLIN QUARTET

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Thursday, May 19. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, BLACK FLUFF

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Thursday, June 16. CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT & LYS GUILLORN CELEBRATE BLOOMSDAY

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

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

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

 

New film series, “Candidates, Campaigns & Controversies: Great Political Films,” kicks off Mon., Apr. 4

Candidate_Film_list_final_WebThe next Best Video Film & Cultural Center film and discussion series begins on Monday, Apr. 4, with a screening of the 1964 brokered convention drama “The Best Man,” starring Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson. With the exception of “Bulworth” on Tuesday, Apr. 19, all the screenings will be on Mondays at 7 PM.

Programmed in consultation with the League of Women Voters (Hamden-North Haven) and Temple Beth Sholom, the series—dubbed “Candidates, Campaigns, and Controversies: Great Political Films”—features classic films dealing with politics and political issues. Admission to each screening is $7 (TBS members get in free).

The schedule:

APR. 4: THE BEST MAN • Looking back — and looking ahead — with the brilliant Gore Vidal’s masterfully dramatic screenplay about a brokered national convention. Stars Henry Fonda as the candidate we’d like, Cliff Robertson as the one we fear.

APR. 11: THE CONTENDER • Joan Allen as a nominee for Vice President! With an Oscar contending turn by Gary Oldman as the inquisitor senator and Jeff Bridges as the wily, loosey-goosey President.

TUESDAY, APR. 19: BULWORTH  • Even these days, who says fun and politics can’t mix? Our vote is for Bulworth: brilliant, hysterical and terrifying tour-de-force with Warren Beatty and Halle Berry.

APR. 25: A FACE IN THE CROWD • Andy Griffith — yes, a great actor — as a folksy demagogue! It can’t happen here — or can it? A cautionary, prescient tale of politics and the media.

MAY 2: THE CANDIDATE • Idealism: What have you got to lose when you know you can’t win? Or can you? Robert Redford as an earnest young nominee.

MAY 9: FRUITVALE STATION  • One of the most powerfully affecting independent films, starring Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Oscar Grant, a young Black man shot by the police. Based on true events, up to the minute and unforgettable.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Mar. 23. EXPERIMENTAL: THE FOREST ROOM, NICK Di MARIA: ZERO DOLLAR SOLO

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Mar. 25. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DICK NEAL

• Monday, Mar. 28. FOLK: TREVOR HEALY/JASON LABBE DUO, CHUCK JOHNSON

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: WESTERN ESTATES, ZACH ANDERSEN

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Friday, Apr. 1. BLUES ROCK: JUST US featuring NOAH KESSELMAN

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

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

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

 

Film screening: Oscar-related series concludes Mon., Mar. 7, with rescheduled “Suffragette”

Suffragette_Poster_WebBest Video Film & Cultural Center’s seven-movie, Oscar-oriented film series concludes on Monday, Mar. 6, with a screening of “Suffragette.” This screening was rescheduled from Feb. 15 due to snow. Each screening starts at 7 PM and admission is $7.

“Suffragette” is an historical costume drama detailing the struggle of women to secure the vote in Great Britain. The film stars Carey Mulligan as a working class woman who gets involved in the increasingly militant struggle.

New York Times critic A.O. Scott wrote, “One of the ways ‘Suffragette’ escapes the traps of its genre is to focus not on the leadership but on the rank and file, on an ordinary woman whose life is changed by political engagement. Her name is Maud Watts, and she’s played by Carey Mulligan with somber determination and inspiring pluck.”

Although bruited about as a potential Oscar contender, “Suffragette” garnered no nominations.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Mar. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BEN ERICKSON, STEPHEN HLADUN

• Thursday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOY IKE

• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Mar. 6. FILM SCREENING & Q&A WITH SCREENWRITER DONALD MARGULIES (Co-presented with The Institute Library): “THE END OF THE TOUR”

• Monday, Mar. 7. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE” (Rescheduled from 2/15 due to snow)

• Wednesday, Mar. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: PAT STONE with AMANDA BELITTO

• Thursday, Mar. 10. EXPERIMENTAL: HUMAN FLOURISHING, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER IS PRESTER JOHN

• Sunday, Mar. 13 FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Mar. 16. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Oct. 18. ALT-COUNTRY: NO LINES NORTH

• Wednesday, Mar. 23. EXPERIMENTAL: THE FOREST ROOM, NICK Di MARIA: ZERO DOLLAR SOLO

• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Mar. 25. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DICK NEAL

• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, WESTERN ESTATES

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE

• Friday, Apr. 15. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

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

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