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Episode 96: Trans Awareness Week / A Prophet

 IV Staklo and Patrick Dunn

IV Staklo and Patrick Dunn

Description

Next week is Transgender Awareness Week, an annual grassroots celebration of trans culture and concerns that takes place in different communities throughout the country, including in New Haven.

The first segment of this episode is all about a trans film series that the New Haven Pride Center has organized to help celebrate Trans Awareness Week in the Elm City. Host Tom Breen is joined in the studio by two of the series’ programmers, Patrick Dunn and IV Staklo, to talk about the movies that will be playing, the different ways that trans people and issues are represented on screen, and the current state of the New Haven’s trans rights community.

On the second segment of the show, Breen joined by the Yale Film Study Center’s Archer Neilson to talk about Un prophete, a 2009 French film by Jacques Audiard that stars Tahar Rahim as a French Arab man learning to navigate the different languages, economies, cultures, and politics of a central French prison in the early 2000s. Un prophete is playing this Sunday at the Whitney Humanities Center on Wall Street as part of the Treasures from the Yale Film Archives series.

Other Links

New Haven Pride Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewHavenPrideCenter/

New Haven Trans Awareness Week schedule: http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/713637/e3ad37a1d9/ARCHIVE

Episode 79: NHDocs 2017 / Alien: Covenant

Description

On the first segment of today’s show, host Tom Breen talks with Yale film studies professor Charles Musser about the 4th annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival, which runs from June 1 through June 11 at the Whitney Humanities Center and the Main Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library in downtown New Haven. Musser is a co-founder and co-director of the fest.

On the second segment of the show, Breen is joined by New Haven Independent staff writer Allan Appel for a review of Alien: Covenant, the latest installment in the four-decade-old sci-fi / horror series that finds a new ship, a new crew, and a new planet beset by the same old problems of merciless nature and technology, and big chomping mouths with rows upon rows of teeth.

Links

http://www.nhdocs.com/

Episode 75: The Lost City of Z / Magneticfest 2 / Breakfast with Curtis

Description

On the first segment of today’s show, host Tom Breen is joined by New Haven Independent staff writer Allan Appel for a review of The Lost City of Z, a new movie from director James Gray that looks at the life of Percy Fawcett, a real-life British explorer, cartographer, and artillery officer who made several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon in the first quarter of the 20th century before mysteriously disappearing in the heart of what the British Empire referred to as the green desert, or the green hell of the Amazon jungle.

On the second segment of the show, Breen talks with Lyric Hall’s Joe Fay and filmmaker Laura Colella about two movie-related events that will be taking place at Lyric Hall in Westville this weekend: this Saturday will see Magneticfest 2, a VHS swap meet and screening day organized by Fay, and this Sunday will see a screening of Colella’s 2012 indie comedy Breakfast with Curtis, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and the cast.

Links

http://lyrichallnewhaven.com/events/magnetic-fest-2/

http://lyrichallnewhaven.com/events/breakfast-with-curtis/

Episode 72: Rob Harmon / John Carpenter Movies

 Rob Harmon

Rob Harmon

Description


On today's interview-only episode of the show, host Tom Breen is joined by Best Video employee Rob Harmon for a conversation about the movies, style, and enduring cinematic appeal of John Carpenter, the writer-director-composer who made a name for himself in the 1980s as both an entertaining genre filmmaker and an artistically ambitious auteur through such films as Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, and many more films that straddled the lines between sci-fi, horror, action, and satire.

Episode 71: 1984 National Event Day Screenings

 Michael Radford's 1984 (1984)

Michael Radford's 1984 (1984)

Description

On today's interview-only episode of the show is about an event that over 190 art house and independent movie theaters throughout the United States and Canada will be participating in next week that will see coordinated screenings, lectures, and community conversations around 1984, the 1980s big screen adaptation of English author George Orwell's legendary mid-century dystopian novel.

Host Tom Breen talks with Adam Birnbaum of the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Arnold Gorlick of Madison Art Cinemas, and Leana Hirschfeld-Kroen of the Yale Film Colloquium about why these coordinated screenings and conversations will be taking place, the resonance of 1984 and its nightmarish vision of totalitarian government today, and the role of art house and independent movie theaters in the Trump era.

Links

Avon Theatre in Stamford: http://www.avontheatre.org/films/462/national-event-day-screening:-1984-(1984)

Madison Art Cinemas: http://madisonartcinemas.com/page/5633/1984

Yale Film Colloquium: http://www.yalefilmcultures.com/screenings/#/film-against-fascism-spring-2017/
 

Episode 70: Strange Cinema / Beauty and the Beast

Description

On the first segment of today’s show, host Tom Breen talks with Joe Fay and Alex Dakoulas about Strange Cinema, a new bi-monthly screening series and collaboration between Lyric Hall and Strange Ways in Westville that looks to celebrate 80s and 90s underground culture, from low-budget horror movies to patches, pins, and VHS. On the second segment, Breen and Allan Appel share some thoughts on the latest Disney re-make of Beauty and the Beast.

Other Links

https://www.facebook.com/events/257005164726923/
https://www.strange-ways.com/
http://lyrichallnewhaven.com/

Episode 52: Mark Schenker / American Honey

 Mark Schenker (Thomas Breen photo)

Mark Schenker (Thomas Breen photo)

Timeline

00:00 - 37:20 -- interview with Mark Schenker about his new series on John Huston
40:25 - 59:44 -- review of American Honey

Description

On this episode, host Tom Breen talks all about the movies of John Huston with Yale dean and lecturer Mark Schenker, who will be hosting a 4-part series on Huston's movies at Best Video Film & Cultural Center in Hamden starting Sunday Oct. 23. For the second segment of the show, Breen is joined by Allan Appel and Lucy Gellman for a review of the new movie American Honey. Independent's website.

Other Links

http://www.bestvideo.com/prof-mark-schenker-returns-for-new-lecture-series-starting-sun-oct-23-how-to-read-a-film-subject-is-films-of-john-huston/

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/kubrick_lectures_at_best_video/

Episode 42: Rebecca Bombero / Wiener-Dog

 Still from WIENER-DOG by Todd Solondz

Still from WIENER-DOG by Todd Solondz

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: Becky Bombero
0:00 - 18:55 - interview with New Haven Parks director Becky Bombero about the Friday Flicks series

Second Segment

Guesst: Allan Appel, Lucy Gellman
20:45 - 45:45 - review of WIENER-DOG

Description

On this episode host Tom Breen speaks to Rebecca Bombero, director of the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees, about a summer film series, and to New Haven Independent reporters Lucy Gellman and Allan Appel about Todd Solondz' new movie "Wiener-Dog."

related Links

2016 Friday Flicks Schedule

WIENER-DOG trailer

Episode 33: BODY DOUBLES / Terror on Tape

 Laura Marsh (Lucy Gellman photo)

Laura Marsh (Lucy Gellman photo)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guests: Selby Nimrod, Sarah Lasley, Laura Marsh
0:00 - 40:11 - interview about BODY DOUBLES

Second Segment

Guests: David Gary, Nicholas Forster
41:52 - 55:33 - interview about the Terror on Tape symposium

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with curator Selby Nimrod, filmmaker Sarah Lasley, and No Pop gallery co-director Laura Marsh about BODY DOUBLES, a one-night screening series of short, experimental movies about the body: the body as an idea, a physical reality, a venue for political debate and artistic exploration. For the second segment of the show, Tom talks with Yale librarian David Gary and grad student Nicholas Forster about the Terror on Tape symposium, an academic conference dedicated to VHS.

Video Links

Trailer for Eve by Sarah Lasley

The Observatory by Doreen Garner

Trailer for Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness (1986)

Episode 27: Cinestudio / 10 Cloverfield Lane

 James Hanley (Lucy Gellman photo)

James Hanley (Lucy Gellman photo)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guest: James Hanley
0:00 - 38:03 - interview with James Hanley about Cinestudio

Second Segment

Guest: Jonathan McNicol
39:12 - 52:39 - review of 10 Cloverfield Lane

Description

On today's episode of Deep Focus, host Tom Breen talks with James Hanley, one of the founding members and the current co-president of Cinestudio, an independent film theater located on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford. Tom and James talk about the founding of the theater amidst the cultural unrest of the late 1960s, as well as about the lasting impact and mission of a theater dedicated to cinema as an art form and as a force for social awareness. For the second segment of the show, Tom and guest reviewer Jonathan McNicol discuss 10 Cloverfield Lane, the unexpected "spiritual sequel" to the popular 2008 found footage monster movie.

Video Links

Trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) by Dan Trachtenberg

Episode 14: Best Video / The 33

 Hank Paper (Lucy Gellman photo)

Hank Paper (Lucy Gellman photo)

How to Listen

First Segment

Guests: Hank Paper, Hank Hoffman
0:00 - 39:28 - interview with Best Video owners Hank Paper and Hank Hoffman

Second Segment

Guests: Allan Appel, Lucy Gellman
39:29 - 1:00:32 - review of THE 33

Description

On today's episode, host Tom Breen talks with Hank Paper and Hank Hoffman, the owners of the Hamden-based video rental store and performance venue Best Video. Tom then reviews the new movie THE 33 with Allan Appel and Lucy Gellman.

Video Links

Trailer for THE 33