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2007 September Indie Film Fest

August 31, 2007

Movie Schedule :

“Once” Rated R, will run September 4-6.
“Paris Je T’aime” Rated R, will run September 11-13.
“My Best Friend” Rated PG-13, will run September 18-21.
“Introducing the Dwights” Rated R, will run September 25-27.

It’s year No. 2 for the Upstate Film Society’s Independent Film Festival.

This year’s list includes four selections that will be showing September at Cherrydale Cinemas.

But paring the list down to just four has taken a fair share of research with plenty of lively discussions, said Margaret Jenkins who serves on the society’s board of directors.

The dozen-or-so board members started the process by compiling personal lists of films they’d read about in the frequent ramblings around movie sites and newspaper articles.

Next came the round table discussions, interspersed with advice from consolidated theaters. The result is a list of movies that will give film fans the chance to see features they otherwise wouldn’t see on Upstate screens.

And for film buss including Jenkins, there’s nothing quite like watching a good movie in the company of fellow fans.

“My preference would always be to watch a film with people that you can enjoy it with,” she said.

In addition to bringing lesser known titles to local viewers, encouraging the communal theater experience is part of the purpose of the society, said Jenkins.

Finding the society was a bonus for Jenkins, who moved to the area five years ago., especially since she comes from Los Angeles where movies are daily water cooler fodder.

“I think that Greenville’s a small town,but it has a level of sophistication that is very evident” she said.

Next on the society’s schedule will be preparation for the French Film Festival. There are also plans to boost membership by offering more perks such as ticket discounts, snack specials and restaurant coupons.

But for Jenkins, the best part of the deal is the chance to discuss what she’s seen with fellow society members.

“I really do like the discussion and the critique,” she said. “That is really one of the most enjoyable things to me.”

“Once” is a story about a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad’s Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An (unnamed) Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other as the Girl helps the Guy to put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs.

Official Movie Website


Paris, je t’aime” is about the plurality of cinema in one mythic location: Paris, the City of Love. Twenty filmmakers will bring their own personal touch, underlining the wide variety of styles, genres, encounters and the various atmospheres and lifestyles that prevail in the neighborhoods of Paris. Each director has been given five minutes of freedom, and we, as producers, carry the responsibility of weaving a single narrative unit out of those twenty moments. The 20 films will not appear in the order of the arrondissements, from one to twenty, but rather, in a pertinent narrative order, initially unknown to the audience. They will be fused together by transitional interstitial sequences, and also via the introduction and epilogue sequences of the feature film. Each transition will begin with the last shot of the previous film and will end with the first shot of the following film, and will have a threefold function: 1) The first is to extend the enchantment and the emotion of the previous segment, 2) The second is to prepare the audience for the surprise of the next segment, and 3) The third is to provide a general, comfortable and cohesive atmosphere to the feature film. The delightful and brief interludes of these transitions will enable the viewer to slide from one world to the next, featuring a recurring and unexpected character. This mysterious character is a witness to the Parisian life and helps create a continuous narration. It appears both in and in-between the films. In addition to the information these transitions will provide about the city and its people, their tone will be intentionally light often referring to famous scenes easily attributed to the history of Paris cinema. Similar specifications will be followed by the composer who will supervise the musical fusion between the films and the transitions as he creates the musical score of Paris, je t’aime. Considering the common theme of Paris and Love, the fusion between the films and the transitions, the fast pace of a fluid and complete storytelling, Paris, je t’aime will not be just another “anthology” picture. It will be a unique collective feature film that will constitute a two-hour cinematographic spectacle whose original structure will make for a dramatically different experience for its global audience.

Official Movie Website

“My Best Friend” François is a middle-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and a fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He’s arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don’t believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it’s hers. Having accepted the wager, François naively tears through his address book, trying to shoehorn an increasingly unlikely series of contacts into the all-important role. Moving through Paris, he keeps encountering a trivia-spouting, big-hearted cabbie named Bruno. Bruno’s chatty, lowbrow ways grate against François’s designer temperament, but he covets the other man’s easy way with people. He convinces Bruno to teach him how to make friends and sets about learning the “three S’s” – being sociable, smiling and sincere – though they don’t come easy. Ultimately, François’s victory will depend on Bruno’s naiveté in playing along, but what’s the cost of cheating at friendship?

IMDB Movie Review

“Introducing the Dwights” Tim (Khan Chittenden) lives with his overbearing mother, Jean (Brenda Blethyn), and brain-damaged brother but has little experience with women. When he meets Jill (Emma Booth), romance blooms and the pair begin dating. Jean, whose career as a comic is in a slide, becomes jealous of her son’s relationship with Jill.

Official Movie Website

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