The Holy Mountain
The Holy Mountain SAT, APR 14 • 9:45 PM Cinematheque
Aspiring rap artists develop their craft in The Hip Hop Project.
Here is Always Somewhere Else
The Hip Hop Project FRI, APR 13 • 7:15 PM Cinematheque
FRI, APR 13 • 9:15 PM Cinematheque
documentary feature • USA/Netherlands, 2006, color, video, 16mm • 86 min DIRECTOR: Rene Dalder; PRODUCER: Rene Dalder, Aaron Ohlmann; WRITER: Rene Dalder; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Nils Post, Aaron Ohlmann; EDITOR: Aaron Ohlmann, Rene Dalder; MUSIC: Broadway Project SERIES: Wisconsin’s Own
Henry Fool FRI, APR 13 • 4:15 PM Stage Door
dramatic feature • USA, 1998, color, 35mm • 137 min DIRECTOR: Hal Hartley; PRODUCER: Hal Hartley; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Larry Meistrich, Daniel J. Victor, Keith Abell; PRODUCTION CO: True Fiction Pictures, The Shooting Gallery; WRITER: Hal Hartley; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Spiller; EDITOR: Steve Hamilton; MUSIC: Hal Hartley; CAST: Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey, Kevin Corrigan, Miho Nikaido SERIES: Restorations and Revivals
With the opportunity to present director Hal Hartley’s new film Fay Grim at this year’s Festival, we welcomed the chance to bring Henry Fool to the big screen. The characters established in Henry Fool, which won Best Screenplay at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, continue their adventures in Fay Grim. It’s a literary story of outsiders, art, fame, poetry, and antiheroes. Ex-con
Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan) barges into the life (and basement apartment) of a garbage man (James Urbaniak), his tarty sister (Parker Posey), and their addled mother (Maria Porter). As Janet Maslin wrote in the New York Times, “Even more than its story of private genius and public opinion, the dialogue itself offers proof that every word matters. All the film’s characters speak with utter honesty about matters both large and small, and sometimes make a major virtue of understatement. As in: ‘Look, Simon, I made love to your mother about half an hour ago, and I’m beginning to think it wasn’t such a good idea.’”
Her Heart is Washed in Water and then Weighed SEE: Jim & Joe’s Experimental Shorts
A film about the life and work of Dutch/Californian conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, who in 1975 disappeared under mysterious circumstances at sea in the smallest boat ever to cross the Atlantic. As seen through the eyes of fellow emigrant filmmaker Rene Daalder, the picture becomes a sweeping overview of contemporary art films as well as an epic saga of the transformative powers of the ocean. Featuring artists Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Rem Koolhaas, Jan de Bont, Richard Serra, Marcel Broodthaers, Ger van Elk, Charles Ray, Wim T. Schippers, Chris Burden, Fiona Tan, Pipilotti Rist and many others. Co-produced and edited by Appleton native and University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate Aaron Ohlmann. As part of this presentation (and included in the running time) six of Bas Jan Ader’s films from 1970 and 1971 will be shown from fully restored 16mm prints.
Hidden Window SEE: Young Visions
✿ Most festival films are not rated. MPAA ratings provided where available. Viewer and parental discretion is advised.
SAT, APR 14 • 7:45 PM Cinematheque
documentary feature • USA, 2007, color, 35mm • 88 min DIRECTOR: Matt Ruskin, Scott K. Rosenburg; PRODUCER: Scott K. Rosenberg; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah; PRODUCTION CO: Pressure Point Films; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ari Issler; EDITOR: Matt Ruskin; CAST: Chris “Kazi” Rolle, Diana “Princess” Lemon, Christopher “Cannon” Mapp, Russell Simmons, Bruce Willis, Sway, Doug E. Fresh
It’s rare these days that the media reports on the positive effects of hip hop music, but in Matt Ruskin’s compelling and inspirational documentary we follow Chris “Kazi” Role, a once homeless teenager, over the course of four years as he works to inspire a group of New York City teens to use hip hop as a vehicle for self discovery and redemption. Under auspices of the educational group Art Start, Kazi founds the Hip Hop Project to help teenagers interested in hip hop music reach their creative potential through encouraging them to eschew gangsta clichés and instead rap about the real issues affecting their lives. The film deftly weaves the stories of several of the teenage rappers with that of Kazi’s own inspiring journey to confront his past. Touching without being sappy and inspirational without being preachy, The Hip Hop Project is a wonderful story of hope, healing, and the realization of dreams.
Holding the Pilots / Holding the Facts SEE: short.times.twelve
dramatic feature • Mexico, 1973, color, 35mm • 114 min DIRECTOR: Alejandro Jodorowsky; PRODUCER: Alegandro Jodorowsky, Allen Klein, Robert Taicher, Robert Viskin; PRODUCTION CO: Abkco Films; WRITER: Alejandro Jodorowsky; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rafael Corteidi; EDITOR: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Federico Landeros; MUSIC: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Don Cherry, Ronald Franjipane; CAST: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Zamira Saunders, Juan Ferrara, Adriana Page, Burt Kleiner, Valerie Jodorowsky, Nicky Nichols, Richard Rutowski, Luis Loveli SERIES: Restorations and Revivals
In his follow up to the underground hit El Topo, we find Jodorosky playing the alchemist, a cult leader of sorts, who lures the Christ-like thief to round out a group of nine people who will trek to the holy mountain. Jodorowsky’s unique, surreal vision remains the true star. Packed with Christian iconography, new age imagery, and scenes of sheer horror, The Holy Mountain could be an intense critique of Christianity, colonialism, and the western world, but it opens other doors that may reveal deeper and more complex questions. Often shocking, sometimes disturbing, but incredibly transfixing, this film offers an experience unlike anything seen before or since in cinema. Caught up in legal flux since its completion in the 1970s, this new restoration is finally giving The Holy Mountain the release it never had. Viewer discretion advised.
A House On Jungmannova SEE: short.times.three
I Wonder SEE: Young Visions
Insect SEE: short.times.ten
WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL ✿ MADISON ✿ APRIL 12-15, 2007 ✿ WWW.WIFILMFEST.ORG ✿ 877.963.FILM
Parker Posey falls hard for Henry Fool.
SUN, APR 15 • 7:45 PM