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Doc and a Drink has been going through many changes. Most notably, my partner in crime has decided to leave the D&D team. I took a sabbatical from the blog. I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue but, I am going to push forward. I apologize for the break in coverage.
We now have a new look and a new style. The post will have more pictures, more links, and less verbage.
I just went to SIlver Docs today and I’ll be posting my review soon!
Cheers & Beers,
Doc & a Drink is going to the “Our City Film Festival”. Our first stop is the opening night party tomorrow (Saturday). It’s open to the public — Join us!
It’s at RFD’s (810 7th St, NW) and everyone knows RFD’s has an excellent beer selection. Katy and I will be interviewing some of the local documentary filmmakers. It’s going to be a blast. It’s only 12.00 and all the money from the festival goes back into the organization. Buy your tickets online – they will sell out! See you there (8-11pm).
**** Celebrate the opening of the film festival with filmmakers and VIPs.
Enjoy beer specials, great raffle give-aways, and performances by
Grammy nominee, Arts and Humanities Council of Washington grantee
and subject of past OCFF film, Blue Line…
Then – this Sunday – is the main event. The films are all about D.C. The festival is only on Sunday, at The Goethe Institute (812 7th St, NW). For ticket information and a full schedule check the website: http://www.yachad-dc.org/Home.shtml
AND – just added — is the closing event with the D.C Cupcake Girls…
Georgetown Cupcakes’ Sophie and Katherine will be special guests,
screening TLC’s Second Season of DC Cupcakes,Our City
hosting a Q&A, and cupcake decorating contest at the finale.
5 out of 5 Cheers.
FILM: Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
In 1955, while a Fulbright scholar, a Manhattan painter named Tobias Schneebaum spent seven months in the Amazon basin with the Harakambut. When he returned to the US, he could no longer paint. What happened? Nearly 45 years later, filmmakers want Tobias, now 78 and suffering from Parkinson’s, to return to Peru & New Guinea.
This documentary is an adventure. It will whisk you away to far away lands and answer cannibalistic curiosity. Tobias’ story is exciting and nostalgic. It’s infused with primitive culture and extremes but it’s just plain humanity that shines through.
Tobias is a wonderful painter, explorer, and anthropologist. My heart was touched when Tobias re-unites with his ex-Lover who he thought had passed. I appreciated Tobias’ interview candor. He speaks from an acceptance of dying and with an open mind . Tobias had the opportunity to explore many cultures before they were severely influenced by Western Culture. I envy that.
Through out the documentary – Tobias expresses a mental battle regarding returning to the jungle in Peru where he witness and participated in murder and cannibalism. In fact – I was so distracted by the story – I hardly noticed the constant soft focus and poor framing. I just wasn’t impressed with the camerawork from any angle. I guess that just goes to show that the most important thing is putting the story to tape and not fretting over “what you are shooting on”.
I really enjoyed the journey – being exposed to traditions passed down through generations. The tribes display their dancing, sculpting, their sexuality and language. I like that this documentary will keep some of these traditions “alive”.
AND Don’t worry – you won’t fall asleep for this adventure. But, you may think about death, watching National Geographic, and taking a holiday to a far away land.
4 out of 5 Cheers
Now is your chance to catch up on all the Oscar Nominated Documentaries for FREE! Did I mention the shows are free? The National Archives is going to show 82nd Academy Award Nominated Films from March 3-7, 2010.
Highlight ? THE SHORTS: Documentary Short Subject Nominees, Sunday, March 7, noon
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit à la Berlin
Total Running Time: 199 minutes (with a brief intermission).
Details: Seating for all screenings will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Free tickets will be distributed at the National Archives Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue beginning 60 minutes prior to the start time. You must be present to receive a ticket. Theater doors will open 30 minutes prior to start time. The saving of seats is strictly prohibited.
The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Event entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000.
For more information: http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2010/nr10-58.html
5 out of 5 Cheers!
Doc and a Drink was present at the 2010 Realscreen Summit in Dec Feb. 1-3rd. I have proof! We made it onto some APM promotional material…….. (4th photo down)
Cheers and Beers!
FILM: Food Inc.
DIRECTOR: Robert Kenner
REVIEWER: B. Beamer
SUMMARY : “In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.”
My reaction to this documentary was similar to how many are affected by a placebo. It hit “home” right away and then fell away from my thoughts just as fast as it had entered. Immediately following the film viewing, I made a personal pact to buy from local farmers and visit a local farmer’s market. But, I was quick to find myself eating at McDonald’s during a road trip over the holidays and I still haven’t bought anything from a local farmer – yet. My excuse for now is the winter months.
On the other hand – I did buy organic milk this morning. Maybe the movie did make me think twice about what I’m putting in my body and who I am supporting with my purchase. Over all – I found this movie extremely easy to watch. It was just well done – creative, interesting and fast paced. I didn’t fall asleep once. I also didn’t find it “preachy” which could have easily been an issue for this type of program.
4 out of 5 Cheers.