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Welcome to Anatevka

Posted by: krystiank, October 20, 2009 @ 11:47 am

A Film by Ruth Leitman and James Jernigan

  • 22 adult actors with developmental disabilities, 8 theater professionals,
  • 13 high school drama students,
  • 10 weeks until curtain. . .
  • Breakdowns, crushes, catfights, seizures… ‘Break a leg.’

Welcome to Anatevka.

DVD
Coming soon!

Filed under: Featured Films

Wildwood, NJ

Posted by: krystiank, @ 11:46 am

This film takes you down the shore with an all-women crew to Wildwood, NJ, the last great American blue-collar seaside carnival town. Wildwood, NJ moves beyond gum-cracking, big hair, and press-on nails to look into the souls of women raised on the boardwalks rides, lights and come-ons.

Grandmothers and go-go girls; girls who work as vampires in boardwalk haunted houses. Tween girls stretching out on their first trip without their parents: young, rangy a little drunk on Bud, dukes up, nose open, with a couppla’ bucks to burn.

A Wildwood honeymoon, virginity lost to a boardwalk stranger, fistfights, madness, babies—and no matter what—returning to Wildwood year after year as they grow up and grow old.

This film was shot in 1994 on Super-8 film and synched frame by frame in the early days of non-linear editing.

  • Color
  • Super-8 Film
  • Aspect Ratio 4:3
  • Stereo
  • Not Rated
  • Original Release 1994; DVD 2009
  • Running time: 60:00

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Filed under: Featured Films

Lipstick & Dynamite

Posted by: krystiank, October 18, 2009 @ 7:14 am

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Here’s what the critics say about LIPSTICK & DYNAMITE:

“Exhilarating…riotous…endlessly entertaining.”
-Ken Tucker- NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Smart … terrific … spirited tough old broads as they look back on their years in the ring when they pulverized the Donna Reed stereotype…”
-David Rooney- VARIETY

“Utterly enthralling… the first film ever to appeal to feminist study groups and Hulk Hogan fans alike.”
- BLENDER MAGAZINE

“These are Golden Girls gone wild!”
-NEW YORK OBSERVER

“They went to the mat, literally, for gender equality.”
-”O” MAGAZINE

“Leitman has captured for the ages a piece of feminist history in danger of disappearing forever.”
-BUST MAGAZINE

“Highly entertaining”
-HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Entertaining and bittersweet.”
- LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

“DYNAMITE!”
-ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION

“It’s totally slammin’!”
-E ONLINE

“Gutsy… seize the day… glorious.”
-SLATE

“Lipstick & Dynamite affirms Leitman’s status as a Diane Arbus with a movie camera and a feminist edge.”
-CREATIVE LOAFING ATLANTA WEEKLY.

Visit Lipstick & Dynamite web site

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Alma

Posted by: krystiank, @ 7:09 am

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Margie Thorpe is a back sassin’, whiskey sippin’, country singin’ Southern Diva.  Her mother Alma is a working class Norma Desmond graced with the regional talent for spinning tall tales out of life’s rich tragedies.  Alma’s bizarre views on sexuality, motherhood and mail-order sweepstakes make her a living, breathing shrine to Southern Gothic.  A rape by an uncle in a cotton field at age seven is described as the seduction of Adam by Eve.  Past lovers are romanticized as bank robbers, murderers and…Elvis Presley.  In this intimate and darkly humorous portrait of the Thorpe family, filmmaker Ruth Leitman (Lipstick & Dynamite, Wildwood, N.J.) follows daughter Margie’s struggle with a mentally ill mother and an abusive, alcoholic father.  Framed by accusations of incest, Alma is an unflinching examination of family secrets, love and abuse tangled up in love.

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Press Quotes

“A POTENTLY PERSONAL AND RAW PORTRAIT OF A PART OF AMERICA THAT IS TOO OFTEN REDUCED TO SIMPLE STEREOTYPES. RUTH LEITMAN HAS MADE A FILM THAT IS UTTERLY TRUE TO HER UNIQUE VISION.”
Steve James Director -HOOP DREAMS, STEVIE, AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR

COMPELLING ALMA BEARS WITNESS TO A SITUATION FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS.”
Amy Taubin, The Village Voice.

“ENTHRALLING, DARKLY FUNNY, HORIFFYING AND HOPEFUL”
Maitland Mc Donagh, TV GUIDE On-line.

“THE DOCUMENTARY EQUIVALENT OF THE SOUTHERN GOTHIC NOVEL”.
Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post.

“A SEARING, SURPRISINGLY FUNNY, BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED FAMILY MELODRAMA.”.
Felicia Feaster, Creative Loafing.

“ A PIECE OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING SO POWERFUL, IT’S HARD TO THINK OF ANY FICTIONAL FILM TO RIVAL IT IN EMOTIONAL IMPACT.”
Malene Arpe, Eye, April 29th 1999 Toronto, Ontario.

“HILARIOUS AND HORRIFYING.”
Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

“NO  BETTER EXAMPLE OF THE EMOTIONAL STRIDES DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING HAS MADE IN THE PAST DECADE IS RUTH LEITMAN’S ALMA.”
Felicia Feaster, Art Papers

“IT’S AN EXPLORATION BY THE AUDIENCE, THE FILMMAKER AND THE SUBJECTS THEMSELVES OF A KIND YOU’VE NEVER QUITE SEEN IN A DOCUMENTARY BEFORE.”
Jerry Johnson, The Austin Chronicle.

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DVD Extras:

-Director’s Commentary
- Q&A with Ruth Leitman & Margie Thorpe at Indiana University
-Photo Gallery- Including production stills, and travelogue from Film festivals worldwide
-CNN Feature-American Voices- Alma premiere

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Tony & Janina’s
American Wedding

Posted by: krystiank, October 17, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

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