Tuesday, October 11, 2011

American Express Brings Tribeca Film Festival On The Road To Alamo Drafthouse Houston


What:  American Express and Tribeca Film have partnered to bring film-loving American Express Cardmembers in Houston the excitement and access of the Tribeca Film Festival. Screenings will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in West Oaks.
The three-day Tribeca Film Festival On the Road will feature an eclectic mix of independent feature films, as well as discussions and Q&A sessions with actors, directors and others involved in the productions following each screening. Feature films currently scheduled for screening include: 
Janie Jones
  • Starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola and Elisabeth Shue
  • Directed by David M. Rosenthal
The Last Rites of Joe May
  • Starring Dennis Farina
  • Directed by Joe Maggio
The Man on the Train
  • Starring Donald Sutherland and Larry Mullen, Jr.
  • Directed by Mary McGuckian
  • Starring David Call and Tate Ellington
  • Directed by Gregory Kohn
Don't Go in the Woods
  • Directed by Vincent D'Onofrio
Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
  • Directed by Whitney Sudler-Smith
Mr. Stache, a short film that won the 2011 American Express and Tribeca Film "My Movie Pitch" competition, will screen before Janie Jones, Northeast, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
 and Don't Go in the Woods.

Tickets to the screenings are available to all American Express Cardmembers attribecafilm.com/amex.

A portion of proceeds from these events will benefit the Tribeca Film Institute, a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff that empowers filmmakers through grants, professional development and resources, while also helping students discover film and filmmaking.

When:  Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16
  • Friday evening's opening event beginning at 7:30 pm will feature a screening of Janie Jones, a Q&A discussion with director David M. Rosenthal and a kickoff cocktail reception.
  • The full schedule of screenings for Saturday and Sunday will be available attribecafilm.com/amex on September 28. Each feature will be screened at least twice during the weekend.
Where:  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, West Oaks Mall #429, Houston

  • Janie Jones - Written and directed by David M. Rosenthal
Rocker Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Oscar® nominee Elisabeth Shue) drops a bomb in his lap-their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Oscar® nominee Abigail Breslin). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but on tour with the band. With no feel for fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in the dive bars and sleazy motels along the way. As Ethan's self-destructive spiral threatens the group's future, his band members desert him one by one, until he and Janie are left alone. Desperate to finish the tour and revive his career, Ethan stays on the road as a solo act with Janie in tow, where her surprising musical talents help guide him down the rocky road to redemption.   
  • Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston -Directed by Whitney Sudler-Smith
A fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer-Halston- the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of NYC nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others) round out this glittering evocation of the man who defined the most beautiful and decadent era of recent memory.
  • The Last Rites of Joe May - Written and directed by Joe Maggio
Showcasing a tour-de-force performance from veteran Dennis Farina, The Last Rites of Joe May shows the final days of an aging, short money hustler clinging to the belief that he's one scam away from the glorious destiny he's always deserved. Now in his sixties, his health failing and resources dwindling, Joe is presented with one last shot at redemption in the eyes of a community that's all but left him for dead.
  • Northeast - Written and directed by Gregory Kohn
Will (David Call), an unemployed and aimless playboy in Brooklyn, New York, has spent his 20's skating on easy charm from one casual, distant affair to the next. Noticing his friends' happiness as they gradually settle into steady jobs and committed relationships, Will decides to trade apathy for effort in order to find someone with whom he can start the next chapter of his life. Shot on 16mm with artful direction and honest performances,Northeast is a vividly natural portrayal of the pressure of impending adulthood. 
  • Don't Go in the Woods - Directed by Vincent D'Onofrio
Don't go in the woods is sound advice, especially when there's a killer on the loose.   First-time director Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") explores love, greed and ruthlessness in this twisted musical/horror hybrid, telling the story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives in order to focus on writing new songs.  Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension.
  • The Man on the Train - Directed by Mary McGuckian
The English-language remake of Patrice Leconte's award-winning French film of the same name, The Man on the Train stars Donald Sutherland and musician Larry Mullen, Jr. in his acting debut.
A mysterious criminal (Mullen, Jr.) rolls into a small town planning to knock off the local bank, assuming it will go off without a hitch. But when he encounters a retired poetry professor (Sutherland), his plans take an unlikely turn. With no place to stay, the professor generously welcomes him into his home. As the two men talk, a bond forms between these two polar opposites, and surprising moments of humor and compassion emerge. As they begin to understand each other more, they each examine the choices they've made in their lives, secretly longing to live the type of lifestyle the other man has lived, based on the desire to escape their own.

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About Tribeca Film:  Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution label dedicated to acquiring and marketing independent films across multiple platforms, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, home video and television.  It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises designed to provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. American Express continues its support of Tribeca and the independent film community by serving as the Founding Partner of Tribeca Film.

About Tribeca Film Institute:  The Tribeca Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff. Tribeca Film Institute's mission is to empower filmmakers through grants and professional development, and be a resource for and supporter of individual artists in the field. The Institute's educational programming leverages an extensive film industry network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century. Administering a dozen major programs annually, TFI is a critical contributor to the fabric of filmmaking and aids in promoting and protecting filmmakers and media artists.

About Alamo Drafthouse:  The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood Studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art boutique, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star WarsStar Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website.

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