Cutting Room for September 19

Every time someone uses film as a medium to push towards real social change, I feel all fluttery in my tummy; so it should come as no surprise how jacked I am for The Gender Reel Film Festival. The touring festival features films that focus on gender and transgender issues and will be at the Joslyn Art Museum on Oct 19 from 1:30-8 pm. How bad-ass and cool is a festival with the following categories: Trans Woman/Feminine, Trans Men/Masculine, Gender Nonconforming/Queer, LGBT and Youth/Family. Head to genderreelfest.com for full breakdowns of the films being screened and to order/request tickets. Festivals like this give my cold, nearly dead, cynical heart an excuse to beat a bit.

Hear ye, hear ye! You can, and people do, make movies in noncoastal areas! Proof: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater just announced the selections for the fifth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase, curated by some fine folks over at the “Omaha World Herald.” Starting Oct 16 at 7:30 pm, you can see the 12 chosen short films that were combined into one 123-minute block. The selections include documentaries about a local inventor, music videos for Orenda Fink and The Faint and narratives that explore a struggling artist and a drunk. Wait; let me check on that last part… Yep, that’s the narrative plot and not just my weekend plans. For more information about tickets and show times, head to filmstreams.org

If you haven’t seen the FX TV show, “Fargo,” well that’s just a real shame now. A real shame. So you’re just gonna have to trust me that the fella who wrote that, Noah Hawley, did a real good job on it. A real good job. And now he’s gettin’ to work on one of them monster movies from Universal. Yeah, it’s true. He may be writin’ about the Wolfman or the Creature from the Black Lagoon! We don’t know yet. All we know is that it’s gonna be good. Yeah, sure, you betcha. 

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Cutting Room for September 12

In an age of Kickstarted shenanigans and other tomfoolery, here comes some positive news: Dan Mirvish has made good on a 20-year-old promise. When his investors on Omaha (the movie) first backed his project, it had to seem like a bit of a longshot. No, these investors will not be retiring on this unexpected windfall. One of the checks I saw was for $8.14. But the thing about patrons of the arts is this: we don’t fund things (just) to profit. Seeing Dan symbolically (more than anything else) acknowledge people who let him make his movie is a sweet reminder of the positive relationships that can (and should) occur between the funded and the funders of cinema.

I was super relieved to find out that Running From Crazy, a documentary screening on Tuesday Oct 7 at 7 pm at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, is not about my reaction to seeing a clown. Instead, it is a documentary about the impact of mental illness on multiple generation of the Hemingway family. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, and it is in advance of “A Time for Hope and Healing” luncheon that The Kim Foundation is hosting and at which Mariel Hemingway will be the keynote speaker. I’ve always wondered what “keynote” means. I realize I could Google it, but I was kind of hoping it would be organically revealed to me by now. What? I have different hopes and dreams than most.

We live in the strangest possible timeline. Follow along: Bill Murray will not be in Ghostbusters 3. As of now, all that is known about Ghostbusters 3 is that it will feature female leads. Someone asked Murray, who will not be in Ghostbusters 3 who he thinks should be in Ghostbusters 3. He said Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone and Linda Cardellini (you know her, just Google). Now someone asked Wiig, who has not been approached about Ghostbusters 3 if she would do Ghostbusters 3, and she said yes. Not that they wouldn’t have been considered anyway, but if any of those ladies wind up in Ghostbusters 3, it is sure going to look like a random reporter’s question to Bill Murray is responsible. Also, that’s the most number of times anybody but Dan Aykroyd has ever said Ghostbusters 3

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.


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