Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The APFS presents: The Flyway Film Festival Showcase 2012!

The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society
presents 

Something Different This Way Comes...
3 Days!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Feb. 17th, 18th, and 19th
 
4 Screening Blocks!
2 Blocks of Films for Brunch, 2 for Dinner

23 Independent Films!
Curated from films shown at the Flyway Film Festival
Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge
169 West Street Annapolis, MD
(410) 280-5160

Tickets: $10 per Block
Purchase at Door, or email
PretentiousFilm@Gmail.com for reservations

For Brunch/Dinner Reservations before the show call (410) 280-5160
Light fare/drinks available at the bar during show
 
The Program:
 
Opening Night!
Friday, February 17th
Dinner Block!
Doors Open 6pm -- Movies start at 7:45pm
$10 at Door 
(Food and Beverage Extra)
 
3 Films:
Enter The Circus (Short, Animated, United Kingdom)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
Usto Justo (Short, Experimental Comedy, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2009)
Beauty Day (Feature, Documentary, Canada)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
 
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Saturday Matinee, February 18th
Brunch Block!
Doors Open 10am -- Movies start at Noon.
$10 at Door 
 
3 Films:
Madtown (Short, Documentary, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
Breakfast for Dinner (Short, Narrative, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
A Second Knock at the Door (Feature, Documentary, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2011)


Saturday Night, February 18th
Dinner Block!
Doors Open 6pm -- Movies start 7:45pm
$10 at Door

3 Films
Divorcees (Short, Narrative, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2010)
Le Diable en Personne (Short, Narrative, Canada)
(The Devil Himself)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
Silver Tongues (Feature, Narrative, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2011)

Click here for the Metropolitan Dinner Menu

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Sunday Matinee, February 19th
Brunch Block!
Doors Open 10am -- Movies start at Noon
$10 at Door

A Cavalcade of Shorts!

Come enjoy outstanding shorts that have screened at the Flyway Film Festival!
Micro gems with, stars such as Gérard Depardieu, Brian Austin Green, Trevor Noah and Reed Farrington!
Directors featured: Jay CheelSlony Sow and John Trigonis

Includes films from the U.S. Tour of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Fest (Screened Flyway 2011)


Click here to see the Sunday Program's list of Short Films
Click here for the Metropolitan Brunch Menu


Showcase Spotlight: "Silver Tongues," Screening Saturday Night, 2/18


(Feature, Narrative, USA)
Screening with 2 shorts.
Saturday, February 18 Dinner Block
Doors Open: 6pm.,
Screening begins 7:45pm
Admission: $10




Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge
169 West Street Annapolis, MD
(410) 280-5160)

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Oh, my.

There couldn't be a better day on the calendar to promote, what I think, is the most remarkable film in our showcase.  "Silver Tongues" is not only about love, trust, and, well, companionship -- it is a truly compelling example of fiercely independent cinema at its finest.

Starring Lee Tergesen (Oz, Red Tails) and Enid Graham (Blue Valentine, Boardwalk Empire), it's a story about lovers traveling from town to town on an insidous tour of performance art which is played out in the personal lives of everyone they meet.

The Director, Simon Arthur, weaves a narrative that pulls you in so quickly and with such raw emotion that by the end of this of this brilliant film you will be consumed with joy. Every cineaste searches for the pearls of independent greatness at odd little screenings like ours and I am confident that if you choose to open this mysterious oyster, you will find this showcase's indie pearl... on a Silver Tongue.





I hope you come to see "Silver Tongues."  I have a feeling everyone will be talking about this gem soon.

Kindest regards,
Pericles

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Showcase Spotlight: "A Second Knock at the Door," with Q & A, Screening Saturday, 2/18


(Feature, Documentary, USA)
Screening with 2 shorts.
Saturday, February 18 - Brunch Block:
Doors Open: 10 a.m.,
Screening begins Noon
Admission: $10



PLEASE NOTE:
There will be a Q and A session immediately following this screening with Chris Sharrett, of Forest, Virginia, whose brother, Pfc David Sharrett was killed by friendly fire in 2008 and whose story is one of three told in this documentary. 

He will be joined be joined by James Gordon Meek, an award-winning investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. who first broke the story of a cover-up in the Sharrett case in an article in the New York Daily News. 


When I saw A SECOND KNOCK AT THE DOOR, at last year's Flyway Film Festival, I was completely knocked off my feet.  This is a powerful documentary which focuses on the issue of American troop fatalities caused by "friendly fire," which is the inadvertent firing on one's own soldiers while engaging with an enemy.

This was brought into high relief in Afghanistan in 2004, when former NFL star Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in a firefight near the Pakistan border.  The incident was initially covered up and Tillman was awarded the Silver Star posthumously as it was publicly reported that Tillman died battling troops "in the line of devastating enemy fire." 

But later, after a more thorough investigation, the Pentagon ruled the incident that caused Tillman's death was friendly fire.  This incident continues to be controversial to this day, and A SECOND KNOCK AT THE DOOR looks at three (out of many) cases of families who were first informed that their loved ones perished in the line of duty, only to be later contacted that their family member was actually killed by another soldier. 

It is at this point that a dance between the Pentagon and the families begin.  Details become hazy and information confused -- phone calls stop being returned.

In 2010, Director Christopher Grimes, traveled across the country meeting with more than 20 families of soldiers whose loved ones were killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan and Iraq.  In A SECOND KNOCK AT THE DOOR,  Grimes tells us the story of three of those families who sought the truth about their family member's death.

I am not sure when I heard this, it was either during his Q and A at Flyway or later as I got know him, but Christopher Grimes told me that he heard many times from festivals and venues that documentaries dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan were "so done, so over."

I don't share that sentiment.

A SECOND KNOCK AT THE DOOR is an important and honest documentary that examines an issue in our military that refuses to go away. 


Also, last week, coincidentally, a blog was written about A SECOND KNOCK AT THE DOOR by a self-described Navy wife.  Her name is Jill and she even mentions this screening. You can read her well-written and insightful blog here:


I hope to see you this coming weekend!

Kindest regards,
Pericles

Friday, February 10, 2012

The APFS presents: The Flyway Film Festival Showcase 2012!

The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society
presents 

Something Different This Way Comes...
3 Days!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Feb. 17th, 18th, and 19th
 
4 Screening Blocks!
2 Blocks of Films for Brunch, 2 for Dinner

23 Independent Films!
Curated from films shown at the Flyway Film Festival
Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge
169 West Street Annapolis, MD
(410) 280-5160

Tickets: $10 per Block
To Reserve tickets email
PretentiousFilm@Gmail.com
Seating is limited. First come, first served.
For Brunch/Dinner Reservations before the show call (410) 280-5160
Light fare/drinks available at the bar during show
 
The Program:
 
Opening Night!
Friday, February 17th
Dinner Block!
Doors Open 6pm -- Movies start at 7:45pm
$10 at Door - Seating is limited.
(Food and Beverage Extra)
 
3 Films:
Enter The Circus (Short, Animated, United Kingdom)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
Usto Justo (Short, Experimental Comedy, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2009)
Beauty Day (Feature, Documentary, Canada)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
 
----------------
Saturday Matinee, February 18th
Brunch Block!
Doors Open 10am -- Movies start at Noon.
$10 at Door - Seating is limited.
 
3 Films:
Madtown (Short, Documentary, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
Breakfast for Dinner (Short, Narrative, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
A Second Knock at the Door (Feature, Documentary, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2011)


Saturday Night, February 18th
Dinner Block!
Doors Open 6pm -- Movies start 7:45pm
$10 at Door - Seating is limited.

3 Films
Divorcees (Short, Narrative, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2010)
Le Diable en Personne (Short, Narrative, Canada)
(The Devil Himself)
(Screened Flyway 2011)
Silver Tongues (Feature, Narrative, USA)
(Screened Flyway 2011)

Click here for the Metropolitan Dinner Menu

--------------------------------
Sunday Matinee, February 19th
Brunch Block!
Doors Open 10am -- Movies start at Noon
$10 at Door - Seating is limited.

A Cavalcade of Shorts!

Come enjoy outstanding shorts that have screened at the Flyway Film Festival!
Micro gems with, stars such as Gérard Depardieu, Brian Austin Green, Trevor Noah and Reed Farrington!
Directors featured: Jay CheelSlony Sow and John Trigonis

Includes films from the U.S. Tour of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Fest (Screened Flyway 2011)


Click here to see the Sunday Program's list of Short Films
Click here for the Metropolitan Brunch Menu


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SUNDAY FILMS! The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society Showcase featuring The Flyway Film Festival


The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society is proud to present: The Flyway Film Festival showcase.
The showcase will run three days from February 17th to the 19th.
 



Sunday!
169 West Street Annapolis, MD
(410) 280-5160

Sunday, February 19th
 "Brunch Block"
FLYWAY Cavalcade of Shorts!
Doors Open: 10 a.m., Screening begins Noon
Admission: $10


Food and Drink Extra



Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information on making a reservation for the screening, please email pretentiousfilm@gmail.com. For dinner reservations, please contact the Metropolitan directly.
Light fare and drinks will be available at the bar during the screening.


All films screened in this Showcase are shown courtesy of the Flyway Film Festival and the Filmmakers

Sunday February 19 Brunch Block:
Doors Open: 10 a.m., Screening begins Noon
Admission: $10

A FLYWAY Cavalcade of SHORTS!

Movies:

Screened at Flyway 2011

"alone" (Narrative short, United States)

Home is the safest place, unless you are alone. Written and Directed by a 15 year old filmmaker.
 


Directors: Ethan Seneker



Screened at Flyway 2011
"The Winter Frog" (Narrative, Short, France)
 Benjamin (Gerard Depardieu), sees his wife die in his arms following a long illness. Only one way for him: death. But a young Japanese woman (Eriko Takeda), on a visit to his winery, will gently help him to mourn the death of his wife with a series of symbols and exchanges between their two cultures.
Director: Slony Sow


 Screened Flyway 2011
"Cerise" (Short, United States)
The grammatical world of former six-time National Spelling Bee champ Josh Kermes that's thrown into disarray when the director of the tutoring center he works for hires a new writing tutor, Shivam Shah, who also happens to be the person who won the spelling bee Josh had lost 20 years ago. Chaos and competition ensue up, down, and diagonally in this short quirky dramedy. culminating in the ultimate showdown...
Director: John Trigonis



Screened at Flyway 2011
A selection of shorts from the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival that screened at FLYWAY


"Karl Newberry" (U.S. Tour L.A. Comedy Shorts)
  
Set against a world of roller blades, water balloons, and accordions, KARL MULBERRY is a comedy about a conflicted sixteen year old boy who needs a father, but doesn't want to lose his mother.

Director: Lorne Hiltser


"The Interview" (U.S. Tour L.A. Comedy Shorts)
The last man on earth tries to get a job from the second-to-last man on earth.

Directors: Michelle Steffes


"WROARF"  (U.S. Tour L.A. Comedy Shorts)
(Public Service Announcement)

Support a recession hit American family for just four hundred dollars per day, plus tax.

Director: David Paul Meyer



 
"Dik" (U.S. Tour L.A. Comedy Shorts)

A concerned father of a six year old takes it the wrong way.

Director/Writer/Editor: Christopher Stollery


 
"What Up Little Kid?" (U.S. Tour L.A. Comedy Shorts)

A music video dedicated to all the little kids out there.

Director: Ramiro Castro Jr.


 
"Turning Japanese" (U.S. Tour L.A. Comedy Shorts)

A couple struggling with their finances stumble upon an unknowing sleepwalker and exploit her nightly episodes by selling tickets. ...and it all goes wrong...
Director: Paul Bickel




"Mr. Chan: Misunderstood Man" (U.S. Tour L.A. Comedy Shorts)

A frustrated Mr. Chan gets needy at a Star Trek convention.

Director: Dan Lee



"Cataplexy" (U.S. Tour L.A. Comedy Shorts)

A man with an unusual medical problem is embarrassed to discover the call girl he hired is an old friend.

Director: John Salcido



"Fish Without a Bicycle"
 

A feminist action film. Zac Blank will stop at nothing to nurture his unborn child. The problem is, he's not the one who's pregnant, so there's really not much he can do...
Director: Dan Susman
 




Closing the Festival
Screened Flyway 2010
"Cooking with Gerry" (Short, Instructional, Canada)
 
Reed Farrington lays out the secret to making a mouth-watering French- Canadian delicacy. From the Director who brought you "Beauty Day."

Director: Jay Cheel




Metropolitan Food Specials:
Dinner before the show
Light Fare menu available at the bar during screening
Farm to Table Fresh


Sunday "Brunch Block" Specials:
"The Hangover"

A breakfast Flatbread with bacon, sausage and
three fried eggs and hot sauce bottle

$8.95

Traditional, Crab or Pork Belly Benedicts

$9.95


(Available before and after Screening only)



Thursday, February 2, 2012

SATURDAY FILMS! The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society Showcase featuring The Flyway Film Festival


The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society is proud to present: The Flyway Film Festival showcase.
The showcase will run three days from February 17th to the 19th.
 



Saturday! Two Blocks! 
169 West Street Annapolis, MD
(410) 280-5160

TWO FILM BLOCKS!
Saturday, February 18th
 "Brunch Block"
Doors Open: 10 a.m., Screening begins Noon
Admission: $10

Saturday, February 18th
"Dinner Block"
Doors Open: 6 p.m., Screening begins 7:45 p.m.
Admission: $10


 
Food and Drink Extra



Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information on making a reservation for the screening, please email pretentiousfilm@gmail.com. For dinner reservations, please contact the Metropolitan directly.
Light fare and drinks will be available at the bar during the screening.


All films screened in this Showcase are shown courtesy of the Flyway Film Festival and the Filmmakers

Saturday February 18 Brunch Block:
Doors Open: 10 a.m., Screening begins Noon
Admission: $10


Movies:

Screened at Flyway 2011
"MADTOWN" (Documentary short, United States)
A Wisconsin protest documentary in three acts. Madtown goes inside the capitol building to hear from the people who occupied it for 17 days in opposition to Governor Scott Walker's union-busting bill. 


Directors: Mike Scholtz and Michael Pickering

Screened at Flyway 2011
"Breakfast For Dinner" (Narrative short, United States)

As a young boy waits for his father to come home from Iraq, he does what anyone would do: cook a delicious breakfast.


Director: Sean Voysey Olson



Screened Flyway 2011
"A Second Knock at the Door"  (Documentary, Feature, USA)
A Second Knock at the Door offers a rare glimpse into the lives of military families dealing with the loss of loved ones to friendly fire. Through interviews and investigative reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, this documentary explores several key incidents in which the families of the fallen were forced to embark on a quest for the truth after the Army attempted to bury the true cause of death within the "fog of war."
Director: Christopher Grimes


Trailer for "A Second Knock at the Door" 






Saturday February 18 Dinner Block:
Doors Open: 6 p.m., Screening begins 7:45 p.m.
Admission: $10

Screened Flyway 2010
“Divorcees” (Narrative, Short, USA) 
 “Divorcees” takes place during what appears to be a celebratory dinner honoring a business merger between two family dynasties. Motives unfold as each dinner guest reveals their own reason for plotting to murder their hostess: Helen Radcliffe (played by Alissa Bennett).


Director: Michael Lee Nirenberg


Screened Flyway 2011
"Le Diable en Personne" (Narrative, Short, Canada)
( The Devil Hinself )

The Devil pays a visit to a man who never did anything good nor bad the day before his death, to tempt him and bring him to Hell!

Directors: Philippe Lupien and Vincent Ethier


Screened Flyway 2011
"Silver Tongues" (Narrative, Feature, USA)

Silver Tongues follows a couple, GERRY and JOAN, who use their talent for acting and performance as part of a dark game. Driving from town to town, the two lovers don different personas to deceive and destroy the lives of the people in their path. But each manipulation begins to take its toll. Soon the performances spiral out of control, and the game itself threatens their very relationship.

Director: Simon Arthur









Metropolitan Food Specials:
Dinner before the show
Light Fare menu available at the bar during screening
Farm to Table Fresh






Saturday "Brunch Block" Specials:
"The Hangover"

A breakfast Flatbread with bacon, sausage and

three fried eggs and hot sauce bottle

$8.95




Traditional, Crab or Pork Belly Benedicts

$9.95



(Available before & after Screening only)





Saturday "Dinner Block" Specials: FESTIVAL FLATBREADS

Wild Boar Flatbead $13

housemade Wild Boar sausage, sauteed onion, fresh mozzarella


Gourmet Vegetable Flatbread $8.95

seasonal vegetable, fresh onion, roasted red pepper, basil olive oil (Vegan)



Tuesday, January 31, 2012

OPENING NIGHT! The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society Showcase featuring The Flyway Film Festival

The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society is proud to present the opening night program for
The Flyway Film Festival showcase.
The showcase will run three days from February 17th to the 19th.
The programs for Saturday and Sunday will be announced shortly.







Opening Night!
169 West Street Annapolis, MD
(410) 280-5160
Friday, February 17th "Dinner Block"
Doors Open: 6 p.m., Screening begins 7:45 p.m.
Admission: $10 
 Food and Drink Extra

Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information on making a reservation for the screening, please email pretentiousfilm@gmail.com. For dinner reservations, please contact the Metropolitan directly.
Light fare and drinks will be available at the bar during the screening.



All films screened in this Showcase are shown courtesy of the Flyway Film Festival and the Filmmakers

Opening Night Program:

Movies:
Screened at Flyway 2011
"ENTER THE CIRCUS" (Animated Short, United Kingdom)

The charming animated tale of a little rabbit visiting a very unique circus.

Director: Izabela Barszcz



Screened at Flyway 2009
 
"USO JUSTO" (Experimental Comedy, Short, United States)

Award winning artist, Coleman Miller’s first narrative creation is like nothing you have seen before. Or since. Or will again. USO JUSTO (roughly translated: “Fair Use”) is restructured completely from an obscure 1959 Mexican hospital drama. Existential hilarity!

Director: Coleman Miller


Screened at Flyway 2011
"BEAUTY DAY"
(Documentary, Feature, Canada)

Before Jackass... Before Tom Green... There was Ralph Zavadil. His cable access television show, The Cap'n Video Show, ran from 1990 to 1995, spawning a small but loyal cult following. Each week Ralph performed a series of idiotic and occasionally dangerous stunts, challenging the sensibilities of his small Southern Ontario audience. With the advent of the internet and reality television still years away, his unique brand of stunt comedy was truly ahead of its time. All it took was a broken neck for him to get noticed.                   
                                                                                    Director: Jay Cheel


Beauty Day Trailer from Jay Cheel on Vimeo.


Metropolitan Food Specials:
Dinner before the show
Light Fare menu available at the bar during screening
Farm to Table Fresh





   

Opening Night Specials: FESTIVAL FLATBREADS


Wild Boar Flatbead $13

housemade Wild Boar sausage, sauteed onion, fresh mozzarella



Gourmet Vegetable Flatbread $8.95

seasonal vegetable, fresh onion, roasted red pepper, basil olive oil (Vegan)