Jonathan Demme passed away on April, 2017. We present clips from his last two music films, two complete short documentaries plus a trailer and tribute for the very last thing he directed, an episode for Shots Fired. As bonuses there are classic music videos from “Gidget Goes To Hell” to Bruce Springsteen plus two wonderful and rarely seen early television shows. Enjoy.
His last film premiered in July at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. More than a film it is a multimedia experience called The Power of Rock. Here is a trailer.
A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman Alice Waters declared “America’s next great cooking teacher.”
An Excerpt by Geoff Dyer
“It’s equally pleasing to read Dyer speak up for the pleasures of watching films, not in domesticated and tamed form on DVD, but at the cinema. Stalker itself, which is an immersive experience as much as it’s a visual spectacle, loses its magnetic force when watched at home. Dyer talks about the “possibility of cinema as semi-permanent pilgrimage site”. He also claims ‘the Zone is cinema.’
Beyond the book’s bravura formalism and in spite of the suspicion that it could be viewed as a highbrow take on live-blogging, it’s Dyer’s ability at moments like this to make pilgrims of his readers and to lead them on a journey in search of truths about love and about the nature of happiness that make Zona such an exhilarating achievement.” Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian
A musician, compiler and composer explains how he scored a silent film for today’s audience.
by Rodney Sauer
The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra was commissioned to create two new scores for the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, one of which is the newly restored 1926 film Silence. It shows at the Castro Theatre on Sunday, June 4 at 12:00 Noon.
Glass Slide courtesy of Rob Byrne
One print of Silence
is known to survive at the Cinémathèque Française. The Cinémathèque, Rob Byrne, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival collaborated to have the surviving print scanned, digitally repaired and cleaned, translated from French back into the original English, then printed to film for exhibition and preservation.
A Celluloid Detective’s Adventures in the World’s Deepest, Darkest Vaults and Beyond
By Russell Merritt
When I remember David Shepard, I think of high adventure, the kind that turns film reclamation into a series of quests, conspiracies, improbable partnerships, witty banter, and second story work.
TIT FOR TAT (La Piene du talion)
(d. Gaston Velle, France, 1906)