Best Documentary, Atlantic City Cinefest!

18 10 2011

Greetings from Atlantic City — OK, not literally as I’m back home, but I was in fact there this past weekend of October 14-16 for the 4th annual Atlantic City Cinefest, presented by the Downbeach Film Festival.  Not your normal type of film festival location, but that made it all the more fun and definitely unique.  The fest is run a by a dedicated group of film lovers headed by William Sokolic and they work very hard to create a festival that feels at once real and fantastical, given the Las Vegas inspired nature of modern Atlantic City (and there’s still a beautiful beach, boardwalk, ocean, and salt water taffy).  But I’m delighted to report that the highlight of the weekend for me was that “Deconstructing Dad” won the Best Documentary award!  A real thrill and thanks to Bill Sokolic, Joelle SokolicNed Eckhardt, and everyone on the festival staff  for the award and a great time in Atlantic City.  And thanks as well to George Stewart  who originally suggested that I submit my film to the festival….

—Stan Warnow

Downbeach Cinefest — Atlantic City — Friday, October 14th

8 10 2011

Back to New Jersey but not Asbury Park, a very different Jersey Shore town — Atlantic City and the Downbeach Film Festival.  It’s Friday October 14th at about 6pm (it’s part of a block of films that starts at 5pm, see this link to festival website for details) and the venue is The Screening Room located on the 13th floor of the Ocean Tower at the Resorts Hotel, and panel discussions will be held in The Director’s Room. The festival’s mission statement is: We are rooted in the celebration of film, and the creation of a forum where filmmakers can exhibit their work. The festival promotes new films, as well as filmmakers and actors all in an effort to celebrate the art form of moviemaking. Sounds good to me, and I will be there, and as an added bonus, I’ll be joined by Jeff Winner of the Raymond Scott Archives, who is a major character in the film.  Jeff has encyclopedic knowledge of Raymond Scott lore and legend, so it’s always extra special when he can attend a screening.  We’ll both be available after the screening for a Q&A.  And another bonus, this is likely the only public screening where attendees will also be able to gamble at will after the screening, so it’s truly a unique event!

Additionally, there’s a festival related preview interview with me on radio station WVUD Sunday night October 9th, hosted by George Stewart, who hosts a weekly show on the station and is the person who first contacted me about the festival.  It’s available on the air and online.  Many thanks to George and William Sokolic of the festival for making this all happen.

And looking back for a moment I had a great time over the weekend of October 1-2 at the All Tomorrow’s Parties “I’ll Be Your Mirror” festival in Asbury Park NJ, thanks again to Deborah Higgins and Barry Hogan, the festival organizers for a wonderful couple of days. And thanks too to Aidan Flax-Clark of Lapham’s Quarterly, who brought the film to ATP’s attention, and to Abbey Lustgarten and Jason Altman of the Criterion Collection for including the film in their curated film section at the festival.

—Stan Warnow

Two Upcoming Screenings–And Sensoria Report

12 05 2010

There are two screenings happening this  week. One is at the Park City Film Music Festival--a ground breaking event dedicated to all aspects of music in film, everything from music based documentaries to music videos and feature films that use music as an essential element. The film is being shown at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Utah on Wednesday May 19th at 6:15 pm, and I will be there. Here’s a link to the festival site, you have to then use the pull down menu to get to the specific page for May 19th: So if you’re in that area, hope to see you there.

Then it’s back home for an “industry” screening on Friday night May 21 very close to where I live. It’s at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill in Rockland County NY, and is sponsored by the recently formed Rockland Filmmaker’s Group, which is part of Rivertown Film. And….it’s free!   For more info go to

Finally, a brief report on the screening at the Sensoria  Festival in Sheffield England on April 26–it was a lovely event at another wonderful music film festival.  There was a most enjoyable Q&A afterwards with Martyn Ware and I met lots of different people, including several Americans who had come over to participate in various festival events.   Many thanks to Jo Wingate and Nigel Humberstone for producing such a terrific music/film festival.

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