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

DVD LAUNCH! It’s available now….

5 10 2010


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Finally! After another round of revisions, the  DVD IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER — the price is $24.95.  Click on this link to go to the DVD  page on this website for full info.  If you want to just cut to the chase, click on this link and you’ll be taken straight to Kunaki, the duplicator and fulfillment house that’s handling the sales.  They will calculate the appropriate charges for shipping and handling — and those charges are remarkably reasonable.  But do also check out the DVD page here for full info.

There are a substantial number of extra sequences on the DVD — you’ll find full info here on the DVD web page.  And thanks to all who have been waiting patiently for this day, your loyalty is much appreciated…

—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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