Roberta Marie Munroe shares the critical secrets, tips, and guidelines for filmmakers looking to make their own successful directorial debuts. Lest you think she isn’t qualified to dish out advice, Munroe (who is openly gay) was the Short Film Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival for five years. Her first film, Dani and Alice, has played at more than 120 festivals around the world, and received the PlanetOut Best Drama Award in 2006. In How Not to Make a Short Film, you will learn, among many other points, the top 100 clichés that plague the short filmmaker, how to set a budget and find money to finance your project, when it’s okay to shoot on your cell phone, and film festival dos and don’ts. — Preview: Suzie Lynde
Category: Arts & Entertainment
In 1977, an Israeli scholar leaves his wife and five sons for a charismatic rabbi. Years later, on the scholar’s 50th birthday, he tries to make amends with his family. The crossroads of family, religion, sexuality, and responsibility are unflinchingly explored, and Fallenberg makes all the foreign references feel familiar. The journey to that birthday dinner is long, and no one gets off easy in this narrative, but there are aching, beautiful passages along the way. — Review: Neil Ellis Orts
In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. In Milk, Oscar-winner Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk under the direction of Oscar-nominee Gus Van Sant, filmed on location in San Francisco, from an original screenplay by Dustin Lance Black. Milk: The Shooting Script includes an exclusive introduction by director Van Sant; the film’s complete shooting script; scene notes by screenwriter Black; an exclusive conversation with Black, Van Sant, and activist Cleve Jones, who was mentored by Harvey Milk; a color photo section; and complete cast and crew credits. — Preview: Troy Carrington
It happens when you’re not paying attention. It happens, in fact, better when you’re not paying attention.
Small thoughts flit through your brain like fireflies in summer. Things you need to remember at the store. Something that has to do with what’s in your hand or in front of your face. Barely noticed scenery spotted through a window. Half-completed ideas. Things you murmur to yourself, then quickly forget.
Women can change in six years. A lot. They can fall in love, fall apart, have a baby, fall back in love, fall apart again, and come back together again. Or they can go to prison, yet find love. Or they can identify as bisexual one year, but can decide the very next year to shun the penis and stick to loving women, even in the face of losing those loving women to death and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
If you have ever found yourself in that trendy West Hollywood spot, The Abbey Food and Bar, you may have already enjoyed the mixes found in this collection produced by DJ Manny Lehman. Contains tunes from Pussycats Dolls, Enrique Iglesias, Erin Hamilton, and others. Suretone Records (sbe.com/abbey). — Peview: Nancy Ford
DJs and devotees will either really love or really hate this re-do pack of M5′s first two albums. Of the two treatments of “This Love”, the Cut Copy Galactic Beach House Mix is the better. Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, and others guest throughout. A&M Records (maroon5.com). — Preview: Nancy Ford
Two years in the making, this lilting and atmospheric CD, E’s seventh, is a perfect soundtrack to accompany your winter massages and dental work. “My! My! Time Flies!” is unexpectedly fun and whimsical. Reprise Records (repriserecords.com). — Review: Nancy Ford
You might recognize this beautiful, out gay man from his nude modeling days when he was known as “Jet Kanashi.” As to his music, do you remember what happened when Boogie Nights’ Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) decided to record an album? January 27. Self-produced (joelevanmusic.com). — Review: Nancy Ford
First, they’re from Austin, not Illinois. Second, this “electic, art-pop ensemble” is vocally reminiscent of a Plastic Ono Band-influenced John Lennon, making them well worth a listen. Though not promoted as a breakout, their “Eighteen Months” is especially fun. Star Apple Kingdom (fanaticpromotions.com). — Review: Nancy Ford