Fw: This week @ Zeitgeist (June 26 - July 2, 2009)

I like this little theater. It plays a lot of movies that I wouldn't know about otherwise, and I can easily get to it on the Jackson-Esplanade bus line.

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This Week @ Zeitgeist - June 29 - July 9, 2009


Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 352-1150 cell, (504) 522-0309 office, (504) 827-5858 theatre
www.zeitgeistinc.net http://canadaisbigger.blogspot.com/ rene@zeitgeistinc.net

Friday through Thursday, June 26 through July 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
by Ben Addelman. NOLLYWOOD BABYLON chronicles the wild world of "Nollywood," a term coined in the early '90s to describe the world's fastest-growing national cinema, surpassed only by its Indian counterpart. Nigeria's film industry, is the third-largest in the world--an unstoppable economic and cultural force that has taken the continent by storm and is now bursting beyond the borders of Africa. Propelled by a booming 1970s soundtrack of African underground music, the movie presents an electric vision of a modern African metropolis and a revealing look at the powerhouse that is Nigerian cinema. The film delves first-hand into Nigeria's explosive homegrown movie industry, where Jesus and voodoo vie for screen time. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, known in Lagos as "Da Governor," is one of the most influential men in Nollywood. Undeterred by miniscule budgets, Da Governor is one of a cadre of resourceful filmmakers creating a garish, imaginative, and wildly popular form of B-movie that has frenzied fans begging for more. Among the bustling stalls of Lagos's Idumato market, films are sold, and budding stars are born. Creating stories that explore the growing battle between traditional mysticism and modern culture, good versus evil, witchcraft and Christianity, Nollywood auteurs have mastered a down-and-dirty, straight-to-video production formula that has become the industry standard in a country plagued by poverty. This burgeoning Nigerian film industry is tapping a national identity where proud Africans are telling their own stories to a public hungry to see their lives on screen. Peppered with outrageously juicy movie clips and buoyed by a rousing score fusing Afropop and traditional sounds, NOLLYWOOD BABYLON celebrates the distinctive power of Nigerian cinema as it marvels in the magic of movies. Featuring Nigerian filmmakers Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Uche Jumbo, Kenneth Okonkwo, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, etc. Screens as part of our CANADA IS BIGGER series.

Friday through Thursday, June 26 through July 2 @ 8:30 p.m.
PONTYPOOL by Bruce MacDonald.
Legendary Canadian actor Stephen McHattie (Watchmen, The Fountain, 300, Poor Boy's Game, A History of Violence, etc.) with hundreds of film and television appearances to his credits gives the performance of a lifetime in this psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. Shock jock Grant Mazzy has, once again, been kicked-off the Big City airwaves and now the only job he can get is the early morning show at CLSY Radio in the small town of Pontypool which broadcasts from the basement of the small town's only church. What begins as another boring day of school bus cancellations, due to yet another massive snow storm, quickly turns deadly. Bizarre reports start piling in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking horrendous acts of violence. But there's nothing coming in on the news wires. So... is this really happening? Before long, Grant and the small staff at CLSY find themselves trapped in the radio station as they discover that this insane behavior taking over the town is being caused by a deadly virus being spread through the English language itself. Do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, are they in fact providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world? Another bold, inventive and totally original film from the acclaimed director of Roadkill, Highway 61, Hardcore Logo, Dance Me Outside and The Tracey Fragments. Bruce McDonald stresses the victims of the virus detailed in the film are not "Zombies" calling them "Conversationalists". He describes the stages of the disease: "There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it's words that are terms of endearment like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can't express yourself properly. The third stage you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person." Screens as part of the CANADA IS BIGGER series.


Friday through Thursday, July 3 through 9 @ 7:30 p.m.
PONTYPOOL by Bruce MacDonald.

Friday through Sunday, July 3 through 5 @ 9:30 p.m.

In conjunction with Alive Mind Media & Nonesuch Records, Zeitgeist is proud to be one of the few select theatres in the U.S. to screen VOLTAIC a celebration of the past two years of Björk's Volta activities—her critically praised sixth studio album, which came out in 2007, and the subsequent two-year world tour. The Icelandic concert film includes highlights from the Volta tour, recorded in Paris and Reykjavik, with performances of songs from Volta as well as tracks from previous albums including Hunter, Joga, Army of Me, and Hyperballad. Björk's band on the Volta tour included Mark Bell (LFO) on computers and keyboards and Damian Taylor on keyboards and programming. Drums and percussion were played by Chris Corsano (Sonic Youth, etc.); Jónas SenBjörk's all female Icelandic 10-piece brass section rounded out the group.
A dynamic, grand live experience, the Volta tour has been acclaimed around the world. As the Guardian (UK) said in its five-star review, “Björk delivers a performance as visually spectacular as it is musically innovative. Fifteen years into her solo career Björk remains the least compromising and most fantastical pop superstar talent.”

Monday & Tuesday, July 6 & 7 @ 9:30 p.m.

a documentary on the indie music scene in Iceland's cool capital city of Reykjavik featuring Björk, the Sugarcubes, Sigur Rós, Múm, Bang Gang, Mugison, Minus, Slowblow, etc. At the edge of the inhabitable world, high in the North-Atlantic, the Icelanders have whiled away the long, dark centuries patiently honing their caustic humor, their eccentric melodies and ancient poetry. The old music, handed down from medieval times, is one of the secrets to the Icelanders' unique sound - the howl of the arctic storm and the surf breaking on the rocky coast may be another. Whatever the explanation, the Icelanders have forstered a music scene with a sound and attitude that is all their own, mixing ancient dirges and contemporary electronics, rock, pop and classical influences, to produce their own eclectic style.

Wednesday & Thursday, July 8 & 9 @ 9:30 p.m.

by Dean DeBlois, Heima—which translates as both "at home" and "homeland"— chronicles a series of free concerts Sigur Rós, Iceland's biggest musical export after Björk, played in their native Iceland in the summer of 2006. The film provides unique insights into one of the world's most fascinating and inscrutable bands captured live while exploring their natural habitat—the mysterious, otherworldly landscape of Iceland—like never before. They played in deserted fish factories, outsider art follies, far-flung community halls, sylvan fields, darkened caves, and the huge, horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi Canyon (formed, legend has it, by the hoofprint of Odin's six-legged horse Sleipnir). Material from all four of the band's albums is featured, including many rare and notable moments. Among these are a heart-stopping rendition of the previously unreleased "Guitardjamm" filmed inside a derelict herring oil tank in the far West Fjords; a windblown, one-mic recording of Vaka shot at a dam protest camp subsequently drowned by rising water; and first-time acoustic versions of such rare live beauties as "Staralfur," "Agaetis Byrjun," and "Von." Loosely following a documentary format, Heima serves as an alternative primer for Iceland the country, which is revealed as less a stag party destination-du-jour than a desolate, magical place where humans have little right to trespass. The question of the way Sigur Rós's music relates to, and is influenced by, their environment has been reduced to a journalistic cliché about glacial majesty and fire and ice, but there is no doubt that the band is inextricably linked to the land in which they were forged.

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