Movies such as "Her Best Move" will be shown during Kids First!
Film programs with flair
The weekend brings two very different film festivals -- one aimed at kids, and the other, discriminating adults
Two very different film programs screen this weekend, one family-friendly and the other for more discriminating movie-goers.
"Model" (1980; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday): A view of the intersections of fashion, business, advertising, photography, television and fantasy.|
"Basic Training" (1971; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday): Follows a company of draftees and enlisted men through nine weeks of basic training, shot during the summer of '70 at Fort Knox, Ky.
"High School" (1968; 7:30 p.m. Monday, and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday): This film has been cited by the Library of Congress as a National Treasure and is both a document of the times and a statement of the ways in which school -- in this case, a large, mostly white and middle-class Philadelphia high school -- is used by one generation to pass its values on to the next.
This year's University of Hawaii Kids First! film festival kicks off with a couple of animated films Sunday and a coming-of-age comedy March 9. In honor of Women's History Month, the festival celebrates all that girls can be.
Favorites Eloise and Madeline come to life on the big screen with "From Book to Animation: Girls with Attitude!" Eloise gets a temporary nanny who shows her an exciting side of New York City in "Eloise in Springtime," and the misadventures of the smallest girl in a Parisian boarding school continue with "Madeline: Meet Me in Paris."
March 9 features "Her Best Move," about a teenage soccer prodigy who juggles life, love and sports on her way to becoming the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. national team.
A project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, Kids First! offers films free of gratuitous violence; race, gender or religious bias; inappropriate content; and condescension toward children.
"Basic Training" will be shown during Frederick Wiseman's film festival.
And the price is right, with tickets free, first-come, first-served, to the Sunday screenings, starting at 3 p.m., at the University of Hawaii-Manoa's Art Auditorium. Parking is free on campus, and signs will lead you to the auditorium. For more info, visit outreach.hawaii.edu
Frederick Wiseman is one of the greatest living documentary filmmakers, and he all but made the cinema vérité style -- using no music, interviews or voice-over narration. His 30 films, which he calls "reality-fictions," are primarily devoted to exploring American institutions, and have turned an unerring eye on people coping with all kinds of situations. Wiseman has never been one to shy away from showing his subjects in either long takes or lengthy films.
Frederick Wiseman is one of the greatest living documentary filmmakers.
Wiseman will be on hand Friday at the Doris Duke Theatre of the Honolulu Academy of Arts to present his groundbreaking debut, 1967's "Titicut Follies." Filmed inside a Massachusetts prison hospital for the criminally insane, "Titicut Follies" was so damning and disturbing that the state sued Wiseman, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the film constituted an invasion of inmate privacy and ordered its withdrawal from theatrical circulation. It was finally shown on PBS once only in 1992.
While "Titicut Follies" is an exclusive screening for members of Friends of Film Friday, tickets will be available at $15 for nonmembers on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets to the other screenings of Wiseman's documentaries are $7; $6 seniors, students and military; $5 academy members. Call 532-8768.