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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Emergency Broadcast System: Screening, party & prize

Three pieces of great news for
The Glitter Emergency and all who had a hand in making it - First, Saturday night there's a screening at the Hypnodrome. Second, next month brings a private benefit screening (you're invited) at a beautiful home where much of the film was shot. Third, the film won a prize - Best Experimental Film at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. Details follow:

The Glitter Emergency proudly stars Rumi Missabu, an original member of the legendary Cockettes, as one of the Peg-Leg Ballerina's Depraved Evil Stepsisters (opposite Eric Glaser). Saturday's screening will be part of a mini Rumi festival following her return to the long-running (and terrific) revival of the Cockettes musical Pearls Over Shanghai at the Hypnodrome, possibly the coolest theater in San Francisco. I will accompany Glitter live, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. It will also be the first screening of a major new edit that I'm very excited about.

Here are the details:

A Special Evening of New Films starring Cockette Rumi
Saturday, August 28, 10:30 p.m.
The Hypnodrome - 575 10th Street (btwn. Bryant & Division)
  • Uncle Bob, directed by Robert Oppel
  • The Glitter Emergency
  • Interiors, directed by David Riley

The Glitter Emergency has no better friends than my neighbors Mavis and Carole - they helped this film every step of the way. They appear in the film in high drag. They let us take over their beautiful home on Liberty Hill to shoot the opening balcony scene and bedroom scenes between Peggy and Stringendo. They hosted a dinner table at the premiere. And now they're throwing this private benefit screening on Saturday, September 12th at 2 p.m. at their movie star of a house. We'll screen the film, I'll accompany it live, talk about the production and pass the hat (contributions are fully tax-deductible). The production is in significant financial debt, and I've had to suspend film festival submissions while I try to raise money. So if you can contribute anything at all and would enjoy a private screening of the film amid terribly hip and amusing people, email me at and I'll give you the details for the 9/12 party.

Please pop a bottle of bubbly on behalf of The Glitter Emergency!

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Paul Festa’s first film, Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006, 51 min), captures the responses of 31 artists to the apocalyptic music of Olivier Messiaen (with Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Harold Bloom; screenings: Grace Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Library of Congress; “Remarkable”The New Yorker; “Stunning”Chicago Sun-Times; “Sublime”Globe & Mail; numerous awards). Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes, in his award-winning second film, The Glitter Emergency (2010, 20 min), a silent-film drag ballet comedy (“Enormous visual and musical inventiveness…full of pleasure and joy...Festa gives a bravura performance."—Film Threat). He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, and was chief archivist, for the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (2010, 80 min: with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, Peter Coyote; screenings: Geary Theater, KQED; “Intriguing...entertaining...a valuable record”—Variety). Performances as violinist and actor: ODC Theater, Center for Performance Research, Kunst-Stoff, TheatreFIRST, North Bay Shakespeare, Albert Fuller's Helicon Ensemble (Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall). US, Boston, NYC, SF, LA and DC (Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress on the “Betts” Stradivarius) premieres of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano. He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, and several anthologized essays, and has written for The Daily Beast, Salon, Nerve, and The New York Times Book Review. Current projects include a novel and Tie It Into My Hand (2014, ca. 80 min), a documentary feature that has screened as a work in progress at the Cannes film market and at ODC Theater in San Francisco (with Alan Cumming, Gary Graffman, Peter Coyote, Mink Stole, Robert Pinsky; "A fascinating exploration of the artistic life, as rollickingly entertaining as it is insightful and stirring."San Francisco Bay Guardian). Education: Yale (B.A.; prizes, honors, distinction), Juilliard (Cert., Adv. Cert., scholarships). Residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, Centre des R├ęcollets.