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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Glitter Emergency - second press


Postering in the Castro yesterday I ran into Glitter Emergency star Martyn Garside and was happy to be able to hand him a copy of The Bay Guardian with our picture in it. He handed The SF Weekly right back to me. I hadn't seen it and had no idea it was getting written up. In the paper edition, my head is so big it blots out the "Night & Day" masthead, and part of the sky, and doesn't fit on my scanner (insert ego joke here).

Tonight is the last night of my 30s and James has already imposed a moritorium on milking that particular tragicomedy. It is also the premiere of The Glitter Emergency and to that end I need to stop typing so my hand will last through the Tchaikovsky. True to the spirit of the Peg-Leg Ballerina, I'm going into tonight's performance feeling a little wobbly, physically, but an hour on Michael Soldier's massage table this afternoon should shore me up.

So here I am, signing off on the last blog post of my 30s. Come celebrate Glitter, and 40, tonight at supperclub - screenings at 8, dancing from 10 to 2. I've hired a Pink Mammoth DJ to get me over the threshold and I'm saving you a booty shake.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Glitter Emergency - first press



The Glitter Emergency premieres in two days - on Thursday, May 27th - a day after the Bay Guardian's video issue comes out and no I didn't plan that. Nor did I make a ballet film to give the Guardian's dance writer an ideal subject for the video issue, just as I didn't intentionally make Apparition of the Eternal Church on the eve of the Messiaen centenary. You could hate me for having good timing, or you could look at Thursday's weather report.

In any case - here's Rita's story. Favorite quote:

Though Glitter shimmers with rhinestones, confetti, and silliness, like a lot of ballets, its heartbeat is steady and strong. "Do not turn away from the magic inside you," exhorts one of the film's copiously strewn-about subtitles to which our Cinderella responds with the longest batting eyelashes ever seen on a would-be princess.

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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.

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