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Friday, December 23, 2011

All that Glitter gold is!



Congratulations to everyone who worked on The Glitter Emergency - our silent-film comedy about the travails and triumph of Peggy the Peg-leg Ballerina won "Best California Short" at the California Film Awards. Both DP Ben Estabrook and I got double-love from the CFA, which named Austin Forbord's Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco "Best California Film."

In other Stage Left news, the film will have its official San Francisco premiere at the Geary Theater in conjunction with American Conservatory Theater's production of Lorenzo Pisoni's "Humor Abuse" (from what I gather, it's Mommie Dearest meets The Pickle Family Circus) on Sunday, January 29th, at 6:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION - reserve tickets here.

Glitter has two premieres coming up - the Canadian premiere at the 13th annual Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival, February 5th, in Kingston, ON; and the southwest premiere at Tucson's Out in the Desert festival, Sunday, February 19, at 12:40 p.m., 127 E. Congress. I'll accompany the film live at both screenings. (Glitter screenings and awards always updated here.)

Save this date in pencil - but it looks like Glitter will have one last San Francisco screening before I decamp for Berlin. On Thursday, March 1, Kunst-Stoff has scheduled an encore of last Friday's sneak preview of my film in progress Tie It Into My Hand, along with Glitter accompanied live and more music and film to be announced.

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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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