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Monday, May 7, 2012

Why do you want to go to Tennessee all the time?

A monthlong US trip began with a film festival in Iowa, paused in Tennessee (see below), and concludes in New York, where Tie It Into My Hand teacher extraordinaire Casimir Alexander has organized a benefit preview screening with live performances by Tie teachers including the one and only Penny Arcade. That's this coming Sunday, May 13th, 2012, 8PM, at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 East 3rd Street in Manhattan). I'm extremely excited about the sequence I'll screen, which builds on what I built for Dubuque where it was a huge hit. (Dubuque is the bomb.)

Please let everyone you know within 80 miles of New York know about 5/13 at Nuyorican Poets. Thank you. 

As for Tennessee:


Brenden Shucart said...

Thank you for sharing Scribble!

Gregory Aide said...

these are fantastic. sad to have missed it this year.

gustavo said...

these photos are spectacular!

Odin said...

You really out did your self with these pics.
I may have to go to a Spring Gathering next year,and not just the Fall.

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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.