Wow. Talk about memories….
On our way to Cuba as part of the first group of Americans to fly direct to Cuba from New York City since the early 1960s, my friend Shelley Parker and I were apparently photographed by Agence France Presse. I confess, I don’t remember that, but ok! I am planning on a return visit, this December.
That was indeed a fantastic trip. I think I need to digitize some pix. Also on the flight with us was filmmaker Laurie Collyer (SherryBaby, Nuyorican Dream) and in Cuba we hung out with the Sundance group, including Todd Haynes, Todd Solondz, Darren Aronofsky and Eric Watson. Good times, good times!
Oh, and I have video. I guess I need to digitize that, too!
Some of you may have heard about the upcoming David Bowie-curated High Line Festival that kicks off this Wednesday, May 9th, with a concert by Arcade Fire at Radio City Music Hall (see you there!) here in New York. The festival runs until May 19th and features concerts by Air, Daniel Johnston, Deerhoof, The Polyphonic Spree and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, among others, as well as comedy by Ricky Gervais.
What may have been overlooked, however is a mini-festival of Spanish and Latin American films, chosen by Bowie. His original goal was to have one film from each of the last 10 decades, but that clearly didn’t work out. However, I am sure you’ll all agree that The former Thin White Duke has done a pretty good job. Almost all of these are rated 8 or higher by IMDB users and we all know that those who watch foriegn-language films take these things more seriously than those who don’t!
The film lineup is as follows:
El Automovil Gris – Dir. Enrique Rosas Priego, Mexico, 1919
Limite – Dir. Mario Peixoto, Brazil, 1931 (Bonus film)
El Prisionero 13 – Dir. Fernando de Fuentes, Mexico, 1933
Dos Monjes – Dir. Juan Bustillo Oro, Mexico, 1934
Aventurera – Dir. Alberto Gout, Mexico, 1949
Robinson Crusoe – Dir. Luis Bunuel, Mexico, 1954
Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment) – Dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968
El Espíritu de la Colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive) – Dir. Victor Erice, Spain, 1973
Oriana – Dir. Fina Torres, Venezuela/Francia, 1985
Los Amantes del Ciculo Polar Lovers of the Arctic Circle -Dir. Julio Medem, Spain, 1998
Machuca – Dir. Andrés Wood, Chile/Spain, 2004
All screenings will be at the Quad Cinemas and tickets can be bought here.
In this day of dwindling journalistic skills and ethics, in this era of buried leads and half reported stories and in this time of governmental bullying of chicken-shit major news organizations that cave under governmental pressure, the hits just keep on coming.
Last week Luis Posada Carriles, an accused terrorist, was arrested in Florida by federal agents. Posada is wanted in Venezuela to face charges (well substantiated charges, I might ad) that he was involved in the bombing of a Cuban passenger airliner in 1976. This right-wing scumbag has been linked with the murders of hundreds, including the 1976 Washington D.C. bombing of former Chilean government minister Orlando Letelier and American Ronni Moffit, one of the worst acts of foreign terrorism on American soil. He was also a CIA employee and helped to organize the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.