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New York As Film City-Macedonia Film Festival

beforetherain.jpgI have recently made myself a promise (that I hope I will not break, like many others) to pay attention to and post about, the wonderful film-related events going on in NYC. Not like the Reeler did, of course. I ain’t that NY centric, nor could I hope to be that disciplined or comprehensive. But since I (for now) live in NYC and New York is a magnificent city for viewing world cinema…. Why not shine a little light on it, every now and then?
For such a tiny (and new, founded in 1991) country, Macedonia has already developed a rich film history, and this year the Macedonian Film Fund and International Film Circuit are presenting a Macedonia Film Festival in New York, unspooling 10 features and an Academy Award nominated short from November 20th through the 23rd. Among those on offer are Venice Golden Lion winner Milcho Manchevski’s Before the Rain (1994) which will close the fest and Sergej Stanojkovski’s Kontact and Stole Popov’s Happy New Year. Manchevski and Popov will be on hand at the fest for Q&A sessions.
For more info on the films screening at the fest, check out the festival website.
There are several films I wish I could see, here but alas, I am on my way to Denver for their festival, which I will of course be covering here!

The Wombats Are Coming To The USA!

510474102_67a397af46.jpgThe Wombats are coming! The Wombats are coming!
My “discovery” band from this year’s SXSW, The Wombats, are making a return to North America, with gigs in San Francisco (Popscene), Toronto (Modclub, 8/11-buy tix), Boston (Great Scott, 8/13-buy tix) and New York (Annex, 8/15-buy tix) and I couldn’t be more fuckin’ chuffed!! Some of you may have read my (very) brief mention of them earlier this summer. I also posted a bunch of pics of this band as they went through their paces in Austin during SXSW. I only wish I’d seen some of their “proper” gigs during the festival.
Their indie pop punk is infectious and their energy and stage presence are catchy as hell. You’ll be pogo-ing and singing along in no time. Check out a few of their tunes on their MySpace page and there’s other info on their official site. And not only that, but their drummer is a dead ringer for David Gordon Green….
If you live in any of the aforementioned cities, I would do my damnest to get to one of their shows. You can bet I’ll be up front and center for the Annex show!