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Gen Art Film Festival Kicks Off

26 May

And action!  We’ve been huge fans of Gen Art for the past few years – supporting their knack for discovering emerging film talent and establishing themselves as a leader in the NYC film festival industry.  So we hosted a VIP launch party at our Soho store Tuesday night for the 16th Anniversary of the Gen Art Film Festival.  Of course the party came complete with celebrity appearances, film directors, and socialite attendees.  Notable guests included: party host and actress Lake Bell, actresses Anna Chlumsky and Yolonda Ross, and directors Craig Macneill, Victoria Mahoney, and JC Koury.  Party pics are posted below!

The actual festival starts Wednesday June 8th with director Jonathan Sobol’s comedy A Beginner’s Guide To Endings at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre, followed by a week of film premiers each night ending June 14th.  Each premier is accompanied by an after-party where attendees get to rub elbows with filmmakers at NYC’s top nightclubs including Avenue, The Chelsea Room, and The Griffin – to name a few.  Full festival tickets are available for $150 while individual tickets will run you $30 ($35 for opening night).  Tickets include a pre-reception in the theater, the movie, and access to the after party.  All receptions and after-parties include sponsored bars generously provided by Disaronno, Brancott Estate Wines, and ABSOLUT® VODKA.  With a deal like this tickets get snatched up quickly, so click here to buy now.

Overall, the lineup of films and talent is rather impressive.  Visit Gen Art’s website for a complete listing of movies premiering at the festival.  Hope to see you there!

Tribeca Film Festival Opens Next Week

15 Apr

The Tribeca Film Festival takes off next Thursday April 21st with nearly 100 films ranging from documentaries to dramas.  While the festival offers everything a movie buff could ever dream of, I’ve compiled a few noteworthy tidbits.

First, for those of you who don’t live in NYC, the festival has select films and shorts that can be viewed online via live stream.  Virtual audiences even have the opportunity to vote on the best online feature to receive cash prizes at the TFF Awards show.  Now you can be a part of the excitement of the festival from the comfort of your own home!

Also, audiences can enjoy a night of cinema under the stars at the World Financial Center Plaza where several films will be shown for the Tribeca Drive-In events.  Films start at dusk and include interactive pre-show activities.  The best part?  It’s free.

 And finally, Malin Akerman who hosted the event for our “7 Fresh Faces in Film” Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, stars in the film The Bang Bang Club alongside Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch.  Based on a true story, the film follows the lives of four photographers who tell the story of post-Apartheid South Africa through their art.  Can’t wait to check it out!

 For more information about the festival, tickets, movies, and more visit http://www.tribecafilm.com/.

Dressing For Bill

18 Feb

Decades before Scott Schuman of thesartorialist.com was roaming the streets snapping pics of fashion savvy sidewalk superstars, Bill Cunningham was capturing the essence of NYC style through his off-the-cuff and thought provoking street style photos. In the new documentary Bill Cunningham New York, set for release in NYC March 16th, director Richard Press takes an in depth look at the man behind the lens. For over 30 years, Cunningham has been known for his stunning yet spur-of-the-moment photographs of fashionably dressed New Yorkers – regardless of social status, occupation, race, or age. While looking at his photos, you can see a vivid story in the evolution of style and culture over the past three decades. I’ve watched the trailer for the movie a half a dozen times, and I can only wonder what the actual movie will be like! For more information about the film click here.

Photo Courtesy of Zeitgeistfilms.com

Celebrating Fresh Film Talent

25 Jan

For the past four years 7 For All Mankind has honored emerging film talent with our “7 Fresh Faces” award presented during the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. This year we teamed up with The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) to select seven actors who we thought worthy of the fresh face title.  The 2011 honorees are Juno Temple (Kaboom, Little Birds), Kyle Gallner (Red State, Little Birds), Amy Seimetz (The Off Hours), Olivia Crocicchia (Terri), Thomas Dekker (Kaboom), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), and Adepero Oduye (Pariah).  Aside from supporting young talent, 7 Fresh Faces gives us an excuse to party; so we threw a bash at the TR Suites in Park City, Utah.  This year’s event took place last Friday January 21st and was hosted by Indie film actress Sarah Paulson (Martha Marcy May Marlene). Drinks were drunk, dances were danced, and pictures were snapped.  So take a moment to peep a few of the party pics. You can click here for more information on the fresh faces honored at the event.

2011 "7 Fresh Faces"

Fresh Face Adepero Oduye Shows Her 7FAM

Party Host Sarah Paulson

Fresh Faces Kyle, Juno, Thomas, Adepero, and Oliva Chit Chat

The Cast of "Off Hours"

7 Fresh Faces Olivia Crocicchia and Amy Seimetz

Guests Enjoy the Party Scene

Drinks Sponsored by Stoli

Worship the Dude: Lebowski Fest Hits New York

1 Nov

Celebrate the Dude in all his glory at the Lebowski Fest on November 4. Not only will you catch a screening of the cult classic, but you’re also in for an evening of bowling, trivia, and music by Diamondsnake featuring Moby and Phil Costello. Roomy jeans, like our Trouser silhouette, won’t cramp your bowling stance or your style.

Lebowski Fest: Bowling and Movie Party

Brooklyn Bowl; 61 Wythe Avenue; Brooklyn

Admission: $20 (extra fee to bowl)

November 4, 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

LA Monster Mash: Check Out A Spooky Soirée Of Special Effects

20 Oct

With Halloween is right around the corner, why not really make an impression this year with Hollywood monster-worthy makeup? On Thursday evening, the Samuel Goldwyn Theater hosts “Monsters in the Movies,” a night exploring the evolution of creature technology through films like “Planet of the Apes,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” and “King Kong.” Academy Award-nominated effects artist Shane Mahan hosts, with a panel featuring members from the films’ creative teams.
Monsters in the Movies:  Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m, Admission: $5

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

 

 

 

Charles And Ray Eames “Power Of Ten” Tribute Screening Tonight!

6 Oct

We’re more than excited about tonight’s screening, which is sure to draw a crowd of tastemakers in droves. The film in question? Powers Of Ten, a short co-presented by Cabinet and the Science & the Arts program at CUNY. It’s a tribute to the classic of the same name by famed mid-century furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames, who just happened to influence just about everyone, from graphics masters to fashion designers. A 9-minute odyssey of scale, from the “infinitesimal to the cosmic,” the film is one of the most widely seen shorts of all time—look for pop-culture references in everything from The Simpsons to Coldplay, from Hummer commercials to Men in Black. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Beatriz Colomina (founding director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University), D. Graham Burnett (historian of science, Princeton University), and Eames Demetrios, grandson of the filmmakers. So, wear your smartest pair of 7s and some geek glasses…if you’re in the market for a style-savvy Professor.

Tonight, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street), New York

TV Night! Watch HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” at the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn

27 Sep

If old-school 1920s gangsters are your thing, be sure to catch episode 2 of HBO’s newest drama, “Boardwalk Empire,” this Monday night at 6 p.m (and if you caught it last night, hey you can always watch it for a second time!). After the screening, members of the show’s creative team will be front and center to discuss the challenges of designing the completely cool and over-the-top Prohibition-era set and costumes (think bespoke suits for the boys and fox-trimmed evening coats over beaded chiffon dresses for the girls). Cigars optional.

Monday, September 27th, 6 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Admission free
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (at Long Island University);
Flatbush Avenue (between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street); 212-686-5005

Katie Holmes Gives Us A Crush In “The Romantics” Opening This Week!

8 Sep

Admit it, you haven’t seen Katie Holmes shine, movie-wise, in quite a long time. So, color us pleased when we caught a preview of her new film, The Romantics, and…liked it. We read Galt Niederhoffer’s book last summer, (she also writes and directs the flick), and the adaption is pretty true to the written word. The plot centers around a raucous night at a Maine wedding, where seven best friends reunite to attend the wedding of two of their college clique members. Laura (Katie Holmes) is Lila’s (Anna Paquin) maid of honor, but the two have always been rivals when it comes to the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Hookups, hijinks, and one major cat-fight make the movie watchable, but it’s not exactly fast-paced—cut as it is with tons of moody shoots of the seacoast, lengthy dialogues between Tom and Laura, and a bit too much Candace Bergen screen-time, who seems to be overacting. That said, Holmes brings an intensity to the role that makes us forget, for once, that she’s Mrs. Cruise, plus Malin Akerman is hilarious as a zany coke-head. Add one of the best movie soundtracks we’ve heard in years, and you’ve got a film that while not amazing, is definitely a whole lot better than Mad Money.

Cycling Chic: The Bicycle Film Festival Hits Los Angeles

1 Sep

Bikes are undoubtedly having a fashion moment (the Sartorialist has even devoted a section on his blog to chic cyclists), so what better way to get into the mood than with the Bicycle Film Festival, which lands in LA on Wednesday? Kicking off with an art show and street party, films include Birth of Big Air, a documentary on BMX legend Mat Hoffman, produced by Spike Jonze and Bicycle Dreams, the story of the 3,000-mile, cross-country Race Across America. Ride in style with a pair of our fabulous shades.

Bicycle Film Festival
Wednesday, September 1st-Sunday, September 5th
Downtown Independent Theater
251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA

$10 per screening, $40 festival pass