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FEBRUARY/MARCH WATCH LIST

FEBRUARY

16mm films viewed in my attic on my Birthday:

The Birthday Movie
Hansel & Gretel Appalachian Version
Experimental Film by Brad Sellers 1979-80
Techniques of Defensive Driving: The Car Ahead

The Quiet Man (Dir. John Ford, USA, 1952) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Classic Romances

The Swarm (Dir. Irwin Allen, USA, 1978) – Netfilix Watch Instantly

The Manitou (Dir. William Girdler, USA, 1978) – Netflix Watch Instantly

From Here to Eternity (Dir. Fred Zinnemann, USA, 1953) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Classic Romances

Kaboom (Dir. Gregg Araki, USA/France, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

I can’t BELIEVE how few films I watched in February! I should note, however, that I did put a great dent in the old episodes of Kids in the Hall via Netflix Watch Instantly.

MARCH

Creepshow (Dir. George Romero, USA, 1982) – Netflix Watch Instantly

Biutiful (Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spain/Mexico, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

On the Bowery (Dir. Lionel Rogosin, USA, 1957) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre

A Serious Man (Dirs Joel and Ethan Coen, USA, 2009) – DVD – Netflix

Wild River (Dir. Elia Kazan, USA, 1960) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Visions of the South

The Man Who Loved Women <<L’homme qui aimait les femmes>> (Dir. François Truffaut, France, 1977) – DVD – house-sitting collection

Umshini WamBring Me My Machine Gun” (16min short, Dir. Harmony Korine, USA, 2010) – Digital Stream – vbs.tv

God’s Little Acre (Dir. Anthony Mann, USA, 1958) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Visions of the South

Baby Doll (Dir. Elia Kazan, USA, 1956) – 35mm – Belcourt Theatre: Visions of the South

The Doom Generation (Dir. Gregg Araki, USA, 1994) – Netflix Watch Instantly

Putty Hill (Dir. Matt Porterfield, USA, 2011) – HD projection – Belcourt Theatre

Diner (Dir. Barry Levinson, USA, 1982) – Netflix Watch Instantly

A Single Man (Dir. Tom Ford, USA, 2009) – DVD – Sadie’s Netflix

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I didn’t do well posting my watchings, but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t watching…or keeping track.

AUGUST

* Killer’s Kiss (Dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1955) – VHS – Nashville Public Library collection

Winnebago Man (Dir. Ben Steinbauer, USA, 2009) – Digital Projection-  Belcourt

Mid-August Lunch <<Pranzo di ferragosto>> (Dir. Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy, 2008) – 35mm – Belcourt

> Man Bites Dog <<C’est arrivé près de chez vous>> (Dirs. Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde, Belgium, 1993) – VHS – Nashville Public Library collection

I’m ashamed to say I fell asleep and then accrued to much library debt to finish this one! I’ve got another viewing coming up in my near future…

Ikiru (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1956) – 35mm – Belcourt: Weekend Classics: Kurosawa Centennial

* Blow Up (Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, UK, 1966) – DVD – Nashville Public Library collection

The Girl Who Played with Fire <<Flickan som lekte med elden>> (Dir. Daniel Alfredson, Sweden, 2009) – 35mm – Belcourt

Life During Wartime (Dir. Todd Solondz, USA, 2009) – 35mm – Belcourt

* Dumb and Dumber (Dir. Peter Farrelly, USA, 1994) – DVD – I own it!

SEPTEMBER

This was my view from the porch!

Note: titles in blue type were all a part of my Telluride Film Festival experience. This was my second year working “Operations” at Palm Theater.

For the Birds (6min short, Dir. Ralph Eggleston, USA, 2000) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Dennis Jakob Unplugged (8min short, Dir. Errol Morris, USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Once Upon a Time in the West (Dir. Sergio Leone, Italy/USA, 1968) – 35mm – Telluride Film Festival, Abel Gance Open Air Cinema

What an experience! An amazing film screened outdoors at an incredible venue in the middle of one of my favorite places, altitude so close to the sky you can almost reach the stars AND it was introduced by buxom babe Claudia Cardinale herself:

1968, Once Upon a Time in the West

Brandy in the Wilderness (Dir. Stanton Kaye, USA, 1968) – 16mm – Telluride Film Festival, Masons Cinema Hall

Never Let Me Go (Dir. Mark Romanek, UK/USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Tabloid (Dir. Errol Morris, USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Frozen (13min short, Dir. Naghi Nemat, Iran, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Le Pierre

Le Quattro Volte (Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino, 2010, Italy) – 35mm – Telluride Film Festival, Le Pierre

127 Hours (Dir. Danny Boyle, 2010, USA) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Inside Job (Dir. Charles Ferguson, 2010, USA) – Digital Projection –Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Black Swan (Dir. Darren Aronofsky, 2010, USA) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

I watched this one three times, purposefully.

The King’s Speech (Dir. Tom Hooper, UK, 2010) – Digital Projection – Telluride Film Festival, Palm Theater

Desperate Living (Dir. John Waters, USA, 1977) – digital download projection – back porch cinema

Suspiria (Dir. Dario Argento, Italy, 1977) – 35mm – Belcourt: Midnight Movies

I think I love ballerina movies.

Invincible (Dir. Werner Herzog, UK/Germany/Ireland/USA, 2001) – DVD – Ben’s Netflix

Kick-Ass (Dir. Mathew Vaughn, USA, 2010) – digital download – lap-top cinema

OCTOBER

(The Complete) Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927/2010) – Digital Projection with LIVE accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra – Belcourt

The Agony and Ecstacy of Phil Spector (Dir. Vikram Jayanti, USA, 2009) – Digital Projection – Belcourt: Doctober

* Halloween (Dir. John Carpenter, USA, 1978) – 35mm – Belcourt private screening

Hot Pursuit (Dir. Steven Lisberger, USA, 1987) – DVD – Ben’s Netflix

The Descent (Dir. Neil Marshall, UK, 2007) – digital stream – Ben’s Netflix

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno <<L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot>> (Dir. Serge Bromberg, France, 2009) – 35mm – Belcourt: Doctober


The Last Movie (Dir. Dennis Hopper, USA, 1971) – 35mm – Belcourt: Dennis Hopper Weekend

Enter the Void (Dir. Gaspar Noé, France/Germany/Italy, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everbody Talkin’ About Him?) (Dir. John Scheinfeld, USA, 2010) – Digital Projection – Belcourt: Doctober

Howl (Dirs. Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman, USA, 2010) – 35mm – Belcourt

* – oldie but goodie

> – I fell asleep 😦

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BELCOURT THEATRE 85/10

Well, my home-at-home-away-from-home/workplace, The Belcourt Theatre, has turned 85/10 this summer – that’s 85 years for the building itself and 10 for the non-profit organization that formed to save it from the wrecking ball in 2000. Fortunately, the Belcourt is now thriving as Nashville’s only independent neighborhood art-house theater and it’s all thanks to the great community of people who love us, visit us and, most importantly, give us money.

We celebrated by programming 12 films in a Kurosawa Centennial retrospective (Kurosawa would have been 100 this summer), allowing our members to program our free outdoor screenings,  having Nashville’s Mayor cut the ribbon on our newly-renovated  1925 Hall (new carpet, seats, drapes) and throwing a birthday party for our members.

For me, it’s 85/10/3  and I love it.

DIXIE 25

Whaaa! Dixie=1/4 of a century. That’s a big deal, folks, and she made it pretty big. I think the whole month was her birthday. [“You drive – it’s my birthday.” “I guess I’ll  have another glass of wine – it’s my birthday.” “Let’s get ice cream – it’s my birthday.”  etc. etc.]

at Pied Piper Creamery in Berry Hill

Anyway, on the real birthday, we had a three-lady dinner at The Smiling Elephant, an AWESOME Thai restaurant. Dixie and I hadn’t been there before but wanted to go and Elise was oh hell yeah about it, so that’s where we ended up. It’s a very small place so we did have to wait a while for a table but that really didn’t matter because we were girl talkin’ and watching the cooks PLUS they brought tea to drink while we waited. We decided to share everything we ordered and it was all SO VERY GOOD. This place is not a that greasy kind of delicious, everything tasted clean and flavorful. We told the waitress it was Dixie’s birthday and I think the whole staff came out to sing and give her a little cup of coconut ice-cream with fresh (not canned) mandarin orange wedges and a little cherry on top. The owner made her a little valentine, too! Then…we went home and drank Champagne with St. Germain and ate a delicious cake she had baked for herself.

french vanilla cake with cream yogurt lemon frosting and Galliano-soaked strawberries

The night after real birthday, we headed out to Miss Kelli’s Karaoke in Printer’s Alley and a lot of friends met us there. I sang Heart of Glass and Twistin’ the Night Away. Dixie sang, too, but neither of us remember what. We had a fun time and ended up at Robert’s Western World just before closing.

birthday girl!

LOCAL HONEY 5

Local Honey, a vintage and locally hand-made clothing store had it’s birthday, too (5 years)! As part of the celebration, there was a sort of and outdoor runway/performance featuring yours truly as one of the models. It was a sight to see for sure! Basically, we all put together our outfits and got dressed in front of the crowd. Some of the models came out in underwear, one guy ran up from the street, I watched from the crowd and then ran up, took off my clothes, and re-dressed. Here’s a picture of the finished product:

click for shop owner Shea Steele's post about the event

WILL 27

Hey, my friend and neighbor, Will, just got older, too. We went over there for a chicken, bourbon, tomatoes, scrabble, and cupcakes (not necessarily in that order). Happy birthday, everyone! I don’t have pictures to document this one, but I swear it happened….

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It’s officially that time of year. This season’s change brings a few of my favorite things:

Emilie et moi, DBA, New Orleans

TRAVEL

Did you know I went on a little road trip to New Orleans? Well, I did. I meant to send you a postcard, too.

My friend Emilie had never been and really wanted to see it before she had to go back to France, so her 2nd to last weekend here, we drove on down there with a couple of the boys from Belcourt/Nashville Film Festival. It was a real family vacation! You can look at Zack’s photos from our journey here. As always, I have yet to develop mine…

SWIMMMMMMING!

Swimming truly IS one of my favorite things. I have been very fortunate and thankful for my pool connections this year…and also for lake buddies, river buddies, my water and sun buddies. So far, I have not drowned and neither have they. Things are good.

TWO WEEKS, NO CAR, NO PANTS

I’m rather proud of this accomplishment. From June 11 to June 25, I did not drive my car AT ALL! I mostly biked, took the bus a few times, and bummed a few rides, but NO DRIVING!! Actually, I’ve found it’s rather liberating. It makes me participate only in activities that are worth the effort and gives me a great excuse for activities which are not. Also, it’s cheap and you don’t have to worry about parking.

Riding in 100+ degree weather, pouring, no pelting, rain, 1 flat tire, flying past 5:00 traffic, and biking home from the bar….I feel truly powerful. All this without pants because, well, it’s just waaaaaay too hot for pants around here.

PLUS I just got this sweet new helmet from Halcyon Bike Shop.

I look like a cop! (?)

OH, HALCYON ❤

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Would you believe it? I keep getting caught:

OSCAR NIGHT AMERICA

Every year, the Belcourt Theatre hosts Oscar Night America. It’s our biggest annual fundraiser–we sell tickets, we gussy up the place, serve fancy donated food and drink, and all-around have a good time. Oh, and we gussy ourselves up, too. This photo was in the newspaper!

Credit:Heather Byrd/The Tennessean. Elle Long, Elise Tyler and Stephannie Parker at Oscar Night America at the Belcourt Theatre on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

FASHION FOCUS

Once again, I modeled in a hair show. I had my color done by Marla of RUSK and here I am getting a “Convergence” cut by Geoffry Frost of RUSK:

Nashville, TN Fashion Focus: RUSK. March 21, 2010.

I ended up with sort of a copper and blond Joan Jett-lookin’ haircut. I didn’t really feel me with the streaks, so they covered up the blond for me. Thank you, Douglas Andrae (also of RUSK), film buddy. Now I have a red-brown Joan Jett-lookin’ haircut. I wish I had before/in-between/after pictures!

OYSTER EASTER

Dixie and I attended an annual society party, Oyster Easter benefiting the Community Resource Center. The Belcourt’s new Marketing and Development Director, Haylee Hall, was nominated for “Oyster Queen” and Dixie and I came along to try and help her win. Winnings are determined by fund-raising and also by how many oyster shells can be collected in each candidate’s trash bin. Basically, we wrangled a lot of shells and sold beads, bubbles, photos, candies, etc. to try and get as many last-minute donations as possible. It was a fun time.

Credit: StephintheCity. Oyster Easter 4/4/10.

RABBIT RELEASE PARTY

Last weekend, Dixie and I went to the launch-party of the website for the(rabbit)press, a local arts zine. While there, we were spotted by a friend and local business owner, Shea Steele, who decided to feature us on her fashion/shop blog, local honey. You know…because we always be lookin’ so good.

Brag, brag, brag. More to come.

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SNOW
This winter became real winter for a few days in Nashville. Snow here is rather uncommon and so plows are in short supply. Being snowed in with nowhere to go anyway (Ben and Dixie’s cars couldn’t even leave the driveway), we eventually got a little stir crazy and ventured out for sledding at the Elllington Agricultural Center.
Rufus and I dressed like fools. We finally had some snow and all things snow-proof are waiting for me in Colorado!
Another day, I carefully drove Ben and Dixie over to a Mexican restaurant, Los Arcos. It was a very surreal experience. When we got to the restaurant, it was all but empty except for a full Mariachi band playing inside…in the middle of the day. Then they gave us some free sopa frijoles charros (beans soup). Afterward, we slid across the parking lot to visit Music City Thrift. Boy, it sure did feel good to be back ‘home’ again….
STATE
After those few days of snow, the roads and sky allowed me to venture out to the woods for a music video shoot. It was quite a lot of fun to be tromping around and playing on trees and vines. We did some indoor shooting as well. The video is for “State” by Stone Jack Jones off his new album, Love and Torture. The video was directed by Zack Spiger, who came into town specifically for the project (he lives in Paris!). Best part–it was all shot on REAL FILM: Super 8mm black and white.
Click here for more behind-the-scenes photos by Dixie.
I am SO EXCITED to see the finished project, which will be released soon. Here’s another video Zack did for Stone Jack Jones, starring Jack’s gorgeous children, Logan and Deirdre. Also, you may even hear a familiar voice in this song…
24, AND HOW!
My birthday happened. I’m older now. Unfortunately, I was pretty ill but hell, I had a party anyway. Ben made me this shirt.
I was reminiscing about how mom used to bake cake batter in ice-cream cones for me to take to school on my birthday. This being a pleasant memory, Dixie and I re-created a little piece of my childhood and it was delicious. Viva le cupcakecone!
Note: though my shirt says “Barfday,” I was only head/lungs/fever/sinus-sick. That being said, whatever it was really knocked me out for quite a long time.

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And so I begin

This year started up a few months ago.

Here are some highlights:

NEW YEAR

Ben and I went to some friends’ party for the eve of new year. We ate a lot of food and drank a lot of drinks (including moonshine), counted down to a midnight kiss, and we watched fireworks.

GOLD

I made this dress the day of the party. I sure wish I’d taken before/after pictures because the transformation, if I do say so myself, was pretty spectacular. It used to be a size 24 long-sleeved shirt.

midnight kiss (off camera)

I made a matching bow tie for Ben and one for Rufus, too! Click here for more photos.

p.s. I love film.

SPEAKING OF RUFUS,


The best dog in the world, as you may have heard, graduated “Basic Family Dog Manners” on Jan. 14th. He’s smiling in the picture because he is about to down a liver brownie in one gulp.

DIXIEEEEEE!

BEAR MAULERS (Halloween '09)

My partner in crime, Miss Dixie Rose, has moved in with us.

She drove over from Richmond, VA on Jan. 27 with a carload of personal belongings (including two house-plants) and a whole lot of excitement! We stuck her up in the attic, seeing as she’s the perfect height. She likes it alright so far, but I suspect she’ll especially like it after Ben’s yard sale. And after we paint it this color:

Zephyr #690-A

I have a little more catching up to do. We had snow and my birthday and vacation and and and….

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