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By David Malsch
Celebrated film festival rises from the ashes...
I am thrilled to be returning home to revive the once dead Black Point Film Festival beginning on Friday, May 1 thru Sunday, May 3 at the historic Geneva 4 Theatre. Four of the six films being shown over the weekend are music based from the film 41, about the 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire; "We Dreamed America" about the Americana influence on British music to "Rip! A Remix Manifesto" the deals with the very controversial and touchy subject of music copyright laws and "Golden Days," a film about being in a band and scoring a major label record deal. The following is a list of films and show times for the festival and tickets will be available the day of each film at the theatre box office at 244 Broad Street in Lake Geneva, WI. I only hope that you can come down and check out some really great films- see you there!
In the winter of 2003, a catastrophic fire erupted in a Rhode Island concert club, ultimately claiming 100 lives. For this state of just over a million residents, the devastation was profound, leaving unanswered questions and deep scars in its wake. But out of the ashes of the tragedy arose an equally profound story of hope. One year after the fire, a community theatre gathered together to perform a play written by the fire's youngest victim close to the end of his life - a play that many felt could only be described as prophetic. In turn heartwarming and heartbreaking, "41" tells the remarkable story of Nicky O'Neill, the young actor, writer and musician who left the world at age 18 but who left behind a message of deep spiritual importance that has already inspired thousands.
"41" originally showed at the 2004 Black Point Festival as a short film and has since been turned into a feature length film.
"We Dreamed America"
A twisted tale of British roots and American music. An exploration into the gritty underworld of the New British Country movement and the British Americana music scene.
"We Dreamed America" offers an enthralling insight into the inspirations behind a new breed of British musicians. Examining the relationship and ongoing exchange between British and American roots music, director Alex Walker looks at the fascination with the most American of Genres.
Numerous Country and Americana luminaries also lend their voices and distinctive perspectives, ensuring that "We Dreamed America" is able to tell the riveting story of what really happens when Country music comes home.
"Rip! A Remix Manifesto"
In "RiP: A Remix Manifesto," Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. The films central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs.
But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazils Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride. With RiP: A remix manifesto, Gaylor and Girl Talk sound an urgent alarm and draw the lines of battle.
Which side of the ideas war are you on?
In 2001, a photo assistant named Alex Dezen formed the Brooklyn based rock band, The Damnwells. Two years later they had toured the country, opened for rock legends and had a song featured in a major motion picture. By 2004, they had signed a major record deal with Epic records (Sony/BMG). In March 2005, The Damnwells went into the studio to record their first professional album. For six months, The Damnwells immersed themselves in preproduction, recording and mixing. In January of 2006, lead singer Alex Dezen received a call they never expected. The band was being released from their contract and the fate of the album was unknown. They had been in complete control of their music and their lives before they signed on the dotted line. Now, a year of their lives was sitting on a shelf waiting to be heard. Will the band break up, will they go their separate ways or will they take back their future?
For more information on the films including trailers go to www.copperdocs.blogspot.com or call the theatre at 262-248-9208.