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Shadow Shadow Shade Release White Horse Trilogy & Debut Album

Los Angeles’ majestic septet Shadow Shadow Shade (formerly known as Afternoons) are prepping the release of their eagerly awaited, self-titled debut release.  Those who have seen their acclaimed live show know what to expect:  a lush sound that is both grand in spectacle and remarkably intimate.  With seven members that often sing in unison, the group’s haunting melodies sculpt an ethereal, choir-like effect.  Shadow Shadow Shade will be released on October 5th through the group’s own label, Public Records.  It will be available via Junket Boy and at CIMS stores nationwide as well as select additional indie outlets.  It was produced by Grammy-winning Producer/Mixer/Engineer/Musician and SSS member, Tom Biller (Karen O, Liars, Jon Brion, Sean Lennon, Kanye West).

Before the album is released the band is unveiling the three-part epic, post-apocalyptic short film known as the White Horse Trilogy that features several of their songs.  The clip stars Jason Ritter (of NBC’s upcoming drama “The Event”) and Anna WilsonWhite Horse’s director Michael Graham describes it as “an existential science fiction film that personifies and investigates the inner struggle one might go through under the distress of being ripped apart from their lover by the current world they live in, most importantly - war.”  The film is set in the future during World War III, when an unknown force has enslaved the human race.

SSS began as an art project amongst likeminded friends before evolving into an actual band that performed and recorded.  Upon hearing their demos, artist Shepard Fairey became one of the band’s early supporters  He soon designed posters for them that ended up getting plastered all over their hometown of LA.  After playing just one show, the group was offered the coveted residency at Spaceland and subsequently sold out all four weeks – this led to the SSS being invited to perform at IFC’s 2010 SXSW Showcase.

The group has created a stirring pastiche of sounds that takes cues from traditions such as psychedelia, orchestral music, shoegaze, opera, and indie rock among others.  Their enigmatic lyrics seem to have been plucked from a classic, timeless novel that hasn’t been written yet, and every song they compose builds towards a thrilling catharsis.  Click HERE to stream/download the mp3 for the album’s first single, “Say Yes.”

Shadow Shadow Shade Tour Dates:

10/8 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
10/10 - Portland, OR @Mississippi Studios
10/11 - Seattle, WA @ The High Dive
10/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
10/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10/15 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

National Jazz Museum in Harlem 2010 July Schedule

The July 2010 National Jazz Museum in Harlem schedule puts particular focus on the visual side of the jazz genre, as we feature classic films in our Jazz for Curious Listeners series (inaugurating a new collaboration with The Maysles Institute), interview one of the premier jazz photographers in the nation, Frank Stewart, for our flagship Harlem Speaks public program, and screen a rare film of “The High Priestess of Soul,” Nina Simone.

Since jazz is music for the soul, we feed your ears too, as the NJMH All-Stars will perform at Marcus Garvey Park before the airing of the Nina Simone film as well as at the Studio Museum in Harlem (our new programmatic partners) for the first Jazz at the Studio event, where the shades of blue and the blues will be pursued in sound and aesthetic fury.

We’ll also play the music of pianist Mal Waldron at our monthly Saturday Panel, spend an evening with the genius of Duke Ellington, and have a conversation with legendary jazz record producer Michael Cuscuna for the second of two monthly Harlem Speaks events.

Every single event this month is FREE, so since money is no object, take the time to join our swinging festivities!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jazz for Curious Readers
An Evening With Duke Ellington
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Known as a composer/arranger/bandleader, duke Ellington was also a gifted author, and his autobiography, Music Is My Mistress, affords as much of an insight into his personality as his music does. Join us as we read and discuss Ellington the author.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Jazz for Curious Listeners

Jazz on Film: The Sound of Jazz
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Perhaps the most iconic jazz film ever made, The Sound of Jazz brought together 32 leading musicians from the swing era, including Count Basie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones, and Coleman Hawkins; the Chicago style players of the same era, such as Henry "Red" Allen, Vic Dickenson, and Pee Wee Russell; and younger "modernist" musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and Jimmy Giuffre. These players played separately with their compatriots, but also joined to combine various styles in one group, such as Red Allen's group and the group backing Billie Holiday on "Fine and Mellow," one of the most poignant moments of jazz ever caught on film. The song brought back together Lester Young and Holiday; Young's blues solo is transcendent in its painful beauty and sophisticated simplicity.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Harlem Speaks
Frank Stewart, Photographer
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Frank Stewart is a photographer whose image-making work rises to the level of fine art.

He was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1949, and grew up in Memphis and Chicago. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA in photography from Cooper Union in New York. Stewart has had numerous solo and group shows at Cooper Union Gallery, Washington Project for the Arts, Studio Museum in Harlem, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the International Center of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Stewart was a member of the first team of North American journalists invited by the government of Cuba to photograph the Island in 1977; he was also invited by the Los Angeles Committee to photograph the 1984 Olympics. He has been granted two photographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Creative Artist Public Service Award, and a 2002 NFFA fellowship. He was honored as Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1975, at Kenkeleba House in 1987, and at the Light Work Gallery at Syracuse University in 1989. His photographs were published in Sweet Swing Blues on the Road (text by Wynton Marsalis; published by WW Norton) and Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in Barbecue Country. Most recently, his work was featured in Romare Bearden: Photographs by Frank Stewart (published by Pomegranate) and The Sweet Breath of Life: A Poetic Narrative of the African-American Family (Frank Stewart, ed., with text by Ntozake Shange and photographs by Kamoinge Inc.; published by Simon & Schuster).

Stewart currently serves as Senior Staff Photographer for Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is a member of Kamoinge, a New York-based collective of African-American photographers. In addition to showing examples of his excellent jazz photography, Stewart will share anecdotes about his world travels with Wynton Marsalis, as well as accounts of times spent with Romare Bearden and Albert Murray as a driver.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Jazz for Curious Listeners

Jazz on Film: The Last of the Blue Devils
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Kansas City in the 1930s was a wild, wide-open place. Under political boss Tom Pendergast, the booze flowed freely, prostitution and gambling flourished, and the Depression pretty much passed the city by, making it an ideal spawning ground for some great music. Pianist-bandleader Count Basie, saxophone immortals Lester Young and Charlie Parker, and blues belters Big Joe Turner and Jimmy Rushing were all working there, along with a host of lesser-known but nonetheless formidable musicians, and they all played the blues, Kansas City style.


Director Bruce Ricker's 90-minute The Last of the Blue Devils chronicles the 1979 reunion of many of these legendary players, combining interviews, vintage film footage, photos, and some inimitably swinging performances by Basie, Turner, pianist Jay McShann, and many others to create an intimate, good-natured portrait of what one old-timer calls the "cool, relaxed sound" of the city. The camaraderie among these men, all of whom are colorful raconteurs, is palpable. But it's the music, surely, that's the main attraction; performances include some familiar tunes, like Turner's "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and a Basie big band version of "Night Train" (featuring tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest, the tune's composer) that's as greasy as the local barbecue. The Last of the Blue Devils is an absolute delight not to be missed!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Special Event
Film: Nina Simone Great Performances: College Concerts and Interviews
(Andy Stroud, USA, 60 mins.)
Music: The National Jazz Museum All-Stars
7:30-9:30pm
Location: Marcus Garvey Park (Lawn A located on the Madison Avenue side of the park between 122nd and 124th Streets)

A rare film of a radical artist in performance and in interviews, where she shares her views on race relations, and the role artists play in culture and society.
Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. Although she disliked being categorized, Simone is arguably most associated with her performance of jazz music. Simone originally aspired to become a classical pianist, but her work covers an eclectic variety of musical styles that include classical music, jazz, the blues, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop music. Her vocal style is characterized by intense passion, a loose vibrato, and a slightly androgynous timbre, in part due to her unusually low vocal range which veered between the alto and tenor ranges (occasionally even reaching baritone lows). Also known as The High Priestess of Soul, she paid great attention to the musical expression of emotions. Within one album or concert she could fluctuate between exuberant happiness and tragic melancholy.

Nina Simone recorded over 40 live and studio albums, the greatest body of her work being released between 1958 (when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue and 1974. Songs she is best known for include "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "I Put a Spell on You", "Four Women", "I Loves You Porgy", "Feeling Good", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Sinnerman", "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Mississippi Goddam", "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" and "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl". Many of her songs are featured on motion picture soundtracks, as well as in video games, commercials and TV series.

This event is brought to you by the Maysles Cinema, Target ® and The National Jazz Museum of Harlem
Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jazz at The Studio
BLUE: A Shade of Difference
2:00 – 4:00pm
Location: The Studio Museum in Harlem
(144 West 125th Street)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Season Opener/Target Arts & Wonder Weekend Celebration

In this the kick-off performance of a new series, The NJMH All-Stars contemplate the color, the mood and art works that deal with the concept of blue and the blues. Blues, of course, are fundamental to jazz. But blues is way more than a simple, folk musical form. Many think the blues symbolize sadness and melancholy only; but blues music encompasses a full range of human emotion as a counter to what writer Albert Murray called “the blues as such.” Experiencing the variety of feelings evoked by Miles Davis’s recording, Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz recording of all time, demonstrates this effect . . . as will today’s concert at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Jazz on Film: Sound—John Cage and Rahsaan Roland Kirk PLUS!
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: The Maysles Institute
(343 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Ave (Between 127th and 128th Streets))
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

*Note tonight's special location.

If you have never seen Dick Fontaine’s groundbreaking film paring John Cage and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, run, don’t walk, to this screening. In addtionl, we’ll be showing examples of experimental film and experimental jazz including shorts by Shirley Clark and Rudy Burckhardt and a reception with Manny Kircheimer's Stations of the Elevated playing.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Jazz on Film—Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: The Maysles Institute
(343 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Ave [between 127th and 128th Streets])
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

*Note tonight's special location.

Filmmaker Bruce Ricker couldn't believe his luck: Michael and Christian Blackwood's extensive 1968 footage of the groundbreaking modern jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, including the only footage of the very private Monk off stage, turned out to be in excellent condition. The reels were, in Ricker's words, "just sitting there like the Dead Sea Scrolls of jazz." Ricker, as co-producer, joins director and fellow producer Charlotte Zwerin, executive producer Clint Eastwood and others to bring these scrolls to astonishing life. Their Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser combines the Blackwood's rare footage of Monk in studio on tour and behind the scenes with new interviews, archival photos and more to create a landmark aural and visual treat released 20 years after the original footage was shot.

Here are the tunes you’ll hear tonight, in order of appearance: Evidence; Rhythm-a-ning; On the Bean; Round Midnight; Well, You Needn't; Bright Mississippi; Blue Monk; Trinkle, Tinkle; Rhythm-a-ning; Ugly Beauty; Ask Me Now; Just a Gigolo; Crepuscule with Nellie; I Should Care; We See; Osaka T.; Evidence; Epistrophy, Don't Blame Me; Ruby, My Dear; I Mean You; Lulu's Back in Town; Off Minor; Pannonica; Boo Boo's Birthday; Misterioso; Monk's Mood; Sweetheart of All My Dreams; and Round Midnight.

Need we say more? See you at the Maysles Institute!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Harlem Speaks
Michael Cuscuna, Record Producer
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Michael Cuscuna is a discographer, writer and record producer par excellence.
He played drums, saxophone and flute during his teenage years, but wasn’t professional material. So, instead, he turned his attention to radio and recordings. He had a jazz show on WXPN and worked for ESP-Disk in the late 1960s, while also writing for Jazz & Pop Magazine, Rolling Stone and Down Beat. After stints at WMMR in Philadelphia and WABC-FM (now WPLJ) in New York as a progressive rock DJ, he took a position as a producer with Atlantic Records in the 1970s, recording Buddy Guy, Dave Brubeck and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He also produced albums by Bonnie Raitt (Give It Up), Martin Mull, Luther Allison and Chris Smither. He also produced for ABC (doing reissues of Impulse! albums), Arista, Muse, Freedom, Elektra and Novus. From 1975 to 1981 he went through the Blue Note archives and recovered many unissued sessions which are now prized.

Along with Charlie Lourie, he founded Mosaic Records in 1983 specializing in jazz reissue box sets, with almost 200 releases as of 2009. Artists surveyed include highly visible masters like Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and Nat “King” Cole, and lesser known artists such as Tina Brooks and Ike Quebec. Cuscuna has won three Grammy Awards for his releases. Since 1984, Cuscuna has been a special consultant, producer, and reissue director of Blue Note Records.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Panels The World of Mal Waldron 12:00 – 4:00pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

A pianist with a brooding, rhythmic, introverted style, Mal Waldron's playing was flexible enough to fit into both hard bop and freer settings. Influenced by Thelonious Monk's use of space, Waldron had his own distinctive chord voicings nearly from the start. Early on, Waldron played jazz on alto and classical music on piano, but he switched permanently to jazz piano while at Queens College. He freelanced around New York in the early '50s with Ike Quebec (for whom he made his recording debut), Big Nick Nicholas, and a variety of R&B-ish groups. Waldron frequently worked with Charles Mingus from 1954-1956 and was Billie Holiday's regular accompanist during her last two years (1957-1959). Often hired by Prestige to supervise recording sessions, Waldron contributed many originals (including "Soul Eyes," which became a standard) and basic arrangements that prevented spontaneous dates from becoming overly loose jam sessions.

He mostly led his own groups after Holiday's death, although he was part of the Eric Dolphy-Booker Little Quintet that was recorded extensively at the Five Spot in 1961, and also worked with Abbey Lincoln for a short stint. He wrote three film scores before moving permanently to Europe in 1965, settling in Munich in 1967. Waldron, who occasionally returned to the U.S. for visits, was a major force in the European jazz world. His album Free at Last was the first released by ECM, and his Black Glory was the fourth Enja album. Waldron, who frequently teamed up with Steve Lacy (often as a duet), kept quite busy up through the '90s, featuring a style that evolved but was certainly traceable to his earliest record dates. Among the many labels that have documented his music have been Prestige, New Jazz, Bethlehem, Impulse, Musica, Affinity, ECM, Futura, Nippon Phonogram, Enja, Freedom, Black Lion, Horo, Teichiku, Hat Art, Palo Alto, Eastwind, Baybridge, Paddle Wheel, Muse, Free Lance, Soul Note, Plainisphere, and Timeless. In September of 2002, Waldron was diagnosed with cancer. Remaining optimistic, he continued to tour until he passed away on December 2 in Brussels, Belgium at the age of 76.

"When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors" @ Boulder Theater

Following a prestigious festival run, WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS, has been featured at the Sundance, Berlin, Deauville and San Sebastian Film Festivals and most recently played to sold-out shows at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Produced by Wolf Films/Strange Pictures, in association with Rhino Entertainment, and released by Abramorama, the 90-minute film is the first feature documentary about The DoorsWHEN YOU’RE STRANGE uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock quartet and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy.  Directed by award-winning writer/director Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, the film is a riveting account of the band’s history.
Said Depp, “Watching the hypnotic, hitherto unreleased footage of Jim, John, Ray and Robby, I felt like I experienced it all through their eyes. As a rock n’ roll documentary, or any kind of documentary for that matter, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.  What an honor to have been involved.  I am as proud of this as anything I have ever done.”
The film reveals an intimate perspective on the creative chemistry between drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison — four brilliant artists who made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential rock bands. Using footage shot between the band’s 1965 formation and Morrison’s 1971 death, WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE follows the band from the corridors of UCLA’s film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met, to the stages of sold-out arenas.
Wednesday May 19, 8pm
Boulder Weekly Films presents
WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS
GA / All Ages / $10.00
Tickets are on sale through the Boulder Theater box office
Internet 24-7 at www.bouldertheater.com

Catch A Sneak Peek Of Crimson, White & Indigo At A Theatre Near You

On July 7, 1989 the Grateful Dead got together with some 95,000 close friends at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. By the end of the day, all involved shared a highly improved outlook on life...Grateful Dead productions is pleased to present Crimson, White & Indigo, the entire full-length theatrical concert experience in fully mastered multi-track audio brilliance...

Don't miss a sneak preview of the Grateful Dead's Crimson, White & Indigo: Philadelphia, July 7, 1989 in theatres near you. Be sure to check your local listings for exact show times.

Philadelphia, PA
Ambler Theater
4/13/10

Gloucester, MA
Cape Ann Community Cinema
4/13/10

Rochester, NY
Little Theatre
4/15/10

New York, NY
City Winery
4/15/10, 4/16/10

Pasadena, CA
LAEM Playhouse
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Los Angeles, CA
LAEM Sunset
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Encino, CA
LAEM Town Center
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Portland, ME
Patriot Cinemas: Nickelodeon Cinema
4/15/10, 4/18/10

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cinema Paradiso
4/16/10

Newport, RI
Jane Pickens Theatre
4/16/10

St. Pete's Beach, FL
Beach Theatre
4/16/10

Deland, FL.
Athens Theatre
4/16/10, 4/17/10

Washington, D.C.
Atlas Performing Arts Center
4/16/10, 4/19/10

Lake Worth, FL
Lake Worth Playhouse
4/17/10

Key West, FL
Tropic Cinema
4/17/10

Shreveport, LA
Robinson Film Center
4/17/10

Wellfleet, MA
Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre
4/18/10

Bellingham, WA
Pickford Film Center
4/19/10

Cleveland, OH
Cedar Lee Theatre
4/20/10

Three Rivers, MI
Riviera Theatre
4/20/10

Oberlin, OH
Apollo Theatre
4/20/10

Telluride, CO
Michael D. Palm Theatre
4/20/10

Palm Beach, FL
Mos' Art Theater
DATE TBD

Noise Pop 2010 Announces Full Event Schedule / Festival Starts THIS WEEK!

Just announced additions to the already stellar Noise Pop 2010 lineup include Har Mar Superstar making a special appearance at the Diesel/ Live 105 Happy Hour at Benders on February 23rd, Thao Nguyen will join Mirah on stage at the Swedish American Hall for a first ever collaborative performance, Citay joins Scout Niblett at Cafe du Nord and a second screening of Blood into Wine has been added by popular demand.

 

Har Mar Superstar Plows Through The West Coast

The golden-piped sexy beast known as Har Mar Superstar is getting ready to charm the pants off the ladies and gentlemen of the west coast when he hits the road this month.  Har Mar recently released his latest album, Dark Touches, and has been on a hot streak ever since.  The album’s addictive lead single, “Tall Boy,” was co-written/co-produced by Greg Kurstin (Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Lily Allen), and made waves when it was revealed that it was originally submitted for Britney Spears.  The dance floor jam took on a new life when Har Mar performed it on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and as MTV.com noted, he “tore down the house with a performance of his body quaking new single.”   The song’s video brought another tidal wave of Har Mar fever.  The futuristic looking clip features Eva Mendes, Eric Wareheim (“Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”) and Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development,” Whip It!).  Check out the “Tall Boy” video by clicking HERE.

Other musical collaborators on Dark Touches include John Fields (Andrew WK, Jonas Brothers, Rooney), The Faint’s beatmakers Clark Baechle and Jacob Thiele, singer-songwriter Adam Green, P.O.S. of the Rhymesayers collective, Neon Neon’s Boom Bip, Flowers of Doom, and Samaire Armstrong. In addition to his fertile musical career, Har Mar also appeared in the Drew Barrymore film Whip It! last year and will team up again with the its leading ladies Alia Shawkat and Ellen Page (Juno, Whip It!) to produce a new HBO pilot titled “Stitch N’ Bitch.”

Har Mar Superstar 2010 Tour Dates

01/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland

01/21: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

01/22: Sacramento, CA @ The Townhouse

01/23: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

01/24: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

01/26: Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club

2008 NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL

Nantucket Film Festival- for the Grateful Web

The 13th Annual Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) officially announces their full lineup of films and events for the 2008 edition of the festival. Appearing at NFF® will be Academy Award-nominated, double Emmy-and SAG Award-winning actor William H. Macy, known for performances in films such as Bobby, Seabiscuit, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and Fargo.  Mr. Macy will be participating in the In Their Shoes.. event.  He will have a conversation with renowned Time Magazine critic Richard Corliss on screenwriting and acting.

"While it always has been important to build a solid slate of films, its very exciting when we get to introduce something completely new to the festival's events," said Co-Founder and Executive Director, Jill Burkhart.  "We always strive to pack the schedule with great films, insightful panels and exciting events each year to provide attendees with a rewarding experience."

"We have a diverse lineup spanning both the films and events, but we still focus on the storytelling," said Mystelle Brabbée, Artistic Director.  "With this year's festival we'll learn how much every element in a film, ranging from the acting to the music, contribute to the story at its core."

Adding to the diversity of this year's festival, NFF will have for the first time ever the Music Café and Panel, featuring Aware/Columbia artist Mat Kearny, who released his major label debut "Nothing Left to Lose" in April 2006.  Mr. Kearny will be performing his songs that have found their way into several television shows, including Grey's Anatomy and Friday Night Lights, at the Straight Wharf Restaurant in front of the Nantucket film community.  His set will be followed by a discussion focusing on how songs find their way into films and television alongside East Coast Creative and EMI Publishing Vice President Dan McCarroll and Aware Records/Asquared Management President Gregg Latterman.

In keeping with NFF® mission of spotlighting writers, the Festival will announce the winner of Showtime's annual Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting.  Members of this year's jury include Doug Liman, Chris Eigeman, and Liz Tucillo.

Previously announced was Judd Apatow as recipient of the NBC Universal Screenwriting Award.  Mr. Apatow will be appearing at The NBC Universal Screenwriter's Tribute with various colleagues of Mr. Apatow in attendance including presenter Paul Rudd.

To add further prestige to this year's festival is actress Meg Ryan as the introductory recipient of the Compass Rose Acting Tribute, a unique honor given to an actor that has reached a level in which they inspire writers to frequently create roles especially for them.

Among other awards given at NFF® this year will be The Audience Award for Best Feature & Best Short, SHOWTIME'S TONY COX Awards for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film and Short Film, Teen View on NFF® Award, Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film, and The Writer/Director Award.

Other special events include the yearly Late Night Storytelling event hosted by Anne Meara and Peter Farrelly.  Participants include five surprise guests as well as audience members.  Past storytellers include Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Mos Def, Rosie Perez, Laird Hamilton, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Rudd, Alan Cumming, and Brian Williams.

Also returning this year will be annual favorite Morning Coffee With, this year hosted by renowned film critic Leonard Maltin.  The daily panels take place every morning and invite attendees to join filmmaker experts for a lively mix of coffee, conversation, bagels and shoptalk.

NFF's® annual staged screenplay reading returns as well.  This event is designed to emphasize the importance of the script itself by having actors perform it without utilizing locations, costumes, effects, or music.  The chosen script for this year the Billy Wilder classic Some Like It Hot, featuring a cast consisting of member's of Nantucket's own Seaside Shakespeare group.

The opening film of this year's festival is writer/director Brad Anderson's Transsiberian.  The film boasts stars Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Kate Mara, and Eduardo Noriega.  The film will be accompanied by a special panel on the making of Transsiberian featuring writer/director Brad Anderson, writer Will Conroy, and producer Michael Williams as well as a special making-of documentary.

Closing the festival will be anticipated comedy The Wackness, written and directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, and Mary-Kate Olsen.

The NFF® was founded in 1996 to spotlight screenwriters, screenwriting and storytelling in today's cinema. The festival takes place over five days in June on the idyllic island of Nantucket, MA.

Now in its thirteenth year, NFF® has become a prestigious annual event within the international film industry.  Screening over 50 feature-length and short films in all genres that highlight the art of storytelling, the NFF® is significant attraction that draws over ten thousand attendees, screenwriters, producers, agents and development executives each year.

Sponsers of this year's festival include NBC Universal, Showtime, CN8 and Comcast, Stella Artois, Merrill Lynch, HP, Tradewind Aviation, American Airlines, Nestle Waters, Inquirer & Mirror, and the Beachside Hotel.

The Films of the 2008 Nantucket Film Festival®:

Feature Films

American Teen

Baghead

Choke

Flow: For Love of Water

Frozen River

Goodbye Baby

Man on Wire

Medicine For Melancholy

Of All the Things

Operation Filmmaker

Secrecy

Sleep Dealer

Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains

Transsiberian

Trouble the Water

The Wackness

Wellness

Richie Havens to Open The Cannes International Film Festival

photos courtesy of Madison House- for the Grateful Web

On Wednesday, May 14th, Richie Havens will perform his song "Freedom" at the opening ceremonies of the prestigious 61st annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France.   This performance takes place on the heels of Richie's successful February 2008 European release of his latest album Nobody Left to Crown.   

Nobody Left to Crown is Richie's 27th album.   Recorded in 2007 at Sear Sound Recording in NYC, Nobody Left to Crown was released in Europe in February 2008 on Polydor Records.   The U.S. release date and label imprint will be announced soon.   Special guests on Nobody Left to Crown include Derek Trucks and Harry Manx.

Richie Havens first emerged from New York City's Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 60's, and in 1969, inspired and electrified an audience of over half a million with his legendary three hour opening performance at Woodstock.

Four decades later, Richie Havens remains one of the most recognizable voices and universal lyricists in popular music. A truly timeless performer, and a man before his time, Richie Havens is on tour this summer.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

May 17 Jacoby Auditorium Roseburg OR
May 18 Tower Theater Bend OR
May 19 92nd Street Y / Kaufman Concert New York NY
May 28 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel NY
May 30 The Turnig Point Piermont NY
May 31 Mauch Chunk Opera House Jim Thorpe PA
June 13 Stone Church Music Club New Market NH
June 20 Chiasso Festate Switzerland
June 25 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield OH
June 27 Riverwalk Center Breckenridge CO
June 28 The Solied Dove Underground Denver CO
June 29 Strings Music Pavillion Steamboat CO
July 05 Guilfest Surrey England
July 06 Solidays Paris France
July 11 Bluesfest Windsor Windsor ON
July 12 Bluesfest London Downtown ON
July 17 Theatre Antique De Vienne Vienne France
July 24 Anderson Park Montclair ON
August 02 Newport Folk Festival New Port RI
August 03 Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Empire MI
August 07 Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn NY
August 09 L. L. Bean Summer Concert Series Freeport ME
August 10 Nashua River Valley Folk Festival Lancaster MA
August 25-26 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT
August 29-31 Rhythm Festival 2008 Clapham Bedfordshire, UK
September 05 The Ohio Theater Cleveland OH
September 06 Beverly Arts Center of Chicago Chicago IL
September 13 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
September 19 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY
September 26 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT
September 27 Jonathan's Ogunquit ME
September 28 Higher Ground S. Burlington VT
November 21 The Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
November 22 Patchogue Theater Patchogue NY
November 28-29 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME
December 11 Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga TN
December 13 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
January 16 One World Theater Austin TX
January 23 Anthology San Diego CA
January 24 The Palmdale Playhouse Palmdale CA
February 06 The Firehouse Coffeehouse Littleton MA
February 07 Veritas Auditorium Chicopee MA
February 20 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland WA
February 25 Kayhi Auditorium Ketchikan AK
February 28 Mariner Theatre Homer AK

More dates to be announced soon.

Music Doc "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" to Screen at Memphis Film Fest

- for the Grateful Web

Music documentary "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" will screen on March 29 as a part of the On Location: Memphis International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Todd Kwait, is a labor-of-love documentary focused on one of America's most beloved forms of folk music, the jug band.  Featuring a who's who of '60s folk artists like Rock and Roll Hall of Famers John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), David Grisman, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur and Jim Kweskin, "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" explores the history of jug band music and the influence it had on these legendary musicians.

Jug band music has deep roots in Memphis.  Two of the most famous early jug bands were from the city: Cannon's Jug Stompers, featuring Gus Cannon, and the Memphis Jug Band, featuring Memphis native and blues godfather Will Shade.  Both bands recorded and played in Memphis during the 1920s and 30s.  Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers were a popular Beale Street act into the 1930s. Three decades later, following the folk revival of jug band music in the early 1960s, Will Shade and Gus Cannon recorded an album for Memphis' Stax label.

Here's what the critics are saying:

"Delightful... it is the first word that came to mind when considering Chasin' Gus' Ghost... the end product happens to be the most enjoyable film anyone will see this year."  
DocumentaryFilms.net - Bryan Newbury

"An absorbing movie capable of inspiring a whole new generation of ghost-chasers."
AllAboutJazz.com - Sam Chell

What: "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" screening at Memphis International Film Festival
Where: Malco Theatre - Studio on the Square
When: Saturday, March 29th 12:30PM
Tickets: $8.50 at door, available online

First-Ever All-Women's Snow Team Film, “Labor of Love”

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Roxy, the only brand with an all-women's unified snow team of freeskiers and snowboarders, is pleased to announce the first-ever all-women's ski and snowboard team film, "Labor of Love."  The feature action sports film will be released this November.

"We're so proud to sponsor the first unified snow team, and a movie featuring the girls is such a great way to show our support," said Randy Hild, Executive Vice President at Roxy Global Marketing.  "Our athletes are among the best in the world and their creativity and skill couldn't be showcased in a better way."

Over the past year, Roxy's snow athletes have toured the world together, dropping pillows in Japan, snowmobiling into the midnight sun of Sweden and riding their way through the southern hemisphere, in addition to Switzerland, Norway, Canada and the States.  From language barriers and red-eye flights, to sledding through remote, snow-locked locations, the project has been a true "Labor of Love."

The film's stars include 2007 X Games gold medalist freeskier Sarah Burke, 2007 Women's TTR World Champion and X Games gold medalist snowboarder Torah Bright, 2006 Olympic bronze medalist snowboarder Kjersti Buaas and freeskiers Jess Cumming, Mille Windfeldt, Vanessa Coletta, along with snowboarders Tania Detomas, Erin Comstock, Amber Stackhouse and Alexis Waite.

The film was produced and co-directed by Roxy team-rider Amber Stackhouse of Misschief Films ("As If" and "Ro Sham Bo") along with co-director and cinematographer Per-Hampus Stalhandske.

"After eight months spent following the snow around the world, with the whole team working hard together, we have a movie that I am incredibly excited about and proud of," said Amber Stackhouse.  "Pulling this together with one filmer and one team had me worried at the start, but I knew only Roxy could pull this off and have fun doing it!"

A select number of limited edition copies of "Labor of Love" will be available at Roxy stores, and will include a 24-page book of photos and first-hand stories from the year. "Labor of Love" will also be shown on the big screen with special premieres in North America, Australia and Europe.

The film will be available at Roxy.com and through VAS Entertainment. For more information, go to Roxy.com, and see the teaser for the film at roxy.com/laboroflove.

About Roxy

Roxy is a brand of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK), the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company's apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage, while its wintersports and golf brands symbolize a long standing commitment to technical expertise and competitive success on the mountains and on the links.

The reputation of the Company's brands is based on different outdoor sports. The Company's Quiksilver, Roxy, DC and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, and its beach and water oriented swimwear brands include Raisins, Radio Fiji and Leilani. The Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, Look and Kerma brands are leaders in the alpine ski market, and the Company makes snowboarding equipment under its Rossignol, Dynastar, DC Shoes, Roxy, Lib Technologies, Gnu and Bent Metal labels. The Company's golf business includes Cleveland Golf, as well as Never Compromise putters and Fidra apparel. Gotcha is the Company's surf-based European brand addressing street fashion.

The Company's products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops, snowboard shops, proprietary Boardriders Club shops, other specialty stores and select department stores.  Quiksilver's corporate and Americas' headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz and St. Jean de Moirans, France, and its Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.