Award recipients include Buddy Squires and Brock Yates
Rochester, N.Y., March 30, 2011—The 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival takes to Rochester screens April 27-May 2, with 104 films from 21 countries, plus celebratory parties, panel discussions, artist conversations, and award ceremonies. Those being honored this year include Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning cinematographer Buddy Squires and celebrated Rochester-based screenwriter Brock Yates. The festival is celebrating its 10th year in 2011.
“This festival is an opportunity to showcase international films and to share the beauty of the region with our visiting filmmakers,” said John Richardson, executive director of 360 | 365. “Here you experience the excitement and films you see at Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca, with a front-row seat to future Oscar-®winning films.”
The 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival is the only contemporary film festival in the world aligned with a major motion picture archive. It is also Rochester’s largest film festival. Highlights of selected films include Bill Cunningham New York, about the famed New York Times fashion photographer; The First Grader, the inspiring story of an 84-year-old man experiencing free education in Kenya for the first time; Harmony: The Road to Carnegie Hall, a documentary capturing the historic YouTube Symphony Orchestra Concert, featuring a student from Eastman School of Music; Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry slam; the modern Western Meek’s Cutoff; Not My Life, a documentary about human trafficking by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robert Bilheimer and Oscar®-nominated cinematographer, and Rochester’s own, Richard Young — a tribute to Richard will be shown before the screening; Poetry, from South Korea, which has won honors at film festivals internationally; Another Earth, recent winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize; Tracker, the story of a hunter and his prey played out against the backdrop of the New Zealand wildnerness; The Lie, a dark comedy starring Joshua Leonard; and Wrecked, a mystery starring Adriene Brody as the sole survivor of a car crash.
The film lineup features three screenings from the Eastman House archives, including a recent restoration, Jazzmania (1923), accompanied by live jazz band The Djangoners, a rare nitrate screening of Gone to Earth (1950), and A Matter of Life & Death (aka Stairway to Heaven, 1946), which was photographed by Jack Cardiff, and will follow a screening of a new documentary titled Cameraman about the famed cinematographer.
“We screen premieres as well as restored films daily in our Dryden Theatre, and the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival provides an additional platform to present archival films and our work as a world leader in film preservation,” said Dr. Anthony Bannon, the Ron and Donna Fielding Director of George Eastman House. “This festival is a rich blend of our film history with the newest film releases, selected by the exceptional programming team comprised of an award-winning filmmaker, a nationally celebrated film critic, and Eastman’s House’s experienced film programmer.
Buddy Squires: Golden Lens Award for Cinematography, presented by Kodak
and 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival
6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Buddy Squires, whom many call “the visual poet,” is best known for photographing the films of Ken Burns and is a founding member of Florentine Films. He has earned several Oscar® nominations and Emmy® awards for cinematography, as well as for producing and directing, plus several additional leading cinematography honors. A program featuring Squires’ work will be screened followed the award presentation. The festival’s film roster includes a screening of Strangers No More (2010), the current Oscar® winner for Best Short Documentary, for which Squires served as cinematographer.
“Buddy Squires is a master of the cinematic art,” said Lauren Lung, vice president and general manager of Kodak's motion picture business in North and South America. “His works reveals us to ourselves. Whether it’s an interview with Buck O'Neil or a steamboat on the Mississippi River emerging from the mist at dusk, it’s clear that behind the camera is the eye — and soul — of a true artist. We at Kodak are constantly amazed by what filmmakers do with our tools, but never more so than by Buddy’s iconic and timeless imagery.”
Squires’ films with Ken Burns are preserved at George Eastman House, which houses the Florentine Films Archive.
Brock Yates: Rochester Film Legacy Award
This is a new award established by the festival, to honor a filmmaker or film supporter based in the Rochester area whose passion and dedication embodies Rochester’s proud film legacy. Screenwriter Brock Yates, who resides in Wyoming in Wyoming County, has been chosen as the inaugural recipient. His film scripts include Smokey and the Bandit II and The Cannonball Run. This award will be given during a sponsor’s reception in advance of the festival (Attn. Media: Press coverage is welcome; this private event is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20– award presented at 6:30 p.m.)
The Susan B. Anthony “Failure Is Impossible” Award
Recipient to be announced soon.
The Programming Team
The artistic vision for the festival is steered by a three-member team: award-winning independent filmmaker Linda Moroney, who is managing director of 360 | 365; Jack Garner, the retired chief film critic for Gannett News Service; and Lori Donnelly, George Eastman House’s film programmer, who is charged with programming more than 300 films annually for the museum. The programming team is assisted by a committee of local film experts and fans.
Most screenings will take place at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., and the Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. Two additional venues have been added for 2011. Three screenings will be featured in the 1,000-seat Nazareth College Arts Center, 4225 East Ave., Pittsford, and an outdoor screening on the lawn at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. The free outdoor screening at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28 (to be held indoors at the MAG in event of rain) is the Julie Taymor film Across the Universe (PG-13, 2007), which features the music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War as the backdrop to a visually charged romance between an upper-class American girl and an artist from Liverpool, England.
The parties during the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival have experienced a reputation for excitement and intrigue. The roster this year includes an opening night/10th anniversary party at George Eastman House at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 27; a post-screenings gathering at 2Vine Restaurant, 2 Vine St., at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28; and the “Studio Party” at Young Lion Film Studio, 777 Elmgrove Road, which is the largest movie soundstage between New York City and Toronto.
Panels and Artist Conversations
Four panels will take place beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Curtis Theatre at George Eastman House. The topics are Media Literary and Youth Filmmaking, Filmmakers Panel: New York Loves Film, and Screenwriters Panel, plus a “Screenplay Live!” performance. In addition, “Coffee With” talks will take place at The Strathallan Hotel with various artists and filmmakers.
Guest Artists and Filmmakers
Following most festival screening, filmmakers and artists associated with the film will engage in a Q&A with the audience. One guest artist will be animator John Canemaker, who will present the program “The Animated World of John Canemaker,” at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Canemaker earned an Oscar® in 2006 and Emmy® Award in 2007 for his animated short The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation. He has created animated sequences for The World According to Garp as well as award-winning documentaries. He is also a scholar of animation history and has authored several books and articles and created films about legendary animators and animated characters Winsor McCay, Otto Messmer, and Felix the Cat.
In celebration of film in Rochester, fellow festivals will be represented during the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival. The JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival will host a screening of the film Precious Life at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, May 1, and ImageOut will host a screening of Three (Drei) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Additional collaborators are the Rochester Teen Festival, with screenings at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and the RIT School of Film and Animation, presenting an Emerging Filmmakers Program at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. In addition, festival week will kick off with an internationally renowned filmmaking seminar April 25-27 focused on cinematography. “Masters POV” presented by the Film Training Company features four award-winning cinematographers and masters classes.
Tickets and Printed Program
Tickets for the 2011 festival go on sale Wednesday, March 30. Tickets and passes can be purchased at www.film360365.com/festival/tickets-and-passes. Tickets also can be purchased in person at The Little Theatre (lobby of Theaters (2-5) Wednesday, April 20 through Sunday, May 1, as well as at each venue before each event if tickets remain.
The festival’s official program book will be available to the public beginning Wednesday, April 13, included in that week’s issue of City Newspaper and at various sites throughout the community, as well as posted online.
The major sponsors of the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival are Monroe County, Assemblyman Joe Morelle, City of Rochester, VisitRochester, Partners + Napier, Dixon Schwabl, Harris Beach Law Firm, Eastman Kodak Company, and Philipson Group.
About the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival
The 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival is a six-day celebration of film and film history, including local premieres of more than 100 new features documentaries, short films, and experimental works. This international festival – the only contemporary film festival aligned with a major film archive — presents lively panel discussion and awards to legendary filmmakers and artists. Experience the films and excitement you see at Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca. For more information visit www.film360365.com. Live.Breathe.Film.
About George Eastman House
Located on the estate of Kodak founder George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film, George Eastman House is one of the most important motion picture archives in the world and the third largest in the United States. Founded in 1947, the archive houses 30,000 film titles and 4 million pieces of film-related publicity stills, posters, scores, scripts, and pre-cinema artifacts. Eastman House also holds the world’s largest collection of camera technology with 20,000 artifacts. The Eastman House’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation is regarded as the premier venue of professional training in film preservation, restoration, and archiving. Annually George Eastman House restores more than 500 reels of film. The Eastman House is also the archive in which many filmmakers have chosen to preserve their films, including Cecil B. DeMille, Spike Lee, Ken Burns, and Kathryn Bigelow, as well as Martin Scorsese, who archives his personal collection of several thousand titles at Eastman House.