If you've exhausted the selection of Hollywood movies at your local video store, it's time to widen your horizons. From New York to Hawaii, opportunities abound to explore edgy hipster flicks or celebrate film noir classics. Shh -- pass the popcorn.
Sundance . . . Tribeca . . . Staten Island. Yes, New York's least populated borough has its own event, which was created to show off "the broad diversity and interests of the people of Staten Island." Flicks on the roster include "Single Island," about an artist who leaves Staten Island to find love in Europe. The film is 22 minutes and 27 seconds, which the filmmaker says is the length of a Staten Island Ferry ride. Tickets are $6; packages range from $10-$150.
You won't be seeing new films , but that's the point. The celebration of dark, brooding cinema features classics that premiered on the big screen in the 1940s. The lineup includes "The Amazing Mr. X " (1948), about a woman who hears the voice of her dead husband. Jay Fenton , the film's restorer, will attend the screening. Another festival guest will be Rhonda Fleming, 83, once known as the "queen of Technicolor " for her red hair and green eyes. Tickets are $11.50 and $13.50; an all-access pass is $110.
The lineup for Brooklyn's 10th anniversary festival won't be confirmed until next week , but this year's theme is "Identity," which means filmmakers were chosen based on their ability to be "transparent in an opaque system." Welcome to hipster central, folks. Last year, BiFF received 2,036 submissions from 88 countries and selected 140 premieres to be part of the competitive program. Tickets are $10; festival passes are $100; students get 20 percent off. Hotel Chandler in Manhattan offers special rates to festival-goers.
"When filmmakers choose to tell compassionate life-affirming stories they can turn darkness into light." That is part of the mission of the Maui festival in Wailea , one of the few that boasts outdoor screenings and beachfront cinema. Besides optimistic films ( the schedule has not been announced yet), the festival includes an opening-night dance and a Friday soiree called "Taste of Chocolate," which last year featured "salted caramel ice cream pops" and "chocolate pot de crème with liliko'i [passion fruit] syrup." Passes run $40 to $3,000.
Named for its location in the center of the country, the festival's 7th annual program of artsy flicks this year includes the four-minute animated short "Block Party," where blocks come to life in a child's bedroom, and the 93-minute "Shut Up and Ride," which follows black bull riders in Oklahoma City. Individual passes are $8. You can call for information about hotel deals for festivalgoers. Packages are $50 and $100.
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