The films below were screened during the 2006 film festival.
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Gabriel Axel, Director
foodie's feast that offers as much food for thought as it does
delectable cuisine. Set in an austere and isolated village in 19th
century Denmark , we meet two adult sisters who live with their father,
the honored pastor of a small Protestant church. After some years,
after their father dies, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at
their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to work for
them as maid/housekeeper/cook. The sisters decide to hold a dinner to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette experiences
unexpected good fortune and is allowed to take charge of the
preparation of the meal. It's the feast of a lifetime for the members
of the tiny church. But it's not just about the food, of course.
102 minutes. Danish, Swedish, French w/ English subtitles
Whole Foods Market
Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, Directors
a treasure trove of archival footage, filmmakers Geller and Goldfine
have fashioned a dazzlingly entrancing ode to the revolutionary 20 th
century dance troupe known as the Ballets Russes. What began as a group
of Russian refugees who never danced in Russia became not one but two
rival dance troupes who fought the infamous "ballet battles" that
consumed London society before World War II.
with consummate invention and infused with juicy anecdotal present-day
interviews from many of the company's glamorous stars, the film treats
modern audiences to a rare glimpse of the singularly remarkable merger
of Russian, American, European and Latin American dancers,
choreographers, composers and designers that transformed the face of
ballet for generations to come.
Classic Residence by Hyatt
Beauty Academy of Kabul
Liz Mermin, Director/Producer
What happens when a group of hairdressers from America travel to Kabul
with the intention of telling Afghan women how to do hair and makeup?
This engaging, optimistic documentary tracks a unique development
project: a shiny new beauty school, funded in part by beauty-industry
mainstays. The American teachers, all volunteers, include three
Afghan-Americans returning home for the first time in more than 20
years. The film offers a rare glimpse into Afghan women's lives
(including matter-of-fact stories of pre-2001 life under the Taliban)
and documents the poignant and often humorous process through which
women with very different experiences of life come to learn about one
Been Rich All My Life
Heather Lyn MacDonald, Director
This is the story of the Silver Belles, a group of classy, sassy
hoofers who met in the 1930s as chorus dancers at the famed Apollo and
Cotton Clubs. When the dancers met up again in 1985, they discovered
that they'd lost none of their moves — and their performances have been
packing in crowds at concert halls in New York . Jazz, a taste of
history and unforgettable characters are only a few reasons to see this
film. We're thrilled to welcome director Heather Lyn MacDonald and some
of the Silver Belles to the Friday night screening.
Bergen/Passaic Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
The Clay Bird
Tareque Masud, Director
against the backdrop of the turbulent period in the late 1960s leading
up to Bangladesh 's independence from Pakistan , the film tells the
story of a family torn apart by religion and war. Anu, a shy young boy
from rural East Pakistan ( Bangladesh , as it is now known) is sent
away by his father Kazi, an orthodox Muslim, to a Madrasah - or
Islamic- school. Far from his family and the warmth of his region's
Hindu festivities, Anu struggles to adapt to the school's harsh
monastic life. Touching on themes of religious tolerance, cultural
diversity, and the complexity of Islam, the film has universal
relevance in a crisis-ridden world.
In Bengali, w/ English subtitles Hosted by Amy Heller and Dennis Doros
of Milestone Films, Harrington Park , NJ , distributor of the film.
The Dying Light
A film by: Anthony Christiana & Joseph Christiana
film - a world premiere at the festival — revolves around a father and
two sons whose long-buried demons surface during a stay in a deserted
New Jersey beach town in the off-season. When a man who has "come home
to die" appears on their doorstep, the tension between the men reaches
a boiling point and without fully realizing it, they find themselves
standing on the threshold of life and death, struggling to find their
relation to it. A 9-minute short comedy, "Soaked," by New Jersey
filmmaker Stephanie Daniels, will precede this film.
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt
David G. Berger and Holly Maxson, Producers.
David G. Berger and Kate Hirson, co-directors
film vividly documents the nine-decade journey of the African- American
jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton. Hinton chronicles his life —
on camera and behind the camera — from his youth in the segregated Deep
South to his position as one of the most respected elder statesman of
jazz. It is a perceptive visual and oral history of the music business,
race relations, opportunity and achievement in 20th Century America.
The film captures Milt Hinton's extraordinary spirit and his solemn
commitment to pass on what he learned and experienced to future
The Lady From Sockholm
Lynn Lamousin, Director
Here's the premise: Can a clean sock find justice in a dirty town? A
sock puppet detective unravels a case involving the disappearance of
high-end hosiery. The Video Association of Dallas said, "This clever
film noir is as inspired by vintage children's cartoons as by Orson
Welles ." Featuring an all-sock puppet cast, it has all the requisite
characters of a good Raymond Chandler novel — a private eye, a
double-dishing dame, hostile witnesses and plenty of dramatic tension —
along with nonstop hosiery puns. This film will be shown in a program
with a short, "Binta Y La Gran Idea," directed by Javier Fesser of
Spain. Binta is a 7 year old girl who lives in a small village on the
Casamance river in southern Senegal. Winning characters and terrific
music are the foundation for this charming film.
The Man from Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer
Yale Strom, Director
film features an abundance of klezmer music, which as the film details,
can break your heart or make your spirit soar. It explores the
symbiotic relationship between the Rom and Jews who lived together in
the Carpathian region before and after World War II and how the Rom,
saved Jewish folk music until it could be returned to the Jews,
allowing the rebirth of Jewish music in Hungary . Yale Strom, director,
composer, musician and writer, has become the world's leading
ethnographer/artist of klezmer. This film will be shown in a program
with Matisyahu, a short documentary featuring the music of Matisyahu, a
Hasidic Reggae/Beat Box/Rapper whose performances meld Jewish tradition
with modern sounds, creating a new form of spiritual expression. The
film was directed by David E. Baugnon.
Temple Emeth (Man From Munkacz) and Frameworks (Matisyahu).
Pete Chatmon, Writer/Director/Producer
romantic comedy/drama by Essex County filmmaker Pete Chatmon. This film, the perfect date movie, follows the personal and career travails of
Reginald "Cool" Coolidge (played by Dorian Missick, now starring in
ABC's Six Degrees
). The film features an outstanding ensemble cast,
including Zoe Saldana, Tonya Pinkins, Frankie Faison and Will Harper.
Pete Chatmon founded his production company, Double 7 Film, in 2000 to
produce short and feature films, commercials, and music videos, will
attend the screening and participate in a Q&A with the audience.
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Rebel Without a Pause
Nancy Savoca, Director
This is a filmed performance of the stage act, Reno: Rebel Without a
Pause, which opened in New York City in October 2001. The show features
Tribeca resident and comedian/actress/writer Reno 's perspective of
dealing with September 11th in public. Her rapid-fire witness to the
events of September 11th and how they affected her personally and in
the context of the world at-large became an emotional and cathartic
work that drew beleaguered crowds (including local policemen and
firefighters) searching for a way to process the complexity of the pain
and find a way back to laughter. The Teaneck International Film
Festival is proud to host Reno in person for a post-film discussion as
well as a dinner reception after that (by reservation only).
Shakespeare Behind Bars
Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller, Director and Producer
This powerful and moving documentary follows the casting, rehearsal,
and presentation of Shakespeare's play, The Tempest , by convicted
felons inside Kentucky 's Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Winner
of eight film festival awards, the film smashes many of our long held
notions about prisoners and criminals as we watch these remarkably
unique actors prepare. Ultimately, we get to see the human psyche
unfold in all of its complexities, as these men, ostracized from
society, reveal their kindness, generosity and faith. In the process,
we accompany them as they discover the power of truth, forgiveness and
The film will be hosted by Alice Twombly, Teaneck High School English teacher.
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Charles Reisner, Director
A silent 1928 classic that features one of the most famous scenes of
the era (a house falling around an unscathed Buster Keaton), this film
will be shown with live organ accompaniment. The plot: a young man
(Buster Keaton) gets caught in the midst of a feud between his father,
Steamboat Bill Sr. and rival riverboat proprietor J.J. King, and falls
for King's daughter. The kids attempt to defuse the rivalry, but when
Bill Sr. ends up in the clink for decking J.J., the lovebirds have
their work cut out. No rating, but this comedy is suitable for children.
This film is being screened courtesy of Cedar Lane Cinemas owner Nelson Page.
Bob McGrath, of "Sesame Street" fame, will host the film.
The Turandot Project
Allan Miller, Director
You don't have to be an opera lover to adore this film, a fascinating
chronicle of an unprecedented cross-cultural collaboration. In 1997,
conductor Zubin Mehta and celebrated Chinese film director Zhang Yimou
joined forces on a production of Puccini's opera Turandot in the
Forbidden City of Beijing. The production was an undertaking on an epic
scale - and not without its struggles and challenges - with enormous
sets, breathtaking hand-sewn Ming Dynasty costumes and hundreds of
soldiers posing as extras. This is a gorgeous, lush film that will
transport you musically and geographically.
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