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Cinematic CD Giveaway!

Cinephiles are also often movie buffs, which means a good deal of you out there are probably also specifically interested in film scores. Still, a remix album of great orchestral film scores from the 20th century might seem like an odd idea – after all, a lot of this music is considered old-fashioned. But Six Degrees Records co-founder and executive producer Bob Duskis knew better: "A lot of electronica producers are huge fans of these film scores," he says. And for the new collection Cinematic, "I wanted producers who had a cinematic sense to their music anyway, or had done soundtracks themselves. We didn’t want DJs just adding beats to the orchestral tracks."

Mission accomplished. Cinematic is full of creative and often provocative arrangements of music by some of the greatest film composers ever – Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, and Henry Mancini among them. Of course, this music was never satisfied with being accompaniment in the first place; like the best music in any style, these scores suggested their own stories and their own landscapes. No surprise then that they work so well apart from their films. What is surprising is how adaptable these classic scores are, at least when the right producers get hold of them.

Now you can win a copy of the Cinematic CD if you're one of the lucky winners of GreenCine's latest contest. Send us an email to contest@greencine.com, including your name, email address and, if you're a GreenCine member, your username in the email, and "Cinematic" in the subject header (this last step keeps it from getting spam-filtered). Ten winners will be selected at random from all valid entries. The deadline is Thursday, September 13. Winners will be notified by e-mail and announced in future editions of the GreenCine Dispatch newsletter.

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New and Coming Releases: September 4, 2007

A host of fine titles are out this week as we usher in September. Provocative features and hilarious TV shows are the highlights of a good week. Click on for more of this week's releases and some more coming soon!

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Young Americans: Joe Swanberg LOLs

Interview By Andrew Grant

Joe Swanberg follows up his previous efforts, Kissing on the Mouth and LOL, with the clever and endearing Hannah Takes the Stairs; a film about a recent college graduate and aspiring playwright, struggling to find happiness in her life through various relationships. Swanberg's feature is a collaborative work that involved prominent indie filmmakers such as Mark Duplass, Ry Russo-Young, Todd Rohal, Andrew Bujalski and others. The film opened at SXSW and there Andrew Grant had a moment to speak with Swanberg about his films.

LOL is now out on DVD.

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New and Coming Releases: August 28, 2007

Women-centered films, as well as a show about all shapes of Heroes, spastic ice-skaters and spastic air guitar "champs," all highlight this week's new releases. That and the final Prime Suspect series. It's a glorious week! Read on for more of this week's new releases and titls coming soon to DVD.

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"Corruption is akin to war crimes." Jason Kohn on Manda Bala.

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Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year (as well as the Cinematography Award), Manda Bala "has a lot more to do with fiction filmmaking than with journalism or with much that we expect from documentaries," notes David D'Arcy in his introduction to his long and fascinating talk with director Jason Kohn. This stylized approach may have put off a few critics, but not Kohn's mentor, Errol Morris, who has told him, "This is not a movie about Brazil. This is a movie about the United States in five years."

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New and Coming Releases: August 21, 2007 (Updated)

So much good stuff out this week, we'll just get right to it...! More titles added to the Coming Soon list here as they come.  

The Castle

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: In this exploration of our violent society, writer and director Michael Haneke takes a disturbing look at how depictions of violence at once reflect and shape our culture. A well-to-do German family -... more>>>

The Lives of Others

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out "dangerous" characters is thrown into a quandary when he investigates a man who poses no threat in this drama, the first feature from German filmmaker F... more>>>

Dexter: The Complete First Season

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: Dexter is based on the compelling novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay. Orphaned at the age of four and harboring a traumatic secret, Dexter Morgan (Dexter Morgan (Emmy- and Golden Globe- no... more>>>

Fate/Stay Night vol. 5: Medea

Releases: 2007-08-21






Perfect Stranger

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: A hard-nosed star reporter learns who her real friends are -- and gets in way over her head -- investigating a murder in this twisty thriller. Perfect Stranger stars Halle Berry as Rowena, a prominent... more>>>

Six Days in June

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: These "six days in June" have nothing to do with the famous six-day Arab-Israeli conflict in June of 1967, but rather a six-day personal transformation that takes place against a backdrop of student r... more>>>

Kashimashi Girl Meets Girl, Vol. 2

Releases: 2007-08-21


Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: Randolph Scott, whom Cooper borrowed from Paramount, plays Leo Vincey, an explorer searching for the "flame of life," a radioactive element hidden in the Arctic parts of Manchuria which, according to ... more>>>

009-1 vol. 2

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: In a world where the Cold War never ended, East and West continue to battle for technological and political supremacy. Mylene Hoffman, field commander of the elite Double Zero intelligence division, e... more>>>


Ugly Betty: The Complete First Season [Bettyfield Edition]

Releases: 2007-08-21

A New Wave

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: A bank teller and his friends plan a flashy, movie-inspired bank robbery that involves underground gun deals, ski masks, bowling bags, and expensive suits. But when the inside man begins to have secon... more>>>

Le Chevalier d'Eon, Vol. 4: Ancien Regime

Releases: 2007-08-21


The Dark Backward

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: Writer/director Adam Rifkin's The Dark Backward is set in a dark, grimy, garbage-strewn urban netherworld, where a company named "Blump's" apparently owns everything. Marty Malt (Judd Nelson of The Br... more>>>

Peach Girl, Vol. 4

Releases: 2007-08-21


Broken English

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: A single thirtysomething whose friends all seem to be romantically involved, happily married, or with child meets an eccentric Frenchman who shows her just what an amazing place the world can truly be... more>>>

The Milky Way (Criterion Collection)

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: Religious pilgrims Pierre (Paul Frankeur) and Jean (Laurent Terzieff) journey to a shrine in the north of Spain. Their faith is severely tested by some of the irreverent characters they confront in th... more>>>

Solty Rei Vol. 6

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: The new sci-fi thriller from the studio that produced the epic hits: Trinity Blood and Samurai 7 A better world awaits...but by whose design? Roy Revant is living the hard life of a bounty hunter i... more>>>

House of Games (Criterion Collection)

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: In his directorial debut, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet creates a stylish cinematic puzzle of games within games, as con men are joined by a psychologist in creating the perfect caper.... more>>>

Sacco and Vanzetti

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: Filmmaker Peter Miller explores the crimes, trial, and execution of notorious 20th-century anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in a documentary that highlights just how this landmark case ... more>>>

Toho Live Action Films

Releases: 2007-08-21
Synopsis: Four classic movies from Japan's eclectically diverse cinema landscape are assembled into this special 4-DVD pack collection, featuring "Rainbow Kids," the quirky, dark comedy directed by Kihachi Okam... more>>>

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck: Among The Lives of Others

"Every novice filmmaker aspires to have their first feature praised by their peers. If they're extremely fortunate, their earliest work will be embraced by critics and well-attended by audiences. Less often, their first feature will even be lauded with awards in their home country and abroad." remarks Jonathan Marlow of Florian Henckle von Donnersmarck whose remarkable new drama The Lives of Others has won several German Lola's and has been nominated by the Academy. Marlow had a chance to talk with Donnersmarck here in San Francisco.

And now the film, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is out on DVD.

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The Big Bad Swim is a Small Good Movie.

"That a film this good - smart, accessible, enjoyable - was passed over for theatrical release shows a stunning lack of judgment on the part of current distributors," James van Maanen wrote recently at Guru. "The Big Bad Swim has appeared (and won awards in the process) at national festivals from Tribecca to Maui, Seattle to Rhode Island and internationally from Munich to Karlovy Vary, Avignon and Zurich, and managed one-week releases in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Portland, Oregon, with individual screenings in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, where it was lapped up by critics and audiences alike. For the rest of us, thank God for DVD."


James talks with director Ishai Setton and screenwriter Daniel Schechter.

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Screenings in Seattle: GC members get on the guest list

GreenCine is proud to be a sponsor of an excellent film event in Seattle put together by our friends at The Warren Report: The Act Now series of monthly screenings of stellar, progressive documentaries.

Their first screening was this past Tuesday - the stirring eco-doc The 11th Hour, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio - at the Seattle Art Museum, but there will be a bunch more throughout the fall. If you're a GreenCine member and would like to get on the guest list to see these screenings for free, email us at pr@greencine.com to let us know. Then we can tell The Warren Report who is coming and how many.

The screening schedule:

September 7: CLASS ACT (touching doc about art education in schools)
October 26: RUNNING DRY (scary doc about the global water crisis)
November 16: ORANGE REVOLUTION (about a group of ordinary citizens engaged in extraordinary acts of political protest in the Ukraine)
December 14: TBA

Let us know which of these you'd like to attend, your name and GreenCine member name, and an email address, and we'll put you on the list!


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Scott Frank, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Goode Keep their Eyes Peeled

Interview By Jeffrey M. Anderson

As all screenwriters eventually must, the talented Scott Frank makes his directorial debut with the dramatic thriller The Lookout. Aside from his talent, Frank has enjoyed a very lucky career, seeing his screenplays for the most part produced by the right people at the right time, resulting in films like Kenneth Branagh's Dead Again (1991), Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate (1991), Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty (1995), Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998) and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (2002).

The Lookout is now out on DVD.

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