Lots of cool film-related stuff happens in Boston, Massachusetts and not that many people are here to document it, preserve it and spread the word about it. Special screenings, Q&As, panel discussions — we have them all, and frequently too. /Film Boston aims to be a bi-weekly column that will bring you audio and video content from film-related events around the Boston area. If you don’t live in Boston, I hope that this column will give you a window into some of the cool stuff that happens here regularly. If you do live here, hopefully you’ll come here to get the heads-up on what’s been going on, and what is to come.
After the break, an interview with Michael Madsen about poetry, David Carradine, Jack Kerouac, and that ear scene from Reservoir Dogs. You can find all past versions of /Film Boston by going to http://www.slashfilm.com/boston
Most of us probably know actor Michael Madsen from his work in films such as Species, Donnie Brasco, Sin City, Free Willy, and Reservoir Dogs. But Madsen also has a passion for poetry, and has already published several poetry books.
On Friday, April 2nd, at Triden Booksellers in Boston, MA, Madsen came into town to take photos with fans and sign copies of his new book of poetry, American Badass, which is on sale now. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Madsen to chat with him about his career and his previous roles. In particular, Madsen offered some interesting insights about his work with director Quentin Tarantino.
Here’s some other cool stuff that’s happening in Boston in the near future (some info via the Boston Screening Community). Information is subject to change, so always check with the source before trekking out to the screening:
Monday, 4/12, 8 pm – Director Paul Verhoeven has written a new book about Jesus, and will be in town to present it. But more importantly, the Brattle Theater is hosting a screening of Robocop, with Verhoeven giving the introduction! I imagine this will be amazing.
Wednesday, 4/14, 6:30 pm – Director Rick Beyer’s will be screening a rough cut of his documentary, The Ghost Army in West Newton. The story behind this secret army is fascinating. This screening courtesy of the Center for independent Filmmaking, who will be workshopping the film afterwards.
Friday, 4/16, 7:00 pm – The Harvard Film Archive has a whole screening series on Josef von Sternberg entitled “Sternberg Before Dietrich,” and focusing on the films he made before his collaborations with Marlene Dietrich. On Friday, film scholar Janet Bergstrom is presenting a screening of The Salvation Hunters with live piano accompaniment!
Friday, 4/16 and Saturday, 4/17, 11:59 pm – Tommy Wiseau will be at the Coolidge Corner to introduce midnight screenings of THE ROOM!
Wednesday, 4/21 – The Independent Film Festival of Boston begins! Their schedule is already out, and as usual, it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun this year. I’ll try to cover some of the films and directors that will be here this year, so depending on how things go, /Film Boston may go on hiatus next time around, due to this coverage.
For now, /Film Boston is an experiment, a movie travelogue of sorts. I know the camera audio/video quality can be better, but I hope you find it viewable/listenable, as well as entertaining and interesting.
Hosting an event in Boston that you want me to cover? E-mail me at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com. Readers should also feel free to e-mail me if you have any other feedback, or any ideas of what you’d like to see here. What do you like about the column? What don’t you like? etc.
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