AFI Film Festival Highlight: “La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet”

LadanseFamed documentarian, Fredrick Weisman returned to Paris to shoot the documentary feature, “La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet”. “La Danse” is one of the documentaries highlighting the 2009 AFI Film Festival.

In the film, Weisman allows us to voyeur into the world of the ballet behind the scenes. We see rehearsals in the studios and on stage, the costume making department, and the administrative offices of the artistic director. He allows the audience us to sit in on meetings with the artistic director as she meets with budgeting committee, her choreographers and her teachers. We get an even more personal view as the artistic director has a heart-to-heart or one-on-one with one of her dancers, who at over 25,  is fearful of not being able to perform the demanded jumps and plies that a performance often requires. The director assures the dancer that she would not have to participate in every dance and that reassurance seems to be just what is needed.  The realities of putting on a costly production are looked at as well, as life as a dancer is shown as well. There is a company meeting where retirement packages for a dancer in the Paris Opera Ballet is discussed and reminded that a dancer’s life ends at 40.

Lovers of all dance genres will love this look at dancing. Shot in France with English subtitles, there are beautiful aerial looks at Paris. Final performances at the end, bring the film full circle.

Running Time: 2hr 38 min Production Company: Zipporah Films, Inc./Ideale Audience
Producer: Frederick Wiseman, Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Cinematographer: John Davey
Editor: Frederick Wiseman
Sound: Frederick Wiseman

In theaters, Wednesday, November 4th

Check out the trailer for the film below:

Director Mira Nair discusses her latest film ‘Amelia’ starring Hilary Swank

CBS News talked with director Mira Nair about her latest film, “Amelia”. “Amelia” stars two time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as legendary pilot Amelia Earhart. The film opens in theaters on October 23rd.

Love Happens starring Jennifer Aniston in Theaters on Friday

Jennifer Aniston has a new movie out in theaters this weekend. She a florist who falls into a relationship with a prominent self-help author on the brink of national stardom and world wide success. Aaron Eckhart is her co-star. For a review of the film, visit: Love Review.

Love Happens
Stars:Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Dan Fogler, John Carroll Lynch, Martin Sheen, Judy Greer
Director: Brandon Camp
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Rating: PG-13 for some language including sexual references.
Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Opens Friday nationwide

Here’s a look at the trailer for the film:

New Movies: Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”

Here is a look at Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” opening this weekend. The film stars Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, CSI Miami’s Adam Rodriguez, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige and Tyler Perry as Madea.

The West Coast premiere screening of Jackson 5 In Africa Saturday August 22 in Los Angeles

AfricaThe Downtown LA Film Festival will show “The Jackson 5 in Africa” for its closing-night gala. Director Mamadou Johnny Sekka documents the Motown sensations on their 1974 trip to Senegal, with father Joe as escort for their first African tour.   The unfinished film was cut short after investors ran out of funding. It sat around for decades until it was found and released by the Harlem-based nonprofit ImageNation Cinema Foundation.  To read more about the film, click: Jackson 5 in Africa.

Check out a trailer of the film below:

“BANDSLAM” opens with “Twilight: New Moon Trailer” as the opening act

Summit Entertainment is releasing their movie “BANDSLAM” on Friday, August 14.  Box office numbers are expected to be impressive as the majority of the movie goers are speculated to be lining up to see the New Moon trailer, the actual “BANDSLAM” movie, not so much. The film stars Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” fame and Lisa Kudrow.

Here’s the trailer for “BANDSLAM”:

New Movies: Gotta Dance Documentary

In the interest of highligting smaller movies that might get lost in the box offce marketing wars, here is the trailer for the new documentary, “Gotta Dance”.  The movie features the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and the first ever senior citizen dance group. The film opens in theaters across the country on August 21.