Beats, Rhymes & Life: A Tribe Called Quest

Basic summary of CMJ Film Festival 2011 Day Three: More, more, more. We’ve got our final showing of shorts, a comedy about gentrification starring Richard Chamberlain, Michael Rapaport’s A Tribe Called Quest doc and the always precious Abigail Breslin in the heart-warming Janie Jones. So, what’s on the screen today?


Clearview Chelsea Cinema
Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Walk-Up Tickets Available
CMJ Premiere: The Rooster
Director: Eli Gonda, USA, 20 min
The end of a relationship sucks. Inevitably, one person is left feeling bereft, suddenly transformed into a mopey, fun-sucking blob. They’ve lost their “better half.” They’ve lost their confidence; they’ve lost hope. And they’ve lost…their rooster. From the producer of American Teen and the writer of Recount comes a story about what we actually lose when a relationship ends, and how far one man will go to get his cock, err, rooster back.
Q&A with Jonathon Rubenstein, Mike Lavoie and Gina Duncan following screening.

CMJ Premiere: License To Reproduce
Director: Alano Massi, USA, 22 min
Present day. For the past several years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been working a newly established division in an effort to improve the quality of the United States: the Department of Reproduction. Federal Agents assigned to this department actively pursue individuals who have or intend to conceive a child without possessing a License To Reproduce. We follow two such agents as they take us through their day, unveiling social issues they face on the job, with each other and themselves. Cast: Edward Furlong, Bokeem Woodbine, Kym Jackson and Rene Moran.

New York Premiere: Good News, Oklahoma!

Director: Doug Hannah, USA, 18 min

A satire about a well-intentioned liberal who gets fed up with salacious local media and creates her own show. Dedicated to good news, she inadvertently paves a path of destruction that undermines everything she stands for.

Q&A with Doug Hannah and Channing Powell following screening.

New York Premiere: A Reuben By Any Other Name
Director: Jeremy Dylan Lanni, USA, 4 min
A Reuben By Any Other Name takes a hilarious look at the differences between the New York and L.A. versions of the reuben sandwich. Great performances are provided by an ensemble cast of familiar faces from film and television: Jasmine Anthony (Stephen King’s 1408, Commander In Chief), Anita Barone (The War At Home, Daddio), Paul Ben-Victor (In Plain Sight, Entourage), Larry Cedar (The Crazies, Deadwood), Pamela Cedar, Alanna Ubach (Hung, Legally Blonde) and Matt Winston (John From Cincinnati, Little Miss Sunshine).
Q&A with Robert Novak following screening.

World Premiere: Nevo
Director: William Djuric, USA, 26 min
By day, Chris works the busy kitchen of a trendy New York City restaurant. While the city sleeps, Chris assumes his alternate identity: Nevo, one of New York’s most prolific graffiti artists. On what was supposed to be the start of a relaxing weekend from the stress of work, Chris’s world is turned upside down when he discovers all his graffiti defiled by a new and mysterious rival.
Q&A with William Djuric and Alexander Levit following screening.

New York Premiere: My First Time
Director: Eytan Rockaway, USA, 16 min
My First Time is a dramatic short about a mysterious girl named Jasmine (Nicole Trunfio) on a first date with Alex (Victoria Haynes). Jasmine has always had the curiosity, but never the courage, to pursue her inner desires. Until now. When she meets Alex, an experienced suitor, Jasmine immediately falls for her charm. But once they are alone together, Jasmine’s instincts come into play, and their life is forever changed.
Q&A with Eytan Rockaway following screening.

US Premiere: Sleep Forever: Portugal. The Man
Director: Michael Ragen, USA, 13 min
This long-form music video combines two tracks from Portugal. The Man’s forthcoming album In The Mountain In The Cloud, while sending frontman John Gourley on a dangerous dog sledding expedition through the wildernessof the band’s native Alaska. Portugal. The Man is also performing at CMJ.
Q&A with members of Portugal. The Man and director Michael Ragen following screening.

CMJ Premiere: Run
Director: TJ Thyne, USA, 1 min
That exhilarating moment of complete and utter freedom where one feels unstoppable, only to be jarringly yanked out of fantasy land and quickly and forced back into the immediacy of reality.

NEW YORK PREMIERE: We Are The Hartmans

Clearview Chelsea Cinema
3:00 p.m.
Walk-Up Tickets Available

Director: Laura Newman, USA, 83 min
We Are The Hartmans is a comedy parable for our gentrified age. Set in a small town plagued by fast food chains and Big-Box-Mart, Hartmans rock club is the only local hangout left. When the owner (Richard Chamberlain) falls ill, his estranged family comes to town to sell the building and collect the money. What they don’t expect is a full-scale neighborhood uprising by the eccentric musicians, drunks and drag queens that frequent the club. Features original music by Black Taxi (also performing at CMJ).
Q&A with Blayne Ross, Laura Newman, Ben Curtis, Jennifer Restivo and Black Taxi following screening. Moderated by Arin Crumley, Four Eyed Monsters, DIY Filmmaker.

CMJ PREMIERE: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

Clearview Chelsea Cinema
7:00 p.m.
Open to CMJ Badge and ShowPass Holders

Director: Michael Rapaport, USA, 98 min
An insightful music doc about one of the most innovative and influential hip-hop bands of all time. The film takes viewers behind-the-scenes, chronicling the group’s rise to fame while revealing the story behind the tension, which would erupt in the years to come.
Q&A with director Michael Rapaport following screening.


Clearview Chelsea Cinema
9:30 p.m.
Walk-Up Tickets Available

Director: David M. Rosenthal, USA, 107 min
Ethan (Alessandro Nivola), a musician content with his rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, has his life turned upside down with the arrival of a 13-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Left to raise Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin), Ethan and Janie embark on a road trip of music and father-daughter bonding.
Q&A with Director David M. Rosenthal following screening.