[Filmfestivalresearch] WG: Todd Haynes in Prag + online

Skadi Loist skadi at filmfestivalresearch.org
Fri Nov 4 15:12:32 CET 2011

Dear Festival-Researchers:

Maybe some of you are interested in the work done by the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic.  They will be hosting a master class with Todd Haynes which will be streamed online.


Skadi Loist
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skadi at filmfestivalresearch.org

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Aleš Rumpel * Mezipatra [mailto:ales.rumpel at mezipatra.cz] 
Gesendet: Freitag, 4. November 2011 14:56
An: network at queerfilmfestivals.org
Cc: Anna Voňavková
Betreff: Todd Haynes in Prg + online

Hi guys,
would be great if you could share this, Tom Kalin and Todd Hayes are coming to Prague and Todd is giving a msterclass which will be streamed live onlie so anyone from anywhere can see it.


For immediate release
New Queer Cinema classics visit Prague’s Mezipatra Queer Film Festival.

The renowned American filmmakers Todd Haynes and Tom Kalin present their work at the 12h edition of the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. Tom Kalin presides over the International jury of the festival, which is one of the largest queer film festivals in Europe, and Todd Haynes will give a public masterclass.

The festival opens with Todd Haynes ‘ cult classic Velvet Goldmine, and the following films will be presented by him in person: Poison, Safe and Far from Heaven. Haynes’s Poison (1991) and Kalin’s Swoon
(1992) were one of the groundbreaking films of the genre dubbed by critics “New Queer Cinema.” Todd Haynes is one of the most interesting contemporary American directors. A semiotics graduate, screenwriter, and director, he is very innovative in his handling of film narrative.
He reconstructs pop idols in a postmodern way and draws inspiration from feminist heroines, all in a visually beautiful, and yet experimental form, not to mention cast with famous actors.

Tom Kalin’s award winning, critically acclaimed work has been screened throughout the world. His films and videos are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou and MoMA. As a producer his films include I Shot Andy Warhol and Go Fish.
He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. Tom Kalin will present both Swoon, which was named one of the top 100 American Independent films by the British Film Institute and Savage Grace as well as a collection of videos called The Third Known Nest.

Todd Haynes will aslo give a masterclass. The masterclass is hosted by FAMU / MIDPOINT and moderated by Variety ’s film critic Boyd Van Hoeij. The entire presentation, which takes place on 12 November from 2:30 PM, will be streamed live at www.mezipatra.cz.

Mezipatra is a Czech specialized film festival screening films with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes. The name Mezipatra in Czech means "mezzanine", i.e. the space between individual floors: a symbolic space for meeting of all kinds of people, regardless of their particularities. The festival is hld annualy since 2000 and has attracted over 85000 visitors. The 12th edition takes place from 2-8 November in Brno, 10-16 November in Prague and a selection of the program tours three other cities in the Czech Reublic. The festival screes 83 films in three competitive categories and Press contact:
Anna Voňavková
PR & media
tel: +420 777 576 171
anna.vonavkova at mezipatra.cz

What is Mezipatra? Around a hundred top-ranking films on lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer themes+ an international competition+ exhibitions, lectures, workshops, discussions and parties+ 85 000 viewers, both gay and straight, in ten different cities in the Czech Republic Who are we? Mezipatra is produced by STUD Brno, a nonprofit organisation that has been actively involved in LGBT issues for seventeen years.
Where? The main festival takes place in Brno and Prague, with related events in Ostrava, Olomouc, Pilsen, Pardubice and České Budějovice and elsewhere.
When? Every November. In 2011 the festival runs from 2-8 November in rno, and from 10-16 November in Prague.

“The best queer film festival ever”. John Cameron Mitchell, director (Shortbus) “Mezipatra Film festival has become the respected registered partner of other film festivals taking place in Czech Republic.” Václav Havel “This is a well-run and well-conceived festival. The events were very well attended, the program was thoughtful and varied and the organization was personal and efficient.” Jack Judith Halberstam, University of Southern California “What it lacks in size Mezipatra makes up for in spunk. A recent awards ceremony traded dull pomp for porno as two couples—one straight, one gay—had sex on a dimly lit couch throughout the whole affair. That liberated attitude, plus a rich variety of associated seminars (most in English), draw a mixed queer/straight crowd. Who It’s For: Voyeurs, label dodgers.” Out Magazine

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