For Immediate Release
September 10, 2013
Tickets go on Sale to the Public on September 16, 2013 at 10 AM!
I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Drew Taylor and I’m a Features Editor at The Playlist on Indiewire and I also am a regular contributor to NextMovie, MTV, the New York Daily News and Moviefone. The Bijou Theatre called me and wanted to know if I wanted to be a part of the inaugural Bijou Film Festival, a weekend-long celebration of the very best independent documentary films. I said yes and wanted to share a taste of what we have planned.
On Thursday, October 3rd, we’re opening the festival with two very different, very wonderful films. At 7 p.m. we’re screening “Cutie and the Boxer,” a documentary ostensibly about Japanese artist Ushio Shinohara, but more importantly it’s a movie about the transformative power of art and, of course, love, with Ushio’s wife Noriko every bit as powerful an artist as him. Few art world documentaries are this accessible or this emotional. It’s a must-watch.
Directly following “Cutie and the Boxer” is “Persistence of Vision,” which will be getting its Connecticut premiere. A documentary about a different kind of artist, animator Richard Williams, whose work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” inspired a whole generation of artists and animators and whose own film, entitled “The Thief and the Cobbler,” remained elusive and forever out-of-reach. Williams was attempting the “2001: A Space Odyssey” of animated films and the documentary, through vintage archival footage and new interviews, chronicles every high and low.
After the opening night, we’re going to feature a great mix of documentaries that chronicle everything from the abortion debate (“After Tiller”) to the hidden messages in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (“Room 237″) to the secret world of backup singers (“Twenty Feet From Stardom”). The festival is concluding with “The Act of Killing,” a one-of-a-kind documentary that you’ll never forget. The less we say about “Act of Killing” beforehand the better, but just know that we’re going out with a very literal bang.
These documentaries represent a diverse range of topics and subjects, and range from the funny to the profoundly sad. But what they all share is illumination: these are worlds and ideas and people that you would never be exposed to normally, and many of the documentaries will be making their debuts in the area during the festival, away from niche art house theaters or crummy iTunes streaming.
Even if you are unable to attend, please talk about the festival and share the line-up with people who might be interested. This is the prototypical festival, one we hope will be able to expand and challenge with even more diverse content next year. But next year can’t come before this year, and this year we think we’ve got a pretty spectacular line-up that will be well worth your time, money, and intellectual curiosity. As the old adage goes, truth is stranger than fiction, and these movies don’t get much stranger.
Thanks for listening. Hope to see you the first weekend in October.
Director of Programming
The Bijou Film Fest