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Revolve Film Festival starts rock and reeling

by Mark Burger

After a series of successful monthly events that combined movies and music, the first-ever Revolve Film & Music Festival is poised to raise the temperature of an already long and hot summer.

The brainchild of singer/songwriter/producer/promoter Shalini Chatterjee, the Revolve revolution is meant to offer the region a unique combination and selection of music and motion-picture entertainment unique to the region. Chances are, you wouldn’t be seeing the films being screened at your local multiplex any time soon. This five-day festival, which opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday, opens with a screening of Rick Stevenson’s award-winning romantic comedy Expiration Date, making its North Carolina debut, at 7 p.m. Following the screening, there will be a kick-off reception at the Garage (110 W. Seventh St., W-S) featuring complimentary hors d’ouevres. The festival rolls on Thursday, with the North American premieres of Khee-Jin Ng’s Feet Unbound, Fiona Cochrane’s Rachel: A Perfect Life and Simon Nasht’s documentary Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn, which happens to be narrated by the great Christopher Lee. There will also be a free screening of The Making of “The Magistical,” a documentary tracing the development and production of the still-unreleased animated feature produced by Winston- Salem’s Out of Our Minds Animation Studios (maker of several award-winning animated short films), and a reception at Revolve HQ afterward. The night will be capped off by a double feature of Tim Slade’s 4 and Gerard Cogley’s Ziggy’s Fan at 8:30 p.m. Another double feature opens Friday’s slate, with Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Strange Culture paired with the North Carolina premiere of Hywel Griffith’s short “Map of the Underground” (“Mar Yr Underground”) , Zhang Zeming and Paul Liu’s Across the Plateau, the Piedmont Triad premiere of Matthew Buzzell’s Putting the River in Reverse. The latter screening will be free, and will feature a post-screening seminar with filmmaker Buzzell. Friday will also see the Triangle Filmmakers Program, with area filmmakers Nic Beery (of Carrboro) and Todd Tinkham (of Chapel Hill) screening their short films. This too will be a free program. Friday night at 9:30 p.m. is “New Wave Night,” with the performances by Pylon and Gravel Truck live in concert at the Werehouse (211 E. Third St., Winston- Salem). Don’t be surprised to see Chatterjee and her husband, producer/ performer Mitch Easter, rockin’ and rollin’ through the night. Tickets to this event are $10. Saturday’s screenings include the North Carolina premiere of Cecile Leroy Beaulieu’s Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills paired with Simon Bovey’s short “The Ungone,” Craig Zobel’s award-winning comedy and film-festival favorite Great World of Sound (produced by NCSA alumnus David Gordon Green), Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios’ Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback, and Tell Me Do You Miss Me: A Film About Luna, another effort from filmmaker Matthew Buzzell, who will be joined by ex-Luna guitarist Sean Eden for a post-screening wrap up. The filmmaker’s reception follows revolve_small_ad.indd 1 7/24/08 8:44:14 PM immediately thereafter, at Meridian Restaurant (411 S. Marshall St., Winston- Salem). The festival comes to an end Sunday, but not without additional screenings, including the North Carolina premiere of Tony Ayres’ Home Song Stories and some encores that day. Finally, there will be the “Summer Sparkle” closing party at Revolve HQ… and that’s a wrap for Revolve. All screenings will be held in the Drama Workshop of the Salem Fine Arts Center, located on the campus of Salem College (601 S. Church St., W-S). Tickets are available at the door ($10, cash only) or on-line for $9.19 ($8 plus service charge). For more information about the festival, as well as a complete and detailed schedule of events, see www. revolvefestival.com

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Little Theatre of Winston-Salem presents Seussical It’ll be a few more months until the Arts Council Theatre completes renovations, but the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem keeps on truckin’. Its next production is the tuneful, Tony Award-nominated Dr. Seuss extravaganza Seussical, which opens Friday at Reynolds Auditorium (301 Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem). A merry menagerie of Dr. Seuss’ classic characters — among them the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant (who heard a Who, if you recall), Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, the Wickersham Brothers and General Genghis Kahn Schmitz — are gathered together in this full-blown family musical. Interestingly enough, the original Broadway production of Seussical was considered a disappointment (although it ran almost 200 performances), but was an almost immediate hit during its national tour. Since then, it’s become a popular favorite for community theaters throughout the nation. The Little Theatre’s production of Seussical will be presented 8 p.m. Fridays (Aug. 8 and 15) and Saturdays (Aug. 9 and 16), and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday (Aug. 17 only). Tickets are $20, $10 (for kids under 16). With only five performances in total, if you’re going to get tickets, get ’em now. You can call the box-office at 336.725.4001 or see www.LittleTheatreOnline.com

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