Archive for October, 2010


“The Muslims I Know” at SUNY Oswego: 10/21

19 October 2010

There will be a screening and a talk-back with the film’s director, Mara Ahmed, on Thursday, October 21, at 7 PM at the Campus Center Auditorium (Room 132) on the SUNY Oswego campus. For more information on The Muslims I Know, please see the Oswego Reads website (


Documentaries at the Midway: 10/20-21

14 October 2010

The Midway Drive-In (State Route 48 in Minetto) presents a special event, a documentary double feature Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21. Two National Geographic Entertainment films will be screened: Restrepo and The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest. On October 20, Restrepo will be shown at 7:30 PM and The Wildest Dream follows at 9:10 PM. The following evening, The Wildest Dream runs first at 7:30 PM, then Restrepo.

Restrepo, a film by Sebastian Junger and Timothy Hetherington, won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film

is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, ‘Restrepo,’ named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. (from the film’s website,

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest was directed by Anthony Geffen and narrated by Liam Neeson.

George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest. He was last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, before the clouds rolled in and he disappeared into legend. His death stunned the world.

75 years later, climber Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s after finding his frozen body with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory’s story, Conrad Anker returns to Everest with British climbing prodigy Leo Houlding to unravel the mysteries surrounding his disappearance. (from the film’s website,


Poster for Halloween Double Feature: 10/25/10

14 October 2010



SyrFilmFest ’10 Comes to SUNY Oswego

12 October 2010

The Syracuse International Film Festival runs October 13-17. On October 16, the festival will screen films on the SUNY Oswego campus, in Room 305 of Park Hall. Here’s what’s on the bill:

7 PM  School Days with a Pig (Japan, 2008) Director: Tetsu Maeda (109 min)

A new elementary school teacher who wants his students to learn ‘the real connection between life and food’ has a proposal for his sixth-grade class: They’ll adopt a piglet and care for it over the course of a year, but at the end of the year, the pig will be eaten. The students eagerly accept the challenge. After all, the end of the year is a long way away and the wriggling piglet is right there in the classroom. They name it ‘P-Chan,’ build a special enclosure on the playground, and take turns with the chores of brushing and feeding it. But the more attached they grow to P-Chan, the more difficult the question of the pig’s fate becomes. Based on a true story that became a subject of national controversy in Japan, School Days With a Pig is a thoughtful and warmhearted engagement with the adult issues of consumption, quality of life, and personal responsibility as seen through the eyes of children.

Man’s Best Friend (Australia) Director: Luke Eve (7 min)

Newlyweds James and Diana are… living the dream with their dog, two cars and new home in the suburbs. A baby would make their life perfect. But James isn’t so sure about that. Why would he want a baby? Not when he’s got Zero, his kelpie, loyal confidante and best friend in the whole world.

(You can watch this video on the Funny or Die website).

9 PM  Maya (Israel, 2009) Director: Michal Bat-Adam

A struggling young actress lands the leading role in a theater production. She is to play the part of a girl who undergoes a traumatic experience and is committed to a mental hospital. The actress, seeking to research her character in depth, spends some time observing in a psychiatric ward. As a result she brings to the role aspects that don’t jibe with the director’s take on the part – creating conflict between herself and the director. By the evening of the play’s premiere, the actress is walking a thin line between acting and madness.

OFG’s Halloween Double Feature: 10/25/10

10 October 2010

On  Monday, October 25 we’ll be getting in a Halloween state of mind with a double feature that starts at 6:30 PM in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library.

We’ll be screening the British suspense/horror classic Night of the Demon (1957), directed by Jacques Tourneur. When director Martin Scorsese selected his picks for the “11 Scariest Horror Movies” for the website The Daily Beast, he included this film, noting that “Tourneur made this picture about ancient curses near the end of his career, but it’s as potent as his films for Val Lewton. Forget the demon itself—again, it’s what you don’t see that’s so powerful.”

We’ll also be rescreening our May 2009 presentation, Let the Right One In. Because the American remake of the film, Let Me In, is currently in theaters, the time seemed right to revisit the Swedish original, released in 2008.

Note: Anyone planning on seeing just our second feature, Let the Right One In, should arrive by 7:45 PM; library doors close at 8 PM.


‘It’s in the trees! It’s coming!…’

9 October 2010

So that’s the source of that snippet at the start of the song! All these years, I never knew.

We’ll be screening the film that’s the source, Night of the Demon, on Monday, October 25. Stay tuned. And now here’s Kate…