Clint Eastwood's "Changeling," which stars Angelina Jolie, will make its U.S. premiere, as will Steven Soderbergh's 4-hour epic "Che," the festival's centerpiece.
For lazy film buffs and aspiring moviegoers, here's a quick rundown on four filmmakers at this year's New York Film Festival who are worth knowing.
_ Laurent Cantet: Cantet's "The Class" gets the plum opening-night spot. The French director, whose movies include 1999's "Human Resources" and 2001's excellent "Time Out," is known for his realistic, almost documentarian style that nevertheless maintains a kind of cool control. He often uses nonprofessional actors and lets improvisation steer many scenes. "The Class" features a cast of French students in an urban mix of cultures and ethnicities that reflects French society.
_ Jia Zhangke: The Chinese filmmaker's "24 City" is his third feature film at the NYFF following last year's "Useless." His movies can be treated as documents of the modern transformation of China. Says Pena: "There's not anybody who's been the chronicler, the poet, the critic of that more than Jia Zhangke."
_ Agnes Jaoui: Jaoui's third film as a director, "Let It Rain," follows her popular "Look at Me" (2004) and "The Taste of Others" (2000). Jaoui is often compared to Woody Allen both because she also acts in her films and because of her satirical wit. "Her films are every bit as good as the last 10 Woody Allen films," says Pena. "They're as amusing, as enjoyable — they just happen to be in a different language."
_ Hong Sang Soo: "Night and Day" is a story of love in Paris, made by this revered South Korean director. It is Hong's fifth film in a row to play at the festival, dating back to 2002's "Turning Gate." As a film about expatriate life and the interesting — and often funny — clash of cultures, it's perfectly reflective of the New York Film Festival's border-crossing ethos.
and more ART~
FROM: Jennifer Martin Ruggiero
Hi Everyone, This is an exciting month for me with two shows coming up in October. I am a featured artist in the Noho Scene Arts Festival on October 5th and one of 200 artists participating in the Morongo Basin Open Studio Art Tours 2008 on Oct 11-12. Check out the Ventura County Star early in October for a feature story + photos of my work and information about the Noho Art Scene.
Noho Art Scene will host one of the biggest arts and culture party in the San Fernando Valley from�11 am until 8 pm on Sunday October 5th. Dozens of artists from NoHo's theater, music, dance and arts community are ready to introduce you to North Hollywood's unique and thriving city-designated arts district. The best part is that admission to all "NoHo Scene" events and activities is free. KPFK and the Onion are listed as sponsors. For more information visit
Open Studio Art Tours 2008 is free, two-weekend events that honor the vast number of talented artists of the Morongo Basin. Please come celebrate with me by spending the days visiting your favorite artists' studios and going to one of the many evening events where you will experience live music, performances and shows. Open Studio Art Tours 2008 is guaranteed to open your mind and feed your soul. For more information visit the website http://www.arttours2008.com/ (may or may not load.. site is experiencing problems..) [Send email to: JENNIFER>> firstname.lastname@example.org for details.]
This year's Art Tours 2008 is going green with PASS Eco-Summit conference joining the events on Oct. 11th-12th. For more information on PASS 08 visit the website Click Here
My studio cabin sits on 5 acres located 10 miles North of Joshua Tree Park East. I have a spectacular view of the mountains and night sky, so let me know if you plan on driving out and need a place to camp.
Please visit my online studio to view a small collection of my work Click Here -- You can check out a photo of my little red cabin in my Wonder Valley Homestead collection. I am in the process of updating the site to include new shots, so check back often. Also, ask for a link to view a 2008 postcard.
Out and About the Desert :: Share a Day Trip with a Friend.
SOURCE: City of Palm Springs
The shops in Palm Springs’ Uptown Heritage Galleries and Antique District hold an open-house until 9 PM, the first Friday, along North Palm Canyon Drive between Amado Road and Tachevah Drive. Call (561) 495-0233 for more information.
Guided Tours of the Palm Springs Desert Museum
Afternoon guided tours, different for children and adults, are given of the permanent collections and changing exhibitions on the weekends. Call (760) 325-7186 for more information.
Jazz in the Pines
Take a side trip to the mountainous forests of Idyllwild, a short drive west of Palm Springs, for this outdoor jazz concert, held in a grassy amphitheatre. Sponsored by the Idyllwild Arts Academy, a boarding arts high school, at the end of August. Call (909) 659-2171 for more information.
The perfect September weather might make for the best time of year to join one of the daily 7 AM walks at the Palm Springs Mall, sponsored by “Walk for Life.” Call (760) 327-1319 for more information.
International Festival of Short Films
Hundreds of short films are screened at the Camelot Theatres in this largest festival of its kind in North America, which usually draws notable visitors from the Hollywood industry. Usually held in mid-September. Call (760) 322-2930 for more information.
International Hispanic Film Festival of Greater Palm Springs
The Camelot Theatres host screenings of Hispanic-themed and produced films in mid-October. Call (760) 325-6565 for more information.
Annual Dinner in the Canyons
Make a reservation to attend this $200 / plate social event of the season at the Andreas Canyon, which includes a three-course gourmet dinner, Native American dancing and music and a silent auction to benefit the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. Usually held in mid-October. Call (760) 778-1070 for more information.
American Heat – Palm Springs Motorcycle and Hot Rod Weekend
Major streets are closed for this annual congregation of bikers over a weekend of festivities in mid-October. Call (800) 200-4557 for more information.
10/08 :: Yom Kippur begins at sundown
10/13 :: Columbus Day Observed
10/16 :: National Boss Day
10/16 :: Wonder Valley Roads & Recreation Meeting
Please tell your neighbors
Location: Senior Center :: east of Fire Station