“Strange Beauty Film Festival 2012” Opens on Feb. 16th at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham

The "Strange Beauty Film Festival 2012" runs Feb. 16-18 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC
The "Strange Beauty Film Festival 2012" runs Feb. 16-18 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC

SPENDY Productions will present Strange Beauty Film Festival 2012, organized by Joyce Ventimiglia and Jim Haverkamp, on Feb. 16-18 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC. The third annual film festival will be presented in four blocks as part of Manbites Dog’s “Other Voices Series.” Block 1 starts at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, Block 2 starts at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Block 3 starts at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, and Block 4 starts at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.

According to Manbites Dog Theater:

There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” — Francis Bacon. Durham’s wildly popular film festival returns for a third helping of adventurous and striking short films from around the world, including fiction, documentaries, experimental, and wholly unclassifiable works. Come marvel at the everyday beauty and strangeness that surrounds us. ”

On its website, SPENDY Productions says festival highlights include:

Friday, Feb 17th, at 8:15 p.m.

Durham Cinematheque presents FILMISTORY.2. Filmmaker and collector Tom Whiteside serves up a rambunctious three-screen 16mm film program featuring a runaway horse, a review of American presidents (up to a certain point), the funeral of Queen Victoria, a famous rebellious act onboard a Russian battleship in 1905 as depicted by more than one filmmaker, and a dozen films more than 100 years old. FILMISTORY.2 is about history, it is about mystery, and it is about how time works. With a touch of spectacle and a big dose of distraction, it is, ultimately, about how we watch.”

Dream of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet, with live original score by Felix Obelix. Oh, a little melted cheese before bed never hurt anyone, right? This 1921 animated cautionary tale by legendary cartoonist Winsor McCay shows the fun that ensues when a cute widdle beastie clambers out of a dream. Felix Obelix’s Wendy Spitzer composed an original score for organ, xylophone, auxiliary percussion and glockenspiel in collaboration with Triangle music legend Billy Sugarfix. The score will be performed live, with aplomb, by both of them.”

Saturday, Feb 18th, at 8:15 p.m.

The Strange Beauty Aural Fixation. Jennifer Deer is back to curate a second helping of audio documentary and art that is best experienced in a dark room with strangers.”

SECOND OPINION: Feb. 15th Durham, NC Independent Weekly preview by Chris Vitiello: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/strange-beauty-film-festival/Content?oid=2817434; and Feb. 12th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Cliff Bellamy: http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/17485013/article-‘Strangely-b eautiful–beautifully-strange’? (Note: You must register first to read this article).

SPENDY Productions presents STRANGE BEAUTY FILM FESTIVAL 2012 at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 and 3:15 and 8:15 p.m. Feb. 18 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $12 ($5 students with current ID and $10 seniors and active-duty military personnel).

BOX OFFICE: 919/682-3343 or https://www.etix.com/. SHOW: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/389/.

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://vimeo.com/35934784.

COMPLETE SCHEDULE: http://www.strangebeauty.org/page18/.

PRESENTER: http://www.strangebeauty.org/.

VENUE: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/find/.


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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).