Friday, December 29, 2006

Tucson: The Loft Cinema - A COAT OF SNOW with filmmaker Gordy Hoffman in person ! - Wednesday, January 17th at 7:30 p.m.

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Subject: [IFASA] The Loft Cinema - A COAT OF SNOW with filmmaker Gordy
Hoffman in person ! - Wednesday, January 17th at 7:30 p.m.

What really goes on behind the closed doors of a wild
bachelorette party? Find out on Wednesday, January 17th at 7:30 p.m., when
acclaimed screenwriter and filmmaker GORDY HOFFMAN presents his directorial
debut, A COAT OF SNOW (Gordy Hoffman, 2006, USA, 73 min., rated NR),
detailing the misadventures of young woman attempting to videotape her
cousins bachelorette party. Hoffman, whose previous credits include the
award-winning screenplay for 2002s Love Liza, starring his brother,
Oscar-winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman, will introduce and discuss his
innovative new film (for which he also supplied the screenplay) at this
special one-time only screening. Tickets are $8.25 general admission; $5.25
for students, seniors and military; and $4.50 for Tucson Film Society
When a girl takes her video camera to her cousins
bachelorette party, the night begins simply enough - as a gathering of
friends and family looking to celebrate the bride-to-bes impending
marriage. Clothes are noted. Gifts are presented. Champagne is consumed.
Yet quietly, before the party even begins, small accidents lead to serious
injury. As the video camera wends its way through several hands and eyes,
missed connections tailspin into abandonment and actual chaos, leading to
the brides eventual disappearance.
Shot on digital video, COAT OF SNOW tells its story from the
unorthodox point of view of the camera itself, making the recording device
an actual character, and allowing the audience to see only what it sees.
Having characters in the story literally holding the camera creates a
cinematic vocabulary for the film that is highly unconventional, but also
unusually effective in placing viewers right in the middle of the action.
By forgoing the services of a professional camera operator, using non-name
actors, and embracing the oft-maligned digital video format, Hoffman creates
a world that is both hyper-realistic and emotionally intimate. I love the
nakedness of video, Hoffman notes. The look, the texture of video, is
familiar, intimate, honest and even appealing  it is videos vulnerability
which makes the impact of what happens in this movie more powerful.
Gordy Hoffman is a renowned playwright and screenwriter
whose plays have been produced throughout the world. His second screenplay,
Love Liza (2002), won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002
Sundance Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW is his feature directorial debut.

Jeff Yanc
Program Director
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 322-5638

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