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Tag: Film Noir

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May 5, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#154: Exploring the Hidden Gems of the TCM Classic Film Festival with Will McKinley

tcmff class pictureOnce again, it is that time of the year where we focus on classic film in honor of the TCM Classic Film Festival, which has been hitting Hollywood, California in a big way every Spring since 2010. (Incidentally, I'm proud to say that our own Horrible Imaginings Film Festival shares its birth year with TCM Classic Film Festival--what amazing company!) As a film fanatic with a keen interest in film history, the TCM Classic Film Festival is an almost religious experience, and every year I decide to give the pure horror aspects of the podcast a break in favor of reflecting on the unique experiences afforded at this festival. The beautiful thing is that the programming there is so varied that I do always get to praise some of their obscure or cult film choices.

will

And speaking of obscure choices, that is what I decided my main focus would be--the hidden gems of the TCM Classic Film Festival, particularly the "Discovery" films and the little-known films that get shown in the smallest of the venues at the festival: the Chinese multiplex's House Four. Many of us at the festival call House Four our regular home, and I got another House Four regular to discuss this year's festival with me. He has been on the podcast many times, and he probably needs no introduction for many of you. His blog Cinematically Insane is a staple for #OldMovieWeirdos everywhere--I speak of course of Will McKinley. Together we discuss:

1. The role that traditional 35mm film formats play at the festival, and the role we would like it to keep playing
2. What is House Four, and what kinds of films show there
3. What are the "Discovery" films?
4. What films had the greatest impact on us
5. Why choose obscure films
6. The challenges and brilliance of creating the TCMFF program
7. The differences between preservation and restoration
8. What makes a good restoration
9. Film love vs. Film snobbery
10. What some people misunderstand about TCM, and how we set them straight
11. The Vitaphone 90th Anniversary presentation
12. The midnight movies (Roar and Gog in 3D with a new restoration)
13. What kinds of movies we hope to see in the future
14. The new TCM Backlot Fan Club

So much great content in this episode. I am extremely proud of it, but really how could we not have so much to talk about after TCM put on such a memorable event? Again? As an added bonus, here are pictures of the amazing projector rig especially built to project a rare 16mm print of a Taiwanese martial arts film during the San Diego Asian Film Fest's Spring Showcase, as discussed in the episode:

16mm rig

Also, as promised in the episode, here is the Vitaphone short of Shaw and Lee's Vaudeville act "The Beau Brummels." Hilarious!

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May 27, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#138: Into the Darkness! Preparing for TCM's Investigating Film Noir Class!

Out of the PastHow excited are we? Turner Classic Movies is collaborating with Ball State University to offer an online course on film noir! It is free to everyone! Subscribers and non-subscribers alike! Internationally! To coincide with their INSANE "Summer of Darkness" programming (I mean, just LOOK at this)! Ok, I know I am rambling here because I am enrolled and ready to take this class! Not only that, we will be analyzing and reflecting on the class here on the podcast! Starting with this episode.

Over the course of at least three episodes, we will reflect on "Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir" BEFORE the class, DURING the class, and AFTER the class is over. This episode is our Before edition, and our anticipation is enhanced by a number of guests!

First of all, my friend, #TCMParty tweeter, and sometime collaborator Will McKinley will join me in this series as a classmate. You can catch him on Twitter @WillMcKinley and read his blog Cinematically Insane.

Turner Classic Movies's Director of Marketing & Editorial Shannon Clute will also be joining us to give us TCM's perspective on the upcoming class and "Summer of Darkness" Festival. You canDark Passage read his writings many places, including TCM's Movie Morlocks Blog.

How could we discuss the upcoming class without the instructor? That's right, we are also joined by Richard Edwards, the man behind the virtual lectern! Rich is the Executive Director of iLearn Research at Ball State University, heading up the group that researches and builds innovative courses that incorporate social networking, online collaboration, open access, digital storytelling, virtual worlds, and active learning. You can follow Rich on Twitter @redwards7

Some of you Film Noir fiends may also know Shannon and Rich as the co-hosts of the podcast "Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir," which has been around for a decade now, as well as some of their other podcasts. You can find their archive over at noircast.net. They have also written a book about Film Noir together called "The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism," which you can get here!

The Maltese Touch of Evil

In today's episode, we discuss:

1. The original concept of TCM collaborating with Ball State University to offer a free course on Film Noir. Was this possible even a decade ago?

2. When the educational component was incorporated into the "Summer of Darkness" Festival.

3. How the podcast "Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir" led to such a unique class.

4. What enrollment is like, and what people can plan to get from the class.

5. What Film Noir has to offer, in general.

6. Working with TCM to build a class around the "Summer of Darkness."

7. The various video, social, and other components of the class.

8. Important Film Noir titles.

9. Possible future classes?

10. Will and I discuss why participation in this is so important.

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD, and remember to stay scared!

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