Tonight and tomorrow at the Trylon! The wonderful documentary Sign Painters, from directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, details the almost lost world of the sign painter. But did you know that one of the country’s best lives in the Trylon’s neighborhood? Yes, Phil Vandervoort, who made that beautiful Trylon microcinema and Moon Palace signs out back is a longtime resident of the Wonderland Park ‘hood, and is featured in the film, and in this lovely book.
Monday night, the directors will be present to discuss the movie and sign copies of their book, which are being sold by Moon Palace. Both 7:00 shows are SOLD OUT, and tonight’s 9:00 show is sure to follow suit. Get your tickets for Tuesday’s 9:00 show here.
I’m the very definition of the post-Watergate generation. I was born just weeks before Nixon’s resignation, and when I was a half-year old my family moved to Washington D.C. to work for a Congressman that they’d help elect.
A year later we moved away after the Congressman was caught soliciting a prostitute and resigned. So, my view of politics is, shall we say, dim.
Which is why I love films like All the President’s Men that dive straight into the grim, slimy world of politics and the slow, detailed work necessary to expose it. So much of what Woodward and Bernstein did was led by hunches, research and thoughtfulness — not exactly an action-packed thrill ride of guns, chases and beatings. But the film is relentlessly gripping and engaging. Redford and Hoffman are at their primes and Pakula’s direction is surgeon precise.
If you can, follow up this movie with Pakula’s previous film, The Parallax View, which might be the best fictional conspiracy film ever. It might make you feel better after seeing all the real-world conspiracies in President’s Men.
Sound Unseen partners with the Trylon for a special three-day screening of Greetings From Tim Buckley, a narrative film from director Dan Algrant. In 1991, a young Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley, “Gossip Girl”) rehearses for his public singing debut at a Brooklyn tribute show for his father, the late folk singer Tim Buckley. Struggling with the legacy of a man he barely knew, Jeff forms a friendship with an enigmatic young woman (Imogen Poots) and begins to discover the powerful potential of his own musical voice. Greetings From Tim Buckley is filled with stirring musical performances and memorable songs.
Shows Monday and Tuesday, 7:00 and 9:00, Wednesday at 7:00. Get tickets here.
“Badgley delivers a nuanced performance of such ferocity he almost singlehandedly makes a conventional film seem loose and improvisatory.” –Calum Marsh, Village Voice