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in Filmmaking
on Jul 9, 2007

If you’re in NYC today, come check out the first of three evenings Filmmaker is hosting with the IFC of new work and personal appearances by idiosyncratic documentary filmmakers. The first is tonight and we’ll be screening the work of talking with Bradley Beesley.

Here’s more info:

Filmmaker and IFC Center are pleased to announce the debut of “Dialogues on Film,” a new series of screenings and discussions with directors, moderated by Filmmaker’s Scott Macaulay; the series launches Monday, July 9 at 7:30pm with “An Evening with Bradley Beesley.” The program includes Beesley’s cult classic documentary OKIE NOODLING, along with footage from the work-in-progress sequel, OKIE NOODLING II. Scenes from the upcoming sci-fi epic CHRISTMAS ON MARS, starring The Flaming Lips, live Flaming Lips concert movie UFOS AT THE ZOO, and MONEY THE HARD WAY, an upcoming doc about prison rodeo, will also be included, as Beesley talks about his work with Filmmaker editor Scott Macaulay.

Named one of Filmmaker’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2002, Austin-based Bradley Beesley has surprised and delighted audiences over the years with his effervescent forays with The Flaming Lips, as well as such non-Lips projects as OKIE NOODLING, about the art of barehanded fishing in Oklahoma, and the new SUMMERCAMP!, co-directed with Sarah Price, which opens at IFC Center on July 18.

Beesley’s feature documentary work includes THE CREEK RUNS RED (2007), FEARLESS FREAKS (2005) and the soon-to-be released UFOS AT THE ZOO: THE FLAMING LIPS LIVE IN OKLAHOMA CITY (2007). The long-gestating sci-fi narrative feature collaboration with The Flaming Lips, CHRISTMAS ON MARS, co-starring Adam Goldberg, Elijah Wood and the band, is in post-production.

Upcoming “Dialogues on Film” participants include Jem Cohen on July 24 and DA Pennebaker on August 1.

“[With OKIE NOODLING,] Beesley constructs a documentary so unassuming and so familiar that despite voiceovers, animation, and other filmmaker’s accouterments, the camera disappears and we find ourselves in the murky Oklahoma waters, holding our breath and wriggling our fingers in dark, deep holes, hoping a 45-pounder will bite. We get bit, all right, and boy, it’s a beaut.” – Hollis Chacona, Austin Chronicle

Tickets for the event are FREE for IFC Center members/$11 General Admission.

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