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Welcome to some summer madness. It is hot and sticky and time for the summer screening series at Anthology Film Archives.
For those in New York:
Safe Harbour Amsterdam has been selected for the New Filmmakers Screenings at Anthology Film Archives. Director Jack Luceno won best feature for new filmmaker earlier this year in a festival in Williamsburg.
When I first encountered Jack Luceno over a decade ago, he was doing a play about Amsterdam and my friend Janet thought I should see it. She dragged me to the Player’s Club in New York.
The play was about a bunch of foreigners stranded in Amsterdam for the wrong reasons. Everybody always says they love Amsterdam, but there are two types of tourists: the ones that visit the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House and the ones that hit the coffee shops and bum around the Red Light District. Some of these young American and Canadian tourists get stranded in Amsterdam because they enjoy themselves too much. This is the kind that Jack so potently describes in his play.
In one scene, the American anti-hero orders something from a Dutch waitress and she bitches at him: “I am Dutch, you can’t talk to me like that!” I couldn’t stop laughing. That was the beginning of my friendship with Jack. He really knows how to portray the Dutch.
Now, a decade later, Jack has developed his play into a feature film. It is based on his experiences and his love for Amsterdam, and he really captures the Dutch spirit. I have a cameo appearance as Miep, a typical do-it-yourself Dutch woman. It wasn’t much of a stretch for me.
SAFE HARBOUR AMSTERDAM (2018, 97 minutes, digital) NEW FILMMAKERS FEATURE FILM PRESENTATION
Wednesday July 18th 9.30pm Anthology Film Archives: 32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003.
Tickets: $7. You can also come at 6pm and see all the short films. From 8:30pm to 9:30pm there will be a reception for “Safe Harbour Amsterdam”. You are invited!
Join the Eva Quiz and win fabulous prizes:
1.Why is Eva mad in this picture?
A. Amsterdam isn’t such a Safe Harbour after all: drugs, kidnapping, vandalism, prostitution and catfights in the park.
B. She is mad that Holland didn’t make it to the World Cup.
C. She wants to fight with a Russian gangster who stole a soccer ball from two innocent children.
D. She isn’t mad, she is just explaining something to this dude.
2. What happens in the second picture?
A. She shot the salesperson who sold a flea-infested carpet to her father.
B. This is a still from Toshiba, an absurd comedy by Peter Welch, performed by Larry Fleischman, Michael Gentile and Eva Dorrepaal, if you had paid attention to my last newsletter.
C. This is why everybody has been Waiting for Godot; this existentialist play that nobody understands: Godot got shot backstage and we are trying to hide the corps under the carpet.
D. This is an animalistic acting exercise. She is trying to portray a flamingo.
If you reply fast with the correct answer you can win:
1st Prize: A VIP pass to see Jack’s film for free.
2nd Prize: A video of the play Toshiba, beautifully shot by Mike Tapp.
Consolation Prize: An invitation to a free film screening in Bryant Park.
Hope to see you,
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