I am so thrilled to share our very first movie poster for Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago!
It’s based on an original collage created by Kevin Sampsell. (Trivia: the two photos near the bottom were taken by Stanley Kubrick in the late 1940s.) The poster was designed by Kim Thornton, who previously did such an amazing job on the Pause of the Clock poster.
As we near completion of the film, we’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to help us cover our final postproduction expenses before we hit the film festival circuit. I hope you’ll surf on over to the film’s website, check out our trailer, and consider supporting the project. Thanks in advance and let a smile be your umbrella!
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Private Life 
1. He stands up and it’s sticking to his butt.
2. “Scrambled is good, but however you guys do them is fine with me.”
3. Deflating the mattress.
Solo: A Star Wars Story 
1. Singing a duet in the lounge: a chanteuse in gold lamé and a creature in a floating jar.
2. “I hate you.”
“I know you do.”
3. Syringe filled with red goo.
Permanent Vacation 
1. “You know, sometimes I think I should just live fast and die young. And go in a three-piece white suit like Charlie Parker.”
2. He takes off his shoes and really cut loose.
3. Doppler Effect.
A Life of Her Own 
1. Their song is “Invitation.”
2. “She exists and her name is Nora. And that’s all I know about her.”
3. A gimmick that never caught on: cocktail lounges featuring a roving ventriloquist who makes catty observations of the customers’ behavior.
No idea why this film isn’t better known. It was a flop at the time but seen today it’s a pretty perceptive, genuinely feminist melodrama. Turner and Milland have real chemistry. And Ann Dvorak is stunning.
Them That Follow 
1. Tiny spider tattoo on her purlicue.
2. We see her white underwear twice: once when she takes the pregnancy test, and once when she’s assaulted.
3. Stacks of red-covered hymnals on rough-hewn shelves.
A rather intense film featuring lots of creepy snakes, gorgeous landscapes, and an impeccable accent by Olivia Coleman. Ending reminded me of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Over Memorial Day weekend, here are two cool events you won’t want to miss:
Saturday, May 25 at 5:00 pm at Spectacle in Brooklyn
“In keeping with recent events with independent filmmakers currently forging their own paths – Nuotama Bodomo, Ricky D’Ambrose, Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn, Amir George – Spectacle is pleased to invite Chicago-based film critic and director Michael Glover Smith to our humble theater to present the New York City premiere of two recent works: Mercury in Retrograde (2017) and Rendezvous in Chicago (2018).” (Michael is, of course, producing Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago.)
Sunday, May 26 at 1:00 pm at The Metrograph
“I chose The Strange One because Ben Gazzara’s Jocko DeParis is as mean and sadistic as my platoon leader was when I was in the Air Force Reserve at the University of Missouri in 1964. Years later, when I heard that he’d been shot down flying a mission in Vietnam, I was not displeased—not that I was necessarily rooting for the Viet Cong, but I couldn’t help but feel they’d done the world a favor by taking him out of the count. And I chose Pickup on South Street because Thelma Ritter is my favorite actress and this was certainly her greatest role—when I met Sam Fuller I thanked him for giving her such great dialogue and he said, ‘She was the only actress I could think of who could explain her predicament with just the look in her eyes.’”—Barry Gifford
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