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CAPTURED — European premiere
A documentary by Daniel B. Levin, Ben Solomon, and Jenner Furst
New York 2008 | 85 min
American Independent Film Festival
UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Kino Babylon | Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30 | Berlin-Mitte
Saturday 3 January 8 pm | Wednesday 7 January 6 pm | Thursday 22 January 7 pm 2009


 
Clayton Patterson will be present for the premiere on January 3 during the screening

Babylon Kino, Berlin-MittePoster
Kino Babylon | Filmposter

ABOUT THE FILM: Famous for its music and art scene, New York's Lower East Side is also always a flashpoint for conflicts between residents and authorities living there. This colorful as well as gritty part of Manhattan has been documented by Clayton Patterson since 1979. From drag queens to hardcore musicians, from homeless people to heroin addicts, Patterson's photographs penetrate the most hidden corners. The documentary CAPTURED not only accompanies him on his forays through the Lower East Side, but also shows Patterson's important role as chronicler and advocate of this lively neighborhood.

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INTERVIEW ON THE RADIO:
Hadnet Tesfaii in conversation with with Clayton Patterson
and producers Jenner Furst and Dan Levin on 2/1/2009.
Radio Fritz | 35:07 min

Interviewerin Tesfai BildABOUT HADNET TESFAI: She (Tigrinya ሓድነት ተስፋይ, b. 1979 in Mendefera, Ethiopia, now Eritrea) is a German radio and television presenter.

Life and career: After spending the first years of her life in what is now Eritrea, Tesfai came to Germany with her parents in 1982. They belong to the Tigrinya ethnic group, which lives in Eritrea and Ethiopia. After passing her Abitur in Göppingen, she studied political science and Arabic studies and took a master's degree in North American studies in Berlin. She began her career as a presenter in 1999 with an apprenticeship at the Berlin radio station Kiss FM. This was followed by work at the radio station Fritz, which lasted from 2000 to 2006. There she hosted the shows: Weite Wilde Welt, 20+1 Die Fritz Hörercharts, Fritzbee and Soundgarden.

After she had already taken on smaller tasks as a presenter for the television station RBB in 2003 and 2004, she hosted the shows MTV Urban, TRL and Beck's Most Wanted Music, among others, at the music station MTV Germany from 2008 to 2010. Hadnet Tesfai took part in the ProSieben reality show Survivor, but was voted out by the other contestants in the very first episode. She starred in the episode Reise in den Tod (Journey to Death) of the ZDF TV series Nachtschicht (Night Shift) and can currently be seen as a co-host on red! on ProSieben. She has also been part of the permanent team of presenters at the station ZDFkultur since March 2012. In summer 2014, she hosted the six-part series The 90s in Music as part of the thematic focus The Summer Of The 90s on arte.

She is also occasionally one of the three celebrities on the installment show strassen stars on hr-fernsehen.[1] Since 2015, she has been a field reporter at international matches broadcast on RTL Nitro.
Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadnet_Tesfai

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
American Independent Film Festival | UNKNOWN PLEASURES | January 1-22, 2009

At the beginning of 2009, Kino Babylon Mitte is showing a selection of the most important American independent films of the last two years. UNKNOWN PLEASURES proves that there is an extremely lively and creative indie film scene, even alongside films like "Juno" or "Little Miss Sunshine".

For some years now, the American indie film scene has been undergoing a massive upheaval. After the successful films of Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith or Todd Haynes, Hollywood majors invested massively in independent films, always looking for the next "Pulp Fiction" or "The Blair Witch Project". The word independent turned into a marketing tool and suddenly films with a budget of millions were called indie films (as in the case of "Juno" or "Little Miss Sunshine").

Truly independently produced films have a particularly difficult time in this environment. This is especially true because many smaller US distributors have been confronted with massive financial bottlenecks. Addressing the sometimes precarious situation of the indie film scene, former Miramax executive Mark Gill announced in the summer of 2008, "Yes, the sky is really falling!" A few months later, Ted Hope (producer, "Happiness," "In the Bedroom," "21 Grams") spoke up and countered Gill's statement with the remark that we are on the verge of a new independent film movement.

And indeed, the last two years have seen the emergence of more diverse and exciting indie films than at any time since the early 1990s: BALLAST, MOMMA'S MAN, FROWNLAND, THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED, PRINCE OF BROADWAY and MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY represent just the tip of an extremely diverse independent film scene. Frustrated by the evolution of the independent film scene, these filmmakers are taking their cues from the works of John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, Andy Warhol, John Sayles and Jim Jarmusch.

In addition to the two film strongholds of New York and Los Angeles, productions from other parts of the USA will also be shown. The focus is on films that dare to experiment with form and content.

Over a period of three weeks, a total of 20 feature films and documentaries will be shown. In most cases, these are German premieres and in some cases even European premieres.

Talks with invited filmmakers are also planned.

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PROGRAM

Chelsea on the Rocks | USA 2008; R: Abel Ferrara; 88 min

Ballast | USA 2008; R: Lance Hammer; mit Michael J. Smith Jr., Jimmyron Ross, Tarra Riggs; 96 min

Beautiful Losers | USA 2008; R: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard; 91 min

Big Heart City | Premiere | USA 2007; R: Ben Rodkin; mit Shawn Andrews, Seymour Cassel; 83 min

California Company Town | Premiere | USA 2008; R: Lee Anne Schmitt, 77 min

Captured | Europa-Premiere | USA 2008; R: Dan Levin, Ben Solomon; 90 min

Christmas on Mars | USA 2008; R: Wayne Coyne, Bradley Beesley, George Salisbury; mit Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins, Kliph Scurlock; 86 min
Dance Party | Premiere | USA 2006; R: Aaron Katz; mit  Cole Pensinger, Anna Kavan; 67 min

Empire II | Premiere | USA 2007; R: Amos Poe; 182 min

Frownland | USA 2007; R: Ronald Bronstein; mit Dore Mann, Mary Wall, Paul Grimstad; 106 min

In A Dream | Premiere | USA 2008; R: Jeremiah Zagar; 80 min

Loren Cass | Premiere | USA 2007; R: Chris Fuller; mit Kayla Tabish, Travis Maynard, Lewis Brogan; 83 min

Medicine for Melancholy | Premiere | USA 2007; R: Barry Jenkins; mit Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins; 87 min

Momma’s Man | USA 2008; R: Azazel Jacobs; mit Matt Boren, Ken Jacobs, Flo Jacobs; 94 min

Nights and Weekends | Premiere | USA 2008; R: Greta Gerwing, Joe Swanberg; mit Greta Gerwing, Joe Swanberg; 90 min

The Pleasure of Being Robbed | Premiere | USA 2008; R: Joshua Safdie; mit Eléonore Hendricks, Joshua Safdie, Batman; 80 min

Prince of Broadway | USA 2008; R: Sean Baker; mit Prince Adu, Karren Karagulian, Aiden Noesi; 100 min

Quiet City | Premiere | USA 2007; R: Aaron Katz; mit Erin Fisher, Chris Lankenau; 78 min

Sex Positive | Premiere | USA 2008; R: Daryl Wein; 78 min

The Wrestler | USA 2008; R: Darren Aronofsky; mit Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Ernest Miller; 105 min

Yeast | Premiere | USA 2008; R: Mary Bronstein; mit Mary Bronstein, Greta Gerwing, Amy Judd, 78 min

Zoned In | Premiere | USA 2008; R: Danielle Zanzotto; 90 min

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