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This month's Light and Sound Machine feature is THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT, directed by Dan Sallitt. The proceeding short is ALL THAT SHE SURVEYS, directed by Gary Mairs and based on a concept by the filmaker James Benning. The screening will take place Thursday, March 21st at 7pm at Third Man Records. Tickets are available for $10 at thirdmanstore.com or for Belcourt members at a discount for $8 via the Belcourt website. All member and non-member tickets will be available via will call, day-of-film, at Third Man beginning at 6pm.
ALL THAT SHE SURVEYS
It begins something like a story - at a café, we see an unnamed girl (Amy Seimetz from TINY FURNITURE (2010), UPSTREAM COLOR (2013) and director of last year’s SUN DON’T SHINE) sitting alone, taking notice of a man, also alone, on the other side of the room. As we watch her, watching him, we anticipate contact between the two - a moment of intersection that that would propel the development of any other film. But ALL THAT SHE SURVEYS is not like any other film. By omitting dialogue and narrative convention, director Gary Mairs suggests that by simply observing the gestures and reactions of Seimetz’s silent voyeur, the audience not only mirrors her heuristic gaze, but joins her in a curious game of speculative empathy. Based on a concept by experimental filmmaker James Benning, ATSS directly channels his distinctive method of meditative cinematic observation, replacing his expansive American landscapes with Seimetz’s equally captivating visage.
THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT
Critic and filmmaker Dan Sallit makes no attempt to shroud or make payoff from the unmentionable deed to which the title of his film alludes - wide-eyed, intelligent teenager Jackie (Tallie Medel) and her brother Matthew (Sky Hirschkron) share an emotional bond that flirts dangerously close with the more-than-platonic realm. As Jackie begins to feel this bond slipping away, she confides to Matthew, with astonishing candor, her desire to breach that physical boundary. Though Jackie’s wayward longings may sound like the edgy premise of some transgressive cinematic provocation, the triumph of THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT is Sallitt’s tender treatment of its subject. Jackie is not a perverse sicko, and her domestic environment isn’t rigged to provide an accusational explanation for her behavior. Instead, we’re given a coming-of-age portrait of a young woman on the verge of major psychological transition. With its lack of soundtrack and austere mise-en-scene, the film eschews high drama in order to make room for the subtle shifts in tone and character interactions through which Jackie’s growth into self-realization unfolds.
Dedicated to the memory of the French master of conversational cinema, Eric Rohmer, Sallitt’s film is intrinsically linked to the spirit of his work - that less is more, and that sometimes to speak is to show. In what would appear to be a watershed moment in Sallitt’s career, THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT was at the center of a recent retrospective of his work, hosted by New York’s Anthology Film Archives.
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PRETTY MUCH AMAZING
The Rolling Record Store is chooglin' through Austin this week at SXSW. Not only is it stocked with rare vinyl delicacies (including the Gibby Haynes FLEX-RAY disc), it's carrying a fresh, new collection of Rolling Record Store merchandise – an RRS Pennant, Rollin' N' Chooglin' Mason Jar, and a TMRBandana – as well as Texas-themed swag, including a new "Have Vinyl Will Travel" SXSW Sticker, etched wooden Lapel Pin, Leather Patch, brass Belt Buckle, and triple-striped Koozie for your Schlitz.
There's only one way to get your hands on the goods, so once again, here's your treasure map:
Wednesday, March 13
- 11:30-3pm- Billy Reid Showcase @ 1808 East Chavez St. (PROMISED LAND to play around 12:30)
- 4-8pm- Breakaway Records (MARK "PORKCHOP" HOLDER plays around 6)
Thursday, March 14
- 11-3pm- Waterloo Records
- 5-9pm- Heartbreaker Banquet
Friday, March 15
- 10-1pm- Encore Records (Pokey LaFarge to play at 12)
- 1:30-8pm- Music by the Slice @ Home Slice Pizza
Saturday, March 16
- 10am-2pm- Rachael Ray showcase @ Stubb’s
- 3-7pm- Trailer Space Records (LANTERN to play at 3:30PM, followed by PUJOL at 4:15)
It's springtime again (somewhere right?) when the days get longer, the flowers bloom, and a young persons fancy turns to the goings on of big yellow mobile record stores... YES. The Rolling Record Store is back in action and it's on the road RIGHT NOW.
This weekend they will be at the Savannah Stopover in Savannah, GA and after that they're chooglin on down to Austin for a little festival called South By Southwest (heard of it?).
A schedule of appearances and live performances from the Rolling Record Store is below... and SXSW people, be on the look out for those Gibby Haynes Flex Ray discs, Tri-colors and more... Follow the Rolling Record Store on twitter (@ThirdManRRS) for updates, appearances and last minute announcements!
SAVANNAH STOPOVER SCHEDULE:
12-6:45pm: Stopover Offices 35 Barnard Street
7:45pm: Ships of the Sea Museum with William Tyler & Hush Arbors live from the RRS
12-2pm Stopover Offices
2-4pm Peoples Temple recording session - at Dollhouse Productions 980 Industry Drive
4:15-5:30pm - Stopover Offices
6:00 – PUJOL at Concert in the Park
Wednesday, March 13
11:30-3pm- Billy Reid Showcase @ 1808 East Chavez St.
Promised Land to play around 12:30
4-8pm- Breakaway Records
Mark "Porkchop" Holder plays around 6
Thursday, March 14
11-3pm- Waterloo Records
5-9pm- Heartbreaker Banquet
Friday, March 15
10-1pm- Encore Records Pokey LaFarge to play at 12
1:30-8pm- Music by the Slice @ Home Slice Pizza
Saturday, March 16—
10am-2pm- Rachael Ray showcase @ Stubb’s
3-7pm- Trailer Space Records
Lantern to play at 3:30PM, followed by PUJOL at 4:15