Wednesday, November 05, 2014

November's Films and Filmmakers

We kick off November with three new films showing on the Circuit. We welcome Good Ol' Freda, Go with Le Flo, and The Road to Fame. Read on for more about these films and check out the entire lineup for the 2014-2015 Southern Circuit Film Schedule.



Kathy McCabe is an award-winning photographer and Beatles expert with widespread experience in the music industry. She has worked as a publicist and manager, a music video and album producer, and also a recording studio manager. She was the publicist and marketer for Pelada, and initiated and engineered the production of Good Ol’ Freda.



Freda Kelly was just a teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her. For 11 years, Freda remained a staple of the band because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles’ devoted secretary, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history. In Good Ol’ Freda, Kelly tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music.

Schedule:
Nov 05: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
Nov 06: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Nov 08: Creative City Collaborative, Pompano Beach, FL
Nov 10: East Tennessee State University, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, Johnson City, TN
Nov 12: Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
Nov 13: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC



In 1990, Producer Robyn Rosenkrantz and Director Michael Glover quit their L.A. jobs, sold everything (except their guitars), and bought one-way tickets to Europe. After landing a deal with Virgin Records, they launched their own company, began making CDs and touring the world. After appearing in the Matthew Broderick/Alec Baldwin film The Last Shot, Glover and Rosenkrantz began writing, directing and producing their own features. Five feature films, eleven CDs and over 3,000 live performances to date, the happily married BBG is still going strong, charming audiences around the world with their music and movies!



Go with Le Flo is a family-friendly, romantic comedy about finding love and taking chances. Florian owns Le Flo, a French delicatessen in Berlin that specializes in salami. When he meets Camille, the daughter of a famous French director, Florian falls in love. He wants to ask Camille to marry him, but it’s complicated. Meanwhile, Jenny, who's German and owns a bakery down the street, is in love with Florian. With German and French subtitles, Go with Le Flo explores what true love is, with plenty of twists and turns (some on a Vespa), and lots of salami!

Schedule:
Nov 05: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Nov 09: Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA
Nov 11: Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Nov 13: Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL


The Road to Fame is director Hau Wu’s second film.  He received funding from The Ford Foundation and JustFilms and was co-produced by BBC, VPRO, CNEX, DR, Center for Asian American Media and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Trained as a molecular biologist, Wu previously worked in Silicon Valley for Alibaba and in China for Yahoo. He previously served as the China Country Manager for TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. Wu holds a Master of Science degree from Brandeis University, and an MBA degree with High Distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He is currently a fellow at the New America Foundation. His writing has appeared on Time.com, Slate.com, Marketplace Radio and China Daily.


In The Road to Fame, China's top drama academy stages the American musical Fame - China’s first official collaboration with Broadway - as the graduation showcase for its senior class. During the eight-month rehearsal, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into China’s questionable entertainment industry. They must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and, in the process of staging Fame, negotiate their own definitions of and paths to success in today’s China.

Schedule:
Nov 13: Robinson Film Center, Shreveport, LA
Nov 14: Union College, Barbourville, KY
Nov 15: The Tennessee Valley Art Association/Ritz Theatre, Sheffield, AL
Nov 18: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Nov 20: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA
Nov 21: City of Hapeville, Hapeville, GA