Recently enjoyed: The Girls in the Band, playing this week at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at Lincoln Center. Great music and a great story about women in jazz in the past and in the present. Hold the date for a special NYWIFT screening with a panel of women jazz musicians on Thursday, May 16, at 7 pm. Buy tickets here.
Hats off to: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for what I think is a very good move to help level the playing field for documentary shorts and foreign language films. Voting members will now be provided with DVDs of the nominated films in five Oscar categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film, allowing the entire membership to vote. In the past, the expense of providing members with the opportunity two see these films was borne by the filmmakers.
Stop in: Mist Harlem, a cool new venue for film and music, with a restaurant and bar, located at 46 West 116th Street. A series on Haiti, curated by Michelle Materre, is being shown there May 15-16 and June 21-23.