Nenad Bach, Adrian Belic & Evan Oppenheimer
Dubrovnik Film Festival
Subj:Hello from Adrian Belic
Date:5/21/2003 2:24:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time
I hope this email finds you well.
I just thought you'd like to know about the first Dubrovnik International Film Festival May 29th to June 1 www.dubrovnikiff.org I am heading over there next week. I will be on the jury and there will be a special screening of Genghis Blues.
I am glad to inform you that the film Justice that I scored (wrote music for)and Even directed, will be shown at the festival and both of us will attend the screening.Looking forward.
MESSAGE FROM DIFF
To Friends of DIFF: The idea behind the Dubrovnik International Film Festival (DIFF) is to bring independently produced international films to a Croatian and worldwide audience in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Film festivals come in all differentshapes and sizes, but for the most part they all have one thing in common: they are successful because of the enormous dedication and commitment of the festival staff working as a team. Remarkably, a majority of the DIFF staff are unpaid volunteers who have donated their time and energy to this worthy endeavor - and for that we are extremely grateful!
There are film festivals all over the world that are very successful and perhaps evenbacked by governments, but most often they rely on corporate sponsors who see the enormous marketing potential to reach a niche audience. Unfortunately, the current state of the global economy has diminished the ability for corporations to provide sponsorship and participate in their communities. For the past two years, and even the last twelve years for Croatia, we have witnessed some extraordinary events that have affected us emotionally, physically and financially. These events have had such an unprecedented impact on our lives that, at one point or another, we all stopped still in our tracks for moments at a time. Despite all of this, we must strive to do the best we can, no matter what happens. Hence, the old Hollywood saying "the show must go on" come to mind.
For our first year, DIFF has been able to assemble a world-class selection offilms due to the desire of the international film community to exhibit their works in Dubrovnik and the enormous dedication of our staff and friends. We are very thankful to the City of Dubrovnik for all of their assistance, understanding and generosity in connection with DIFF 2003. We hope that the people of Dubrovnik and Croatia will enjoy our program and we sincerely appreciate the temporary "loan"of their city to us so that others may enjoy this very special location and learn about Croatia and her remarkable history.
With continued hard work, dedication and determination, DIFF will evolve into a world-class annual event that provides culture and entertainment to Dubrovnik for many years to come. We hope you join us on this worthwhile journey!
SATURDAY, MAY 31 —1:00 P.M .(AT REVELIN )
Dir.Evan Oppenheimer,82 min,USA,2003
Cast:Erik Palladino,Catherine Kellner,Daphne Rubin- Vegas,Ajay Naidu,Marisa Ryan
Three very different yet intimately connected New York stories are told in JUSTICE.Drew is a comic book writer who has been greatly affected by the death of a friend in the World Trade Centerattack. As a tribute and attempt to do something constructive, he creates a new comic book hero based on a real New Yorker.Mohammed,a streetvendor, is justly proud of his “Breakfast Time ” cart.But one day Mohammed fi nds himself without any bagels and a breakfast vendor in New York needs his bagels.Roberta,a Latina activist,has got a lot on her plate in the days leading up to September 11.The Giuliani Administration is threatening her advocacy group with budget cuts,and her husband is pressuring her to start havingkids. Gradually the relationships between these characters become evident and we see how fate sometimes hangs on the most tenuous of coincidences. The question isasked: How do we learn to live in a world in which everything is so uncertain? PLUS SHORT QIK2JDG Dir.Nick Spano,5 min,35mm,USA,2002 A successful judge experiences an epiphany that reveals the depth of his own humanity and conscience in the most unlikely ofplaces: a dingy gas station restroom.
SATURDAY,MAY 31 —1:00 P.M .(AT SLOBODA)
Dir.Roko Belic,90 min,USA,2000
Paul Pena played blues with the greats T-Bone Walker, B.B.King,and Bonnie Raitt.In 1995,the blind bluesman became the first American ever to compete in an unusual contest of multi-harmonic “throat singing.” Pena discovered Tuvan throat singing on a short-wave program of Radio Moscow twelve yearsago. In 1993,Pena discovered that Tuvan throat singers were on their first concert tour of the U.S.After theirperformance, the deep-voiced bluesman broke into his own self-taught style of throat singing and serenaded themusicians! The throat singers were amazed by Pena ’s mastery of the Tuvan art form and likened his rich voice to the sounds of tremors in theearth. GENGHIS BLUES is a film about exploration and friendship. It is the story of a man whose struggle in life is not defined by conformity and rules but by an unquenchablecuriosity, and love of music. Pena ’s story is truly an inspiration to all. This majesticfilm, made in 1999,was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2000 Academy Awards and won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival,(1999).The music in the film is literally incredible and it has to be seen and heard to be believed.