Partner Programs are presented in association with film organizations such as the Alex Film Society and through the support of the City of Glendale’s Library, Arts and Culture Department. See below for our 2022 Film Week Glendale Partner Programs lineup. Check back soon for more programming updates and additions.
and out-of-competition Partner Programs.
FWG Partner Programs run from Monday, October 3 - Thursday, October 6, 2022 and represent a variety of genres and topics designed to bring audiences together and create dialog around shared passions, from classic film to elevating the representation of women in the film industry.
Partner Programs are presented in association with film organizations such as the Rock Photography Museum, Alex Film Society, Five Sisters Productions, glendaleOUT, and through the support of the City of Glendale’s Library, Arts and Culture Department. See below for our 2022 Film Week Glendale Partner Programs lineup. Check back soon for more programming updates and additions.
Coherence - directed by James Ward Byrkit - Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead. Based entirely in the director's own living room, COHERENCE was shot in five nights without a script and without a crew, then went on to achieve international renown, inspiring a new generation of filmmakers.
Immediately following the screening of Coherence will be a conversation and Q&A with the
film's director, James Ward Byrkit.
The vision of the Rock Photography Museum (RPM) is of an institution that will preserve, promote, and present the photographic legacy of rock and roll: preserve through the proper storage and archiving of the physical material; promote the work through book and film projects and licensing to third parties; present in the form of regular exhibitions in a permanent, physical space so that the public can enjoy the work in a museum type setting.
After the screening, the director of the film James Ward Byrkit will lead an intimate conversation about the art of filmmaking.
James Ward Byrkit is best known for writing and directing the science fiction mindbender COHERENCE, his debut feature. That film earned critical and audience praise and garnered attention for his unconventional approach, identifying him as a groundbreaking talent with an unbridled independent spirit. He is currently in post-production for his new, self-produced, science-fiction series “Shatter Belt." More information at www.jimbyrkit.com
The Alex Film Society is honored to participate in Film Week Glendale. We’ve selected two outstanding films that transcend their categorization as documentaries, emerging as masterful explorations of the power of cinema to capture reality and preserve it for all time, and to create new realities that often achieve the status of myth. Both films are composed virtually entirely of footage from other films, assembled to reflect the unique vision of their respective directors.
We hope you’ll take this opportunity to view these amazing films as a collective experience with a group of like-minded people in a darkened theater.
'THE BEST DOCUMENTARY EVER MADE ABOUT LOS ANGELES"
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Plays Itself, Thom Andersen’s encyclopedic exploration of how Los Angeles has been depicted in movies, is as sprawling as the city itself. Featuring clips from more than two hundred films, from well-known titles like Chinatown, L.A. Confidential and Blade Runner, through ‘40s film noir to genre films like Gone in 60 Seconds and more obscure independent titles such as Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, Andersen charts the course of motion picture history in parallel with that of the city.
In three chapters spanning close to three hours of screen time – “The City as Background,” The City as Character” and “The City as Subject” – Andersen examines the reality of Los Angeles versus the mythologized city usually presented in Hollywood films.
“THE WEALTH OF CLIPS WILL MAKE CINEPHILES FEEL THEY’VE GONE TO HEAVEN.” – Robert Koehler, Variety
“WONDROUS, ALMOST INDESCRIBABLE. A COMPLETE ASTONISHMENT FROM BEGINNING TO END.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time is on the surface a documentary telling the story of the Dawson City Film Find. In 1978, 533 reels of 35mm nitrate film were unearthed from the permafrost under a swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. Dating from the 1910s to the 1920s, the reels were a collection of silent shorts, features and newsreels, many perfectly preserved due to the sub-arctic environment.
But the discovery is just a point of departure, as Morrison weaves a tapestry of narratives that include a history of the Klondike Gold Rush and the founding of Dawson City; the resulting displacement of First Nation Han-speaking natives; the characters that showed up seeking their fortunes, including Fred Trump, Sid Grauman and Alexander Pantages; as well as the stories contained within the rescued footage, and the threat to our cinematic heritage inherent in unstable nitrate filmstock.
The film is ultimately a meditation on the power of the cinematic image, its ability to bring the past back to life, and to expand the everyday to mythic proportions.
“…AN INSTANTANEOUSLY RECOGNIZABLE MASTERPIECE.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times
Founded in 1994, the Alex Film Society (AFS) is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster an appreciation for classic films, illustrate the importance of film preservation, and present classic films on the big screen. AFS presents the best possible 35mm prints, when available, in historic theatres, when possible. AFS will present shows at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and the Legion Theater in Hollywood later this year. Visit AlexFilmSociety.org for additional information.
Join filmmakers Maria Burton, Ursula Burton, Camille Brown, and Bettina Bresnan for a conversation about “How to Keep Creating Against All Odds." It's now well documented that women and filmmakers from other underrepresented groups have the odds stacked against them when working in Hollywood, but many determined artists find ways to persevere with passion and ingenuity. During the pandemic shut down, it was even harder to create, but many found a way to keep telling stories, by enlisting family pods and shooting over zoom.
After the screenings, our panel's directors will share specifics regarding their films in the program, as well as discuss how they continue to forge a career in this business.
Pandemic Screams - directed by Maria Burton - Inspired by a current phenomenon, "Pandemic Screams" explores a day in the life of parenting.
Expiration Date - directed by Maria Burton - Where does a 70 something find a life partner? In the humorous and touching "Expiration Date," two sisters set up an online dating profile and learn that what they are looking for is not so hard to find.
We Treat Them The Same - Boys will be boys and girls will be girls… right? Ursula Burton's short short "We Treat Them the Same" mixes live action and animation to look at how we gender kids – unintentionally. Cast includes Oscar Nunez (The Office), Anita Barone (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Phil LaMarr (Futurama).
A Future Wish - 11-year-old Ceci is very excited to meet her adult self – but when birthday magic grants her wish, the future is not what she expected. Shot on an iPhone during lock-down, "A Future Wish" features Ursula Burton (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office) and Athena Burton (Good Eggs, Old Guy).
The Happiest Day Of His Life - Called "a delightful gender-switch comedy" by The LA Times, this comedic short centers on Steve who, like all boys, dreams of having a perfect wedding. When Steve's girlfriend Catherine drops to her knee and proposes, Steve and his dad set out to plan the happiest day of his life. Shot through a colorful lens, this hilarious, role-reversal film subtly challenges gender roles and traditions with a sense of humor. "The Happiest Day of his Life" turns classic wedding movies like "Father of the Bride" inside out in a way that will make you laugh and make you think.
With an impressive ensemble cast including Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Suzanne Cryer, and Seymour Cassel, this short film appeals to anyone who's gotten married, thought about getting married, or has ever been to a wedding.
Tapping Into The Past, Tapping Into The Future: Ayodele Casel - directed by Jennifer Burton and Ursula Burton. Named one of the top breakout stars of the year by the New York Times just before the pandemic, choreographer Ayodele Casel creates work inspired by the history of Black tap dancers who came before her.
Thank you for Washing - directed by Camille Brown - A quirky love story about a woman who is a germaphobe. Can she find love in an office full of filthy people? Can she even survive the Christmas party when it’s a potluck?
The Boyfriend Monologues - Episode 19 - directed by Bettina Bresnan - The Boyfriend Monologues bring levity and laughs to those moments so we can recover from our post-traumatic cringe, and even celebrate the weirdos we hated to love but love to get over.
Named by Variety as "talent to watch." In addition to directing, producing, and writing, Maria Burton has served on the National Board of the DGA (Alt), Co-Chair of the DGA's WSC and DGA's Council of Joint Co-Chairs, past Co-Chair of Alliance of Women Directors, been in DGA's DDI Emerging Directors Mentorship, Disney/ABC's Directing Program, the CBS Directing Initiative, Ryan Murphy's HALF, SONY's Diverse Directors, and ProjectHER, and is a member of Film Fatales. More at mariaburtondirector.com
Special thanks to Maria Burton and Five Sisters Productions, the production company helmed by the five real-life Burton siblings. The company is committed to making media that is entertaining, engaging, with a focus on increasing the diversity of voices represented behind camera and onscreen.
You can read more about them and their work at www.fivesistersproductions.com