Friday, January 22, 2010

New Duplass Brothers trailer

So they Duplass Brothers, beloved favorites here at Citizen Video, have yet another film, except this time they had a bit more money and some names in the cast. Does that equal better? Judge for yourself at the link below (Youtube is enacting this nice thing where you can't embed certain videos...)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sundance 2010

So Sundance is coming up in another week here, and has posted this nice look at the more anticipated entries in the festival.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Upcoming Events

Not all of these are necessarily Citizen-related, but we still wanted to help promote some local filmmakers.

First, taken from

Movie Screening: 'The Law of Human Gravity'
Today, Wednesday, Dec 9 8:00p to 10:30p
at Whistle Stop Bar, San Diego, CA

The new film 'The Law of Human Gravity' will debut in San Diego on Dec. 9, 2009. The evening kicks off at 8 p.m., local jazz musicians Trio Gadjo will perform music from their original soundtrack for the film. The screening of the film will begin at 9 p.m.. This is a special advanced screening of the completed film. read more
Price: Free
Phone: (830) 313-3209
Age Suitability: 21 and up
Tags: independent film, movie screening

The new film 'The Law of Human Gravity' will debut in San Diego on Dec. 9, 2009. The evening kicks off at 8 p.m., local jazz musicians Trio Gadjo will perform music from their original soundtrack for the film. The screening of the film will begin at 9 p.m.. This is a special advanced screening of the completed film.

The Law of Human Gravity is the feature film debut from San Diego director and producer David Sims, and the first film from his production company, Human Gravity Films.

Then, this coming Sunday, my former classmate and friend Destin Daniel Cretton will premiere his documentary for The Learning Channel, Born Without Arms, at the Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans Street. Here's a link for the Facebook listing, and another for the TLC info. Destin's had a great year so far; his amazing short, "Short Term 12," which premiered to the public for the first time in September 2008 for out CitizenFest at the Whistle Stop, went on to win Best Short Film at this year's Sundance, and continued to pick up awards at many other festivals. Just last week, it was announced that ST12 was nominated for the Best Short Film Oscar. Pretty exciting stuff for a local boy who still lives in South Park.

Next Wednesday, December 23, Citizen will be presenting the Lindsay Community School Gift Drive. Here's some info on that one:

Please Join Us in Giving Gifts to the School’s 97 Pregnant and Parenting Teenage Mothers (ages 12 to 18) and Their 37 Infants and Toddlers (ages 3 weeks to 4 years).

Warm Clothes (new or lightly used) and Toiletries
Clothes, Diapers, Blankets, Bottles, Sippy Cups. Toys are Cool Too!

Citizen Video ( So Childish ( and hopefully Whole Foods in Hillcrest.

Lindsay is a County school, part of the Juvenile Court and Community School System (JCCS). The mothers bring their children to the Infant/Toddler Center on campus while they attend classes towards earning high school diplomas.

The Gift Drive will wrap up with Citizen Video's Eve Before the Eve party at the Whistle Stop from 6pm to 9pm. A dollar from every drink will go to benefit the Lindsay Community School. DJ: Holiday Matinee (6:00 to 7:30). Craig (7:30 to 9:00). On Screen: Vintage Holiday Movies. And: A chance to wrap gifts or just drink and hang out.

Also, don't forget about our Whistle Stop Matinee screening of Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale, a modern instant classic about, what else, a dysfunctional family forced to spend time together during the holidays. You can check out the trailer below.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Godard or not Godard?

Just ran across across this little note via WFMU:

French Singer Gigi Gaston's Jean-Luc Godard-Filmed Music Video
Today at 9:20am

What words would you use to describe 1960s French pop sensation Gigi Gaston? With a growing cult discovering her through the dozens of photos, periodicals, songs and videos assembled by Josh Gosfield, some adjectives describing the chanteuse nicknamed the "Black Flower" include "sultry," "elusive," "scandalous," "murderous" and "misunderstood."

To that you must add the word "fictitious" — Gigi Gaston is wholly and entirely a creation of Gosfield, an artist and designer whose exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Manhattan closes on Wednesday, November 25th after a monthlong run. Not only did he cast Gigi, shoot the period-perfect photos and created the meticulously rendered versions of the covers of actual magazine of the era along with a staggering variety of her record sleeves, he's also responsible for the putative Jean-Luc Godard film short for Gigi's haunting song "Je Suis Perdue," which is presented here for your viewing pleasure.

Josh Gosfield will appear on this author's show on Sunday, November 22, 5-7 pm ET, during which he will expound upon his creation and dissemmination of the singer who put the "no-no" in yé-yé.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Out of the Way DVDs Coming Soon

If you keep tabs on our "New In Store Column" on our website, you can see a lot of the big name titles that are coming your way soon. But there's also a host of smaller stuff that will be making it to our shelves this month. A couple of the titles are by one of my favorite distributors Oscilloscope Laboratories. They include The Unmistaken Child and The Exiles. The Unmistaken Child follows a 4-year-search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84. Tenzin Zopa, a disciple of the Dalai Lama, travels on foot, mule and even in helicopter to remote villages where he interviews children and eventually presents his chosen one to the Dalai Lama. The Exiles is a film from 1961 that has finally been released on dvd. A one of a kind film, THE EXILES chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. A formally wealthy neighborhood of decayed Victorian mansions and skid-row apartment buildings. Look for these titles on our shelves soon and keep on top of those titles that we work to unearth for you.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Laura Del Sol Kicks Gangster Butt in THE HIT

Just watched the Criterion release of Stephen Frear's THE HIT, a sly 80's gangster flick shot in Spain. The Criterion liner notes comment on the many future films and directors that borrowed from this little gem (most notably Sexy Beast, another great gangster flick shot in Spain but with some wonderful music video inspired moments by director Jonathon Glazer). However, being a female film watcher what impressed me about this flick was the unmentioned (at least in the liner notes) performance of Laura del Sol. Del Sol bites, scratches, and kicks her way out of gangster harm's way in a way that I haven't seen repeated on the screen except for Patricia Arquette's performance in True Romance (some of which was reportedly edited out of Hollywood Video's release of the dvd). Del Sol doesn't play the smartest study of the group, but she does play the fiercest. While Terence Stamp's character waxes philosophic about how he's ready for and accepting of his impending death (his gangster past has caught up with him), del Sol's character fights for her life with gumption. There are many other reasons to check out this film besides del Sol's performance. If you are searching for some solid filmmaking entertainment, this should be the next one on your list.