Helen Hill's films @ 45th AAFF

From: alvamel (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Mar 28 2007 - 20:45:36 PDT

I suppose that this is a bit late & should have been written during festival week.

It's difficult to express the wave of emotion that swept over me and the many friends in attendance when 'Madame Winger Makes a Film' started rolling on opening night of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. It was the absolute perfect film to launch the Festival because, not only does the film speak volumes to Helen's vibrancy as a personable friend but also as a filmmaker committed to inspiring everyone to go out and start making work as soon as possible. The fact that it was the 1st film to screen at the festival helped set the tone for the rest of the week and reminded everyone to celebrate Helen's spirit.

On Wednesday afternoon the Festival sponsored a special screening of all the rest of her work at a local jazz club. While it was a relatively subdued occasion, everyone was very excited to be there to share the experience of seeing Helen's work in all it's restored glory. Courtney Eggan and Betsy Weiss, two close friends from NOLA, spoke movingly about Helen's legacy as a friend, filmmaker, community leader - and how much she is missed

To the credit of Helen's family and people who worked so hard to restore Helen's work, the prints are lush and sound superb.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who did make Helen's films available again. I hope the films will tour so that others can have the same great experience that we all did at Ann Arbor.

Restored titles are:
Madame Winger Makes a Film: A Survival Guide to the 20th Century
Tunnel of Love
Scratch and Crow
Film Fore Rosie
Bohemian Town
Your New Pig Is Down The Road


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