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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Humboldt Style: Gala Glam

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Peter, Hazel and Shirley Santino bring vintage glamour to the vintage lobby of the Eureka Theater. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Peter, Hazel and Shirley Santino bring vintage glamour to the vintage lobby of the Eureka Theater.

While Leonardo DiCaprio was selling his soul to that goat from The Witch for his Oscar, the Eureka Theater was flush with its own parade of gowns and tuxes at the Red Carpet Gala co-hosted by the Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission and the theater, celebrating 100 years of filming on the North Coast. The 88th Academy Awards and clips from movies with familiar locales played on the big screen, local awards were bestowed and a lobby full of locals in their finest clinked glasses and chased after the woman carrying the plate of bacon-wrapped shrimp. And they looked good, too. The people. (And the shrimp, actually.) True to Humboldt's nature, there was a lot of vintage, especially in the way of tuxedos, hats and fur stoles, both real and faux. Plenty of women took a shine to sequins, and it appears trains are back, so watch your step. Check out the slideshow for some style highlights just off the red carpet. 
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By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Uncorking Wine of Summer

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 3:02 PM

FROM THE WINE OF SUMMER
  • From The Wine of Summer
Were you wondering if movie buffs at Portugal's 2013 Duoro Film Harvest and the crowd at the 2013 Humboldt premier were the only people who'd ever see the The Wine of Summer? Well, so was local filmmaker Maria Matteoli for a minute there. But come Oct. 6 the film, shot both in Spain and here in Old Town Eureka, will open at the Fine Arts Beverly Hills theater — the whole Hollywood red carpet treatment. In a phone interview, while wrangling her 2-year-old son, Matteoli says it's a big deal for such a small film.

"I'm so shocked that it even got theatrical release," she says with a laugh. The hunt for a distributor started in 2012, but Matteoli feels winning a prize at the film fest in Portugal helped the movie land the deal with New Films International. The Wine of Summer is slated for release in 10 cities with the possibility of wider distribution depending on ticket sales. 

Not that Matteoli has been sitting around waiting. "I already have financing and we've already started casting for my new film," she says. While she won't say who, she hints that an Academy Award-winning actress is interested in the lead role in Lady of the Canyon, about explorer/author Isabella Bird, who traveled in Colorado in 1874. Set to be shot in Colorado and England, the film spans Bird's life but is focused on her early 40s, if that helps you speculate on the actress any. 




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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Omigod is That... ?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM

If you see her, she will look exactly like this. - TWITTER
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  • If you see her, she will look exactly like this.
If you think you saw a Hollywood actress around town, you probably did. Rowdy Kelly, who is scouting locations for the production company Woodshock LLC, won't confirm or deny whether Kirsten Dunst is in Humboldt for pre-production visit (and neither will Cassandra Hesseltine of the Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission), but the film's IMDB page lists her as cast in the film Woodshock from Coda Films. (We had to check — remember that Jennifer Lawrence/Sean Penn hoax at the Peg House?) Kelly was able to tell the Journal that the film is a psychological drama to be filmed largely in Eureka and around Humboldt with a few scenes in Del Norte. Kelly has worked as a location scout on The Majestic, After Earth (go easy, he was a scout, not a writer) and several car commercials.

If you see Dunst around town, be cool, Humboldt. (She's had it rough, what with being stuck as a child vampire with blonde Tom Cruise and having Gwen Stacy steal Spiderman.) Kelly says selfies with the star are probably fine, "as long as you have her permission — or his." Very smooth. Send a snapshot our way if you get one — we want to Photoshop ourselves in there.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Ready for Your Close Up?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:48 PM

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Have you always dreamed of being on the silver screen, your name splashed in bold letters in a dark theatre next to “Woman No. 3,” “Boy in Ice Cream Shop” or “Man Crossing Street”?

Well, your big break is here. On Sunday, June 28, several independent movies filming on the North Coast this summer are holding casting calls for a variety of extras and roles.

If you think you’ve got what it takes — as in you’re a male or female between the 18 and 50, a 50- to 75-year-old woman, a 5- to 9-year old boy or a five-foot-eleven redheaded fella between 22 and 30 — get to the Old Stewart School, 1125 16th St. in Arcata, at 11 a.m. Bring a headshot and resume if you’ve got 'em (of course you do, you’ve been waiting for this moment).

And while you’re waiting for your callback, cruise down to the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission offices at 1385 Eighth St. in Arcata for a “Good Practices of being an Extra or Production Assistant for Movies” workshop. You want to look like you know what you’re doing when you — wait! Rewind. There! In the gray shirt.

Made it!

From the commission:

Redwood Curtain Casting will be holding an open casting call this Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Old Stewart School, 1125 16th Street in Arcata. The open call is for several SAG independent feature films filming in the redwood region this summer. Casting needs are males and females (extras) between the ages of 18 and 50; women between the ages of 50 and 75; boys between the ages of 5 to 9; and males between the ages of 22 to 30 with light colored hair (preferably red tones) and height approximately 5’11”. Redwood Curtain Casting asks that interested individuals bring headshots and resumes (if possible). For more information, email Laura at redwoodcurtaincasting@gmail.com.

Following the casting call, there will be a workshop on “Good Practices of being an Extra or Production Assistant for Movies.” The workshop will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission located at 1385 8th Street in Arcata. The workshop is a free public event held by Redwood Curtain Casting and the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission. For more information, email commissioner@filmhumboldtdelnorte.org.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Humboldt Style: Everybody Goes to Rick's

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Hardcore vintage collector Kate Newby brings foxy back. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Hardcore vintage collector Kate Newby brings foxy back.

The Eureka Theater was packed like a wartime visa office for the screening of Casablanca on Friday night. The upper and lower lobbies were transformed into Rick's Café Americain, the gin joint run by Bogie in the film, and more than a few patrons took the opportunity to work their 1940s vintage best. 

Donna Landry's costume closets are the stuff of legend. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Donna Landry's costume closets are the stuff of legend.
Michael Logan goes full Bogart in a white dinner jacket. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Michael Logan goes full Bogart in a white dinner jacket.
Mark Ritz and Charlie Jordan came period correct. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Mark Ritz and Charlie Jordan came period correct.
Upstairs, the second floor lobby with its newly silver-leafed ceiling, was decked out with a roulette table and a Champagne bar, where, as in the decidedly anti-Hitler 1942 film, patrons sipped and socialized under the watch of jack-booted Nazis. Yup. They went there. In fact, intermission was marked by the same black shirted thugs storming the theater with searchlights and dragging off the tuxedoed Joel Canzoneri, who made a run for it like the doomed Peter Lorre. 

Um. Silas McIlraith made people uneasy as one of three black-shirted Nazi guards keeping folks from the unfinished balcony. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Um. Silas McIlraith made people uneasy as one of three black-shirted Nazi guards keeping folks from the unfinished balcony.
Alyse Laverne is swing-shift swell in cat eye glasses and war-era dress. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Alyse Laverne is swing-shift swell in cat eye glasses and war-era dress.
Veronica Brooks and Celest Melosh in fascinating fascinators. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Veronica Brooks and Celest Melosh in fascinating fascinators.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mr. Spock to the Bridge

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Too soon?
  • Too soon?

Need more Nimoy? Beam yourself to the Eureka Theater on Sunday, March 15 from 3-9:30 p.m. for Spock Day ($5). Doors open at 2:30 for Spocktails (yup, they went there) in the lobby and raise a glass and a razor sharp eyebrow to the half-Vulcan legend. At 5 p.m. prepare to go where, well, many of us have gone before: back to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). That's the original Spock and Kirk, for all you kiddies, and it would be illogical not to yell "Khaaaaaan!" when the moment comes. Then at 7 p.m. Leonard Nimoy is back as Spock in the 2009 reboot Star Trek alongside Zachary Quinto as ... um, Spock. It's actually kind of Spocked up.  

But wait, why are you showing up early, two hours before the first movie? Because like a routine scouting mission, anything can happen. Tribbles or Pon farr-mad Vulcans or Romulans or some radical Trekkie splinter group could take over the projection booth and do something awesome. Just be there. You are wondering whether to wear the ears — the answer is yes. And the uniform? If not now, when? But maybe not the red shirt if you want to make it to the sequel. 
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

SF-based Film Fest Wants Humboldt to "Think It, Shoot It, Share It" (Like, Now.)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Humboldt Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine, PAH-fest Co-Director Lasha Zambakhidze and Tech AD Bailey Coppola - PHOTO BY JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Photo by Jennifer Savage
  • Humboldt Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine, PAH-fest Co-Director Lasha Zambakhidze and Tech AD Bailey Coppola

People! We are in the midst of a film festival competition right here in Humboldt! Did you know this? Co-Director Lasha Zambakhidze and Tech AD Bailey Coppola have been touring around town, alerting students and potential participants about PAH-Fest, a one-week film festival taking place in San Francisco, Oakland, Marin and our collective backyard. 

Students, high school and college, have contests geared specifically to them.

Non-enrolled filmmakers, accomplished and aspiring, see your creative options below.

(Note: The Ink People Center for the Arts is your Humboldt hub and editing station.) 

Create a two-minute HD video portrait of yourself or another person. You can B.Y.O.G. (Bring Your Own Gear) or PAH-FEST will supply you with HD pocket camcorders and a complete editing system for you to edit and finish your piece. Everyone is welcome to show up at PAH-FEST and create a Digiportrait. Your submission will be featured in the PAH NATION theater to be rated by the online public, and a cash prize is awarded to the winning piece! This contest is open to California residents only.

The Tone Poem is a poetic dance between music and film based on a specific theme. The music and the film cannot exist before hand. Everything is created during the festival. One need not be a professional musician. Music can be many things including simple humming or drumming. You can B.Y.O.G (Bring Your Own Gear) or use a PAH HD pocket camcorder and PAH editing station to cut and finish your 2 minute Tone Poem. This contest is open to California residents only.

Use a video-enabled cellphone or your personal camcorder to film an all in camera, continuous 60-second or less shot with no editing or pausing on the specific assigned theme of "Something Sacred." Upload your work to the PAH website.

Children 12 and under are invited to "participate in a visual treasure hunt and win a prize" in the Humboldt Circus Vision Contest. Using a pocket camcorder, children will meet at a specific location to interpret and shoot these seven universal circus symbols: Rings, Colors, Funny, Flying, Balance, Animals and Opposites. Full details here.

Zambakhidze anticipates submissions from Eureka High School, the Arcata Arts Institute and College of the Redwoods, but the public field is wide open, he said.

Students, of course, are also welcome to participate in the public portion of the contest. All entries will be screened online with the awards ceremony taking place on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. at the San Francisco Art Institute and streaming live on the website and at the Eureka High School auditorium.

If this is your first alert to PAH-fest, its various contests and cash prizes, you're welcome – now hop to it! The clock is ticking. 

Bonus question: If you could turn the entire world one color, what color would it be?
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Leave Your Mark on Ocean Night

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

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If you were hot to see Wiremark, as the Journal had erroneously named tonight's Ocean Night film, tough. The actual title is Watermark, and it's a painterly exploration of how humankind has shaped and been shaped by water. 

In California, the vast, manmade All-American Canal diverts water from the Colorado River to urban centres. In India, the mass Hindu pilgrimage called the Kumbh Mela sees thirty million worshippers bathe in the sacred river at Allahabad in a single day. The images are incredible, taking something as commonplace as water and capturing it in curiously beautiful ways. 
The film was made by Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky, who previously collaborated on Manufactured Landscapes. Both artists portray massive industrial complexes hauntingly and beautifully. Go eat popped corn and support Humboldt Surfrider, Humboldt Baykeeper and the Northcoast Environmental Center tonight with a $3 suggested donation. Doors at 6:30.



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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

NCJ Writers' Favorite Christmas Movies

Posted By on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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There are hundreds of Christmas movies to choose from and selecting the right one can be the daunting task that finally tips you over the edge into Christmas craziness. We've all been there. One second you're browsing your DVD shelf and the next you're on a fifth-story ledge with Miracle on 34th Street in one hand and It's a Wonderful Life in the other. Here at NCJ, we want to save you from the impending insanity with a few recommendations. Here is our list of carefully selected Christmas favorites.

Grant Scott-Goforth:


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Sure, this one makes the list on a technicality, but it is undeniably awesome. If you're unfamiliar with the works of Monty Python, then shame on you. Life of Brian is the sordid tale of the boy born one manger over from Jesus. Really, it's a case of mistaken identity with a little soul-searching thrown in for good measure. But, mostly, it's just hilarious. Exhibit A:


Ryan Burns:

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Burns' choice smacks the wholesome right out of Christmas. Billy Bob Thorton can't quite fill-out the Santa suit, but he makes up for it by being an absolutely horrible human being. Behaving in ways that would make the Grinch cringe in disbelief, Thorton's Santa is in a league of his own.


Jennifer Fumiko Cahill:
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It's just not Christmas until Bruce Willis walks barefoot over broken glass. Badassery aside, Die Hard exemplifies the spirit of Christmas. One man goes to painfully awesome lengths to reunite his family, showing his love for his wife by absolutely destroying Hans Gruber. When's the last time someone beat up Alan Rickman for you on Christmas?! 


Heidi Walters:

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This movie is undeniably adorable and hilarious. Don't let the multitude of copycat holiday-themed crapfests deter you. Love Actually's cast alone makes it better than most movies, Christmas-based or otherwise. Also, no other Christmas movie includes this hilarious scene:


Dev Richards:
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There are a bazillion reasons why this is the best Christmas movie, but we'll just include a few for good measure: Liev Schreiber in drag, Adam Sandler with a ukele and Madeline Kahn just being Madeline Kahn. Mixed Nuts is a '90s masterpiece that was swept under the rug. It just isn't Christmas without Parker Posey and Jon Stewart on rollerblades.


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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Local Girl Does Good: 'The Wine of Summer' Victorious in Portugal

Posted By on Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

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Humboldt native and filmmaker Maria Matteoli was already celebrating the inclusion of The Wine of Summer in Portugal's Douro Film Harvest – she and her crew had flown to Porto to attend the world premiere of the movie they crafted during 2011 in Spain and the streets of Eureka's Old Town – when things got even better.

"What in the..." Matteoli's Facebook post read, along with a photo of her holding some sort of fancy trophy. Another one just said, "Dude..."

The film's page confirmed impressions. "And we won!!"

Congratulations to Humboldt's own international award-winning filmmakers!

Check out The Wine of Summer on IMDB and don't miss the director's cut premiering Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Eureka Theatre.
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