Nicky’s Family

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The amazing story of the man described as “Britain’s Schindler”

A 96 minute long English-language documentary with dramatic re-enactments

35mm print, DCP, DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1

“The best documentary I have ever seen.”
Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic

“The most moving and inspiring story I have taken part in.”
Esther Rantzen – BBC TV presenter

    “It is a film that inspires through goodness.“
Zdenek Sverák, Czech screenwriter and author of Oscar-winning film “Kolya”

NICKY ´S FAMILY is a gripping documentary from the International Emmy Award winning film director Matej Minac about the rescue operation of Sir Nicholas Winton (105 years old) who saved 669 children at the outbreak of WWII. The film features dramatic re-enactments and never before seen archival footage (one third of the film) as well as interviews with a number of rescued “children” and Sir Nicholas Winton himself.

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Tobe Hooper’s Eggshells

Many people think that 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was Tobe Hooper’s feature debut, emerging out of nowhere to rip the genre to shreds and leave audiences reeling.
Not so.
Four years earlier, Hooper gathered together a ramshackle crew and an eager young cast, and made Eggshells – aka An American Freak Illumination, a surreal, psychedelic drama about University undergraduates sharing a house at the tail-end of the Sixties. For want of a better description, this is a film that defies easy categorization.

Hooper went on to direct dozens of films, TV shows and shorts including Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot (1979),  the Spielberg-produced Poltergeist (1982 ), Lifeforce (1985) and Dark Skies (1996).

Lost for 40 years, the film has been immaculately restored by Watchmaker Films and is available for licensing in Australia and New Zealand.

“I’ve always described it as being a mixture of Andy Warhol’s Trash and Walt Disney’s Fantasia.”

– Tobe Hooper

Eggshells Poster“Eggshells makes explicit what many have long assumed — that Hooper’s sense of cinema is the defining characteristic that makes [The Texas Chainsaw Massacre] great. Eggshells is a true 1968 film, psychedelic and political” – Louis Black, founder of SXSW

…a delirium fueled commentary on America’s narcotic comedown, a fever dream picture that concerns itself with the unconnected and frankly incoherent experiences of a group of counter-cultural types…” – John McEntee, Sound On Sight magazine

“It’s a real movie about 1969, kind of verite but with a little push, improvisation mixed with magic. It was about the beginning and end of the subculture. Most of it takes place in a commune house. But what they don’t know is that in the basement is a crypto-embryonic hyper-electric presence that managed to influence the house and the people in it. The presence has embedded itself in the walls and grows into this big bulb, half-electronic, half organic. Almost like an eye, but like a big light, it comes out of the wall, manipulating and animating.” – Tobe Hooper

Travel back to the psychedelic sixties with this long-lost debut gem from a talented young Tobe Hooper, who would later take many members of this film’s cast and crew and produce The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Overflowing with creativity and positivity, full of Godard-like film trickery and playful pop art inflections, populated not only with nubile nudes but a “crypto-embryonic hyper-electric presence”, and scored with the music of Austin psych folk legends Shiva’s Headband, Eggshells is the headiest “head” film you’ve never heard of.

The film was beautifully restored by Watchmaker Films and is available for licensing in Australia and New Zealand for the first time.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Executive Producer: Louis Black
Producers: Tobe Hooper, David I. Ford, Raymond O’Leary
Script: Tobe Hooper
Cast: Ron Barnhart, Pamela Craig, Allen Danziger, Sharon Danziger, Mahlon Foreman, Kim Henkel, Amy Lester, Boris Schnurr, David Noll
Editors: Tobe Hooper, Robert Elkins Music: Spencer Perskin, Shiva’s Head Band, Jim Schulman

90 Min | Color | 1.85:1 | English | 1969

Australia/New Zealand: All rights available

Exciting news: Eggshells will be screening for the first time in Australia at the Sydney Underground Film Festival in September: see http://suff.com.au/2012/08/eggshells/

The Whole Shootin’ Match

The lost film that inspired Robert Redford to start Sundance

In 1979, Eagle Pennell and Lin Sutherland wrote and produced The Whole Shootin’ Match. This was the next independent feature film to come out of Austin after The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and it could not be more different.

Shootin’ Match was discovered by famed critic Arthur Knight who premiered it at the Dallas USA film festival. It went on to play at the US Film Festival in Utah where it won the audience award. It also inspired Robert Redford to start the Sundance Institute and soon after the Park City Festival became the Sundance Film Festival.

The Whole Shootin Match

Directed by Eagle Pennell (Last Night At The Alamo), this influential American independent film has been lost for 25 years. Now fully restored, it is a joy to watch and a tribute to the spirit of Austin, Texas in the 70s as well as to the regional filmmakers who jump started the American independent film movement.

“The Whole Shootin’ Match is priceless. I rated it at three stars on its first release. What was I waiting for? Do I ever change a rating. Hell, yes. I’d give it four today, and you’ll see why.”

– Roger Ebert

“…a loving, indulgent, funny, very casual movie about the ups and downs of a couple of innocent, self-defeating American clowns.”

– Vincent Canby  – New York Times

“The Whole Shootin’ Match is a precursor to almost any indie made today.”
– Filmmaker Magazine

Adored by Vincent Canby, awarded four stars by Roger Ebert it is something of lost classic, now found.

Director: Eagle Pennell
Writers: Eagle Pennell, Lin Sutherland
Stars: Lou Perryman, Sonny Carl Davis and Doris Hargrave

109 Min | B/W | 1.85:1 | English | 1979

Also available for licensing as a DVD extra: The King Of Texas (80 mins) – documentary about the film maker who directed The Whole Shootin’ Match

and Eagle Pennell’s short film A Hell Of A Note (28 mins)

Lovingly restored by Watchmaker Films The Whole Shootin’ Match is available for lincensing  in Australia/New Zealand for the first time: All rights available

A Hell of a Note

Detailing one Friday in the day-at-a-time existence of three friends in Austin, Texas, the first short by Eagle Pennell is unmistakably the work of an instinctive filmmaker.

Eschewing visual precociousness or narrative bravura, the film displays something much rarer: an assured grasp of tone and rhythm, a sense of story-telling through small talk and detail and an honest, unsentimental affection for the world in front of the lens.

A Hell Of A Note

(1976, 28 minutes, 16mm B&W restored to 1080 24p, USA)
Directed and written by Eagle Pennell
With Lou Perryman and Sonny Davis

This film by Eagle Pennell preceded The Whole Shootin’ Match

 

Attack Of The Bat Monsters

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Loosely based on the exploits of legendary exploitation filmmaker Roger Corman, Attack Of The Bat Monsters takes place in 1959 at a desolate rock quarry where a driven director, after wrapping three days early on a low-budget science-fiction film, exhorts his cast and crew to shoot a second film in the 72 hours they have left.
When the exhausted cast and crew agree, a comic nightmare ensues for all involved.

Attack Of The Bat Monsters

DIR Kelly Greene
DP Tom Hennig
CAST Michael Dalmon, Maurice Ripke, Fred Ballard, Casie Tabanou, Ryan Wickerham, Douglas Taylor, Robert Graham
MUSIC Tim Bushong

USA, 2000, Super16, 87 min.

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