All Tomorrow’s Parties is an international music and art festival started early in this century as an attempt to be an antidote to the large corporate festivals that are such a part of the concert landscape. Starting in the UK, but branching into the US in 2002, the festival had a 5-year stint in the Catskills of New York starting in 2008. From the beginning, Criterion was involved with this particular stop with an eclectic slate of films meant to complement and counter program the various musical acts that form the focus of the festival.
The 2009 line up was once again a great and varied list of films that paired nicely with a music fest committed to exploring roads less traveled. This year’s curator was Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and his stamp was all over the place. The Criterion Cinema seems to have been upgraded and given a more central focus within the festival. Lee Kline was there to oversee the proceedings and had this to say prior to the start of the whole shebang:
“Music was meant to be played live, and movies were meant to be seen big. It’s a fact of life. Criterion is thrilled to be back at ATP NY for the second year bringing you alternative programming to some truly great music. It was a difficult decision trying to decide what movie might play against some of our favorite bands (would anybody really wanna see a movie while Deerhunter or Jesus Lizard is playing??) but hopefully we’ll give you a reason to stop in the theater and watch a few things. We’re very happy to have Jim Jarmusch with us on Sunday to present his film MYSTERY TRAIN, followed by a Q&A. We’re looking forward to seeing the ATP MOVIE and the Lips CHRISTMAS ON MARS. But we’re also quite happy to show the magnificent DAYS OF HEAVEN, the crazy Japanese horror flick HOUSE, and Steve McQueen’s intense film HUNGER (if you missed this in the theaters recently, here’s your second chance.) These are just a few of the films we’ll be showing. But, if you think coming to the Criterion theater means gathering around a television to watch DVD’s, you’ve got it wrong. Thanks to our friends at Panasonic, we went to great efforts to fit the biggest screen we could into the theater, along with a state of the art projector to show restored High Definition versions of some classic films the way they were meant to be seen: big!”
Jim Jarmusch was on hand for a screening of MYSTERY TRAIN and stuck around for a Q &A with Lee Kline afterwards.
ATP – New York – September 11-13, 2009
Kutsher’s Country Club – Monticello NY
Criterion Cinema Line Up