Sunday, May 20, 2018

RIP Bobbie Louise Hawkins

Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Beat Poet and Author, Dies at 87

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Bobbie Louise Hawkins in Bolinas, Calif., in 1973. She left her literary imprint on a cultural landscape dominated by men and as a mentor to a generation of female writers.CreditGerard Malanga
NEW YORK TIMES OBIT

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FILMYARD's Howard Rodman answers the age old question!





NOIR FEST
A Festival of Classic Film Noir Movies and an Exhibition of Original Posters,
Books, Magazines and Artwork of the Genre
May 18 – May 20, 2018
Opening reception: May 18, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FilmYard is pleased to present Noir Fest, a weekend long festival celebrating the classic genre known as Film Noir. Curated by producer William Horberg and hosted by Hollywood screenwriter Howard Rodman, the festival will take a fresh look at a genre that resonates in today’s world, as it did in the post-World War II era in which it flourished.

Hard-boiled men, femmes fatales, eat-nickels-and-spit-dimes dialogue, all of those noir conventions seem quaint if not dated as we make our way through the 21st century: imagine a lone corner pay phone on Infinite Loop Drive in Silicon Valley. Yet in the ways that matter, the classic traditions of film noir could not be more contemporary. We live in a doomstruck world, with annihilation just around the next bend, and the possibilities for grace all too rare and fleeting. The odd, unexpected comradeship; the adherence to a moral code even (perhaps especially) among thieves; the possibility of love as a bulwark against injustice and cynicism-- All of these speak very loudly now, and in a voice we need to hear.

Rarely projected films such as Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, Detour, directed by Edgar Ulmer and starring the unforgettable Anne Savage, fan favorite Out of The Past starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer, and the ultimate French gangster drama Le Samourai starring Alain Delon and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville will be screened.

Even rarer, episodes from the early 1990’s anthology television series Fallen Angels which premiered on Showtime, produced by Horberg and written by Rodman, will be screened. Join us for a conversation after the screening with actor, director, and writer Vondie Curtis- Hall who starred in the episode Dead End For Delia along with Gary Oldman.





Saturday, May 12, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

RETREATS FROM OBLIVION: THE JOURNAL OF NOIRCON




Dear NoirCon friends and family,

We are very excited to announce the launch of Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon! Since we weren't able to hold NoirCon 2018 as originally planned, we wanted to stay active and do something to keep the NoirCon community together. One of our favorite parts of the conference was assembling and distributing the program. It provided a platform to bring together a variety of voices and share our interests and projects. The content was as eclectic and inspired as NoirCon's participants. We want to bring this same sense of excitement and community to Retreats from Oblivion. Short stories, essays, poems, artwork, photographs—heck, maybe even some noir sea shanties! 

We just posted our first story this morning, "Easy Go" by Rick Ollerman, which originally appeared in the 2016 program.

Interested in submitting something? Email us at retreatsfromoblivion@gmail.com or read the guidelines here.

We also want to stay in touch through more frequent newsletters. If you have any new publications you'd like to share with the NoirCon family, shoot us an email at noircon@gmail.com with "Newsletter Submission" in the subject line and we'll include it in the next newsletter!

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Noirly yours,
Lou and the NoirCon (and now Retreats from Oblivion
) Crew