A Festival of
Classic Film Noir Movies and an Exhibition of Original Posters,
Books, Magazines and Artwork of the Genre
May 18 – May
Opening reception: May 18, 5:00 – 7:00
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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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