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Wednesday, September 29, 7:00PM; 101 minutes; $15
AMC Theatres Empire 25, 234 West 42nd St., between 7th and 8th Ave

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH

Q&A with JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL & FRANK DEMARCO after the screening

preceded by BOOT CAMP

HEDWIG'S twisted path to glory is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving. Developed for years onstage, John Cameron Mitchell's performance is not to be missed, especially on the big screen...

Feature: comedy, drama, rock, sexual identity, glam

HEDWIG
& THE ANGRY INCH

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL will attend a Q&A after the screening

Featuring John Cameron Mitchell

Other Cast:
Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski, Rob Campbell, Michael Aronor, Andrea Martin, Ben Mayer-Goodman, Alberta Watson, Gene Pyrz, Karen Hines, Max Toulch, Maurice Dean Wint, Ermes Blarason, Sook-Yin Lee, Maggie Moore, Renatta Options

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH website

Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 24 awards & 20 nominations.

Synopsis:
Adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theatre hit, Hedwig and The Angry Inch tells the story of an ‘internationally ignored' rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love. Born a boy named Hansel whose life's dream is to find his other half, Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned ‘angry inch'. Finding herself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer park, she pushes on to form a rock band and encounters a lover/protégé in young Tommy Gnosis, who eventually leaves her, steals her songs and becomes a huge rock star.

 

Short: camp

BOOT CAMP

Synopsis:
A man goes into a leather bar and gets something far different than he expected.

Screened at Sundance and Berlin IFFs.

Cast:
Matthew Solari, John Cantwell, Alex Benjamin, Doug Bradford, Tyne Firmin, David Phillip Brooks, Sam Lipton

About the Filmmakers:

After a transient childhood moving every two years with his career army dad and family, John Cameron Mitchell graduated from Northwestern University and headed for California where he developed a steady career playing bit roles in TV sitcoms (McGuyver, The Twilight Zone, Law & Order). On Broadway he starred in the original production of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. With musician Stephen Trask he created the character Hedwig for a New York drag show. The two went on to make an off-Broadway musical about Hedwig the German transsexual, victim of a botched sex job, and her rock & roll band. After three years off-Broadway, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH the movie arrived in theaters in 2001 and quickly established a cult status akin to the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. It also earned Mitchell a Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival and a Teddy Award for Best Gay/Lesbian Feature. Mitchell has moved on—current projects include an animated children's movie and an adult movie—but he acknowledges his debt to Hedwig for releasing him from “his drab journeyman's existence as an actor.”

John Matthews is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Columbia University, where he received his BA in film production with honors.  He is also an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop.  His stage direction has been seen at SOMA Theatre in Austin, Texas, Playwrights Horizons Junefest, and the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, New York.  His films have won a number of awards and screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Berlin and the Toronto Short Film Festival.  He is currently working on a number of film projects.

Credits for HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH Producer: Michael De Luca, Amy Henkels, Mark Tusk
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Written By: John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask (Play music & lyrics)
Music By: Stephen Trask
Cinematographer: Frank G. DeMarco
Editor: Andrew Marcus
Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell
Credits for BOOT CAMP
Writer/Director:
John Matthews
Producer:
Melinda Hsu
Cinematographer:
Kate Phelan
Choreographer:
Bill Fabris
Editors:
John Matthews & May Lyle
Scoring:
Jeffrey Hoffman
Song (“Not While We’re Dancing, Dear”):
John Matthews (lyrics), Marco Martinez-Galarce (music)
Arranged & Conducted by:
Jeffrey Hoffman

All programming and announced guests are subject to change.
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