Best Picture and Best Director winner at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, Susan Seidelman’s Musical Chairs will air through all of April on HBO and its multiplex channels HBO Latino and HBO Signature, and is also available for streaming on HBO GO.
Seidelman, best known for her new-wave masterpiece Desperately Seeking Susan, once again sets foot in New York bohemia for this romantic drama about star-crossed lovers who find each other through a shared love of competitive ballroom dancing.
From the website, “Musical Chairs is a romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando Ortiz from the Bronx and Mia Franklin from the Upper East Side, who come together through their love of ballroom dancing.
Mia and Armando meet at a midtown Manhattan dance studio where Mia is an instructor and Armando is a part-time handyman who exchanges his janitorial duties for dance lessons. Despite their differences, there is clearly a spark between them that is ignited one night when they find themselves alone practicing in the studio. But before their relationship has a chance to grow, a tragic accident changes Mia’s life forever. True to his nature, Armando dedicates himself to helping Mia overcome the everyday challenges that follow.”
The film stars newcomers Leah Pipes and E.J. Bonilla as Mia and Armando and features a tremendous supporting cast: Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black and Mass IFF Best Supporting Actress nominee, Tony-award winner Priscilla Lopez, Auti Angel, Jaime Tirelli, Nelson Landrieu, Angelic Zambrana, and more.
To catch Musical Chairs, here are the air dates for the month:
Apr. 3 – 4pm EST – HBO East
Apr. 3 – 4pm EST – HBO Latino East
Apr. 3 – 7pm EST – HBO West
Apr. 3 – 7pm EST – HBO Latino West
Apr. 6 – 6:05am EST – HBO Signature East
Apr. 6 – 9:05am EST – HBO Signature West
Apr. 9 – 7am EST – HBO East
Apr. 9 – 7am EST – HBO Latino East
Apr. 9 – 10am EST – HBO West
Apr. 9 – 10am EST – HBO Latino West
Apr. 15 – 8:50am EST – HBO Signature East
Apr. 15 – 11:50am EST – HBO Signature West
Apr. 17 – 8pm EST – HBO Latino East
Apr. 17 – 11pm EST – HBO Latino West
Apr. 20 – 6:30am EST – HBO East
Apr. 20 – 6:30am EST – HBO Latino East
Apr. 20 – 9:30am EST – HBO West
Apr. 20 – 9:30am EST – HBO Latino West
Apr. 25 – 11:30am EST – HBO East
Apr. 25 – 11:30am EST – HBO Latino East
Apr. 25 – 2:30pm EST – HBO West
Apr. 25 – 2:30pm EST – HBO Latino West
Apr. 28 – 7:50am EST – HBO Signature East
Apr. 28 – 10:50am EST – HBO Signature West
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Horror Hotel Returns for Second Season
Horror and lodging have quite a history together. Dracula. Psycho. 1408. The Tower of Terror. Needless to say, come Halloween time, you think about showering while holding the curtain taut when you stay somewhere. Or you might do that at home anyway. Chocolate syrup can’t be any good for the septic system.
The filmmakers of the award-winning Horror Hotel know this association well and are thrilled to announce that they are heading into a second season. Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, Horror Hotel is a web anthology series that hearkens back to the trailblazers of the format like The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tales from the Darkside and Night Gallery.
Read on for updates on the season in production and be sure to check out (or check in to!) TBB’s interview with producer Debbie Jo Hess. You can catch Horror Hotel on several streaming platforms, including Hulu, AT&T Uverse, xfinity, and MSN.
Turndown service offered along with clones, aliens, and brain-snatching.
IFF Boston Winners Announced
Independent Film Festival Boston has announced the 2014 Jury and Audience Award Winners! IFF Boston ran from April 23-30, but you can still be involved! Become a volunteer or donor by following these pages.
The list of winners courtesy of FF Boston’s Facebook news release.
IFFBOSTON 2014 JURY AWARD WINNERS
Grand Jury Prize: TRAP STREET
Special Jury Prize: FORT TILDEN
Grand Jury Prize: FIGHT CHURCH
Special Jury Prize: POINT AND SHOOT
Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing: PRINT THE LEGEND
Grand Jury Prize: AFRONAUTS
Special Jury Prize: THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST
IFFBOSTON 2014 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS
Narrative Feature: HOMEMAKERS
Documentary Feature: SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY
Short Film: FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS
Brattle Film Foundation Kickstarter: Three Days Left!
Harvard Square’s historic Brattle Theatre is in the home stretch for its Kickstarter project, and it’s almost there! The funding will install digital projectors and a new HVAC system. With the advent of digital film making, the addition is necessary in order to play the restored classics that the Brattle wants to bring to audiences, as well as new releases.
“Our goal is to preserve this local cultural landmark and ensure that it remains the community resource it has been for nearly 60 years.”
Help support a cultural and historic Boston theater; a simple donation will even get your name in lights!
You can find the Brattle’s Kickstarter project here.
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