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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page C8

Rochester, New York
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
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Page8C Sunday,September28,2014 DemocratandChronicle. com Aformer Rochesterian is returning to his hometown, with a superb film under his arm, and bringing along the spirit of Humphrey Bogart, of all people. Steve Anderson, who was raised in Pittsford and is a graduate of Nazar eth College, now lives in H ollywood, where he w rote, directed and cop roduced an excellent, new film noir melodrama called This Last Lonely Place. The production caught the eye of Stephen Bogart (maybe, in part, because his dad once made a movie called In a Lonely Place ), who came on board as an executive producer, and revived his late father’s production company, Santana Pictures, to distrib- u te the film. Anderson’s The Last Lonely Place will be given aspecial one-time screen- ing at the Little at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $10. A ticket including a meet-and-greet party with food and drink is $25. This Last Lonely Place takes place in a beautifully filmed modern Los Angeles, but is classic film noir, through and through, w ith mystery, sex, betray- a l, femme fatales, sharp t wists and turns, and fat alistic characters and behavior. The script is dense but engaging, and the characters are superbly played, especially by Rhys Coiro, Xander Berkeley and Carly Pope. (Though you may not know the names, you’ll recognize some of the actors, and be impressed with all of them — especially those three leads.) Anderson tells me the f ilm was made on a very slim budget, financed largely through a Kick- starter campaign, which r aised more than $90,000. But you wouldn’t know it from its look and sound. L.A. hasn’t been this gorgeous and definitive on film in years. Finally, and most important, I know a lot of Humphrey Bogart and his work, and I think he’d love this film, which- sort of marks a homecoming for Bogart, who spent s ummers at his parents’ home at Seneca Point on Canandaigua Lake. MUSICAL CHAMPION . S tanding at least on the periphery of many jazz and other musical events in the Rochester area — and often in the center — over the past several decades has been musician, scholar, educator and advocate Ned Corman. From playing with the likes of Chuck Mangione, Fred Waring, and the R ochester Philharmonic to fashioning the state-of- the-art Penfield High School music program, f rom combining performance and golf outings with the Swing ’n’ Jazz events to supporting composers through the Penfield Commission Project, Corman has been a force. There is no other word. And now Corman tells his story in a fascinating new memoir, Now’s the Time — a Story of Music, E ducation, and Advocacy, written with Rob Enslin (Epigraph, $28.95). The book is about music and about a passion for life — and how both elements merge in the interests and drive of Ned Corman. It’s quite a story of a m an who emerges from a boyhood on a farm in cent ral Pennsylvania (an area near my own boyhood home)to become a student and then a dependa- b le and talented musician at the Eastman School of Music, and in the Rochester area. N ow’s the Time is an ins ightful look at the day-to- d ay and career-long chal- lengesfacing musicians and artists, and the drive and belief that can carry a talented individual through the various cultural challenges and storms. Of course, a sense of humor also helps, and if you know Ned Corman, y ou know that’s part of the m ix. Who else would so w illingly embrace his rather obvious similarity to the character of Zoot on The Muppet Show? NEW DRYDEN CURATOR .The George Eastman House announced last week that a new arrival will manage what we all get to see on the screen at E astman’s beloved Dry- d en Theatre. Jurij Meden h as accepted the appoint- m ent, and arrives with 15 years experience, most recently as head of programming for the film cinematheque in Ljublja- na, Slovenia. Eastman’s senior film curator, Paolo Cherchi Usai, expressed excitement at securing Meden’s talents, saying he speaks superb English, and is extremely knowledgeable about both American and g lobal cinema. Meden succeeds the popular Jim Healy, and, more recently, Lori Donnelly, as manager of programming and other activities at the Dryden. Cherchi Usai, however, says Meden will assume other responsibil- i ties, along with the new title of curator of film ex- h ibitions. ‘GONE’ AGAIN . Arguably the most famous movie in the world, the ep- i c Civil War romance Gone With the Wind is being celebrated on its 75th anniversary with a return to the big screen. Rhett B utler and Scarlett O ’Hara will act out their fabled story at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday in theaters around the country — including at t he Regal Henrietta, Tins eltown and Webster 12 in our area. Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland lead t he great cast of the 1939 f ilm that earned eight Oscars, including best picture. For information on screenings, go to fathom e Pittsford native’s film noir gets Little screening PROVIDED PHOTO Ryhs Coiro as Sam Taylor in This Last Lonely Place . Jack Garner AT THE MOVIES —AND MORE $ $ $ $ Coupon Coupon COUPON FOR IN-STORE OR ONLINE USE! Cash Value 1/10¢. Coupon Code: Offer good for one item at regular price only. One coupon per customer per day. Must present coupon at time of purchase. Offer is not valid with any other coupon, discount or previous purchase. 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