I.D.A.C. | a short film

What the film maker wrote follows the films viewing. It tells more than I can say. It is a wonderful . touching true story told delicately by the protagonist. He speaks caringly about a life moving through as he tries to live it. Characters . note pad notes . tucked away into invisibility . promises dismissed lightly . but not maliciously . I would recommend sitting back for a short while . listen . watch . you will meet with profound and humorous moments . delightful descriptions. I say on with a Good piece of film making . meant to bring a true story alive in our minds. I do believe the film maker succeeds splendidly. – j.kiley

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IDAC | Casimir Nozkowski

Rating . . . PG . Not for Adults Only
Length . . . 5m 42s
Genre . . . Light Drama . Humorous . Narrative . Auto-biographical

Synopsis: When I was leaving for college, my aunt Dana told me I had a cousin I’d never met who was matriculating in the same year as me. We shared classes and had friends in common but for some strange reason I never introduced myself. All during college, and then into the real world, through a decade of overlapping connections, we never met. This film is an examination of that hesitation and an attempt to understand why I never made the easiest connection in the world… until it was too late. Through archival footage and re-enactment of the era in question, IDAC is ultimately a documentary about what was happening on an unconscious level and how distant a relative can be even when they’re right in front of your face.

Production Notes: I’ve made over 100 short films, many of which examine issues of family, the blurry line between fiction and non-fiction and the sometimes disturbing, sometimes hilarious ways our memories fail us. IDAC is an autobiographical documentary which is a genre my movies (or at least parts of them) often fall into. The key with autobiography in my opinion is to avoid being sentimental at all costs. This does not mean you can’t be funny or can’t be authentic and personal – it’s just that it being your story does not automatically make it interesting. On top of that, IDAC also considers the way we dream and the way dreams can invade our everyday life – which is another subject matter that can easily steer a film awry. So making IDAC was exciting because once mindful of all these pitfalls, there was an enormous feeling of restraint that coursed through the documentary’s production. My hope is that people who see my film IDAC recognize familiar moments and feelings from their own lives: memories they can’t quite explain, people they think they know and dramatic, life-defining events that upon further scrutiny don’t exactly add up as neatly as they once thought.

Screenings:
2016 Hot Docs Film Festival premiere
2016 Rooftop Films
2016 Vassar Filmfest
2016 Iron Mule Film Festival
2017 Sarasota Film Festival

Written/Directed/Edited by Casimir Nozkowski
Music by Alexander Strung
Sound Mix by Tod Chapman
Color Grading by Phil Choe @ Nice Shoes
Featuring Hannah Bos, Amanda Duarte, Erin Edmison, Josh Henderson-Cox, Greg Glassman, Thomas Nozkowski, Joyce Robins

Thank you Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

See more of my films at vimeo and at casimirnozkowski.com

The Junebugs

A Moving tale which begins in beauty and ends touching on too shocking a reality. – j.kiley

The Junebugs

THE JUNEBUGS

Hey boy come here — quick,
♠♠so he dropped his rake and
ran to the yard by the house
where probably five hundred
♠♠junebugs like a pile of emeralds
and rubies glistened crawling

over each other under each other
♠♠in the grass. By god look at them
fornicating,
he said and his son

said Hold on, I got an idea, and ran
♠♠to the house for the bundle of
twine and gunpowder he had tied

together into a bomb for such
♠♠a purpose and blew an equally
glittering hole in the yard

a foot into the earth and the punch
♠♠his father landed reverberated
in his skull for the rest of his life

and when the assassin fired
♠♠it was the last thing he saw —
junebugs everywhere crawling

glistening in the tall summer grass.

– Steve Scafidi –

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Length: 1m 53s

The Junebugs
Original poem by Steve Scafidi
(from the Lincoln Poems)
Read by David Purdham
Directed by Oddfellows
Creative Direction: Chris Kelly
Art Direction: Colin Trenter
Producer: TJ Kearney
Screenplay: Justin Kelly
Design and Illustration: Yuki Yamada, Hana kim
Titles: Lisa Mishima
Animation: Stan Cameron, Chris Anderson, Nata Metlukh, Josh Parker, Kavan Magsoodi, Jay Quercia, Lorraine Sorlet, Chris Kelly, Colin Trenter, Jordan Scott
Music and Sound by Antfood

David: Episode 3

This is the series of the story of David. It is a rather strange, weird, yet humorous story about a person who doesn’t have great prospects.

David: Episode 3

Episode 3: David visits his ex-wife. Featuring Jenny Slate.

Written & Directed by: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Starring: Nathan Fielder, Jenny Slate, Chris Jonen, Nelson Cheng, Brandi Austin, Sally Berman, Noel Arthur, Tony Cronin, Savannah Zapata, Raquel Bell, Victor Carrera, Bill Walton
Production Company: MEMORY

David: Episode 2

This is the series of the story of David. It is a rather strange, weird, yet humorous story about a person who doesn’t have great prospects.

David: Episode 2

Episode 2: David sees a therapist.

Written & Directed by: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Starring: Nathan Fielder, Jenny Slate, Chris Jonen, Nelson Cheng, Brandi Austin, Sally Berman, Noel Arthur, Tony Cronin, Savannah Zapata, Raquel Bell, Victor Carrera, Bill Walton
Production Company: MEMORY

David: Episode 1

This is the series of the story of David. It is a rather strange, weird, yet humorous story about a person who doesn’t have great prospects.

David: Episode 1

Episode 1: In the series premiere of ‘David’ starring Nathan Fielder, David is told he has five weeks to live.

Written & Directed by: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Starring: Nathan Fielder, Jenny Slate, Chris Jonen, Nelson Cheng, Brandi Austin, Sally Berman, Noel Arthur, Tony Cronin, Savannah Zapata, Raquel Bell, Victor Carrera, Bill Walton
Production Company: MEMORY

Indignation


Indignation [Movie Trailer 2016]

Set in 1951, the story follows Marcus Messner, the idealistic son of a humble kosher butcher from Newark, N.J. Marcus leaves for Ohio to study at a small, conservative college, where he finds himself at odds with the administration, grapples with anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines after what others refer to as a troubled girl.

Based on Philip Roth’s late novel, ‘Indignation’ takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put him and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test.

Rating: R (for sexual content and some language)
Genre: Drama
Length: 1h 50m
Studio: Likely Story

Director: James Schamus
Writers: Based on the novel by Philip Roth
Screenplay adapted by James Schamus

Released: July 29, 2016

Stars:
Logan Lerman. . .Marcus Messmer
Sarah Gadon. . .Olivia Hutton
Ben Rosenfield. . .Bertram Flusser
Tracy Letts. . .Dean Caudwell
Linda Emond. . .Esther
Danny Burstein. . .Max Messner

Piano Man


Piano Man – Billy Joel

PIANO MAN

It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There’s an old man sitting next to me
Makin’ love to his tonic and gin

He says, “Son, can you play me a memory
I’m not really sure how it goes
But it’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man’s clothes.”

La la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you’ve got us feelin’ alright

Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he’s quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
But there’s someplace that he’d rather be
He says, “Bill, I believe this is killing me.”
As the smile ran away from his face
“Well I’m sure that I could be a movie star
If I could get out of this place”

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he’s talkin’ with Davy, who’s still in the Navy
And probably will be for life

And the waitress is practicing politics
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
Yes, they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it’s better than drinkin’ alone

Sing us a song you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you got us feeling alright

It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
And the manager gives me a smile
‘Cause he knows that it’s me they’ve been comin’ to see
To forget about life for a while
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
And the microphone smells like a beer
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
And say, “Man, what are you doin’ here?”

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Sing us a song you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you got us feeling alright

by Billy Joel