Lighthouse International Film Festival’s Opening and Closing Night Films Respectively Focus on Old and Young



SHE STACKS UP: The world’s premier domino artist Lily Hevesh, topic of the closing evening documentary, ‘Lily Topples the Environment,’ is a prodigy and YouTube sensation. Director Jeremy Workman’s digicam focuses on Lily at do the job. (Provided Picture)
Have you ever heard of Udo Kier or Lily Hevesh? Millions of admirers have. and now you will have the possibility to satisfy them as very well – at least on film, thanks to the Lighthouse Global Movie Festival.
The previous is the star of the 2021 festival’s opening evening movie, “Swan Track.” Kier is a German actor who has appeared in about 220 films in both equally primary and supporting roles throughout Europe, Canada and the United States.
Now 76, Kier broke out many thanks to an early leading function, Baron Frankenstein, in “Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein” in 1973. For a pair of many years he appeared in a string of low-price range horror films such as “Blade,” “Shadow of the Vampire” and “Bloodrayne.” He also grew to become a favourite actor for a selection of cult directors, these kinds of as Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Lars von Trier. But he also did mainstream films, this sort of as “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Armageddon,” “The Adventures of Pinocchio” and “Johnny Mnemonic,” so the likelihood are you observed Kier in a thing, even if you’re not an art-house denizen or a fan of MeTV’s Saturday night time “Svengoolie” display.
Kier’s primary job in “Swan Song” received him rave reviews.
Director, author and producer Todd Stephens utilized all of his techniques to make “Swan Tune,” which he wrote, directed and served as guide producer. Stephens is finest recognised for his 1998 autobiographical coming-out film “Edge of Seventeen,” which he co-wrote and co-produced. He’s hardly ever strayed considerably from gay-themed films, such as 2006’s “Another Homosexual Movie” and 2008’s “Another Gay Sequel: Gays Long gone Wild!”
“Swan Song” fits Stephens’ bill. Kier performs Pat Pitsenbarger, a retired hairdresser and flamboyant homosexual man who is residing a boring everyday living in a nursing house as the movie opens. Not even permitted to smoke, Pitsenbarger is in essence just waiting to die. But then he receives a go to from the lawyer of a previous longtime wealthy consumer, Rita Parker Sloan (Linda Evans, whom you will remember if you are aged more than enough to have found the ’60s Tv set display “The Huge Valley” or the 1980s prime-time soap opera “Dynasty”).
Pitsenbarger and Sloan experienced absent their different methods many years just before, and their parting experienced not absent well. But ahead of Sloan handed away, she wrote Pitsenbarger into her will. She wished him to do her hair and makeup for her funeral house viewing. She also made available him a most generous charge to tempt him, but Pat’s quick reaction is “Bury her with terrible hair!”
The five-determine enticement sooner or later modifications his head and he escapes the nursing household. He can make his way into city – Sandusky, Ohio – wherever he, whom one woman remembers as “the Liberace of Sandusky,” finds a city that has improved a lot since right before he experienced a stroke and ending up in nursing area hell. His most loved gay bar is closing. Meetings in public bogs are a point of the earlier homosexuals are hooking up on line or acquiring married and increasing people. “I would not even know how to be gay any longer,” bemoans Pat.
“Aided by some terrific casting selections by Eve Battaglia and Lina Todd,” wrote critic James Kleinmann in The Queer Assessment, “Stephens is evidently a qualified director of actors, with good performances across the board in even the most insignificant roles.”
But Kleinmann was especially amazed by Kier’s perform.
“It’s all as well unusual,” the reviewer opined, “that we get to see older queer central people and Udo Kier is a revelation as Pat, thoroughly-embodying the role, imbuing him with a mischievous attraction and poignant soulfulness, whilst supplying a deliciously dry edge to the shipping and delivery of the script’s humour. A standout effectiveness in a distinguished profession spanning about five a long time.”
“This film has a satisfying rough-edged excellent, a absence of polish in some corny spectacular scenes and awkward encounters that at moments lean into a John Waters vibe,” wrote Jon Frosch for The Hollywood Reporter. ‘But there is a sincerity below underneath the frothy caper of a renegade stylist shoplifting hair products and solutions all above city and discovering his individual distinctive way to have the last word. … The authentic Pitsenbarger died in 2012. Stephens has manufactured a present to him, a sequined curtain for his remaining bow.”
“Swan Song” experienced its planet premiere at the SXSW Competition this March. Regretably, COVID-19 pressured the individuals in Austin to go all-digital this spring.
The movie will have a different non-standard displaying on LBI when it kicks off the 2021 LIFF. It will be a drive-in motion picture at Beach front Haven’s Veterans Memorial Park at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. Tickets are $35 for every carload and may perhaps be procured online at lighthousefilmfestival.org. Try to remember, passes may not be utilised for this year’s drive-in flicks.
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Of Dominoes
The festival’s closing-night movie, “Lily Topples The Entire world,” also experienced its environment premiere at this spring’s SXSW Pageant. It was the Jury Award Winner for Finest Documentary, then went on to earn the Audience Award for Greatest Documentary at the San Francisco Movie Competition.
Now, this author, becoming of a particular age (I remember Linda Evans from her western days) is continuously shocked at how people can make a ton of revenue and turn into incredibly popular many thanks to the world wide web. Avid gamers can develop into filthy wealthy. Unknown singers and comics can come to be identified thanks to YouTube.
But the Lily of “Lily Topples The World” blows me away. You want well-known? This youthful woman has experienced above a billion YouTube sights. Which is 1,000,000,000 sights! What is her ability? Location up and toppling dominoes!
“Lily Topples The World” is directed by Jeremy Workman, who before, if I remember properly, gave the LIFF “The World Right before Your Toes,” the tale of a gentleman who determined to wander down each and every avenue in the Huge Apple.
Lily Hevesh provides Workman a whole lot to work with. She’s potentially the world’s leading domino artist. Which is right, an artist, not just a toppler. Her domino artwork has been showcased at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Heart every yr considering the fact that 2014. She’s also made adverts for this sort of corporations as the Campbell Soup Co., Prudential Monetary, Ford and Honda and movies these kinds of as “The Starvation Games: Catching Fire” and “Despicable Me.”
Lily was a little one prodigy. She commenced her possess YouTube channel, Hevesh5 (the adopted female was the fifth member of her Sandown, N.H. relatives) back again in 2009 at the age of 10, before long right after she was supplied her first established of dominoes. Her initially viral online video was “INSANE Domino Methods!,” which was posted in 2013. It experienced in excess of 163 million sights as of March 2021.
Workman seems to have captured Lily beautifully. Critics’ praise has toppled upon the movie.
“… in Paris, on set at ‘The Tonight Clearly show,’ and at LEGO headquarters Workman is together for the journey, and even cleverly allows exposition from Lily’s life arrive from seeing other people job interview her, like when we get much more perception to Hevesh’s qualifications as an adopted youngster by hearing someone with a identical tale talk to her about it,” wrote Nick Allen for rogerebert.com.
“On a broader scale, Workman has created the uncommon non-cynical fashionable documentary about influencer tradition, inserting Lily in a environment in which teens look at YouTube extra than they do Television set, and glance up to persons like Hevesh as their form of celebrity. Lily is 1 of plenty of persons who are connecting with other folks and generating audiences all through YouTube some of the documentary’s sweetest moments entail her assembly a star-struck enthusiast who is excited to make a mini domino show together with his hero.”
“Workman does absolutely nothing so properly as just letting his digicam aim on Lily at function – regardless of whether she’s in solo contemplation of block placement or sleek negotiation of the precarious stretches of dominoes, bending and twisting with a dancer’s grace and a born showman’s gift for stress-developing,” wrote Daniel Fienberg for The Hollywood Reporter.
“Lily Topples The World” will be proven at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 in Veterans Memorial Park. Tickets are once all over again $35 a carload and are available on lighthousefilmfestival.org. Here’s a repeated warning – you will need to obtain tickets for the reason that passes are not accepted at any of the festival’s drive-in screenings.
Rick Mellerup
rickmellerup@thesandpaper.web

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