filmcolumbia en FilmColumbia - Chris Schoeck - "Bending Steel" <p><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Bending Steel</em> </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is a documentary from filmmakers Dave Carroll and Ryan </span>Scafuro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It explores the life of 43 year-old Chris </span>Schoeck<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Queens, NY native who is training to become a professional </span>Oldetime<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Strongman. The story follows Chris’ journey from his early days training in a small basement storage unit, to his very first performance on the big stage at New York’s historic Coney Island.</span></p><p>The film will screen at <a href="">FilmColumbia</a> on Saturday, October 26th at 5pm with a presentation by Schoeck to follow.</p><p>Joe Donahue spoke with Chris at Argot Studios in NYC. During the interview Chris ripped a deck of cards in half and bent a steel spike. Videos below.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76238 at FilmColumbia - Chris Schoeck - "Bending Steel" FilmColumbia - Gary Leib - Animiation for Adults <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Gary Leib</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has won wide praise for his work as an animator and cartoonist, including a 1994 Harvey nomination for his </span>Fantagraphics<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> comic book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Idiotland</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Yorker</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Musician Magazine</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The New York Observer</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Raw</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Blab</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and as weekly features in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The New York Press</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for many years. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught in the graduate computer animation program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His animation company is called, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Twinkle</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Gary curates “Animation for Adults” for the <a href="">FilmColumbia</a> Festival and this year’s program will screen at 12:30 pm on Saturday.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 76253 at FilmColumbia - Gary Leib - Animiation for Adults FilmColumbia – Bob Giraldi and Pete Hamill – “A Poet Long Ago” <p>Based on a story by <a href="">Pete Hamill</a>, two friends from a Brooklyn grammar school reconnect and realize the impact they and their work had on each other. <a href=""><em>A Poet Long Ago</em></a>, directed by <a href="">Bob Giraldi</a>, screens at <a href="">FilmColumbia</a> in Chatham, NY during their shorts program on Sunday.</p><p>In the film, Sonny, a sanitation worker, and Malloy, a newspaper writer, meet by chance and reminisce about their grammar school days together back in 1970s Brooklyn. Immediately an old wound is opened; flashbacks show how the least likely of the pair had his astonishing gift of writing poetry beaten out of him forever by the narrow-minded father hell-bent on protecting him.</p><p>Bob Giraldi is a longtime director who has done everything from directing the film, <em>Dinner Rush</em>, to directing the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Pete Hamill is widely known for his contributions to the <em>New York Post</em> and the <em>New York Daily News </em>as a columnist and editor.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76170 at FilmColumbia – Bob Giraldi and Pete Hamill – “A Poet Long Ago” FilmColumbia – Brian Percival – “The Book Thief” <p>Working mainly in television, director Brian Percival has made quite a name for himself in the UK with his work on <em>Downton Abbey </em>extending his reach to this side of the Atlantic.</p><p>Percival’s debut theatrical feature <em>The Book Thief</em> is generating early buzz as a contender in the upcoming Hollywood award season. The film will screen as part of the <a href="">FilmColumbia</a> Festival this Sunday at 3:30pm.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76169 at FilmColumbia – Brian Percival – “The Book Thief” 14th Annual FilmColumbia Festival <p>This year’s <a href="">FilmColumbia</a> Festival kicked-off last night with a screening of <em>Philomena</em>, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears.</p><p>Throughout the rest of this week and coming weekend, the 14th annual festival will show yet-to-be-released independent and foreign films, shorts, and some studio films in a lineup that includes the much buzzed about <em>August: Osage County; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</em>; and the new Coen brothers’ film Inside <em>Llewyn Davis</em>.</p><p>Here to tell us more about the line-up are Peter Biskind, Executive Director and Co-Programmer of the FilmColumbia Festival and Calliope Nicholas, Director of FilmColumbia.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76164 at 14th Annual FilmColumbia Festival FilmColumbia Festival - Melissa Leo <p>The 13<sup>th</sup> Annual <a href="">FilmColumbia</a> Festival kicks off tonight and over the next few days they will show highly anticipated films like <em>Cloud Atlas</em>; &nbsp;David O. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 50035 at FilmColumbia Festival - Melissa Leo