Elaine Madsen, an Emmy-winning poet, producer and playwright, and her daughter, the actor Virginia Madsen, will be at opening night of the High Falls Film Festival to discuss their new film, I Know a Woman Like That. The 12th annual festival, honoring women in filmmaking, runs Oct. 23 through Oct. 26, with showings at The Little Theatre and the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Tickets for the event go on sale at 3 p.m. Friday at highfallsfilmfestival.com.
Directed by Elaine Madsen and produced by Virginia Madsen, who’s best known for her role in the film Sideways, I Know a Woman Like That is a documentary on women who continue to do important work into their 80s and 90s. It shows at 6:15 Oct. 23 at The Little Theater 1. Both Madsens, as is the case with other filmmakers throughout the four-day festival, will be part of a Q&A session following the showing of their film.
New to this year’s festival is a program of children’s shorts. An all-access pass is $125 plus a service charge, which allows access to all films, the opening and closing-night parties and the VIP Festival Lounge. A film-only pass is $85, plus service charges. Individual film showings are $12 plus service charge, except Opening and Closing Night films, which are $20 plus a service charge (there is a $2 discount for students and seniors 65 and over, with an ID required at the door). The Opening and Closing Night Parties are $25 plus the service charge.
Tickets are also available at the door if the event is not sold out. Please check the festival web site for the schedule.
•• Follow along as actress and movie fanatic Virginia Madsen is offered the opportunity to screen any film from the Academy Film Archive, then watches and analyzes with actor Nick Holmes the Oscar-winning movie “Network”.
•• Come and see star Virginia Madsen discuss “A Prairie Home Companion” at The Robert Altman Series of Q&A Screenings! Prospect House Entertainment, in partnership with Glendale Arts, presents the Robert Altman Series of Q&A Screenings at the historic 1,400-seat Alex Theatre in Glendale.
M*A*S*H – Sat. 9/27 at 7:30pm
McCabe & Mrs. Miller – Thu. 10/2 at 7:30pm
Kansas City – Thu. 10/9 at 7:30pm
A Prairie Home Companion – Thu. 10/16 at 7:30pm
All screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with the stars of the films moderated by a Special Guest!
Virginia Madsen, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Bud Cort, William Devane, Corey Fischer and many more Altman feature film stars will be in attendance throughout the series. Members of the Altman family will also be in attendance, sharing stories about life on and off the set. Log on to AlexTheatre.org for tickets.
•• Virginia Madsen celebrates her 53rd birthday today and we at her official website would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday!! Please stop by and leave your birthday wishes by commenting here or write them at her official facebook page so Virginia can read them all!
•• Finding a person who powerfully fuels your creativity and passion can be a thought-provoking and intriguing challenge. That desire to find someone who undoubtedly accepts who you are is relatably presented through the life of the title character in writer-director Howard Goldberg’s new independent comedy-drama, ‘Four Squared.’ The film not only chronicles Jake’s determination to find a meaningful relationship and the purpose in his life, as portrayed by lead star Elias Koteas; it also also highlights supporting actress Virginia Madsen’s gripping working relationships with the actor and filmmaker, both of whom she has long-standing personal connections with off-screen.
‘Jake Squared’ follows the title character (Koteas), a 50-year-old film director who decides to evaluate his past troubled relationships with women. He embarks on his journey into his past mistakes by shooting an autobiographical film in his own home, and casts a handsome actor (Mike Vogel) to play a younger version of himself. But Jake’s plan spirals out of control when he discovers unexpected guests are surprisingly showing up to the party, including his dead father, a younger version of his mother, his kids and his ex-wife. The party’s attendees also somehow include Jake’s 17-year-old self (Kevin Railsback), as well as his 30- and 40-year-old incarnations (both also played by Koteas).
In the process, Jake is also looking to settle down, and tries to find the woman who he perceives to be the one. He explores past relationships, including a distant cousin, Joanne (played Liana Liberato as a teenager, and Jane Seymour as an adult); a girlfriend in Chicago, Sheryl (Jennifer Jason Leigh); and his smitten best friend, Beth (Virginia Madsen). Jake also struggles to find a reasonable explanation of what he perceives to either be a mystical experience, a nervous breakdown or both.
Virginia Madsen generously took the time to talk about portraying Beth in ‘Jake Squared’ over the phone. Among other things, the actress discussed how her long-standing personal relationships with Goldberg and Koteas, who she has co-starred with in several previous films, convinced her to take on the role of Beth; how it’s a challenge to film a movie on a shorter shooting schedule, but how independent movies offer the cast and crew opportunities to be more creative; and how she’s drawn to films that are about complicated relationships, as it’s more interesting as an actor to showcase tension between people, as opposed to uninspired connections. Continue reading Interview: Virginia Madsen talks about “Jake Squared”