It's show time
Finally, the premiere of "Where in the Hell Is North Tonawanda?," that colorful, zany movie made by local filmmaker Josef Kissel and filled with actors and dancers from Western New York, is here. The party, which happens Wednesday, is by invitation only, but next Friday the movie begins a public two-weekend run at the Screening Room in Amherst. "Where in the Hell Is North Tonawanda?" is a futuristic fantasy. The wild plot centers on evil Ahn Fresnel and her bureaucratic Jasmine Centre, who are trying to gain control of Buffalo, which is defended by the brave Rita Morning. Watch for appearances by local jazz musicians, dancers and all kinds of other creative types - who have, by all accounts, put their heart and soul into this movie. For more info, check the Web site, www.whereinthehellis.com or call the Screening Room, 837-0376.
Wild at heart
From the legend of Romulus and Remus, raised by wolves, to the tale of Tarzan, the boy brought up by apes, people through the centuries have been fascinated by human beings who grew up in the wild. Such a story is told in Francois Truffaut's 1970 movie "The Wild Child," the free movie to be shown Tuesday as part of Daemen College's ongoing film series. "The Wild Child" is based on the journal of a 19th century physician trying to civilize and educate a young boy who has been found living in the wilderness. Described as a beautiful, sensitive coming-of-age story, the movie will be shown in Wick Center, Alumni Lounge at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ellen Banks, psychology professor at Daemen, will be on hand to introduce the film. Daemen College is at 4380 Main St., Amherst. Admission is free.
What a conflict Tuesday night for the francophile! Not only is Daemen showing "The Wild Child," but Jacques Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" is being shown at 7 p.m. at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre downtown. "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," which dates from 1964, is a movie in song, with the lovely music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. For info, call 855-3022.