Posted at 10:02 AM on January 17, 2006
by Euan Kerr
I found a phone message on my machine this morning from Minnesota Film Arts' Al Milgrom saying he's booked two films for the Oak Street next week. He's got the early Dylan documentary "Don't Look Now" and "The Last Waltz" which is the classic concert movie of the Band's last concert. Al didn't leave a number, and there is no answer at this hour at the MFA offices, nor is there any new information on the MFA website. So best to check for exact details before heading out to see the screenings.
At Saturday nights's meeting Al said he was hoping to book "Best of Youth" so obviously plans have changed. The phone cut him off before he said whether he still intends on showing "Elusive Tracks" the week after.
Meanwhile... it was interesting to see that of the two Golden Globe nominations Felicity Huffman recieved, it was her work in "Transamerica" which was honored. She plays Stanley 'Bree' Osbourne, a transgendered woman about to have her final gender reassignment surgery when she discovers she has a teenage son. The movie (after several delays) opens in the Twin Cities later this week.
Huffman had this immortal reaction to the news of her double nomination:
"I'm absolutely thrilled that two roles I am so proud of ('Desperate Housewives' and 'Transamerica') have been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press. It's wonderful that such unconventional and original material is being embraced. I should play Ritalin-addicted working mothers and transgendered fake missionaries more often! I'm just glad that I was nominated for Best Actress instead of Best Actor for 'Transamerica.'"
Only in Hollywood!
In an interview with MPR, "Transamerica" writer and director Duncan Tucker said there is an intriguing link between his film and "Wives."
He had been carefully constructing his production when he learned to his great excitement that Huffman agreed to play Bree. The only problem was she had agreed to shoot a pilot in 14 weeks and so they had to finish shooting "Transamerica" by then. They went into pre-production the next day, and managed to get it done. The pilot was of course "Desperate Housewives." He says she told him as she was shooting the Wisteria Lane shows she kept having "Transamerica" dreams. It sounds like a chicken and egg situation to me.
Have you got any idea how one can find out info on the Oak Street board? There is nothing on the web site.
I'm afraid I don't have any suggestions right off, other than to call the MFA office. One other resource might be the "alternative" Oak Street website www.savetheoakstreet.com.
I found this at the saveoakstreet site.
Steve Zuckerman - President
Sara Dietrich - Secretary