FLAK & DREAM TOWER to premiere at BAFICI, Argentina

FLAK and DREAM TOWER will premiere at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival between April 7 and 18th. We will announce screening dates as soon as we have them.


Far out! Woodstock, Planet in Focus & BAFICI selects FLAK

FLAK will have its U.S. premiere at the 10th annual Woodstock Film Festival and Ron will be on this years documentary jury.
Made by Ron Mann when he was 16, Flak is a gritty improvised drama screening for the first time in 30 years as part of this retrospective. Influenced by John Cassavetes' Shadows, Michelangelo Antonioni's The Red Desert, and above all, Robert Kramer's classic film Ice, Mann's working title was Viva La Dynamite, a phrase borrowed from Anaïs Nin.

But Flak isn't about blowing stuff up-it's about inaction. The film emphasizes boredom, inertia, and our tendency to talk about problems while being unable or unwilling to act.

As the film progresses, its ragtag protagonists wander the city, work, play street hockey, and sit around debating political change. Suffering because of polluted air from a nearby gypsum plant, one young man registers a protest with his member of Parliament; another advocates bombing. Both efforts appear impotent. For Mann, Flak was a metaphor for the apolitical spirit of the 1970s. Raw, direct, restrained, and impressive,

Flak is a look into an unpolished Toronto of the past, and an insightful window onto current social predicaments. - Astra Taylor.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS:

Woodstock Film Festival - Woodstock Community Center Oct. 2, 2009 at 5:15pm

Planet In Focus (Toronto) - Oct 21 - 25, 2009

BAFICI (Buenos Aires)