“SMART AND STUNNING”: ARTHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL SERIES WITH CHUCK ROSE
Film is his forte.
In 1990, Chuck Rose founded the Arthouse Film Festival to share smart and stunning films pre-public release. Twenty-plus years later, Rose has curated and staged 1500 movie premiers at his ten-week film festival and moderated discussions with 1000 actors and filmmakers from around the globe.
Inspired by a film symposium at the University of Southern California, Rose spends countless hours every week, 52 weeks a year, curating films for his subscription-based series at the AMC Loews Theater 15 in the Monmouth Mall.
Last spring a friend invited me to Rose’s screening of “Blancanieves,” a Spanish “fantasy drama twist on Snow White” filmed in black and white. When I heard it was in subtitles, I grunted. I left the theater mesmerized and inspired by the beauty of a film I would have never seen if it were not for Rose and his Arthouse Film Festival. That film is an absolute gift and just one of the many terrific films he has introduced and entertained the public with.
I spoke with Rose about the Arthouse Film Festival series preparing to kick-off its new season, Tuesday, October 1.
TBP: How do you select the spectacular films you premier?
Rose: This is a dream-about-it-at-night type of endeavor. I view the film series as an opportunity to see the best and smartest new films before public release and take the curation process very seriously.
My process is to identify the 50,000 or 60,000 films made around the world each year that might be worth seeing, figure out which 500 are the best and determine which ones I might be able to screen. Then, I see as many of them as possible, go after the ones I want and try to convince the filmmakers and actors who made them to come to New Jersey and join our post-screening discussions. Most of the films screened during the ten weeks of the film festival won awards at Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca Film Festival or SBXSW.
Both theatres (Eatontown and Mountainside) that I currently screen films in have new, state-of-the-art $100,000 Sony 4k projectors, huge screens and advanced sound systems. You cannot have this experience anywhere else.
TBP: To that point, Quentin Tarantino implored fans not to watch his movies on a tablet or smartphone. What do you think?
Rose: Watching a film on an iPhone is like cooking a lobster with a cigarette lighter. [more below]
TBP: What are your top five all-time favorite films that, of course, you would never watch on a phone?
Rose: I have about 200 films that are tied for the top five, so this is not a fair question for me. Since you asked, here are four: “Casablanca,” “The Godfather,” “High Noon” and two films which I had the honor of screening at the film festival as world premiers, “Schindler’s List” and “The Shawshank Redemption.”
TBP: When you are home on a rainy fall day, what is your go-to movie to watch?
Rose: There a certain films which can capture and control me. One of them is “Tender Mercies.”
TBP: The next Arthouse Film Festival Fall 2013 series launches October 1 and continues for 10 Tuesdays at the AMC Loews Theater at the Monmouth Mall. What do you have planned?
Rose: The line-up is in the works right now. Distributors adjust their release plans and dates to gain competitive advantages so I am always engaged in a tango with the films I am seeking and gamble right down to the wire to get the absolute best films possible.
TBP: Well, a teaser on your website lists “Grace of Monaco” with the too-affected Nicole Kidman, “All is Lost” with Robert Redford, “Philomena” with Dame Judi Dench and “August: Osage County” with Meryl Streep, and has me thrilled.
To be a part of the adventure, visit ArthouseFilmFestival.com or call the lovely Judy at 732.870.6012.