Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Location: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Directors: Roni Moore & James Blagden
Film Details: 2019, 75 minutes, DCP, color, sound, English
Co-presented with the Roxbury International Film Festival!
World Premiere at the 2019 True/False Film Festival. Official Selection of the BAMcinemaFest, the Sarasota Film Festival and the Freep Film Festival.
Filmmaker James Blagden expected to attend in person and filmmaker Roni Moore expected to attend via Skype for Q&A with Roxbury International Film Festival Director Lisa Simmons
About the Film:
Midnight in Paris is an exuberant portrait of the soon-to-be graduates at Flint, Michigan’s Northern High School, centering on their expectations and experiences of the Senior Prom. The students’ humor, style, and love, are seen in stark contrast to what the former automotive boom-town is more typically & tragically known for, beyond its city limits.
“The beauty … lies then in its warmth, the care it takes with its subjects, the efforts to preserve the specificity of their experience and simultaneously bring the audience close to them” – Kelli Weston, Film Comment
“Human, delightful, and a corrective look at how misery is not what defines are communities.” – Tambay Obenson, IndieWire
About the Filmmakers:
Roni Moore is a first-time director, currently based in Los Angeles. After earning a degree in New Media from LIU, Brooklyn, he began working in the music industry, first with independent labels, and eventually landing at one of the “Big Four.” Over a decade of experience in music has affirmed his belief in the importance of creating working outside of the current mainstream that reflects his own personal narrative.
James Blagden began his career as an illustrator and moved into animation with the experimental short “Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No” (Sundance 2010). His work as an animator and director has been featured in commercial campaigns for Reebok and Apple, and documentaries including “Beats Rhymes & Life, The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” and ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Straight Outta LA.” In 2015, his second short “Best Last Best Plane Ride Ever” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Midnight in Paris is his first feature length project.