Cinémonde Soirée #40: Sneak Preview of
THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON

with special guest, writer/director/actress Drew Denny
Reserve here for Soirée #40 on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CINEMONDE Soirée Number 40
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm
NYC sneak preview
THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER
HAD WITH MY PANTS ON
(USA, 2012, Color, 95 mins.,
Written & Directed by Drew Denny
Producers: Clay Jeter, Jason Michael Berman, Steven Drypolcher
Cinematography: Will Basanta
Editor: Isaac Hagy Music: Duncan Thum
Starring: Drew Denny, Sarah Hagan
For trailer and more information: www.funpantsmovie.com

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FOR CINÉMONDE SOIREE #40
on Tuesday, May 6

Cocktail Reception with Hors d’Oeuvres
& Open Bar with fine wines & spirits,
Screening and Q&A with Filmmakers,
Surprise Gifts in Audience Drawing,
Desserts & One-For-The-Road Drinks
following film screenings.

Filmmakers from "The Understudy": Hannah Davis, Paul Sparks,
Kelli Giddish, Marin Ireland, Aasif Mandvi & David Conolly.
(Photos: Gerald Lerner)

Cinémonde is a smart, private, elegant movie series with sneak previews all year long of thought-provoking films plus cocktail receptions for film lovers and filmmakers. Why? To create a cordial, intimate venue for seeing independent films from around the world, offering participants the opportunity to focus on one feature (and one short film), interact with the filmmakers and each other while savoring wonderful foods and beverages. The underlying theme is to bring people together with universal stories and warm hospitality.

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Sarah Hagan (top) and Drew Denny (bottom), as Andy and Liv on a cross-country journey to distribute the ashes of Liv's departed father. Ms. Hagan is known for her recurring roles on "Freaks and Geeks" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Our Soirée #40 celebrates spring and life's eternal process of renewal with a sneak preview of Drew Denny's sensual, heartfelt indie road movie, THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON. First-time filmmaker Denny brings a wealth of worldy experience and auto-biographical nitty-gritty to this charming story of two best friends driving across the American southwest to honor the memory of a recently deceased dad, who we will learn was not only a Vietnam veteran but an irrepressible free spirit to boot. The film is an adaptation of the performance artwork Ms. Denny presented on Father's Day 2011 in memory of her own dad. She comes to filmmaking from the worlds of art, photography, music, social documentary and, with this remarkable debut narrative, Ms. Denny cuts a swath of unique turf for herself in front of and behind the camera.

MID-AUGUST LUNCH
Audience Award winners
Jerry Zaks
Matthew Broderick
Andy (Drew Denny) and Liv (Sarah Hagan) have been friends since childhood, so when Andy decides to spread her recently-departed dad's ashes across the American southwest from California to Texas, Liv comes along. Besides, she's got an audition for the role of a vixen spy in a noir film shooting in Austin.

What ensues is a series of mini-funerals, shared secrets, bad-girl dialogue, cross-dressing and subtle flirtations played out across some magical landscapes and starry skies. THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON becomes much more than the sum of its parts as it shares with us its vision of the power and potential of loyalty and camaraderie, dishing out its bitter-sweet medicine of renewal without any maudlin mourning or pandering eulogies.

Drew Denny is a force to be reckoned with on the indie film scene, and we are proud to welcome her to Cinémonde Soirée #40!

Jerome Henry Rudes is the 2014 winner of "La Médaille d'Or du Rayonnement Culturel" for the United States, a prize created by La Renaissance Française" in Paris in 1916 by Raymond Poincaré, then President of France. The medal distinguishes persons who have rendered distinguished service in French language, literature, arts, science and technology. It is awarded under the patronage of the President of the French Republic and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Defense and National Education. After a decade with the venerable Fifi Oscard Agency, Mr. Rudes opened his own boutique agency, Mistral Artist Management, in January 2008 in order to represent a select group of talented authors, playwrights, directors, screenwriters and actors in America and Europe. A dual citizen of both the United States and France, Mr. Rudes lives in New York City and Provence. He is the Founder/President of the 25-year-old Avignon Film Festival (in France) and the 13-year-old Avignon/New York Film Festival (in Manhattan) where he hosted many established filmmakers such as Louis Malle, Agnès Varda, Jerry Schatzberg, Roger Corman, David Brown, Curtis Hanson, Mika Kaurismaki, Claude Miller, Paul Schrader and Paul Mazursky, as well as scores of emerging filmmakers like Cedric Klapisch, Steve Buscimi, Richard Linklater, Arnaud Desplechin, Christophe Ruggia, Bruno Dumont, Gaspar Noé and Quentin Tarantino. Mr. Rudes co-authored Samuel Fuller’s "A Third Face, My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking," published by Alfred Knopf in 2004. The book was published in France in 2010 by Editions Allia to excellent reviews. Under the Mistral Artist banner, Mr. Rudes launched Cinémonde in 2008, a year-round series of invitation-only evenings for film lovers and filmmakers with sneak previews of thought-provoking films from around the world. Cinémonde soirées include cocktail receptions, Q&As with the filmmakers and networking opportunities for film, media and entertainment professionals (and those who want to be). Among filmmakers who have presented their work at Cinémonde are Mary Stuart Masterson, Jerry Zaks, John Turturro, Susan Seidelman, Alexander Rockwell, Matthew Broderick, Patrice Leconte, Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller, Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, Frederic Lilien, Jörgen Bergmark, Gianni Di Gregorio, Laurent Tirard, Andrew Davis, Tammy Simon Hoffs, Jennifer Devoldère, Thierry Binisti, Olivia Silver, Maryam Keshavarz and Ishai Setton.

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Read: "Where Art Thou, Whit?" MovieMaker Magazine: Page 1 / Page 2 / Page 3
Read: "25 Years, 25 Lessons: A Delicious Experience," MovieMaker Magazine: Page 1 / Page 2 / Page 3
Read: Jerry Rudes Bids Bon Voyage / Read: Film Festival Director Retires
Read: Mary Stuart Masterson Lets Cinémonde Eat Cake
Read: The Tide Turns for Agnès Varda Read: A Month in France with Samuel Fuller
Read: "The Gentle Art of Subtitling," MovieMaker Magazine: Page 1 / Page 2 / Page 3
Read: "Lessons from Nuremberg: Justice and Film Preservation Converge," MovieMaker Magazine
A Conversation about indie films and film festivals with Jerry Rudes on www.anymeeting.com

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Winners of Comp Tkts to Cinémonde Soirees
We offer our guests a chance to win 2 free tkts to a future soiree by describing the thematic links between the short and feature film selections screened at our events. Here are the winners and their brief analyses: Winners of Comp Tickets
View our Pre-Screening Interviews
with Cinémonde Guest Directors:

Patrice Leconte (THE SUICIDE SHOP)
Dan Mirvish (BETWEEN US)
Emanuele Crialese (TERRAFERMA)
Ishai Setton (THE KITCHEN)
Thierry Binisti (A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA)
Jannicke Systad Jacobsen (TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!)
Bernard Tanguy (I COULD BE YOUR GRANDMOTHER)
Peter Rosen (GOD'S FIDDLER: JASCHA HEIFETZ)
Lydia Wheatley (L'HUISSIER)
Josephine Derobe (SOUVIENS-MOI)