SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will host a special screening of Director Rebecca Miller's 'Personal Velocity', a film that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary but which is still relevant, fresh and timely today. The event, which will include a discussion with Miller, will screen in Summit on January 10 at 7 p.m.
Based on Millers own book, 'Personal Velocity' focuses on the three female characters and the struggles their face in their personal lives. Two of the three stories address the important issue of domestic violence. The third story addresses the issue of an independent book editor choosing her career over the security of her marriage. For contrast, the narrator is a male.
On Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 pm, the Film Society of Summit will open its 2020 winter season with a special event: a screening and discussion with Director Rebecca Miller of Personal Velocity. Based on her book Personal Velocity, the film focuses on three female characters and the fresh and timely struggles they face.
Released in 2002, 'Personal Velocity' won six film festival awards including the Grand Jury Prize and the Cinematography Award at Sundance. The film offers powerful acting by a cast including Kyra Sedgwick -- in one of her first roles in a feature film -- as well as Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk, Ron Leibman and Wallace Shawn.
The modest four-week shoot took place in New York City and in the Catskills town of Ellenville, NY. 'Personal Velocity' was progressive in several ways, including being one of the first feature films to be shot on a Digital camera, a Sony HD, by Ellen Kuras, a highly regarded director of photography. The footage was transferred to 35mm format for film festival screenings. When the limited budget didn’t allow for any more shooting, the ground-breaking decision was made to use still shots as transitions between scenes.
The film was creatively edited by Sabine Hoffman, an accomplished independent film editor who has worked with Miller on all of her films. The film had a $125,000 budget, considered low even in 2002, and grossed $890,000 worldwide.
The Summit screening, which will be held at MONDO, follows the recent sold out screening at the Woodstock Film Festival, an event held to celebrate the twin 20th anniversaries of Personal Velocity and the Woodstock Film Festival. Attendees can expect an honest and engaging conversation to include the process of adapting the screenplay and the difficulties of financing a film, even for someone with Miller’s reputation and experience.
MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.