Thursday, April 16, 2009

What, When, Where this Weekend - Sleep Dealer, Lemon Tree

What, When, Where is a weekly guide to select screenings, discussions and events in the NYC-area of interest to screenwriters. Have an event you'd like to see listed here? Give us a heads-up at

Opening this weekend...

SLEEP DEALER, written by Alex Rivera and David Riker, dir. by Alex Rivera

Premise: An intercepted radio transmission is the motivation Memo needs to leave his village for Tijuana, where he goes to dangerous lengths to secure work in the hi-tech factories he once dreamed about.

Playing: City Cinemas Village East, AMC Empire 25

High-concept science fiction on a minimal budget. Don't see enough of this these days.

Check out the trailer here.

LEMON TREE, written by Suha Arraf and Eran Riklis, dir. by Eran Riklis

Premise: A drama based on the true story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Playing: IFC Center, Lincoln Plaza

CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE, written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

Premise: When we last saw Chev Chelios, it appeared as though the assassin had met his maker. Wrong. As his story continues, Chelios hunts down the mobster who stole his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

Playing: Everywhere.

He's back from the dead! After "falling some 10,000 feet, bouncing off of a car, then slamming to the pavement and dying" - I'd see this one just to check out how they try to explain THAT one.

What are you doing/seeing this weekend?