Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Makes Theatrical debut at Cinema Village

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Makes Theatrical debut at Cinema Village

NEW YORK, New York — Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, starring Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, Joey Pantoliano and Michael Urie, will make its theatrical premier at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Cinema Village (22 E. 12th Street, New York).
Based on the award-winning book by Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a coming of age adventure that warmly depicts parental love and wisdom, of a boy growing into his own understanding and acceptance of life.
 
Meanwhile, The Not So Meaningful Songs in the Life of Jeremy Fink, featuring songs from the soundtrack of the film, will be released by Loudhouse Records on October 25.  Advance copies are available.
 
Featuring Booka and The Flaming Geckos, the songs on the album reflect band leader Booka Michel’s eclectic tastes, which might explain why his soundtrack to the forthcoming independent film, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a unique blend of styles that range from Piedmont Blues, Civil War-era, Bluegrass, Folk and even a style he terms “Acid Western.”
 
“We were given a very tight deadline for finishing the music for this film,” says Michel, who has worked with the likes of Butch Hancock, Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Hoyt Axton, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Don Walser, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Townes Van Zandt. “As the film’s music producer, that allowed me to take risks that I would not have normally taken as we didn’t even have picture lock or a final edit. Consequentially, some of these songs are in the film while others are not.”

But when Michel and his co-producer Sam Seifert began listening to the tracks they recorded for the film, they realized they had created a cohesive, natural sounding record and felt it would stand on its own, even apart from the film.

The Flaming Geckos – which includes Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Van Morrison), Dennis Ludiker (Asleep At The Wheel), Kenny Franklin and Glenn Fukanaga (Joe Ely, Lloyd Maines) – worked with Michel for the soundtrack for his last film project (which he produced with wife and partner Edythe Michel), Baghdad, Texas, a multi-award winning independent film that has screened and won honors at such prestigious film festivals as the Strasbourg International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, the Moondance International Film Festival, Toronto Reel World Festival, and  the Guild Theater in Los Angeles where it was presented by the Directors Guild of America.

Build in 1963 in the shell of a turn of the century fire station, Cinema Village is the oldest continuously operated cinema in Greenwich Village and one of the oldest continuously operated art cinemas in the city.

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