My Annie Hall is an unlikely remake of Woody Allen’s 1977 film Annie Hall. It stars two amateur first time actors, both senior citizens. Woody Allen has now commented on the fan film, as it gets a very special screening this week.
My Annie Hall is the work of directors Matt Starr and Ellie Sachs. A small project came from wanting to use the power of cinema to help the elderly. The film stars Harry Miller, 94, and Shula Chernick, 73. The 29 minute film recreates many classic scenes from Annie Hall.
Allen spoke to the NY Post about the film. He said:
There’s an added comic element there, certainly. It’s as if it was being done by kindergarten kids, or people that are totally inappropriate in terms of natural casting, but … that makes it a festive production.
You can read more about the film at the NY Post.
My Annie Hall is getting a special screening at Strand Books in New York. It takes place on 15th August at 8pm, at their Manhattan store. More details at Strand Books.
Can’t make the screening? It looks like there may be more chances. My Annie Hall is playing the Teaneck International Film Festival in November. Hopefully more dates to come.
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Coming to Tiff this November! A pair of twenty-something filmmakers made a 30-minute short called “My Annie Hall,” starring members of a New York City senior center. Matt Starr and Ellie Sachs did not seek writer-director Woody Allen’s approval to use copyrighted material from “Annie Hall” — the winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture of 1978 — but received it nonetheless. Allen’s publicist told The New York Times via email that the 82-year-old auteur “thought it was funny,” and “saw no reason to interfere with those seniors’ enjoyment of life.” Come Check it out this November ! #myanniehall @woodyallenpages @woodyallenofficial @esachsy #anniehall #nyc #seniors
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