Archive—July 30, 2001 –The List July-
Archive—July 30, 2001 –The List July-
Heller (7/2001) Purchased by GE for $5.3 billion (see story in today's issue)
Orix (7/2001) Hires Donald Cox as Exec.VP/CFO—30 years exp. at BofA. Many predict he will be a “figure head” and the company will not be around in two to three years---history will tell if this is correct or not. (4/2001) Orix to “consolidate;” close offices, moving to Atlanta, Ga. (2/2001) Closes re-discount center, Steve Geller says "goodbye." Geller joins Leasing News Advisory Board, receives many accolades from readers (11/10) First Six Month Profits up 14% at Orix! ) 11/8 New President at Orix appointed. 10/2000) “long-term Outlook has been revised from Stable to Negative" Credit alliance that it has changed its name to ORIX Financial Services, 9/2000 Japanese Bank President Commits Suicide (Orix is a 14.7% shareholder in bank having problems), (8/2000 closes small ticket vendor division in Portland, Oregon, "Business as usual (in New Jersey and with brokers)," says Steve Geller)
CIT (7/2001) CIT to Let 150 Go, close Atlanta, Ga. ---Move to Tempe, Arizona or “Goodbye!" Weather today: 110 degrees / (5/2001) CIT Shareholders Approve Proposed Tyco-CIT Acquisition (3/2001) Tyco International Ltd. makes offer for about $9.2 billion in cash and stock in a deal that would allow the manufacturer to finance purchases of its wide array of products. Bermuda Hq., N.H. operation office. (2/2001) Closing Atlanta office and others, "freeze" on new broker business from this office (5/2001) Bruce Nelson, Tempe, Arizona seeking broker business. “We are an asset based lender and provide equipment financing in the following industries: Construction, Transportation, Logging, Material Handling, Corporate Aircraft, Mining, Energy, & Marine.”
1Lease ( 7/2001) 1Lease exits broker application business to focus on vendor and "buying" lease portfolio's: will be at UAEL San Antonio Conference. (6/2001) Sean Wheeler announces he is leaving leasing to run three Wetpet stores.
Bay View Capital, San Mateo, CA (7/2001) reports a second quarter 2001 net loss of $95.4 million (5/2001) Jeff Allard, CLP, COO “... decided to exit the commercial leasing business and other business lines due to the strategic change in the company’s direction as determined by the new management team.” Parent company running out of money, a lot of good people let go.
Advanta Leasing (7/2001) Advanta Corp: 2nd quarter shows $4 million loss in leasing biz (1/2001 Advanta ceases leasing business announcement 1/2001 Chris Ciarrocchi says "goodbye" Mortgage Division sold, re-affirms Leasing Division still for sale, former prez now at eOriginals, others let go like Kaye Lee.) (9/2000) for sale. American Express/ SierraCities (7/2001) pretax write-down of $826 million that will pummel second-quarter profits. The company also unveiled plans to cut as many as 5,000 more jobs because of the weak economy. Rumors abound about leasing portfolio performance and major problems in the woodpile/going the way Rockford Industries went. (5/2001) New Name: “ American Express Business Finance” (4/2001) Merger complete, Depping resigns as “gazelle” (3/31/2001) American Express completes purchase/merger (3/2001) Sierra Cities-Amex Merger Gets Green Light (2/2001) offer by American Express for $5.68 per share in cash. We predicted this last week, naming the company and floor price. American Express active in equipment leasing, likes what it sees, and Sierra Cities is the vehicle, not Advanta or others that it has viewed to purchase. (1/2001 VerticalNet Merger falls apart (1/16/01) Sells Off UK Assets, (7/2000_ 2nd quarter loss, see report http://www.leasingnews.org/articles.doc/newsletter3.htm
PinnLease (7/2001) Barbados Court Freezes PinnFund Exec's Assets (6/2001) Leasing News considers it a “not guilty” judgment against Tommy Larsen, but Larsen’s lawyer basically agreed to comply with the temporary restraining order of March 23 and agreed that Mr. Larsen would give an accounting of any possible gains he received that rightfully belong to PinnFund. Since he gave in to everything the receiver wanted, he was not held in contempt. The records shows that being acquitted or not guilty was not what happened. The judge found he wasn't in contempt because, going forward, he agreed to cooperate fully. (6/2001) Judge Hands Down $109 M Default Judgment in PinnFund Scandal. Bounty Hunters Get the Nod to Go Get 'Em (4/2001) Judge continues freeze of assets. (4/2001) Founder of PinnFund skips bail, judge issues arrest warrant ( 4/2001) PinnFund out of money, closes all offices, including leasing, newspaper stories say “Millions of dollars are gone.”3/2001) PinnLease USA to Fold 47 Nationwide Offices-- $100 Million Fraud, reads like a tabloid story, perhaps largest fraud in West Coast history.
Comdisco (7/2001) -Comdisco + Execs face bankruptcy, many left holding the the bag, assets for sale or sold, working on trying to get healthy by 2002, they say. (7/2001) change of executive officers (6/2001) reportedly considering bankruptcy (5/2001) Lays off 10% of staff, further cuts to be made (5/2001) Reports Second Quarter: $8 Million Loss, CEO Pontikes takes early retirement a few weeks before formal a announcement. Reports many losses to follow due to leases and loans with Dot Coms, among others.
BrokerWare, Inc., of Tampa, Florida (7/2001) acquired by Funder OnLine
SDI Capital, So. CA (7/2001) files BK, many investors caught holding the bag, reportedly the Daniels moving to Canada to open another business. Compass One decision Analysis Group incorporated 6/7/2001.(6/2001) reportedly gong to file BK, investors to lose $20 MM (6/2001) let’s employees go, owing payroll, 401k, medical/health (5/2001) reported has assets up for sale (5/2000 closed to broker programs)
T&W, Washington (7/2001) T&W Mike Price charged with evading taxes on $3.2 million yacht (10/2000 filed Chapter 11. Creditors meeting on 12-4-00 Seattle. Case # 00-10868 US Bankruptcy Court Western District of Wash. 206-553-7545. Debtor Attorney-Marc Barreca 206-623-7580)
European American Bank (7/2001) made the announcement official, Romoff will be leaving the Company at the end of the summer. The company's leasing activities will be run by CitiCapital, with its Lease Lending Division headed by Dave Frankel at the head of the Leasing Lending Division. It is reported that within CitiCapital, Frank McCaughey will continue to head up the Vehicle Lease Financing unit. It is also reported that EAB's leasing subsidiaries in the U.S. will continue to originate equipment leasing and financing transactions for CitiCapital.
Textron Financial (7/2001) small ticket equipment financing functions will be moved to its Small Business Direct group that was acquired in early June and is based in LittleRock, Arkansas. As a result, Textron Financial will eliminate its Lake Oswego, OR and Providence, RI functions that previously handled small ticket equipment financing as support for these programs are migrated to the Small Business Direct operation over the next 30-60 days. The unofficial target date is August 1, 2001. Insider reports: “"Jim Merrilees of Colonial Pacific, Grayrock, Nations Credit fame, Randy Ernst, Denise Mann, and company have all departed TFC. Jim is on the payroll until the end of the year as he has a contract but I don't think he is working here anymore." (7/2001) reported to end broker business on August 1, 2001 (5/2001) Textron announces a new division to serve the capital requirements of independent, middle-market lenders. (4/2001) complaints Textron doing repeat business with leases submitted to Nations, but now being serviced by Textron (common in such situations. editor) (1/2001) complaints from brokers regarding getting information for NationsCredit and GrayRock Capital on FMV, payoffs, residuals from Textron who is servicing the portfolio (1/29/99) sold to Textron *** Textron does broker business." (formerly on list as Nations Credit, Business Leasing Group ).
Amresco Inc., (7/2001)which lends to small and mid-sized businesses, said Monday it has filed for bankruptcy and agreed to sell its assets for $309 million to investors including Goldman Sachs.
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Dwight Galloway: Last man to turn the lights out
Dwight Galloway, head of LEAF Specialty Finance, Columbia, South Carolina has until July 31st to vacate the premise. In mid-June he said he turned over all the processing to LEAF Financial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and as of Friday it is he and an IT man left. Saturday, he will be the last to leave. He’ll turn the lights out. He says he is still an employee of LEAF Financial and does what they pay him to do.
Dwight does admit a group of ex-employees, he says his team, his core former employees, have been working on a new funding source, but it would require not only the real estate space, but equipment, telephones, and would be at least a month to get up and going. It appears the investor may be a foreign entity, but final papers are apparently not complete, although Leasing News was told by two highly reliable sources that preliminary papers were signed on July 28th.
It is no secret that Dwight has been working on keeping his unit together since the beginning of the year; with LEAF Financial’s blessing. He told Leasing News in a previous interview that LEAF Financial was kind to keep the servicing in Columbia, South Carolina so long. He’ll be 60 in September, adding he has plenty of energy left. He was not available at press time for a comment, but hopefully will return a call on Friday, or Saturday, the last day at the Columbia office.
According to a biography in a United Association of Equipment Leasing magazine, after leaving the U.S. Army in 1978 (Special Forces, jumping out of airplanes,) Galloway worked for two years as a sales manager for an equipment vendor. During the 1980’s, he began providing financing for start-up businesses, and buying/selling large ticket, tax-oriented operating leases before “graduating” to small-ticket leasing. He started Republic Leasing in 1988 as a subsidiary of Resources Bancshares after selling the small-ticket operation to that firm. He was one of the first to use securization with "broker only" transactions.
When the mortgage company was sold to NetBank, the operation became NetBank Business Finance, and when NetBank folded, one of the first hit in the subprime mortgage failures, the company was purchased by Resource America (NASDAQ-Rexi) and became LEAF Specialty-Finance, with the renting of 21,000 square feet to ultimately house 150 employees, and plan at the time to expand the third party origination division in 2008, right before the subprime mortgage and real estate burst.
Many leasing brokers remember the start of Republic Leasing of South Carolina with his partner Charles Randall and the days Galloway didn’t want others to associated it with Republic Leasing of Southern California (Jim Raider/Mark McQuitty, who later sold the company to First Sierra and perhaps are better known regarding Operation Lease Fleece) Those days of the late Leo Portnoy, and when Vicki Hall and Melissa Horn started are remembered by many, as well as the companies that Galloway funded exclusively, such as the late Charlie Lester's LPI Financial and Bob Rodi’s now Mount Pleasant Capital.
Galloway is highly thought of by many leasing association members as he is active (as an “individual,” still belongs to the National Association of Equipment Brokers and National Equipment Finance Association; gets involved, makes friends, and anything he undertakes, gets accomplished. He is extremely well respected and liked in the equipment leasing industry. He was instrumental in the many of the membership and conference changes for new members at the then United Association of Equipment Leasing. One of the few in the industry who have been to our house in Saratoga (we had a membership committee meeting here.)
Pawnee Acknowledge Losses--But Remains Eager
Barry Shafran, President and CEO, Chesswood Income Fund ((TSX:CHW.UN) made several announcement in a press release, including completing "... a rights offering raising $5.28 million through the issuance on July 2, 2010, of 1,320,799 units at $4.00 per unit. The net proceeds from the offering will be used to support the growth of the Fund's Pawnee Leasing Corporation subsidiary ("Pawnee") and for general corporate purposes. The amount raised was the maximum offering size, and the offering was significantly over-subscribed.
Financial highlights were given(*), stating it was an excellent quarter: ""Our income before tax and the non-cash mark-to-market adjustment for swaps was up almost 70% over the first quarter of the year while portfolio delinquency at Pawnee continued to improve."
He was unavailable for a comment, but Gary H. Souverein, President, Pawnee Leasing Corporation, Fort Collins, Colorado responded:
"Thanks for reaching out on how things are doing and as you can see from the press release Chesswood continues to be a very supportive influence on our business.
"We saw the cycle earlier than most and have been continuously adjusting our underwriting with tremendous focus on our collection activities. Those efforts over many, many months have been very worthwhile and we find ourselves today to be in a very good position to continue to support and expand our business with the broker community.
"We have expanded, especially, our 'B' credit underwriting this year with more competitive risk-based pricing that has been very well received.
“Please let your readers know that despite so many funding source departures, we’re still here, eager and more capable than ever at supporting new business."
As a result of the strong increase in pre-tax earnings at Pawnee and the conversion of intercompany debt, as described in the Fund's prior period financial disclosure, the Fund's provision for income taxes is significantly higher than in 2009 and prior.
Non GAAP Measures
References to Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash are not recognized measures under Canadian GAAP and do not have standard meanings under Canadian GAAP. Accordingly, these measures may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.
US Capital Corp. Joins “Broker-Lessor” List
A - City Business License | B- State License | C - Certified Leasing Professional | D - State(s) sales/use tax license |E - Named as "lessor" on 50% or more of lease contract signed. |
“US Capital knows how to get your transactions funded. We welcome brokers’ app only, full financial and complex transactions from anywhere. US Capital’s 15 payment options will help you close the lease. While specializing in the medical, technology, hospitality, manufacturing and laundry industries, US Capital has the resources to handle any type of equipment. US Capital’s equipment leasing transactions include A,B,C and startups and range from $10,000 to $5 million for the commercial and municipal markets. In addition to all traditional lease products, US Capital offers franchise and acquisition financing, SBA programs and sales and lease back structures. Brokers are encouraged to call.”
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Michael Brigante was appointed vice president of Capital Markets for the eastern U.S. for ATEL Capital, San Francisco, California. He was Senior Vice President - Capital Markets/Equipment Finance CIT Group, Inc., Vice President - Intermediary Finance, GE Commercial Finance, Vice President Capital Markets/Regional Sales Manager, Key Equipment Finance; Senior Vice President Corporate Equipment Finance Fleet Capital; Syndications Manager, Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation. He attended Sacred Heart University. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-brigante/7/b81/683
Stacy Conrad has been named Director of Sales, Microcorp, Atlanta, Georgia. She built the alternate channel program for Fusion, Inc. Prior she held sales management positions at Premiere Global Systems and Wireless USA.
Jeremey Hopkins joins World Telecom Group, Malibu, California, as Chief Financial Officer/Chief Information Officer. He has 12 years experience in technology management consulting, including five years with Bank of America. He received his MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where he also was an adjunct professor of marketing in the undergraduate business division. http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyhopkins
Stuart Jablonski was named Senior Credit Manager, LPI Healthcare Financial Services, Inc., Marietta, Georgia. He was hired from the Leasing News Classified Ad Credit listing.
Mr. Jablonski was most recently Credit Team Leader at Marlin Business Services Corp (MRLN). While at Marlin, Mr. Jablonski was a top performer within the Risk Department. “I was Instrumental in managing the Southeastern Division’s portfolio of $272MM & maintained personal portfolio of $110MM.” He was also, a member of the Managing Operating Committee (MOC) with a Communications initiative and lastly, was a member of the Commandants Club (2007-2009) recognizing top Credit Analysts and leadership in the Credit Department. With Mr. Jablonski’s nine (9) plus years of experience, he will play a vital role in developing and expanding LPI Healthcare’s credit department to help meet the growing needs of our customers. Mr. Jablonski graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in History and is married with three children.
Dan Kerr joins One Place Capital, Des Moines, Iowa, a division of Bank Midwest, an employee-owned bank, as Business Development Manager. He has 17 years experience in equipment financing with the last two at TCF Equipment Finance. For the last ten years, he has specialized in creating and managing customized financing programs for healthcare equipment manufacturers that allow them to market their products using customized financing tools.
Beige Report--- così così
Among those Districts reporting improvements in economic activity, a number of them noted that the increases were modest, and two Districts, Atlanta and Chicago, said that the pace of economic activity had slowed recently.
Overall loan demand was reported as soft or weak in Cleveland, Atlanta, and Dallas, while total outstanding loan volume decreased in recent months in St. Louis but was steady in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Demand for commercial loans was flat to increasing in the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Chicago, and Kansas City Districts; in contrast, St. Louis reported a decrease in commercial loans outstanding, while New York, Atlanta, and San Francisco reported restrained or decreasing demand in this lending category.
Most Districts reporting on credit standards continued to note that lending standards remain restrictive. New York reported tighter credit standards for all categories except consumer loans, while Kansas City reported tighter commercial lending standards. Reports on credit quality were mixed in Cleveland and Kansas City, while quality was stable in San Francisco. Credit quality improved slightly in Philadelphia, Richmond, and Chicago. In the Dallas District, nonperforming loans have stabilized and are not expected to worsen. Meanwhile, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Richmond continued to report delinquencies above historic norms. Delinquency rates in the New York District decreased for consumer loans but experienced little or no change in other categories.
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MicroFinancial Incorporated Announces an Increase
WOBURN, Mass., -- MicroFinancial Incorporated (NASDAQ-MFI) a financial intermediary specializing in vendor-based leasing and finance programs for micro-ticket transactions, announced that its operating subsidiary, TimePayment Corp., has increased its revolving credit facility from $85 to $100 million and has extended the term for an additional three years.
The loan agreement allows the Company to borrow up to $100 million against eligible lease receivables subject to a borrowing base calculation. In addition, the company was also able to obtain more favorable terms under the revised credit facility.
Richard Latour, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Our ability to increase our line of credit in this challenging economic environment demonstrates the solid relationships we have developed with our financing partners and a continued confidence in our Company.”
We are pleased to have increased our credit facility under more favorable terms and conditions which, when combined with our strong cash flow from operations, will allow us to continue to provide our customers with the financial services they need to grow their business."
For the six months ended June 30, 2010, net income increased by 17.6% to $1.9 million versus net income of $1.6 million for the same period last year. Net income per diluted share year to date was $0.13 based on 14,432,535 shares versus $0.11 based on 14,214,308 for the same period in 2009.
Year to date revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2010 increased 13.4% to $24.9 million compared to $22.0 million during the same period in 2009. Revenue from leases was $16.6 million, up $2.7 million from the same period last year and rental income was $3.9 million, down $0.5 million from June 30, 2009. Other revenue components contributed $4.4 million year to date, up $0.6 million from the same period last year. New contract originations year to date were $39.1 million versus $36.7 million through the same period last year.
Total operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2010 increased 12.9% to $21.9 million versus $19.4 million for the same period last year. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by 3.6% or $0.3 million to $6.8 million primarily due to reductions in marketing, legal, and collection related expenses. The provision for credit losses increased to $12.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $10.4 million for the same period last year. Year to date net charge-offs increased to $12.9 million as compared to $8.7 million for the same period last year. Interest expense increased to $1.7 million as a result of increased borrowings under our revolving line of credit. Year to date cash from customers increased by 24.9% or $9.0 million to $44.9 million as compared to $36.0 million for the same period last year.
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ATEL Capital “Islamic Leasing Fund”
"Islamic banking refers to a system of banking or banking activity that is consistent with the principles of Islamic law (Sharia) and its practical application through the development of Islamic economics. Sharia prohibits the payment or acceptance of interest fees for the lending and accepting of money respectively, (Riba, usury) for specific terms, as well as investing in businesses that provide goods or services considered contrary to its principles (Haraam, forbidden). While these principles were used as the basis for a flourishing economy in earlier times, it is only in the late 20th century that a number of Islamic banks were formed to apply these principles to private or semi-private commercial institutions within the Muslim community." www.wikipedia.com
San Francisco, CA - ATEL Capital Group announced today, the successful initial closing of its new $250mm Shariah compliant leasing fund.
The fund consists of investors from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and has begun acquiring low technology equipment leased to Investment Grade Fortune 1000 companies. ATEL’s program is the first Shariah compliant fund marketed to institutional and high net worth Islamic investors with such a global perspective.
Dean Cash, President and CEO said, “We are very pleased to have broken new ground with this Shariah compliant leasing program. ATEL’s ingenuity and dynamic spirit of entrepreneurship continues to propel us to search out this and other growth opportunities that allow us to build on the core strengths that have contributed to our success since 1977. The market acceptance of this fund is a testament to our high credit standards and the continued profitability of our investment programs despite the current challenging economic environment. “
ATEL has over fifteen years of experience providing leases to both Shariah compliant and conventional investors in the region thru relationships with major Middle East banks. Many Shariah compliant investments offer the potential for high returns with significant risk (private equity, real estate) or provide very low returns with low risk. There are very few investments available to Shariah compliant investors with low risk and a mid-range return. In an effort to provide an efficient frontier for Shariah compliant investors ATEL has used its unique experience to offer an investment program that features low risk with a mid-range return. To assure compliance with Shariah Law the fund has established an internationally acclaimed board of Shariah scholars from across the Islamic world.
ATEL Capital Group is an international financial services company that offers its clients a wide array of financial solutions including equipment leasing, asset-based lending, venture finance, lease administration and asset management. ATEL sponsors a popular series of public SEC registered equipment leasing programs as well as private growth capital funds for individual investors. Since 1986 these funds have attracted over 46,000 investors. ATEL also originates and manages similar programs for institutional investors. Additional information about ATEL Capital Group can be found on the Company's web site at www.atel.com
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A sturdy drama (“Get Low”) and a delightful animated feature (“Despicable Me”) stand out amid new theater releases, while DVD watchers can help themselves to three of the year’s best movies.
Get Low (Sony Pictures Classics): This year’s race for Best Actor Oscar gets off to an early start with Robert Duvall’s rich performance in this flavorful, critically acclaimed drama. Duvall plays Felix Bush, a cantankerous recluse who lives in the Tennessee woods and has, to put it mildly, quirky impulses. In his latest and maybe last bit of eccentricity, he decides to have his funeral while he’s still alive so that he can hear what his friends thought of him. It’s a scheme worthy of Mark Twain, and he sets out to pull it together with the help of his young sidekick (Lucas Black) and the local mortician (Bill Murray). Director Aaron Schneider combines surprising humor with a strong sense of people and land, and the exceptional cast includes Sissy Spacek and Bill Cobbs.
Despicable Me (Universal Pictures): Though Pixar may hold the summer’s supreme animation slot with “Toy Story 3,” Universal isn’t lagging too far behind with this splashy kids’ entertainment. The despicable one of the title is a criminal mastermind named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), a cheerful villain who takes great pleasure in all things wicked. His latest plan for world-domination is under way, but there’s just one little problem: The three little orphans he was using as pawns have gradually grown on him, and Gru finds himself turning into a frazzled dad. Filled with delightful vocal performances (the cast also includes Julie Andrews and Russell Brand) and energetic, Looney Tunes-level jokes, the movie should be a treat for young viewers and parents alike.
Netflix tip: One of American cinema’s living legends, Robert Duvall holds several decades of brilliant performances. The release of “Get Low” provides a good chance to hit Netflix and revisit some of his greatest roles. There are “The Godfather” movies and “Apocalypse Now,” of course, along with his award-winning acting in “Tender Mercies.” But also take time to track down such lesser-known but valuable films as “Tomorrow” (1972), “The Great Santini” (1979) and, in what may be his finest performance, “The Apostle” (1997).
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The Ghost Writer (Summit Entertainment): Roman Polanski (“Rosemary’s Baby,” “Chinatown”) delivers another modern classic in this alternately chilling and blackly comic tale. The story follows a talented writer (Ewan McGregor) who is hired to ghost write the memoirs of a controversial British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) after the mysterious death of the previous biographer. Surrounded by lawyers, servants and protesters, he moves into politician’s private beach manor to work on the book and instead starts his own private investigation while unwisely getting involved with his subject’s wife (Olivia Williams). Polanski is a master at creating a mood of sardonic unease, and he’s in fine form here with a splendid cast that also includes Kim Cattrall, Tom Wilkinson and Eli Wallach. A witty and elegantly unsettling film.
A Prophet (Sony): An engrossing crime-drama that’s been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar, Jacques Audiard’s epic is an intense ride. Taking place mostly in a French prison, it follows 19-year-old Malik (an arresting performance by Tahar Rahim), a naïve Arab youth who finds himself at the mercy of the other inmates. It takes no time for his vulnerability to give way to rough ambition under the tutelage of an older, paternal crime lord (Niels Arestrup), who takes Malik under his wing and demands that he proves his worth in a series of increasingly harrowing tests. Long, severe and violent, the movie is notable for Audiard’s cinematic passion, impeccably naturalistic performances by Rahim and Arestrup, and brutal insights into the world behind bars. With subtitles.
Vincere (MPI): The private life of a controversial historical figure is rivetingly laid out in this one-of-a-kind film from Italian veteran Marco Bellocchio. It tells the mostly unknown story of Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), a young woman who, fascinated by the young Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi), married the future dictator during the First World War. Their marriage hits a bump when Mussolini disappears for years, only to surface later with a new political career and a new wife. But will Ida allow herself to be written out of history without a fight? Using an operatic style to bring together history and dramatic speculation, past and present, music and movies, the film is an invigorating feast for serious theatergoers. With subtitles.
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1619 - The first representative assembly in America the House of Burgesses, became the first legislative assembly in America when it convened at Jamestown, Va. Composed of the governor and 21 other members, 17 of whom were elected by the land-owning males, this body enacted laws for the colony. Among these would be rules regulating the militia, from its arming and training to who could serve. For instance slaves and indentured servants were forbidden to bear arms but “free negroes” were expected to serve and, like their white counterparts, even furnish their own weapons.
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