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Who Gets to Call It Art?

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2006  Length: 1hr 20min

Who Gets to Call It Art?

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Synopsis: ​A wild ride through the 1960’s downtown New York art scene as seen through the eyes of legendary Metropolitan Museum of Art curator,Henry Geldzahler.

Henry Geldzahler, an art historian fresh out of Yale and Harvard, enters the New York scene in 1960, the year JFK was elected. These were optimistic and exciting times. Artists, living in cheap downtown lofts were breaking from the influence of Europe and Abstract Expressionism. Something entirely new was happening. Something purely American.

The 60s were experimental times. All assumptions were questioned and rules broken. The vanguard audience went to all the openings, happenings and parties, blending the social world and the art scene. And Henry quickly became a familiar figure downtown.

In 1970, Henry Geldzahler, the young curator of contemporary art since 1962 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, mounted the largest exhibition of modern art ever shown at the museum: “New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970.” Taking over the 18th and 19th century painting and sculpture galleries, he exhibited over 400 works of art by living American painters, including John Chamberlain, Mark Di Suvero, Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenberg, Jules Olitsky, Jackson Pollock, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Roberty Motherwell, Barnett Newman, George Segal, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, many appearing in the film.

“Engaging”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Thrilling!”
– L.A. Weekly

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Les Notres

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2020  Length: 1hr 43min

Les Notres

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Synopsis: ​ To the tight-knit community of Sainte-Adeline, Quebec, Magalie appears as a normal suburban high school sophomore surrounded by friends. But this popular teenage girl is harboring a shocking secret: she’s pregnant. When Magalie refuses to identify the father, suspicions among the townsfolk come to a boiling point and the layers of a carefully maintained social varnish eventually crack.

Language: In French with English subtitles

“Rarely has one evoked with more finesse, nuance, light and shadow a drama of a tightly woven society.”
—LE DEVOIR

“A disturbing psychological drama that lives in us for a long time.”
—JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL

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Making the Overcoat

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2021  Length: 1hr 49min

Making the Overcoat

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PRESENTED BY STAGE RUSSIA DOCS

Synopsis: ​Yuriy Norshteyn, Russia’s most renowned animator, has crafted many brilliant works, including his award-winning Tale of Tales and Hedgehog in the Fog. He is revered by animation creators across the globe, most notably Japanese masters Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Forty years ago, Norshteyn began work on an ambitious adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat, but after completing 25 glorious minutes of the film, the project stalled and has been shelved for many years. A Japanese film crew visited Norshteyn’s studio and found there mountains of sketches, character studies and a shooting table covered with dust. When will his much-awaited work finally be completed? Norshteyn himself talks about its current status and the anguish and passion that has gone into its creation.

Language: In Russian and Japanese with English subtitles

About Yuriy Norshteyn
Yuriy Norshteyn is the most highly esteemed independent animation artist working today. Through masterfully built vignettes – lyrically nostalgic and imbued with a subtle sense of longing and loss – Norshteyn builds a landscape of intense emotional resonance. The lyrical visual poetry in his work is synonymous with his craftsmanship. Norshteyn uses a technique in which two dimensional flat-art is shot on multiple glass planes – a painstaking frame by frame process employed less and less by modern animators as they turn toward digital image making. In opposition, every aspect of the imagery on screen in a Norshteyn film is handcrafted. His refusal to use computers to speed the work earned him the nickname ‘the golden snail’ for his slow, ardent perfectionism. According to the Washington Post, Norshteyn is considered by many to be not just the best animator of his era, but the best of all time.

“A Must-See”
– Washington Post

 

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Youssou N’Dour: Return to Goree

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2008  Length: 1hr 48min

Youssou N’Dour: Return to Goree

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Synopsis: ​A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s historical journey tracing the trail left by enslaved Africans and the jazz music they created. Youssou N’Dour’s challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.

From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world’s most exceptional musicians, Youssou N’Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert…

With Youssou N’Dour, Moncef Genoud,Idris Muhammad, Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye and Amiri Baraca.

Language: In English and French with English subtitles

” Conversations full of memorable words and what can only be called ‘genuineness’ push Youssou N’Dour: Return to Goree into the realm of unforgettable filmmaking.”
~ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle

“Trace[s] influences and celebrate[s] connections with tunes to make you tap and sway.”
~ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“It provides ample moments for reflection — and maybe, judging by the reactions of the American musicians who go back home in his film, a little bit of healing, too.”
~ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune

“A wondrous trip with Africa’s greatest singer as he bonds with his musical brethren in the New World.”
~ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews

 

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God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2021  Length: 1hr 40min

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya

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Synopsis: ​ In Stip, a small town in Macedonia, the Epiphany is celebrated every January when the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it. This time, Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others. Her competitors are furious – how dare a woman take part in their ritual? All hell breaks loose, but Petrunya holds her ground. She won her cross and will not give it up.

Petrunya’s struggle is emblematic of the most acute social issue of our times, which has yet to gain momentum in the Balkans, and Mitevska’s film is both a significant contribution to the cause and a powerful cinematic work in its own right.

Language: In Macedonian with English subtitles

“Inspired by a real event…given a quirky satirical treatment ”
– Sydney Morning Herald

” A powerful cinematic work”
– Cineuropa

” An almost absurd obsession is turned into a portrait of intolerance”
– Fotogramas

” A fresh, potent spin on the issue of gender inequality reinforced by religion. ” – Awards Daily

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Against the Current

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2020  Length: 1hr 27min

Against the Current

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Synopsis: ​ How far do you have to travel to find yourself? And what sacrifices are you willing to make to get there? Veiga Grétarsdóttir is the first person in the world to attempt to kayak the 1,300 mile circumference of Iceland, counter-clockwise and against the current, an achievement that has been compared to climbing K2. Veiga’s personal journey is no less remarkable. She was born 44 years ago as a boy in a fishing village on the far west coast of Iceland. By the age of 38 Veigar had a wife and family but decided that she could no longer live as a man and decided to undergo gender reassignment. The inner struggle for Veigar to become Veiga was a journey as difficult if not more so than the solo kayak expedition she undertakes. These two stories of conflict and struggle are intertwined as the film follows her amazing 103 day journey around Iceland, with the magical, rugged coastline of the country a backdrop to the story of Veiga’s transition.

Language: In Icelandic with English subtitles

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Los Hermanos/The Brothers

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2020  Length: 1hr 24min

Los Hermanos/The Brothers

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Synopsis: ​Two Cuban-born brothers, both virtuoso musicians – Aldo and Ilmar López-Gavilán – live on opposite sides of the geopolitical chasm that separates the U.S. and Cuba. But although they lead very different existences, the brothers have an instinctual connection.

Following their parallel lives in New York and Havana, Los Hermanos / The Brothers offers an amazingly heartfelt – though often startling – view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. In capturing their momentous reunion and electrifying first performances together, the film shows how family bonds can transcend politics.

Featuring an electrifying, genre-bending score composed by Aldo and performed with his brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet.

“This endearing documentary is an Oscar-caliber film for the family and one not to be missed!”
– Jeffrey Lyons, WCBS News Radio

“A remarkable film about a family ensnared in geopolitics and two brothers who lead very different lives and yet never lose their instinctual connection.”
– Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

“Six months without live music will be reason enough to see these two gifted musicians reunite across borders to perform publicly for the first time. The film offers a bright take on the endurance of family despite the policies of the day.”
– WBUR, Boston Public Radio

“A joyful U.S. tour featuring Aldo’s blood-pumping compositions that meld jazz, classical and Latin music.”
– KQED, San Francisco Public Media

“Exquisite – so much poetry, heart, and exemplary craft. The editing is just sublime.”
– Rob Epstein, Two-time Oscar winner (The Times of Harvey Milk & Common Threads)

“Expertly and beautifully paced, like a great piece of music.”
– Joshua Bell, Celebrated American Violinist

 

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The Race to Save the World

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2021  Length: 1hr 42min

The Race to Save the World

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Premieres Worldwide on Earth Day 2021

Synopsis: The Race to Save The World is a climate documentary with a uniquely optimistic approach. It follows passionate activists whose single-minded focus is the creation of a sustainable world for future generations. These climate warriors, ages 15 to 72, are in the trenches fighting for a livable future, regardless of the personal cost. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Joe Gantz brings an urgent and intimate portrait of the protests, arrests, courtroom drama, and family turmoil these activists endure as they push for change. The Race to Save The World is an energizing and inspiring call-to-action that inspires viewers to quit waiting on the sidelines and start making their voices heard.

“These are important stories, told in engaging fashion -and I can testify that there are similar scenes from every corner of the planet. The fight to halt the destruction of the planet’s climate system may be the biggest movement in earth history, and these brave people help tell a tale everyone needs to hear!”
– Bill McKibben, Founder 350.0rg

“I hope everyone will watch this film and be inspired to join these everyday heroes in the struggle of our lifetime.”
– Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace US

“Successful social movements always have a small number of deeply-committed people willing to take extraordinary risks. The Race offers a frank look at some Americans who have chosen to place their bodies at the “tip of the spear” in the fight for climate justice. Their courage, and their resolute optimism, is inspiring.”
– Denis Hayes, Environmental and solar power advocate, coordinator of the first Earth Day and Founder of the Earth Day Network

“There is still time to prevent catastrophic climate change. This powerful film shows how each of us can use our voice and our actions to save this planet from destruction. Watch it and be inspired to make a difference.”
–  Michael Mann, Author of The New Climate War

 

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Hope

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2019  Length: 2hrs 5min

Hope

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What happens with love when a woman in the middle of her life gets three months left to live?

Synopsis:  ANJA (43) lives with TOMAS (59) in a large family of biological children and stepchildren. For a number of years the two adults have grown independent of each other, with creative jobs in parallel worlds. When Anja gets a terminal cancer diagnosis, their modern life breaks down and exposes neglected love. Alone with her grief and her fears, Anja realizes that she needs Tomas’ full help and support. It’s their only chance. How else will their children find the strength once she is gone, if their parents are unable to weather the storm together? Anja and Tomas are thrown into a crash course in mutual trust, and eventually a joint struggle, to deal with this unexpected and premature death. By getting to know each other anew, they unconsciously become the principal characters in a love story where they finally learn to truly love each other after a long life together.

Language: In Norwegian with English subtitles

“Stunningly Acted! A modern family portrait deserving of its accolades.”
“Believe the accolades: Maria Sødahl’s perceptive, heartfelt “Hope” richly deserves all the attention it’s gotten at festivals and award ceremonies since premiering in Toronto in 2019.”
—Jay Weissberg, Variety

“A melancholy, highly satisfying adult drama intensely moving.”
—The Hollywood Reporter

“A wildly impressive and devastating relationship drama with unforgettable performances from both Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård”
—Collide

“It’s not easy to make a film about a life-threatening illness that is as rich and joyous as this one can be, perfectly balanced at other times by the very real stakes.”
—Hammer to Nail

“Sødahl… is an artist of quiet, disciplined observance.”
—Screen International

 

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This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2019  Length: 1hr 57min

This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

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Synopsis: Berlin-based Mosotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s devastating and hypnotic This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is already one of the most esteemed African films ever to hit the international festival circuit, earning the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, before taking home Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Cinematography at Africa’s Academy Awards.

Deserving comparison with the work of Pedro Costa, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Souleymane Cissé, This Is Not a Burial marks the introduction of a major filmmaker and the final powerhouse performance of a remarkable actress.

The late Mary Twala Mhlongo, recognizable from Beyoncé’s blockbuster musical Black Is King, gives a heartbreaking career-capping performance as Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived in a small Lesotho village for her entire life. While preparing for her own death, she receives word of an accident that has killed her only son, leaving her entirely alone, with only the respect of her community, the traditions of her ancestors, and the courage of her convictions. When her community must relocate to make way for a nearby dam which would flood her family’s burial ground, Mantoa draws a line in the sand and becomes an unlikely political and spiritual leader.

Cryptic, impressionistic, and informed by magical realist literature, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection contains some of the most striking visual compositions in contemporary cinema, all the more impressive considering this is the first feature-length film for both cinematographer Pierre de Villiers and production designer Leila Walter. The cumulative power of Mantoa’s sacrificial crusade, Mhlongo’s earthy performance, and Mosese’s visionary artistry announce an unmistakable landmark in African cinema.

“A strange, poetic, haunting, surreal film”
– The Guardian

“A jarring and important experience… Deserves to be seen”
– Award Circuit

“​Evocatively shot and elegiacally directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Moses”
– Sunday Times

This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection​ offers a vivid, beautifully crafted reflection on identity, community and the tension between respecting age-old traditions and accepting the seemingly unstoppable march of progress.​ ​Carrying influences that seem to range from Souleymane Cisse to Ciro Guerra, it marks out Mosese as a notable new voice in African cinema.”
– Screen Daily

“​This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection​ is that rare gem of a film”.
– The Playlist

“It’s a story told through the gracefulness of the camerawork, the stunningly lit tableaux, and, most remarkably of all, through fabric. Not many films, especially ones with a documentary sensibility, use texture—wool, mud, cement, ashes, and cloth specifically—as a storytelling device the way that This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection does.”
– Slant Magazine

 

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Francesco

Rating: Not Rated   Released: 2021  Length: 1hr 56min

Francesco

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Synopsis: From Oscar® nominated director and producer, Evgeny Afineevksy, FRANCESCO features unprecedented access to His Holiness Pope Francis, providing an intimate look at a global leader who approaches challenging and complex issues with tremendous humility, wisdom and generosity towards all. Spanning issues such as climate change, migration and refugees, women’s empowerment, sexual abuse and LGBTQ+ issues, pandemic, border walls, and many more of today’s headlines, this documentary takes audiences on a worldwide journey to spotlight the incredible empathy displayed by a leader who continues to inspire hope during an extraordinary moment in our lifetime. In doing so, the film examines how people might take action to transition into a new way of living and thriving in the 21st century.

In addition to unprecedented access to Pope Francis, the film features interviews with those who have been part of his journey, including his nephew Jose Ignacio Bergoglio, His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, as well as Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim and activist for survivors of sexual abuse, and Sister Norma Pimentel, an advocate for refugees. FRANCESCO paints a portrait of a man who has dedicated his life to bringing together people to thrive as a global community.

Francesco offers an unprecedented look into the life of a pope — and not just any pope, but Pope Francis, whose compassionate and progressive approach is captured beautifully in Evgeny Afineevsky’s film. Whether you are Catholic or not, you will be fascinated by this powerful portrait of a truly historic figure.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

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