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Henry’s fiancee Beth kicks him out after discovering his audio recordings of their intimate life and his confession that he may no longer love her. A chance meeting with Charlie, a headstrong young photographer, allows Henry to act out his obsession with creating the perfect interaction: spontaneous, rehearsed, both fixed and changeable. Charlie and Henry’s recordings of imagined conversations become a dangerous game where intimacy and identity may be both real and imagined. Diamond on Vinyl director, writer, producer J. R. Hughto joins us to talk his fascinating film and the role trust, love and the inability to communicate with one another plays in our lives.
“…few other recent films crackle with an intensity that echo back to the darkly cloaked pulp writings of David Goodis, or recall cinematic classics such as The Conversation or Blow Out in their social-psychological labyrinths. Provocative and meditative stuff to be sure.” – Ben Umstead, Twitch Film
“A deeply layered, rewarding contemplation… subtle but emotionally devastating at the same time.” – Mark Bell, Film Threat
“A tautly wound script… Kinski brings both an inquisitive guilelessness and a determined quest for control to her role. Hughto weds his filmmaking technique to the narrative’s spine, working with sound designer Ugo Derouard to create a complex and often unsettling soundscape.” – Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
“One of the most innovative independent offerings up at the Slamdance Film Festival this week….reminiscent of the honesty of indie pioneer “Sex, Lies & Videotape” cut with a dose of lo-fi voyeurism, the film has a marked beauty and is weighted with intrigue.” – Celebs.com
For more on Diamond on Vinyl updates and screening go to: diamondonvinyl.net
Bettie Page Reveals All is an intimate look at the rise, and fall, and rise again of one of the world’s most recognized and controversial sex symbols. With her razor sharp wit and Tennessee twang Bettie Page emerges from decades of seclusion to reveal her secret past and narrate her life story to recount the true story of how her free expression overcame government witch-hunts to help launch America’s sexual revolution. Made with Bettie Page’s authorization, Bettie Page Reveals All is produced and directed by Academy Award® nominee, Mark Mori. Mori joins us for a conversation on how Bettie Page came to be the world’s greatest pinup model and cult icon.
“Looking at Page for some 90 minutes is a pleasure unto itself. But her actual voice gives the movie its richness” - The Village Voice
“Jam-packed with provocative photos and film clips… Riveting footage and interviews explore the iconic pin-up model’s public and private lives… [and] the retelling of her post-modeling years proves even more riveting” - The Los Angeles Times
“She got a big kick out of posing in the buff, the film makes clear, and saw no contradiction between her sensuality and the Christian faith she practiced all her life.” – Ella Taylor, NPR
For more on Bettie Page Reveals All updates and screenings go to: www.bettiepagemovie.com/
For Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, there is no music more popular today than narcocorridos. These bloodthirsty and explicit odes to the exploits of narco traffickers and drug lords of Mexico openly glorify violence, narcotics and money. Like gangsta rap in the nineties, “Narco” is a movement threatening to burst into the mainstream.
Featuring powerful footage from the front lines of the drug wars and performances from some of the hottest Narcocorrido artists (including El Komander and Buknas de Culiacan) NARCO CULTURA takes viewers behind the scenes of the most explosive and violent music subculture in America. Director Shaul Schwarz stops by to talk about where our two countries are in dealing with this emerging social and political phenomenon.
“’Narco Cultura” shows us two nations locked in an expensive and destructive war whose only winners are the politicians, police chiefs and drug lords, and whose losers lie in marble tombs and paupers’ graves all over Mexico.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
“A potent encapsulation of how fame and finance beget fear and grief. – William Goss, Film.com
“The people in this documentary are beautiful, funny, flawed, desperate, intelligent, deluded… In other words, it never forgets that these are questions for all of us.” Steven Boone, RogerEbert.com
For more on Narco Cultura updates and screenings go to: narcoculture.com
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Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream, and open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. SWEET DREAMS interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition. Co-director Rob Fruchtman stops by to talk about a group of remarkable women and their nascent effort bring progress to a beautiful country shattered an unspeakable tragedy.
For more on Sweet Dreams news and screenings go to: http://www.sweetdreamsrwanda.com/
A nuanced film about a complex issue.
SUBTLE and DRAMATIC.”
– Miriam Bale, The New York Times
√ CRITICS’ PICK
“Utterly ROUSING. Vibrantly filmed. POWERFUL.”
– Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly
– R. Richardson, Filmmaker Magazine
“A movie that will bring you to tears.”
– Deena Shanker, Village Voice
“VALUABLE and AFFECTING. Finds and sustains a delicate balance, seizing on small moments of hope in a place where the horrors of 1994 are in many ways still an open wound. So the women of Ingoma Nshya seem all the more remarkable as they lift their drums, their spoons, and perchance an entire nation’s spirits.” – Scott Foundas, Variety
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Academy Award nominateed filmmaker Bruno Barreto (FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER, DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS) returns with a sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer’s block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary (Tracy Middendorf). Hoping to find inspiration on Mary’s sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more — a tempestuous relationship with Mary’s bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires), that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alcoholism, geographical distance and a military coup come between the lovers, but their intimate connection spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of these two extraordinary artists. The attraction of two polar-opposite women has rarely been so volatile and so erotically charged on the big screen. Director Barreto joins us for an engaging conversation on his commitment to telling a story about love and loss.
For more on Reaching for the Moon news and screenings go to: reachingforthemoonmovie.com/
Frameline Film Festival, Audience Award, Best Feature Film
Tribeca Film Festival. Official Selection
Outfest Film Festival, Audience Award, Outstanding Dramatic Feature
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage* and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader. Director Sini Anderson joins us for a conversation on the life and times of a galvanizing artist.
For more on The Punk Singer news and screenings at: http://www.thepunksinger.com/
“Beautiful and rousing!”
—Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly
“Unnegotiated truth, a frank and exhilarating portrayal of a legend.”
—Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
“Both a captivating personal story and a history of a moment—as the best rock documentaries are.”
—Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
“‘The Punk Singer’ demonstrates that neither Hanna’s cause nor her musical ambition have started to wane.”
—Eric Kohn, IndieWIRE
“The lead singer of iconic female punk rock group, Bikini Kill, and the dance-pop trio Le Tigre, says in-your-face feminism is ever-present today in the wake of her biographical documentary, ‘The Punk Singer’”
—Emily Thomas, Huffington Post
As the film 12 Years a Slave opens, we see a group of slaves toiling away in the field, and we hear perfectly synchronized to their chopping, the chorus…
When I was young, I saw the sun, Too hot for me, Too late for me, Live or die, Lay down and cry, Hey boys!, I’m tired, My Lord Sunrise …
That is the first stanza of the original song “My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise), played against such imagery, sets the tone for the film and is written by songwriter Nicholas Britell for director Steve McQueen’s gripping cinematic recounting of the memoir of Solomon Northup, who as a free New York state black violinist was abducted and sold into slavery. In composing and arranging such spiritual work songs like “My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” and “Roll Jordan Roll” as well as three traditional fiddle tunes on the 12 Years a Slave soundtrack, Britell painstakingly researched this lost form of music, which was never recorded and in many cases never written out, in an effort to bring the most accurate musical representation to this landmark story. The songwriter joins us for a conversation on the challenges and rewards of recreating musical history.
For more on 12 Years a Slave news and screenings at: www.foxsearchlight.com/12yearsaslave/
Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Žižek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Žižek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What hidden Catholic teachings lurk at the heart of The Sound of Music? What are the fascist political dimensions of Jaws? Taxi Driver, Zabriskie Point, The Searchers, The Dark Knight, John Carpenter’s They Live (“one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left”), Titanic, Kinder Eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant. Director Fiennes stops by to talk with us about her second film with one of the world’s most provocative intellectuals.
“Intellectual rock star Slavoj Zizek dishes out another action-packed lesson in film history and Marxist dialectics with The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, a riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher’s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head.”
– Jordan Mintzer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Irresistible…. Outlaw philosopher Slavoj Zizek…makes a terrifically entertaining host.” – Steve Dollar, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Playful and stimulating…. This is film criticism as stand-up comedy or performance art: Zizek plays up to the camera but that doesn’t diminish his wit or his insights.” – Geoffrey Macnab, THE INDEPENDENT
“FOUR STARS! CRITICS’ PICK. EXHILARATING! Though Zizek is a man to be taken seriously, he’s not averse to donning a nun’s habit—and for that we love him.” – Guy Lodge, TIME OUT NEW YORK
“I urge you to rush to theaters to experience this amazingly intelligent, fun and funny piece of work.” – James van Maanen, TRUST MOVIES
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PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey is the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Battling the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of ecological compassion through human’s most basic means – by walking on foot, village to village, and showing by example. Surviving harrowing injuries, illness, and starvation, they emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world. Wendy J. N. Lee drops by to talk about the harrowing journey, figuratively and literally, she took in making this remarkable documentary.
BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM & TELEVISION ARTS, LONDON | 2012
Hosted Screening with Executive Producer Michelle Yeoh
BAJA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | 2012 | SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT
HOUSTON INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 2012
WINNER – Best Documentary
STUTTGART INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL | 2012
WINNER – Audience Award
BIG BEAR FILM FESTIVAL | 2012
WINNER – Audience Award/Best Environmental
FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL | 2012
WINNER – Audience Award
BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL | 2012
DOCUTAH FILM FESTIVAL | 2012 | WINNER
WINNER – Best Cinematography
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Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Deborah Koons Garcia joins us for a down and dirty conversation on the amazing complexity and vital importance this overlooked substance has in our collective existence.
“Re-envisioning soil as an essential yet underappreciated resource that sustains many forms of life, including the crops that feed us.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“It’s not just about farming and soil stewardship. It’s about producing healthy foods by sustainable methods – for a future they believe will be far different from today’s farming practices. At the very least, the film and the concepts it champions are food for thought.” – Inforum
“Unfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this ode to the miracle of the Earth’s topmost layer gives us a newfound respect for the ground beneath our feet.”- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times