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Burden

Burden

THEATRICAL BEGINS MARCH 15, 2017

USA – 2016 - 86 MINUTES - DOCUMENTARY
A FILM BY TIM MARRINAN, RICHARD DEWEY

A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who pushed the limits of creative expression and risked his life in the name of art.

For more than 45 years, Chris Burden’s work has consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. His pioneering and often dangerous performance works of the 1970s earned Burden a place in the art history books while still in his early 20s. He had himself shot (Shoot, 1971), locked up (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), electrocuted, (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), cut (Through the Night Softly, 1973), crucified (Trans-fixed, 1974), and advertised on television (4 TV Ads, 1973–77). But as the 70s progressed Burden became disillusioned with the expectations and misconceptions based on his early works and as the pressure grew, the line between his life and his art blurred.

TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

LIMITED THEATRICAL BEGINS FEBRUARY 15, 2017

USA – 2015 – 72 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JAMES CRUMP

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of paint- ing and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms.

SONITA

SONITA

IRAN / GERMANY / SWITZERLAND – 2015 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ROKHSAREH GHAEM MAGHAMI
WITH SONITA ALIDAZEH

Sonita is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make  her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$ 9.000.

Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea

THEATRICAL BEGINS OCTOBER 21, 2016

ITALY/ FRANCE – 2015 – 108 MIN - IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY GIANFRANCO ROSI
FEATURING: SAMUELE PUCILLO, MATTIAS CUCINA, SAMUELE CARUANA, PIETRO BARTOLO

Samuele is twelve and lives on an island in the Mediterranean, far away from the mainland. Like all boys of his age he does not always enjoy going to school. He would much rather climb the rocks by the shore, play with his slingshot or mooch about the port. But his home is not like other islands. For years, it has been the destination of men, women and children trying to make the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small and decrepit.

Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film

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Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film

USA / NETHERLANDS / GERMANY – 2012 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY GRANT HAMILTON

TIME ZERO starts as a eulogy to Polaroid instant film and cameras, sharing with viewers the magic of Polaroid through the perspective of a few Polaroid artists and former employees of the corporation. 

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Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

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Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

USA – 2012 – 77 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY  BEN SHAPIRO

An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium. His meticulously composed, large-scale images are stunning narratives of small-town American life.

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Lunarcy!

Lunarcy!

CANADA – 2012 – 80 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY SIMON ENNIS

With wry humor and affection, Simon Ennis’ LUNARCY! follows a disparate group of dreamers and schemers who share one thing in common; they’ve all devoted their lives to the Moon. From the former ventriloquist who’s made millions selling Moon lots to the young man who’s resolved to depart for Luna (permanently), LUNARCY! is a touching and comic portrait of passion, creativity and quixotic dreams.

My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror

USA – 2012 – 88 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ERIC WALTER

For the first time in 35 years, child eyewitness Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. His parents story of their 28 days in the allegedly possessed house on Ocean Avenue went on to inspire a best-selling novel and subsequent film series that have both captivated and frustrated the public since their release.

Letters from the Big Man

Letters from the Big Man

USA – 2011 – 115 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY CHRISTOPHER MUNCH

After swearing off relationships, a fiercely individualistic artist named Sarah (Lily Rabe, daughter of the late Jill Clayburgh) takes to the woods with the dual goals of surveying a stream and finding herself. As she ventures deeper into the wilds of southwestern Oregon, a series of strange incidents lead her to suspect that she isn’t alone, after all.

Fly in a Bottle

Fly in a Bottle

USA – 2011 – 60 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY BILLY MARTIN
FEATURING MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD

Taking a look into the minds and lives of the band, drummer/percussionist Billy Martin directed the first feature film in the band's history. 

 

Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky

USA – 2014 – 120 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY EDET BELZBERG

WATCHERS OF THE SKY interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin — the man who created the word "genocide," and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, WATCHERS OF THE SKY takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.

Superstar in a Housedress

Superstar in a Housedress

USA – 2003 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY CRAIG HIGHBERGER

SUPERSTAR IN A HOUSEDRESS examines the life and legend of Warhol transvestite superstar Jackie Curtis who was a poet, playwright, performer, and one of the great personalities of his time.

Step Up to the Plate

Step Up to the Plate

FRANCE – 2011 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY PAUL LACOSTE

In 2009, Michel Bras, at the head of a 3-star restaurant (Michelin guide), in the heart of the Aubrac region, decides to hand over to his son Sébastien.

A father and his son. Both at a crucial time in their careers.

Is it possible to pass on one’s life’s work? Is it so easy for a son to make a name for himself?

This film is the story of a family over three generations, a fine reflection on passing down know-how, on heritage.

Shepard & Dark

Shepard & Dark

USA – 2012 – 89 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
FILM BY TREVA WURMFELD

Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Buried Child) and an Academy Award-nominated actor (The Right Stuff), while Dark was a homebody with a penchant for letter writing, photography, and supporting himself with odd jobs from dog-catcher to deli worker. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties. Dark married an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard married her daughter. For years, the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983 leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters.

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Tonybee Tiles

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Tonybee Tiles

USA – 2010 – 85 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JON FOY

Filmmaker Jon Foy and Philadelphia-based artist and musician Justin Duerr began planning a documentary film about the Toynbee Tiles in 2000. Five years later, they began filming their investigation of these strange street plaques embedded in the asphalt of major U.S. and South American urban intersections that had held Duerr's fascination for over a decade. Having appeared on hundreds of reported examples from the mid-1980s to present, the cryptic four-line message of the Toynbee Tiles read: "Toynbee Idea / In Kubrick's 2001 / Resurrect Dead / On Planet Jupiter". While the text on the plaques was clear enough, neither Duerr nor the numerous media outlets that had documented the phenomenon knew what these tiles meant, how or why they were installed, or who was responsible for them.

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

USA – 2011 – 106 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY MATTHEW AKERS

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits — and at times risking her life in the process — she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.

KÜMARÉ

KÜMARÉ

USA – 2011 – 84 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY VIKRAM GANDHI

Kumaré is an enlightened guru from the East who builds a following of loyal disciples in the West. But Kumaré is not real. He is an American filmmaker named Vikram Gandhi, who has transformed himself into Kumaré as the centerpiece of a social experiment designed to explore and test one of the world's most sacred taboos.

Casting By

Casting By

USA – 2012 – 89 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY TOM DONAHUE

FEATURING: MARTIN SCORSESE, WOODY ALLEN, CLINT EASTWOOD, GLENN CLOSE, ROBERT DUVALL, JEFF BRIDGES, AL PACINO, ROBERT DE NIRO, DIANE LANE, JON VOIGHT, BETTE MIDLER AND JOHN TRAVOLTA

Putting the spotlight on filmmaking’s unsung heroes – the casting director – CASTING BY takes us on a fast-paced journey through the last half century of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective. Pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were iconoclasts whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped to put the final nail in the coffin of the old studio system and usher in the New Hollywood.

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

USA – 2014 – 84 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JOHN MALOOF & CHARLIE SISKEL

A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

USA – 2010 – 88 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY RODMAN FLENDER

After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC’s Tonight Show — and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network — O’Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. The “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour was O’Brien’s answer to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his last show.