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Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning

THEATRICAL STARTS June 17, 2019

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A FILM BY JENNIE LIVINGSTON1990 - 78 MINUTES - USA - COLOUR - 1.37:1 - DCP - BLU RAY

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Echo in the Canyon

Echo in the Canyon

THEATRICAL STARTS June 7, 2019

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90 MIN - USA, UK - 2018
A FILM BY ANDREW SLATER

FEATURING: JAKOB DYLAN, TOM PETTY, ERIC CLAPTON, RINGO STARR, STEPHEN STILLS, DAVID CROSBY, ROGER MCGUINN, BECK, REGINA SPEKTOR, GRAHAM NASH, CAT POWER, LOU ADLER, JOHN SEBASTIAN, JACKSON BROWNE, MICHELLE PHILLIPS, NORA JONES, JADE CASTRINOS

ECHO IN THE CANYON revisits the most influential music of the mid-60s from The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas, and how these iconic bands were all influenced by the Beatles and then went on to actually influence the Beatles. It was a moment in Laurel Canyon when being part of a great band was the most significant thing you could do as an artist, that pure moment before everyone went solo in the 70s.The canyon jammed with unparalleled creativity and collaboration inspiring these neighbors to create some of the most influential music in history.

Midnight Family

Midnight Family

2018 - MEXICO/ USA/ 81 MINUTES
A FILM BY LUKE LORENTZEN

With striking vérité camerawork, Midnight Family drops us directly into the frenetic nighttime emergency ecosystem of Mexico City. In the midst of high-speed ambulance rides, we meet the Ochoas, a ragtag family of private paramedics, who try desperately every day to be the first responders to critically injured patients.

Varda by Agnès

Varda by Agnès

THEATRICAL STARTS November 19, 2019

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2019 - FRANCE - 115 MINUTES - ENGLISH - FRENCH

An unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller, Agnès Varda’s new feature documentary sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing”.

Becoming Nobody

Becoming Nobody

THEATRICAL STARTS September 6, 2019

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2019 - UK/ USA - 81 MINUTES
A FILMY BY: JAMIE CATTO
FEATURING: RAM DASS, JAMIE CATTO

Becoming Nobody truly represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life. His ability to entertain and his sense of humour are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom. Becoming Nobody is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings.

Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground

Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground

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2018 - USA - IN ENGLISH - 78 MINUTES
A FILM BY CHUCK SMITH

Underground filmmaker Barbara Rubin’s 1964 art-porn masterpiece “Christmas on Earth”, made when she was only 18 years old, shattered creative and sexist boundaries and shocked NYC's experimental film scene. Working with Jonas Mekas at the Filmmaker’s Coop, Rubin was instrumental in creating NYC's thriving underground film community and a rare female voice in a world of powerful men. A rebellious Zelig of the Sixties, she introduced Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah. But beyond shaping the spirit of the Sixties, Barbara was seeking the deeper meaning of life. After retiring to a farm with Allen Ginsberg, she shocked everyone by becoming a Hasidic Jew. How and why did one of the 1960’s freest spirits submit to a religious life? For years, 94-year-old filmmaker Jonas Mekas has saved all of Barbara’s letters and cherished her memory. Working with Mekas’ footage and rare clips from the Andy Warhol archives, the film takes us inside the world and mind of Barbara Rubin; a woman who truly believed that film could change the world and then vanished into obscurity.

The Invisibles

The Invisibles

THEATRICAL STARTS April 5, 2019

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GERMANY - 110 MINUTES - 2.39 - 5.1 DIGITAL
A FILM BY CLAUS RÄFLE

Four young Jews survive the Third Reich in the middle of Berlin by living so recklessly that they become “invisible.”

Hanni, Cioama, Eugen and Ruth. Four ordinary German youths trying to navigate the scarcities and prohibitions of Berlin at the height of World War II. They hailed from different social classes and different neighborhoods, but they shared a single common secret: they were Jews.

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

THEATRICAL STARTS March 15, 2019

2018 - 90 MINUTES - USA
A FILM BY SASHA WATERS FREYER

Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Garry Winogrand made hundreds of thousands of them with his 35mm Leica, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. When he died suddenly at age 56 in 1984, Winogrand left behind more than 10,000 rolls of film – more than a quarter of a million pictures!  These images capture a bygone era:  the New York of Mad Men and the early years of the Women’s Movement, the birth of American suburbs, and the glamour and alienation of Hollywood.  He produced so many unseen images that it has taken until now for the full measure of his artistic legacy to emerge.  Endorsed by his gallery and estate, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first cinematic survey of that legacy.  The film tells the story of an artist whose rise and fall was – like America’s in the late decades of the 20th century – larger-than-life, full of contradictions and totally unresolved.

The World Before Your Feet

The World Before Your Feet

THEATRICAL STARTS February 8, 2019

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95 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH - 5.1 - USA
FEATURING: MATT GREEN
A FILM BY JEREMY WORKMAN

There are 8,000 miles of sidewalks, paths and roads in New York City, and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all–every street, every block, every pedestrian overpass, park lane and hiking trail. A journey that stretches from the heart of Harlem to the marshes of Staten Island, Matt’s walk is a pursuit of anything that catches his eye, be it a national landmark or a humble manhole cover. Over time Matt has amassed an encyclopedia of surprising New York trivia and underground history, informed by his own research and conversations with the amused but supportive New Yorkers he encounters along the way.

Inventing Tomorrow

Inventing Tomorrow

THEATRICAL STARTS January 18, 2019

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87 MINUTES - USA
A FILM BY LAURA NIX

INVENTING TOMORROW follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today – right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing original scientific research that he or she will defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Framed against the backdrop of the severe environmental threats we now face, we immerse the audience in a global view of the planetary crisis, through the eyes of the generation that will be affected by it most.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Nomination for Best Feature Documentary 91st Academy Awards

2017 - USA - 76 MINUTES
A FILM BY RAMELL ROSS

How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.

The War at Home

The War at Home

THEATRICAL STARTS NOVEMBER 1, 2018

NEW 4K RESTORATION!
USA – 1979 – 97 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY GLENN SILBER & BARRY ALEXANDER BROWN

Nominated for an Academy Award and widely considered one of the most important political films ever made, THE WAR AT HOME vividly chronicles the anti-war protest movement of the 1960's and 70's. The film provides an illuminating look at the home front of the Vietnam War - the war that students and other ani-war dissidents waged on America's political system, military and notions of patriotism.

Through a powerful combination of rare archival footage and interviews with students, community leaders, Vietnam veterans, and participants from all points of view, THE WAR AT HOME shows how the anti-war movement grew into a genuine people's revolt in tandem with the escalation of war in Vietman.

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

THEATRICAL STARTS MAY 18, 2018

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2017 - USA - 78 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY SARA DRIVER

Sara Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision. Conveying Basquiat's personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity without romanticizing him, the doc serves as another chapter in the ongoing effort to rescue Basquiat from his own hype.
 

Kusama - Infinity

Kusama - Infinity

THEATRICAL STARTS MAY 11, 2018

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018 - USA - 80 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH AND JAPANESE
A FILM BY HEATHER LENZ
WRITER - DIRECTOR - PRODUCER - EDITOR: HEATHER LENZ

Trailblazer Yayoi Kusama’s turbulent quest to become a world famous artist is documented in “Kusama - Infinity”; as a rival of Warhol in the ‘60s, Kusama battled sexism and racism in America while her hallucinations of polka dots eventually led her to the Tokyo mental institution she has called home for over 30 years.

Leaning into the Wind - Andy Goldsworthy

Leaning into the Wind - Andy Goldsworthy

THEATRICAL STARTS MAY 11, 2018

2016 - 92 MINUTES - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY THOMAS RIEDELSHEIMER

Sixteen years after the release of the ground-breaking film Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time director Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to work with the artist. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows Andy on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. As Goldsworthy introduces his own body into the work it becomes at the same time even more fragile and personal and also sterner and tougher, incorporating massive machinery and crews on his bigger projects. Riedelsheimer’s exquisite film illuminates Goldsworthy’s mind as it reveals his art.