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Films & Schedules - Documentary

ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS

Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 10:30 PM (HOLLYWOOD THEATRE)
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ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS

DIRECTOR: MARK HARTLEY - AUSTRALIA

“Cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus helped to create the modern Israeli film industry. . . . During the ’80s, Golan and Globus set up shop in Hollywood by purchasing The Cannon Group. Dismal titles such as The Apple quickly gained Cannon a reputation as purveyors of rotten movies. Despite the criticism, the pair . . . went on to produce a stunningly eclectic array of films, ranging from straight-up genre (Invasion USA; Death Wish 3) to more esteemed fare (King Lear; Barfly). Hartley expertly weaves together clips from Cannon’s back catalog with an impressive array of interviews with...

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HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

DIRECTOR: IRENE GUTIÉRREZ, JAVIER LABRADOR - CUBA

The formerly luxurious Hotel Nueva Isla in Old Havana is now in ruins, but it is home to people living on the fringes of society, like the retired public servant Jorge. Abandoned by his wife and children, Jorge’s only motivation, like a Don Quixote forgotten and gone astray, is to continue a quest he’s followed for years: dig among the dangerous ruins of the hotel, where he is convinced that the former owners hid valuable objects before fleeing the Cuban Revolution. With a keen eye that is both highly stylized and intimate, Gutiérrez captures Jorge’s life spent doing rudimentary...

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I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY

DIRECTOR: DAVE LAMATTINA, CHAD WALKER - UNITED STATES

One of the most recognizable and beloved children’s television characters in history, Big Bird has been entertaining and educating children around the world for over 40 years. But few fans know about the man who brings Big Bird (and Oscar the Grouch) to life: Caroll Spinney. A delightfully sweet examination of the power of following your dreams, I Am Big Bird chronicles a fascinating life journey with epic loves and losses, those of a man who has brought joy to millions by never losing his childlike sense of wonder. Even at age 79, he is Big Bird. “If your heart...

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I'M STILL

Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 9:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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I'M STILL

DIRECTOR: JAVIER CORCUERA - PERU

Corcuera’s documentary is more than a celebration of Peru’s rich musical heritage. Through these diverse musicians’ personal stories (some of them filmed for the first time) and their music, Corcuera explores issues of identity and nationality. Divided in three parts—Lima, Ayacucho, and the Amazon—I’m Still captures some of the country’s most beautiful and distant spots without turning its back to some of its most pressing social and economic problems. Winner of the Documentary Prize, Lima Film Festival.

Director Javier Corcuera will be in attendance 2/19 and 2/20

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IN A FOREIGN LAND

Thu, Feb 19, 2015
at 9:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 9:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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IN A FOREIGN LAND

DIRECTOR: ICÍAR BOLLAÍN - SPAIN

The current financial crisis in Spain has forced an estimated 700,000 young people to emigrate in the hope of a better life. Edinburgh is one of the most popular destinations, and the city is home to more than 20,000 Spanish people. In a Foreign Land follows three expatriates as they build new lives and search for new opportunities while suffering the indignation of having been cast aside by their own country. One of them is Gloria, 32, a teacher from Almería who works in Edinburgh as a shop assistant. Gloria decided to create the collective “Ni perdidos ni callados” (“Not...

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THE INVISIBLE FRONT

Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 3:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE INVISIBLE FRONT

DIRECTOR: JONAS OHMAN, VINCAS SROUGINIS - LITHUANIA

The Invisible Front was the code name used by the Soviet Union’s Interior Forces for the armed resistance in Lithuania, a key occupied territory. The resistance arose with hardly any outside support during World War II, continuing in various forms until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The film tells the story of one of the most significant anti-Soviet resistance movements through the words and experiences of its leaders, Juozas Luksa and his fellow Forest Brothers. Luksa risked his life to escape to Paris in 1948, joined up with Western intelligence agencies, wrote a memoir, and married...

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IRIS

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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IRIS

DIRECTOR: ALBERT MAYSLES - UNITED STATES

The great documentarian Albert Maysles’s (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) latest film is about fashion and interior design maven Iris Apfel, now 93 years old, as she celebrates the late wave of career popularity enjoyed on the heels the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2006 exhibition “Rare Bird of Fashion” featuring her collection of often affordably priced fashion accessories. Maysles, himself 89, who pops up from time to time as a cheerful on-camera presence, follows Iris as she makes selections for the touring exhibition, advises young women on their fashion choices, and bargains with store owners, usually in the company of...

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THE IRON MINISTRY

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 9 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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THE IRON MINISTRY

DIRECTOR: J.P. SNIADECKI - UNITED STATES

“This thrilling new film, shot over three years during a series of train journeys across China, begins with metal: the sounds and sights of gears, wheels on tracks and linked railway cars meshing, crunching, and grinding. We are gradually introduced to the people who ride and work on the cars, with their luggage, their produce, the products they’re hawking, the goods they’re transporting. People are crammed into every corner of every train car, with the exception of a first-class compartment from which the filmmaker is barred. Moving from one end of a train to the other, little by little,...

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JALANAN

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 6:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 12:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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JALANAN

DIRECTOR: DANIEL ZIV - INDONESIA

Part music documentary and part examination of the frenetically paced megacity of Jakarta (10 million people), Jalanan (“Streetside”) tells the captivating story of Boni, Ho, and Titi, three gifted, charismatic street musicians, over a tumultuous five-year period. The film deftly uses their experiences as a lens on Indonesia’s teeming capital, conjuring up a striking, moody, and intimate portrait of a place caught in the grip of globalization. Using the powerful soundtrack of the musicians’ original compositions to drive the film, Ziv traces their elusive quest for identity and love in the day-to-day of a city overrun by the effects...

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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 9 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

DIRECTOR: JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER - DENMARK

Joshua Oppenheimer follows his riveting The Act of Killing (2012), about Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in the 1960s, with this searing companion piece. Here, focus shifts from the perpetrators to their victims, who decades later seek closure for family members. We accompany Adi, a middle-aged optician caring for his centenarian parents, as he sets out to confront his older brother’s killers. While he probes former death-squad leaders about their roles and revisits the scenes of the crimes, their denial that the killings even occurred proves challenging. In pressing perpetrators to confess, Oppenheimer exposes the high level of accepted misinformation about...

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MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLS

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1 PM (ROSEWAY THEATER)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 5:45 PM (WORLD TRADE CENTER)
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MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLS

DIRECTOR: CHUCK WORKMAN - UNITED STATES

“Oscar-winner Chuck Workman’s (famed for his Academy Award clip montages and iconic trailers) impressive, comprehensive documentary tells the tragic, extraordinary story of Orson Welles, a great filmmaking genius whose masterpieces were interspersed with films compromised by studio intervention or never completed at all. Workman tells Welles’s story through a wealth of interviews with the director and actor, an impressive assortment of clips, and testimonies by luminaries including Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, George Lucas, Walter Murch, and Steven Spielberg.”—Telluride Film Festival.

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MAIDAN

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 3:15 PM (FOX TOWER)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 8:30 PM (WORLD TRADE CENTER)
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MAIDAN

DIRECTOR: SERGEI LOZNITSA - UKRAINE

Loznitsa, whose My Joy and In the Fog have screened in recent PIFFs, brings his distinctively vision to a remarkable eye-witness account of the protests in Kiev’s Independence (Maidan) Square, which led to the departure of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych. Filmed between December 2013 and February 2014 in long, fixed-point takes, we watch the ebb and flow of actual events, from celebration and community to violent conflict with armed riot police. Without commentary and only occasional identifying inter-titles, Loznitsa paints a timeless portrait of protest and change that will grip anyone interested in what it takes to stand for...

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ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 4 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Tue, Feb 24, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

DIRECTOR: PASCAL PLISSON - FRANCE

Plisson’s César-winning documentary extols the true worth of getting, and getting to, an education. Shot in Kenya, Patagonia, Morocco, and the Bay of Bengal, the film follows the perilous journeys of four children on their ways to school: Jackson crosses the savannah on foot, avoiding elephants; Carlito rides on horseback across lonely plains and rushing rivers; Zahira treks over treacherous Atlas Mountain passes; Samuel, in his antediluvian wheelchair, is pushed by his brothers over sand dunes and through swamps. While the breathtaking cinematography reveals the splendor of their homelands and the dangers of these voyages keep you on the edge...

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RED ARMY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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RED ARMY

DIRECTOR: GABE POLSKY - UNITED STATES

Whether or not you know anything about hockey, or US-Soviet cold war history, you’ll be entertained by Polsky’s fascinating story of the intersection of sports and politics. Played out on Olympic ice, Red Army chronicles the rise and fall of the dynastic Soviet Army Hockey Team, revisiting the era using an incredible collection of archival material from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Featuring revealing commentary from the players themselves, including one of Russia’s greatest players Slava Fetisov, the film skillfully balances the personal and political drama behind one of hockey’s greatest stories, revealing the thin line between national hero...

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SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 5:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION

DIRECTOR: ETHAN HAWKE - UNITED STATES

This intimate portrait of classical pianist, composer, author, teacher, and sage Seymour Bernstein offers a wise and charismatic reflection on art and life. The question “why make art?” winds its way through the film in conversations with accomplished friends such as art critic Michael Kimmelman and religious scholar Andrew Harvey. Seymour also reflects on the careers of such pianists Glenn Gould and Clifford Curzon, seen in archival footage, and his deep love of piano music proves infectious. “Calling to mind My Dinner With Andre, his film is full of urbane conversation and infused with the sophisticated rhythms of New York...

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STOP THE POUNDING HEART

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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STOP THE POUNDING HEART

DIRECTOR: ROBERTO MINERVINI - UNITED STATES

Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Italian director Roberto Minervini’s absorbing film is a portrait of adolescence as experienced by a sheltered girl in a conservative farm family in rural Texas. Without condescension or judgment, we see life through the eyes of 14-year-old Sarah, who is homeschooled alongside her 11 other siblings by her loving mother but destined for a life of serving her husband as prescribed in the Bible. As she falls for a boy from a vastly different background, an intimate drama unfolds revealing Sara’s turmoil about her place in a faith where women are subservient. A...

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SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

DIRECTOR: MARAH STRAUCH - UNITED STATES

After graduating from USC and a stint as an engineer, Carl Boenish devoted himself to “freefall cinematography” (John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths). He and his wife Jean became the prime movers in BASE jumping—the act of leaping from Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (i.e., sheer cliffs) before hopefully saving yourself from a bad ending with a parachute. To some, the idea is madness if not suicide, but for the Boenishes it was about the essence of life, of freedom, and the experience of defying gravity. Strauch’s exhilarating film tells their incredible story, not only in words, but in breathtaking...

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WAITING FOR AUGUST

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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WAITING FOR AUGUST

DIRECTOR: TEODORAH MIHAI - ROMANIA

Georgiana Halmac is about to turn 15. She lives with her six brothers and sisters in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. When their mother Liliana is forced to leave the family to work in Italy, Georgiana is abruptly catapulted into the role of the head of the family, and her adolescence is cut brutally short. History is repeating itself in Romania, says the filmmaker Mihai, who as a child saw her parents flee the Ceaus¸escu regime, leaving her behind until they could send for her. Referred to as the “home alone generation,” children today are...

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A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE

DIRECTOR: DAVID KENNARD - UNITED STATES

Only sparkling wine produced within the boundaries of the Champagne region is truly “Champagne.” Wine importer Martine Saunier leads us on a tours of six Champagne makers to see how they make their product, from small independent producer Saint-Chamant to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger. Most Champagne is not just the product of a specific year and Signature house styles are creations that happen behind closed doors and in the miles of cellars beneath the countryside. Pull back the curtain and see how the people of a cold, tough land with a grim history of wars and conflict...

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