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"Going Clear" director Alex Gibney Curates Documentary Series for SundanceNow


Welcome to our strange new future of streaming services pitted against streaming services. SundanceNow, the streaming arm of the Sundance TV and Film Festival, is now offering a “ advertising-free boutique SVOD service” called SundanceNow Doc Club featuring documentaries curated by the likes of Ira Glass, Susan Sarandon and Anthony Bourdain. Now on feature are documentaries curated by Going Clear and Taxi to the Dark Side director Alex Gibney. Documentaries include the Talking Head’s concert film Stop Making Sense, the Cold War stock footage parade that is The Atomic Cafe, and examination of heiress turned heist-perp in Guerrilla- The Taking of Patty Hearst.


  • The Atomic Cafe (1982)
    A dark comedy in the truest sense, Atomic Cafe examines the strange period of the early Cold War through newsreel, filmstrip, and educational footage on how to survive the coming nuclear holocaust in the American way.


  • Deep Water (2006)
    Bodies and minds are tested to their absolute limits in this documentary on the first solo non-stop around the world boat race.


  • Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon (2013)
    Fela Kuti is one of the fathers of Afrobeat music and this documentary shot during his performances in 1982 looks at Kuti’s views on religion, politics, and the power of music.


  • Five Broken Cameras (2012)
    A Palestinian farmer’s first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Gibney calls it “an inspiration for impecunious filmmakers looking to make an impact.“


  • Guerrilla- The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)
    Robert Stone's unprecedented account of the Symbionese Liberation Army and the mass media frenzy they sparked by their kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.


  • Hell & Back Again (2011)
    From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris.


  • Last Train Home (2010)
    Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration-an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.

  • Pina (2011)
    Wim Wender’s foray into dance and 3D, “...Pina is a transporting aesthetic experience, in which Wim Wenders manages to use 3D to create the sense of space needed to understand dance.”


  • Sherman’s March (1985)
    A bizzare historical documentary turned into an examination of a crumbling relationship. Gibney says “I bring this film up over and over again as a tribute to first-person cinema. Ross McElwee was supposed to make a straightforward historical documentary about Sherman's March to the sea. Instead, on the eve of commencement of principal photography, McElwee breaks up with his girlfriend. In the opening shots of the film, we see him sweeping up in an empty NY loft and wondering what to do. The answer, it turns out, is to make a movie about finding a new girlfriend.”


  • The Sorrow and the Pity (1972)
    A thorough (four hour!) expose of the Vichy government’s relationship with the Nazi occupation of France during WWII, The Sorrow helped influence Gibney to pursue documentary filmmaking.


  • Stop Making Sense (1984)
  • Somewhat manic, somewhat personal, this Talking Heads concert film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood and was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Gibney said “...I have personal connections to this film because I was in the audience at the Pantages Theater when this was shot. I can also remember getting really drunk with friends and dancing to this at my sister-in-law's apartment in Tokyo. But that's another story."


  • The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  • Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line  is the fascinating, controversial true story of the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976. Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder," the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams for the murder of Dallas police officer Robert Wood, a crime for which Adams was sentenced to death


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Wiki Edit-a-Thon at MoMA Needs You!

Wikipedia, we all rely on it to some degree, whether it’s tracing the history of the SALT talks for a hastily written term paper, settling a barroom debate on when The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” was released, or tracking the careers of artists and thinkers. Sometimes we forget that wWikipedia is something edited by everyday people and it can feel like the information just manifests on its own.  Now the Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd St, New York), in collaboration with Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Wikimedia present #WikiAPA Edit-a-Thon on September 2 to remind people the importance of being a part of the flow of information online.

As part of a month long program happening across the nation #WikiAPA encourages anyone to come to MoMA (visitors are encouraged to bring a laptop) and help edit Wikipedia topics from a recommended list. It’s an evening of enjoying the arts and setting straight the facts. The event is open to the public but visitors should RSVP.

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#WikiAPA Edit-a-Thon
September 2, 2015

The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019

Araki Faces Mortality & Photography at Anton Kern Gallery

Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled (Eros Diary), 2015, Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Infamous for his sexually explicit and debauched works, photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has laughed in the face of taboos. Araki has captured toys, fruits, city streets, red light district denizens, and celebrities like Lady Gaga, while creating skillfully composed and playful works that make him, arguably, Japan’s most well known photographer. But a new exhibition at the Anton Kern Gallery (532 West 20th Street  New York, NY) focuses on the fragility of life and Araki’s own mortality. Eros Diary runs from July 9th through August 7, 2015, and is comprised of 77 black and white photographs that show a more introspective side to Araki.

The photos touch on issues like the marriage to his wife Yoko, who passed away in 1990, the loss of sight in his right eye, and his recent battle with prostate cancer. These photos look within Araki’s own thoughts on his mortality, than the world of carnality that his photos usually go to.

In a 1995 interview, Araki said that “Photography was destined to be involved with death. Reality is in color, but at its beginnings photography always discolored reality and turned it into black and white. Color is life, black and white is death. A ghost was hiding in the invention of photography.”

This exhibition will be Araki facing that ghost head on.

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ARAKI Eros Diary
July 9 - August 7, 2015

Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street

New York, NY 10011

Armory Show 2015 Splashes onto NYC's Piers

Untitled 2014, Alex Yanes

Featuring art from around the world, The Armory Show (March 5 - 8, 2015), at Piers 92 and 94 (711 12th Ave New York, NY)  is one of the most renowned international art fairs in New York. The Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its sixteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world's leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York.

Exhibitors at the Armory Show include:

  • Moeller Fine Art
  • Gabriel J. Shuldiner Studio
  • CRG Gallery
  • Elrick-Manley Fine Art
  • Osborne Samuel Gallery
  • Galerie Ron Mandos
  • Metro Picture

And many, many more.

Events happening around the Armory Show includes the Un-Scene ( exhibiton of art influenced by science and technology.

"The Armory Show, housed in Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side, is the largest art fair in New York and one of the principal annual art events in the international art market calendar. Visited by tens of thousands of people each March, the Armory has for almost two decades been the showpiece for some of the world's most important modern and contemporary art galleries. Canonical names from Picasso to Pollock have all been presented at the fair, as have, in equal measure, some of the most cutting edge artists of a younger generation. Organized by The Armory Show, Armory Arts Week has emerged as one of liveliest moments in New York's already rich cultural calendar, with a number of smaller art fairs temporarily alighting throughout the city and the major museums staging their marquee exhibitions to coincide with the fair."

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The Armory Show
March 5 - 8, 2015

Piers 92/94
711 12th Ave
New York, NY 10019

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