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Taking place from June 1 to 9, 2016, The Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent — the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards — celebrates the power of the storyteller starting with the opening night film Lowriders, directed by Ricardo de Montreuil. It stars Eva Longoria and details a culturally vibrant film that explores familial relationships within a second-generation Mexican family in East LA.
Closing the festival will be the intense suspense thriller Desierto. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, it is directed by son Jonás Cuarón, and produced by father Alfonso Caurón.
Being held at ArcLight Cinemas (9500 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232) and The Culver Studios (9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232), the Festival showcases diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in independent American and international cinema. This year’s fest features Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Nate Parker and the new crop of African and African-American storytellers.
Highlighting the contributions of such diverse storytellers, Creed director Coogler is the 2016 Guest Director; he will attend the 15th annual Filmmaker Retreat, a signature program that brings together the feature directors in this year’s Festival along with seasoned filmmakers and Film Independent board members who attend as honored artists.
Selma director DuVernay and her distribution company, Array Releasing, will receive the Festival’s annual Spirit of Independence Award on June 4th, which honors those who advance the cause of independent film and champion creative freedom.
Auteur actor-turned-director Parker shares on June 2nd what it took to bring The Birth of a Nation, the story of Nat Turner, the African-American preacher turned insurgent to the big screen in “Nate Parker's Labor of Love: The Birth of a Nation Conversation.” Parker will be joined by cast members Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder) and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane).
Also part of the fest is The Global Media Makers Presents: Storytelling From The Inside Out is a U.S. Department of State and Film Independent international mentoring initiative which connects visual storytellers from around the world with leading U.S. entertainment professionals through specially tailored mentorships, workshops and master classes.
Shining the light on the need for inclusion, the Diversity Speaks panels bring together content creators of underrepresented communities who embody innovation to discuss how they manage to combine their passions for storytelling, entrepreneurship and their cultural identities into success stories. One of the many highlights include a disucssion with Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl) who will join Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell in conversation for an intimate off-the-record talk.
For a full schedule, tickets and general festival info go to: http://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/
The Los Angeles Film FestivalJune 1 - 9 2016
ArcLight Cinemas 9500 Culver Blvd.Culver City, CA 90232
The Culver Studios9336 Washington Blvd.Culver City, CA 90232
& Various Locations
Concurrent with the cinema vérité movement in France and the appearance of filmmakers like Robert Drew, the Maysles, and Ricky Leacock in the United States, the Québec Direct Cinema movement emerged in Canada in the 1950s and 60s, matches these other cinemtaic developments.
A host of filmmakers – including Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault, Gilles Groulx, Marcel Carrière, Claude Fournier, Bernard Gosselin, and others – developed and utilized new camera and sound technologies to make documentaries whose spontaneity, vitality, and formal innovations are still remarkable.
Abandoning the carefully composed, often scripted approach of earlier documentary films – in which reality was kept at a safe distance -- filtered via narration and controlled through rehearsal or even staging -- these filmmakers used the new technologies to throw themselves into the worlds they documented, and to respond in the moment to the rhythms and textures of lived experience.
Relative to their U.S. and French counterparts, and despite their proximity, these Québecois filmmakers are relatively under-recognized here in the United States.
In order to redress this, Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave, New York, NY), in partnership with the Québec Government Office in New York and the National Film Board of Canada, presents 17 programs devoted to the Québec Direct Cinema from May 5 - 17, 2016.
Founded in 1970, Anthology's mission has been to preserve, exhibit, and promote public and scholarly understanding of independent, classic, and avant-garde cinema. Anthology screens more than 1,000 film and video programs per year, publishes books and catalogs annually, and has preserved more than 900 films to date.
Anthology now presents this extensive series to survey this enormously influential documentary filmmaking movement.
Featuring more than 30 films – many of them very rarely screened in the U.S. – and graced by appearances from filmmaker Marcel Carrière and scholar and curator Carol Faucher, this series represents an opportunity to explore one of the most remarkable chapters in the history of documentary cinema, and to gain great insight into the people, politics, and society of Québec from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
It all began at the National Film Board of Canada. Despite the NFB’s celebrated reputation since its foundation in 1939, its documentary production had become more conventional in the late 40s/early 50s, with its heavy equipment, scripted scenarios, and strict in-house guidelines.
The arrival of television in 1952-53, with its constant demand for films, pushed the NFB’s producers and filmmakers towards greater creativity, experimentation, and innovation.
Inspired by photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and his artistic philosophy (“The Decisive Moment”), small crews of filmmakers set out with portable cameras and their often long-focus lenses, more sensitive film stocks, and lighter sound equipment, “to record life as it happens, unscripted, unrehearsed, to capture it in sync sound without asking [subjects] to pose or repeat [their] lines; …and to edit it into moving films that would make the audience laugh and cry…and change the world by making people realize that life is real, beautiful, and meaningful” (Wolf Koenig, 1967).
Carrière and Faucher will be here in person for opening weekend, Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8.
Tickets: $11 general; $9 for students, seniors, & children (12 & under); $7 Anthology members.
For more info go to: www.anthologyfilmarchives.org
Québec Direct CinemaMay 5-17
Anthology Film Archives32 Second AvenueNew York, NY 10003
Now in it’s 6th installment, the Old School Kung Fu Fest presented by Subway Cinema, returns to New York on April 8 - 10th, 2016 at the Metrograph theater (7 Ludlow Street, NY, NY). This year’s festival focuses on films from the studio Golden Harvest, rivals of the seminal Shaw Brothers studio. The studio has nurtured the talents of Bruce Lee, John Woo, Michael Hui, Stanley Kwan, Jimmy Wang Yu, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Angela Mao and has had a hand in producing classics like Enter the Dragon, Cannonball Run, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the non-Michael Bay one). Golden Harvest produced kung-fu films at their most manic and energetic, and this festival’s lineup reflects that:
To learn more, go to: http://www.subwaycinema.com/oldschool16/
Old School Kung Fu FestivalApril 8 - 10, 2016
Metrograph7 Ludlow St.New York, NY 10002
Germany has made some of the most monumentally important contributions to cinema, and the Kino!2016 festival of German films looks back and looks to the future. Running April 7 - 14, 2016 at Cinema Village (22 E 12th St, New York, NY), Kino! 2016 will showcase twelve feature premieres plus the US premiere of the Short Export Made in Germany program. On Monday, April 11, there will be a special screening of a restored print of the silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with live music accompaniment by DJ Raphaël Marionneau at Metrograph (7 Ludlow St, New York, NY).
Other films include:
There will also be a screening of the 1984 cult film Decoder at the Goethe-Institut (30 Irving Place, New York, NY) followed by a conversation with producer and screenwriter Klaus Maeck.
To learn more, go to: http://www.kinofestivalnyc.com/
Kino!2016April 7 - 14, 2016
Cinema Village22 E 12th St.New York, NY 10003
Goethe-Institut30 Irving Pl.New York, NY 10003
Deutsches Haus at NYU42 Washington MewsNew York, NY 10003
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