Tuesday March 4, 2014
If you can't get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, or secretly hate crowds, take your celebratory joy in watching Tchoupitoulas, a wonderful documentary in which three young New Orleans lads experience all the wonders and mysteries of a first night out on the town in the Crescent City. Read my full review.
(PHOTO: 'Tchoupitoulas' Poster Art. Courtesy Oscilloscope Pictures)
Monday March 3, 2014
Salem Film Fest is arguably one of the nation's finest documentaries-only film festivals, with an emphasis on presenting a program of fine and varied nonfiction films to a devoted (and growing) regional audience. consistently excellent programming of films, a manageable schedule, inventive panel discussions and friendly filmmaker meet ups.
The 2014 festival, taking place from March 6 to 13, kicks off with an opening night screening of A Fragile Trust, followed by a Q&A with director Samantha Grant.
This year's program is choc-a-bloc with superb films covering a wide variety of subjects and representing diverse origins. From India comes Powerless, directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, about how local people deal with an insufficient supply of electricity, and Kiss The Water, made in Scotland and directed by Eric Steel, profiles the woman who makes the word's most coveted fishing flies. The Galapagos Affair, directed by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, is about the lingering murder mystery that shrouds the Island of Floreana, while Lukas Korver's The Medicine Game looks at the game of lacrosse as a traditional expression of the Onondaga Nation's beliefs and follows one family's goals regarding the popular sport. Cozette Russell's Brookford Almanac follows New Hampshire family farmers who are striving to maintain their land and preserve their traditional farming life, and Suzan Beraza's Uranium Drive-In shows how citizens in a small Colorado town are divided in their opinion about whether a the opening of a uranium processing plant will help their flagging economy or negatively impact their health and way of life.
Panel discussions include a forum with local filmmakers talking about documentary making in Massachusetts, an exploration of how documentary filmmakers, build trust in their subjects and how nonfiction filmmakers deal with the possibility that their work might change the realities and circumstances they're documenting.
For the full program, visit Salem Film Festival's Official Website. .
(PHOTO: Salem Film Fest logo. Courtesy Salem Film Fest).
DISCLOSURE: The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which I am president, presents EDA Awards annually at Salem Film Festival, and I am scheduled to moderate filmmaker panels at this year's festival.)
Sunday March 2, 2014
The sixth annual ReelAbilities Film Festival kicks off its New York City season (March 6 to 11, 2014) with a special red carpet screening of The Current, a film that focuses on the power of water sports as form of therapy for people with disabilities.
Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton, who appears in the film, along with London Paralympics swimming gold medalist Mallory Weggemann will attend the event, which takes place on March 5th at the New York Times Center in Manhattan.
ReelAbilities Film Festival, organized by the JCC in Manhattan's Center for Special Needs, features documentary and narrative films that shed light on the wide range of stories arising from the disabled community, as well as the challenges and issues with which they're most concerned.
In addition to its New York City screenings, ReelAbilities makes its programming widely accessible to nation's largest minority group by presenting screenings and events at venues in fourteen cities nationwide. Read more...
Sunday March 2, 2014
Knowledge and inspiration are the key to positive change, and these stirring documentaries provide both. They are about courageous women who've made a difference for the better -- in their own lives and in the wider world.
The women represent different eras and come from very varied circumstances, and they've devoted themselves to diverse causes.
The documentaries show each woman to be fearless in confronting repressive social trends and dangerous political realities.
Watch these inspiring documentaries and honor these valiant women on International Women's Day on March 8, 2014. Here's the list.
(PHOTO: 'Bhutto' Poster Art. Courtesy First Run Features)