DocYard 2012 Winter Season Opens with a Rarely Screened Documentary Classic
The DocYard bi-weekly documentaries screening series begins its Winter 2012 program on January 23, with a special screening of Space Coast, filmed in 1979 by renown documentary filmmakers Ross McElwee and Michel Negroponte, while they were attending MIT's graduate documentary film program.
Space Coast follows the lives of three Cape Canaveral residents -- 'Papa' John Murphy, Mary Bubb and Willie Womack -- whose work and source of income ebbed and whose lifestyles were transformed when NASA's Apollo moon missions were phased out.
This exemplary cinéma vérité documentary was first screened in a small theater in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, and will be given another rare appearance at DocYard's screening headquarters at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Filmmakers McElwee and Negroponte, now professors at Harvard and New York University, respectively, will be present for a Q&A following the 8 pm screening on January 23, 2012. Watch the trailer.
The 2012 Winter Program
- February 6 - Our School (2011, Romania) - In a rural village in Transylvania, filmmaker Mona Nicoara follows three Roma (commonly known as "Gypsy") children as they participate in an initiative to integrate ethnically segregated Romanian schools.
- February 20 - Campaign (2007, Japan) - Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda presents an insider's view of Japanese electoral politics in this profile of Yama-san, an obscure citizen picked by the powerful Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as their candidate for to for a critical seat on a suburban city council.
- March 5 - Bombay Beach - (2011, USA) - Filmmaker Alma Har'el explores the outer and inner realities of the residents of Bombay Beach, an impoverished community on the shore of the Salton Sea, California's largest lake.
- March 19 - Battle For Brooklyn (2010, USA) - Filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley chronicle one citizen's efforts to prevent his home and Brooklyn, New York community from being demolished to make way for the densest real estate development in U.S. history, which will include a professional basketball arena and commercial mall.
- Scenes of Crime(2011, USA) - In this true crime documentary, filmmaker Grover Babcock investigates what happened during a ten hour interrogation that produced a disputed confession in a high-profile New York State murder case.
- - April 16 - Marathon Boy (2010, India)- Filmmaker Gemma Atwal's well-balanced documentary raises ethical questions about how an athletic boy who was born into the slum life of India was discovered, adopted and trained by a local track coach to become a champion marathon runner -- at four years of age.
DocYard's Venue and Ticketing
DocYard's 2012 Winter season returns to the Brattle Theatre every other Monday from January 23 to April 16. All screenings begin at 8pm. Following each screening, a Q&A session with the filmmaker(s) will be moderated by filmmaker Chico Colvard. There are also after-parties at the Crimson Lounge in Harvard Square.
Season passes cost $50, and can be purchased online through Kickstarter until January 31. Individual tickets for each film cost $10, and can be purchased online or prior to show time at the Brattle Theatre box office.
For more information, visit the DocYard Website.