As part of the retrospective "50 Years of the New York Film Festival," the Film Society
of Lincoln Center presents a special screening of the 1994 film Hoop Dreams. Director/editor Steve
James, producer/editor Frederick Marx, producer/cinematographer Peter Gilbert and subject Arthur Agee will be there in person!
The orange-and-black-striped ball spins through the air, and as it does, entire destinies hang in the balance. Voted the greatest documentary of all time by the International Documentary Association and included by The New York Times on its list of the 1000 greatest movies ever made, producer/director Steve James and fellow producers Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert's
extraordinary record of five years in the lives of two young, inner-city Chicago basketball stars--Arthur Agee and William Gates--was originally conceived as a 30-minute short film for PBS, but grew over the
course of filming into a genuine epic about race, class and the high price of the American dream. Two decades later, it remains as stirring and perceptive as ever.
"An epic picture of American society today, combined with a remarkably intimate portrait of two talented, struggling young men." -NYFF32 program note
"****. A film like Hoop Dreams is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The 20th Century will be remembered for giving us the documentary form, the civil rights movements, and the Internet, as well as weapons of mass destruction and global warming. Already the 21st Century has brought us the war on terror, a shifting global economy, and a surge of activism and protest around the world. Filmmakers, in particular, are charged with the task of documenting these significant events, shedding light on urgent issues, and creating a record for future generations.
Programmed by Josetxo Cerdán "Open Wounds" will look at changing perspectives on politics, the economy, technology, culture, and ethics over the past Century, and explore how filmmakers contribute to new ways of seeing the world based on their own heritage. Whether making connections between activist films from different decades, or demonstrating how the traumas of oppression pass from generation to generation, selected works will illustrate how ideas and histories are linked over time.
The Seminar registration fee includes accommodations, meals, screenings, discussions, and all other special events during the week. Transportation to and from Colgate University is not included. All participants stay in dormitory housing on the Colgate University campus. All rooms are single occupancy unless a roommate is requested.
Registration for the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is open to the public. Participants spend a week of intensive viewing and impassioned discussion in a relaxed retreat-like environment out of which emerges the unique "Flaherty Experience."
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is proud to announce the film retrospective series "Lourdes Portillo: La Cineasta Inquisitiva" taking place June 22 - 30 in New York City. For over 30 years, Lourdes Portillo's award-wining films have explored Latin American, Mexican, and Chicano experiences and social-justice issues. In her signature hybrid style, she has produced and directed over a dozen works as a visual artist, investigative journalist, and activist.
After the Earthquake, her first film, made with Nina Serrano In 1979, is a narrative short about the experiences of a young Nicaraguan woman immigrant to the United States. This was followed by Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (1985), an Academy Award–nominated documentary about the courageous Argentinean mothers’ movement that spoke out for that country's desaparecidos. La Ofrenda (1989) brings to vivid life the Day of the Dead ceremony celebrated in Mexico, and its revival by Chicanos in the U.S. Her dedication, insights, and courage in exploring Chicano and Latino identity on film continues to the present with her most recent film, Al Mas Alla, about drug trafficking on the Mexican coastline.
Portillo will be in attendance for the opening four days of the retrospective, including on Friday, June 22, for the New York premiere of Al Más Allá. She will also participate in a discussion with filmmaker and Sundance award-winner Natalia Almada after the screening of The Devil Never Sleeps on Saturday, June 23.
In Walk Away Renee, director Jonathan Caouette, IDA's Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award winner in 2004, embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill mother Renee across the country. As they encounter roadblocks in the present, we begin to flash back to moments from the past, giving us insight into this anything-but-ordinary mother/son
relationship. Through musical montage, psychedelic sequences and real and imagined circumstance, the film raises questions about love, sacrifice, and the reality in which we live.
The follow-up to Caouette's 2004 film Tarnation, Walk Away Renee makes its North
American premiere June 27 on SundanceNOW's
From J. Kevin Swain's Soul Train" The Hippest Trip in America.
Dance Camera West (DCW), recognized internationally for its annual presentation and celebration of dance on screen, announces its 11th annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival. This year's festival takes place at LACMA and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, from Thursday, June 28 to Saturday, June 30, 2012.
The June 29th program at LACMA features a tribute to Soul Train with a screening of the 90-minute documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America by J. Kevin Swain followed by interviews with original Soul Train dancers including Jody Watley, Damita Jo
Freeman, Nieci Payne and Lula Washington. Hosted by Elvis Mitchell.
7:00 p.m. LACMA 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
The June 30th program at the Hammer Museum will screen Going Somewhere - a creative documentary about Wayne McGregor by Catherine Maximoff. Wayne McGregor is a multi award-winning British choreographer, renowned for his physically-testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science.
FREE to the public- seating is limited
The Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024
Los Angeles County Museum of Art--Bing Theater
Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036