1. Happy Mother’s Day!

    Happy Mother’s Day, happy people!

    What’s your favorite doc featuring a stand up (or stand out) Momma? 

    The first one off the top of my head is Edith Beale from Grey Gardens.

    If you can’t get a man to propose to you, you might as well be dead. -Edith Beale

    Thanks, Edie. I’ll remember that. 

     

  2. Llyn Foulkes One Man Band NYC Premier!

    I am so excited to report that the wonderful film Llyn Foulkes One Man Band: The Most Famous Artist You’ve Never Heard Of, opens at Film Forum today! 

    At age 70, LA painter and one-man-band musician Llyn Foulkes struggles to be remembered. As he finishes two paintings, one that cost him his marriage, he feverishly works to create deep, three-dimensional ‘pictures’ layering real objects and shadows. When no one attends his NY show, he blames himself. With commentary from Dennis Hopper, we learn Llyn was kicked out of the Ferus Gallery for insulting another artist’s work, setting the tone for the next fifty years of his refusal to sell out. Twenty years after performing on the Tonight Show, he plays ‘The Machine’ alone, a one-man band in both music and art. Part Clint Eastwood, part political anarchist, this intimate portrait of Llyn Foulkes follows his obsessive craft and process for eight years.

    Directed by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty, this film film received dazzling reviews and was compared by Variety to Cutie and the Boxer and Searching for Sugar Man.  

    Watch the trailer and if you’re in New York City see Llyn Foulkes One Man Band at Film Forum!

     

  3. Tribeca Film Festival 2014

    Last week was the Tribeca Film Festival in New York! Did you get to see everything you wanted to?

    I got out to #storyscapes, a program that celebrates new trends in digital media and recognizes filmmakers and content creators who employ an interactive, web-based or cross-platform approach to story creation. 
    It was tough to see everything because there were long lines, but free cocktails made the wait more bearable.

    I also made it to Before Long, a short documentary program, featuring 5 of Tribeca’s selected shorts.  

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    The #storyscapes lounge, with a wall displaying live tweets.

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    #storyscapes was a totally immersive experience

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    A participant exploring a 360 virtual space using Oculus headgear 

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    On a Human Scale

     
  4. Hope you all had fun at Coachella, while I was in New York welcoming spring. 

    How about this desert music festival? The Last Song before the War will be playing May 16th at the NY American Film Festival at Maysles Cinema.

    The Last Song Before the War is a feature-length documentary that captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. The festival history is told from the perspective of the co-founder and festival director, Manny Ansar, the musicians who perform and the intrepid travelers from around the world who make the long journey to attend the festival. Against the backdrop of stunning musical performances, the film subtly reveals the challenges and triumphs of creating an artistic event in such challenging economic and political circumstances. After 12 years of success and unforgettable musical moments, the Festival in the Desert came to a halt in 2012 when separatist rebels and Islamic militants seized control of Northern Mali.

     
     
  5. Is it April 25th yet? 

    Cannot wait to see Who is Dayani Cristal?, winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography Award. Even more excited to see what kind of impact this film makes. 

    U.S. Premier on April 25th in New York City at The Cinema Village.

     
     
  6. Finally saw finding Vivian Maier… better late than never..?

    Watch the trailer here

     
  7. The Webby Awards 2014

    It’s 2014 Webby Award time. I’m particularly interested in the Online Film & Video: Documentary: Individual Episode category.  Who did you vote for?

    I voted for Girl Model , a documentary about “fresh” Siberian girls sent to Japan with the promise of a glamorous career and a shiny new life. The film shows a girl and woman going in and out of a destructive industry that does not live up to their hopes. 

    Watch Girl Model and the other nominated documentaries here: bit.ly/1n07H3y 

    VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! There are only 6 days left!

     
     
  8. Did anyone catch Manakamana at Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real series? I was stuck inside chasing that paper..

    If you missed this piece from the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard, it will open tomorrow, April 18th, at IFC Center in New York! 

    If you want to read NONFICS review, click here.

     
     

  9. Love & Venom, a short by ART+PRACTICE about the healing power of bees. Happy Spring, y’all! Cash out on those bee puns. 

     

  10. “The Square,” Jehane Noujaim’s new documentary, makes the Egyptian uprising and the political fallout of this summer feel close and personal.