“Human Flow”

October 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

Controversial Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, brings you on the struggling journey to the countries hardest hit by the global refugee and mass migration crisis around the world (Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Kenya, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Bangladesh, Israel, Myanmar/Rohingya, and Mexico).

The first scene of the film depicts dozens of migrants in a raft boat, on a treacherous sea crossing, in the middle of an azure blue sea with a mountainous skyline in the background.  The film provides astonishing statistics of the number of refugees who have fled their countries to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster, in search of the basic necessities, food, water, and shelter. The film also demonstrates their migration efforts to conflict free nations like Germany and Sweden, their housing situations in tent cities, and feelings of unwantedness.  The average stay for a refugee is 25 years.

Opens in New York at the Angelika Film Center and The Landmark at 57 West, and in Los Angeles, on Friday, October 13, 2017. 

 

 

 

“Thank You For Your Service” October’17

July 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Important film about what life is like for modern day veteran’s after they return home from tours of duty, and their attempts to integrate into society, form bonds with their estranged families, find employment, their battles with physical and mental illnesses like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Depression, and SI, and the long waits at the VA Hospitals to see physicians and counselors.   The movie is very pertinent to society, and sheds light on the heroes who are so often ignored and neglected.  Happy July 4th, 2017!!!

“Thank You For Your Service,” comes out October 2017!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“4.1 Miles” FREE! Must see!

July 2, 2017 § Leave a comment

FREE!  This 25 minute long documentary is a Must See!

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Step onboard the Greek Coast Guard Captain, Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ boat while he and his crew, help rescue hundreds of migrants and refugees from rubber boats, in the “4.1 Mile” stretch of Aegean Sea between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos. Lesbos, Greece is the E.U. entry point for people fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

The Captain discusses how he is no longer just a Coast Guard Captain, but a Doctor, without proper training, saving mothers, fathers, and children’s lives from the harsh winds and choppy waters. The hospitals are overwhelmed with children who have lost their parents, those responsible aren’t helping, the world turns a blind eye and closes it’s borders, and the Turkish smugglers are in it for the money.

Between 2015-2016, over one million people made the 4.1 mile crossing from Turkey to Lesbos.

Must see!

http://www.pbs.org/pov/

“Dalya’s Other Country”

July 2, 2017 § Leave a comment

FREE: Now streaming for free on PBS.org Point of View documentary films through July 25, 2017!

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“Other Country Films” presents this one hour and fifteen minute documentary by Julia Metzer about, Dalya, a young Muslim teenage girl,  and her mother, Rudanya, who had no choice but to leave war torn Syria to come and live with her son, Mustafa, in Los Angeles in 2012. When both Rudanya’s marriage, and her country fell apart, Rudanya, a US citizen, came to LA, and enrolled, Dalya, in an all girls Catholic school with other young girls from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities.

Dalya, and her family discuss their concerns about being Muslim Americans, and what the impact of growing up in a Western country might have on Dalya, as she enrolls in an all female basketball team, learns to dance hip-hop, wears make-up, attends dances and formals, has female friends from varied backgrounds, and has desires and ambitions to attend college, and graduate school.  She discusses her viewpoints on marriage, and her life as a Muslim in the US during the 2016 presidential debates.

Dalya’s mother, Rudanya, discusses her marriage and divorce from a Muslim man, and his desire to marry a second wife, and what it was like to go from being a homemaker in Syria, to being a business woman in Los Angeles.

Dalya’s brother, Mustafa, discusses what it is like to become the head of the household and father-figure to Dalya.

Dalya’s father, Mohammed, discusses his desire to stay in Mersin, Turkey or Syria, rather than living the good life in the US.

“Dalya’s Other Country”

http://www.pbs.org/pov/

LA Film Festival June 14-22, 2017 “Skid Row Marathon”

June 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

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LA Film Festival from June 14-22 at ArcLight Cinemas

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What is the “Skid Row Marathon?”

The documentary, “Skid Row Marathon,” begins with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Craig Mitchell, finishing a run through the city streets, jogging past tarps and tent cities of homeless, and into his courtroom, where he sentences criminals, often, to very long life sentences.  Although the criminals have committed the wrongdoings, the Judge feels an emotional strain from the impact the sentences will have on the rest of their lives.

To offset the toll his daily routine takes on him, the Judge created a running club at the Midnight Mission in LA’s Skid Row area in Downtown, LA, which contains one of the largest populations of homeless in the United States (5,000-8,000). 

Some of the members who joined the running club had served time for their crimes, have battled drug and alcohol addictions, and/or were homeless at one point or another. The long distance, early morning runs, not only trained them for 26.2 mile marathons, but also gave them a sense of purpose, discipline, and an opportunity to meet others with difficult living situations.  By running, they tested their strength and endurance, learned to team build, worked through their demons, and did what they never thought was possible, traveling to places they never thought they would ever have the opportunity to travel to.

Not only do the participants train to run long distances, they also demonstrate their drive to accomplish life goals, for example, continuing education,  building a career in the arts and music, finding employment, and helping others and their families who were in situations similar to theirs.  Observe the Midnight Mission’s running club members take their literal steps in the right direction, and see who will achieve their goals, and who will fall by the wayside.

Very uplifting!

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Screening in LA on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 12:00pm

https://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

“Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait”

April 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

            “A Private Portrait” takes an up-close look at the upbringing, family, friendships, passions and successes of Renassiance Man, famed artist, and masterful, award winning filmmaker, Julian Schnabel.  Born on October 26, 1951, Julian knew that he wanted to be an artist from a very young age. His mother enrolled him in art lessons, and his optimistic views, and belief without true understanding, perception, or discrimination, has carried him throughout.  Many of his larger than life plate paintings, oil on canvas, tarp, and resin paintings, recreate life in visual terms, ‘playing with convention in unconventional ways.’
            Many of his close friends and family are interviewed throughout the film.  His ex-wives, Jacqueline Beaurang, and Olatz Lopez Garmendia, daughters, Lola and Stella, sons, Vito, Sy and Olmo, actors, Al Pacino and Williem Dafoe, singer and businessman, Bono, film director, Hector Babenco, art collector and philanthropist, Peter Brant, film producer, Jon Kilik, and art historian, John Richardson, give their own personal perspective of the artist from their own experiences.
            Step inside the worldwide galleries that host Julian’s wall sized paintings, his Northern Italian styled Palazzo Chupi in the West Village, summer home in Montauk, and dissect his humanitarian and artistic films, “Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Before Night Falls,” “Basquiat,” and “Berlin.”
            Clearly, what you take away from the documentary, is that Julian Schnabel demonstrates a deep loyalty, love, and sense of pride for his family and friends, Italy, Spain, Latin America, surfing, the water, painting, humans, pyjamas, and the arts.
             Well done.  Director:   Pappi Corsicato
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“House of Z”

April 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

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If you love all of the fashion documentaries, you will love, “House of Z.”

Go behind the scenes with genius clothing designer, Zac Posen, to see what it takes to survive the harsh realities of the “glamourous” world of fashion design, as almost all runway shows lose money, the competition and pressure are fierce, and as with most of human nature, loves to see people fail.

Zac attended the Saint Ann’s School, a private school in Brooklyn, and in his sophomore year interned with fashion designer, Nicole Miller. He went on to intern at the Metropolitan Costume Institute, enrolled in classes at Parsons, and attended London’s Central Saint Martin’s. Zac’s collections, Zac Posen, ZAC Zac Posen (accessories), have been found in Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus, and have been worn by Michelle Obama, and well known Hollywood actresses.

Who will stick by his side through the company’s up’s and downs?  How will the changing of his CEO impact his brand? How hard will he have to work to stay relevant?

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