July – August 2015
Directed by Mehran Tamadon
2014 / 105 mins
Persian with English subtitles
Hollywood Reporter writes:
“Iranian expat documaker Mehran Tamadon brings a European sensibility and sense of humor to a surreal encounter he engineers by inviting four bearded defenders of the Islamic Republic of Iran to debate basic issues with him, like the need for women to wear head scarves and freedom of the press. Even if the outcome of their discussions is easily foreseeable, the concept is irresistible. Yes, there are small chinks in his guests’ ideological armor, but the East-West positions are discouragingly fixed. What would have made this small doc exceptional is some significant breakthrough in cross-cultural understanding, some off-guard moment of doubt, which never happens.”
Mehran Tamadon left Iran at the age of 12, and moved to France in 1984. The son of active Communists, he studied Architecture in Paris. In the year 2000, he returned to Iran for four years and worked as an architect. Since 2002, he has given his career a distinctly artistic orientation. During an exhibit of conceptual art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, he showed an artistic installation called “From the eyes of a stroller”. In 2004 he made his firstdocumentary, Behesht Zahra/ Mothers of Martyrs. His fir long documentary, Bassidji (2009), is about the defenders of the Islamic republic of Iran. Basiji was screened at Docunight in April 2014.
Joe appeals to the Spanish people to help him find his car. I couldn’t help wondering what had happened to Joe’s Dodge and what he was doing in Madrid without the rest of The Clash. I thought I’d dig around…
Joe Strummer touched many peoples’ lives in Spain during this period. He became friends with the biggest stars in Spanish music and produced an LP for a rock band from Granada. Everyone I have interviewed for the film tells an interesting and often funny tale of their time with a rock star at a professional and personal crossroads. I knew it was a story that needed to be told and an investigation that needed to be carried completed – just in case! 67 mins.
The light is menacing, the mood watchful and the action scenes have a crude, desperate energy that gets the job done.
–Jeannette Catsoulis, NY Times
Winner of Best New Narrative Director of Tribeca Film Festival
Producer in person!
From the port of Buenaventura–the most dangerous city in Colombia–three men embark on a journey over the dark murky waters of the Pacific. A set of mysterious coordinates is their guide, a fishing net is their cover, and a narco-torpedo filled with 100kg of cocaine is their cargo.
Following estranged brothers as they they risk everything for a chance a better life; Manos Sucias takes a close look at life at the bottom of the food chain in the international drug trade.
Directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka, Josef Wladyka, 83min, 2014, Colombia | USA
Ok, so you take a song, lets say a pop song by Lady Gaga, then you combine it with another song, lets say a rock song by AC/DC or some retro classic by the Bee Gees and now you have yourself have a Brand New Song. Seamlessly mixed and awesome. But wait, what if there are some amazing video mixers out there who do the same thing but with two (or more!) music videos. Now thats amazing. IndieFest has collected a whole program of such wonders. Rock, pop, hip hop, classics. Each song a sing-a-long-worthy piece by itself, but combined now with another one to just blow your mind. This month’s Mass Karaoke experience is truly a night to remember!!
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Winner: Frameline36 Juried Award for Outstanding First Feature (2012)
This screening is free & open to the public
Adineh, or “Eddie,” is waiting impatiently for his passport to be processed so that he can get female-to-male gender confirmation surgery in Germany. The reason he won’t get an operation in Iran (where surgery is surprisingly accessible despite the government’s fundamentalist policies) is that his wealthy and humiliated father is just as impatient to marry him off to a male cousin.
Having slipped from his clutches and needing to lay low while waiting for her passport, Eddie is on the verge of being assaulted by goons when Eddie flags down a passing car. It’s actually a clandestine taxi driven by Rana, a conservative young wife whose husband is in prison and can’t provide for the family. Although a woman driving a cab is taboo in her social class, she can’t resist when Eddie offers her triple fare to get him to his hideout. But when Eddie tries to explain that he’s trans, Rana panics and drives into the path of a bus. This remarkable film is anchored by a magnetic, heartbreaking performance by Shayesteh Irani as Eddie, who also played the butchest of the forbidden female soccer fans in the banned director Jafar Panahi’s Offside. What at first seems like an implausible friendship between Rana and Eddie achieves rare sympathy and solidarity through their mutual oppression, cutting through their class and ethical differences.
Directed by Negar Azarbayjani, 88min, 2011, Iran
Director Brett Morgen in person for Q&A after 7pm show on Friday!
“The Most Intimate Rock Doc Ever” – Rolling Stone
“Pulsates With Vitality & Rage”- New York Times.
“Whether Brett Morgen’s (The Kid Stay’s In The Picture) long-awaited, breach-birthed and brilliant “ Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” will clear up any questions about the late Kurt Cobain is quite profoundly beside the point. The film—which was made with the cooperation of the Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, and daughter, Frances Bean Cobain—has been trumpeted as “the truth”. A multidimensional portrait of the singer/songwriter who died in 1994, the only undisputed truth regarding “Montage of Heck” is that Mr. Morgen is perhaps the leading revolutionary in American documentary filmmaking, a collagist/synthesist extraordinaire who has channeled Mr. Cobain’s physical legacy—drawings, paintings, diary entries, lyric sheets, derelict audio recordings—into a work of art completely his own. It probably undermines the film’s promotional campaign to say so, but Mr. Morgen so co-opts the Cobain material, putting drawings into motion, orchestrating sometimes unintelligible sound and choreographing the biography into a novelistic coherence, that objective truth is beside the point. “Montage” is about expression. As such, it’s a more honest tribute to Mr. Cobain than any conventional documentary could pretend to be….. “Montage of Heck,” is probably best experienced on a large screen. The images are outsize, the music propulsive, the combined experience assaultive; Mr. Morgen’s Rauschenberg-like amalgamation of elements is something a viewer ought to swim in”. – John Anderson. Written, Produced & Directed by Brett Morgen; Executive Producers: Sheila Nevins (HBO Documentary Films), Frances Bean Cobain, Lawrence Mestel & David Byrnes; Directors of photography: James Whitaker, Eric Edwards and Nicole Hirsch Whitaker; Edited by Mr. Morgen and Joe Beshenkovsky; Music by Kurt Cobain and Nirvana; Animation by Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing; Sound Montages by Kurt Cobain. Not Rated. 135 mins.
Ceaselessly entertaining, witty, and sentimental, “People, Places, Things” speaks to many sensibilities at once.
– Sterlin Johnson, Indiewire
From the moment graphic novelist Will Henry accidentally walks in on his wife with another man, his life officially begins to suck. Not only is he exiled from Brooklyn to a tiny studio apartment in Astoria and forced to see his adorable twin daughters only on weekends, but, according to Charlie, the separation is all his fault. As he muddles through single fathering and teaching college, a defeated Will sits up nights at his drafting table, illustrating his frustrations and loneliness—aptly symbolized by an ever-growing brick wall jammed between him and his family. When a student challenges Will to pursue new people, places, and things, his obsessions—both graphic and real—take new form. Jemaine Clement’s special brand of nerdy cluelessness is utterly charming and soulful, as are the supporting performances in this understated comedy that revels in the awkwardness of breakups and pokes fun at an erudite New York where everyone’s clumsily trying to create a new happy ending.
Directed and Written by James C. Strouse. 85min. 2015. USA.
See the acclaimed Sundance comedy/drama Digging for Fire before its national theatrical release at this special New York Film Critics Series preview screening, featuring a captured-live post-film discussion with writer/director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) and stars Jake Johnson (Jurassic World) and Rosemarie DeWitt (Your Sister’s Sister), moderated by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers! The New York Film Critics Series, broadcast to 50 selected major markets, takes place exclusively in cinemas and is never available on TV or online.
Young married couple Tim (Jake Johnson, Jurassic World) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister) have planted the seeds of a family in their East L.A. duplex. Three years after the birth of their son, they’re still adjusting to the joy and pain of life with kid, navigating potty talk at the dinner table, disagreeing over preschools, and putting off doing their taxes.
“A gem … highlighted by nimble performances … a probing character piece that’s rich in the secret language that all long-term couples speak.” – Tim Grierson, Screen International
For a change of pace, they decide to house-sit for one of Lee’s Westside yoga clients. Once there, Tim discovers something suspicious in the yard that gets the wheels in his head turning, and Lee, worried that he will become obsessed with digging deeper, decides to drop their toddler off with her mother for a much-needed night out on the town. Sans-wife, Tim invites his buddies over, and a “boys-will-be-boys” scenario ensues, full of drinking, awkward joint-passing, and perhaps getting a bit too close to a girl who isn’t the mother of his child. Director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) guides DeWitt and Johnson to deliver dead-on portrayals of parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown that will ring true to anyone who has ever juggled parenthood with keeping a marriage exciting. Featuring an all-star supporting cast including Mike Birbiglia, Orlando Bloom, Sam Elliot, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey, Jenny Slate and Sam Rockwell.
Directed by Joe Swanberg, 2015, USA, 85 mins.
The New York Film Critics Series is the first-ever live national premiere screening series. It is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of better, smarter movies. Each NYFCS screening brings prestigious, live New York City screenings of soon-to-be-released films to the best independent cinemas in America. These screening events are moderated by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers, and include a preview screening of a new film prior to its national release, interviews with talent from the film and special behind the scenes content.
In the history of sports, few names are more recognizable than that of Evel Knievel. Long after the man hung up his famous white leather jumpsuit and rode his Harley into the sunset, his name is still synonymous with the death-defying lifestyle he led. Notoriously brash, bold, and daring, Knievel stared death in the face from the seat of his motorcycle, but few know the larger-than-life story of the boy from Butte, Montana.
After an adolescence riddled with petty thievery and general rabble-rousing, Knievel set his sights on superstardom, a feat he achieved when televisions around the world aired the startling crash footage of his 1967 attempt to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The jump was spectacular, but the failed landing that sent him skidding like a ragdoll across the asphalt was the main attraction. Throughout the 1970s, his legacy as King of the Daredevils spawned action figures, movies, and a generation of kids who wanted to be just like Evel.
Featuring insights from current action sports superstars who were inspired by Evel’s iconic career, Academy Award-winning director Daniel Junge immerses you in a life story so incredible that you’d swear it was a tall tale.
Directed by Daniel Junge, 99 min, 2015, USA.