Opening Night: Rebel Citizen

Opening Night: Rebel Citizen

DocuWest 2016 Opening Night Film: Rebel Citizen IN-PERSON: Director Pamela Yates and Executive Producer Paco de Onis – Q&A after the film. Director: Pamela Yates Country: USA Run Time: 76 mins When: Wednesday, May 11 at 7:15 pm Where: Sie FilmCenter     Purchase Tickets Now Description: From Rebel Citizen’s official site: Pamela Yates’ latest documentary, REBEL CITIZEN takes you on a revelatory tour of two time Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler’s political documentary work, letting the veteran artist and activist share his vision of how to be a citizen in the world. Created for the Cinéma du Réel festival in Paris, the film was selected for the New York Film Festival in a surprise development and will have its world premiere October 6th 2015. In REBEL CITIZEN, Wexler speaks with lucidity and a candor that can only come with hard-won experience and the wisdom of age, about his progressive political beliefs and his artistry. “There are a lot of ways to look at the world,” says Wexler, “that may not be presented to us as the important things.” In REBEL CITIZEN we see the world through Wexler’s eyes, as he narrates his self-evolution as an artist and an activist. You’ll hear about one of his first documentaries, THE BUS from 1963, filmed with civil rights activists as they traveled the country on their way to the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. This film has great resonance today with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. He speaks extensively about the groundbreaking MEDIUM COOL, one of the original hybrid films,...
Shorts Package: “Stay the Course”

Shorts Package: “Stay the Course”

Shorts Package: “Stay the Course“ When: Thursday, May 12th at 4:30pm Where: Sie FilmCenter Is perseverance a universal human experience? In these seven short docs, people maintain their positions, doing things their own way despite confusion, pushback, or negative consequences from those around them. Purchase Tickets Now NYChapters: Bryan “Monkey” Northam Director: Alexander Hankoff Country: USA Run Time: 9 mins Description: A day in the life of Central Park carriage driver Bryan Northam as he ‘hacks’ customers and shares stories from his 34 year long career. Stateless Director: Mike Holland Country: USA Run Time: 15 mins Description: Fleeing the violent Syrian Crisis, refugees resettle in Detroit where they face pushback from the locals of their new community. Mumbai Mornings Director: Veena Rao Country: USA Run Time: 7 mins Description: At 5am everyday, before the crowds, traffic and heat descend on the city, Abbas Sheikh, a top ultramarathon runner, gets up to run along Mumbai’s picturesque Marine Drive. By 9am, he is at work in a hot, cramped factory where he polishes jewelry for 12 hours a day. Abbas describes these contrasting realities and the world that has opened up to him while running through the vibrant city he calls home. Starring Austin Pendleton Director: Gene Gallerano and David H. Holmes Country: USA Run Time: 19 mins Description: Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A-list peers discuss his vast influence and dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today’s celebrity-obsessed world. Trailer Nocturnes: The Paintings of Eric Merrell Director:...
Marvin Louis Booker Award – Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Marvin Louis Booker Award – Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Impact On – Social Justice: Marvin Louis Booker…Shoes of Justice Award  Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four Official Selection: Hot Docs and Tribeca 2016  IN-PERSON: Director Deborah Esquenazi to receive the presentation of the Marvin Louis Booker..Shoes of Justice Award and conduct a Q&A after the film The award will be presented each year to a film and filmmaker whose work best touches on social justice, and civil rights.     Director: Deborah S. Esquenazi Country: USA Run Time: 91 mins When: Friday, May 13 at 7:15pm Where: Sie FilmCenter Purchase Tickets Now Synopsis: Southwest of Salem excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of allegedly gang raping two little girls. This bizarre case is the first to be adjudicated under momentous new legislation: for the first time in U.S. history, wrongfully convicted innocents can challenge convictions based on debunked scientific evidence. The film also unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor which led to this modern day witch hunt. About the Award: DocuWest is proud present the Marvin Louis Booker…Shoes of Justice Award which is supported by a generous grant from the Booker family. Marvin Louis Booker was killed by five Denver Sheriff’s officers in 2010. In 2014, his family won their civil rights case against the City of Denver over its use of excessive force. Marvin chose to live a lifestyle that allowed him to minister to other people living on the streets. An important component of his ministry included his feeding those less fortunate. The Booker family, and DocuWest want...
Shorts Package: Against the Grain

Shorts Package: Against the Grain

Shorts Package: “Against the Grain“ When: Saturday May 14th at 2:15pm Where: Sie FilmCenter “Conformity breeds mediocrity.” -Deepak Chopra The subjects of these seven films refuse to accept the status quo, and instead carve out their own destiny. The stars of these shorts reject aggressive and draconian policing (“Kettle”), the assumption that dumpster diving is disgusting (“Never Pay for Food Again in NYC”), New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s lip service about Hurricane Sandy survivors (“Two Years”), our culture’s insistence on clothing (“Naked Lake”), the belief that MDMA has no therapeutic value (“Psychedelic Soldiers”), and the assumption in Laos that elephants should be enslaved for hard labor (“Gardeners of the Forest”). Purchase Tickets Now Kettle Director: Lucius Dechausay Country: Canada Run Time: 15 mins Description: More than 1,000 people were arrested during the G20 Summit in Toronto, making it the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Through the skillful use of crowd-sourced footage, police radio and bodycam recordings, Kettle revisits one downtown intersection to ask larger questions about civil liberties, the abuse of power and police misconduct. Trailer Never Pay for Food Again in NYC Director: Jeff Seal Country: USA Run Time: 5 mins Description: For many, the term “dumpster diving” evokes stomach-turning images of half-moldy rolls and recently-expired tuna salad snatched from the mouths of gnawing rats. But as many sophisticated urban survivalists know, there is an extraordinary amount of perfectly good, even gourmet, food set out every night in sanitary bags outside city delis, bakeries, restaurants, and supermarkets.   Trump Rally   Director: Sean Dunne Country: USA Run Time: 22 mins   Description: A Donald Trump gathering in Las Vegas descends into...
Centerpiece: Two Trains Runnin’

Centerpiece: Two Trains Runnin’

Centerpiece: Two Trains Runnin’ IN-PERSON: Director, Sam Pollard, Editor Dava Whisenant, and Writer/Producer Benjamin Hedin   “A Conversation With” Mr. Pollard, Ms. Whisenant, and Mr. Hedin after the screening, will be hosted by film critic at large, Lisa Kennedy. Director: Sam Pollard Country: USA Run Time: 85 mins When: Saturday May 14 at 7:15pm Where: Sie FilmCenter DocuWest is also proud to present the Charles Schwartz Foundation, One Octave Higher Award for Best Musical documentary to the filmmakers. Purchase Tickets Now Synopsis: From the film’s official site: Two Trains Runnin’ is a feature-length documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr. The film pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in America. In June of 1964 hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi, starting what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men–made up of musicians, college students and record collectors–also traveled to Mississippi. Though neither group was aware of the other, each had come on the same errand: to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement. Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era, but now they seemed lost to time. Finding them would not be easy. There were few clues to their whereabouts. It was not even known for certain if they were still alive. And Mississippi, that summer, was a tense and...