to benefit future Film Days
The wrap party is our last toast to Film Days before we pack up for next year. There will be a cash bar, Turkish buffet and auction to benefit future Film Days. Paintings generously donated by Susan Jones Kenyon and Tracy Helgeson.
This Turkish buffet menu is still being developed but will be something like this:
Ezma Salata, a very famous Turkish salad dip (Served cold)
Tavuk Guvek Chicken, split peas, eggplant dish in app size (Served hot)
Hummus Turkish style with Yogurt Tahini sauce (Served cold or warm)
Dolmathakia me Kima, Creamy Dolma with meat (Served hot)
Mirza Ghasemi without eggs, an Iranian dish similar to Baba Ghanouj but with a few extra ingredient (Served hot or warm)
Through the eyes of seven of these felines, the history and intensity of the city’s relationship with these complex animals unfolds. Far from any resemblance to typical cat footage, however, Kedi presents a brilliantly photographed and choreographed exposé, a sort of philosophical treatise of the concept of home.
Thirteen-year old Aisholpan, a member of the Mongolian Nurgaiv clan, practices the ancient art of eagle hunting just as the men of her family have done for generations. The fact that she happens to be the family’s first female eagle huntress has outraged older members of the Kazakh community, even though her father supports and teaches her, and takes great pride in her skill.
Foreman Kun, his family, and their helpers (a family of migrant workers) run a plastic-recycling factory on the fringes of an industrial wasteland in China. Their dwelling is simple—their days are spent mostly on mounds of dirty imported plastic waste—but they raise a family here, decorating with colorful bits of wrapping and discarded papers and engaging in the quotidian chores of running a household, discussing school, and dreaming of new luxuries.
A quiet Midwestern town about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, Columbus, Indiana is home to a surprisingly large concentration of modernist architectural masterpieces. From the mid 1940s on, architects like Eliel and Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Susana Torre, Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke, and others were commissioned to design its banks, churches, houses, schools, and other civic buildings.
Four shorts explore the theme "Home": My Deadly Beautiful City (Victoria Fiore, 2016, Russia, UK, USA, subtitled, 11 minutes), Minka: A Farmhouse in Japan (Davina Pardo, 2012, USA, 16 minutes), Winter’s Watch (Brian Bolster, 2017, USA, 14 minutes), and Palmerston Blvd. (Dan Browne, 2017, Canada, 14 minutes).
Produced in the late 1930s when the industrial cities and towns of America were polluting the atmosphere at an incredible rate, The City, commissioned by the American Institute of Planners, promoted a romantic vision—the building of planned green cities such as Greenbelt, Maryland—and thus tried to encourage an exodus from overcrowded and “evil” cities to peaceful suburbs (following the film’s logic, these should emulate New England towns).
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Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is a rebellious orphan whose world is rocked after he’s placed in a foster home in the middle of nowhere in his homeland of New Zealand. After tragedy strikes this new family and he’s threatened again with abduction by a well-meaning but clueless social services agency, Ricky flees into the New Zealand wilderness.
Mexico is rich with beautiful topographies and diverse ecosystems, but none is more fascinating than the cloud forest of Huatusco in Veracruz—“a hypnotic place,” according to one outsider, “a haunted landscape forever cloaked in mists and secrets.”
Novelist Wendell Berry (b. 1934 in rural Kentucky) is one of America’s most thoughtful, outspoken, and philosophical environmental activists. LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of his home, Henry County. All are trying to cope with serious situations that could radically remake their relationship with the land.
The titular character of the feature animation Louise en Hiver is an elderly woman who finds herself abandoned and alone when she misses the last train at a beachfront resort town. Through sheer resourcefulness, she is able to survive through an entire winter, scrounging for supplies and food. However, her isolation brings back memories from her distant past, which the film depicts in beautifully surreal fashion.
In the late 1970s hundreds of reels of nitrate film were found buried in the permafrost below a one-time public pool and hockey rink in Dawson City, Yukon, the site of the Klondike Gold Rush. This cultural treasure trove—which included long-missing Hollywood narratives and unique footage of events such as the 1919 World Series—became the source material for artist Bill Morrison’s extraordinary compilation Dawson City: Frozen Time—a riveting journey to a forgotten era that reveals the history of a community through a finely woven tapestry of ephemeral film fragments, historical footnotes and poetic storytelling.
The Cooperstown Art Association’s Holiday Show & Sale kicks off with a public opening the evening of Friday, November 10th from 5 – 7 pm. The work in the show is geared toward holiday gift giving and includes cards, ornaments, glass, sculpture, jewelry, apparel, woodwork, paintings, prints, stained glass, photos, fiber arts, toys, furniture, pottery and much more.
The city of Amsterdam in Holland is famous for urban experimentation and one of its more successful recent projects has been the reclaiming of a polluted ex-shipyard known as De Ceuvel. A group of mostly young people from different walks of life took the initiative—with little financing—to turn this empty and contaminated piece of land into a living work and meeting place.
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Between 1912 and 1932, over 5,000 school houses (known as Rosenwald Schools), vocational shops, and teachers’ houses were constructed across fifteen states, and among their more famous alumni were Maya Angelou, Marian Anderson, Gordon Parks, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Many of these buildings have been in a state of abandonment or disrepair for a long time, but many others have now been saved through grassroots community efforts to rehabilitate and adaptively reuse them. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner shares her experiences researching the life of Julius Rosenwald (a son of immigrants) and she discusses the significance of the Rosenwald School story in today’s world.
Not only an account of an iconic house and its eventual demise, Windshield: A Vanished Vision is also a study in family lore and legend told through home-movie footage, interviews, and audio recordings of Elissa Brown’s family members, including her father J. Carter Brown, a prominent museum director and well-known champion of access to the arts for everyone.
In recent years on tiny Martha’s Vineyard the number of outsized “trophy” homes has been on the rise, placing in jeopardy, many would argue, the island’s unique historic character. Twelve years in the making, Thomas Bena’s One Big Home is constructed like a journal, a personal mission to try to figure out this trend toward bigger houses.
“New York was his town, and it always would be…” Manhattan, possibly the greatest paean to a hometown ever made by a filmmaker, catches the city’s bravado, its chaotic clatter, egocentric quirks, and robust beauty—all the stuff that makes New York so endearing and enduring, as only a native New Yorker could grasp. It’s the late 1970s, in many ways an idealized and innocent era, and the lyricism of both Allen’s direction and Gershwin’s music merge to form a true city symphony.