Filtering by: Film

Closing Film: Kedi/The Cats of Istanbul
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Closing Film: Kedi/The Cats of Istanbul

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.

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Spettacolo
Nov
12
3:45 PM15:45

Spettacolo

The townspeople of Monticchiello, sensing the fragility of their architecture and way of life, have in recent years tackled their problems by turning their lives into theater. Every year they produce a town play—and everyone is invited to participate.

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The Eagle Huntress
Nov
12
3:30 PM15:30

The Eagle Huntress

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.

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Plastic China
Nov
12
1:45 PM13:45

Plastic China

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.

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Columbus
Nov
12
1:30 PM13:30

Columbus

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.

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A Sense of Place: Four Visions of Home 
Nov
12
12:15 PM12:15

A Sense of Place: Four Visions of Home 

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). 

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Brunch and discussion with Peter Rutkoff: The City
Nov
12
9:30 AM09:30

Brunch and discussion with Peter Rutkoff: The City

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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Saturday late show: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Nov
11
9:15 PM21:15

Saturday late show: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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.

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LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

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.

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Louise en Hiver
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Louise en Hiver

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.

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Dawson City: Frozen Time
Nov
10
8:30 PM20:30

Dawson City: Frozen Time

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.

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Friday Forum: Urban Tides
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Friday Forum: Urban Tides

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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Friday Forum: Rosenwald
Nov
10
1:45 PM13:45

Friday Forum: Rosenwald

This event has SOLD OUT.

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.

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Friday Freebie: Windshield: A Vanished Vision
Nov
10
12:15 PM12:15

Friday Freebie: Windshield: A Vanished Vision

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. 

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Friday Forum: One Big Home
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Friday Forum: One Big Home

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.

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Manhattan
Nov
9
9:30 PM21:30

Manhattan

“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.

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Opening Film: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 
Nov
9
5:15 PM17:15

Opening Film: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City 

Jane Jacobs won a pivotal battle with Robert Moses and, in the process, changed our ways of understanding the nature of urban design and urban living. Her own battleground was her timeworn Greenwich Village neighborhood in the 1950s, a mix of townhouses and tenements on twisting streets that ran contrary to the rigidity of the rest of Manhattan. 

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Closing Film: The Babushkas of Chernobyl
Nov
13
5:30 PM17:30

Closing Film: The Babushkas of Chernobyl

The rousing real-life tale of a proudly defiant group of women who have managed to live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (“The Zone”)—the restricted area monitored by the Russian military after the 1986 nuclear power plant catastrophe where fallout contamination was highest and access tightly controlled—is one of the most resonant and warmly human stories of resilience ever recorded on film.

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All the Time in the World
Nov
13
3:00 PM15:00

All the Time in the World

All the Time in the World, presented by filmmaker Suzanne Crocker with Q&A following the screening.

Canadian filmmaker Suzanne Crocker spent nearly a year in a cabin in the wilds of the Yukon outback. She and her family lived off the land with the supplies they portaged from home—but there was no electricity, no internet, no phone, no running water. The aim of this demanding exercise was to restore a fuller sense of reality and familial connection, and Suzanne had the conviction that leaving everything behind was the only way.

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Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)
Nov
13
12:30 PM12:30

Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)

Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente), Ciro Guerra, 2015, 125 minutes

Covering a span of three decades in the life of tribal shaman Karamakate, the story develops as two interlocked tales following the diaries of two explorers—German ethnologist Theodor Koch-Grünberg (1872-1924) and American ethno-botanist Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001), each of them seeking the elusive, allegedly hallucinatory, Yakruna plant.

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Brunch & Discussion w/ Peter Rutkoff, The Language You Cry In
Nov
13
9:30 AM09:30

Brunch & Discussion w/ Peter Rutkoff, The Language You Cry In

Over brunch, watch and discuss this remarkable film, The Language You Cry In, about cultural resiliency and survival against the odds of the Gullah people of the Sea Islands. A distinctive traditional burial song in the Mende language of Sierra Leone had been preserved by a Gullah family in coastal Georgia.

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Rams
Nov
12
9:15 PM21:15

Rams

Rams, Grímur Hákonarson, 2015, Iceland, 93 minutes

A quirky, earthy tale of two brothers, Rams tells the story of sibling sheep farmers Gummi and Kiddi, neighbors in rural Iceland who haven’t communicated in decades.

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The Birth of Saké
Nov
12
3:15 PM15:15

The Birth of Saké

An engrossing sensory experience, The Birth of Saké focuses on a group of traditional makers of the ancient Japanese wine—prepared by fermenting rice and a brewing process more like that of beer—at the Yoshida Brewery in northern Japan.

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The Anthropologist
Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

The Anthropologist

The Anthropologist,  presented by filmmaker, Seth Kramer Q&A follows the screening

Close encounters with climate change as experienced in local cultures around the globe, was a topic that intrigued the makers of The Anthropologist. So Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger set out to document the travels of the noted anthropologist Susan Crate, an interdisciplinary scholar who works with indigenous people in Siberia, South America, and the Pacific Islands.

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Heart of a Dog
Nov
11
8:30 PM20:30

Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson, 2015, 75 minutes

Besides her art and music-making, one of Laurie Anderson’s gifts to the world is her storytelling. In Heart of Dog, she tells stories about her dog Lollabelle—and in the process opens up magical ways of thinking about life, death, danger, friendship, hardship, family, art, music, and, of course, animals. 

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