Biggest Little Farm documents optimists John and Molly Chester, and their dog Todd, as they trade their cramped Santa Monica apartment for 200 acres of farmland in Moorpark, California. Their dream is to build a traditional farm that coexists with nature—but they head out with no knowledge of farming.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda follows the creative process of pianist and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto after the typhoon and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. A prolific composer, Sakamoto’s career has spanned four decades, excelling in disparate genres from techno-pop to film scores.
Shoplifters, a widely acclaimed film from the great contemporary Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, contrasts the strength of the relationships forged by choice and love, with those maintained by obligation and blood. Kore-eda tells a moving and surprising story about an unconventional, non-biological family in Tokyo who are on the brink of poverty and shoplift to survive.
In his most recent work after his unsettling documentary The Other Side, which followed down and out members of Louisiana’s poor white society, Italian-born American director Roberto Minervini tackles a new subject—four of Louisiana’s black communities during the summer of 2017 when police killings of African Americans were common news cycle topics.
In The Hottest August, filmmaker Brett Story takes us to New York City in August, 2017, to meet a city reeling not only from the heat of the thick, humid season, but also from the oppressive themes of the daily news: hurricanes, wildfires, a white supremacist march, and a new president.
Peter Rutkoff, professor of American Studies at Kenyon College, has selected another compelling film for us to discuss over brunch. Julie Dash’s short film Illusions may have been made in the 1980s but its message is no less relevant today.
In Paul Duane’s documentary While You Live, Shine, Duane introduces his audiences to the life of Chris King, one of the country's best-known collectors of vintage 78 records and immerses them in one of the oldest forms of Western music using King’s record collection.
In Walking on Water, director Andrey Paounov follows artist Christo’s first solo project since the passing of his wife and creative partner Jeanne-Claude from preparation to installation and exhibition. "The Floating Piers” involved reimagining Italy’s Lake Iseo using 100,000 square meters of brilliant yellow fabric floating just above the surface of the water, allowing people to walk on water.
One Man Dies a Million Times is a film about fighting for survival, fighting for the future, and fighting for the things and the people you love—in perhaps an all-too-real future scenario. Billed as “a true story, set in the future,” One Man Dies a Million Times takes place in Leningrad where botanists Alyssa and Maskim must fight to protect the seeds stored at a seed bank from starving Leningrad—and themselves.
Jimmie Falls, who portrays himself in the film and relates a real life tale, wrote “Weird as it sounds, this movie is a love story about me and a house.” Set in the heart of San Francisco, Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built with his own hands.
One of the earliest adaptations of The Last of the Mohicans is also a classic of the American cinema from 1920, directed by Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur and adapted by Robert Dillon. James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 best-selling historical novel, set during the French and Indian War, tells the story of two English sisters who encounter danger in the colonial American frontier around their father’s fort.
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, from the award-winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky, follows the decade of research conducted by the Anthropocene Working Group, an international body of scientists dedicated to consolidating evidence that the Holocene Epoch has given way to a distinct new epoch.