#Germany; #DocumentaryFilm; #Girls/Museum, #ShellySilver; #VisualArt; #YoungFemaleViewers
Germany, Oct 30 (Canadian-Media): 'Girls/Museum,' documentary film produced at the House Productions by the US film-maker, and artist, directed and edited by Shelly Silver is being shown in the 63rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (ILF) 2020 from Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2020, ILF reports said.
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Silver contemplates, in this documentary film, the gender codes of visual art through the perspective of 16 young female viewers ranging in age from seven to nineteen years, are not named in the film, but listed by their first names in the closing credits leading to its timelessness.
The exploration's timeline runs from the past to the present, from the pierced feet of Jesus Christ via a reclining naked nymph by Lucas Cranach the Elder to the more recent photography of the Swedish artist Arvida Byström.
These young viewers largely focus on the depictions of women in these various works on artworks in the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts commenting on the images. Examining an Eve painted by German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, one girl suggests that she looks “kind of devious” – then speculates on Eve’s thoughts about plucking the Apple (“She’s going to do it anyway. She knows it’ll turn out badly”).
Their spontaneous interpretations of the works revolve around the paintings to reveal different things about themselves, depending on their points of view.
“Shit that I’m not a boy”, a teenager exclaims as she stands in front of the painting of a rich young man who lived centuries before her, perhaps in the Netherlands. Because boys are allowed much more, she says. Playing basketball outside, for example.
Shelly Silver’s hypothesis is both simple and fruitful which emphasizes that the outside perspective always leads back to one’s own perspective.
Silver Shelly. Image credit: centerforthehumanities.org
Silver picks out details of the paintings to substantiate and illustrate statements, or put them up for discussion again.
Thought-provoking, engaging and visually striking, Shelly in Girls/Museum often use a language of gender fluidity depicting a social inquiry, a critical essay in art history and a poised, even sculptural study of people, paintings and space. Although with universal values as it travels widely and reach diverse audiences, but its special resonance is for the female age group that it depicts.
Its modern building, opened in 2004, is viewed from inside and outside in an opening montage that briskly studies its stone and glass surfaces, as well as some artworks, with its opening image that introduces the theme of female representation.
Silver's study of a series of paintings, sculptures and, later, photographs from various eras, each identified by an onscreen caption. And for many of the works, the responses of a group of female German teenagers visiting the museum, ages seemingly ranging over several years.
The presence of gender politics predominates both in the range of works and in the content. One participant studies Hans Baldung’s 16th-century Seven Ages of Woman and argues that the woman placed at the centre of the painting is the one that the male artist most desires. Gender and its instabilities are clearly important themes in these girls’ lives and sense of their own identity.
One of them argues that Christ was a woman, then suggests it would be better if Jesus didn’t have a gender at all; another reads a male portrait for its transgender possibilities. Meanwhile, an Afghan girl, speaking in her native language Dari, talks about her own identity and choice of traditionally male clothes (“I grew up as a girl but dressed as a boy”).
And one girl expresses absolute confidence in the wisdom of the curators who have organised the museum’s displays – a notion that Silver places in an ironic light by cutting to an early 20th-century painting in which a group of fully clothed male artists surround a female nude.
Some images are inserted to slightly rhetorical effect but Silver doesn’t need to overstate any point of her own, when her subjects, human, pictorial and architectural, are so eloquent in their points of view.
New York, Aug 30 (Canadian-Media): Directed and produced by Yang Sun & S. Leo Chiang, the award winning documentary, 'Our Time Machine' would be showcased September 11 over 35 virtual cinemas across the United States of America, media reports said.
Our Time Machine. Image credit: Website
Winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the film recounts personal and intimate story of 43-year-old Chinese artist Maleonn (Ma Liang) presents an ambitious performance piece about time and memory when his father, the former artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theater, is diagnosed with dementia.
Maleonn's hope that his presentation will unite them artistically and personally is shattered as time goes on, and his father's condition deteriorates.
The film is a meditation on art as we experience first hand Maelonn’s creative process, when he finds himself torn between the original goal to honor his father and the pressure of finding commercial success.
A personal touch is added to the film, which revolves around the themes of love and loss, the protagonist feels when he sees his father struggling with Alzheimers disease and becomes more aware of life’s complexities.
For anyone who has a loved one battling dementia and alzheimer's, this story will hit close to home. The filmmakers have crafted a loving look at the lengths loved ones go to care for those diagnosed with the disease.
Director-Producer, Yang Sun is a documentary director and cameraman based in Beijing and 'Our Time Machine' is his first feature-length documentary.
Director-Producer, S. Leo Chiang is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in San Francisco and Taipei, a recipient of a MFA in film production from University of Southern California, is the co-founder of A-Doc, the Asian American Documentary Network, and a documentary branch member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
#NewYork; #MrSoul; #MrSoulPremiere; #MelissaHaizlip; #AmandaSeales
New York, Aug 30 (Canadian-Media): Comedian/Actress/Producer Amanda Seales will guest host the upcoming Mr. SOUL! PREMIERE KICKBACK - a special online talkback celebrating the opening weekend of the award winning film - Mr. SOUL! - directed by Melissa Haizlip and the nation's March on Washington weekend, media reports said.
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Presented by the distributors Shoes In The Bed Productions and Open Your Eyes & Think MF in Seales' online talk were legends: award-winning writer, poet and activist Nikki Giovanni; Grammy® winner and the film's composer Robert Glasper; actor and Executive Producer Blair Underwood; the iconic author, poet and professor Sonia Sanchez; legendary director/producer Stan Lathan (who also appears in the film); Filmmaker Melissa Haizlip; and the R&B group Black Ivory.
The award winning "Mr. Soul! - a film by Melissa Haizlip" opened on August 28th in 60+ virtual cinemas and drive-ins across the United States of America, was watched by people from New York to Los Angeles to Cleveland to San Francisco to Miami to Seattle to Houston to Indianapolis to Alaska and Hawaii and more cities in their own at-home cinema or the drive-in.
The film is a tribute to America's first "Black Tonight Show" that aired directly from New York on public broadcasting from 1968-1973 at the height of the Black Power Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.
Hosted by Ellis Haizlip aka Mr. SOUL, hip, smart, innovative, political and gay, reveals his personal fight for social equality and ensured that the revolution would be televised. And that Revolution was his TV show SOUL! - an incredibly unique weekly television show that aired on public television from 1968 - 1973 celebrating Black American culture, art, life, love and community, which he shared with households across the nation in their living rooms every week.
"Our Mr. SOUL! PREMIERE KICKBACK will be just like a re-creation of the SOUL! show for a new audience, with these amazing guests in conversation with Amanda Seales. Amanda will moderate a conversation with both artists from the film and the original series, to talk about the cultural impact of SOUL! and its special guests, like James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni, and the legacy of Ellis Haizlip and SOUL! for a millennial audience," says the film's director Melissa Haizlip. "Every week on SOUL!, Ellis featured our nation's cultural icons in front of and behind the camera, who then went on to become important cultural and artistic leaders in America. With the current ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, and as our nation is on the eve of a great racial reckoning, Ellis' mission, his show and the artists he gave a platform to have become even more important now. That inspiration and that courage during that time period is a road map for our young leaders and the movement today. I am so looking forward to this kickback with these artists and leaders."
World premiered at TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL where audiences embraced Mr. SOUL! and it went on to win a number of awards on the festival circuit playing over 30 film festivals, including HOT DOCS, AFI Docs, BFI London, Woodstock Film Fest, Pan African Film Festival, Urbanworld, Los Angeles Film Festival and more.
The film has won over 17 awards including the International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Music Documentary; the Finalist Award for the Inaugural Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize For Film; AFI Docs Audience Award; Woodstock Best Documentary; and many more.
Featuring rare live performances and interviews from the legendary Al Green, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, The Last Poets, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ashford & Simpson, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Billy Preston, Black Ivory, The Delfonics, Bill Withers, Sonia Sanchez, Wilson Pickett, Odetta, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool & the Gang, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Cleaver, Betty Shabazz, Stokely Carmichael, Mrs. Georgia Jackson, George Faison, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and many more, SOUL! was the first national show to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great rarely seen archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures that critical moment in our nation’s cultural rise, and whose impact continues to resonate across generations and cultures.
Directed, written and produced by Melissa Haizlip, Mr. SOUL! features music composed and performed by Grammy® winning musician/composer Robert Glasper, with the voice of Ellis Haizlip by Grammy® / Emmy® winner Blair Underwood - one of the film’s Executive Producers. The virtual cinema release run is presented together by Shoes In The Bed Productions and Open Your Eyes & Think MF.
#UKCinema; #CinemaFirst; #Campaign
United Kingdom, Aug 23 (Canadian-Media): United Kingdom (UK) cinema Commissioned by Cinema Plus launched a campaign Aug 20 in the form of a 90-second video, featuring clips from nearly 60 classic and contemporary films, rolled out across the websites and social channels of cinema operators and distributors, to attract audience back to cinemas, media reports said.
The Trailers for the clips included snippets from The Wizard Of Oz, Wonder Woman 1984, Ben Hur, the upcoming adaptation of Dune and James Bond feature No Time To Die.
Besides the promotion of UK cinema going, the campaign will also form the basis of a paid-for campaign that will see the trailer appear across Sky, Amazon, Facebook and Instagram among other outlets.
Media buying would be done by Group M, which was appointed last week.
Aug 26 would mark the opening of the first major studio opening since cinemas began to resume business on July 4.
The video, produced by creative agency Empire Design, would direct the viewers to lovecinema.com, which houses a search engine for cinemas and films.
The video also provides previously released safety infomercials and links to government-approved safeguarding measures for cinemas.
Around 80 percent of all screens in the UK are expected to be open by that point, said Iain Jacob, chair of Cinema First.
Iain Jacob. Image credit: Twitter handle
“With the lockdown easing, it took time for momentum to build and for the right number of cinemas to be open,” Jacob told Screen. “We were initially focussed on getting the safety area sorted, which took enormous effort. Now, with around 550 cinemas likely to be open when Tenet is released – out of just shy of 800 across the UK – there’s scale to run a proper national campaign.
“We hope this will ignite a fire and with the slate for the last quarter looking so good, it will hopefully pick up steam. There seems to be such a pent-up demand out there,” reported by Screen Daily.
To attract more audience, said Jacob, a breadth of different titles was essential.
“The global pandemic has had a colossal impact on the film industry, presenting cinemas across the UK with unprecedented challenges,” Jacob added. “As an industry that employs over 20,000 dedicated people, of which 40% are under the age of 30, they need our support.”
Core constituents for Cinema First includes the Film Distributors’ Association and the UK Cinema Association.
China; #WarEpic; #TheEightHundred
China, Aug 22 (Canadian-Media): Data from industry tracker Maoyan. Chinese war epic “The Eight Hundred” has earned $88 million as of Saturday, after two days officially in theaters and a week of previews, media reports said.
The Eight Hundred. Image credit: Twitter handle
Although cinemas in China are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, since the cinemas were opened after July 20 to encourage social distancing, “The Eight Hundred” made $18.5 million (RMB128 million) on opening day Friday.
Maoyan predicted that a total total earnings for the film would be approximately $286 million.
“The film’s release coincides this year with an upsurge of people’s patriotic enthusiasm during the pandemic period,” a commentator wrote on Tencent News. “‘The Eight Hundred’ is the first new film to appear in cinemas this year, so the box office is exploding!”
The film has been responded to positively by the viewers.
“The Eight Hundred” will soon go up against a number of films set to debut Tuesday, Aug. 25, which marks the Qixi Festival, a sort of Chinese version of Valentine’s Day. These include “Little Women,” a hotly anticipated local rom-com “Love You Forever,” and Chinese love story “Wild Grass.” Friday, Sept. 4, will also see the debut of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.”
Backed by Huayi Brothers, Alibaba Pictures and Tencent Pictures, the film is expected to be released on Aug. 28 in the English-language markets of North America, Australia and New Zealand through CMC Pictures .
#HongKong; #Filmart; #HAF; #OnlineEvent, #Covid19Pandemic; #Lockdown
Hong King, Jun 21 (Canadian-Media): It was confirmed that this year's edition of Filmart and the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) would be moved online, media reports said.
FILMART. Image credit: Twitter Handle
Filmart Online will take place August 26-29, and HAF event would run concurrently but one day shorter from August 26-28.
Although Hong Kong is now mostly free of the Covid-19 pandemic, but many cities and countries in the region and outside are still on lockdown or have border restrictions and quarantine measures in place.
Recently Hong Kong’s government had extended the border restrictions for overseas visitors to Hong Kong to September 18.
In addition, Beijing being hit by the emergence of a new cluster of Covid-19 infection cases, all linked to a wholesale food market in the west of the city, has been forced to re-introduce a partial lockdown.
In a statement, Filmart organisers said: “We all recognise the importance of maintaining entertainment market business momentum, amid delayed productions, closed theatres and altered audience behaviour. So, as the largest content trading platform in Asia, Filmart Online will continue helping you to reinvigorate business.”
In the virtual event sellers would be able to showcase their slates on a dedicated company page.
They would also be enabled to stream trailers and videos with DRM encryption, individual watermark and time-limited screener authorisations.
A virtual meeting platform would also be hosted by the event, equipped with “high-quality video conferencing and a built-in messaging centre” enabling buyers and sellers to connect.
A series of seminars, content showcases and other events is also being planned.
Meanwhile, HAF in partnership with Filmart Online would facilitate virtual meetings for filmmakers of its selected projects.
“Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements imposed by many countries have made it impossible for HAF to provide a physical platform for participants to meet and discuss their projects this year,” said HAF director Jacob Wong.
“Under such circumstances, going virtual is an appropriate way forward as the safety and well-being of our guests and filmmakers are of utmost importance.”
32 projects for this year’s edition had previously been shortlisted by HAF, including projects from 11 first-time directors.
HAF will announce an additional 22 work-in-progress projects (WIP) soon.
#London; #UnitedKingdom; #FDA; #UKCA
London (England), Jun 21 (Canadian-Media): In a bid to jump-start the recovery of cinemas after months of closures, the UK’s leading distributors have united to create a vast library of 450 films, media reports said.
UK Cinema Association. Image credit: Facebook page
Following extensive talks with US studios, independent outfits and event cinema operators, the Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) has collected the library of Hollywood classics, indie hits and modern blockbusters including 19 films which could not be released or were set to be launched due to the nationwide closure of cinema March 20 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
FDA and UK Cinema Association (UKCA) through cross-industry body Cinema First organized this library as part of a major recovery plan for the sector and has been launched ahead of the reopening of cinemas on July 4.
Every cinema in the UK received the list on June 19 morning for programmers to select titles for their audience, and exhibitor and associated distributor would discuss the subsequent release.
The collection, titled Relaunching Cinema: Content for Recovery, has been organised into 25 separate groups to help programmers navigate the library including All-Time Classics, Award Winners, Best of British and Big Screen Spectacle. Other sections highlight diversity titles under headings BAME Voices, LGBTIQ+ Cinema and Women In Film.
Speaking to Screen, FDA CEO Andy Leyshon said: “This is distribution saying to exhibition, ‘We value you, we’ve missed you and this is us supporting you with some really great movies’.
“These films are there for when cinemas open to help get them back up to operational speed and can be dipped into when they need a film during a quiet period. The hope is that it will help rekindle the audience’s enthusiasm for cinema.
“It’s also rare to see such a show of unity between distribution and exhibition, and long may it continue.”
The move comes ahead of a planned reopening of cinemas in England next month, with Vue Cinemas set to open its doors from July 4; Cineworld set to resume screenings on July 10; and both Odeon and Showcase working toward “early July”.
The devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to announce dates.
The new films selected during first weeks in July looks likely to be slim, with the first major releases set to be Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan on July 24 and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on July 31 through Warner Bros.
The FDA’s line-up of films is aimed at filling those gaps and includes all titles in franchise favourites such as the Back To The Future, Dark Knight and Matrix trilogies; as well as the Harry Potter, Fast And Furious, Hunger Games and Twilight movies among others.
Alongside Trolls: World Tour, recent releases that may return to screens include UK dramas Military Wives, Misbehaviour and Calm With Horses as well as big-budget features Sonic The Hedgehog, Onward, Bloodshot and Emma, all of which were made available on digital platforms in the early weeks of lockdown.
Recent Oscar-winners Parasite, 1917 and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood will also be made available alongside classics such as The Wizard Of Oz, Casablanca, Lawrence Of Arabia and The Sound Of Music.
Safety guidelines for operating cinemas during the ongoing pandemic have yet to be published but are expected ahead of reopening.
#WorldCinema; #EvolutionofWorldCinemaInLast100Years; #Delhi, #India, #4thEditionOfWorldMovieFestival
New Delhi (India), Nov 8 (Canadian-Media): Evolution of world cinema in the last 100 years would be captured by the upcoming 4th edition of the World Movie Festival in Delhi (India) by showcasing a collection of landmark movies from across the globe, media reports said.
The film festival, aimed at facilitating film enthusiasts across all age groups to share the movie-watching experience, opens on November 16 and will screen six films over a weekend every quarter for a year.
Movies considered to be milestones of world cinema across six landmark movements and events -- the golden age of silent films of the 1920s, the Poetic Realism of the '30s, the Italian Neo-Realism as well as the French New Wave of the '50s and the '60s -- would be showcased in the 2019-20 edition, organisers said.
Contemporary classics as well as independent filmmaking achievements from India and Hollywood that elaborate the cinematic landscape of the late twentieth and the twenty-first century would also be featured in the selection.
"Through Navrasa Duende World Movie Festivals, we aim to reflect the evolution that cinematic art has witnessed in 100 years since 1920.
"Film is a director's medium. Therefore, our movie selection focuses on directors, especially those who have been an institution in themselves, having defined and redefined the cinematic landscape," Singh said.
The line-up for the inaugural screening on November 16-17 includes acclaimed classics like Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story", Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "The Marriage of Maria Braun", Satyajit Ray's "Charulata", Carl Theodor Dreyer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc", and Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction".
Directors whose films will be screened during the subsequent segments of the festival include Robert Wise, John Badham, Michael Haneke, Bimal Roy, David Lean, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Steven Spielberg, Bernardo Bertolucci, Asghar Farhadi, Wong Kar Wai, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Stanley Kubrick, Darren Aronofsky, Kundan Shah, Pedro Almodóvar, and Sergei Eisenstein.
Waterloo, Nov 1 (Canadian-Media): A new feature documentary on Margaret Atwood "A Word after a Word after a Word is Power" would showcase for a weeklong run run Friday, Nov. 8 in Waterloo at The Princess Cinema, media reports said.
Margaret Atwood at the York Club in Toronto. A documentary on Atwood begins a weeklong run Friday, Nov. 8 in Waterloo at The Princess Cinema. Credit: Peter Bregg
The director of the documentary, Nancy Lang would be there on the opening night to take questions.
The world première of "A Word after a Word after a Word is Power" is scheduled for Thursday at the Bell TIFF Lightbox in Toronto, but even before its première the documentary has been sold into nine countries.
"The interest in this film we expect is going to be quite big," said Lang.
About 35 friends and family members were interviewed by Lang and co-director/producer Peter Raymont and introduced an archival footage into the 92-minute documentary.
Lang and Raymont followed Atwood around for more than 18 months — Toronto, Vancouver, Berlin, Boston, Iceland, Amsterdam and Cambridge, Ont.
After publishing 17 novels, 17 books of poetry, 10 non-fiction books, eight children's books and a trilogy of graphic novels, Atwood shows no signs of slowing down.
"She is very important and meaningful to young women and young men as well," said Lang. "The demographic is enormous, she reaches all ages."
Atwood's humanity, generosity and kindness shine through in all the interactions recorded by the documentary crew.
"When you meet her she is just lovely and so many of her friends say she hasn't changed at all over these years," said Lang. "She is an international celebrity, but one-on-one you would never know it."
Her message to the community is at the end of the documentary's a clip of an 18-year-old woman asking Atwood what young people should do today. Atwood told her to vote, subscribe to a newspaper and work to know the truth.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Cancun, Mexico & Houston; Oct 10 (Canadian-Media): It was announced today that GigNet, a Digital Infrastructure Company with a 19,200 fiber-kilometer broadband network from Costa Mujeres to Cancun would partner with World Cinema, a leader of in-room entertainment in North America, to provide “over-the-top (OTT)” streaming and casting solutions to hotel properties in the Mexican Caribbean, media reports said.
Mexican Caribbean is one of the largest and fastest growing tourism destinations in the world, with over 160,000 hotel rooms and over 23 million annual airport visitors.
The guests would be able to view, from the comfort of their guest room, through OTT media service, live television programming on their personal devices and stream their content over the Internet allowing hotels to customize their TV menu screen with the services and information for their guests, such as spa, restaurants, gym hours, maps and directions, and featured amenities.
GigNet, the Mexican Caribbean brand of GigNet, Inc. is a Digital Infrastructure Company fully licensed telecommunications provider in Mexico.
In addition to powerful streaming apps, the platform includes hotel brand standard apps, with future apps released at no cost to the property.
“Our product WorldVue®, a completely customizable platform has the ability to offer the most popular streaming apps...to expand their in-room entertainment experience and improve guest’s satisfaction scores,” said Nick Jones, Executive Vice President of World Cinema.
“GigNet is the newest broadband network in the Mexican Caribbean designed specifically for hospitality, enterprise and mobile-carrier customers...where a high level of reliability and service availability are essential,” explained Mark Carney, Chief Business Development Officer for GigNet. “Increasingly, these services are being defined by hotel customers, which we will demonstrate in our Cancun office Guest Showcase and on-line.”
“We are setting a new international standard for the Mexican Caribbean with our Internet and WiFi solutions...” said GigNet’s Chairman & CEO Paul A. Moore. “As a Digital Infrastructure Company, we are leveraging our connectivity to do more, including providing OTT content, commercial TVs, device streaming and casting..."