September is here-- which means summer is over! It's back to school time... Bond represents some of the best docs available for use on your campus either with PPR, DSL (with hosting options), or for community screenings.
This month we are focusing on 3 amazing new release titles: the award-winning UK masterpiece NOTES ON BLINDNESS, the daring and heart-wrenching STRIKE A POSE, and the insightful and delightful new documentary series I AM THE AMBASSADOR.
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NOTES ON BLINDNESS (Fall 2016)
After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary.
Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.
Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’
Following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.
The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (alongside our virtual reality project), as well as winning the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival and the Wellcome Trust Innovation and Storytelling Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Director: Peter Middleton & James Spinney Runtime: 82 minutes
* Opens at Film Forum 11/16 and the Laemmle Monica on 11/25
STRIKE A POSE (Winter 2017)
In 1990, seven young male dancers-‐6 gay, 1 straight -‐joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare, they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. STRIKE A POSE is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
Director: Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan Runtime: 85 minutes
I AM THE AMBASSADOR
I AM THE AMBASSADOR is a ten-episode documentary series, that depicts the life of the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark: Rufus Gifford. With a background in Hollywood as a Creative Executive and later on as the financial director of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, he moved to Denmark in 2013 to take office and to represent the United States in one of the most progressive countries in the EU. He now lives at Rydhave in the suburbs of Copenhagen with his partner Stephen DeVincent and their dog Argos.
The series offers exclusive inside perspectives to Rufus’ life as an ambassador along with his private life, thoughts and experiences. He spends his time exploring Denmark and meeting as many Danes as possible to better understand the Danish mentality. His personal mandate is to spread important messages about citizen involvement and diplomacy and he has plenty of ideas on how to do so. As an ambassador from the United States he works to continuously establish and maintain the relationship between the U.S. and Denmark, while also fighting for LGBT rights – an important cause for Rufus both professionally and personally.
Director: Niels Krogsgård & Nelle Renberg Andersen Runtime: 30 minutes x 10 episodes
Arts & Culture
AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES
"Ms. Purcell, whose work recalls a time when the visual arts were often closely linked to scientific inquiry and philosophical speculation, uses her camera to accomplish a more radical species of time travel. Before seeing Ms. Bernstein’s documentary, I had seen and admired some of Ms. Purcell’s art, but never taken the full measure of her accomplishment. Now it’s clear to me that she is without question our greatest living 17th-century photographer."
- A.O Scott, New York Times
Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould. AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.
Directed by Molly Bernstein Runtime: 75 minutes
"Rosamond Purcell is one of the great photographers. She has captured the history of objects by photographing them in Romantic decline...the inexorable entropic winding down of everything." Errol Morris
"What kind of genius is Rosamond Purcell? Is she an artist? A scholar? A documentarian? A living cabinet of wonders? Her originality defies category…" Jonathan Safran Foer
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM
From the mind of award-winning director Julie Taymor (The Lion King on Broadway, Frida, Titus) comes a Shakepseare adaptation like none other, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM. Rich with Taymor's trademark creativity, this immersive and darkly poetic cinematic experience brings the play's iconic fairies, spells and hallucinatory lovers to life. Filmed at her sold-out stage production with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the center of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of Shakespeare's beloved tale.
Director: Julie Taymor Runtime: 148 minutes
“FIVE STARS. Visionary director Julie Taymor is a thrilling painter of theater…she sprinkles each scene with creative fairy dust. You’d be hard pressed to find [a] production that rivals Taymor’s for beauty.” Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
“A deliriously beautiful, deeply magical staging that’s as human as it is wildly inventive.” Linda Winer, Newsday
Meet the artists who are disrupting the traditional notions of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and on to the street. Playing with space and environment, YARN follows circus performers, wool graffiti artists and interactive designers as they re-invent our relationship with this colorful threaded tradition. From the seas of Barcelona , to the cobblestoned streets of Rome and back to the angled skyscrapers of New York, Director Una Lorenzen weaves an animated tale of a visually striking landscape layered with stunning graphics, soothing poetry, and a vibrant spirit. This documentary is recommended for University and College courses in Art + Design and Women's Studies.
Director: Una Lorenzen Runtime: 76 minutes
“You have almost certainly never seen a better documentary on yarn than "Yarn"...Thread and string should be jealous.” New York Times
"Fascinating." Village Voice
Politics & Criminals
This documentary investigates the conviction of Ross Ulbricht, creator of the anonymous digital drug marketplace the Silk Road. Weaving interviews with Silk Road operators and the FBI agents who took them down, DEEP WEB provides a balanced look into the future of digital rights and cybersecurity. In the vein of documentaries like CITIZEN FOUR, the film questions mainstream media narratives - like was Ross truly a drug king-pin or just a bright-minded idealist? The film covers an array of pertinent educational subjects including Cryptocurrency, Ethics, Free Culture, Anarchy, Globalization, Interweb Law and Ethics, Libertarian Philosophy, Net Neutrality, and the United State's War on Drugs.
"Narrated by Keanu Reeves, it plunges into the tangled web of secrecy, accusations and criminal activity - with implications for the future of technological freedom." The Toronto Star
"DEEP WEB provides myriad topics for classroom discussion. Highly Recommended." EMRO
Director: Alex Winter Runtime: 90 minutes
A DANGEROUS GAME
A DANGEROUS GAME travels around the world examining the eco-impact of luxury golf courses. Investigative journalist and filmmaker Anthony Baxter (You've Been Trumped) continues his pursuit of Trump's recent development in Scotland, as well as similar developers from Croatia to Dubai. Supplemented with intimate portraits of the communities and lives destroyed, the film calls for sustainable action between our communities and lands. This film is recommended for College and University courses with an environmental or journalistic focus, as well as environmental non-profits.
"provocative, and politically current. Recommended." EMRO
Director: Anthony Baxter Runtime: 100 minutes
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