Also check out , where I recommend two Magic Realism films, two Activism films, and a Music Documentary. Growing up just 17 blocks from the U. Plus there is the electric actress, , who plays Goldie; when she is on the screen, it is impossible to look away. Our Time Machine, at Tribeca This Chinese-language film is full of tableaus that blend the real and the surreal as Maleonn follows in the artistic footsteps of his parents; his mother was an actress and his father, Ma Ke, was a long-time director of the Peking Opera Theater. The effects of this audacious plan have continued to bear fruit through the 2018 midterms. This non-fiction odyssey offers a remarkable look into the lives of one family who was brave enough to share their story with the world. Nine year old Emmanuel began filming himself and his family with a home video camera in 1999, capturing his Washington D.
The History of Memory is a series of short documentary films created by and the , which celebrates the power of printed photographs to change our lives. The archive reminds us who we were and explores how television shaped the world of today. Several films investigate real-life individuals whose identities where defined by and sometimes destroyed by their images on paper or video. But here are some films that grabbed my attention during the pre-festival screenings, and which you cannot fail in seeing. When an opportunity to audition for a real music video comes her way, Goldie feels the time has finally come for her star to rise. He also kept a detailed diary to accompany these treasures. The result is one of the greatest electoral manipulations in U.
But voters, fed up with cynical efforts to sidestep the will of the majority, have begun fighting back. Co-founder of GreenPeace and founder of Sea Shepard, Watson is part pirate, part philosopher, in this provocative film about a man who will stop at nothing to protect what lies beneath. Woodstock takes us all back to a time and a place now captured in a time capsule, but also reminds us of the immediacy that love, music and shared experience can elicit. Tribeca X, Short Documentary Tribeca X celebrates the intersection of advertising and storytelling, in itself a fascinating topic. Spotlight Documentary The story of and his iconic car is mainly associated these days with the beloved movie Back to the Future. In At First Sight, a deep connection is made across continents following the exchange of two images.
Marion Stokes in Recorder Beginning with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979 and ending with her death during the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook, Stokes captured wars, triumphs, catastrophes, talk shows, bloopers, commercials, and more. Mixing haunting imagery with real-life moments, Our Time Machine conveys the mystery and consolation of art against the ravages of time. Capitol, however, proved more difficult than expected. But perhaps the most compelling part of the film is the disclosure of what happened after the cameras stopped filming and the newspapers stopped reporting. In each film of History of Memory, we are reminded that the most important memories are those that we cherish, share, and protect. . All she needs is the perfect canary yellow fur coat she has had her eye on in a local vintage store window.
Here are some movies that ask the viewer, in various ways, to reflect on the relationship between archival items, the people who keep them, their depictions on screen, the memories they create, and reality. Like a crime-fighting superhero of the high seas, Watson and his crews confront illegal whaling vessels from Europe to the Southern Ocean, seal hunters in Canada, and shark finners in Central America. Recorder Movie: archival footage galore I theorize that with the advent of the internet and the digital age where unlimited masses of everything are recorded, without context, the old concept of carefully collected documentation is increasingly a thing of the past. And old, analog items, such as photographs on yellowed, warped paper, are a dying breed of memoires — history made real by material things. The true story has faded since the cameras, gossip, and intrigue swirled around him in the 80s, epitomized by a top-model wife and an infamous cocaine bust, followed by revelations of theft and corruption.
Did this destructive act succeed at erasing the man himself? The festival runs April 24-May 5 at and. Structured faithfully around audio testimony from attendees, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation focuses not just on how it all came to be, despite enormous challenges, but how it felt for it to happen: an endless traffic backup was elevated to a communal experience, and a food shortage became a collaboration rather than a disaster. Activism Films That Matter Right Now Feature Documentary After the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. Our Time Machine is a profound and poetic film that is achingly uplifting as it tells a universal story about the exquisite sadness and joy of life. The tapes were not trashed; they were erased, with fresh blank labels attached to cover up the old ones. Spotlight Documentary Halston archival footage Pictures meant everything to Halston. Slay the Dragon documentary Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries.
I include it in my Pick List primarily because of the compelling and devastating use of a home-video archive. From Florida to India, Beijing to New Orleans, the short films explore stories of real life people whose lives were forever altered by the discovery, creation, or preservation of a photograph. Compelling, Artfully Told Stories Magic Realism Feature Documentary How can a documentary be so gorgeous and tell such a perfectly formed narrative? Impervious to threats, with more than one nation issuing warrants for his arrest, Watson continues to intervene on behalf of the endangered ocean creatures and ultimately life on this planet. Separately and together, they have won numerous Peabody, Emmy®, and Writers Guild Awards, and an Academy Award® nomination. And who better to portray a flamboyant man with a giant ego than , who appears in this film portraying himself portraying DeLorean? At the same time, it looks at the woman who dedicated her life to this visionary and maddening project and the toll it took on those around her. Destroy the image, destroy the man? Spotlight Documentary Throughout his life, , one of the original members of The Rolling Stones, shot hours of unseen film footage, took thousands of photographs, and collected a vast archive of memorabilia.
The use of that archive in combination with process-aware re-enactments and interviews with many who knew him, including his much-disillusioned and angry son, provide a portrait of a complex, brilliant innovator and marketing genius whose Midas touch disappeared too quickly. Filmmaker, journalist, and frequent This American Life contributor befriended the Sanford family as they continued to document their daily life over a 20-year period in a city plagued by poverty, addiction, and gun violence. Viewpoints, Feature Narrative I put this movie on my Pick List because of its evocative use of animation and graphic elements by , which seem to lift the vibrancy and energy of this film off the screen and make the entire experience feel palpable and enthralling. The film follows the characters through periods of joy and sadness, all captured on tape with stunning intimacy. But the film digs deeper and looks at a carefully considered timeline of events; there is a lot to this story. The juxtaposition of archival materials, present-day interviews, and occasional commentary from actor Alec Baldwin overtly begs the question: what was real and what was a con? In one example, a grassroots movement led by a young woman with no political experience gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures to put an anti-gerrymandering initiative on the ballot in Michigan.
A Secret Album tells of a woman who discovers her true self after the uncovering of a hidden family photo album. Through the lens of a father-son relationship, Our Time Machine explores what it means to be an artist in China in the 20th century and today. From the condemnations of the Cultural Revolution to contemporary financial and social challenges of putting on a complex and wholly original hybrid art performance, directors and probe the artistic impulse across generations. Watson is a must-see for anyone concerned about the future of our planet. I am recommending two Magic Realism films that are beautiful and dramatic, and two Activism films that are urgently important.
Rise-and-Fall Biopics I am going to break this Archival category into a sub-group of Rise-and-Fall Stories about iconic men whose lives were quite literally defined by the images of themselves created by and about them. Directors and craft a detailed, infuriating, ultimately inspiring look—deftly balancing the facts and maps with the tireless work of people like Fahey to get us to act to ensure that democracy will survive. . . .