All films will be shown in the Teatro Santa Ana, Biblioteca Pública
Relox #50A, San Miguel de Allende
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26 and 27 at 2PM
Meet Director Laura Israel and Art Director/Editor Alex Bingham
ABOUT THE FILM:
“A portrait of a quintessential New York artist” (New York Times) and “irascibly entertaining” (Village Voice), DON'T BLINK is a documentary about Robert Frank, the legendary photographer and filmmaker behind the seminal book “The Americans” and landmark films like PULL MY DAISY (with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg) and C***SUCKER BLUES (with the Rolling Stones). Directed by his longtime editor Laura Israel, the film is an exuberant and fascinating journey into the images and words of an iconoclastic artist, a Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90. The soundtrack features Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Yo La Tengo, Tom Waits, and more. (82 minutes)
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
Director Laura Israel cut her teeth editing award-winning commercials and music videos while still a film student at NYU. By the time she graduated she had formed her own editorial company, Assemblage. Her client list included John Lurie, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Sonic Youth, New Order, Ziggy Marley, David Byrne, Laurie Simmons, and Robert Frank. The films she edited with Frank have screened all over the world and won many awards. WINDFALL, her debut doc, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won top prize at Doc NYC.
Art Director and Editor Alex Bingham studied at Chelsea School of Art London before moving to New York and delving into film and video. She was art director and editor on WINDFALL, which premiered at the Toronto International Film and won Doc NYC top prize. Editing clients include DKNY, Clinique, Tommy Hilfiger, Bobbi Brown, Ralph Lauren, Estee Lauder, Robertet , Condé Nast, The New Yorker, Vogue, W Magazine, Popular Mechanics , MoMA, Parsons School of Design as well as music videos for Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Sarah McLachlan, Damian Marley, Death Cab for Cutie, Robert Miles, Mary J Blige, and many more.
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 and 6 at 2PM
Meet Content Producer, Janine Sagert and Veteran couple featured in the film, Matt & Aimee Kahl
ABOUT THE FILM:
FROM SHOCK TO AWE explores the question: How do we heal our deepest wounds? It is an intimate and raw look at the transformational journey of two combat veterans suffering from severe trauma as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief through the mind-expanding world of psychedelics. Recent scientific research coupled with a psychedelic renaissance reveals that these substances can be used to heal Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for individuals and their families. Beyond the personal stories, the film also raises fundamental questions about war, the pharmaceutical industry, and the US legal system. (87 minutes)
ABOUT THE FILM PARTICIPANTS:
Janine Sagert, PhD has dedicated her life to integrating spiritual understanding into daily life and helping others to do so. Serving as content producer for FROM SHOCK TO AWE, her own backstory provided many points of connection and empathy with veterans. Her father was a career army officer and she is a psychologist, whose extensive academic career focused on clinical psychology and anthropology, including how various elements of culture influence mental health. She’s also had personal experience of psychedelics that were profoundly transformative, leading her to a lifelong dedication to exploring and expanding her own consciousness through spiritual practices such as self-inquiry and
Matt Kahl served in the 101st Airborne Division from 2007-2011. Aimee Kahl met Matt in the summer of 1994 in Europe while studying French with fellow students from high school. In 2003, their friendship formally blossomed into romance; their first son was born soon afterwards. By 2007, they were married, and in 2008 he had deployed to Afghanistan. When he returned home the first time, in March of 2009, Aimee thought everything was good with her husband. But by the fall, she noticed him detaching and withdrawing. Matt & Aimee will share their healing journey with us.