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SHOWING NEXT at REEL DOCS

All films will be shown in the Teatro Santa Ana, Biblioteca Pública
Relox #50A, San Miguel de Allende

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY and THE 100 YEARS SHOW

 

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5 and 6 at 2PM

1.5 hours total run time - both films will be shown together
Meet Director Alison Klayman 

 

 

ABOUT THE FILMS:

 

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. (91 minutes)

 

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THE 100 YEARS SHOW profiles abstract minimalist pioneer artist Carmen Herrera as she enjoys artistic success and fame that literally took a lifetime to happen. Carmen Herrera is one of the oldest working artists today. She was a pioneering abstract painter in the '40s and '50s, but only recently found the recognition that eluded her for most of her career, as she approaches her 100th birthday.   (29 minutes)

 

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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:

 

New York Times chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis named Alison Klayman one of their 20 Directors to Watch on a list of rising international filmmaking talents under 40. Her debut feature documentary, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, nominated for two Emmys, and earned Klayman a Directors Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, and was picked up by IFC Films. NEVER SORRY has now been translated into more than 26 languages and released theatrically around the world.

 

 

ROBERT FRANK:  DON'T BLINK

 

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26 and 27 at 2PM

80 minutes

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)

 

TRAILER

 

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. 

 

FROM SHOCK TO AWE

 

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 and 6 at 2PM

90 minutes

Meet Director/Producer/Editor Luc Côté and Content Producer Janine Sagert

 

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)

 

TRAILER

 

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:

 

Luc Côté has been directing and producing films since the age of 14, traveling extensively around the world to make social documentaries that capture the human spirit. In the early 80s, he founded his first production company in New York, On Track Video. In 1986, he moved back to Montreal and, with Robbie Hart, launched Adobe Productions. Together they produced and directed more than 30 films including two award-winning documentary series: TURNING 16 and RAINMAKERS. In 2005, he directed OPERATION HOMECOMING/CRASH LANDING, a film about post-traumatic stress disorder within the Canadian army. He has also directed films for other production companies, including Cirque du Soleil, Macumba International, Virage, and Erezi Productions. In 2010, he co-directed, with Patricio Henriquez, YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH: 4 DAYS INSIDE GUANTANAMO, a feature-length documentary that uses security camera footage from Guantánamo Bay prison to show the interrogation of Omar Khadr, then just 16 years old, by a Canadian intelligence officer over a period of four days. To date it has won 10 documentary film awards, most notably the prestigious Special Jury award from the IDFA.  

 

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 meditation. 

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