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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

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)

 

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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 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)

 

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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 

meditation. 

 

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.

 

THE HEART OF NUBA

 

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13 at 2PM

90 minutes

Meet Director Ken Carlson

 

 

ABOUT THE FILM:

 

Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people.

 

Dr. Tom's patients come to him from hundreds of miles away on foot, in carts, or often cradled in their mother’s arms. Welcome to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, an area of the world so void of humanitarian and media attention that years of war go ignored, and cries for help go largely unheard. Here, this lone American surgeon tends with equal compassion to patients ranging from malnutrition and leprosy, to grave wounds inflicted by the indiscriminate bombings ordered by their own president, Omar al-Bashir. When a government can attack defenseless men, women and children with supersonic bombers, and it doesn’t make anyone’s newswire, something is terribly awry. (85 minutes)

 

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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:

 

Kenneth A. Carlson directed and produced the feature-length documentary, THE HEART OF NUBA. His previous documentaries include GO TIGERS!, a behind-the-scenes chronicling of a remarkable season for the Massillon Tiger's high school football team; AMARGOSA about Marta Becket and her opera house located in remote Death Valley Junction, California; BILL HOLLYWOOD MAVERICK, based on the life and times of legendary studio director William A. Wellman; and STEPPIN’ for DreamWorks Pictures about the contemporary dance phenomenon known as Soul Steppin’. He also has an extensive background directing, producing, writing, and shooting reality televisions shows, including LOST, MEET MISTER MOM, and AMERICA’S MOST WANTED.

 

THE HEART OF NUBA/DOCTOR TOM is currently in pre-production with ABC Signature to become a scripted series. Carlson will be executive producing along with Erica Messer. He is also in production on a documentary about Death Row inmate, Kevin Cooper, who has been incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison for over 33 years as well as a non-fiction film on British House of Lords member, Baroness Cox, and her life of service as a humanitarian aid advocate. 

 

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