All films will be shown in the Teatro Santa Ana, Biblioteca Pública
Relox #50A, San Miguel de Allende
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 and 14, 2018 at 4:00pm
75 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles
Meet Filmmakers Bruce Donnelly, James Kubesch and Fermin Rojas
ABOUT THE FILM:
"Alumbrones" (Illuminations) - Unexpected, short-lived bursts of light.
ALUMBRONES is a documentary feature film that looks at the work and lives of twelve contemporary Cuban artists, living in Havana today. Visiting each person in their home and studio, the film explores the varying styles and techniques used, the themes, philosophies and ideas present in their work, as well as the many obstacles and difficulties they face on a daily basis and the feelings each person has towards the place they call home. Through in-depth interviews, the film covers a diverse range of subjects and issues, from supply shortages and constant blackouts ("apagones") to family life, love, sex, and music.
The film premiered in Piccadilly Circus in London at the Raindance Film Festival and was selected by the United Nations, Global Peace and American Documentary Film Festivals among others, with special presentations and discussions at Stanford and Harvard Universities. Alumbrones was also recently incorporated into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars) Library collection.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
South African-born director and producer Bruce Donnelly graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Film and Media Studies. He moved to New York City in 2006, to further his studies with a post-graduate degree in filmmaking. In 2007, he opened Lost Boy Productions, a film company based in New
York and went on to produce a number of short and feature documentaries, commercials and narrative films.
Producer James Kubesch’s experience in production comes from his lifelong involvement in his family’s management and development of a highly successful Broadway Musical and Literary Trust. Through its many productions and projects over the years, he has gained keen insight into production schedules. He also assists in directing assets for the J.O. and Alice F. Cole Trust, a non-profit organization benefiting the development of young musical artists. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.A. in aviation technology and is a licensed pilot.
A native Cuban who immigrated to the United States as a young child, producer Fermin Rojas is a graduate of Florida International University, with a long career in finance, theater production and music. His experience and love for all three, as well as his recent re-acquaintance with his home country, has led him to a fortuitous and exciting career in filmmaking and music recording. He is the founder of “Antinous,” Cuba’s first openly gay music group.
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, 2018 at 4:00pm
Meet National Geographic photographer/filmmaker Bob Krist
ABOUT THE FILMS:
Join National Geographic photographer Bob Krist for a 90-minute tour of the world in a series of short, cinematic films from three continents. Krist’s award-winning films document traditional ways of life that are under threat from the pressures of contemporary society.
We start close to home, riding along with the cowboys and cowgirls on Guanajuato’s Cabalgata of Cristo Rey and wander further afield to witness the thousand-year tradition of “rettir” in the highlands of Iceland, the beautiful white horses of France’s Camargue, the struggle of small boat fishermen in tiny Cornish villages, and the crazy and controversial Mardi Gras practices in rural Lousiana, as well as looks at exotic Burma, and the Day of the Dead tradition in Oaxaca.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Bob Krist is a freelance photographer and part-time resident of San Miguel who has been shooting for National Geographic Society publications since 1980. During that time, he has completed over 40 assignments for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, and is now producing short travel films for NG and other clients, many of which have won the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Broadcast, and appeared in film festivals around the world. Besides National Geographic, his other film clients include the British Museum, the Maine Maritime Museum, and several NGOs and tourism boards.
DATES FOR THESE FILMS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED! WILL POST NEW DATES SOON.
2 hours total run time - both films will be shown together
Meet filmmaker 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)
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)
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 Director’s Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, and was picked up by IFC Films. NEVER SORRY has now been translated into over 26 languages and released theatrically around the world. It was also one of the highest grossing films of 2012 directed by a woman.