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We recently added “Kumare” to the DBRL collection. The film was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011 and currently has a rating of 85% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, Kumare follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self…winner of South by Southwest’s Audience Award, Kumare is an insightful look at faith and belief.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
“Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars” (78 min.) follows a reggae band born in the camps of West Africa, representing a real-life story of survival and hope. The six-member musical group came together in Guinea after civil war forced them from their native Sierra Leone. Traumatized by physical injuries and the brutal loss of family and community, they fight back with the only means they have-music. The result is a tableau of tragedy transformed by the band’s inspiring determination to sing and be heard. This documentary by Banker White and Zach Niles is shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. The film showed at the True/False Film Fest in 2006.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “Buck” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- What quality do you like most about Buck?
- How do you think Buck’s childhood had an effect on his horse training?
- Do you think differently about animals after watching this film?
We recently added “The Story Of Film: An Odyssey” to the DBRL collection. The DVD set that includes 15 hour long episodes currently has a rating of 93% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
The story of film: an odyssey, written and directed by award-winning film-maker Mark Cousins, is the story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation. Five years in the making, The Story of Film: An Odyssey covers six continents and 12 decades, showing how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other. It provides worldwide guided tour of the greatest movies ever made; an epic tale that starts in nickelodeons and ends as a multi-billion dollar globalised digital industry. Described as a ‘love letter’ to the movies, Cousins visits the key sites in the history of cinemal from Hollywood to Mumbai; from Hitchcock’s London to the village where Pather Panchali was shot, and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.
Shot clandestinely over three years by best-selling novelist and filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman, this film with its stunning footage provides an astonishing and intimate look inside what has been one of the most isolated countries on the planet With an exclusive perspective provided by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, this film brings a human dimension to a country that remains a mystery to much of the world.
Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters.
Presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon and forces you to rethink everything you thought you knew about pirates.
We recently added “My Reincarnation” to the DBRL collection. The film played on the PBS series POV in 2012, and currently has a rating of 71% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Tibetan Buddhist master Choogyal Namkhai Norbu watches as his western-born son, Yeshi, who was recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, considers departing from tradition to embrace the modern world.
Senior citizens are a national treasure. The wisdom and experience that seniors possess can help teach future generations while also keeping them active in the community. These docs show senior citizens who are tackling their twilight years by leading active lives:
In Northampton, Massachusetts, a chorus is formed consisting of senior citizens. The twist is that they sing hits by musicians like Coldplay and James Brown. The film follows the chorus as they try to overcome health adversities and get their voices in tune.
The Silver Belles are five chorus girls in their aging years who used to dance in 1930s Harlem. Reunited, they perform on stage at the famed Apollo Theater to amazed crowds. They share stories of their past as they face health concerns and try to teach a new generation their dance steps.
A group of senior citizens in Maine take on the task of greeting returning troops as they come into the airport at various times throughout the day or night. The film follows three greeters and shows how their service works to better their own lives as they face illnesses and the loss of loved ones.
This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France on a usb drive hidden in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his 2010 sentence (six years in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking, interviews or leaving the country) Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, and discussing his plight with his friend and collaborator, Mirtahmasb.
April 26: “Room 237” starts at Ragtag. (via)
April 28: “A Place at the Table” 12:30 p.m. at Ragtag. (via)
April 30: “5 Broken Cameras” 6:00 p.m. at Ellis Library’s Auditorium, free. (via)
May 2: “9 Star Hotel” 5:30 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
The documentary “Buck” (88 min.) follows Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. A real life “horse-whisperer,” he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses-and people-with his understanding, compassion and respect. This documentary by director Cindy Meehl was shown at the True/False Film Fest in 2011.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “The Queen of Versailles” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- Which person did you identify most with in the film?
- If you were David or Jackie, how would you make household decisions differently?
- How do you think David and Jackie’s backgrounds influence their behavior?
We recently added “I’m Carolyn Parker” to the DBRL collection. The film played last year on the PBS series POV and currently has a rating of 86% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. After the floodwaters subsided, she was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community with what many thought was the “impossible dream” of bringing her ruined home back to life.
April 22: “Harvest of Empire” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Forum 8. (via)
April 22: “Bidder 70” 8:00 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)
April 22: “Honor Flight” 6:00 p.m. at The Crossing. (via)
April 24: “The Queen of Versailles” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
We recently added “Madonna: Truth or Dare” to the DBRL collection. The film from 1991 made it to last year’s 100 “Greatest” Documentaries list and currently has a rating of 80% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Documentary which presents an intimate view of the rock music star, Madonna and a backstage look at her 1990 “Blond Ambition” tour.
Check out the film trailer for more info.
We recently added “Rarely Has Reality Needed So Much to be Re-imagined: A Mostly True History of the True/False Film Fest” to the DBRL collection. The book was released at the 2013 True/False Film Fest. Here’s a synopsis from the book website:
Your favorite film fest is almost ten years old (no, we can’t believe it either)! To immortalize this milestone, and all the people who helped make it happen, we’re putting out a shiny, lovingly designed anniversary book. Titled, Rarely Has Reality Needed So Much to be Re-imagined: A mostly true history of the True/False Film Fest, this book is a 160 page, art-packed, small scale keepsake documenting the first 10 years and pointing forward to the next 10.
Be sure to check out our True/False Film Fest movies at DBRL to see lists of films from the past 10 years of the festival.