Docurama Weekend Matinee Specials at the IFC Center
Don’t miss this chance to experience these classic docs on the big screen in honor of Docurama’s 10th anniversary. All films screen at 11am. STF Fall 09 passholders can attend these screenings at no extra charge.
Oct 2-4: SOUTHERN COMFORT – The festival opens with Kate Davis’s unique love story that follows wise-cracking cowboy Robert Eads as he falls headlong into a passionate romance with the vivacious and magnetic Lola. Robert happened to be born female, and Lola born male. Eight years after it won the GRAND JURY PRIZE at Sundance, the acclaimed SOUTHERN COMFORT seems to resonate even more in today’s post-Prop 8 America.
Oct 9-12: LOST BOYS OF SUDAN – WINNER of an INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD in 2004, LOST BOYS OF SUDAN follows two extraordinary young men orphaned by the Sudanese civil war as they come to America, a place some Sudanese call “Heaven” because of the hope and opportunity it offers. For Peter and Santino, their first life-altering year is full of abundance and alienation, safety and loneliness. For the viewer, the film offers a gripping and sobering peek into the myth of the American Dream.
Oct 23-25: GENGHIS BLUES – A decade ago, this OSCAR® NOMINEE introduced the world to the forgotten land of Tuva through the life-changing journey of blind blues musician Paul Pena to compete in their triennial throat-singing contest. Under the spell of this intensely beautiful, seemingly impossible form of singing, Pena bridges two vastly different cultures, an experience even more poignant to witness today in the wake of his passing.
Oct 30-Nov 1: BLUE VINYL – WINNER FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and a “green” cult classic way before these oh-so-green times, critics’ darling BLUE VINYL begins in front of co-director Judith Helfand’s parents’ house as she earnestly pleas with her father not to replace their wood clapboard with vinyl siding. And so begins a sobering exploration into the underside of the vinyl industry, from Long Island to Venice, Italy. Balancing horror with humor, the film takes viewers on a unique exploration into what it takes to be a truly educated consumer.
Nov 6-8: THE ATOMIC CAFE – Considered a “NUCLEAR REEFER MADNESS,” this pitch-black comedy and timeless classic took the nation by storm upon its release. Through an artfully presented collage of newsreel footage, government archives, duck-and-cover propaganda and fifties music, THE ATOMIC CAFE perfectly captures the atomic age. More than a quarter of a century later, with nuclear nonproliferation in the headlines once again, it’s still perversely topical.
Nov 13-15: BEST BOY – This OSCAR® WINNER for BEST DOCUMENTARY (1979) is a triumphant tale of love, courage and dignity, following filmmaker Ira Wohl and his family as they embark on a mission to enable his developmentally disabled adult cousin Philly to become more independent. Thirty years after its theatrical premiere (and with Philly now in his 80s!), it remains one of the most profoundly touching and life-affirming stories to be captured on film.
Nov 26-29: THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL – Audiences and critics alike always seem to swoon when they mention this heartwarming, wondrous film-for good reason. Packed with romance and comedy, the film follows endearing aging bohemian Mark Bittner as he befriends and defends the flock of red-and-green parrots which has taken up residence in San Francisco. As David Edelstein remarked, “IT THAWS THE SOUL”…something even the most cynical of us could use once in a while.
Dec 4-6: BOB DYLAN DON’T LOOK BACK – Ending the 10th Anniversary Celebration is a LANDMARK OF THE CINEMA VÉRITÉ MOVEMENT, crafted by one of its pioneers, D.A. Pennebaker; one of the best rock films ever made; a study of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and the electrifying time in which he came of age. No matter how you look at it, this intimate portrait of a 23-year-old Dylan on his 1965 concert tour of England changed documentary film-and not a few of us in the audience-forever.