Upcycle Architecture is an hourlong investigation of LOT-EK's avant garde use of industrial detritus to build architectural works of upcycled art, especially relevant in the context of our ceaselessly hyper-productive and hyperconsumptive industrialized society. Cement mixers, tanker trucks, and, most recognizably, shipping containers are transformed through meticulous design into iconic retail, office, and residential spaces. The film weaves economic, ecological and aesthetic critique to celebrate LOT-EK's engaged response to our current condition as a counterpoint to fatalist laments or escapist fantasies. While looking at the larger picture of global shipping networks and their partially hidden economies, the film will track, as a dynamic centerpiece, the real-time transformation of 18 recycled shipping containers into Carroll House, the striking single family home in Brooklyn. Upcycle Architecture is being directed and photographed by Thomas Piper, an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker.
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman will tell the stories of five Americans representative of this movement, in a book and film to be released together in the spring of 2016.These beautiful portraits will illustrate the importance oficonic American landscapes tied together by the Mississippi River-from Montana and Kansas to Louisiana-and the natural resources that the people connected to the land are working so hard to protect and preserve. The book is being written by Miriam Horn, co-author (with EDF President Fred Krupp) of the 2008 New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel; the film will be produced by John Hoffman, creator of HBO's flagship documentary series (Weight of the Nation, The Alzheimer's Project, Addiction) and multiple-Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated director Susan Froemke (Lalee's Kin) as well as multi-Emmy-winning producer and director, Beth Aala (RADiUS'/A&E Films' Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, HBO's I Have Tourette's and An Apology to Elephants).
Produced by: Leonard Yakir & MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson SYNOPSIS: 15 year old Tina Fontaine's body has washed ashore on the banks of the Red River in Winnipeg, Canada. Alarming numbers of aboriginal girls and young women have disappeared. Indigenous communities are dragging the river discovering more bodies. A 2013 RCMP study reported 1181unresolved murdered or missing aboriginal women while some Indigenous accounts report more than 3000. Investigative reporter, Sheila North Wilson, wants to know why and how so many of these young women slip away, forgotten by the mainstream. 1200 + is a work in progress, sounding an alarm; an investigation and stark look int the life of MMIWs, "Murder or Missing Indigenous Women. Watch the trailer >>> here <<<
One With Farai (OWF) is a deep-dive interview podcast (think Fresh Air) hosted and executive produced by journalist Farai Chideya. Covering politics, arts, music, and technology, One with Farai covers big intellectual topics while uncovering the personal journeys of the interviewees. Chideya has an eye on the future – of globalization, genomics, fertility, LGBT rights, film and music. Her podcast also has an unusually diverse race/gender/nationality mix which reflects Chideya’s own global vision. In her first 14-episode season, Chideya spoke with innovators from MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito (who just won the Golden Plate award, a rather glamorous international honor) to actor Delroy Lindo and former diplomat Alec Ross. Her fall season continues that tradition with guests including feminist Gloria Steinem, German political strategist Simon Vaut and playwright Scott Carter, who is the executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher. http://farai.com/one/
PC594 is the California penal code section that describes crimes against property —including painting beautiful images on dilapidated walls. LA street artist Lydia Emily engages in biodegradable, non-violent, political protest on government and corporate real-estate. She’s conquered innumerable challenges, but now a crippling diagnosis threatens to change everything. This feature-length documentary is directed by Libby Spears.
Poetry, prose, speeches and reflections on 1975-2000 by Lani Ka'ahumanu. lanikaahumanu.com/bookproject.html.
Rory Golden will make video short shorts on his iphone using tiny dolls as puppets. These mini movies are about dating disasters, relationship failures, awkward moments, and bad breakups and created based on input from the public. These user-generated movies will be low production value, high drama soap opera-espque, mini-vignettes that capture pivotal moments or dramatic incidents from people's lives. The videos (each under one minute) attempt a humorous take on such experiences, providing liberation from the oppression of the past and relief. Facebook YouTube
Conceived as a soundscore/installation, artist Julie Tolentino creates a movement duet embedded with text, poetry, layered songs, geographies and genres and a list of names, including the individual names of the audience members (who are present) implicating the measure and density time through even brief, relationships. Performed with Stosh Fila, the duet utilizes personalized movement scores on, under and within this small room's red mesh ceiling, red square dense lighting and three-dimensional red floor grid, representing the ambitious nature of desire and the intimate link of exchange, spit and blood, mouth-to-mouth. www.julietolentino.com.
A film exposing three intimate experiments between a filmmaker and a mover.
In the first, the Severance uses the moving frame to capture unpredictable live movement in intimate ways and re-telling. In the second section, the artists assign themselves specific parameters for the dialogue. They brainstorm verbally and visually, finding conceptual and rhythmic intersections along the edges of fact and fiction. Tolentino's simple task of moving the three dimensional body in a straight line becomes an effort of concentration under the camera's proximity and interrogation. Severance's initially stark frame contains the body for as long as possible, but eventually surrenders to join the movement. Finally, in "Evidence," the final section, Tolentino's naked, moving body is manipulated as she snakes backward on her hands and knees, balancing a cluster of Chinese medicine cups. The frame waits patiently for the promised evidence to become clear, while time and movement twitch in and out of reality- giving way to an ethereal, electric sonic path that anticipates (and dreads) the arrival of the body.www.julietolentino.com.
A character-driven documentary that explores the joys and pitfalls of performing on the street for tips. With an inquisitive and playful spirit, the story delves deep into the lives and aspirations of a singer, a magician, and a sketch artist who regularly share their art in Charlotte, North Carolina. A singer-songwriter duo also guide the audience through an exploration of the city's busking-related laws and regulations. Many other artists, including those who participated in the Buskapalooza Street Performance Festival, also share their busking experiences and philosophies on art that reaches beyond the walls of a gallery, theatre, or concert hall. Runtime: 42 minutes. For more info, visit http://buskmovie.com.
At the turn of the last century, Charlotte, a wife and mother, walks the grounds of an expansive country estate and happens upon the beautiful Renee. Charlotte is terrified by her uncontrollable desire for the young woman and her attempts to escape lead her deep into the surrounding forest. Lost, Charlotte is forced to confront her fears and must rely on Renee to help her find her way back. 1901 is the story of one woman's courage to embrace her fantasies and follow love into an unknown future. www.anfilms.com.
This film captures Ivan Marko's pursuit of the artistic ideal. A confessional documentary, seasoned with Eastern-European irony, the film provides an inside look at the work and mind of the dedicated 62-year-old Hungarian choreographer. After spending seven years at the famous French choreographer Maurice Bejart‘s company as a principal dancer, Marko returned to Hungary to form his own troupes. He succeeded in driving them to dazzling artistic heights, while fighting for their existence financially on a daily basis. Devoted to Dance on IMDB.
This film shows artist Rory Golden's journey as he interviews people and makes art in a rural West Virginia community in which the violent murder of a black gay man occurred several years ago. This project examines ideas about race and sexuality in our culture that condones violence.
The Effect of Tropical Light on White Men, by Catherine Lord, is a text/image work that centers on the Caribbean island of Dominica. An archive project, Tropical Light hijacks the memory books of Dr. Henry Alford Alfred Nicholls, a plantation owner, amateur botanist, physician and tireless self-promoter relegated to the margins of the British empire at the turn of the twentieth centur who worked relentlessly to record the knowledge he believed he would find useful in his old age. Tropical Light obsessively retains the good doctor’s filing system, thus exposing the skeleton of colonial thought, while inserting contemporary, critical and somewhat idiosyncratic material.
A film by Sonia Slutsky. While drag kings have become well-known in major metropolitan areas, not everyone has been able to experience their playful explorations of gender, sexuality, and identity, not to mention their stage presence and performances. Six drag kings, Johnny Kat, Carlos Las Vegas, Christopher Noel, Ken Las Vegas, Luster, and Pat Riarch, aim to change all that, as this diverse group of performers pile into an RV for three weeks and tour 15 North American cities, through the South and Midwest. The result: interpersonal drama worthy of the best Reality TV shows, eye-opening experiences for audiences in different parts of the country and for the kings themselves, and great performances in Sonia Slutsky's wildly entertaining road movie documentary.
A Samudra Pictures production, produced and directed by David Conway. A one hour documentary exploring the power to change lives through Yoga, narrated by Ali McGraw. Watch here.
A film produced and directed by Gregg Bordowitz, co-produced by Catherine Gund, an hour long examination of HIV/AIDS treatment issues globally, primarily focusing on South Africa, Brazil and the generic production of pharmaceutical drugs.
For further information contact: Gregg Bordowitz Habit Film