An UNSCRIPTED interview with Catherine Gund about CHAVELA and MORE!

We love this writeup and in-depth interview with Catherine Gund by Margarita Sophia Cortes! You can read the full article here and watch the full interview below!


"[Chavela] draws in audiences immediately as it begins with the Chavela Vargas saying “Ask me where I’m going, not where I’ve been.” Just as Chavela herself was a feminist muse for women, this documentary, made by women filmmakers also mirror the importance of women’s voices.

In the documentary, you hear Chavela proudly state “It is a blessing to be born a woman” and Gund echoes that message as she explains why it’s vital for women to keep producing more films. “We have experiences we see in a certain way. We have ways of processing them that men don’t necessarily begin with, or end with.”


Chavela is available now on iTunes, Amazon Instant, or GooglePlay and on DVD with special bonus features.

DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND PLAYS ON FREESPEECH TV

If you still haven't had a chance to watch Dispatches from Cleveland, here's your chance! 

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A film called "poignant, sobering, and powerful... a galvanizing  tool, a way to empower people and convince them to get involved in their local communities, and work to make a  difference" by Annie Zaleski of The Cleveland Film Society.

Be moved! Be inspired! Create change!

Catch the entire film on Free Speech TV on Wednesday January 17th at 8:00PM EST 

Missed the premiere? Catch Dispatches from Cleveland on Free Speech TV at the following times:

  • Saturday, January 20 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, January 21 at 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, January 23 at 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET
  • Friday, January 26 at 3 a.m. ET
  • Sunday, January 28 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch it live from your local community access channel or through these stations:

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Free Speech TV is one of DFC's partners. It is a national, independent news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, our network amplifies underrepresented voices and those working on the front lines of social, economic and environmental justice.

- The Aubin Pictures Team 


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3 Ways To Watch Chavela in 2018

Excited to watch Chavela but overwhelmed by all the options? We got your back! 

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Start your new year by watching the documentary feature film that has already inspired so many, including Alice Walker and Heidi EwingChavela depicts a beautiful rendition of the passion, suffering, love, and perseverance in the Mexican legend's life and career. And while you're at it, sing along to her greatest hits. 

Here are 3 ways to watch Chavela in 2018! 

  1. Directly support our nonprofit documentary film company by purchasing the DVD
  2. Cuddle up and stream it online via Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, or Vudu
  3. Catch it in an upcoming festival screening or theater near you. 

Yep, that's it! Now you have one place to direct everyone to when they ask you about Chavela. We can't wait for you to see it!

- The Aubin Pictures Team

CHAVELA Premieres in Cuba!

Drum roll please! We have a very special announcement...

Chavela is an official selection of the 39th Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano! 

When?

  • Monday December 11 @ 10:30PM, Yara (Calle 23 ,Esq. L, Vedado, La Habana. – 7 832 9430)
  • Tuesday December 12 @ 12:30 PM, Yara (Calle 23 ,Esq. L, Vedado, La Habana. – 7 832 9430)
  • Thursday December 14 @ 3:00PM, Pabellón Cuba (Calle 23 y N, Vedado, La Habana. – 7 835 3768)
  • Sunday December 17 @ 2:30PM, Glauber Rocha (Calle 212 esquina a 31, Reparto La Coronela, La Lisa)

Click HERE for more info!  We hope to see you there. 


POST SCREENING UPDATE: Chavela was beloved in Cuba! Check out the beauty and the magic of the festival and Q&A by Catherine Gund below and read an article about it HERE!

- The Aubin Pictures Team 

Chavela Comes Out On DVD

SO many of you have asked us about getting Chavela on DVD and we're proud to announce it's almost HERE! Pre-order through the Aubin Pictures shop and receive a printable holiday note to inform your loved one Chavela is on her way.

Now you can sing along with Chavela, replay all your favorite scenes, and enjoy some exclusive content that didn't make it to the final cut! 

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We can't wait for all of you to receive your Chavela DVD and keep finding ways to celebrate her! 

- The Aubin Pictures 

Chavela in Costa Rica

It happened! Chavela screened in Costa Rica (where Chavela was born) at the Costa Rica Festival de Cine. Two December screenings to be exact!

What a wonderful experience, to be a part of a line-up that celebrated such a wide variety of films. Beautiful imagery, unique storytelling, and work that was created by great filmmakers. To those who came out for Chavela, definitely stick around for the other films you might like because it's so worth it!

Their mission: "The CRFIC is a still young and evolving festival, but eager to grow and consolidate an inclusive and humanist imprint, respectful of any artistic or individual expression, and that recognizes in the cinematographic art an expeditious way for spiritual nourishment and entertainment. The invitation is to live, dream and experience the CRFIC, a festival in which all the cinematographic modalities and narrative strategies coexist, because what most excites us are the stories that the films tell." For more info click HERE

And here's the trailer! 

- The Aubin Pictures Team 

Masterclass with Catherine Gund at Fringe Fest in London

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In partnership with Open City Docs, the Fringe Festival in London presented a masterclass last month with our very own Emmy-nominated director, producer, writer, and activist Catherine Gund, whose work is showcased in this year's festival: Chavela, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs Gravity and a series of shorts from her activist film archives. Cat talked about her work documenting the lives of LGBTIQ+ people and bringing queer stories to the screen. She also screened excerpts from her work:  Keep Your Laws Off My Body, B.U.C.K.LE., Cuz It's Boy, LUST Plenary, & DIVA TV

A large part of being involved in social work includes being a conversation-starter so participating in an event that holds a space for and celebrates that is truly special. We thank you Fringe Fest and thank you, London! 

- The Aubin Pictures Team 

DFC NYC Premiere

We're SO excited to announce that our feature documentary film, Dispatches From Cleveland, had its NYC premiere at Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem on Monday, November 6 2017! The theater was PACKED and was followed by an amazing conversation about social justice, police brutality, and what it means to be outspoken about these issues in the current political climate. 

Panelists included: 

Learn more about the film HERE, check out some photos below, and thank you so much to everyone who showed up and made this event such a wonderful success! Let's keep the conversation going. 

- The Aubin Pictures Team 

Chavela Prints Available Now!

To our film-photograph-junkies, black and white portrait-aficionados, and flat-out Chavela fans - this one’s for you!

Around 2005, Guadalajara-based visual artist Maj Lindström took these breathtaking photos of the badass woman herself and now you can order from these three 20x30cm numbered limited edition Chavela prints! Just in time for the holiday season you say? You bet!

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They come carefully wrapped and quickly delivered to your doorstep (or the doorstep of whoever you address it to, if you’re feeling extra generous under the holiday spirit).

Indeed, rare photographs like these often go for over $850, but talented photographer Maj Lindström is offering each print for for $115 for a limited time (and all proceeds go directly to the artist).

Get started HERE!

- The Aubin Pictures Team

Chavela in NYC At Last

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After a long journey with audiences in many corners domestically and internationally, we’re excited to finally announce that Chavela has its NYC theatrical release at Film Forum TODAY! Don’t miss your chance to witness her greatness and humanness and musical-ness on the big screen.

If you can’t make it to the premiere, no worries! It will have a two-week run so make sure you secure your tickets ASAP! Click HERE for more information.

See you there!

- The Aubin Pictures Team

Chavela Team Reunites @ Monclair

Filmmaking is a collaborative art! So you can imagine how special it was for members of the Chavela team to reunite at our Montclair Film Festival screening on April 29, 2017.

We had a wonderful crowd, excellent Q&A, and an epic picnic in the sun afterwards. So much love and laughter in beautiful Montclair! So we’d like to extend a huge thank you to our NJ audience for showing up to support Chavela. We had a great time and your lively reactions in the theater along with your moving comments afterwards meant the world to the Chavela team.

Those in attendance included: 

  • Co-directors: Daresha Kyi & Catherine Gund
  • Associate Producers: Laura Tatham & Laura Pilloni
  • Editor: Carla Gutiérrez
  • Assistant Editor: Hajer Salem
  • Second Assistant Editor: Katherine Fana
  • Archival Producer: Adrián Gutiérrez
  • Assistant to the Producer: Ri Lindegren
  • Production Assistant: Paola Ossa

Check out the photos below!

- The Aubin Pictures Team  

DIVA TV Footage FREE Screening on August 16th!!

Catherine Gund's original footage "Target City Hall," from DIVA TV, the AIDS activist video collective affiliated with ACT UP New York will be shown for FREE on Tuesday Aug 16th at 6:30pm through Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)'s upcoming Activist Video Series. Check it out! ‪#‎20thAnniversary‬ 

“Edited at EAI”: Video Interference
Activist Videos by Artists and Collectives, 1989-1995

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
6:30 pm

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
www.eai.org

Free admission

RSVP: info@eai.org

EAI continues our 45th anniversary “Edited at EAI” series with an evening of activist video work from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. Shot largely on low-end consumer equipment and edited, often off-hours, at EAI, these works use video as an activist tool, confronting urgent issues around the AIDS crisis, race, gender, and sexuality. Videos by ACT UP affinity groups DIVA TV (Damned Interfering Video Activist Television) and House of Color, as well as art collective X-PRZ, will be screened along with work by artists Robert Beck and Tom Kalin. Although rooted in the specific political and cultural contexts of that moment, these powerful activist voices continue to resonate and find relevance today.

The urgency of the AIDS crisis and the parallel emergence of new activist movements, along with the increasing availability of relatively inexpensive video equipment, were among the factors that brought activists to editing facilities like EAI during this time. In The Feeling of Power, artist, EAI editor, and DIVA TV member Robert Beck documents a 1989 ACT UP protest at Trump Tower and offers a self-reflexive manifesto of this new video activism. Target City Hall, the first tape produced by DIVA TV, documents a massive ACT UP demonstration at New York City Hall and offers a look at the diverse groups of activists within the larger ACT UP movement, including CHER (Commie Homos Engaged in Revolution) and LAPIT (Lesbian Activists Producing Innovative Television). In I Object, House of Color (Robert Garcia, Wellington Love, Idris Mignott, Jeff Nunokawa, Pamela Sneed, Jocelyn Taylor, Julie Tolentino), an ACT UP affinity group made up of queer people of color, forcefully challenge the representation and exclusion of people of color in the media. Tom Kalin builds on the subversive, advertising-influenced work he made with ACT UP affinity group Gran Fury in Nation, which confronts nationalism and the public health crisis of AIDS, and in his later revisiting of the same material, Information Gladly Given … In No Sell Out art collective X-PRZ (Doug Anderson, Kenseth Armstead, Tony Cokes, Mark Pierson) critique the commodification of Malcolm X by the media, setting computer-manipulated imagery of Malcolm X against advertising logos, archival footage, and TV imagery.

Organized in conjunction with EAI’s 45th anniversary, the “Edited at EAI” series highlights a historically significant but less well-known area of EAI’s programs: EAI’s Editing Facility for artists, one of the first such creative workspaces for video in the United States. 

Program

Robert Beck, The Feeling of Power, 1990, 8:48 min, color, sound

DIVA TV, Target City Hall, 1989, 26:43, color, sound

House of Color, I Object, 1990, 5:25 min, color, sound

Tom Kalin, Information Gladly Given but Safety Requires Unnecessary Conversation, 1995, 1:03 min, color, sound

Tom Kalin, Nation, 1992, 1 min, color, sound

X-PRZ, No Sell Out... or i wnt 2 b th ultimate commodity/ machine (Malcolm X Pt. 2), 1995, 5:37 min, color, sound 

BORN TO FLY nominated for an Emmy!

 "I challenged myself to use my particular time-based, artistic medium not merely to document Elizabeth's time-based work but to expand it. In fact, I wanted to collide our two artistic forms to invent a third kind of breathless, sweaty, heart-pounding experience."  - Catherine Gund, Interview with  Paper Magazine

"I challenged myself to use my particular time-based, artistic medium not merely to document Elizabeth's time-based work but to expand it. In fact, I wanted to collide our two artistic forms to invent a third kind of breathless, sweaty, heart-pounding experience."  - Catherine Gund, Interview with Paper Magazine

After premiering at SXSW, and starting it's theatrical run at the essential Film Forum in NYC, and airing on PBS/Independent Lens, and soaring past thousands of audiences across the globe, BORN TO FLY is happy to have landed here. We are all on cloud nine to be nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy in the Outstanding Arts and Culture category. We are so grateful to share this honor with our amazing Streb family and all of you! Thank you for making it possible!

 

For more information about BORN TO FLY, check out our website: borntoflymovie.com. And thank you, again, for your incredible support. 

 - Catherine Gund and the entire BORN TO FLY team

Fall Into Our Office! [Internship Opportunity]

SEEKING SMART SOCIALLY MINDED RESEARCH SAAVY INTERNS FOR THE FALL!

We love our interns. We love listening to their perspectives and the way they see the world. We love helping them hone their skills as they learn about what it takes to make a documentary film. We also love hearing about all of their adventures after they leave us to pursue their dreams. Which is why we would love to meet you!  

We are seeking interns, available at least 15 hours per week, to assist with outreach and research for our documentary projects, social media, and marketing, as well as general office tasks. Our ideal candidate is motivated, creative and hardworking, with an interest in social justice, arts, culture, and filmmaking.

Please email a resume and brief letter explaining your interests to Laura Pilloni: office@aubinpictures.com. Make sure to include your days/hours of availability, and if you seem like a good fit we will contact you to schedule an interview. We look forward to hearing from you! Read more about Aubin and our internships here.

Meet Crystal M., one of our Spring & Summer Interns who is leaving us for college!

Crystal's words:

"This internship has been awesome because I'm able to keep myself updated with the important topics and events going on in the real world, and engage others, as well. It's really exciting to be involved with current events, and to blend my interests and skills in photography and social justice into Aubin's blogs, website, and social media outreach. Working with Aubin has given me many opportunities to explore, and learn more about my own skills as well as what's going on in the world."

Thanks for all your hard work Crystal! Good luck!

Aubin Pictures is looking for 2016 Summer Interns!

Aubin Pictures is seeking interns, available at least 15 hours per week to assist with outreach and research for our documentary projects, social media and marketing for our organization, as well as general office tasks. Our ideal candidate is motivated, creative and hardworking, with an interest in the social justice, arts, culture, and filmmaking.

Internship Sample Tasks

  • Assisting in fundraising/grant writing efforts for our current project
  • Contributing to web content and design for our project and organizational webpages
  • Corresponding with festivals and licensors
  • Updating social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Shipping items like DVDs, books and other materials for our office and online store
  • Data entry and correspondence regarding marketing and promotion of our film projects
  • Editing and transcribing archival and production footage
  • Errand-running, including post office mailing, office supplies, etc.

About Aubin Pictures

Aubin Pictures is a not-for-profit documentary media production company focused on arts and culture, sexuality and gender, reproductive health and rights, and other social justice issues. Its films have premiered at numerous festivals such as Sundance, the Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca, SXSW, the Seattle International Film Festival, and AFI Fest. Aubin Pictures’ most recent project – Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity (SXSW, theatrical release, PBS broadcast) – focuses on the life, art, and philosophies of choreographer Elizabeth Streb, who is known as the Evel Knievel of dance and will be released in theaters this fall. Previous Aubin productions include What’s On Your Plate?, a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics (premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, shown on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green and screened nationwide); Motherland Afghanistan (AFI Fest Official Selection; PBS broadcast); and A Touch of Greatness (Best Documentary Award, Hamptons Film Festival, PBS broadcast; Emmy nomination). In addition to producing films, Aubin works to create and maintain national and global networks for social change in relation to all of its projects.

About the Director

 

Catherine Gund, the founder of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy Award-nominated producer, director, writer and activist. Her media work — which focuses on arts and culture, the environment and health, and other social justice issues — has screened around the world. As a filmmaker who has worked in all aspects of production for 25 years, her interest is in telling stories and finding the details that educate and inspire. In addition to founding Aubin Pictures, she co-founded DIVA-TV, the Third Wave Foundation and was on the founding board of Working Films. She has served on the advisory council for MediaRights.org and as a consultant for the Robeson Fund.

TO APPLY

Please email a resume and brief letter explaining your interests to Laura Tatham: laura@aubinpictures.com. 

Please also include your days/hours of availability. If chosen, we will contact you to schedule an interview. We look forward to hearing from you.

Born to Fly: New Landings

Born To Fly is still taking the world by storm. Here are a few of the festivals and screenings that are coming up. For the complete list, check out our Born to Fly screening page here

DANCE ON CAMERA

 

Tickets just went on sale for our Dance on Camerascreening at Lincoln Center. The festival celebrates the immediacy of dance combined with the intimacy of film and features such films as Dancing Is Living: Benjamin Millepied and Desert Dancer. And this year, during the Dance on Camera Kickoff Gala, our own Elizabeth Streb will present Lois Greenfield with the Dance in Focus Award.

Don't miss our screening February 1st at the Walter Reade Theater in New York, NY. 

WEXNER CENTER

Born to Fly has also been chosen to be part of the Wexner Center's Visiting Filmmakers Series. The screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with Catherine Gund and Elizabeth Streb. Get your tickets for the January 23rd screening in Columbus, OH. 

ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL

 

The Athena Film Festival, which highlights women and leadership in the film industry, will feature Born to Flyon February 8th at Barnard College in New York, NY. In addition to the screening, there will also be a panel discussion featuring the Born to Fly cinematographer, Kristen Johnson. She, along with two other female cinematographers, will discuss how they broke into the "private club" of cinematography and became some of the most in-demand names in the game.  

Get your tickets to the screening here and the cinematography panel here

For up to date information on all our upcoming screenings, check out our Born to Fly screenings page.

Board of Directors Update

It’s a new year, and we have some exciting changes for our Board of Directors for 2015.

First, we want to send our gratitude to Julie Tolentino, who will be stepping down from the board this year.
 

Tolentino is a dancer and choreographer who creates intimate solo movement-based installations including time-based durational performances, sculptural endurance events and audio soundscapes. Tolentino has served as a committed board member for the last 12 years, and we are sad to see her go.

We would also like to welcome Marques McClary and Vivien Labaton to the Aubin Pictures Board of Directors.  

Marques is currently Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Academy in Rome, which supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. Marques also has broad experience working within the MSM and HIV patient/advocacy community.  

Vivien Labaton is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Make it Work, a campaign to advance the economic security of women and families. Labaton started her career working with Gloria Steinem and as the founding Director of the Third Wave Foundation and is also the co-editor of The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books).

Finally, with the new year comes a new president, Dána-Ain Davis.

Dána-Ain Davis Ph.D., is on the Faculty in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and is the Associate Chair of the MA Program in Urban Affairs at Queens College. Davis was a founding board member of Aubin Pictures, and we look forward to her continued wisdom and guidance. 

News from our latest Documentary... BORN TO FLY: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

What are your plans for the next two months ? Because BORN TO FLY  is coming to your city...Next screening August 17th and 20th  North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in North Carolina, following Film Forum in New York, Zoetropolis Theatre in Lancaster, Plaza de oro in Santa barbara, PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia, Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Laemmle in Detroit and also The Institute of Contemporary Arts in Boston October 28th. Bring your friends and family and come to enjoy a breathtaking film. For more info check the screenings page.

Theatrical trailer has been released! See it here... 

A Little BORN TO FLY Update

What has BORN TO FLY been up to lately?

It has been a jam-packed past couple of months. The festival craziness all began with our acceptance into the SXSW Film Festival in March. We were so happy to hear that BORN TO FLY was 1 of the 8 documentaries, chosen out of 892, that was shown at SXSW. It was Catherine's first documentary at SXSW, so to celebrate both herself and featured choreographer Elizabeth Streb went down to enjoy the festival and participate in some Q&A's. All around, SXSW was an incredible world premier, a great way to kick off our later festival and theatrical showings.

Towards the end of the month, BORN TO FLY traveled from Idaho to Ohio showing in the Sun Valley Film Festival in Sun Valley, ID and the Cleveland International Film Festival  in Cleveland, OH. BORN TO FLY then traveled south in the beginning of April to North Carolina, showing at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

In May, Streb and her dancers' passion for extreme action was shared at MountainFilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado. Former STREB dancer, Hope Clark, went down and took many great photos! We then hit the West Coast for the Seattle International Film Festival in Seattle, Washington where we had three great screenings.

Early June was very exciting for us as we premiered internationally! We had two screenings at the Sydney International Film Festival in Sydney, Australia and two at Sheffield Doc/Fest in Sheffield, UK! Director Catherine and son Tenzin took advantage of our acceptance into Sheffield and traveled to England to enjoy the festival! Check out the pics on our Facebook page! And, in the middle of all this craziness, BORN TO FLY had its New York premier at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

And now for what we have planned:

Later in the week, BORN TO FLY is going out to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the deadCenter Film Festival and then heading back to the West Coast towards the end of June for its California premier in San Francisco at the Frameline International Film Festival

The last two events we have planned are very exciting because they are our theatrical screenings. From coast to coast, New York City to Los Angeles, BORN TO FLY will be showing at Film Forum from September 10th to 16th, and at Laemmle - Noho 7 from September 26th to October 2nd. These theatrical showings are a great way to make our film more accessible to the public and a perfect way to wrap up this amazing year!

We are so thankful for everything!