Below is the opening paragraph from our CEO's impassioned plea to librarians to fill the void in our algorithm-driven world. You can read the entire article here.
Hello Video Librarians. How are you? I wonder if you feel a little bit like I do: disconnected, adrift... a little like I live in a world where the only place I can shop is either Amazon for my books and Netflix for my movies. It is a lonely place, where I am isolated in front of my computer screen. I have plenty of choice but something is missing... it is a dystopian world of abundance based on algorithms that somehow doesn't satisfy what I crave. Is this ringing a bell with any of you? I find it hard to believe I am the only one suffering from this intellectual loneliness that gnaws at me. For Juno's sake, you're librarians! You, of all people, must understand about intellectual curiosity?
The Silk and The Flame
THE SILK AND THE FLAME chronicles Yao’s journey home from Beijing to his familial home in the provinces for the Chinese New Year. Nearing forty and still single, he returns to visit his deaf-mute mother and invalid father, whose dying wish is to see his son wedded to the right woman and starting a family of his own. Yao, a closeted homosexual, would prefer to find the right man. He has done well in the capital and supports his parents, his elder brother and his brother's children. His professional achievements have earned the family's respect further fueling their dismay that he is still a bachelor. Ever the dutiful son, he finds himself sacrificing his own needs in order to fulfill their expectations.
The film is an intimate look into everyday life in China, where the economic boom of the cities stands in stark contrast to the poverty experienced by those living in the countryside. Schiele uses stark black-and-white photography to provide a fascinating and subtle narrative that reveals how deeply entrenched the Confucian values that shape Chinese society are, the legacy of the social tumult of the twentieth century, and the family’s own battle with the simple means of communication that most of us take for granted. The film offers an intimate portrait of familial bonds, of traditional values and the pressure to conform.
CIELO is like SAMSARA meets PARTICLE FEVER… CIELO is a cinematic reverie on the crazy beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the best places on our planet to explore and contemplate its splendor. Director Alison McAlpine’s sublime nonfiction film drifts between science and spirituality, the arid land, desert shores and lush galaxies, expanding the limits of our earthling imaginations. Planet Hunters in the Atacama's astronomical observatories and the desert dwellers who work the land and sea share their evocative visions of the stars and planets, their mythic stories and existential queries with remarkable openness and a contagious sense of wonder. A love poem for the night sky, Cielo transports us to a space, quiet and calm, within which we can ponder the infinite and unknown.
The Last Refugees
The fate of refugees to the US has been the subject of media headlines since Trump's inauguration and the implementation of his highly contested travel ban. This cinema vérité style documentary follows the Kalajis—originally from the besieged city of Aleppo —allowing for a peek into the lives of those who seek a new life in America. The viewer becomes immersed in this family’s journey as they travel from Jordan to their new home of Philadelphia. As the popularity of the New York Times’ “Welcome to the New World” comic proves, Americans long to understand the plight of refugees in a deeper way than bombastic media commentary allows.
Upon their arrival in January 2017, they seem lucky: They are among the last refugees to make it into the United States before Trump’s travel ban is implemented. But their private victory over public policy is bittersweet, as their eldest daughter, Ju-Ju, is pregnant and has been left behind. When they realize they have only three months of financial aid from a refugee resettlement organization before they must be financially self-sufficient, another harsh reality sets in: They could be displaced and dispossessed all over again.
"Award-winning chef Albert Adria is the subject of Laura Collado and Jim Loomis’ fascinating haute cuisine documentary." -- Hollywood Reporter
In the world of haute cuisine, the name Adrià is synonymous with creativity. Constructing Albert is a portrait of the younger brother Albert as he strives to establish his own reputation in the world of international haute cuisine after elBulli.
One of the most influencial people in the world of food” -- TIME MAGAZINENobody in the world makes restaurants like Albert Adrià” -- EATERAlbert has had the misfortune of being my brother. I really think he is the best chef I’ve ever known” -- FERRAN ADRIÀ
Watch the trailer here: Constructing Albert
Juno Films has acquired worldwide rights to Jordan Schiele’s contemporary China documentary, “The Silk and the Flame.”
The film premiered at Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the festival’s Teddy Award for top documentary. After an international festival campaign, it will have a nationwide theatrical release later in 2018 followed by other select territories.
It's official: Constructing Albert will be at SXSW in the Best of Fest section. Congrats to Laura, Jim and Mariann.
Juno Films has acquired all U.S. rights for Cielo, the night-sky feature documentary directed and produced by Canadian filmmaker Alison McAlpine through Second Sight Pictures.
“Cielo,” co-produced with Paola Castillo of Errante Producciones, premiered at the New York Film Festival. “Cielo” will be shown at other film festivals, leading to a summer theatrical release. The documentary explores the beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert in Chile — regarded as one of the best places on the planet to study the sky.
“‘Cielo’ caught my eye and then my breath,” Juno Films founder Elizabeth Sheldon said. “It is a cinematic mediation on the stars for anyone who has gazed at the night sky and contemplated the heavens.”
Sheldon negotiated the U.S. deal with Toronto-based Sean Farnel of SeaFar North representing the producing team.
"With a cast largely unknown beyond Portuguese-speaking audiences, Azevedo relies on universal themes of survival, dignity and honor to convey a powerful narrative of hope and regeneration. The train journey represents not only an attempt at achieving a better life for many of the passengers, but metaphorically it’s also a psychologically transformative experience."
Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
"Award-winning chef Albert Adria is the subject of Laura Collado and Jim Loomis’ fascinating haute cuisine documentary."
PBS acquires the broadcast rights from Juno Films and Wider Film Projects in association with WNET New York Public Media
New York, NY –December 6, 2017. Juno Films, Inc. has acquired all North American rights to the Wider Brothers film, God Knows Where I Am. The critically acclaimed documentary directed by Jedd and Todd Wider will air in 2018 on PBS. WNET New York Public Media is acquiring national broadcast rights from Juno Films and Wider Film Projects, and the film will be seen on PBS stations nationwide next year with a wide digital release confirmed by Juno Films as well.
The film features narration by actress Lori Singer hailed as "astonishing,” and cinematography by Gerardo Puglia called a "triumph of visual narrative.” The film premiered theatrically in the Spring of 2017 and played in multiple markets around the world, as well as numerous film festivals, winning awards in many of them.
The film is the story of Linda Bishop, a mentally ill homeless woman, who was found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse together with a diary that documented a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity. A prisoner of her own mind, she survived on apples and rain water, for nearly four months waiting for God to save her during one of the coldest winters on record. The film has been embraced by the mental health community and screened at national meetings of the nation’s leading mental health organizations as well as at a special seminar for members of Congress.
The film is the directorial debut of Emmy and Peabody winning and Academy Award nominated Jedd Wider and Todd Wider, and has received wide critical praise. The Wider Brothers’ prior producing credits include Academy Award winner Taxi to the Dark Side, multiple Primetime Emmy winner Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, and Semper Fi: Always Faithful.
Elizabeth Sheldon, the founder and CEO of Juno Films, says “God Knows Where I Am is a cinematic masterpiece that exemplifies how documentary films can affect social change. The film tells Linda’s story of mental illness with compassion, humor and sensitivity.” Todd and Jedd Wider add, “We are very pleased to be working with Elizabeth and Juno Films. She is a tenacious champion of independent filmmaking.”