The documentary Cielo is a visual tone poem about humankind’s relationship with the night sky, a philosophical exploration of the heavens above the Andes Mountains and the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Written, directed and produced by Alison McAlpine, and shot by Benjamín Echazarreta, this contemplative and richly visualized astronomy doc combines incredible landscapes with celestial perspectives that encourage the audience to ponder its place amid the grand shrine of the cosmos.
Over the course of the movie, the filmmakers meet and spend time with professional astronomers and local residents, giving equal weight to the observations and musings of each. The masterful use of time-lapse photography, a painterly application of natural light, a deft use of in-camera “organic” effects, and an extraordinary sense of composition produce imagery that is truly mesmerizing.
The documentary received the American Cinematographer Award for Best Cinematography at the Salem Film Fest in March. Here, McAlpine discusses the making of the movie with Echazarreta, visual-effects cinematographer Mathieu Laverdière and visual-effects supervisor Philippe Toupin.
Fire and Ashes, Making the Ballet Raku will have its' NYC premier July 21st at Lincoln Film Society's Dance on Camera festival followed by a Q&A with director Shirley Sun.
Set in historic Kyoto, the fictional story of RAkU is based on a true event, the burning of a sacred temple by a deranged monk. Yuri Possokhov’s choreography for prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan mingles Japanese Noh theater and elements of Butoh with classical and contemporary ballet styles to create a powerful dance drama. The film begins with Russian-born Possokhov and his team making plans over vodka and borscht, then moves into an intense rehearsal process, and culminates in a breathtaking performance by Yuan Yuan and her male partners—Damian Smith and Pascal Molat—as they enact this passionate tale of love and revenge.
CONSTRUCTING ALBERT ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY AT IFC CENTER ON FRIDAY, JULY 6
Albert Adrià has all the ingredients of a creative genius. Playing a key role in the creation of elBulli, the greatest restaurant in history, wasn't enough. Escaping the shadow of his famous brother Ferran, Albert is seeking his own success.
Adrià was named one of the most influencial people in the world of food by TIME Magazine.
“An audacious plan to independently establish five new restaurants in Barcelona within the space of a year…Constructing Albert represents both an insightful documentation of that process as well as a fascinating window on the challenges of meeting often rarefied expectations within haute cuisine circles; it will satisfy the appetites of both the curious and food-focused alike.”
If you are in NYC tonight and want to catch a film and enjoy some epicurean delights afterwards, go to Film Society Lincoln Center to see Constructing Albert.
6:30pm Welcome Drinks
6:45pm Screening of Constructing Albert
8:30pm Food and Cocktail Reception
Tickets available here
Enjoy food and drinks by:
Alex Raij – La Vara, Txikito, and El Quinto Pino, NYC
Ryan Hardy – Legacy Records, Pasquale Jones, and Charlie Bird, NYC
Desiree Tuttle – Achilles Heel, Brooklyn NY
Shaunna Sargent – indie food and wine at Lincoln Center, NYC
Murray’s Cheese, NYC
Cocktails by Pamela Wiznitzer and Luis Hernandez- Seamstress, NYC
Beers by Brewery Ommegang
Wines by Palm Bay Imports
Special Guest – Josh Beckerman: the Foodie Magician
About the film:
The legendary restaurant elBulli was sparked from the minds of Ferran and Albert Adrià, two brothers from a poor suburb of Barcelona. Ferran is the name most people know; younger brother Albert, who had reluctantly started working with his brother at age 15, with no culinary aspirations, has long remained in Ferran’s shadow. He is now considered by many to be the most underrated chef in the world. This new documentary focuses on this self-proclaimed outsider in the midst of a hugely ambitious creative adventure: to build a gastronomic empire in a crumbling theater district in Barcelona. (Directed by Laura Collado and Jim Loomis, 82 min).
It's official: Constructing Albert will be at SXSW in the Best of Fest section. Congrats to Laura, Jim and Mariann.
"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.”