We’ve been teased for years. Will there be a movie? Maybe another season? On May 26, we will finally be gifted the thing that has been on our minds since that one friend let you borrow his “Arrested Development” DVDs, more. Many an “Arrested Development” fan undoubtedly has this day clearly marked on his calendar and plans to do nothing more than sit down and devour all fifteen new episodes, interrupted only by the odd bathroom break. During the years of waiting, two fans set out to tell the tumultuous story of the show and the amorous relationship with its small and exceedingly loyal fan base, the result is “The Arrested Development Documentary Project”.
We live in a society where it’s fairly normal to push our elderly away: family members of advanced age are typically sent to assisted living and nursing homes for care toward the end of their lives, where previously they might have stayed in the home as a respected resource for the younger generations.
One thing you have to give Richard Williams- he’s a persistent guy. An award- winning animator, best known for his short films and credit title sequences for other films, in 1964, Williams undertook what was to be his life’s work- a feature-length animated film titled “The Thief and the Cobbler.” Well, that wasn’t the original title; Nasruddin was the title they started with, but that had to be changed after Williams’ business partner left after skimming a good amount of money and taking the title character with him.
The Occupy Wall Street movement was a fascinating event in our recent history, and was covered extensively by the media. In the documentary “99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film,” filmmakers Aairon Aites, Audrey Ewell, Nina Krstic, and Lucian Read, set out to tell the story that wasn’t covered by news outlets, showing the movement through the eyes of the people on the ground. [Read more...]
Blood Brother is a documentary directed by Steve Hooper that chronicles Rocky Braat’s journey to an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS. Originally, Braat’s plan was stay for 10 days, but his trip was extended to the summer, and then, he realized he wanted to stay indefinitely. [Read more...]
We’re getting excited about IFFBoston 2013, and a slew of Q&A’s from last years Festival have just come out. This weeks video of the week is a Q & A with the director of “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Alison Klaymen. “Ai Weiwei” is an incredible documentary about the controversial contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei. Best known for his design of the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, and his subsequent boycott of the games. Weiwei is an artist that loves his country, but is not afraid of criticizing what he sees as wrong.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted one of these! But this one is a “can’t miss.” The Queen of Versailles, IFFBoston 2012′s closing night film, is an excellent documentary from Lauren Greenfield. It follows David and Jackie Siegel as they are beginning to build what will eventually be the largest home in America. David Siegel, a timeshare mogul, came from humble beginnings, to eventually build his Westgate empire.
The bottom falls out from under them, and they find themselves suddenly struggling financially, and the future looking bleak. The film doesn’t poke fun, but shows you what sort of affect the economic recession had on this super wealthy family. You MUST watch this movie. Read the full review from IFFBoston 2012 here.
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The end of the 10th annual Independent Film Festival has arrived. What an amazing year this was, great films, great people, and great times had by all. The festival closed with a screening Lauren Greenfield’s “Queen of Versailles” to a packed house. Here are the award winners!
Grand Jury Prize: THINK OF ME directed by Bryan Wizemann
Special Jury Prize: GAYBY directed by Jonathan Lisecki
Audience Award: FAIRHAVEN directed by Tom O’Brien
Grand Jury Prize: DETROPIA directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Special Jury Prize: HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE directed by Steve Maing
Audience Award: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE directed by David France
The Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing: BEWARE OF MR. BAKER edited by Abhay Sofsky
Grand Jury Prize: DONALD CRIED directed by Kris Avedisian
Special Jury Prize: BLANCHE FRAISE directed by Frederick Tremblay
Audience Award: MONDAYS AT RACINE directed by Cynthia Wade
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a powerful documentary that stays with you. Living in a free, democratic society like the United States, seeing or hearing stories like that of Ai Weiwei burn deep inside you. It is hard for us to understand when someone can’t express themselves freely without the worry that at any given moment, someone can show up at your door and hit you so hard your brain swells.
This documentary tells the story of Ai Weiwei, one of China’s leading contemporary artists. Best known for his design of the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, and his subsequent boycott of the games. Weiwei is an artist that loves his country, but is not afraid of criticizing what he sees as wrong.
The film is the debut documentary feature from Alison Klaymen. The film paints a detailed portrait of the artist, and how he uses social media to express his feelings, and organize/mobilize his followers.
The film also chronicles his amazing struggle against the Chinese police – and shows the response from the Government when someone speaks too loudly.
Klayman’s access to Ai Weiwei is amazing, she spent a considerable time following him around while living in China as a journalist. The film also uses archival footage, and footage from Weiwei’s own underground films to tell the powerful story.
Despite being her debut film, Klaymen tells the story like a veteran documentarian. We all know/hear about China’s oppression and censorship, but I have never seen it outlined with such detail.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance, and an official selection by many festivals across the world, I highly encourage all to seek out this important film. To find out more information about Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, visit their website.