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Q&As with Steve JamesSteve James’s latest is a vivid chronicle of the legal battle between the Manhattan DA’s Office and Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, the only bank that was actually prosecuted in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
Q&As with Errol Morris and Elsa Dorfman*Errol Morris’s masterful and surprising new film, about the 20x24 Polaroid portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, is itself a portrait of an extraordinary woman whose work is a heartbreaking embodiment of the passing of time.
Q&As with Carrie Fisher*, Alexis Bloom, and Fisher StevensUnlike today’s newly minted celebrities, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are open books. Bright Lights is an affectionate, often hilarious and unexpectedly moving valentine to the mother-daughter act to end all mother-daughter acts.
U.S. Premiere • Q&As with Shirley Abraham and Amit MadheshiyaA colorful, five-years-in-the-making documentary about two itinerant film projectionists in the Central Eastern Indian province of Maharashtra, this is a melancholy but joyful experience, about the wonder of still images coming to life at 24 frames per second.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Bill MorrisonBill Morrison’s new film is a history in still and moving images charting the transformation of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in fishing camp at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
Q&As with Kasper CollinA beautifully crafted and deeply affecting film about the brilliant but erratic jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his relationship with Helen Morgan, his common-law wife, which ended in tragedy on the night of February 19, 1972 in an East Village bar.
Q&As with Petra Epperlein and Michael TuckerThe filmmaking team of Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker turn their attention to the former East Germany of Epperlein’s childhood, and specifically to the possibility that her father might have been one of the many thousands of citizens recruited as informers by the Stasi.
Q&As with Olatz López GarmendiaOlatz López Garmendia’s film is a sharp, vivid portrait of Cuba as it is right now, on the verge of change, seen through the eyes of citizens who are struggling to live freely.
Q&As with Wendy Whelan, Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger and additional crew members*The extraordinary Wendy Whelan, principal dancer at New York City Ballet for 23 years, is followed throughout a passage of life that all dancers must face, when she must confront the limits of her own body and adapt to a different relationship with the art form she loves so madly.
Q&As with Shimon DotanShimon Dotan’s film takes a good, hard look at the world of the Israeli settlers on the West Bank: the way they live, the worldview that many of them share, and, most crucially, the relaxed attitude of the Israeli government to their presence since the first settlements in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.
Q&As with Sam Pollard, Common, and film teamTwo North-to-South quests of the “Freedom Summer” of 1964—one to take part in the Civil Rights movement, the other to find Blues legends Skip James and Son House—converge in Sam Pollard’s inventive, musically and historically rich film.
Q&As with Aaron Brookner and cast and crew membersIn a work of love and scholarship, Aaron Brookner breathes new life into the recently discovered archival film and video images in which his adored uncle, Howard Brookner, captured the downtown New York, post-Beat mosaic of writers, filmmakers, performers, and artists during the 1970s and 1980s.
Q&As with Mohamed Siam and crew membersA remarkable, one-of-a-kind film from Egypt, Whose Country? has a point of view that grows in complexity as it proceeds, witnessing a nation’s turmoil from the point of view of a Cairo policeman.