SONG OF GRANITE
2017, Oscilloscope, 104 min, Ireland/Canada, Dir: Pat Collins

This SXSW favorite revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Enigmatic and complex, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost. Beautifully shot in B&W, this intense exploration of music and song features performances from Lisa O'Neill, Damien Dempsey, Seamus Begley and sean nós singers Micheál O'Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin.


THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE
2016, RandomMedia, 88 min, Uin, Dir: Peter Brosnan

For his 1923 biblical epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, director Cecil B. DeMille re-created ancient Egypt on the central California coast with one of the biggest movie sets of the silent era, which was buried on location in Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes after the film was completed. And there it lay, forgotten, for the next 60 years.... the "lost city of Cecil B. DeMille." In 1983, a group of determined film buffs -- inspired by a cryptic clue in DeMille's posthumously published Autobiography -- located the remains of the set. Director Peter Brosnan’s 30-year quest to unearth the site - and, through numerous interviews, its secrets - makes for one of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes documentaries ever. “For anyone who cares about Hollywood history - or, for that matter, California history - THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE is an irresistible detective story, told with a sense of wonder, a sense of humor and a mild exasperation over the ‘permit people,’ as Brosnan wryly calls them.” - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter.


NOW EN ESPAÑOL
2015, 69 min, United States, Dir: Andrea Meller

This entertaining documentary follows five Latina actresses in Los Angeles who dub the series “Desperate Housewives” for Spanish-language audiences in the U.S. These dynamic women struggle to pursue their Hollywood careers while balancing the responsibilities of making rent and raising children - surviving but with their dreams always out of reach. As they confront an industry that offers few balanced or compelling roles, their elusive success reveals the persistent inequities of Latino representation in American media.


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