Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
Dir: Matt Sweetwood
Matt Sweetwood hails from the Midwest. Though he has lived in Germany for over ten years, the people and their culture remain a mystery to him. He undertakes a last-ditch attempt to figure the place out: by exploring the heart of German culture, their beer. If he delves into their rites and rituals, explores all the contradictions and stereotypes, will that make him, finally, a part of them? The infinite variety of beers, breweries and beer fests, the age-old history of beer, is more overwhelming than the American ever imagined. The trail of his research leads him to places far off the beaten tourist path, light-years away from the Oktoberfest. He encounters people whose dialect he barely understands. Amazingly, he finds that a country as small a Germany is subdivided into a thousand different tongues and customs, with beer as the common thread. He discovers a land full of oddities and contradictions. The Germans are deathly serious and silly at the same time, tradition-bound and weirdly visionary. Ultimately, he forms a real bond with them, finding friends where he least expected them. In German and English with English subtitles.
Described by its writer-director (and narrator) as “a paean of praise for the place,” this rarely screened documentary was commissioned by the ruler of Sikkim to promote tourism several years before the Himalayan kingdom became part of India. Banned for decades in India (and at one point considered lost), SIKKIM is a travelogue through a land of breathtaking beauty.
Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy,
Dir: Charlie Ahearn
New York photographer Jamel Shabazz took his camera to the streets in the early years of hip-hop, capturing its evolving culture in portraits of young men and women sporting the freshest fashions. The new documentary by WILD STYLE director Charlie Ahearn shows a talented artist at work and, through interviews with Shabazz’s colleagues and subjects, opens a window on a vibrant community before crack and crime took its toll at the end of the 1980s.