HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
2018, The Cinema Guild, 76 min, USA, Dir: RaMell Ross

Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this Oscar-nominated documentary allows the viewer an emotive impression of the historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming against the odds. Through the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, images weave together to create an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, offering a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. and far beyond. “RaMell Ross's poetic portrait of life in a fabled corner of Alabama is a documentary of radiant images poised between desperation and joy. … and once you let yourself glide onto its wavelength, it’s got a cosmically becalmed addictive quality.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety


THAT SUMMER
2018, Sundance Selects, 80 min, Sweden/USA/Denmark, Dir: Göran Hugo Olsson

This fascinating new documentary finally restores footage of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale of GREY GARDENS that was thought lost for decades. In 1972, artist Peter Beard initiated a film project with Lee Radziwill (Jackie Onassis’ sister) about her relatives, the Beales, for which they hired filmmakers David and Albert Maysles to help out. Though this project never did see the light of day, the Maysles returned of their own accord to the same material to make their now-legendary film. The footage in THAT SUMMER focuses on Big and Little Edie before the clean-up that rendered Grey Gardens more livable, as they interact with Radziwill and reflect upon their past. It also focuses on Beard and his family of friends, including Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Truman Capote, who formed an enormously influential and vibrant creative community in Montauk, Long Island (NY) in the 1970s. “You've never seen the mother-daughter duo quite as they're revealed in THAT SUMMER. Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson, whose masterful touch with found footage made THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967–1975 a potent historical chronicle, again delves into the vaults with engrossing results.” - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter.


THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
2015, Abramorama, 89 min, USA, Dir: Avi Lewis

With the connection between environmental crisis and economic dislocation becoming ever clearer, this new documentary is more timely than ever. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international nonfiction bestseller, the film visits seven communities on the climate-change frontlines, among them Beijing, the South Indian coast, Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands and Montana’s Powder River Basin. The empowering message of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is that the changes needed to address global warming are also a golden opportunity to reshape the global economy into something humane and sustainable.


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