SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Miss Sharon Jones! (2015/USA/93 min.) dir: Barbara Kopple; w/ Sharon Jones 

A cinema-verité portrait of soul singer Sharon Jones as she battles cancer, develops a new
album, and readies for a world tour. The film filled with funk and soul music features toe-tapping
excerpts of Jones's performances with the Dap-Kings. Whether she is breaking barriers in the music business or beating cancer, Sharon Jones is a fighter, a survivor, and as portrayed by 2 time Oscar-winner Kopple, an effusive life force. 

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016/USA/91 min.) dir: Rachel Grady/Heidi Ewing; w/ George Clooney, Jay Leno, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Dabney Coleman, Louise Lasser. 

Meet the creative force behind hit shows like All in the Family, Maud and The Jeffersons in this
warm insightful film chosen to open this year's Sundance Film Festival. Now a spry 92, Lear
reflects on his role as the first television producer to use the genre of American sitcom to
address serious subjects - racism, feminism, abortion and homosexuality. In the words of Robert
Redford "he brought humanity, edge, humor and vulnerability into the mainstream." 

Opening Night Film: Sundance 2016 

 

WORLD CINEMA

Dheepan (2015/France/115 min.) dir: Jacques Audiard; w/ Jesuthasan Antonythasan, 
Kalieaswari Srinivasan 

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or, this gritty film tells the story of Dheepan, a
refugee from Sri Lanka and a former Tamil Tiger, who concocts a fake family to gain passage to
France. But his violent past still haunts him. Jacques Audiard's latest is a film of slow-burning tension punctuated by explosions of violence, but this time with a protagonist who is at once timely and original. 

The Embrace of the Serpent (2015/Columbia/125 min.) dir: Ciro Guerra 

This hypnotic epic, set in the Colombian Amazon and inspired by the journals of two German
explorers, traces the journey of a shaman and his unlikely travel companions in search of a rare
psychedelic, medicinal herb. First-time director Ciro Guerra employs stunning black and white wide-screen cinematography to take us deep into the heart of darkness… merging two parallel stories, 40 years apart, into a hallucinatory finale. 

Oscar Nominee: 'Best Foreign Language Feature' 

Songs My Brother Taught Me (2015/USA/98 min.) dir: Chloé Zhao; w/ 

Two siblings coping with the loss of their father forms the heart of Chloé Zhao's stunning
directorial debut set among the Lakota people of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 
In her directorial debut, Zhao sketches a complex, sensitive portrait of a community connected not only thru a rich cultural heritage but also by deep inner conflicts that manifest themselves in destructive ways. 

Gotham Award Winner, Camerimage Award Winner 

 

DOCUMENTARIES

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (2015/Sweden/114 min.) dir: Stig Björkman; w/ Isabella Rossellini, Liv Ullmann, Alicia Vikander, Sigourney Weaver. 

Three time Oscar-winner Ingrid Bergman was a creative woman and loving mother who charted a unique career path in a way that few actresses do: from Swedish ingénue to Hollywood star to
a scandalous liaison with Italian director Roberto Rossellini that made her an international
celebrity. Drawing on rare movies shot by Ingrid herself both on set and at home, IN HER OWN WORDS is a nuanced portrait of a gifted, intelligent and sometimes conflicted individual. 

Lo And Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016/USA/98 min) dir: Werner Herzog 

The droll, tech-phobic Herzog - who has travelled to Antarctica and the Amazon to capture our innermost dreams and fears - now explores the outer limits of the digital universe pro and con. Tracking the Internet's origin from a classroom at UCLA, thru its present day 'dark side', into a
future of robot cars and intergalactic tourism, the film is both scary and thrilling in its implications. 

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016/Israel|Canada/125 min.) scr/dir: Ada Ushpiz 

This no-holds documentary provides a unique insight into the philosopher, author and
outspoken intellectual Hannah Arendt who incited anger, praise, devotion, and scorn until, and
beyond, her death in 1975. A German Jew who fled Europe for New York in 1941, Arendt coined
the phrase "the banality of evil" to describe how someone as seemingly insignificant as Eichmann could be responsible for mass murder. 

 

SOUTHERN PERSPECTIVES

Raiders! (2015/USA/106 min.) dir: Jeremy Coon/Jim Skousen 

In 1982, three 11-year-olds in Mississippi decided to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark scene by
scene with a Super 8mm camera. After 7 turbulent years that tested their resolve, strained their
friendship, and nearly burned down the house, they had shot every scene except one... the
airplane scene. 33 years later, the friends reunite to finish their childhood dream. 

Missing People (2015/USA/76 min.) dir: David Shapiro 

Missing People is a nonfiction mystery about Martina Batan, a prominent New York art dealer, 
who investigates her brother's long unsolved murder while obsessively collecting and
researching the violent work and life of an outsider artist from New Orleans. As Martina
struggles to process her discoveries, the inevitable collision of these parallel narratives leads to
a chain of dramatic events. Winner, Best Documentary, Hamptons Film Festival 

Special Guest: David Shapiro

Presenting Princess Shaw (2015/Israel/80 min.) dir: Ido Haar 

Samantha Montgomery, 38, lives alone in one of New Orleans' toughest neighborhoods working as a caregiver for the elderly. But at night she transforms into Princess Shaw, belting out original
songs at local clubs and posting homemade a cappella clips on YouTube. Little does she know that a secret admirer - an Israeli musician living on a kibbutz outside Tel Aviv - will change her life forever. 

Special Guest: Samantha Montgomery