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Callas and Spinoza — Available Thursday, June 27, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Documentary • With Francesco Gagliardi • 2023 • 4 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

Shot in Koestenbaum’s painting studio, with a backdrop of 16mm film strips hanging from the wall, and a painted, silver-foil-decorated bureau-on-wheels, this playful short film explores a famous moment from a performance given by Maria Callas at La Scala in the 1950s, a scandalous night during which she hurled an insult at the theater’s manager, who was seated in the audience, and with whom she had …

The Ex-Lovers — Available Thursday, June 27, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Documentary • With Josh Lockman, Ben Toubia • 2023 • 11 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

In this serio-comic adventure in contemporary queer cinéma-vérité, Koestenbaum films an encounter between two handsome ex-lovers, Josh Lockman and Ben Toubia, who recreate the arguments and tussles that characterized their now-ended romantic relationship. The love affair may have crashed, but the two men still have a close, affectionate, teasing bond, tinged with flirtatious aggression. They eat yogurt …

The Group Tickling Experiment — Available Thursday, June 27, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Documentary • 2023 • 4 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

Another in a series of Koestenbaum’s ventures into “direct cinema” or “cameraless filmmaking,” The Group Tickling Experiment offers the viewer a delirious stream of painterly imagery, given emotional intensity and dramatic flair by Koestenbaum’s voice-over narration, a poem in which he playfully muses, “Why should genitals coalesce? They’re not Ford sedans.” The film drives forward with heady momentum, …

Now — Available Thursday, June 27, 2024
Directed by Wayne Koestenbaum • Documentary • With Wayne Koestenbaum • 2023 • 5 minutes • Wayne Koestenbaum

Now, a hand-made and hand-altered 16mm film, presents the viewer with a densely layered and wildly colorful pageantry of lines, splotches, scratches, and other painterly marks, applied to blank leader and to found footage. For this extravagant exercise in what is known as “direct cinema” or “cameraless filmmaking,” Koestenbaum bleaches or scratches the found footage, and draws and collages upon its …

Lyle — Available Friday, June 28, 2024
Directed by Stewart Thorndike • Drama • With Gaby Hoffmann, Ingrid Jungermann • 2014 • 62 minutes • Breaking Glass Pictures

Leah's grief over her toddler's death turns into paranoia when she begins to suspect her neighbors are part of a satanic cult. 

Narrow Path to Happiness — Available Friday, June 28, 2024
Directed by Kata Oláh • Documentary • 2023 • 83 minutes • First Hand Films

Gergő and Lénárd are a young gay male couple living in a remote Roma settlement in the poorest part of Hungary. They live in a community where being gay is considered an unforgivable sin, yet they dream of making a musical film about their lives and becoming famous. They could continue to live out their lives within this hostile environment, but to make their dream come true they have to move to Budapest, …

The Student — Available Sunday, June 30, 2024
Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov • Drama • With Pyotr Skvortsov, Viktoriya Isakova, Yuliya Aug • 2016 • 118 minutes • Under the Milky Way

After Venya’s mother receives a call from school reporting her son’s refusal to participate in mixed swimming lessons, she first suspects her teenager of being shy and derides his claim that it is “against his religion.” As Venya is finally exempted by the school’s devout principal, he grows confident that his strict and rigorous study of the Bible gives him the ability to manipulate all forms of …

Breathing Underwater — Available Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Directed by Hee-young Ko • Documentary • 2016 • 52 minutes • First Hand Films

In Jeju Province, located off the southern coast of Korea, are the women of the sea who hold breath of life. Typhoons and the barren volcanic soil of the islands left the people enduring years of poor harvest and famine. For survival, women looked to the frigid sea. Haenyeos, women of the sea, still exist and they have been diving without air tanks for more than 1,000 years. They go into the waters …

Nice People — Available Thursday, July 4, 2024
Directed by Karin af Klintberg, Anders Helgeson • Documentary • 2015 • 90 minutes • First Hand Films

The teams' players don't live in Somalia any longer. They have immigrated to a small town in Sweden. None of the players have ever been on ice. The championship in Siberia starts in 6 months. Someone has clearly been thinking way outside the box. Bravely doing something that hasn't been done before: almost the real story of 'Cool Runnings': We will cry and we will laugh as we follow the team on their …

The Visitor — Available Friday, July 5, 2024
Directed by Martín Boulocq • Drama • With Enrique Aráoz, César Troncoso • 2022 • 86 minutes • FiGa Films

After recently being released from prison, Humberto makes a modest living by singing at wakes. His greatest desire is to rebuild his relationship with his estranged daughter and provide her with a decent life, but the grandparents of the child—wealthy Evangelical pastors—are not willing to give up custody of their only granddaughter. Bullied into a corner financially and ideologically, Humberto is …

RECENTLY ADDED: Titles added in the last two weeks

— Added Friday, June 21, 2024
Directed by Mila Turajlić • Documentary • 2023 • 100 minutes • Icarus Films

Filmmaker Mila Turajlić was born in Belgrade, and grew up singing patriotic songs extolling Yugoslav leader Josep Broz Tito. The images that populated her “Yugoslavia of the mind” came largely from government newsreels—and the most iconic of those were shot by Stevan Labudović. In NON-ALIGNED: SCENES FROM THE LABUDOVIĆ REELS, Turajlić delves into Labudović’s work documenting the birth of the Non-Aligned … More

Directed by Mila Turajlić • Documentary • 2023 • 94 minutes • Icarus Films

At an Algerian museum, Serbian filmmaker Mila Turajlić is struck by an exhibit featuring an old film camera. It belonged to a Yugoslav cameraman, celebrated as a hero in Algeria. His name is Stevan Labudović, he is 87, and he lives in Belgrade. Turajlić, from the same city, had never heard of him. Known as the finest cameraman in Yugoslavia, he was handpicked in 1960 by Yugoslav President Josep Broz … More

— Added Thursday, June 20, 2024
Directed by Liz Magic Laser • Documentary • With Liz Magic Laser • 2023 • 54 minutes • Pioneer Works

Edited by Isaac Goes and Michelle Yoon of Kinet Media Performance artist and filmmaker, Liz Magic Laser, explores the shaking body as both a symptom and a cure for psychic distress through the lineage of psychosomatic disorders, from historical concepts of hysteria to contemporary diagnoses of nonepileptic seizures, to spirit possession. Filmed in collaboration with French journalist Laura Geisswiller, … More

— Added Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Performance • 2024 • 100 minutes • Dance Camera West

Dance Camera West presents the 22nd edition of its internationally renowned Los Angeles-based film festival committed to exploring dance in the context of cinema. The films in this collection are- Offering - directed by Marlene Millar, Sany Silva; Canada. Creates a meaningful and joyful convergence between the Migration Dance Film Project’s body percussion artists and emerging dance artists. (5 mins) … More

— Added Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Directed by Jos de Putter, Clara van Gool • Documentary • 2023 • 98 minutes • First Hand Films

A Way to B is a dansant portrait of several members of the flamboyant, Catalan dance collective Liant La Troca, led by dancer and choreographer Jordi Cortés Molina. The film’s hybrid style, in which documentary and dance continually merge and diverge, follows several of the group’s dancers as they shape their individual stories in performances. These dancers have physical disabilities: one walks in … More

— Added Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Directed by Rafael Molés, José Andreu • Documentary • 2014 • 79 minutes • First Hand Films

Monday morning, two choreographers show up in a High School in San Sebastián, Spain. They have five days to get a classroom full of teenagers on stage and perform a dance theatre. The dance forces the teenagers to break their social roles right on the moment of their lives when they are being strengthened.

— Added Friday, June 14, 2024
Directed by Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte • Drama • With Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Guillaume de Tonquedec • 2012 • 109 minutes • Under the Milky Way

Vincent (Patrick Bruel), a successful forty-something, is about to become a father for the first time. He is invited to dinner at the charming apartment of his sister, Elisabeth (Valérie Benguigui), and brother-in-law, Pierre (Charles Berling), where he catches up with his childhood friend, Claude (Guillaume de Tonquédec). While waiting for Anna, his younger spouse who is always running late, his … More

— Added Thursday, June 13, 2024
Directed by Sam Soko • Documentary • 2020 • 96 minutes • Icarus Films

Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder … More

— Added Thursday, June 13, 2024
Directed by Lina Makboul • Documentary • 2005 • 58 minutes • First Hand Films

What kind of a person hijacks an airplane? The family of Leila Khaled, fled to Lebanon in fear of the armed Jewish group Stern Gang. This paramilitary unit first came to Palestine after WW2 to prepare the territory for those who had survived the Nazi concentration camps. While the persecution of one nation in Europe ended, the oppression of another began in the Middle East. At the age of twenty-four, … More

— Added Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes • First Hand Films

The camera of Guy Le Querrec is nothing but another tool among the instruments of jazz musicians. It was the same for Miles Davis, whom Le Querrec would follow for his entire career.