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The Unusual Subjects

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Have you ever wondered about the diverse reaches (and implications) of dust? Wanted to know the history of a Coney Island roller coaster? What about what it’s like to work on a globe-trotting cargo trip? Or what it takes to compose some of the world’s most adventurous electronic music? Welcome to The Unusual Subjects, a series of eclectic documentaries plunging into topics few venture to explore.

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Erin Beckloff, Andrew P. Quinn Statele Unite, 2016

expirat cu 1 zi în urmă

Arta imprimării și frumusețea delicată a mașinăriilor ei este captată în toată splendoarea și precizia ei în acest documentar încântăror. Interviurile cu profesioniști ai meșteșugului și tinerii învățăcei hotărâți să păstreze tradiția captează o practică esențială aflată la răscruce de drumuri.

Project Nim

James Marsh Marea Britanie, 2011

expirat cu 4 zile în urmă

Winner of the Best World Cinema Documentary award at Sundance, Project Nim affectionately and humorously captures the story of the chimpanzee Nim. Mostly composed of interviews and home movies, the portrait of this experiment, both scientific and social, is as endearing as it is devastating.

The Creeping Garden

Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp Marea Britanie, 2014

expirat cu 16 zile în urmă

The scientific anomaly of slime mold is at the center of this doc which continually spirals outwards, encompassing the topics of art, the universe, and even cinema history. Whether you’re interested in the mystery organism or not, there’s much to discover in this unexpected, philosophical journey.

Two Years at Sea

Ben Rivers Marea Britanie, 2011

Expirat

This gorgeous documentary from UK artist Ben Rivers (whose short film Trees Down Here we showed last autumn) is the tranquil yet fascinated study of a life of unique solitude. Using 16mm black and white film, Rivers captures the palpable feel of isolation from the modern world. Transfixing.

Counting

Jem Cohen Statele Unite, 2015

Expirat

One of American cinema’s foremost travelers—not only to places, but between traditional kinds of movies—Jem Cohen’s films excitedly hum as essential transmissions we need to see and hear. Perhaps none of his work is as electric in this way as Counting, an intoxicating mix travelogue and essay film.

Giuseppe Makes a Movie

Adam Rifkin Statele Unite, 2014

Expirat

Focusing on the titular DIY auteur and his no-budget production in Ventura, California, Giueseppe Makes a Movie is an ecstatic plunge into ingenuity pairing with genius. The passion and community here is what the movies are all about—portraits of filmmaking don’t get any more inspiring than this.

Wild Plants

Nicolas Humbert Elveția, 2016

Expirat

Gardening is refreshingly reinterpreted as a punk, anti-establishment movement in this lively globe-trotting documentary. Doubling also as a series of inter-connected portraitures, Wild Plants offers a unique look into the humblest of sub-cultures often underestimated through diverse perspectives.

The Lebanese Rocket Society

Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige Franța, 2012

Expirat

Subtitled “The Strange Tale of the Lebanese Space Race,” this surprising, stranger-than-fiction documentary from Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige gives an overlooked true story its due. Inspiring, against-all-odds, and finely assembled from film archives and newsreels.

In the Game

Maria Finitzo Statele Unite, 2015

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From the team of producers behind the legendary documentary Hoop Dreams, Maria Finitzo’s wise, patient film similarly commits its vision to a team of high school athletes and their communal quest for a greater education through soccer. A small yet intimate gesture of humanism of immeasurable worth.

Unseen: The Lives of Looking

Dryden Goodwin Marea Britanie, 2015

Expirat

Artist Dryden Goodwin chases an inspiring and thoroughly challenging impetus with but his first foray into cinema: an exploration of four varying ways of seeing the world. The material and the immaterial of our lives, societies, and cultures are parsed through exacting voices and incisive images.

Vampir

Pere Portabella Spania, 1971

Expirat

Innovative Spanish director Pere Portabella’s “documentary” is one of the most unique and experimental horror films ever made—a horror film about the making of a horror film! In its sneaky, clandestine production, it also stands out as a key work pushing Spanish cinema against the Franco regime.

Fish Tail

Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel Portugalia, 2015

Expirat

The filmmaking duo behind the acclaimed What Now, Remind Me?, followed up that success with this gorgeous and calming anthropological portrait of a fishing village at war with encroaching industry. Fish Tail is study in a people’s perseverance and has a rare, tangible connection with its subjects.

Fuck for Forest

Michał Marczak Polonia, 2012

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We continue our Unusual Subjects series with perhaps the most uncanny subject matter of the selection: Fuck For Forest, for which the title effectively doubles as a synopsis. We’ll say no more. Winner of the Best Documentary at the Warsaw International Film Festival.

Portrait of a Garden

Rosie Stapel Olanda, 2015

Expirat

A truly undiscovered subject is chased in this enveloping documentary which at first glance concerns the life of a single garden, then expands outwards in subject matter towards generational gaps, friendship, and time itself. A lovely and generous look into a world ripe for discovery.

Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

Amy Nicholson Statele Unite, 2012

Expirat

Next in our documentary series The Unusual Subjects, a Coney Island roller coaster! The Zipper takes on a symbolic role in this ground-level portrait of a changing neighborhood, as the iconic and once-glorious Brooklyn amusement park tries to finds its place in a gentrifying and changing New York.

15 Corners of the World

Zuzanna Solakiewicz Polonia, 2014

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With archive and contemporary footage, this documentary profile of Eugeniusz Rudnik, a composer at the very beginnings of electronic music, is a unique synaesthetic attempt to allow its viewer to see its subject’s revolutionary sounds. Winner of the Critics’ Week Prize at the Locarno Festival.

The Forgotten Space

Allan Sekula, Noël Burch Statele Unite, 2010

Expirat

The Forgotten Space is an immersive journey into capitalism and the varying forms of its oceanic transport and displacement. Read our review of the film and its many complexities at the Notebook.

Dust

Hartmut Bitomsky Germania de Est, 2007

Expirat

Ever wondered about the diverse facets of dust? Or the history of a Coney Island roller coaster? What about what it’s like to work on a global cargo trip? We’re starting The Unusual Subjects, a new doc series with surprising topics—beginning with a wry film essay on one of the tiniest of topics.

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