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AtriumFlix: director John Sayles on Tuesday

Lincoln Center’s AtriumFlix series, free monthly screenings of groundbreaking social justice films with intimate conversations with the filmmakers, continues with director John Sayles. Film critic John Anderson will speak with Sayles, and then offer a screening of his new project The Brother From Another Planet, Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium.

John Sayles likes to be known as a storyteller. GO FOR SISTERS is his 18th film, all of which he has also written, and most of which he has edited. He writes fiction, most recently his epic historical novel A Moment in the Sun, which was published by McSweeney’s in May 2011 and has gone into its second printing. His book about the making of MATEWAN, “Thinking in Pictures” is taught in film classes and has never been out of print. Sayles supports his directing career as a “writer for hire” in Hollywood. He has most recently written about KGB assassins, the Tasmanian penal colony, the Rosenberg spy case, the great singer- songwriters Joni Mitchell, Carole King, & Carly Simon, and a famous American brewing dynasty. He directed three music videos for Bruce Springsteen; Born in the USA, I’m on Fire, and Glory Days. He is one of the godfathers– or grandfathers– of the US Independent Film movement.

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Just Films at AtriumFlix returns tonight

JustFilms at AtriumFlix
FREE screenings of social justice films and intimate conversations with leading filmmakers.

Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza: Dear Mandela
Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00
AtriumFlix
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three “young lions” of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take their government to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracy to the test. Filmmakers Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza’s Dear Mandela offers a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age and a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change. Before the screening, listen to a conversation with the filmmakers, followed by a performance by Uhadi: All-Stars of Johannesburg Jazz, featuring Sibongile Khumalo, Africa’s First Lady of Song.

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Cara Mertes of Ford Foundation's JustFilms Talks about Impact

Cara Mertes, newly appointed Head of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms (she was formerly the Director of the Sundance Institute’s Doc Film Program and Fund) talks to Indiewire about how thinking about impact will make for better documentary films.

i know docs can affect change in the world (to what degree, i’m not sure), but it can be frustrating applying for foundational grants knowing that they want filmmakers to think about impact and social change when there are few resources available to filmmakers in this area. i find that filmmakers are being asked to take on more roles (ie, impact producer, marketing and outreach specialist, entrepreneur, distributor, etc) when it’s already difficult enough just trying to finish a film.

but i do appreciate her flexible definition of impact and hope other funders follow her lead.

We want to define our terms when we talk about impact.  It’s a measurement piece – what are the quantifiable?  What are we measuring?  Who are we talking about?  It’s multiplicities of audiences.  There are many different ways to impact those audiences.  You’re talking about an extremely dynamic process.  We don’t have language for and we don’t have tools for talking about it.  that’s an incredibly interesting realm that we’re working in.  How culture makes change – what we’re trying to do at Ford. The kind of work that we’re looking for, the work that Ford supports – of course we need ways of understanding what the numbers are and striving for the appropriate impact.  We need more leadership and skill-building in terms of the question of impact.  People that understand the mix of numbers with dynamics.  Film impact is not predictable – how do we make room for that when we’re granting?

Lincoln Center's AtriumFlix series returns with "Baadasssss!"

JustFilms at AtriumFlix, Lincoln Center’s series of FREE screenings of social justice films and intimate conversations with leading filmmakers, returns this week with the first of the 2014 events. On Tuesday, the father of Blaxploitation films, Mario Van Peebles, will talk about his iconic films, along with son Melvin Van Peebles. Before the showing of the Baadasssss!, a documentary by Melvin about Mario’s 1971 hit film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Melvin and his band will perform. This free event is made possible by the Ford Foundation in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Read more here: http://usat.ly/1h5q1pW

February 25
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
7:00pm Performance
7:30pm Conversation with Greg Tate, Mario Van Peebles and Melvin Van Peebles
8:00pm Screening of Baadasssss!

Ford Foundation, Cannes Film Market Launch Docu Push Against Inequality (EXCLUSIVE)

The Ford Foundation’s and Cannes Film Market’s networking mini-mart Doc Corner announced Tuesday a two year-partnership to raise global awareness on social justice, working against inequality.

Driving to hike the profile, market networking and distribution of social justice docu features at Cannes, the initiative was first mooted months before Hollywood began worrying about an All White Oscars. That debate, however, will only serve to focus more attention on the groundbreaking Ford Foundation-Cannes new push.

Partnership establishes a large presence at Cannes for the Ford Foundation’s five-year-old JustFilms, a film financing, social awareness and education program that has backed

visual story tellers, new media projects and organizations that work to this end. Multiple doc features it has supported, to give just two instances, include Marc Silver’s “gripping” – per Variety – 2015 Sundance winner “3 ½ Minutes” and the “fascinating”- Variety again – “Best of Enemies,” about the televised clash between conservative hawk William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal.

In practical terms, and three months out from the festival, the inequality-busting new Cannes Fest alliance works currently cuts several ways.

From the 2016 Cannes Festival, running May 11-22, the Doc Corner will relocate to a far more spacious and exclusive area in the Marina Club, a new space in the Riviera building overlooking Cannes Old Harbor. It will be equipped with its own dedicated screening room reserved for documentary feature films. Sales agents and producers – often smaller companies when it comes to the documentary sector will be able to book tables at the new Doc Corner for the duration of the Marché. The scaled-up Doc Corner will retain its exhibition booths for larger specialists, festivals and orgs, plus its video library, which contained 245 titles in 2015.

Cannes Film Market and Ford Foundation’s JustFilms will work to bring some of the best new, little-known and even-less-supported docu filmmakers from the world’s global south to Cannes and the Doc Corner.

Playing out over the Cannes Marché du Film’s battery of initiatives to fast-connect industry attendees, the new alliance will also drive a series of initiatives at Doc Corner, and the Film Market’s Producers Network, digital film forum NEXT, and Mixers program.

One of the Marché’s 2016 Mixers – themed speed networking events – will focus for the first time on documentary, said Jerome Paillard, Marche du Film exec director. A Producers Network breakfast will be at least part dedicated to the docu feature sector. A NEXT panel will also focus on the sector, Paillard added.

Launched in 2012, focusing on docu features, and designed as a one-stop professional area for non-fiction at Cannes, the Doc Corner features sales agent, fest and docu specialist org exhibition booths, a video library and Doc Talks and Doc Drinks and Experts Consultations.

“Cannes is a global gathering of some of the greatest cinema talent. If you start talking about cinema’s relevance to current daily life, so many of its films are based on these realities,” said Cara Mertes, JustFilms director (pictured at Cannes Doc Talks in 2015).

“As we are thinking about creating a global network of documentary filmmakers, especially from the global south, there is no better place for them to learn about being in these very important settings – major, major festivals.”

“What’s really interesting, and we’ve seen this since launching Doc Corner, is that its attendees can connect to the whole of the global film industry – documentary specialists and non-specialists – promoting global awareness,” Paillard agreed.

Doc Corner already boasts a larger presence of Latin American non-fiction titles – 14% of films listed or at its video library – than movies in general at Cannes at large: 8% of the total.

Said Julie Bergeron, Cannes Film Market head of industry programming: “Ford has created an incredible legacy in tackling social injustice and inequality. Their efforts have lead to revealing insights and sometimes startling exposures from filmmakers around the world.”

Mertes added that new documentary filmmakers and other building the sector from “diverse backgrounds and the global south” will benefit from “new contexts and networks for their work to move forward, whether continuing in production, bringing on new talent, connections with festivals, venues, support systems and funders. That way, stories can be made faster, better and travel.”

As in its bouquet of pix-in-post showcases, launched with BAL Goes To Cannes, the Ford-Marché partnership is a further instance of Cannes diversifying from not only facilitating business infrastructure at its market to creating privileged screening contexts for films. Some may be screened at Cannes as works in progress, Paillard suggested.

Move comes, moreover, Paillard suggested, as the borders between fiction and documentary and even film and non-film are blurring.

Justfilms supported more than 80 documentaries in its first three-years. Cannes Marché du Film also has a partnership with the World Bank’s Connect4Climate.

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Ford Foundation, Cannes Film Market Launch Docu Push Against Inequality

From John Hopewell, writing for Variety:

The Ford Foundation’s and Cannes Film Market’s networking mini-mart Doc Corner announced Tuesday a two year-partnership to raise global awareness on social justice, working against inequality. Driving to hike the profile, market networking and distribution of social justice docu features at Cannes, the initiative was first mooted months before Hollywood began worrying about an All White Oscars. That debate, however, will only serve to focus more attention on the groundbreaking Ford Foundation-Cannes new push. Partnership establishes a large presence at Cannes for the Ford Foundation’s five-year-old JustFilms, a film financing, social awareness and education program that has backed visual story tellers, new media projects and organizations that work to this end.

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AtriumFlix returns with free screening of new Alan Berliner film

Lincoln Center’s AtriumFlix series continues, offering free monthly screenings of social justice films, with intimate conversations with leading filmmakers behind them.

This month’s event features filmmaker Alan Berliner, in conversation with Richard Peña, followed by the First Cousin Once Removed film screening.

First Cousin Once Removed (2012), an intimate yet unsettling portrait of distinguished poet and translator, Edwin Honig—Berliner’s friend, cousin and former mentor—had its world premiere at the 2012 New York Film Festival. The film, which chronicles Honig’s journey through memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, then went on to screen in Europe at IDFA (International Film Festival Amsterdam), where it won the Grand Prize For Feature Length Documentary Film. In announcing the award, the IDFA documentary jury wrote, “Alan Berliner employs intelligence, inventiveness, and a poetic sensibility to create a film that uses the onset of Alzheimer’s to make a beautiful, moving, and artistic statement about the intersection of personal history and memory.” The film will air on HBO in the fall of 2013.

Event begins at 7pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about tonight’s FREE film screening event with Alan Berliner

 

AtriumFlix returns tomorrow


Lincoln Center’s new free film series, JustFilms at AtriumFlix
, returns tomorrow night at 7pm with “Fall To Grace” by filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi.
The evening features a conversation with Alexandra Pelosi directly followed by a screening her documentary “Fall To Grace” which debuts on HBO this Thursday.

Governor Jim McGreevey famously resigned from office after declaring himself ‘a gay American’. Since then he has been in jail, ministering to women inmates and in the pulpit on Sundays, training to become an ordained minister. From scandal to salvation, Fall to Grace follows McGreevey’s road to redemption.

Alexandra Pelosi
spent a decade as an NBC NEWS Producer. In 2000, she was assigned to cover the Bush campaign, which led to her first Emmy award-winning HBO documentary “Journeys with George,” which followed the future President George W. Bush on the campaign trail. Since then, she has written, directed and produced seven documentary films for HBO, including: “Diary of a Political Tourist,” “Friends of God,” “The Trials of Ted Haggard,” and "Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip.”

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.