NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ
(Wednesday 8/31, 7pm, FILMMAKER IN PERSON)
Dir. Henry Joost and Jody Lee Lipes. Documentary. 74mins.
[Watch the trailer] An ambitious, sexy and jaw-droppingly gorgeous adaptation of Jerome Robbins’ beloved “ballet in sneakers,” Joost and Lipes’ SXSW Audience Award winner is “austere in purpose and yet lush and expansive in execution, suffused with summer heat and Terrence Malick cinematic light” (James Wolcott, VANITY FAIR). The screening will include JEROME ROBBINS’ BALLETS: USA, a never-before-seen documentary commissioned by the State Department in 1958.
“Oozing seductive passion, sorrowful yearning, and playful joy, OPUS JAZZ is a brief but striking film that demonstrates the capacity of art (be it dance, music, or cinema) to speak volumes without saying a word.”
– Nick Schager, THE VILLAGE VOICE
THE FAMILY JAMS
(Wednesday 8/31, 10pm, FILMMAKER IN PERSON, STAY FOR FREE AFTER “OPUS JAZZ”)
Dir. Kevin Barker. Documentary. 81mins.
[Watch the trailer] An evocative rock-n-roll portrait of youthful possibility, THE FAMILY JAMS catches three musical acts (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Vetiver’s Andy Cabic), at the fleeting moment when they transcended the world they built for themselves and everyone else took notice. Featuring appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased and Linda Perhacs.
“[CRITICS' PICK!] THE FAMILY JAMS may not ever attain the stature of, say, a concert film like DA Pennebaker’s DONT LOOK BACK. But it should, as a record of musicians in youthful flower, sharing a loose, heartfelt camaraderie and lack of pretension.”
– Andy Webster, THE NEW YORK TIMES