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149th and Grand Concourse

Animadoc
USA
2016
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Andy London
Andy London, Carolyn London
Terri Ridout, Andy London
Andy London, Terri Ridout, Kay Xia
Terri Ridout, Andy London
Quinten Diego
The subway station is going crazy. The call box wants to bring about world peace like the Dalai Lama, the construction area light is heartbroken and the newspaper vending machines belt out a hit song from the eighties. A street filled with rhythm and passion.

Kim Busch
Homage Shelly Silver 2014
37 Stories About Leaving Home Shelly Silver

An intimate portrait of a group of Japanese women between the ages of 15 and 82. They talk about their lives, what separates and unites daughters, mothers and grandmothers.

37 Stories About Leaving Home

Documentary Film
USA
1996
52 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Shelly Silver
Lefdup & Lefdup
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver, Daiho Tsuruoko
Shelly Silver
Bill Seery, Mercer Street Sound
An intimate portrait of a group of Japanese women between the ages of 15 and 82. They talk about their lives, what separates and unites daughters, mothers and grandmothers, and how each of them at different times experienced the act of stepping out into the world and society. A complex web of childhood memories, banalities and a magical and cruel Japanese folk tale about a mother’s search for her daughter, who was abducted by a monster on the eve of her wedding.
Ralph Eue
Homage Shelly Silver 2014
5 Lessons and 9 Questions About Chinatown Shelly Silver

“You live somewhere, walk down the same street fifty, a hundred, ten thousand times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE ..."

5 Lessons and 9 Questions About Chinatown

Documentary Film
USA
2009
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Karin Chien
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Ian Stynes, Great City Productions
“You live somewhere, walk down the same street fifty, a hundred, ten thousand times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE. Years, decades go by and you continue, unseeing, possibly unseen.
A building comes down, and before the next one is up you ask yourself, 'What used to be there?' You are only vaguely aware of the district's shifting patterns and the sense that, since the 19th century, wave after wave of inhabitants have moved through and transformed these alleyways, tenements, stoops and shops.
10 square blocks, past, present, future, time, light, movement, immigration, exclusion, gentrification, racism, history, China, America, 3 languages, 13 voices, 152 years, 17,820 frames, 9 minutes, 54 seconds, 9 questions, 5 lessons. Chinatown.” (Shelly Silver)
International Programme 2017
95 and 6 to Go Kimi Takesue

Looking for the title of a script and finding a grandpa. A home movie style, warmhearted and humorous look: at the grandfather, the family history and the ancestors’ landscapes.

95 and 6 to Go

Documentary Film
USA
2016
85 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Kimi Takesue, Richard Beenen
Kimi Takesue
Paul Brill
Kimi Takesue
Kimi Takesue
Jeff Seelye
The filmmaker Kimi Takesue and her widowed grandfather Tom have big plans: first of all, Tom’s house must be cleared out. A lot of things have accumulated here since grandmother died, who didn’t really share Tom’s passion for film and television. Then there’s Kimi’s unfinished script which has been waiting for completion for years and really needs a new title. The spry pensioner comes up with many – sometimes corny – ideas which, unfortunately, do not always meet with much sympathy. And on top of it all his inquisitive granddaughter is trying to unravel her family history with the help of Tom’s memories. This yields insights into the living conditions of their ancestors, who tried to build a life as Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. The grandparents’ love story, too, is very interesting, especially the question how the two actually met and whether it was really love at first sight.

Shot like a home movie and intercut with archive material and shots of the Hawaiian landscape, Takesue takes a loving and humorous look at her grandfather and her roots. She may not get a new title for her script out of this, but it’s an enchanting way to get closer to her grandfather.

Kim Busch

A Horse is not a metaphor

Documentary Film
USA
2008
30 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Barbara Hammer
Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk
Riding and swimming in the river, in combination with Meredith Monk’s music, become symbols of the fight against ovarian cancer.
„Freedom is a horse galloping with mane and tail flying in the wind. Freedom is my eye and mind following the flow of expression through movement. Freedom is riding my horse on a trail exploring the unknown and seeing with fresh eyes as the world becomes new again. „A Horse Is not a Metaphor“ is about the power of living in the present to the fullest and with the greatest freedom.” (Barbara Hammer)
Homage Jay Rosenblatt 2017
A Long Way from Home Jay Rosenblatt

A hypothesis: if archaeologists had ever come across footage of the crucifixion of Christ, it could have looked like this.

A Long Way from Home

Documentary Film
USA
2015
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jay Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt
John Turk, David Borengasser, Vanessa O’Neill
Jay Rosenblatt
A hypothesis: if archaeologists had ever come across footage of the crucifixion of Christ, it could have looked like this.
Best of TV - POV 2012
A Perfect Candidate R.J. Cutler, David van Taylor

A charismatic candidate in the Virginia senatorial race, and his democratic opponent. The mechanisms of politics and its string-pullers. Gripping.

1996

A Perfect Candidate

(none)
USA
1996
105 minutes

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Ted Skillman, Dan Portland
R.J. Cutler, David van Taylor
Nicolas Doob
Remember Oliver North? In the late 1980s under President Reagan he secretly sold weapons to Iran and used the profits to support Contra rebels in Nicaragua. Risqué – the United States had issued an arms embargo against Iran and Congress had prohibited any support for the Contras. When the scandal was exposed, Reagan dropped Oliver North. The lieutenant-colonel was found guilty of corruption, lying and destruction of evidence. He appealed and was acquitted – for reasons of immunity. Now he needed a new job. This is where “A Perfect Candidate” comes in: the charismatic North entered the senatorial race in Virginia as the Republican candidate. Over seven months, we follow him and his opponent, the democratic incumbent Charles Robb, through the highs and lows of campaigning. Following the “spin doctors”, the people who pull the strings behind the scenes, very closely, Cutler and Taylor open up deep insights into the strategies and pitfalls of the political machine. The result is a captivating and extremely thrilling film in the spirit of Robert Drew’s and Richard Leacock’s Direct Cinema classic “Primary”. The Washington Post praised “A Perfect Candidate” as the “best American documentary since Hoop Dreams” and called it “one of a small handful of essential films about the politics in this country”.
– Claas Danielsen

A Strange New Beauty

Documentary Film
USA
2017
51 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver, Mike Degen
Entering the comfort zone of a luxury estate in Silicon Valley, inhabited but empty. The first impression: an illusion of Arcadia. A painstakingly created and maintained claim. Though the travails that went into the magnificent appearance of the garden were masterfully concealed and silenced too. Only the things and plants that make up this Arcadia know of its violence. And they have the power to tell us about it! But only those who look and listen closely will hear their ghostly-real voices and the eerie noise behind the silence. From the mouths of ghosts … Thus we learn of the world behind the appearances. A world ruled by dominance and submission. By strategies to overcome fear. And by the antagonism between the “natural” pursuit of happiness of a very few and the collateral damages produced in the process. Because ultimately this film by Shelly Silver is a narrative of barbarianism and how, brilliantly refined, it manages to present itself as strangely new and beautiful – “a strange new beauty” indeed.

Ralph Eue

A Tangled Tale

Animated Film
USA
2012
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Corrie Francis Parks
Corrie Francis Parks
Mark Orton
Corrie Francis Parks
Cole Pierce
In this unusual romance, hand-tinted sand becomes a metaphor for two souls as they join and separate. A lonely fish, hooked by an angler's line, encounters another in the same dire situation.

Adolescence

Documentary Film
Puerto Rico,
USA
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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José Fernando Rodríguez, Guillermo Zouain
José Fernando Rodríguez
José Fernando Rodríguez
José Fernando Rodríguez, Guillermo Zouain
José Fernando Rodríguez
Alain Muñiz, José Fernando Rodríguez
A girl in the pool, close to the lens. She’s asking for a towel. White noise. A boy pretending to be a chicken hops through the room, picking at the mattress with his head. José Fernando Rodríguez reconstructs the states of his youth in “Adolescence”, using residual images of past times, hybrid images: excessive hormone boosts and the first fears of death, a girl in the pool and a dry run in the children’s rooms. The images in-between are missing. There’s only white noise.

Lukas Stern
Homage Jay Rosenblatt 2017
Afraid So Jay Rosenblatt

There’s a lot to fear: rain, bounced checks or the imminent end of the world. An uncomfortable found footage film, inspired by a poem.

Afraid So

Documentary Film
USA
2006
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Jay Rosenblatt (Locomotion Films)
Jay Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt
Garrison Keillor
There’s a lot to fear: rain, bounced checks or the imminent end of the world. An uncomfortable found footage film, inspired by a poem.
International Programme 2018
América Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside

The law of responsibility is uncheatable, unquestionable: three brothers from Mexico share the care for their 93-year-old grandmother. A piece of evidence for humanism.

América

Documentary Film
USA
2018
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
Erick Stoll
Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
Christian Giraud
The outer layer consists of kissing and touching. A film wrapped in tenderness, surrounded by gestures of intimacy, sensitivity and warmth. Diego and his two brothers have returned to Colima in Western Mexico to take care of their 93-year-old grandmother. América is the name of this old woman with dreaming eyes and a warm smile, who is bedded and blanketed by the brothers at night, washed and dressed by them in the morning, cosseted, protected, surrounded by them at noon. The brothers’ father is in prison, their economic situation is precarious and the workload boundless. But human dignity and the law of responsibility are unquestionable, uncheatable. Never – whatever the cost, be it money, time, strength or a brawl – would Diego, Rodrigo and Bruno take their grandmother to a nursing home.

The US directors Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside followed the family for a period of three years and are now presenting an intimate debut film that is more than a document of the ethics of responsibility. It’s, and this is what one should call it, a piece of evidence for humanism.

Lukas Stern
Animadoc 2014
Animation Hotline, 2013 Dustin Grella

A series of short animations, started in 2011, where anonymous messages on the artist's voice mail provide the content for these sometimes insightful, sometimes bizarre micro-shorts.

2013

Animation Hotline, 2013

Animadoc
USA
2013
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Dustin Grella
Dustin Grella
Dustin Grella
A series of short animations, started in 2011, where anonymous messages on the artist's voice mail provide the content for these sometimes insightful, sometimes bizarre micro-shorts.