Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano

You recognize their work — but do you really know these composers? Williams, Newman, Giacchino, Broughton, Desplat, Davis. Find out what happens when celebrated pianist Gloria Cheng challenges the world’s greatest film composers to write original pieces for solo piano. No movie; no orchestra; just Gloria at the piano. Be a fly on the wall for these once-in-a-lifetime recording sessions and listen to original compositions these titans of film music; 73 Academy Award nominations and 9 wins among them.

KINO OTOK: Islands of Forgotten Cinemas

This poetic documentary is about the lost culture of cinema-going in small towns on Croatian islands. In the second half of the last century, six witnesses recall the past times, their favorite movies and events surrounding film screenings that had a profound impact on their lives.

Double Talk

Dubbing is more than just a job for actor Joan Pera, who has been the onscreen voice in Spain of Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis and countless others. Joan has been the Spanish and Catalan voice of Hollywood stars for three decades. Now, with his son Roger in the game, this story of the weird and wonderful world of international dubbing is sharpened with teasing and family rivalry.

Distribution

A kaleidoscopic picture of the pirate movie industry in Managua, Nicaragua; an immersive glimpse into lives built around selling bootleg movies in the street. This film is both a sensory exploration of specific intercultural spaces and a meditation on the way Hollywood products are transformed into basic commodities that people depend on for their daily survival. It invites us to consider a personal side of “piracy” that isn’t often seen.

Reinventing The Reel

“Reinventing the Reel” is about contemporary independent filmmakers’ attempts to change the portrayal of LGBT characters in film. Beginning with a historical perspective of the big-studio Hollywood treatment of LGBT characters, and how that portrayal has changed, it is followed by an inside look into independent filmmakers who use tools like crowdfunding to create films where characters happen to be gay rather than that be their only reason for existing in the film.

Reel in the Closet

“Reel in the Closet” brings to light a trove of historical footage from an era when LGBT life was mostly left undocumented. These home movies offer fascinating and often poignant moving images from the 1930s through the AIDS epidemic, which  are at risk of being lost to history without the efforts of the archivists who work to find, preserve, and catalog them.

Hitchcock/Truffaut

In 1966 François Truffaut interviewed Alfred Hitchcock, publishing the interviews in his pioneering book “Hitchcock/Truffaut”. In Kent Jones’ new documentary of the same name, a who’s who of modern filmmakers from Scorsese to Bogdanovich share the impact this seminal work had on their careers. Included are recordings from the interview as well as clips from a variety of Hitchcock films. There is something in the film for everyone, from students to Hitchcock fans and film buffs in general.