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OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 51 Min
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Synopsis (Zeitgeist Films)
"This wonderful documentary explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks was a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of the human experience, and our shared humanity." VARIETY wrote, "“A portrait of the poetic neurologist of AWAKENINGS, shot at the end of his life, [which] takes a tender and thrilling look at the sacred demons that drove him.”
THE ARTIST'S WIFE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 35 Min
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Synopsis (Strand Releasing)
Available starting September 25! "Claire (Lena Olin) lives a domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself."
BLACKBIRD
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 Hr 37 Min
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Synopsis (Variance Films)
Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Sam Neill, Mia Wasikowska, Rainn Wilson and Lindsay Duncan star in this festival favorite. "Unresolved feelings surface when a mother summons her family for one final reunion as she looks to end her battle with a terminal illness." Click on the link to view the trailer and pre-order access to the film.
ETERNAL BEAUTY
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 Hr 34 Min
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Synopsis (Samuel Goldwyn)
"When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences."
JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT
Rating: NR
Running Time: TBD
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Synopsis (Greenwich)
"If it hadn’t been for a bottle of scotch and a late-night visit from musician Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have been elected the 39th President of the United States. JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. The surprisingly significant role that music played throughout Carter’s life and in his work becomes a thread in this engaging portrait of one of the most enigmatic Presidents in American history." Click the link to watch the trailer and pre-order access to the film.
MEETING THE BEATLES IN INDIA
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 22 Min
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Synopsis (Gathr At Home)
"In 1968, with the eyes of the world upon them, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In one of the most anticipated Beatles documentaries, Filmmaker Paul Saltzman, retraces his journey of 50 years ago when he spent a life-changing time with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Fifty years later he reveals previously unknown details of this pivotal moment in the Beatles' career and the inner workings of the masterful White Album. Starting with "Bungalow Bill" in Hawaii; connects with David Lynch about his own inner journey; as well as preeminent Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn; Academy Award nominated film composer, Laurence Rosenthal.: and Pattie and Jenny Boyd. And much of this is due to Saltzman's own daughter, Devyani, reminding him that he had put away and forgotten these remarkably intimate photographs of that time in 1968."
OUR TIME MACHINE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 21 Min
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Synopsis (Walking Iris Media)
Rated 100% Fresh! "Shaken by the news of his father’s dementia, artist Maleonn creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. Through the play's production, he confronts his own mortality. Maleonn finds grace and unexpected joy in this moving meditation on art, the agonies of love and loss, and the circle of life." VARIETY calls it “Moving… Compelling… A thoughtful, sensitive, brilliant subject.” SCREEN DAILY says, "An uplifting celebration of the love between a son and his father." Click the link to watch the trailer and pre-order access to the film for $12!
ONCE UPON A RIVER
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 32 Min
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Synopsis (Film Movement)
Available starting Oct. 2. "Based on the best-selling novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell, ONCE UPON A RIVER is the story of Native American teenager Margo Crane in 1970s rural Michigan. After enduring a series of traumas and tragedies, Margo (newcomer Kenadi DelaCerna) sets out on an odyssey on the Stark River in search of her estranged mother. On the water, Margo encounters friends, foes, wonders, and dangers; navigating life on her own, she comes to understand her potential, all while healing the wounds of her past. Written and directed by Haroula Rose, this midwestern gothic Americana story is, in the words of Jane Smiley for The New York Times, 'an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom.'" Click on "Click Here To View" to watch the trailer and gain 72 hour access to the film for $12.
THE DISRUPTED
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 30 Min
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Synopsis (Disrupted Press Notes)
Available starting Oct. 2."What do a farmer in Kansas, a laid-off factory worker in Ohio, and an Uber driver in Florida have in common? All three are resourceful, positive thinkers who strive to adapt and thrive despite dehumanizing forces at play in the American economy. As the film’s heroes face these roadblocks with courage, certain ideals remain sacred: family, love, and staying strong in the face of adversity. Lush cinematography galvanizes a sense of place and, as the narrative unfolds, the intimacy with the characters results in an emotionally rich observational drama. Ultimately, “The Disrupted” reveals a collective American experience of financial challenge, family resilience, and the quest for the purpose and dignity of work."
AGGIE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 32 Min
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Synopsis (Strand Releasing)
Available Starting Oct. 9! "AGGIE is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists–particularly women and people of color–and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The film opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” For $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight justice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way."