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BILL TRAYLOR: CHASING GHOSTS
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 15 Min
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Synopsis (Kino Lorber)
"This illuminating documentary explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land as a sharecropper until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs in the thriving segregated black neighborhood. A decade later, in his late 80s, Traylor became homeless and started to draw and paint, both memories from plantation days and scenes of a radically changing urban culture. Having witnessed profound social and political change during a life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration, Traylor devised his own visual language to translate an oral culture into something original, powerful, and culturally rooted. He made well over a thousand drawings and paintings between 1939-1942. This colorful, strikingly modernist work eventually led him to be recognized as one of America’s greatest self-taught artists and the subject of a Smithsonian retrospective. Using historical and cultural context, BILL TRAYLOR: CHASING GHOSTS brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s incomparable art to life. Making dramatic and surprising use of tap dance and evocative period music, the film balances archival photographs and footage, insightful perspectives from his descendents, and Traylor’s striking drawings and paintings to reveal one of America’s most prominent artists to a wide audience." On Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm, join us for a special, FREE Virtual Roundtable discussion with Jeffrey Wolf (the film's director) and Jeany Nisenholz-Wolf (the film's producer - and Dayton native) as well as renowned local artist Bing Davis and Distinguished Research Professor, Dr. Flavia Bastos from School of Art, University of Cincinnati.
WE BROKE UP
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 20 Min
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Synopsis (Vertical Entertainment)
"Lori and Doug have been together for 10 years. But when Lori reacts badly to Doug's surprise proposal just before her little sister's wedding, he dumps her. Not wanting to steal the spotlight, Doug and Lori pretend they're still together. But raw emotions and tempting flirtations with other wedding guests make pretending a lot harder than they'd anticipated."
ROSE PLAYS JULIE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 40 Min
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Synopsis (Film Movement)
"Rose (Ann Skelly) is at university studying veterinary science. An only child, she has enjoyed a loving relationship with her adoptive parents. However, for as long as Rose can remember she has wanted to know who her biological parents are and the facts of her true identity. After years trying to trace her birth mother, Rose now has a name and a number. All she has to do is pick up the phone and call. When she does it quickly becomes clear that her birth mother has no wish to have any contact. Rose is shattered. A renewed and deepened sense of rejection compels her to keep going. Rose travels from Dublin to London in an effort to confront her birth mother, Ellen (Orla Brady). Ellen is deeply disturbed when Rose turns up unannounced. The very existence of this young woman threatens the stability of the new life Ellen has painstakingly put together. But Rose proves very tenacious and Ellen is forced to reveal a secret she has kept hidden for over 20 years. This shocking revelation forces Rose to accept the violent nature of how she came into existence. Rose believes she has little to lose but much to gain when she sets out to confront her biological father, Peter (Aidan Gillen). What Rose cannot possibly foresee is that she is on a collision course that will prove both violent and unsettling – dark forces gather and threaten to destroy her already fragile sense of her own identity." Tickets are $6.99 for 72 hour access. This film can be viewed on your computer or mobile device or via your TV with Apple TV or Roku. Additional instructions can be found on Eventive's HELP PAGE: https://watch.eventive.org/help. Click the link under the film's title to watch the trailer and reserve access to the film.
THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 44 Min
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Synopsis (Samuel Goldwyn)
OSCAR NOMINATED for "Best International Film!" "Sam Ali, a young, sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom." This film can be viewed on your computer or mobile device or via your smartTV with Chromecast. Click the link under the film's title to watch the trailer and then gain 72 hour access for $12.
OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS - All Three Packages!
Rating: Packets Vary
Running Time: Packets Vary
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Synopsis (Magnolia Pictures & THE NEON)
All 15 Academy Award Nominated Short Films have been assembled for you to watch in the comfort of your own home - You can rent the LIVE ACTION, ANIMATION or DOCUMENTARY separately (for $12 per packet), or rent all three in a bundle ($30 for all three categories). The LIVE ACTION packet includes: THE PRESENT (Palestine, 25 min.), FEELING THROUGH (USA, 19 min.), TWO DISTANT STRANGERS (USA, 25 min.), WHITE EYE (Israel, 21 min.), and THE LETTER ROOM (USA, 33 min.). Due to adult themes and language, we are suggesting that this package would receive an "R" rating. The ANIMATION packet includes: BURROW (USA, 6 min.), GENIUS LOCI (France, 16 min.), IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU (USA, 12 min.), OPERA (USA, 9 min.), YES-PEOPLE (Iceland, 8 min.)...plus there are some additional "honorable mentions" to round out the packet: THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE (UK/Germany, 26 min.), KAPAEMAHU (USA, 7 min.), and TO GERARD (USA, 8 min.) We are suggesting a "PG-13" rating for this package. In IF ANYTHING HAPPENS, parents mourn their child, killed in a school shooting. GENIUS LOCI contains some adult language, smoking, and very brief nudity. The program overall, while excellent, deals with some tough issues and a few of the films are not suitable for children under 12. The DOCUMENTARY packet includes: A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA (USA, 18 min.), DO NOT SPLIT (USA/Norway, 36 min.), HUNGER WARD (USA, 40 min.), COLETTE (France/Germany/USA, 24 min.), and A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION (USA, 13 min.). Due to mature themes, this package is not intended for young audiences. These films can be watched on your computer or mobile device...or via your Roku or AppleTV (once you've downloaded the Eventive app). Additional instructions for how to watch on your SmartTV device are available here: Additional instructions can be found on Eventive's Help Page: https://watch.eventive.org/help
KUESSIPAN
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 57 Min
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Synopsis (ArtMattan)
"Adapted from Naomi Fontaine’s acclaimed novel, Kuessipan is Myriam Verreault’s first narrative feature. In a Quebec Innu community, Mikuan and Shaniss struggle to maintain their close friendship when they clash over their diverging ambitions. When Mikuan falls in love with a white boy and starts to consider a life beyond their tiny reserve, her bond with Shaniss and her family is put to the test." Tickets are $12 for 72 hour access. This film can be viewed on your computer or mobile device or via your TV with Apple TV or Roku. Additional instructions can be found on Eventive's Help Page: https://watch.eventive.org/help Click the image below to watch the trailer and gain 72 hour access to the film.
FRANCESCO
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 56 Min
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Synopsis (Abramorama)
"FRANCESCO takes an unsparing look at the most pressing issues of the 21st Century; economic stratification, race and gender inequality, the climate crisis, xenophobia and others; while shining a light on the challenges and consequences that have led us to this moment in time. As we embark on this journey, with Pope Francis as our guide, we discover a leader who demonstrates a tremendous amount of humility, wisdom and generosity towards all, and whose ideals can help us build a bridge to a better future and thrive as a global community." Tickets are $12 for 72 hour access. This film can be viewed on your computer or mobile device or via your TV with Apple TV or Roku. Additional instructions can be found on Eventive's help page: https://watch.eventive.org/help Click the link under the film's title to watch the trailer and gain 72 hour access to the film.
THE INHERITANCE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 40 Min
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Synopsis (GrasshopperFilm)
"After nearly a decade exploring different facets of the African diaspora — and his own place within it — Ephraim Asili makes his feature-length debut with THE INHERITANCE, an astonishing ensemble work set almost entirely within a West Philadelphia house where a community of young, Black artists and activists form a collective. A scripted drama of characters attempting to work towards political consensus — based partly on Asili’s own experiences in a Black liberationist group — weaves with a documentary recollection of the Philadelphia liberation group MOVE, the victim of a notorious police bombing in 1985. Ceaselessly finding commonalties between politics, humor, and philosophy, with Black authors and radicals at its edges, The Inheritance is a remarkable film about the world as we know it." This film is available to watch on your computer or mobile device. Click the link under the film's title to watch the trailer and order 72 hour access to the film for $12.
STRAY
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 12 Min
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Synopsis (Magnolia Pictures)
"Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. As they search for food and shelter, Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life — and their own canine culture. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on solitary adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds refuge with the security guards who care for her. The disparate lives of Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians who share the streets with them. Whether they lead us into bustling streets or decrepit ruins, the gaze of these strays act as windows into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, protesters without arms, refugees without sanctuary. The film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing." This film can be watched on your computer or mobile device or via your Apple or Roku device if you have installed the Eventive App. More details can be found on the Eventive Help page: https://watch.eventive.org/help Click the link under the film's title to watch the trailer and gain 72 Hour access for $12.
GUSTAV STICKLEY : AMERICAN CRAFTSMAN
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 8 MIn
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Synopsis (First Run Features)
"The rise, fall and resurrection of the father of the American Arts and Crafts movement is chronicled in this new documentary. The film offers an unprecedented look at the life and works of Gustav Stickley as told through interviews, archival materials, and a close examination of his most iconic works. It traces the development and evolution of Stickley's unique style, as well as the creation of his diverse businesses including the Craftsman Magazine, Craftsman Farms and his ground-breaking Manhattan store. It also details the eventual loss of his businesses - and, after several decades, the rebirth and recognition of the movement he inspired." This film can be watched on your computer or mobile device or via Chromecast to your smartTV (additional technical details can be found by clicking the "HELP" button on the bottom of the rental page). Click the link under the film's title to watch the trailer and gain 72 hour rental available for $10.
THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD
Rating: NR
Running Time:
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Synopsis
Available Starting April 22 - EARTH DAY! "THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD is a climate documentary with a uniquely optimistic approach. It follows passionate activists whose single-minded focus is the creation of a sustainable world for future generations. These climate warriors, ages 15 to 72, are in the trenches fighting for a livable future, regardless of the personal cost. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Joe Gantz brings an urgent and intimate portrait of the protests, arrests, courtroom drama, and family turmoil these activists endure as they push for change. The Race to Save The World is an energizing and inspiring call-to-action that inspires viewers to quit waiting on the sidelines and start making their voices heard." Michael Mann, Author of THE NEW CLIMATE WAR, writes, “There is still time to prevent catastrophic climate change. This powerful film shows how each of us can use our voice and our actions to save this planet from destruction. Watch it and be inspired to make a difference.” This film will be available to watch on your computer or mobile device or via the Eventive app on your Roku or AppleTV. Click the link under the film's title to watch the trailer and reserve 72 access for $12