Upcoming Screenings

(courtesy Icarus Films)

(courtesy Icarus Films)

FILMS FOR THINKERS-SPRING 2015

FOLD CRUMPLE CRUSH: THE ART OF EL ANATSUI

 -a film by Susan Vogel

Sunday May 31 1:30 pm

Tickets $6.00 advance, $7.00 door ($6.00 door for students with i.d.)-doors open 1/2 hour before show-time

www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events

Location: Third Street Theater, Phoenix Center for the Arts

1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

TRAILER -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr0sSCV2UDg

Filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka, and the United States, this is a powerful portrait of Africa’s most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui.

FOLD CRUMPLE CRUSH: THE ART OF EL ANATSUI gives an insider’s view of the artist’s practice, the ingenious steps and thousands of hours of labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. Here Anatsui explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture, objects that speak of African history but also reach for the ethereal—and he talks about his aspirations for artworks he has yet to make.

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dk_posterNO FESTIVAL REQUIRED INDEPENDENT CINEMA

AND ZIA RECORD EXCHANGE PRESENT:

“Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World”

 

Exclusive Valley Screening-Celebrating 13 Years of No Festival Required!

 Saturday, June 6, 2015-8pm, doors at 7pm(wine/beer for sale)

Third Street Theater, Phoenix Center for the Arts

1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

 $10.00 Advance, $13.00 Day of Show

TRAILER-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAs2FKH3DGc

Advance Tickets Available  at Phoenix Zia Record Exchange stores or now online at http://darkstar.brownpapertickets.com

Door Prizes! Giger Tattoo Contest! Join our celebration of 13 lucky years of quality programming.

No Festival Required partners with Zia Record Exchange for this fantastic look at the life and work of visionary erotic surrealist H.R. Giger, in a brand new documentary, finished just days before his untimely death.

Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World

Icarus Films and Kimstim present A film by Belinda Sallin

 

Courtesy Icarus Films

Courtesy Icarus Films

“Giger’s work disturbs us, spooks us, because of its enormous evolutionary time span…It shows us, all too clearly, where we come from and where we are going.” —Timothy Leary

 

“I absolutely enjoyed every hour I spent with him… A real artist and great eccentric, a true original”. —Ridley Scott

Release: 2015 / Copyright: 2014 / 95 minutes / Switzerland

SYNOPSIS

Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940–2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott’s Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex.

Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger’s oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin’s definitive documentary Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World shares the intimate last years of the artist’s life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.

Behind the shuttered windows and ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, Dark Star brings viewers into Giger’s mysterious realm: from the first skull he was given by his father at the age of six, to macabre dinner parties with his close-knit team, to the grisly souvenirs from his time spent on the ALIEN set and reminiscences about model Li Tobler, Giger’s one-time muse, whose suicide reverberates throughout his work.

The film also addresses Giger’s complex relationship to the art world, where he defied traditional categories and embraced commercial projects for musicians including Debbie Harry, Korn, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the Dead Kennedys.

Fittingly enshrined in a museum dedicated to his work, Giger’s output includes sculpture, painting, drawing, film and architecture, integrating meticulous technique with a instantly-recognizable sensibility that has inspired generations of nightmares.

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beatmiketyson

Scene from “I Beat Mike Tyson” by Joshua Weinstein

NO FESTIVAL REQUIRED PRESENTS

 “THE MAN SHOW: 4 SHORT FILMS ON WINNING, LOSING AND LIFE”

Thursday June 11, 2015 -7:30 pm (doors 7)

SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)

7373 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-advance tickets available at SMoCA front desk or call 480-874-4666

Sponsored by SMoCA and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

Four filmmakers explore through documentary and interpretive methods the ups and downs of four life journeys.

A boxer who beats Mike Tyson, an aging bodybuilder desperate for success, a quiet man who yearns for stardom and a husband who walks away; these are the stories told in “The Man Show”.

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Andrej Kolenčík, nicknamed Admiral (* 3.8.1984 in Bratislava) is an award winning film director and a visual artist. He studied graphic design at School of Applied Arts and graduated from Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in field of animation. He studied also at RITS in Brussels during his Erasmus studies and made internship at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.

At present he is working as a freelance film director of fiction, documentary and also animation films, music videos and commercials. As a visual artist he deals with illustration and comics art. Besides of that he was also program director of well-known international animation festival Fest Anča for 6 years. In 2014 he was selected for Berlinale Talents.

SYNOPSIS-THE STAR

The documentary film “The Star” tells a story of Jan Slovak, a 55-year-old welder, who fell in love with acting. His desire began, when he got the lead role in a theatrical adaptation of the worst movie of all time, Plan 9 From Outer Space by Ed Wood Jr. The passion for theatre became his destiny.

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Sergio Bonacci Lapalma – Director, Cinematographer is an Argentine American writer, director, producer and cinematographer born in Los Angeles and currently living in Argentina.

Lapalma started his career at St. George College of Quilmes, Centro de Investigación y Experimentación de Cine y Video (CIEVyC) and Centro de Formación Profesional del Sindicato de Cine (CFP SICA) respectively, where he studied under notable figures as Eduardo Müller and Cannes Film Festival winner Santiago Loza as well as Oscar winners Juan José Campanella and Aida Bortnik.

Lapalma has been awarded numerous distinctions for photography, sound, production and direction including recognition for his short film

“The Bloody Prey” in the international festival of Spain, “Immaginando a Buñuel”. In Argentina he won Best Short Film and Best Montage at the 18° Festival of the CIEVyC.

His short film, “The Bloody Illusion (2014)”, has been selected in Doc Outlook-International Market of Visions du Réel 2014 International Film Festival (Switzerland, Nyon). Lapalmas latest release Soy Ringo with official support from INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales) was debuted at the 2014 BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival).

SYNOPSIS-THE BLOODY ILLUSION

A man, rusty by the his daily work, gets pity with the help of alcohol forgetting about his family and responsibilities.

Filmed as an experimental film duo to the odd coincidence that the director found out that the script he wrote was part of a real story of an old couple that lived isolated in the suburbs of Santa Fé, Argentina. They both insisted in acting after reading the script even though they have never acted in their lives. There acting method will be in remembering those hard days by actually living them on film to metaphor a message of forgiveness, love, hope. To live their life for the art of film-making

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Arnold Pollock is an Actor/ Artist/ Filmmaker who lives and works in Manchester. Arnold studied BA (Hons) Interactive Arts at the Manchester School of Art.
Films by Arnold Pollock have been screened in galleries nationwide and in the USA. Exhibitions include: Superior Goods and Household Gods, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. ARNOLD POLLOCK, Communi Ty Artes Centre, Brighton. Posedown, Holden Gallery, Manchester. Edition #3: The Hafsah Naib Video Systems, Cornerhouse, Manchester.

SYNOPSIS-LEWIE

Lewie is sixty years old and will be entering his first bodybuilding competition. This short documentary presents an intimate recording of a man living out his dreams whilst reconciling his past. We see Lewie from G’s Gym in Macclesfield enter the Pendle Valley Contest, revealing the gritty and unseen world of bodybuilding.

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Joshua Z Weinstein is a director of photography whose work has shown at Sundance, Toronto, South by South West, Berlin, and Tribeca Film Festival.

Recent credits include ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME (Tribeca/Sundance Selects), CODE OF THE WEST (SXSW / PBS), Morgan Spurlock’s INSIDE MAN (CNN), and GIVE UP TOMORROW (Emmy Nomination / Tribeca Special Jury Prize).

Weinstein directed DRIVERS WANTED (PBS), FLYING ON ONE ENGINE (SXSW) and I BEAT MIKE TYSON (HOT DOCS).

Weinstein has lectured on film at Duke, NYU, Vanderbuilt, and many others universities. He is an alumnus of Boston Universitys College of Communication Film department and an alumnus of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH. Weinstein is based in New York City.

SYNOPSIS-I BEAT MIKE TYSON

In 2005, an unknown Irish boxer beat Mike Tyson in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Then he disappeared.

Filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein rediscovers boxer Kevin McBride, raising his children in a gritty Boston suburb. Kevinʼs body is deteriorating, yet he compulsively continues to fight.

This lyrical film finds a boxer at the end of his career — engaging in the Sisyphean task that is his life.