Upcoming Screenings

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(courtesy Icarus Films)

“FILMS FOR THINKERS SERIES SPRING 2015″

 

HUNGER FOR SALE

 -a film by Yves Billy

Sunday March 1st, 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(advance Ticket link soon)

Location: Third Street Theater, Phoenix Center for the Arts

1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

“Land is the new gold; food is the new oil.” —Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute

Over the next fifty years, the world will have to produce more food than in the previous 10,000 years, as the global population surges to more than nine billion.

Traveling from the US to India, France, Belgium, Niger and Ethiopia, HUNGER FOR SALE looks at some of the key challenges in producing food for the future—and in feeding the planet’s current population. With chronic and acute malnutrition already at crisis levels in some countries, will we be able to feed ourselves?

The dozens of women sifting through peanuts at a facility in Niger run by the French food company Nutriset are on the frontlines of fighting malnutrition. The locally grown peanuts are destined to form the base for packets of Plumpy’Nut, a “ready-to-use therapeutic food” designed to treat acute malnutrition. Effective and easy to transport, the product has revolutionized emergency food aid.

But, as HUNGER FOR SALE points out, most malnutrition is chronic—a result of the disconnect between food and agricultural policies. India provides a striking example: grain exports are booming, but eight million of the country’s children are undernourished. Feeding people emergency packaged rations may provide short-term results, but it’s hardly a way to ensure food security. (New York University sociologist Marion Nestle notes that there is no money to be made in teaching people how to better grow their own food to feed their families.)

And nutritionist Anne-Dominique Israel, of the French anti-hunger NGO Action contre la faim, worries that the infatuation with high-fat therapeutic foods could lead to unforeseen public health effects—particularly obesity among those who were formerly suffering malnutrition.

Despite these fears, global corporations are, increasingly, eyeing African and Asian markets as the next food frontier. While Pepsico structures the entire supply chain of its own therapeutic food, investment bankers are buying up agricultural land in Africa so they can lock up food production and water rights, and Silicon Valley startups like Hampton Creek eye futuristic solutions like plant-based “eggs”.

Meanwhile, activists such as Vandana Shiva and farmers like those we meet at an agricultural co-operative in Niger, argue that the best way to feed the world is to encourage the kinds of diverse, small-scale production that already supplies more than 75 percent of our food needs.

As corporations rush in to stake their claims in the coming food gold rush, HUNGER FOR SALE asks whether depending on private industry, increasingly technological solutions and market forces to feed the world is really the most effective approach.

Best Documentary, 2014 Bourges Environmental Film Festival

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shieldandspear_01“Shield and Spear”, directed by Petter Ringbom

Thursday, March 5 2015, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

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)

TRAILER-http://vimeo.com/92181690

THE FILM

In the changing political climate of South Africa a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of politics, race and history. This newest film by director Petter Ringbom follows some of the most recognized artists in South Africa today, exploring what it means to live and work in the new democracy.

Artist Brett Murray’s painted caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma results in a lawsuit and death threats. Photographer and activist Zanele Muholi’s work exposes hate crimes in the LGBT community. The Smarteez design collective creates international styles while running a free after-school program for kids. Musician Xander Ferreira of Gazelle parades on stage as a character based on an archetypal African dictator.

“Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about the artists, art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy.”
Heather Haynes, Hot Docs

Shield and Spear features the contemporary South African artists and musicians; Brett Murray, BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, and The Smarteez. The film also has appearances by Ferial Haffajee, DJ Invizable, Motel Mari, Lloyd Gedye, Atiyyah Khan, Milisuthando Bongela, Iman Rappetti, and Charl Blignaut.

Directed by Petter Ringbom, produced by Alysa Nahmias, executive produced by Marquise Stillwell and Christophe Charlier.

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STOP MAKING SENSE:

TALKING HEADS-a film by Jonathan Demme

FREE Outdoor Screening of Stop Making Sense-Art Detour 27

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 7, 2015 (weather permitting)

THE LOT: What Should Go Here Pop-Up Park, 1005 N. 2nd Street

Artlink Inc., No Festival Required Independent Cinema and Palm Pictures Present Stop Making Sense: Talking Heads, hosted by monOrchid and The Lot: What Should Go Here Pop-Up Park. 1980s attire, spontaneous singing and dancing will be encouraged. Please bring blankets or low-back beach chairs for seating.

Synopsis

Lauded as the “greatest concert movie ever…” by Rolling Stone, this euphoric film transcends the all-too-limited genre to become one of the best and most memorable films of its kind. Over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, filmmaker Jonathan Demme joined creative forces with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth and Talking Heads…and miracles occurred.

Following a staging concept by singer-guitarist David Byrne, Stop Making Sense is a celebration of music that never grows old, fueled by the polyrhythmic pop-funk precision that was a Talking Heads trademark, and lit from within by the geeky supernova that is David Byrne.

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(courtesy Icarus Films)

(courtesy Icarus Films)

“FILMS FOR THINKERS SERIES SPRING 2015″

 

LAGOS: KOOLHAAS-

written and directed by Bregtje van der Haak

Wednesday April 15, 7pm

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

Location: Third Street Theater, Phoenix Center for the Arts

1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d08QX83dpyE

“LAGOS / KOOLHAAS follows Koolhaas during his research in Lagos over a period of two years as he wanders through the city, talking with people and recognizing the problems with water, electricity and traffic. But instead of judging the city to be doomed, he is able to interpret this ‘culture of congestion’ positively, thereby creating a completely new concept of the big city.”

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“Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler”, directed by Jake Gorst

Saturday, April 18 2015, time TBD

Stage Two, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

(In conjunction with Modern Phoenix Expo)

7380 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-details soon

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

TRAILER-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4uzILDWos8

THE FILM

During the 1950s and 60s, Donald Wexler pioneered commercial and residential construction using steel and prefabrication. He applied his groundbreaking techniques and unique style to projects for clients such as Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, the Alexander Construction Company and Walt Disney World Resort. Wexler’s designs for public buildings in the Coachella Valley of California, including the dramatic Palm Springs Airport, served as both soaring and practical models for other municipalities to emulate. Today Donald Wexler’s work is garnering new appreciation worldwide and providing inspiration for a new generation of architects.

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(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(advance Ticket link soon)

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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