Art of the Real Nov 14

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  • $13 General Public
  • $9 Students & Seniors
  • $8 Members
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Film Society presents a monthly documentary showcase that will take audiences on a tour of the most exciting, innovative and consciousness-raising non-fiction filmmaking being made in the world today, with in-person filmmaker appearances, panel discussions and more! Series programmed by Associate Director of Programming Marian Masone and Programming Associate Isa Cucinotta.

Present your ticket to any Art of the Real screening at Indie Food & Wine in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and receive a special 10% discount!

Past Films

Before You Know It

Before You Know It

PJ Raval | 2013 | 110 mins

Filmmaker and subjects in person!

PJ Raval’s warm documentary follows three elderly gay men as they navigate their retirement years with the help of community centers, a network of friends, or a retirement home exclusively for LGBT seniors.

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Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle

Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle

Robbie Gemmel | John Kirby | 2012 | 84 mins

When an energy company chooses Nantucket Sound as the site for the first proposed offshore wind farm in the U.S., the traditional lines are quickly blurred and the usual suspects end up in unusual camps. With humor and tenacity, filmmakers John Kirby and Robbie Gemmel untangle the threads and put 10 years of arguments into perspective. Political activism and good documentary filmmaking live on!

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Getting Back to Abnormal

Getting Back to Abnormal

Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler | 2013 | 92 mins

Filmmakers in person for Q&A!

Stacy Head, an outspoken, politically incorrect white woman, is running for reelection to city council in a predominantly black district with the help of her magnetic black political advisor Barbara Lacen-Keller in this exploration of race and politics in post-Katrina New Orleans.

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Hank: Five Years From the Brink

Hank: Five Years From the Brink

Joe Berlinger | 2013 | 85 mins

Director Joe Berlinger in person for Q&A!

With extraordinary access, Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger talks to former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson about the 2008 near collapse of the global economy and his efforts to pull it back from the brink.

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Heir to an Execution

Heir to an Execution

Ivy Meeropol | 2004 | 99 mins

Special retrospective screening with filmmaker Ivy Meeropol and her father Michael Rosenberg (the Rosenberg's eldest son) in person!

Ivy Meeropol, eldest grandchild of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, explores the personal and the political stories that still surround the couple in a special retrospective screening on the 60th anniversary of their execution. 

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How Democracy Works Now: Protecting Arizona

How Democracy Works Now: Protecting Arizona

Shari Robertson | Michael Camerini | 2013 | 98 mins

Directors Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson in person!

This decade-long cinema verité project affords a rare inside look at the DC political process as lawmakers negotiate one of the biggest issues of our national identity: immigration.

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Lost and Sound

Lost and Sound

Lindsey Dryden | 2012 | 76 mins

Filmmaker in person!

Partially deaf filmmaker Lindsey Dryden explores the relationship of sound and the non-hearing world in the stories of three deaf people who strive to have music in their lives. Film is subtitled. An ASL interpreter will be present for the Q&A.

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Money and Medicine

Money and Medicine

Roger Weisberg | 2012 | 83 mins

Director Roger Weisberg in person!

As rising health care costs threaten to bankrupt the country, this candid and revealing documentary tackles the medical, ethical and financial challenges of containing runaway health care spending.

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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Jim Bruce | 2012 | 110 mins

Work in progress screening followed by a Q&A with director Jim Bruce, Jim Grant (Grant's Interest Rate Observer), and Richard Sylla (NYU's Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets)!

Jim Bruce’s engrossing documentary brings you behind the scenes in the decision-making processes of the Federal Reserve chairmen over the decades through extensive interviews with Fed officials, economists, historians and traders. After the 2008 financial crisis, has anything really changed?

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Mugaritz B.S.O.

Mugaritz B.S.O.

Felipe Ugarte | Juantxo Sardon | 2011 | 72 mins

Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz in person for Q&A moderated by Mitchell Davis of the James Beard Foundation!

A stunning documentary exploring the intersection gourmet cuisine and music, as musician Felipe Ugarte fuses original compositions to the culinary formulas of acclaimed Spanish chef Andoni Luis Aduriz.

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One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

Jeremy Frindel | 2012 | 72 mins

Q&A with Jeremy Frindel, Krishna Das, Lama Surya Das, David Nichtern and Sharon Salzberg!

Krishna Das talks openly about his journey from depressed Long Island kid to internationally renowned spiritual teacher and chant singer. Featuring interviews with Ram Dass, Rick Rubin, Sharon Salzberg, Daniel Goleman and others, the film expresses the innate connection KD has with his guru, the people he meets and his growing fan base

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The Revolutionary Optimists

The Revolutionary Optimists

Nicole Newnham | Maren Grainger-Monsen | 2013 | 83 mins

Filmmakers in person!

In the slums of Calcutta, children fight for their future with the help of a former attorney who empowers them to become agents for change. Together they challenge the notion that marginalization is written into their future.

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Shakespeare High

Shakespeare High

Alex Rotaru | 2011 | 80 mins

A Shakespeare competition in Southern California that counts Kevin Spacey, Sally Field and others as alumni engages a multicultural mix of students, from gangbangers to Catholic high school girls, in team perfomances of the Bard’s plays. Director Alex Rotaru follows these students, many living on the edge, and discovers that theater can help to save lives. Proof positive that arts education is a necessity in the U.S., not a luxury. A Cinema Guild Release.

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Somewhere Between

Somewhere Between

Linda Goldstein Knowlton | 2011 | 88 mins

Filmmaker and adoptive parent Linda Goldstein Knowlton follows four all-American teenage girls adopted from China since its institution of a “one child” policy in 1989. Wise beyond their years, these young women grapple with complex issues of identity, belonging, race and gender as they look for their lost family histories. Filmmaker in person!

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Street Journeys

Street Journeys

Tracy Christian | USA | 58 mins

Director Tracy Christian in person for Q&A!

Orphaned children escape the perils of Nairobi street life and rediscover their spirit through the nurturing power of theater and the support of a special mentor.

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They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain

They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain

Robert H. Lieberman | 2011 | 90 mins

Told with stunning footage shot clandestinely over a two-year period, They Call it Myanmar provides an astonishing and intimate look inside the second most isolated country on the planet, and a people held hostage by a brutal and superstitious military regime for 48 years. A revealing talk with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Su Kyi is interwoven with extensive interviews and interactions with Burmese people from all around this wildly diverse nation.

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Tradition Is a Temple

Tradition Is a Temple

Darren Hoffman | 2013 | 80 mins

Director Darren Hoffman, producer Kristen McEntyre, and co-writer Chuck Perkins in person!

Tradition Is a Temple explores New Orleans' unique musical culture and the fragility of tradition in the modern world through intimate discussions with contemporary New Orleans musicians.

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Wagner’s Dream

Wagner’s Dream

Susan Froemke | 2012 | 115 mins

Q&A with filmmakers Susan Froemke and Bob Eisenhardt!

Six years ago, visionary theater and film director Robert Lepage was invited by the Metropolitan Opera to take on the technical and aesthetic challenges of the Ring cycle, and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke followed him on his quest. Wagner’s Dream examines Lepage’s artistic process, as well as the production team’s battles with the most ambitious staging in Met history, featuring a 90,000 pound computerized set known as “The Machine.”

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We’re Not Broke

We’re Not Broke

Karin Hayes | Victoria Bruce | 2012 | 90 mins

Q&A with filmmakers Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes, Lee Sheppard (Tax Attorney and Contributing Editor, Tax Notes), and James S. Henry (Economist and Author, The Blood Bankers)!

While U.S. corporations dodge billions of dollars in income tax, seven fed-up Americans take their frustration to the streets… and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share. 

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Where Heaven Meets Hell

Where Heaven Meets Hell

Sasha Friedlander | 2011 | 80 mins

Director Sasha Friedlander in person!

Deep in the rain forests of Eastern Java lies the active volcano, Kawah Ijen, where 500 sulfur miners carrying back-breaking loads, traverse treacherous terrain amidst spectacular vistas and toxic gases. This visually stunning and intimate film follows the lives of four of these miners, who risk their lives and health daily in an industry we rely on for rubber, sugar, matches and cosmetics.

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