The Rise Of The Synths is the story of a group of music composers from different countries who in the mid 2000’s, unknown to each other but with the help of Myspace, spontaneously created an underground music scene known as Synthwave. It was the first time the Internet gave birth to a real music scene. Synthwave can be described as music that uses an electronic modern composition heavily inspired by the soundtracks of cinema, TV and video games from 1980’s pop culture. Through the story of Synthwave, the film explores these questions: “Why now, this nostalgia for the 80s? Where does it come from and what will become of it?” There is a secret world out there, populated by some of the last rebels on the Internet, and it’s happening now.
Marlon T. Riggs (1957-1994) was an independent filmmaker, professor, poet, and gay rights activist who wrote, produced, and directed provocative, formally innovative meditations on representations of race, gender, and sexual identity in American culture. The re-release of his work marks the 25th anniversary of Riggs’ death from AIDS-related complications, and the 30th anniversary of the premiere of one of his most famous works, Tongues Untied, a poetic reflection on the experiences of black, gay men in America.sexism and cultural nationalism. He died at 37 due to complications from AIDS.
Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs consists of seven films: Ethnic Notions (56 minutes, 1987), Tongues Untied (55 minutes, 1989), Color Adjustment (87 minutes, 1991), Black Is…Black Ain’t (86 minutes, 1995) and three shorter works, Affirmations (10 minutes, 1990) Anthem (8 minutes, 1991), and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) (38 minutes, 1992).
Some grapple with the moral challenges of treating other human beings decently. Others are just…assholes. “A new- born boy in the US, Italy or Israel is much more likely to live the life of an asshole than a newborn boy in Japan, Norway or Canada”says Prof. Aaron James in his NY Times bestseller. Intellectually provocative an existentially necessary John Walker explores James’ theories and recommendations using clips sourced from Hollywood and news archives, combined with vox pop and ruminations with key observers of asshole-dom. The frustration of dealing with assholes – in the workplace, in government, at home – affects everyone. In an age of rampant narcissism, the time has come for this entertaining and insightful film.
Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. Official Selection, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The story of Jens Söring and Elisabeth Haysom who may have brutally murdered her parents. When Jens gives her the promise to take the blame, a fateful story unfolds.
Eva Hesse will deepen the understanding of this extraordinary artist, not only in terms of her ground-breaking work, but also the life that provided the fertile soil for her achievements. With dozens of new interviews, high quality footage of Hessse’s artwork and a wealth of newly discovered archival imagry, the documentary will not only trace Eva’s path but engage in a lively investigation into the creative community of 1960’s New York and Germany.
Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.