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10%: What Makes a Hero?
What makes a hero? What compels someone to stand up for what’s right, to defy social pressures and fight for one’s beliefs? Award-winning director Yoav Shamir (“Defamation,” TCFF ‘09) sets off on a quest in pursuit of the elusive “hero gene” that takes him around the globe, from his home in Israel where activists stand up against the occupation of Palestine; to Congo where primatologists study social structures in bonobos; and on to New York where a “subway hero” risked his life to save someone who fell on the tracks. With a fearless and wryly playful style, Shamir’s film is a fascinating look at morality that will challenge your preconceived notions of heroism.
Film Info
Section:Free Movies at The Buzz
Release Year:2013
Runtime:88 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:Israel
Germany
South Africa
USA
Congo
Original Language:Arabic
German
English
Hebrew
Subtitles:English
Web Site:http://www.10percentfilm.com
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Yoav Shamir
Philip Zimbardo
Director:Yoav Shamir
Produced by:Tanya Aizikovich
Yoav Shamir
Cinematography:Tanya Aizikovich
Yoav Shamir
Editing By:Omri Ayalon
Sasha Franklin
Music By:Ophir Leibovitch
Executive Producer:Michael Moore
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112 Weddings
For the last two decades, Doug Block has supported his documentary filmmaking career by moonlighting as a wedding videographer. 112 Weddings later, he has amassed hundreds of hours of footage of couples on their big day when their love was new and energetic. But what are their marriages like years later? Who has kept the spark and who has lost it? Block revisits nine couples to see how their marriages are (or aren’t) working out, asking the difficult questions about what it takes to make a relationship work. From ecstatic celebrations to intimate and candid present-day interviews, “112 Weddings” explores love and the true meaning of commitment with curiosity, humor, and heart.
Film Info
Section:Documentary
Movies Around the Bay
Release Year:2014
Runtime:95 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Web Site:http://112weddingsmovie.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Doug Block
Produced by:Doug Block
Lori Cheatle
Cinematography:Doug Block
Editing By:Maeve O'Boyle
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12-12-12
This year’s great music doc gives an all-access pass to the star-studded 12-12-12 benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, featuring performances by a who’s who of the last half-century of rock and pop music, including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and more. Set against the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects on New York City and ongoing recovery efforts, directors Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story,” TCFF ‘10) and Charlie Lightning mix energetic performance footage with casually hilarious candid moments from backstage in this expertly made concert doc.
Film Info
Section:Free Movies at The Buzz
Release Year:2013
Runtime:105 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:R
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Jon Bon Jovi
Eric Clapton
Roger Daltrey
Michael Dempsey
James L. Dolan
David Grohl
Director:Amir Bar-Lev
Produced by:Amir Bar-Lev
Nicholas Levis
Charlie Lightening
Meghan O'Hara
David Stekert
Editing By:Ben Gold
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1971
Joining the great genre of improbable heist movies is the true story of government protestors who used the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight at Madison Square Garden as cover to handily defeat J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI at the height of the Vietnam War. Meet the members of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, who used crowbars instead of computers to expose government records to the media in March, 1971. Retold by the participants, confessing on camera for the first time, and through archival footage combined with compelling reenactments, we see the fascinating parallels between Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and this small group of dedicated academic activists who exposed thousands of files from a regional FBI office.
Film Info
Section:Documentary
Release Year:2014
Runtime:80 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Bonnie Raines
John Raines
Rich Graff
Dennis Brito
Bill Davidon
Keith Forsyth
John Isgro
David Kairys
Director:Johanna Hamilton
Produced by:Katy Chevigny
Johanna Hamilton
Marilyn Ness
Screenwriter:Johanna Hamilton
Gabriel Rhodes
Cinematography:Andreas Burgess
Kirsten Johnson
Editing By:Gabriel Rhodes
Music By:Philip Sheppard
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5 Broken Cameras
We’ll never forget having Emad Burnat and his family here in Traverse City for sold-out screenings that helped launch the film’s successful run to an Oscar nomination bid. When Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat purchased a video camera to record the birth of his son Jibreel, the joyous family moment coincided with the invasion of Israeli bulldozers set to make way for Jewish colonists. Burnat joined in his town’s peaceful resistance against the advancing settlers, documenting his involvement with the five titular cameras that became casualties of the ongoing border conflict, smashed or shot over the course of five years of harrowing demonstrations. The resulting footage, which Burnat reconstructed collaboratively with Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, presents a microcosm of an international tragedy reframed through the lenses of one family’s experience. A brilliant, wrenching, devastating film, not to be missed.
Film Info
Section:Free Movies at The Buzz
Release Year:2011
Runtime:90 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:NR
Production Country:France
Israel
Occupied Palestinian Territory
Original Language:Arabic
Hebrew
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Emad Burnat
Soraya Burnat
Mohammed Burnat
Yasin Burnat
Taky-Adin Burnat
Gibreel Burnat
Director:Emad Burnat
Guy Davidi
Produced by:Emad Burnat
Guy Davidi
Serge Gordey
Christine Camdessus
Screenwriter:Emad Burnat
Guy Davidi
Cinematography:Emad Burnat
Editing By:Guy Davidi
Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot
Music By:Le Trio Joubran
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5 to 7
Maybe there are some people you are meant to love, and some you are meant to marry—this idea, and the French “cinq à sept” affair (liaisons scheduled during that hazy time between leaving work and arriving home) are explored in this gloriously romantic, Audrey Hepburn-esque love story. After Bérénice Marlohe (“Skyfall”) and aspiring writer Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”) fall in love at first sight, it takes time for him to accept the open relationship she has with her husband, but soon he’s attending the married couple’s dinner parties with the husband’s mistress in attendance, too. His parents (Glenn Close and Frank Langella) are memorably slower to accept the concept, and eventually, he has to decide if the 5 to 7 window is enough. A funny and earnestly sentimental crowd pleaser, “5 to 7” has the power to change the way we think about relationships.
Film Info
Section:American
Release Year:2014
Runtime:97 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Anton Yelchin
Olivia Thirlby
Bérénice Marlohe
Eric Stoltz
Glenn Close
Frank Langella
Director:Victor Levin
Produced by:Bonnie Curtis
Sam Englebardt
William D. Johnson
Julie Lynn
Screenwriter:Victor Levin
Cinematography:Arnaud Potier
Editing By:Matt Maddox
Music By:Danny Bensi
Saunder Jurriaans
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Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
Offering a fresh perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “Al Helm” (Arabic for “The Dream”) follows an African-American Christian gospel choir as they team up with a troupe from the Palestinian National Theater to perform a play about Martin Luther King, Jr., and spread the concept of equality through non-violence to the people of the West Bank. Filmmaker Connie Field captures the power of art to change the way people think as both the Americans and Palestinians find they have much to learn from each other in this unique cultural exchange, providing new insight into life in Palestine under occupation and how a young generation is changing the political conversation through non-violent acts of protest.
Film Info
Section:Documentary
Release Year:2013
Runtime:96 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Occupied Palestinian Territory
Original Language:English
Web Site:http://www.clarityfilms.org/mlk/
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Connie Field
Produced by:Connie Field
Cinematography:Issa Aslan
Connie Field
Ramzi Maqdisi
Asraf Shweiki
Tom Hurwitz
Editing By:Gregory Scharpen
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The Babadook
If you’ve ever worried about what lurked behind the door or under your bed, this gruesome treat is sure to ignite your deepest primordial fears. When a gothic nightmare of a children’s book called “Mr. Babadook” mysteriously appears in the home of Amelia, a stressed out single mom, and her deeply troubled, tantrum-prone son Samuel, the book seems to take on a life of its own, and Samuel becomes increasingly convinced that the storybook creature is out to kill them both. Even after trying to rid themselves of this terrorizing tome, Samuel’s aggressive outbursts take a violent turn toward his mother. Amelia must decide if her son is truly unhinged or if there really is a boogeyman creeping in her halls. One of the most critically-acclaimed and stylish spookers of the year, this darkly evocative fairytale laced with pure psychological terror is a simmering elaborately designed, and deeply unsettling look at familial tension.
Film Info
Section:Midnight
Release Year:2014
Runtime:94 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:NR
Production Country:Australia
Original Language:English
Web Site:http://www.causewayfilms.com.au/#!the-babadook
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Essie Davis
Daniel Henshall
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
Benjamin Winspear
Tim Purcell
Hayley McElhinney
Director:Jennifer Kent
Produced by:Kristina Ceyton
Kristian Moliere
Screenwriter:Jennifer Kent
Cinematography:Radoslaw Ladczuk
Editing By:Simon Njoo
Music By:Jed Kurzel
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The Bachelor Weekend
Who doesn’t love a boisterous Irish comedy—especially one with this much heart? The unlikely bachelor at the center of the titular weekend is Fionnan, a guy more interested in talking wedding details than jetting off for organized debauchery. At the insistence of his fiancée Ruth, however, he reluctantly agrees to cut loose for one last prenuptial hurrah with his best mates (one of whom just so happens to carry a torch for Ruth). But when Ruth’s notoriously unpredictable brother, known only as “The Machine,” turns up, what started as a relaxed camping adventure becomes a rowdy journey into the wilderness as they encounter more than their fair share of unexpected detours. In this “The Hangover” for the discerning moviegoer—where nothing says male bonding like a memorable sing-along or a raucous de-trousering—it’s how the wacky comedy plays off an underlying sweetness that makes this a side-splitting pleasure.
Film Info
Section:Foreign
Movies Around the Bay
Movies on a Boat
Release Year:2013
Runtime:94 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:NR
Production Country:Ireland
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Andrew Scott
Hugh O'Conor
Peter McDonald
Brian Gleeson
Michael Legge
Andrew Bennett
Director:John Butler
Produced by:Rebecca O'Flanagan
Robert Walpole
Screenwriter:John Butler
Peter McDonald
Cinematography:Peter Robertson
Editing By:John O'Connor
Music By:Stephen Rennicks
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Bag of Rice (Kiseye Berendj)
Featured in TCFF Board Member Mark Cousins’ acclaimed documentary “A Story of Children in Film” (TCFF ‘13) and lovingly restored with the help of Cousins and his friend Tilda Swinton, this lost treasure of cinema is coming to the Bijou. “Bag of Rice” is an unforgettable urban odyssey around Tehran as seen through the eyes of a child. Determined to escape boredom at home, four-year-old Jairan accompanies her half-blind and stubborn elderly neighbor on an errand. Both are ill-equipped to face the unexpected challenges of the journey and must rely on the kindness of strangers to navigate the bustling city. What starts as an odd-couple adventure turns into a profoundly moving parable as these unlikely companions make their way through the world. It’s one of the great humanist, heartwarming delights in cinema.
Film Info
Section:Special Screenings
Release Year:1998
Runtime:80 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Rating:NR
Production Country:Iran
Original Language:Persian
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Jairan Abadzade
Shirin Bina
Masume Eskandari
Hossein Kalantar
Director:Mohammad-Ali Talebi
Screenwriter:Houshang Moradi Kermani
Cinematography:Farhad Saba
Editing By:Hassan Hassandoost
Music By:Mohammad Reza Darvishi
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