“Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground” is an enlightening portrait of a feminist pioneer

“Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground” is an enlightening portrait of a feminist pioneer

Source:  Variety

New York’s avant-garde art and film scene of the early 1960s may have been dominated by the likes of Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol, but “Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground” offers a fascinating recontextualization of that history, focusing on young Barbara Rubin’s integral role in shaping the era’s blossoming counterculture.

Chuck Smith’s documentary is at once accessible and formally daring, echoing Rubin’s filmmaking style while simultaneously celebrating her radical achievements.

The film is an enlightening portrait of a feminist pioneer that, in this #MeToo era, should strike a timely chord.

With incisive and enthusiastic commentary from everyone involved, “Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground” recounts its story with infectious energy, and uses overlapping color-coded imagery that conjures the spirit of a Zelig-like figure whose contributions to the counterculture were, the director persuasively argues, invaluable.

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Imagine Documentaries teams with School of American Ballet for “On Pointe” docuseries

Imagine Documentaries teams with School of American Ballet for “On Pointe” docuseries

Source:  Variety

Imagine Documentaries has partnered with the School of American Ballet and DCTV for “On Pointe,” a docuseries that will take an inside look at the rigorous training program at the nation’s foremost school for ballet professionals.

The agreement calls for Imagine to work with the School of American Ballet and DCTV on a series chronicling the pursuit by young ballet hopefuls of training and acceptance into the New York City Ballet and other companies around the world.

The School of American Ballet has been a premier dance academy for 85 years but has never before allowed documentary filmmakers access to its inner workings.

The series has not yet been shopped to TV buyers.  Imagine Documentaries recently inked a first-look pact with Apple but it’s unclear if “On Pointe” will end up there.

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Drop everything and watch this new docuseries about retro-futuristic space artists

Drop everything and watch this new docuseries about retro-futuristic space artists

Source:  Paleofuture

Did you see those slick animations of space colonies that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos showed off earlier this month?   They were, not surprisingly, inspired by Gerard O’Neill’s ideas from the 1970s.

If this type of art interests you, then you have to drop everything and watch new docuseries “Artist Depiction” on Amazon Prime.

And if you can’t drop everything right now, at least put it in your queue for this weekend.

“Artist Depiction” talks to artists Don Davis, Charles Lindsay, and Rick Guidice who have had an enormous impact on the way that we look at the future.  You may not recognize them by name, but you almost certainly know their work.

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Game of Thrones documentary premieres tonight on HBO

Game of Thrones documentary premieres tonight on HBO

Source:  ComicBook

Game of Thrones’ final season might officially be in the books, but fans can still tune in for one more look at the landmark series.

Tonight, HBO will be premiering “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch,” a two-hour documentary that will dive into the making of the series’ eighth and final season.

According to the press release, “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields, and carparks of Northern Ireland.”

Given the passionate and divided response to the final season of the series, it will be interesting to see how “The Last Watch” is received.

The final season of “Game of Thrones” courted a surprising amount of controversy, culminating in over a million fans petitioning to “remake” the episodes.

“Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” premieres tonight on HBO.

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Documentary on board member Warren Kanders doesn’t absolve the Whitney Museum

Documentary on board member Warren Kanders doesn’t absolve the Whitney Museum

Source:  Hyperallergic

Nicole Eisenman’s Bosch-flavored sculptures on the terrace may be the most Instagrammed works at the Whitney Museum’s biennial, but the most buzzed-about project is undoubtedly “Triple-Chaser.”

With computer programming and more traditional documentary techniques, the 11-minute film by Forensic Architecture — an independent research collaborative based at Goldsmiths, University of London — outlines in unsparing detail the harm done by tear gas and bullets manufactured by companies backed by Whitney board member Warren Kanders.

Migrants choke on the U..S-Mexico border.  A man’s leg is blown open in Gaza.  The phrase “possibly aiding and abetting war crimes” is uttered.

As major museums continue to evolve into aestheticized outgrowths of private and corporate capital, becoming as identified with the brands and individuals that support them as the works they house, what is happening at the Whitney is bound to repeat itself elsewhere.

Just this past week, one need only look at the Metropolitan Museum’s announcement to stop taking opiate-linked Sackler money for the time being.

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“The Impossible Dream” is a behind-the-scenes account of the making of groundbreaking animated film “Loving Vincent”

“The Impossible Dream” is a behind-the-scenes account of the making of groundbreaking animated film “Loving Vincent”

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of acclaimed 2017 animated film “Loving Vincent” would seem best suited as a DVD extra.

Nonetheless, Miki Wecel’s “Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream” will prove fascinating not only to animation and Vincent Van Gogh fans, but to anyone interested in how the creative process happens.  As an added bonus, the film even has a love story at its center.

“Loving Vincent” was the first fully painted animated feature film, using individual oil paintings in Van Gogh’s distinctive style to tell the story of the artist’s life and tragic death.

It was the passion project of Polish artist and filmmaker Dorota Kobiela, who originally conceived it as a seven-minute short.  She eventually joined forces with veteran animator Hugh Welchman, who won an Oscar for his 2007 short film “Peter & the Wolf.”

The partnership between the two quickly became personal as well as professional, and they’re now married.

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