Over its five-day run it featured screenings of 34 films, including four world premieres, a short virtual reality documentary about the enduring influence of Buckminster Fuller, and plenty of post-screening panels and conversations.
The Up Series (1964- ) – In 1964, some British filmmakers rounded up a group of fourteen seven-year-old kids from across the country—boys and girls, rich and poor, black and white—and interviewed them for a BBC program called “Seven Up.” Director Michael Apted, a researcher on the first installment, has revisited the same bunch every seven years since.
Born into Brothels (2004) – Zana Briski was working as a documentary photographer in Calcutta when she began teaching photography to the children of prostitutes. The resulting film, “Born into Brothels,” though not without controversy, offers a glimpse into the difficult lives of the kids who were finally given a medium and a voice to document their lives.
Bully (2012) – According to the Department of Education, 13 million children will be bullied this year. “Bully”profiles five of these victims, including Alex, a 12-year-old seventh grader at East Middle School in Sioux City, Iowa.
I Am Eleven (2012) – When it comes to surveying the “state of childhood,” there’s a few obvious, but very different paths. In “I Am Eleven,” Australian filmmaker Geneviève Bailey looks at a precise age, but spreads the subjects throughout 15 different countries, providing viewers a fascinating look into the minds of its subjects and a reminder that, no matter the country and circumstance, 11-year-olds are pretty great.
Babies (2010) – Thomas Balmès’ look at the early days of four different babies. Two of the featured babies are in rural areas (Namibia and Mongolia), the other two in urban locations (San Francisco and Tokyo), and Balmès foregoes any narration, letting the footage do the work.
Amazon is trying its hand at horror in its latest original series.
“Lore,”which is now available on Amazon Prime Video, is based on Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast of the same name. Its premise is to offer up “frightening and often disturbing tales based on real people and events that have led to our modern-day myths and legends.”
In each episode, “Lore” explores how paranormal creatures, psychologically disturbing events, and horror legends such as vampires, werewolves and body snatchers are rooted in truth.
Dutch sculptor Diederick Kraaijeveld has two important rules when it comes to his art. First, he only uses found wood; and second, he doesn’t use paint.
“I only use wood I find,” he tells us. And while he does cut the wood to fit it into his pieces, he doesn’t alter the color of it; if he needs a specific color of wood for his work, he goes out and finds it. “And I like to use wood with a story—from special buildings, or from special places. I studied history, and sometimes you can feel the history in the piece of wood you’re working with. That’s what I love about the material.”
So what does Kraaijeveld make with all this wood?
“I create realistic mosaics; usually it’s two-dimensional photorealistic work. I started out with cars and household items and now I do a lot of portraits.”
But more recently Kraaijeveld took on a somewhat more ambitious project: creating a ten-foot-long, three-dimensional realistic sculpture of Manhattan—made out of wood from Manhattan’s water towers.
It took Kraaijeveld about five months to build the giant sculpture, working on it in his studio every single day. “At the beginning, I was a bit worried it would drive me crazy. I was starting in the south, in the Financial District, and that’s a bit of a mess, so to speak—not really straight lines. Then I got to the first street, and I knew I could build one or two streets a day. And I saw it growing every day, and that really made me happy. I really enjoyed working on it. Of course, I was happy when it was finally finished, but it wasn’t the burden I was expecting it to be, actually.”
Hostage To The Devil – This documentary looks into the true story of Father Malachi Martin, a priest who believed in demonic possession.
H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer – If you’re into stories about serial killers, look no further. This bone-chilling documentary focuses on H.H. Holmes — famously known as America’s first serial killer — who had a torture chamber built into his Chicago home in the 1880s.
Paranormal Survivor – Through interviews and reenactments, victims of paranormal encounters relive their experiences with the occult in this documentary series.
The Nightmare – This doc explores sleep paralysis, a frightening condition that renders its victims unable to move while they’re “asleep.”
The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre – As the title suggests, this documentary focuses on the heinous crimes said to have inspired the cult classic horror film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”