Anthology Film Archives - Calendar Events http://anthologyfilmarchives.org An international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video with a particular focus on American independent and avant-garde cinema and its precursors found in classic European, Soviet and Japanese film. en-us Fri, 23 Oct 2020 02:25:14 -0400 SPACE DOGS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52819 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter<strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology"><br />SPACE DOGS</a></strong><br />2019, 91 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.</p> <p>Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journey, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter trace the persistence of her memory and legacy into the present day. As the capsule containing Laika re-enters Earth&rsquo;s orbit and begins to burn up, the narrator announces &ldquo;What had been a Moscow street dog had become a ghost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ghost Laika lives on in the present-day strays of <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">SPACE DOGS</a>. Photographed at ground level with wandering, hypnotic camera movements, the strays are seen navigating the urban environs of modern Moscow. In hewing closely to the dog&rsquo;s point of view, the city is rendered as a strange, alien environment. Pulsating music from buildings and unidentified passersby take on an unfamiliar quality as the dogs explore this strange new world.</p> <p>Archival footage of the Soviet space program is interwoven throughout the film, reveling in the bizarre tests and procedures the canines were subjected to in preparation for space travel. The hum of space-age machinery blends seamlessly with the hypnotic drone of the soundtrack, which in turn echoes the alien sounds of the modern city. With stunning cinematography and meditative pacing that recalls the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, SPACE DOGS is a singular work that de-centers humans in order to uncover a forgotten history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Totally unconventional and beyond the anthropocentric gaze, SPACE DOGS is the visionary work of someone who, at the end of History, attempts to rethink it by inventing new canons. The shifting point of view, from essential images of the past to the weight of legend and the violence of the present, sets out a new limit for asking ourselves not just about our role as spectators but also as agents of progress.&rdquo; &ndash;Daniela Persico, LOCARNO</p> <p>[<strong><em>Be forewarned, SPACE DOGS contains documentary footage that some viewers may find upsetting.</em></strong>]<br /><br />SPACE DOGS is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">here</a> (starting Fri, Sept 11) for a streaming rental fee of $12. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $8; members, please email <a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org">hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</a> for the discount code.</p> <p><strong><em>Directors</em></strong><em><strong> Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter took part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Wednesday, October 7; a recording of that Q&amp;A is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/465964871">here</a>.</strong></em><br /><em><strong><br /></strong></em></p> Friday, October 23 THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52825 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Yung Chang<strong><br /><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH</a><br /></strong>2019, 106 min, digital. In English &amp; Arabic with English subtitles.<br /><br />For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. The latest film by Yung Chang (director of the acclaimed documentary UP THE YANGTZE among many other works), <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> captures Fisk in action &ndash; feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won&rsquo;t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed &ldquo;the enemies of the people,&rdquo; Fisk&rsquo;s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.<br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;If you don&rsquo;t go to the scene and sniff it out, you cannot get close to what the truth is,&rsquo; Fisk remarks early on, revealing a modus operandi very much like that of a detective, searching for evidence at the scene of the crime. In Fisk&rsquo;s case, those scenes have included Beirut in the &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s, where he was one of the first journalists to write about the Sabra and Shatilas massacres; Afghanistan during wars with both the Soviet Union and the United States, which led him to interview Osama bin Laden several times; Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he continues to cover the ongoing conflict; and Syria during the last decade, in what has become the deadliest war of our epoch.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Mintzer, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER<br /><br />&ldquo;Fisk is a fiery dialectician with the demeanor of a benign grandpa, arguing on behalf of nuance in both syntax and reportage, and against the &lsquo;de-semanticization of war&rsquo; &ndash; the most egregious example being the post-9/11 tendency of journalists to reduce everything to &lsquo;terror&rsquo; and &lsquo;evil,&rsquo; &lsquo;clashed&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;killed,&rsquo; &lsquo;settlements&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;colonies,&rsquo; and so on. Given recent hand-wringing at <em>The New York Times</em> over the editors&rsquo; obsession with using bywords to avoid stating the plainly obvious &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s a refugee crisis, yet another young black man murdered by racist cops or, indeed, the 44th President&rsquo;s full-tilt-boogie embrace of white supremacists &ndash; Chang&rsquo;s film arrives at a fortuitous time.&rdquo; &ndash;Steve Macfarlane, CINEMA SCOPE</p> <p><strong><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> will be available <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">here</a> starting on Friday, October 16, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p>[Sadly, the Q&amp;A that was intended to take place on October 21 has been canceled for reasons beyond our control; we apologize for any inconvenience.]<a href="https://www.facebook.com/kimstimfilms/"></a><br /><br /></p> Friday, October 23 HAM ON RYE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52812 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Tyler Taormina<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase"><strong>HAM ON RYE</strong></a><br />2019, 85 min, digital. Distributed by Factory 25; special thanks to Matt Grady.<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a>, a coming-of-age comedy centered on the nervous excitement of youth and the strange horror of entering adulthood, boasts an expansive ensemble of over one hundred performers, including non-actors, musicians, 90s Nickelodeon child stars, and more, to explore a suburban community&rsquo;s relationship with a prom-like ritual and the decay of the human spirit. It begins with the crowd-pleasing spirit of a John Hughes movie and fades slowly into an off-kilter dystopia with the energy of DAZED AND CONFUSED.</p> <p>&ldquo;Part coming-of-age film, part suburban fever dream, HAM ON RYE is a charming and pleasantly strange amalgam of half-forgotten childhood memories. Reflecting an adolescence spent immersed in 1990s TV culture and a more recent engagement with the international art-house pantheon, Taormina&rsquo;s shape-shifting debut performs a clever sleight of hand, coming on like a slightly surreal teen comedy in the vein of early Richard Linklater before segueing into something far stranger. [&hellip;] Taormina, working with co-writer Eric Berger, displays a keen understanding of this milieu, drawing on his own experiences growing up in Long Island, as well as his background in music (he currently fronts the Los Angeles indie rock band Cloud) and developing kids&rsquo; television shows. Those two very different interests inform the 28-year-old filmmaker&rsquo;s first feature in unique ways and help it stand apart from the typical teen angst parable.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Cronk, FILM COMMENT</p> <p>&ldquo;[In HAM ON RYE], things get strange, with an element that may or may not be science-fictional, a sidelong glance at the town&rsquo;s class politics, and a vision of desolation and loneliness, of a quiet headlong leap into the void of the future, that&hellip;has the uncanny echo of a disturbing real-life dream.&rdquo; &ndash;Richard Brody, NEW YORKER</p> <p><strong><br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a> is available <a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">here</a>, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>The streaming rental also includes access to two pre-recorded Q&amp;As with director Tyler Taormina, one moderated by actor Michael Cera (and including co-writer Eric Berger), the other by filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa.</strong></strong></p> Friday, October 23 SPACE DOGS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52820 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter<strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology"><br />SPACE DOGS</a></strong><br />2019, 91 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.</p> <p>Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journey, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter trace the persistence of her memory and legacy into the present day. As the capsule containing Laika re-enters Earth&rsquo;s orbit and begins to burn up, the narrator announces &ldquo;What had been a Moscow street dog had become a ghost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ghost Laika lives on in the present-day strays of <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">SPACE DOGS</a>. Photographed at ground level with wandering, hypnotic camera movements, the strays are seen navigating the urban environs of modern Moscow. In hewing closely to the dog&rsquo;s point of view, the city is rendered as a strange, alien environment. Pulsating music from buildings and unidentified passersby take on an unfamiliar quality as the dogs explore this strange new world.</p> <p>Archival footage of the Soviet space program is interwoven throughout the film, reveling in the bizarre tests and procedures the canines were subjected to in preparation for space travel. The hum of space-age machinery blends seamlessly with the hypnotic drone of the soundtrack, which in turn echoes the alien sounds of the modern city. With stunning cinematography and meditative pacing that recalls the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, SPACE DOGS is a singular work that de-centers humans in order to uncover a forgotten history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Totally unconventional and beyond the anthropocentric gaze, SPACE DOGS is the visionary work of someone who, at the end of History, attempts to rethink it by inventing new canons. The shifting point of view, from essential images of the past to the weight of legend and the violence of the present, sets out a new limit for asking ourselves not just about our role as spectators but also as agents of progress.&rdquo; &ndash;Daniela Persico, LOCARNO</p> <p>[<strong><em>Be forewarned, SPACE DOGS contains documentary footage that some viewers may find upsetting.</em></strong>]<br /><br />SPACE DOGS is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">here</a> (starting Fri, Sept 11) for a streaming rental fee of $12. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $8; members, please email <a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org">hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</a> for the discount code.</p> <p><strong><em>Directors</em></strong><em><strong> Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter took part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Wednesday, October 7; a recording of that Q&amp;A is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/465964871">here</a>.</strong></em><br /><em><strong><br /></strong></em></p> Saturday, October 24 THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52826 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Yung Chang<strong><br /><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH</a><br /></strong>2019, 106 min, digital. In English &amp; Arabic with English subtitles.<br /><br />For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. The latest film by Yung Chang (director of the acclaimed documentary UP THE YANGTZE among many other works), <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> captures Fisk in action &ndash; feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won&rsquo;t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed &ldquo;the enemies of the people,&rdquo; Fisk&rsquo;s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.<br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;If you don&rsquo;t go to the scene and sniff it out, you cannot get close to what the truth is,&rsquo; Fisk remarks early on, revealing a modus operandi very much like that of a detective, searching for evidence at the scene of the crime. In Fisk&rsquo;s case, those scenes have included Beirut in the &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s, where he was one of the first journalists to write about the Sabra and Shatilas massacres; Afghanistan during wars with both the Soviet Union and the United States, which led him to interview Osama bin Laden several times; Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he continues to cover the ongoing conflict; and Syria during the last decade, in what has become the deadliest war of our epoch.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Mintzer, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER<br /><br />&ldquo;Fisk is a fiery dialectician with the demeanor of a benign grandpa, arguing on behalf of nuance in both syntax and reportage, and against the &lsquo;de-semanticization of war&rsquo; &ndash; the most egregious example being the post-9/11 tendency of journalists to reduce everything to &lsquo;terror&rsquo; and &lsquo;evil,&rsquo; &lsquo;clashed&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;killed,&rsquo; &lsquo;settlements&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;colonies,&rsquo; and so on. Given recent hand-wringing at <em>The New York Times</em> over the editors&rsquo; obsession with using bywords to avoid stating the plainly obvious &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s a refugee crisis, yet another young black man murdered by racist cops or, indeed, the 44th President&rsquo;s full-tilt-boogie embrace of white supremacists &ndash; Chang&rsquo;s film arrives at a fortuitous time.&rdquo; &ndash;Steve Macfarlane, CINEMA SCOPE</p> <p><strong><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> will be available <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">here</a> starting on Friday, October 16, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p>[Sadly, the Q&amp;A that was intended to take place on October 21 has been canceled for reasons beyond our control; we apologize for any inconvenience.]<a href="https://www.facebook.com/kimstimfilms/"></a><br /><br /></p> Saturday, October 24 HAM ON RYE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52813 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Tyler Taormina<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase"><strong>HAM ON RYE</strong></a><br />2019, 85 min, digital. Distributed by Factory 25; special thanks to Matt Grady.<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a>, a coming-of-age comedy centered on the nervous excitement of youth and the strange horror of entering adulthood, boasts an expansive ensemble of over one hundred performers, including non-actors, musicians, 90s Nickelodeon child stars, and more, to explore a suburban community&rsquo;s relationship with a prom-like ritual and the decay of the human spirit. It begins with the crowd-pleasing spirit of a John Hughes movie and fades slowly into an off-kilter dystopia with the energy of DAZED AND CONFUSED.</p> <p>&ldquo;Part coming-of-age film, part suburban fever dream, HAM ON RYE is a charming and pleasantly strange amalgam of half-forgotten childhood memories. Reflecting an adolescence spent immersed in 1990s TV culture and a more recent engagement with the international art-house pantheon, Taormina&rsquo;s shape-shifting debut performs a clever sleight of hand, coming on like a slightly surreal teen comedy in the vein of early Richard Linklater before segueing into something far stranger. [&hellip;] Taormina, working with co-writer Eric Berger, displays a keen understanding of this milieu, drawing on his own experiences growing up in Long Island, as well as his background in music (he currently fronts the Los Angeles indie rock band Cloud) and developing kids&rsquo; television shows. Those two very different interests inform the 28-year-old filmmaker&rsquo;s first feature in unique ways and help it stand apart from the typical teen angst parable.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Cronk, FILM COMMENT</p> <p>&ldquo;[In HAM ON RYE], things get strange, with an element that may or may not be science-fictional, a sidelong glance at the town&rsquo;s class politics, and a vision of desolation and loneliness, of a quiet headlong leap into the void of the future, that&hellip;has the uncanny echo of a disturbing real-life dream.&rdquo; &ndash;Richard Brody, NEW YORKER</p> <p><strong><br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a> is available <a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">here</a>, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>The streaming rental also includes access to two pre-recorded Q&amp;As with director Tyler Taormina, one moderated by actor Michael Cera (and including co-writer Eric Berger), the other by filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa.</strong></strong></p> Saturday, October 24 SPACE DOGS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52821 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter<strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology"><br />SPACE DOGS</a></strong><br />2019, 91 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.</p> <p>Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journey, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter trace the persistence of her memory and legacy into the present day. As the capsule containing Laika re-enters Earth&rsquo;s orbit and begins to burn up, the narrator announces &ldquo;What had been a Moscow street dog had become a ghost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ghost Laika lives on in the present-day strays of <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">SPACE DOGS</a>. Photographed at ground level with wandering, hypnotic camera movements, the strays are seen navigating the urban environs of modern Moscow. In hewing closely to the dog&rsquo;s point of view, the city is rendered as a strange, alien environment. Pulsating music from buildings and unidentified passersby take on an unfamiliar quality as the dogs explore this strange new world.</p> <p>Archival footage of the Soviet space program is interwoven throughout the film, reveling in the bizarre tests and procedures the canines were subjected to in preparation for space travel. The hum of space-age machinery blends seamlessly with the hypnotic drone of the soundtrack, which in turn echoes the alien sounds of the modern city. With stunning cinematography and meditative pacing that recalls the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, SPACE DOGS is a singular work that de-centers humans in order to uncover a forgotten history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Totally unconventional and beyond the anthropocentric gaze, SPACE DOGS is the visionary work of someone who, at the end of History, attempts to rethink it by inventing new canons. The shifting point of view, from essential images of the past to the weight of legend and the violence of the present, sets out a new limit for asking ourselves not just about our role as spectators but also as agents of progress.&rdquo; &ndash;Daniela Persico, LOCARNO</p> <p>[<strong><em>Be forewarned, SPACE DOGS contains documentary footage that some viewers may find upsetting.</em></strong>]<br /><br />SPACE DOGS is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">here</a> (starting Fri, Sept 11) for a streaming rental fee of $12. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $8; members, please email <a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org">hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</a> for the discount code.</p> <p><strong><em>Directors</em></strong><em><strong> Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter took part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Wednesday, October 7; a recording of that Q&amp;A is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/465964871">here</a>.</strong></em><br /><em><strong><br /></strong></em></p> Sunday, October 25 THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52827 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Yung Chang<strong><br /><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH</a><br /></strong>2019, 106 min, digital. In English &amp; Arabic with English subtitles.<br /><br />For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. The latest film by Yung Chang (director of the acclaimed documentary UP THE YANGTZE among many other works), <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> captures Fisk in action &ndash; feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won&rsquo;t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed &ldquo;the enemies of the people,&rdquo; Fisk&rsquo;s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.<br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;If you don&rsquo;t go to the scene and sniff it out, you cannot get close to what the truth is,&rsquo; Fisk remarks early on, revealing a modus operandi very much like that of a detective, searching for evidence at the scene of the crime. In Fisk&rsquo;s case, those scenes have included Beirut in the &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s, where he was one of the first journalists to write about the Sabra and Shatilas massacres; Afghanistan during wars with both the Soviet Union and the United States, which led him to interview Osama bin Laden several times; Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he continues to cover the ongoing conflict; and Syria during the last decade, in what has become the deadliest war of our epoch.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Mintzer, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER<br /><br />&ldquo;Fisk is a fiery dialectician with the demeanor of a benign grandpa, arguing on behalf of nuance in both syntax and reportage, and against the &lsquo;de-semanticization of war&rsquo; &ndash; the most egregious example being the post-9/11 tendency of journalists to reduce everything to &lsquo;terror&rsquo; and &lsquo;evil,&rsquo; &lsquo;clashed&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;killed,&rsquo; &lsquo;settlements&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;colonies,&rsquo; and so on. Given recent hand-wringing at <em>The New York Times</em> over the editors&rsquo; obsession with using bywords to avoid stating the plainly obvious &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s a refugee crisis, yet another young black man murdered by racist cops or, indeed, the 44th President&rsquo;s full-tilt-boogie embrace of white supremacists &ndash; Chang&rsquo;s film arrives at a fortuitous time.&rdquo; &ndash;Steve Macfarlane, CINEMA SCOPE</p> <p><strong><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> will be available <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">here</a> starting on Friday, October 16, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p>[Sadly, the Q&amp;A that was intended to take place on October 21 has been canceled for reasons beyond our control; we apologize for any inconvenience.]<a href="https://www.facebook.com/kimstimfilms/"></a><br /><br /></p> Sunday, October 25 HAM ON RYE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52814 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Tyler Taormina<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase"><strong>HAM ON RYE</strong></a><br />2019, 85 min, digital. Distributed by Factory 25; special thanks to Matt Grady.<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a>, a coming-of-age comedy centered on the nervous excitement of youth and the strange horror of entering adulthood, boasts an expansive ensemble of over one hundred performers, including non-actors, musicians, 90s Nickelodeon child stars, and more, to explore a suburban community&rsquo;s relationship with a prom-like ritual and the decay of the human spirit. It begins with the crowd-pleasing spirit of a John Hughes movie and fades slowly into an off-kilter dystopia with the energy of DAZED AND CONFUSED.</p> <p>&ldquo;Part coming-of-age film, part suburban fever dream, HAM ON RYE is a charming and pleasantly strange amalgam of half-forgotten childhood memories. Reflecting an adolescence spent immersed in 1990s TV culture and a more recent engagement with the international art-house pantheon, Taormina&rsquo;s shape-shifting debut performs a clever sleight of hand, coming on like a slightly surreal teen comedy in the vein of early Richard Linklater before segueing into something far stranger. [&hellip;] Taormina, working with co-writer Eric Berger, displays a keen understanding of this milieu, drawing on his own experiences growing up in Long Island, as well as his background in music (he currently fronts the Los Angeles indie rock band Cloud) and developing kids&rsquo; television shows. Those two very different interests inform the 28-year-old filmmaker&rsquo;s first feature in unique ways and help it stand apart from the typical teen angst parable.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Cronk, FILM COMMENT</p> <p>&ldquo;[In HAM ON RYE], things get strange, with an element that may or may not be science-fictional, a sidelong glance at the town&rsquo;s class politics, and a vision of desolation and loneliness, of a quiet headlong leap into the void of the future, that&hellip;has the uncanny echo of a disturbing real-life dream.&rdquo; &ndash;Richard Brody, NEW YORKER</p> <p><strong><br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a> is available <a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">here</a>, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>The streaming rental also includes access to two pre-recorded Q&amp;As with director Tyler Taormina, one moderated by actor Michael Cera (and including co-writer Eric Berger), the other by filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa.</strong></strong></p> Sunday, October 25 SPACE DOGS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52822 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter<strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology"><br />SPACE DOGS</a></strong><br />2019, 91 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.</p> <p>Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journey, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter trace the persistence of her memory and legacy into the present day. As the capsule containing Laika re-enters Earth&rsquo;s orbit and begins to burn up, the narrator announces &ldquo;What had been a Moscow street dog had become a ghost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ghost Laika lives on in the present-day strays of <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">SPACE DOGS</a>. Photographed at ground level with wandering, hypnotic camera movements, the strays are seen navigating the urban environs of modern Moscow. In hewing closely to the dog&rsquo;s point of view, the city is rendered as a strange, alien environment. Pulsating music from buildings and unidentified passersby take on an unfamiliar quality as the dogs explore this strange new world.</p> <p>Archival footage of the Soviet space program is interwoven throughout the film, reveling in the bizarre tests and procedures the canines were subjected to in preparation for space travel. The hum of space-age machinery blends seamlessly with the hypnotic drone of the soundtrack, which in turn echoes the alien sounds of the modern city. With stunning cinematography and meditative pacing that recalls the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, SPACE DOGS is a singular work that de-centers humans in order to uncover a forgotten history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Totally unconventional and beyond the anthropocentric gaze, SPACE DOGS is the visionary work of someone who, at the end of History, attempts to rethink it by inventing new canons. The shifting point of view, from essential images of the past to the weight of legend and the violence of the present, sets out a new limit for asking ourselves not just about our role as spectators but also as agents of progress.&rdquo; &ndash;Daniela Persico, LOCARNO</p> <p>[<strong><em>Be forewarned, SPACE DOGS contains documentary footage that some viewers may find upsetting.</em></strong>]<br /><br />SPACE DOGS is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">here</a> (starting Fri, Sept 11) for a streaming rental fee of $12. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $8; members, please email <a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org">hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</a> for the discount code.</p> <p><strong><em>Directors</em></strong><em><strong> Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter took part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Wednesday, October 7; a recording of that Q&amp;A is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/465964871">here</a>.</strong></em><br /><em><strong><br /></strong></em></p> Monday, October 26 THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52828 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Yung Chang<strong><br /><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH</a><br /></strong>2019, 106 min, digital. In English &amp; Arabic with English subtitles.<br /><br />For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. The latest film by Yung Chang (director of the acclaimed documentary UP THE YANGTZE among many other works), <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> captures Fisk in action &ndash; feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won&rsquo;t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed &ldquo;the enemies of the people,&rdquo; Fisk&rsquo;s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.<br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;If you don&rsquo;t go to the scene and sniff it out, you cannot get close to what the truth is,&rsquo; Fisk remarks early on, revealing a modus operandi very much like that of a detective, searching for evidence at the scene of the crime. In Fisk&rsquo;s case, those scenes have included Beirut in the &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s, where he was one of the first journalists to write about the Sabra and Shatilas massacres; Afghanistan during wars with both the Soviet Union and the United States, which led him to interview Osama bin Laden several times; Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he continues to cover the ongoing conflict; and Syria during the last decade, in what has become the deadliest war of our epoch.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Mintzer, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER<br /><br />&ldquo;Fisk is a fiery dialectician with the demeanor of a benign grandpa, arguing on behalf of nuance in both syntax and reportage, and against the &lsquo;de-semanticization of war&rsquo; &ndash; the most egregious example being the post-9/11 tendency of journalists to reduce everything to &lsquo;terror&rsquo; and &lsquo;evil,&rsquo; &lsquo;clashed&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;killed,&rsquo; &lsquo;settlements&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;colonies,&rsquo; and so on. Given recent hand-wringing at <em>The New York Times</em> over the editors&rsquo; obsession with using bywords to avoid stating the plainly obvious &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s a refugee crisis, yet another young black man murdered by racist cops or, indeed, the 44th President&rsquo;s full-tilt-boogie embrace of white supremacists &ndash; Chang&rsquo;s film arrives at a fortuitous time.&rdquo; &ndash;Steve Macfarlane, CINEMA SCOPE</p> <p><strong><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> will be available <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">here</a> starting on Friday, October 16, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p>[Sadly, the Q&amp;A that was intended to take place on October 21 has been canceled for reasons beyond our control; we apologize for any inconvenience.]<a href="https://www.facebook.com/kimstimfilms/"></a><br /><br /></p> Monday, October 26 HAM ON RYE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52815 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Tyler Taormina<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase"><strong>HAM ON RYE</strong></a><br />2019, 85 min, digital. Distributed by Factory 25; special thanks to Matt Grady.<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a>, a coming-of-age comedy centered on the nervous excitement of youth and the strange horror of entering adulthood, boasts an expansive ensemble of over one hundred performers, including non-actors, musicians, 90s Nickelodeon child stars, and more, to explore a suburban community&rsquo;s relationship with a prom-like ritual and the decay of the human spirit. It begins with the crowd-pleasing spirit of a John Hughes movie and fades slowly into an off-kilter dystopia with the energy of DAZED AND CONFUSED.</p> <p>&ldquo;Part coming-of-age film, part suburban fever dream, HAM ON RYE is a charming and pleasantly strange amalgam of half-forgotten childhood memories. Reflecting an adolescence spent immersed in 1990s TV culture and a more recent engagement with the international art-house pantheon, Taormina&rsquo;s shape-shifting debut performs a clever sleight of hand, coming on like a slightly surreal teen comedy in the vein of early Richard Linklater before segueing into something far stranger. [&hellip;] Taormina, working with co-writer Eric Berger, displays a keen understanding of this milieu, drawing on his own experiences growing up in Long Island, as well as his background in music (he currently fronts the Los Angeles indie rock band Cloud) and developing kids&rsquo; television shows. Those two very different interests inform the 28-year-old filmmaker&rsquo;s first feature in unique ways and help it stand apart from the typical teen angst parable.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Cronk, FILM COMMENT</p> <p>&ldquo;[In HAM ON RYE], things get strange, with an element that may or may not be science-fictional, a sidelong glance at the town&rsquo;s class politics, and a vision of desolation and loneliness, of a quiet headlong leap into the void of the future, that&hellip;has the uncanny echo of a disturbing real-life dream.&rdquo; &ndash;Richard Brody, NEW YORKER</p> <p><strong><br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a> is available <a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">here</a>, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>The streaming rental also includes access to two pre-recorded Q&amp;As with director Tyler Taormina, one moderated by actor Michael Cera (and including co-writer Eric Berger), the other by filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa.</strong></strong></p> Monday, October 26 SPACE DOGS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52823 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter<strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology"><br />SPACE DOGS</a></strong><br />2019, 91 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.</p> <p>Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journey, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter trace the persistence of her memory and legacy into the present day. As the capsule containing Laika re-enters Earth&rsquo;s orbit and begins to burn up, the narrator announces &ldquo;What had been a Moscow street dog had become a ghost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ghost Laika lives on in the present-day strays of <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">SPACE DOGS</a>. Photographed at ground level with wandering, hypnotic camera movements, the strays are seen navigating the urban environs of modern Moscow. In hewing closely to the dog&rsquo;s point of view, the city is rendered as a strange, alien environment. Pulsating music from buildings and unidentified passersby take on an unfamiliar quality as the dogs explore this strange new world.</p> <p>Archival footage of the Soviet space program is interwoven throughout the film, reveling in the bizarre tests and procedures the canines were subjected to in preparation for space travel. The hum of space-age machinery blends seamlessly with the hypnotic drone of the soundtrack, which in turn echoes the alien sounds of the modern city. With stunning cinematography and meditative pacing that recalls the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, SPACE DOGS is a singular work that de-centers humans in order to uncover a forgotten history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Totally unconventional and beyond the anthropocentric gaze, SPACE DOGS is the visionary work of someone who, at the end of History, attempts to rethink it by inventing new canons. The shifting point of view, from essential images of the past to the weight of legend and the violence of the present, sets out a new limit for asking ourselves not just about our role as spectators but also as agents of progress.&rdquo; &ndash;Daniela Persico, LOCARNO</p> <p>[<strong><em>Be forewarned, SPACE DOGS contains documentary footage that some viewers may find upsetting.</em></strong>]<br /><br />SPACE DOGS is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">here</a> (starting Fri, Sept 11) for a streaming rental fee of $12. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $8; members, please email <a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org">hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</a> for the discount code.</p> <p><strong><em>Directors</em></strong><em><strong> Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter took part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Wednesday, October 7; a recording of that Q&amp;A is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/465964871">here</a>.</strong></em><br /><em><strong><br /></strong></em></p> Tuesday, October 27 THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52829 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Yung Chang<strong><br /><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH</a><br /></strong>2019, 106 min, digital. In English &amp; Arabic with English subtitles.<br /><br />For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. The latest film by Yung Chang (director of the acclaimed documentary UP THE YANGTZE among many other works), <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> captures Fisk in action &ndash; feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won&rsquo;t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed &ldquo;the enemies of the people,&rdquo; Fisk&rsquo;s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.<br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;If you don&rsquo;t go to the scene and sniff it out, you cannot get close to what the truth is,&rsquo; Fisk remarks early on, revealing a modus operandi very much like that of a detective, searching for evidence at the scene of the crime. In Fisk&rsquo;s case, those scenes have included Beirut in the &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s, where he was one of the first journalists to write about the Sabra and Shatilas massacres; Afghanistan during wars with both the Soviet Union and the United States, which led him to interview Osama bin Laden several times; Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he continues to cover the ongoing conflict; and Syria during the last decade, in what has become the deadliest war of our epoch.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Mintzer, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER<br /><br />&ldquo;Fisk is a fiery dialectician with the demeanor of a benign grandpa, arguing on behalf of nuance in both syntax and reportage, and against the &lsquo;de-semanticization of war&rsquo; &ndash; the most egregious example being the post-9/11 tendency of journalists to reduce everything to &lsquo;terror&rsquo; and &lsquo;evil,&rsquo; &lsquo;clashed&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;killed,&rsquo; &lsquo;settlements&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;colonies,&rsquo; and so on. Given recent hand-wringing at <em>The New York Times</em> over the editors&rsquo; obsession with using bywords to avoid stating the plainly obvious &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s a refugee crisis, yet another young black man murdered by racist cops or, indeed, the 44th President&rsquo;s full-tilt-boogie embrace of white supremacists &ndash; Chang&rsquo;s film arrives at a fortuitous time.&rdquo; &ndash;Steve Macfarlane, CINEMA SCOPE</p> <p><strong><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> will be available <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">here</a> starting on Friday, October 16, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p>[Sadly, the Q&amp;A that was intended to take place on October 21 has been canceled for reasons beyond our control; we apologize for any inconvenience.]<a href="https://www.facebook.com/kimstimfilms/"></a><br /><br /></p> Tuesday, October 27 HAM ON RYE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52816 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Tyler Taormina<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase"><strong>HAM ON RYE</strong></a><br />2019, 85 min, digital. Distributed by Factory 25; special thanks to Matt Grady.<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a>, a coming-of-age comedy centered on the nervous excitement of youth and the strange horror of entering adulthood, boasts an expansive ensemble of over one hundred performers, including non-actors, musicians, 90s Nickelodeon child stars, and more, to explore a suburban community&rsquo;s relationship with a prom-like ritual and the decay of the human spirit. It begins with the crowd-pleasing spirit of a John Hughes movie and fades slowly into an off-kilter dystopia with the energy of DAZED AND CONFUSED.</p> <p>&ldquo;Part coming-of-age film, part suburban fever dream, HAM ON RYE is a charming and pleasantly strange amalgam of half-forgotten childhood memories. Reflecting an adolescence spent immersed in 1990s TV culture and a more recent engagement with the international art-house pantheon, Taormina&rsquo;s shape-shifting debut performs a clever sleight of hand, coming on like a slightly surreal teen comedy in the vein of early Richard Linklater before segueing into something far stranger. [&hellip;] Taormina, working with co-writer Eric Berger, displays a keen understanding of this milieu, drawing on his own experiences growing up in Long Island, as well as his background in music (he currently fronts the Los Angeles indie rock band Cloud) and developing kids&rsquo; television shows. Those two very different interests inform the 28-year-old filmmaker&rsquo;s first feature in unique ways and help it stand apart from the typical teen angst parable.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Cronk, FILM COMMENT</p> <p>&ldquo;[In HAM ON RYE], things get strange, with an element that may or may not be science-fictional, a sidelong glance at the town&rsquo;s class politics, and a vision of desolation and loneliness, of a quiet headlong leap into the void of the future, that&hellip;has the uncanny echo of a disturbing real-life dream.&rdquo; &ndash;Richard Brody, NEW YORKER</p> <p><strong><br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a> is available <a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">here</a>, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>The streaming rental also includes access to two pre-recorded Q&amp;As with director Tyler Taormina, one moderated by actor Michael Cera (and including co-writer Eric Berger), the other by filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa.</strong></strong></p> Tuesday, October 27 THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52806 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Yung Chang<strong><br /><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH</a><br /></strong>2019, 106 min, digital. In English &amp; Arabic with English subtitles.<br /><br />For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. The latest film by Yung Chang (director of the acclaimed documentary UP THE YANGTZE among many other works), <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> captures Fisk in action &ndash; feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won&rsquo;t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed &ldquo;the enemies of the people,&rdquo; Fisk&rsquo;s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.<br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;If you don&rsquo;t go to the scene and sniff it out, you cannot get close to what the truth is,&rsquo; Fisk remarks early on, revealing a modus operandi very much like that of a detective, searching for evidence at the scene of the crime. In Fisk&rsquo;s case, those scenes have included Beirut in the &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s, where he was one of the first journalists to write about the Sabra and Shatilas massacres; Afghanistan during wars with both the Soviet Union and the United States, which led him to interview Osama bin Laden several times; Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he continues to cover the ongoing conflict; and Syria during the last decade, in what has become the deadliest war of our epoch.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Mintzer, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER<br /><br />&ldquo;Fisk is a fiery dialectician with the demeanor of a benign grandpa, arguing on behalf of nuance in both syntax and reportage, and against the &lsquo;de-semanticization of war&rsquo; &ndash; the most egregious example being the post-9/11 tendency of journalists to reduce everything to &lsquo;terror&rsquo; and &lsquo;evil,&rsquo; &lsquo;clashed&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;killed,&rsquo; &lsquo;settlements&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;colonies,&rsquo; and so on. Given recent hand-wringing at <em>The New York Times</em> over the editors&rsquo; obsession with using bywords to avoid stating the plainly obvious &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s a refugee crisis, yet another young black man murdered by racist cops or, indeed, the 44th President&rsquo;s full-tilt-boogie embrace of white supremacists &ndash; Chang&rsquo;s film arrives at a fortuitous time.&rdquo; &ndash;Steve Macfarlane, CINEMA SCOPE</p> <p><strong><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> will be available <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">here</a> starting on Friday, October 16, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p>[Sadly, the Q&amp;A that was intended to take place on October 21 has been canceled for reasons beyond our control; we apologize for any inconvenience.]<a href="https://www.facebook.com/kimstimfilms/"></a><br /><br /></p> Wednesday, October 28 SPACE DOGS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52803 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter<strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology"><br />SPACE DOGS</a></strong><br />2019, 91 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.</p> <p>Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journey, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter trace the persistence of her memory and legacy into the present day. As the capsule containing Laika re-enters Earth&rsquo;s orbit and begins to burn up, the narrator announces &ldquo;What had been a Moscow street dog had become a ghost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ghost Laika lives on in the present-day strays of <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">SPACE DOGS</a>. Photographed at ground level with wandering, hypnotic camera movements, the strays are seen navigating the urban environs of modern Moscow. In hewing closely to the dog&rsquo;s point of view, the city is rendered as a strange, alien environment. Pulsating music from buildings and unidentified passersby take on an unfamiliar quality as the dogs explore this strange new world.</p> <p>Archival footage of the Soviet space program is interwoven throughout the film, reveling in the bizarre tests and procedures the canines were subjected to in preparation for space travel. The hum of space-age machinery blends seamlessly with the hypnotic drone of the soundtrack, which in turn echoes the alien sounds of the modern city. With stunning cinematography and meditative pacing that recalls the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, SPACE DOGS is a singular work that de-centers humans in order to uncover a forgotten history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Totally unconventional and beyond the anthropocentric gaze, SPACE DOGS is the visionary work of someone who, at the end of History, attempts to rethink it by inventing new canons. The shifting point of view, from essential images of the past to the weight of legend and the violence of the present, sets out a new limit for asking ourselves not just about our role as spectators but also as agents of progress.&rdquo; &ndash;Daniela Persico, LOCARNO</p> <p>[<strong><em>Be forewarned, SPACE DOGS contains documentary footage that some viewers may find upsetting.</em></strong>]<br /><br />SPACE DOGS is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">here</a> (starting Fri, Sept 11) for a streaming rental fee of $12. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $8; members, please email <a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org">hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</a> for the discount code.</p> <p><strong><em>Directors</em></strong><em><strong> Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter took part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Wednesday, October 7; a recording of that Q&amp;A is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/465964871">here</a>.</strong></em><br /><em><strong><br /></strong></em></p> Thursday, October 29 HOME TRUTHS: FILMS ABOUT HOUSING RIGHTS, DISPLACEMENT, AND THE MEANING OF HOME http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52790 <p>One of the (many) issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp (and dire) relief in recent months is that of housing rights. The availability and quality of housing, and the rights of lower-income tenants, has of course been an urgently important and highly contested feature of urban life across the world and throughout modern history. But the precariousness of the lives of millions upon millions of city dwellers has been revealed more starkly than ever by a global pandemic that has rendered the struggle to keep a roof over one&rsquo;s head catastrophically widespread.</p> <p>Given the basic existential nature of the human need for shelter &ndash; and the extent to which housing policy in many societies reflects, embodies, and perpetuates economic exploitation, structural racism, and the destructive toll of unchecked capitalism &ndash; it&rsquo;s no surprise that filmmakers have explored the topic, both directly and indirectly, throughout the history of the medium. This online film series highlights a variety of films past and present that have dramatized the plight of those who wage a daily battle for safe and secure housing, that have unveiled the structural and economic forces that render that struggle so difficult, and that have chronicled the efforts of activists to make change. At their best, these films bring into relief the vital importance of &ldquo;home&rdquo; as a source of emotional and cultural meaning in people&rsquo;s lives &ndash; as a necessity for both body and soul. They identify displacement as a force that robs people not only of the roof over their heads, but also &ndash; perhaps even more destructively &ndash; of their sense of their own identities, their individual and communal histories, and of their culture.</p> <p>The series comprises a selection of films that Anthology will be presenting gradually, over the course of the coming weeks and months, as well as other relevant films that are already available online from other sources.</p> <p>&ldquo;Home Truths&rdquo; is presented in association with <a href="https://shelterforce.org/">Shelterforce</a>. An independent, non-profit publication that began in 1975 as a &ldquo;how-to&rdquo; magazine for tenant activists, <a href="https://shelterforce.org/">Shelterforce</a> covers the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood stabilization. For more info, visit <a href="https://shelterforce.org/">https://shelterforce.org/</a>.</p> <p><strong>To see the full list of films with descriptions and other info, click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52767">here</a>.</strong></p> Saturday, October 31 CULTURE VULTURE: STEVE DALACHINSKY ON SCREEN http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52775 <p><br />For more info, click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52771">here</a>.</p> Saturday, October 31 THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2020#showing-52782 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Yung Chang<strong><br /><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE: ROBERT FISK AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH</a><br /></strong>2019, 106 min, digital. In English &amp; Arabic with English subtitles.<br /><br />For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. The latest film by Yung Chang (director of the acclaimed documentary UP THE YANGTZE among many other works), <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> captures Fisk in action &ndash; feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won&rsquo;t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed &ldquo;the enemies of the people,&rdquo; Fisk&rsquo;s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.<br /><br />&ldquo;&lsquo;If you don&rsquo;t go to the scene and sniff it out, you cannot get close to what the truth is,&rsquo; Fisk remarks early on, revealing a modus operandi very much like that of a detective, searching for evidence at the scene of the crime. In Fisk&rsquo;s case, those scenes have included Beirut in the &lsquo;70s and &lsquo;80s, where he was one of the first journalists to write about the Sabra and Shatilas massacres; Afghanistan during wars with both the Soviet Union and the United States, which led him to interview Osama bin Laden several times; Israel and the Palestinian territories, where he continues to cover the ongoing conflict; and Syria during the last decade, in what has become the deadliest war of our epoch.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Mintzer, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER<br /><br />&ldquo;Fisk is a fiery dialectician with the demeanor of a benign grandpa, arguing on behalf of nuance in both syntax and reportage, and against the &lsquo;de-semanticization of war&rsquo; &ndash; the most egregious example being the post-9/11 tendency of journalists to reduce everything to &lsquo;terror&rsquo; and &lsquo;evil,&rsquo; &lsquo;clashed&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;killed,&rsquo; &lsquo;settlements&rsquo; instead of &lsquo;colonies,&rsquo; and so on. Given recent hand-wringing at <em>The New York Times</em> over the editors&rsquo; obsession with using bywords to avoid stating the plainly obvious &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s a refugee crisis, yet another young black man murdered by racist cops or, indeed, the 44th President&rsquo;s full-tilt-boogie embrace of white supremacists &ndash; Chang&rsquo;s film arrives at a fortuitous time.&rdquo; &ndash;Steve Macfarlane, CINEMA SCOPE</p> <p><strong><a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">THIS IS NOT A MOVIE</a> will be available <a href="https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/this-is-not-a-movie-anthology-film-archives">here</a> starting on Friday, October 16, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p>[Sadly, the Q&amp;A that was intended to take place on October 21 has been canceled for reasons beyond our control; we apologize for any inconvenience.]<a href="https://www.facebook.com/kimstimfilms/"></a><br /><br /></p> Saturday, October 31 SPACE DOGS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=11&year=2020#showing-52804 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter<strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology"><br />SPACE DOGS</a></strong><br />2019, 91 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.</p> <p>Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journey, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter trace the persistence of her memory and legacy into the present day. As the capsule containing Laika re-enters Earth&rsquo;s orbit and begins to burn up, the narrator announces &ldquo;What had been a Moscow street dog had become a ghost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ghost Laika lives on in the present-day strays of <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">SPACE DOGS</a>. Photographed at ground level with wandering, hypnotic camera movements, the strays are seen navigating the urban environs of modern Moscow. In hewing closely to the dog&rsquo;s point of view, the city is rendered as a strange, alien environment. Pulsating music from buildings and unidentified passersby take on an unfamiliar quality as the dogs explore this strange new world.</p> <p>Archival footage of the Soviet space program is interwoven throughout the film, reveling in the bizarre tests and procedures the canines were subjected to in preparation for space travel. The hum of space-age machinery blends seamlessly with the hypnotic drone of the soundtrack, which in turn echoes the alien sounds of the modern city. With stunning cinematography and meditative pacing that recalls the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, SPACE DOGS is a singular work that de-centers humans in order to uncover a forgotten history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Totally unconventional and beyond the anthropocentric gaze, SPACE DOGS is the visionary work of someone who, at the end of History, attempts to rethink it by inventing new canons. The shifting point of view, from essential images of the past to the weight of legend and the violence of the present, sets out a new limit for asking ourselves not just about our role as spectators but also as agents of progress.&rdquo; &ndash;Daniela Persico, LOCARNO</p> <p>[<strong><em>Be forewarned, SPACE DOGS contains documentary footage that some viewers may find upsetting.</em></strong>]<br /><br />SPACE DOGS is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spacedogsatanthology">here</a> (starting Fri, Sept 11) for a streaming rental fee of $12. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $8; members, please email <a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org">hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</a> for the discount code.</p> <p><strong><em>Directors</em></strong><em><strong> Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter took part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Wednesday, October 7; a recording of that Q&amp;A is available <a href="https://vimeo.com/465964871">here</a>.</strong></em><br /><em><strong><br /></strong></em></p> Tuesday, November 03 HAM ON RYE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=11&year=2020#showing-52817 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Tyler Taormina<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase"><strong>HAM ON RYE</strong></a><br />2019, 85 min, digital. Distributed by Factory 25; special thanks to Matt Grady.<br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a>, a coming-of-age comedy centered on the nervous excitement of youth and the strange horror of entering adulthood, boasts an expansive ensemble of over one hundred performers, including non-actors, musicians, 90s Nickelodeon child stars, and more, to explore a suburban community&rsquo;s relationship with a prom-like ritual and the decay of the human spirit. It begins with the crowd-pleasing spirit of a John Hughes movie and fades slowly into an off-kilter dystopia with the energy of DAZED AND CONFUSED.</p> <p>&ldquo;Part coming-of-age film, part suburban fever dream, HAM ON RYE is a charming and pleasantly strange amalgam of half-forgotten childhood memories. Reflecting an adolescence spent immersed in 1990s TV culture and a more recent engagement with the international art-house pantheon, Taormina&rsquo;s shape-shifting debut performs a clever sleight of hand, coming on like a slightly surreal teen comedy in the vein of early Richard Linklater before segueing into something far stranger. [&hellip;] Taormina, working with co-writer Eric Berger, displays a keen understanding of this milieu, drawing on his own experiences growing up in Long Island, as well as his background in music (he currently fronts the Los Angeles indie rock band Cloud) and developing kids&rsquo; television shows. Those two very different interests inform the 28-year-old filmmaker&rsquo;s first feature in unique ways and help it stand apart from the typical teen angst parable.&rdquo; &ndash;Jordan Cronk, FILM COMMENT</p> <p>&ldquo;[In HAM ON RYE], things get strange, with an element that may or may not be science-fictional, a sidelong glance at the town&rsquo;s class politics, and a vision of desolation and loneliness, of a quiet headlong leap into the void of the future, that&hellip;has the uncanny echo of a disturbing real-life dream.&rdquo; &ndash;Richard Brody, NEW YORKER</p> <p><strong><br /><a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">HAM ON RYE</a> is available <a href="https://factory25.vhx.tv/checkout/anthology-film-archives-presents-ham-on-rye/purchase">here</a>, for a streaming rental fee of $10.</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>The streaming rental also includes access to two pre-recorded Q&amp;As with director Tyler Taormina, one moderated by actor Michael Cera (and including co-writer Eric Berger), the other by filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa.</strong></strong></p> Tuesday, November 03