MARIEKE

MARIEKE follows Flemish Paralympic gold-medal wheelchair-racer Marieke Vervoort as she challenges the way the world sees assisted suicide. But as her physical challenges increase, time may be running out. For over 20 years, she has suffered from a rare spinal disease, causing progressive paralysis. Having her own euthanasia papers, legal in Belgium, has liberated Marieke by giving her the ability to control her own destiny. Now, with the permission to die, her will to live is stronger than ever and we witness her becoming a new kind of leader in unexpected, life-changing ways.

a new documentary work-in-progress

80 minutes, color

 

NADIA COMANECI: The Gymnast and the Dictator

A portrait of legendary Perfect Ten gymnast Nadia Comaneci at the height of her fame in Romania, and of how she survived for years under the Communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. 

 

56 minutes, color, produced by Roche Productions, ARTE and TVR Romania. Commissioned by Arte-France, 2016. 

 

Broadcasts: ARTE, Radio Television Suisse, RTBF Belgian TV, VRT Netherlands, DR Denmark, SBS Australia, YLE Finland, RTP2 Portugal, RTVE Spain, Ceska Televize, S.H. Channel 8 Israel, RUV Iceland.

 

FESTIVALS: Denver International Film Festival 2016 (US premiere), Hamptons Take 2,

Pessac History Festival Panorama, San Luis Obispo Film Festival

 

Watch the trailer:  https://vimeo.com/181860535

MUSICIANS FOR HILLARY

New York musicians speak out about 

police brutality, international affairs and climate change

as the issues they care most about.

THE DRUMADICS

ANDREW ZAP

GABRIEL MAYERS

 

CATS FOR HILLARY

Cats who support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election get down about their hopes, fears,- oh, and about sexual harassment, too.

9 short videos featuring Facebook stars Tatze and Felix.

 

SUBWAY: The Musical 

Gabriel Mayers
NaJah Lewis

Work-in-progress for a feature documentary on New York City subway musicians. 

 

On a sensuous musical journey through New York City’s subways, we come to know the intimate dramas of a group of talented performers: from a beautiful young troubadour hoping to break through to a homeless teen dancing for survival.

Five intimate stories from the underground heart of New York.

 

"I loved it on all levels- content, humanity... You identify so closely with the people on screen that their experience is yours. That's when documentary is at its peak." - Albert Maysles

 

Watch the Samplehttps://vimeo.com/78672772

 

THE LOST TRIBE

Eric Kamen plays his composition "The Lost Tribe".

Executive Producer: Francine Tint.

Produced and directed by Pola Rapaport.

Director of Photography: Wolfgang Held; MOVI cinematography: Thorsten Thielow; Editor: Ryuhei Shindo

Dancers: Holly Googe, Shakiver Gordon, Cecile Klaus, Pearrie Hammie.

 

 

 

HAIR: Let the Sun Shine In

A new tribe performs HAIR in Washington Square Park photo credit: John Mazlish www.johnmazlishphoto.com
HAIR creators Jim Rado, Galt MacDermot and Gerry Ragni photo credit: dagmar.
 

Documentary on the phenomenal counter-culture musical. 55 minutes, color, produced by Ina, Blinding Light & Arte-France. 2007

 

Broadcasts:  Sundance Channel, US; Arte/France & Germany; RTBF/ Belgium; purchased by Finland, Italy, Canada and others

 

Festivals: Amsterdam IDFA, Thessaloniki, Planet Doc Warsaw, Jerusalem, Mill Valley, Seattle, Sarasota, Perth and others

 

DVD distributionKino Lorber

 

Wonderful work! – Milos Forman

Without exception, it is the best HAIR film I have ever seen – Michael Butler, Producer of HAIR

 

                    4-minute video clip from the documentary. Over 2 million hits on Youtube. 

 

 

WRITER OF O

Penelope Puymirat as O in her cell
Author Dominique Aury at 90
Catherine Mouchet as Dominique Aury & Alain Rimoux as Jean Paulhan
Penelope Puymirat as O asleep

 

Documentary on the hidden author of the French erotic classic, Story of O. 80 minutes. 2004. Produced by INA, Blinding Light, Inc and Arte/France. 2004

 

Audacious – L’HUMANITE  

 

Combines with virtuosity the filmmaker’s search, dramatizations of the book, and the quiet sweetness of Dominique Aury – LIBERATION  

Remarkable intelligence… magnificent – LE MONDE

 

US Theatrical Premiere at the FIlm Forum, New York

 

Prizes: Grand Prix, Best Documentary, URTI, Monte Carlo

 

Broadcast:  Arte/France & Germany, RTBF/ Belgium, YLE/Finland, Sundance Channel/US

Festivals: Toronto Int’l Film Festival (world premiere) • Amsterdam IDFA • Jerusalem Int’l Film Festival • FIPA •  INPUT Taiwan • Seattle •  Denver • Newport • Wisconsin and others

 

Theatrical & DVD distribution: Zeitgeist Films  


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FAMILY SECRET

Director Pola Rapaport and her long lost Romanian brother Pierre Radulescu
Long-lost brother Pierre Radulescu at home in Bucharest
"Hello. I am your brother, Pierre.”

Documentary on the reunion of the filmmaker with her long-lost Romanian brother, their father's "family secret". 

58 minutes, 2000.  Produced by Blinding Light, Inc and Arte-France. 2000

 

This astonishing autobiographical document blends black & white with color, love, humor, bitterness and hope. - LE MONDE  

 

Engrossing... offers a unique and intimate view of war, displacement and immigration as the 20th Century's great dividers. - VARIETY  

 

Heartfelt... chronicles the filmmaker's search for family ties and the Romanian brother she never knew she had. - VILLAGE VOICE

 

Prizes: Best Documentary of the Year Grand Prix, Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia 

 

Broadcasts: WDR/Germany, Sundance Channel/US, Arte/France & Germany, Israel

 

Festivals: Rotterdam • Gothenburg • Hot Docs Toronto • Leipzig • Denver • Mill Valley • NY DOCFEST • Wisconsin • San Francisco, Toronto & Washington Jewish Film Festivals • Walker Art Center

 

Distribution On-line distribution by Cinetic Rights Management

 

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BLIND LIGHT 

Edie Falco as photographer Diana DiBianco, at the Villa San Michele
Edie awaiting a ferry to take her from the island of Capri. Photo credit: Umberto D'Aniello

Documentary/ drama. Starring Emmy Award Winner Edie Falco and featuring Richard Hell.

58 minutes, 1998.  Produced by Blinding Light, Inc.

 

A young American photographer in search of commercial locations on the island of Capri finds more than she's looking for in this film-within-a-film, which blends autobiography with fiction in a search to re-capture a peak moment of pure happiness.

 

Beautifully shot and artfully composed...a haunting, lyrical, hypnotic work - Austin Chronicle

 

Magic... A wonderful achievement -Bo Smith, Curator, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

 

Prizes:  Lumiere Award, New Orleans Film Festival 2000 

 

Broadcasts:  Arte/France & Germany, Independent Film Channel US, RAI/Italy, YLE/Finland

 

Festivals:  SxSW • Denver • Wisconsin • Gothenburg  • Amsterdam Doc  • Mill Valley  • Walker Art Center

 

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BROKEN MEAT

The poet Alan Granville
Alan Granville with Robert Attanasio under the Manhattan Bridge.
Alan Granville rests on a grave.

Documentary portrait of Bukowski-style beat poet Alan Granville. 50 min. b/w. 1990  

 

Wonderful! - Kurt Vonnegut

 

Funky, excellent, neo-beatnik... A must see, especially for poets - Baltimore City Paper

 

A visual joy - Chicago New Paper  

 

Perfect documentary - Park City Paper

 

Prizes:  Award of the Press, Message to Man Leningrad Film Festival• Ivens Prize Nominee, IDFA Amsterdam • Best Cinematography, Oberhausen • Best Documentary, New Orleans Film Festival • Special Mention, Hawaii Film Festival 

 

Broadcasts:  Sundance Channel, WNET/ Ch 13 Reel New York, SBS/Australia, ZDF/Germany

 

FestivalsSundance Film Festival • Edinburgh • Pesaro • Cork • Munich Filmmuseum • Robert Flaherty Seminar 

 

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