RiverRun 2016

Monday 4/11

My Friend’s Rubber Ducky  “In a tipsy fit, Joseph kidnaps an old friend who owes him $5,000, enlisting the aide of his hipster girlfriend and stoner roommate.”  This was hilarious.  Pot, tai chi and a kidnapping. Everyone involved did an excellent job.

Jacqueline (Argentine)  “This mockumentary follows an unnamed director and narrator (Wyatt Cenac) down to Argentina, where he’s filming Jacqueline, who claims to be blowing the whistle on a plot to assassinate an Arab politician.” Didn’t live up to my hopes.  The title character came off as a flake rather than an international woman of mystery.  And, if it was meant to be funny, it failed.

Francofonia “A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.” This was wonderful.  When it is available, I will watch it again.

Tuesday 4/12

Salero “When the future arrives to Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, one of the most secluded places on the planet, the destiny of this ancient salt flat is unearthed and one young salt gatherer becomes the last link between the old world and the new.”  We were moved.  It was thought provoking.

Thursday 4/14

Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers “…follows three women in an all female, predominantly Muslim unit of police officers sent to post-earthquake Haiti as UN Peacekeepers for one year. The mission challenges these women while shattering commonly held stereotypes.”  We liked this a lot.   Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy are names we should remember when looking for documentaries.

Cameraperson “Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.”  This was an interesting memoir.

(Dinner at Willow’s Bistro with 3 Sextons)

Friday 4/15

Heavenly Nomadic “A family of nomads live in the high, remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia…”  This is slow and lyrical.  I enjoyed it very much.

Chevalier “In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear on his smallest finger the victory ring: the Chevalier.”  This was very funny.

NC Shorts 1  (Oops.)

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