[FRAMED] Curated Documentary Film Series Pass
Next Stage Arts Project, in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival former director Nancy Schafer, presents [framed], a brand new series of feature length documentary films, each presented by the filmmaker in an intimate setting at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont.
[framed] films will be screened at Next Stage on six Thursdays, beginning March 30th, 2017, at 7:30 PM. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. (A second group of films will be screened in the fall.)
Curator Nancy Schafer worked for the iconic Tribeca Film Festival for 11 years, where she was most recently the festivals executive director. Schafer and Next Stage co-founder Billy Straus met at the Camden International Film Festival in 2015 where Schafer serves on the advisory board, and the idea of programming a documentary series for Next Stage was born.
Straus said, The chance to work with Nancy to bring new documentary films of this caliber, and to have the filmmakers here to present their work to audiences at Next Stage, has been a programmatic goal of ours since the beginning. The series offers an excellent opportunity for the community to engage with this remarkable group of filmmakers without having to travel to a major festival.
The filmmakers will also be working with area students as part of Next Stage Arts ongoing collaborations with schools. Series curator Nancy Schafer said, I love what Next Stage is doing for the region, and they have created the perfect setting for audiences to engage with filmmakers without having to travel far afield to larger festivals. Framed brings a remarkable group of filmmakers to Next Stage to present their films and talk with Next Stage audiences about the work.
The films in the [framed] series have recently played on the festival circuit around the world including Sundance and Tribeca, and all have been recognized with festival honors. The eclectic lineup explores a wide range of issues including gender, incarceration, beauty, otherness, greed, and the role of family and tradition. Schafer adds, Each of the Framed films celebrates the power of skillful storytelling, and I think audiences will delight in the unexpected perspectives these films bring to the screen.
March 30th: Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016)
(Jury Award Winner, Florida FF, 2016)
In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in a surprising sex-positive community, on her path to adulthood.
Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Ariana Garfinkel.
April 6th: Solitary (2016)
(Independent Spirit Award Nominee, 2017)
A daring exploration of the lives of inmates and corrections officers in one of America's most notorious supermax prisons, built to hold inmates in 8x10 cells, 23-hours-a-day, for months, years and sometimes decades. With unprecedented access, the film captures a complex, unexpected and deeply moving portrait of life inside.
Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Kristi Jacobson.
April 13th: The Eagle Huntress (2016)
(Peoples Choice Winner, Denver Intnl FF 2016)
Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Many old Kazakh eagle hunters vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, but Aisholpan's father believes otherwise.
Presented at Next Stage by producer Stacey Reiss.
April 20th: Miss Sharon Jones (2015)
(Best Documentary, Sarasota FF 2016)
After years in obscurity and being told she was too black, too short, too old," Jones finally broke-through in her forties and has been hailed as a modern-day female James Brown. The film chronicles a remarkable year as she struggles to hold her band The Dap Kings together while battling a cancer diagnosis and finds her way back to the stage with the unstoppable determination of a true soul survivor.
Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Barbara Kopple.
April 27th: Tickling Giants (2016)
(Nominee, Best Documentary, Tribecca FF 2016)
In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that is every mothers worst nightmare... He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian.
Presented at Next Stage by editor Moaz Elfarouk.
May 4th: Betting on Zero (2016)
(Official Selection, Tribecca FF 2016)
Follow billionaire hedge fund titan Bill Ackman and several former Herbalife distributors after Ackman takes a billion dollar short position in Herbalife, alleging it is a pyramid scheme destined to collapse. The film chronicles Ackman's feuds with Herbalife CEO and investor Carl Icahn, and the resulting controversy over both the short and Herbalife's business practices.
Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Ted Braun.
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