NEXDOCS Series Pass
This week-long festival showcases non-fiction lms that play with form, push aesthetic boundaries, and explore subjects and ideas by stretching conventions of narrative structure and style. The films in this program experiment with the line between the world we see and the world we make. This year's festival unearths the everyday beauty and challenge of life in rural West Virginia, the philosophical possibilities of Portuguese architecture, the transformation of an Eastern European folktale, and more.
"This festival is very important. If you pay attention to it, you will find some of the most innovative documentaries of our times. To miss the festival is often to miss the chance of seeing these films on the big screen." The Stranger
The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga
(Jessica Oreck, United States/Russia/Ukraine/Poland, 2013, 72 min)
An iconic fairy tale reveals its philosophical roots (and ripple effects) in this journey deep into the forest. The widely-known Eastern European folk tale of Baba Yaga tells of a witch with a cabin on chicken's legs, and a penchant for children's flesh. But Yaga's world took on new meaning during wartime, when those who once feared her began to flee into the woods in search of refuge.
Director Jon Matthews in attendance!
Conversation at 4pm before the screening with Jon Matthews, filmmaker Amy Benson, and program director Courtney Sheehan
(Jon Matthews, United States, 2014, 65 min)
Surviving Cliffside opens with a title card that reads, "dedicated to my homestate of West Virginia and all her complexities, contradictions, and immense beauty." Those complexities and contradictions are explored through tender contemplation and unconventional narrative structure in this rare portrait of rural West Virginia.
In Medias Res
(Luciana Fina, Portugal, 2013, digibeta, 72 min)
In the 1950s, Portuguese architect Manuel Tainha grew up as a young architect in Lisbon's exciting modernist movement, and later became an acclaimed professor, going on to create work that subverted established standards for architectural form. More than a biographical documentary about a renowned architect, In Medias Res creates dialogue between space and time, filmmaker and viewer, inside and outside, architecture and other art forms.
(Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine, 2014, 131 min)
Both timely and timeless, Maidan captures the massive public demonstrations in late 2013 and early 2014 that catalyzed the Ukranian Revolution and deepened rifts between Russia and the West. Director Sergei Loznitsa (My Joy, In the Fog) lets the people speak for themselves, opting for long static shots and refraining from imposing voice over narration or traditional interviews.
Song from the Forest
(Michael Obert, Germany, 2013, Blu-ray, 96 min)
As a young man, burgeoning musicologist Louis Sarno was gripped by a Bayaka pygmies song he heard on the radio. After researching the song's homeland, he traveled to the rainforest of the Central African Republic to learn more. 25 years later, he has recorded thousands of hours of Bayaka music, raised a son in the forest and lives with the Bayaka people.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
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Seattle, WA 98122