Fans of beautiful, engaging documentary subjects are in for a special treat this weekend! DETROPIA (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2012) & FREE RADICALS: A HISTORY OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM (Pip Chodorov, 2010) play on 11/03 & 11/04 at our South Lamar location (1120 South Lamar Blvd).
Nowhere else in Austin will you have an opportunity to see these extraordinary films! Only at The Alamo!
Detroit, Michigan once encapsulated America’s ideals: freedom, self-made manufacturing and automobile industries, the establishment of a middle class, and the ever-elusive American dream. Now, Detroit is on the brink of total collapse - economic, financial, and social. As a once prosperous cityscape transforms into an urban wasteland, one would think that all hope is lost. DETROPIA, the latest feature film by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (JESUS CAMP, FREAKONOMICS) proves that this is far from true. Ewing and Grady show a side of the city inhabited by eternal optimists and pragmatic souls who refuse to give up on a city that has been and continues to be their home. Detroit, which can so easily be written off as a woeful stereotype of the declining American mythos, comes alive when its people serve as its voice. DETROPIA proves that Detroit’s young people and its artists in particular have a personal drive to revitalize and reclaim a city that is almost lost. Winner of the Editing Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DETROPIA is powerfully affecting and not to be missed. (Sam Prime)
On FREE RADICALS:
A personal window into the history of experimental cinema, Pip Chodorov’s film begins with a simple and inviting phrase: “I’d like you to meet some of my friends and see their films.” Without aspiring to be comprehensive, Chodorov presents an array of short works by the experimental directors he quite literally grew up with, as well as excerpts from the interviews and conversations conducted with the aforementioned filmmakers throughout his lifetime. Featured here are the likes of Hans Richter, Robert Breer, Michael Snow, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, just a handful of the personalities that make up the canon of experimental film. Chodorov also does something unique to the documentary form: he allows intervals within his film wherein he plays short experimental works in their entirety, blissfully presented without commentary. FREE RADICALS is a beautiful essay from a film community insider: a love letter to experimental cinema and its makers. (Sam Prime)
DETROPIA plays at 1:00 PM on 11/03 and 11/04.
FREE RADICALS: A HISTORY OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM plays at 4:00 PM on 11/03 and 11/04.
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