1910 La Revolucion Espirita
Dir. Alejandro Fernandez Solsona - 72 min. - Mexico - film website
Meet Mexico's President in 1910, Francisco I. Madero, who built awareness among society by means of his spiritual convictions. Uncover unknown events that led to Mexico's destiny onto the road of democracy.
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Dick-George, Tenn-Tom
A Balancing Act
Dir. Marc Israel - USA - 80 min. - film website
Rub intimate eyeballs with the outlandish curators of Austin's Museum of Ephemerata, the charismatic ex-Amish street philosopher & Optimist Club founder Skutter, and a motley assortment of bike balancers in Vietnam as award-winning documentary filmmaker Marc Israel takes us on an epic, desperate, & often hilarious quest thru the USA & Southeast Asia investigating a mysterious international motorbike balancing contest.
Saturday, September 29, 2007 / 11:00 pm - 12:15 am @ Eyedrum
Dir. Josh Wallaert - 98 min. - film website
Discover the land and people of the Columbia Basin and the Hanford nuclear site in southeastern Washington state. Coyotes roam among decommissioned nuclear reactors, salmon spawn in the middle of golf courses, wine grapes grow in the sagebrush, and federal cleanup dollars spur rapid urban expansion.
Friday, September 28, 2007 / 8:00 pm - 9:40 pm @ Eyedrum
Dir. Dan DeVivo - 75 min - AZ - film website
Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers – an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their families. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security.
Saturday, September 29, 2007 / 9:45 pm - 11:00 pm @ Eyedrum
Dir. Robin and Rory Muir - NY - 75 min. - film website
Follow six unique street performers, including the unforgettable Helen, Kenny and Mercury Man as they struggle to earn a living and defend their right to perform in New York City's underground. As harassment from the police force grows, and the city holds an intensive audition process where many are denied licenses, these zany characters are made to feel as if they are not talented enough to play - in the subway no less!
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 11:00 pm - 12:30 am @ Eyedrum / playing with The Cole Nobody Knows
Lost and Found In Mexico
Dir. Caren Cross - 53 min. - Mexico - film website
While many Mexicans are risking their lives to cross the border to a better life, there are many Americans who are crossing the border in the other direction - looking for the simpler life in Mexico. They have given up "the good life" for a home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - discovering along the way that their new home provides more than money can buy.
Saturday, September 29, 2007 / 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm @ Eyedrum
Dir. Ercole Rocchetti - Italy / Romania - 60 min.
In this eye-opening and heartbreaking look at immigration from a European perspective, Michela, a 29 year-old Romanian Mother, returns to her country after living in Italy illegally for six years. While in Italy, Michela fights to secure stable employment, and lives in dangerous slums with other Romanians. After just two months back home in Romania, Michela and her new husband decide to go back to Italy in order to support their new family - no matter how horrible the conditions may be.
Saturday, September 29, 2007 / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Traces.
Dir. Don Wilson - 98 min. - film website
This award winning documentary feature film is giving a voice to the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast who continue to be neglected by the media, FEMA, SBA, and the insurance companies as billions pour into the war in Iraq.
Friday, September 28, 2007 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Surviving Rita.
Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa
Dir. Jeremy Stulberg and Randy Stulberg - 64 min. - film website
Twenty-five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of radicals live in the desert, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American Dream.
Friday, September 28, 2007 / 9:45 - 11:00 pm @ Eyedrum
Other People's Children
Dir. Beth Miranda Botshon - 43 min. - NY - film website
Meet three of the thousands of immigrant caretakers who arrive at the households everyday prepared to pick up where the moms leave off.
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Uncle Hyman Cleans Up
Dir. Giorgio Piracci - Peru - 62 min. - film website
The Yaneshas are the unknown native indigenous people of the Peruvian amazon rain-forest. As with most indigenous groups, they have been forced off their land into a tiny segment of the jungle. Live life with the Yaneshas as they attempt to break stereotypes of the indigenous peoples and offer a clear understanding of what it means to be indigenous in the modern world.
Saturday, September 29, 2007 / 7:30 - 8:40 pm @ Eyedrum
Rent a Rasta
Dir. J Michael Seyfer - 45 min. - Jamaica - film website
Sex tourism, a product of slavery, is not new to the Caribbean. Every year over 80,000 middle-aged women flock to Jamaica in search of the "big bamboo." They are not necessarily into long term relationships but many return regularly to their island stud, bringing money and gifts in a practice known as "rent a rasta."
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Chatham Co. Jail
The Ballad of AJ Weberman
Dir. James Bluemel & Oliver Ralfe - 82 min. - NY - film website
An incredible documentary chronicling the life, times and crimes of notorious Bob Dylan obsessive and Garbology inventor, A.J Weberman. Its an irreverent and witty exploration into one man's obsessions, his life lived on the New York fringes and a uniquely twisted take on the American dream.
Friday, September 28, 2007 / 11:00 pm - 12:20 am @ Eyedrum
The World of Vija Vetra
Dir. Aleksandar Kostic - USA - 50 min. - film website
A story about life, told through a portrait of an 84 year old world renowned dancer Vija Vetra. It's a world from a perspective of a devoted dancer, an artist who lived and worked on five continents. A connection between her spirituality and her hard life helps us understand the universal meaning of life.
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 7:00 - 8:15 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Sylvia Hyman: Eternal Wonder
Chatham County Jail
Dir. Penny Brice - 6 min. - GA
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 10:00 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Rent a Rasta
Inmate graffiti on the walls of the Chatham County Jail resonates among the voices of people affected by incarceration.
Dir. Gideon C. Kennedy & Marcus Rosentrater - AL / GA - film website
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 8:30 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with 1910 La Revolucion Espirita
"Dick-George, Tenn-Tom" is a sardonic look at a visit made by President Richard M. Nixon to Mobile, AL in 1971, at which time he shook 100 feet of hands, lost a cuff link, and shared a stage with his biggest political rival, Governor George Wallace.
Surviving Rita: Looking Forward
Dir. Gordon S. Williams - 26 min. - TX
Friday, September 28, 2007 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Mississippi Son
A nicely done doc chronicling the impact of the devastation of Hurricane Rita and the long period of recovery that continues in Southeast Texas.
Sylvia Hyman: Eternal Wonder
Dir. Curt Hahn - 24 min. - USA - film website
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 7:00 @ Eyedrum / playing with The World of Vija Vetra
Sylvia Hyman was in her forties when she first began working in clay, quickly gaining international recognition. Five decades later she continues to re-invent herself as an artist as she pushes the boundaries of her medium.
The Cole Nobody Knows
Dir. Clay Walker - 21 min. - USA
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 11:00 pm @ Eyedrum playing with Downtown Locals
Meet Freddy Cole, the lesser-known, yet equally talented younger brother of Nat "King" Cole. At age 75, Freddy Cole is at last being recognized for his amazing musical talent.
Dir. Mauri Pasanen - 32 min. - Finland - film website
Saturday, September 29, 2007 / 6:00 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Michela's Story
A young Russian woman sets out on a quest to re-establish a family connection broken by the Holocaust and the Iron Curtain.
Uncle Hyman Cleans Up
Dir. Neil Ira Needleman - 7 min. - NY
Thursday, September 27, 2007 / 6:00 pm @ Eyedrum / playing with Other People's Children
Fresh out of the hospital after a mini-stroke, this 96 year old should have been relaxing, but he grabbed his mop and began cleaning instead.