This is not a joke. Karlheinz Stockhausen dreamt of it and he did it. He wrote a score for a string quartet whose musicians (in this instance the Arditti Quartet) would each play in a helicopter, while their music would be mixed on the ground by Stockhausen and broadcasted in the concert hall. The helicopter rotors are naturally present.
Documenting the work of one of the most groundbreaking and seductive composers of the Twentieth Century, this film also shows Luc Ferrari’s “extremely libertarian personality: his spontaneity, his inclination towards hedonism and sensuality, his curious and open character, his rejection of all kind of power and of all stable position within institutions, his pronounced taste for jeux, his sense of self-derision and his ferocious refusal of all dogmatism”.
This documentary captures the overflowing energy and activity of one today’s greatest composers, Philip Glass, and allows us to follow him from New York to London and from Paris to Boston. He speaks about his beginnings, his moving to Paris for two years of intensive study with Nadia Boulanger, his meeting with Indian musician Ravi Shankar and director Robert Wilson, who had a deep influence on his career. The film also shows him at work on the last details of his opera The Sound of a Voice, directed by Robert Woodruff and conducted by Alan Johnson.
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007) Scott Hicks, Philip Glass, Holly Critchlow, Chuck Close, Documentary, Biography, Music
Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hicks (“Shine”) documents an eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished Western classical composer Philip Glass as he interacts with a number of friends and collaborators, who include Chuck Close, Ravi Shankar, and Martin Scorsese.
Cama de Gato / Cat’s Cradle (2012) João Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis, Joana Santos, Documentary, Drama, Family
We wanted to make a film about a teenage mother. We met Joana in a casting that took place in Setubal, in the Bela Vista neighborhood. She appeared to us as a porcelain doll, small, fragile, pale, with a little hair bow. Little by little, she crumbled apart, revealing a charming complexity. We were conquered by the duality of strength and fragility, freedom and incarceration, joy and sorrow. The intimacy and complicity we were able to establish with her made this film possible. In Cat’s Cradle, we share her with everyone else.
Herr von Bohlen privat (2015) André Schäfer, Arnd Klawitter, Arne Gottschling, Christian Birko-Flemming, Documentary, Drama
Who was Arndt von Bohlen? A weird jetsetter in postwar German high society? A strange “bird of paradise” whose main interests were extravagant clothes and flashy make-up? Or simply Germany’s wealthiest early retiree? This fictional documentary film, directed by André Schäfer, tells the story of the last of the Krupp von Bohlen line, the German steelworks dynasty that made two world wars possible.
The Cockettes (2002) Bill Weber, David Weissman, Larry Brinkin, Peggy Cass, Pristine Condition, Documentary
On New Year’s Eve, 1969, a flamboyant ragtag troupe of genderbending hippies took the stage of San Francisco’s Palace Theater and The Cockettes were born. For the next 2 1/2 years, these outrageous drag performers created 20 shows with titles like “A Crab on Uranus Means You’re Loved” and “Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma,” and were featured in four underground films.
State of Mind is an eye-opener: In documenting the daily grind of 13-year-old Pak Hyon Sun and 11-year-old Kim Song Yun as they prepare for the yearly Games, Gordon reveals what it’s like to live in North Korea today.
On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Mark Borchardt dreams the American dream: for him, it’s making movies. Using relatives, local theater talent, slacker friends, his Mastercard, and $3,000 from his Uncle Bill, Mark strives over three years to finish “Covan,” a short horror film.