An obscure painter battles depression, modern art, and the constant risk of failure as he searches the spiritual realm for undiscovered images. Emmy-nominated editor Jen Fineran follows the artist Mark Weiss as he strives to create a new method of automatic painting that resists formulaic closure and rewards persistence, revealing as it creates – and perhaps hurting and healing the artist in the process.
Shored Up is the vivid and timely tale of coastal development in New Jersey and North Carolina where a gamble on development and engineering collide with the force of nature. Set in Long Beach Island, NJ and the Outer Banks of NC, Shored Up is a prescient look at what happens when we ignore the realities of geology in our drive to inhabit and profit from the land along our coast. Filmed over three years and culminating with the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Shored Up foresees the consequences of our very human desire to live on the edge in the shadow of beauty. As the film explores the political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore in the years leading up to Sandy it becomes an eerie foretelling of the storm’s devastation and a witness to its dramatic aftermath.
Island Earth by Cyrus Sutton
Executive produced by Brad Pitt, Big Men follows what happens when a Texas oil firm makes an enormous discovery off West Africa’s coast. Gaining unprecedented access to reveal big business in oil, it took six years to make and takes viewers around the world, from inside Wall Street boardrooms to the jungle camp of a Nigerian militant group. Director Rachel Boynton has an incredible ability to go behind closed doors; her access is critical when Kosmos Energy makes its enormous discovery. Christened the Jubilee Field, this massive undersea deposit had the potential to return a staggering $2.2 billion to investors. Big Men is a story told from the inside, as it happens, not reconstructed once the dust settles. Called “a real life Chinatown or There Will Be Blood” by Variety critic Scott Foundas, this extraordinary film poses fundamental questions about what motivates us all: is unbridled greed an intrinsic part of human nature? And can what unites us ever be greater than what divides us?
Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from trash.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
General Orders No. 9 is an experimental documentary that contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South as potent metaphors of personal and collective destiny.
In this intimate portrait of filmmaker Ricky Leacock, Jane Weiner mixes footage that she’s shot (over a period of 38 years) of encounters with Henri Langlois, Jean Rouch, Jonas Mekas, Ed Pincus, et al, with examples from Leacock’s cinematic adventures and never-before-seen segments from his personal film archives.
Quadrangle is an unconventional documentary about two “conventional” couples that swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early 1970s.