Cinecity 14th Brighton Film Festival

11 - 27 November

Listings: Arts Documentaries

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Arts Documentaries

Exploring the arts and culture.

A selection of the best, latest documentaries about the arts – and documentaries made by artist film-makers.

12
Nov

Inspired by a walk from Waltham Abbey in Essex via Battle Abbey to St Leonards-on-Sea, the latest film from Andrew Kötting (Gallivant, Swandown, By Our Selves) documents a pilgrimage in memory of Edith Swan Neck. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, parts of King Harold’s body were taken to Waltham Abbey for burial and… Read more »

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13
Nov

FLicker + Pulse is a striking and poignant portrayal of time passing in a beautiful Sussex walled garden. Using real-time and time-lapse footage, the film explores the relationship between the seasons and the plants and people who work within the walls of the garden. Locked into the clock of the solar system, the garden performs… Read more »

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13
Nov

Jim Jarmusch rates Iggy and The Stooges as the best rock‘n’roll band ever and this definitive documentary is the work of a true fan. Their powerful blend of rock, blues, R&B and free jazz enjoys an enduring legacy and influence and is brilliantly captured through a rich mix of archive footage, interviews, photos and animation…. Read more »

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14
Nov

Selected from open submissions to CINECITY. Brighton Screenings are films made in Brighton or by Brighton filmmakers and gives us the chance to highlight some of the talented filmmakers working in the region today.

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15
Nov

The humble compact cassette tape was a revolutionary invention, one that made recording available to everyone and unleashed a new music sharing culture on the world. The format refuses to die and has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Exploring its role in the proliferation of pop culture, Cassette features musical luminaries such as Henry… Read more »

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17
Nov

Israeli-American director Alma Har’el follows her groundbreaking debut Bombay Beach (2011) with the equally ambitious and artistically bold LoveTrue. The concept of true love is a vast and tough subject to broach for any film-maker, but Har’el’s visually stunning, genre-bending exploration of the subject is remarkably assured. Delving deep into our collective perception of relationships… Read more »

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19
Nov

A documentary examining the life and work of the pioneering artist, musician, performer and film-maker, Tony Conrad (1940-2016). To the world at large he remains virtually unknown but Conrad was one of the great American artists of our time and since the early 1960s, his films and musical compositions have been the stuff of legend…. Read more »

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20
Nov

Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated is one of the year’s most heartwarming and uplifting documentaries. Based on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind’s 2014 memoir Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, Williams’ documentary mixes real footage with animated sequences to recount the Suskind family’s twenty year journey to connect… Read more »

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21
Nov

Jem Cohen, the New York-based film-maker and photographer, is well known for his film portraits of urban landscapes. He recently spent time in the UK capturing the landscape and people of South East Essex for his latest film which was commissioned by Metal and premiered in Estuary 2016: ‘I found that the Thames Estuary and… Read more »

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22
Nov

Fear Itself takes viewers on a personal journey through fear and cinema, and asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves. Constructed entirely from existing films, it encourages viewers to interrogate a diverse range of images and sounds sampled from 100 years of cinema. Fear Itself informs and unnerves in equal measure,… Read more »

22
Nov

“Hi, I’m Lynn Ruth Miller, I’m 80 years old and I’m your future!!” The World’s Oldest Comedienne, Lynn Ruth Miller, is the subject of Granny’s Gone Wild, a documentary from Latest’s Bill Smith. This ribald and riotous romp follows the poster girl for growing old disgracefully – and her adoring young fans – as she shows us how to live life to… Read more »

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23
Nov

For 25 years American cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has roamed the globe for some of the documentary world’s biggest directors, including Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) and Laura Poitras (Citizenfour). Drawing on footage she’s shot for countless other directors, in Cameraperson Johnson has assembled a unique memoir of the images that have most marked her to reflect… Read more »

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24
Nov

25 years after Jenny Livingstone’s seminal documentary Paris is Burning, which shone a light on ‘80s Harlem’s Ballroom scene, this explosive and uplifting new documentary reveals one of the subculture’s contemporary descendants: the Kiki scene. Part activist movement, part artistic milieu, the Kiki community is a site of radical self expression for young queer people… Read more »

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26
Nov

Featuring long-lost footage and archival photos of William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Spike Lee, Madonna, Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, John Waters, and many others, Uncle Howard chronicles the fascinating but tragically short life of film-maker Howard Brookner. To Aaron Brookner, he was a loving and inspirational uncle who died of AIDS in 1989 at the… Read more »

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27
Nov

In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (aka Desperate Optimists) take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O’Higgins – father of Bernardo O’Higgins, the first leader of Independent Chile – and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Having long dreamt of making a biopic… Read more »

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