THE WORLD IS MINE
DIR: ROBINSON DEVOR; PRD: VICTORIA NEVINNY; WRI: MICHAEL MCCONVILLE; DP: SEAN KIRBY; ED: ADAM SEKULER
DIR: ANN OREN; PRD: ANN OREN, MOTOMI HARUYAMA, DAFNE NARVAEZ BERLFEIN; WRI: ANN OREN; DP: HIROKI IWAI; ED: ISABELL SPENGLER
In 1909, a Paiute runner named Willie Boy led a posse of deputies on a legendary chase through the California desert. 60 years later, Robert Blake played Willie in the film. Almost 50 years after that, the arid Paiute homeland is trod by retirees in loud golf pants, irrigated by a massive aquifer to quench the desert into lush submission. Piling up loopy and scathing images (a golf cart shaped like Bob Hope’s face, a wine-sipping partygoer in a hot-pink buckskin) Robinson Devor (Zoo, Police Beat) forgoes any attempt at linearity, taking an almost geological view of time in the certainty that, no matter how hard it may be to see with the naked eye, history obeys cycles. -JK
In this immersive, experimental documentary, the world belongs to Hatsune Miku, a Japanese vocaloid, or synthesizer voice, played by a manga character with blue pigtails. Her backstory and personality have been largely created as fan fiction. Director Ann Oren joins hundreds of girls in taking on the role of Hatsune Miku in Tokyo’s manic cosplay universe, where diehard devotees buy tickets to see a hologram of the virtual goddess perform for sold-out arenas. Along the way, the motives of cosplayers and Hatsune Miku obsessives are alternately exposed and concealed. Both disorienting and delightful, The World Is Mine reveals how fantasy and identity performance can spur romance, friendship, self-confidence, and isolation. -KM
USA | 2016 | 85 MINS
Filmmaker in attendance.
ISRAEL | 2017 | 68 MINS
Preceded by the short film “Commodity City” (11 min).
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THE THUNDER FEAST (TRUENOS DE SAN JUAN) MEXICO | 2017 | 83 MINS
DIR: SANTIAGO MAZA STERN; PRD: GONZALO ÁLVAREZ, SANTIAGO MAZA & JUAN SARQUIS; DP: BRANKO GOMEZ PALACIO, RASHID MAKHLOUF & RAYMUNDO MARMOLEJO; ED: BRANKO GOMEZ PALACIO & SEBASTIÁN NUÑO
For the residents of of San Juan de la Vega, in Guanajuato, Mexico, Carnival is a celebration of their patron saint, San Juanito. Legend regards San Juanito as a local Robin Hood, and the locals use explosive hammers, detonated by swinging them onto the ground, to recreate a centuries-old battle where the wealthy and the poor struggled over the same land. Exhilarating footage and bold filmmaking brings the viewer into the excitement of the festival which has divided the generations of the community. Older residents resent the mayhem, but a young group of rabble rousers insist that it’s all part of the tradition. The local authorities can’t seem to make up their mind. -KM Filmmaker in attendance. Preceded by the short film “Skull + Bone” (6 min).
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