A Letter To Elia
USA, 2010, 60 min, Documentary
Directed by Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese
Starring Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, Elias Koteas
A Letter to Elia is a 2010 documentary film directed by Kent Jones and Martin Scorsese that follows the life and career of film director Elia Kazan and how he influenced Scorsese. Made from stills, chosen clips from Kazan's signature films including "On the Waterfront," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Gentleman's Agreement," "Baby Doll," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "A Face in the Crowd," "America, America," and "The Last Tycoon", readings from Kazan's autobiography, a speech he wrote on directing read by Elias Koteas, a videotaped interview done late in Kazan's life, and Scorsese's commentary on and off screen.
Milton Glaser: To Inform And Delight
USA, 2009, 73 min, Documentary
Directed by Wendy Keys
Starring Milton Glaser, Walter Bernard, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Peter Mayer, Shirley Kenny, Shirley Glase
Profiles Milton Glaser, America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I ♥ N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take him through a rough chronology of his life: study at New York High School of Music and Art and at Cooper Union, a seminal stay in Italy, his marriage, and his various partnerships - founding Push Pin Studios and "New York" magazine, designing Grand Union supermarkets, and working with "The Nation." Interspersed are examples of his work. Glaser is, throughout, charming in manner, memorable in his observations, and generous of spirit.
USA/France, 2010, 80 min, Comedy / Sci-Fi
Directed by Gregg Araki
Starring Roxane Mesquida, Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, James Duval, Andy Fischer-Price
Smith’s everyday life in the dorms - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night. Tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party, Smith is convinced he's witnessed the gruesome murder of an enigmatic Red Haired Girl who has been haunting his dreams. What he discovers as he tries to find out the truth leads him deeper and deeper into a mystery that will forever change not only the course of his young life but the destiny of the entire world.
The Tilman Story
USA, 2010, 94 min, Documentary
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
Starring Josh Brolin, Pat Tillman, Mary 'Dannie' Tillman, Russell Baer, Patrick Tillman Sr., Philip Kensinger, Stan Goff
Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in Afghanistan in 2004 in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev's riveting and enraging documentary.
Sketches Of Frank Gehry
USA, Germany, 2005, 83 min, Documentary
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Starring Chuck Arnoldi, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Rolf Fehlbaum, Frank O. Gehry, Bob Geldof, Dennis Hopper
A look at the life and career of the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, a visit to four buildings (the Vitra Museum in Germany, Maggie's Centre, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and the Disney Concert Hall in L.A.), and an inquiry into creativity in conversations between Ghery and Sidney Pollack, who had been friends and mutual admirers for years. Early experiences (playing with blocks with his grandmother, drawing with his father, hearing Alvar Aalto lecture), discovering computer-assisted design, finding a psychoanalyst, experimenting on his own home, and bringing an artist and sculptor's sensibility to architecture are part of Gehry's story. Friends, artists, critics, and curators comment.
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