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These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings. Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 13th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Director: Grace Lee Synopsis: "'American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs' plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century: from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy – her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting. »
- Steve Greene
Grace Lee, best known for her 2005 autobiographical film "The Grace Lee Project," returns to documentary filmmaking with "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs." The film examines the legacy of the longtime activist, who dedicated her life to a wide range of social movements, including the African American civil rights movement, labor rights, feminism, environmental justice and Asian-American causes. At 98 years old, Boggs, as seen in this exclusive clip from the film, is still as sharp and fearless as ever -- even questioning the meaning of revolution, which is a principle she has long held close to her heart. "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" is scheduled for a limited theatrical release at the Pasadena Laemmle Playhouse 7 from June 20-26th. The film will then make its television debut on June 30th, as part of the PBS series Pov. »
- Shipra Gupta
How do you recognize a radical?
A smiling 98-year-old woman with the world's most sensible haircut, shuffling along a sunny, decrepit Detroit street, hardly seems like one of America's great radicals, but she is — a dialectal humanist, Chinese-American black power activist, and sometime Marxist with a thick FBI file.
Lucky for us, Grace Lee Boggs never stops talking. Grace Lee's documentary is a glorious feat of editing — in content, visually, and of sound. Lee began her work with the superficial idea of interviewing the many other Asian women also named "Grace Lee," but in Boggs she found a formidable force and an agent of one of the most dramatic political movements of our time.
Boggs and her African-American husband, James Boggs, were not just a »
Now that it’s crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, it would be safe to say the Oscar-winning film Frozen has become a global phenomenon, partly thanks to the song “Let It Go” and the countless covers posted online. Now YouTube has compiled a list of the top 10 covers of the song posted on its site. The popular Africanized Tribal Cover of the song by Alex Boye takes the No. 1 spot with over 21 million views.
Is your favorite on the list? Check the complete list below!
1. Alex Boyé (Africanized Tribal Cover) featuring One Voice Children’s Choir, 21 million views
2. Maddie and Zoe, »
- Jake Perlman
PBS will air six documentaries about women's progress in the divergent fields of war, space, comedy, business, Hollywood, and politics starting in June. Oscar-nominated filmmakers Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, Detropia) will direct two of the installments, while Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Grace Lee, and Jamila Wignot will helm three others. Founded in 2012, the Makers series chronicles the trailblazing work women have accomplished in the last fifty years. Below are the descriptions of the upcoming Makers episodes: Makers: Women & War looks at American women's increasing participation in war -- from Vietnam to the present -- as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was "outed" as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore,...
- Inkoo Kang
The 2014 Athena Film Festival has unveiled its lineup of narrative, documentary and short films.
The New York Premiere of Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and directed by Amma Asante, is the Athena Film Festival’s Opening Film, screening on Thursday evening. Decoding Annie Parker, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton and directed by Steven Bernstein, is the festival’s Centerpiece Film, and will be screened on Friday evening. Geraldine Ferraro: Paving The Way, directed by her daughter, Donna Zaccaro, is the festival’s Closing Film, screening on Sunday evening.
The festival honors extraordinary women in the film industry and showcases films that address women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Now in its fourth year, the festival runs from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9 on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights. Artemis Rising Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of the Festival.
- Michelle McCue
6 items from 2014
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