9 items from 2016
Almost Holy, 2015.
Directed by Steve Hoover.
Starring Gennadiy Mokhnenko.
The real-life account of a Ukrainian Pastor and moral enforcer, Gennadiy Mokhnenko, who takes it upon himself to single-handedly rehabilitate child drug users in Mariupol where violence and poverty is rife.
Almost Holy is a documentary that follows Gennadiy Mokhnenko, who calls himself Pastor Crocodile after Cheburashka, the 60’s Russian animation film by Soviet writer Eduard Uspensky. Clips from the animation plays throughout Almost Holy as we follow Gennadiy backwards and forwards from the early 2000’s to 2014 in a time of political, societal and economic volatility and uncertainty in Ukraine, more specifically Mariupol – the tenth largest city.
Gennadiy is a mountain of a man. Strong-willed, passionate about the youth of his city and authoritative, he has decided to focus all of his powers into the rehabilitation of children affected by the symptoms of poverty, for the large part this is drug addiction. »
- Amie Cranswick
In the early 2000s, amid political turmoil in the Ukraine, a pastor named Gennadiy Mokhnenko battled child homelessness and drug addiction using unorthodox methods. The controversial pastor abducted homeless children, many of whom suffered drug addiction, and forcibly brought them to Pilgrim Republic, a rehabilitation center he founded in the city of Mariupol. Relying on a mix of interviews and footage which tracks the self-appointed savior’s mission over fifteen years, Almost Holy is a complex portrait of a complex person. The film was directed by Steve Hoover, who directed the Sundance Grand Jury and Audience prize-winning Blood Brother, which also focused on a self-appointed savior […] »
- Paula Bernstein
The most fascinating part of Steve Hoover‘s latest documentary Almost Holy is how its subject Gennadiy Mokhnenko parallels the life of well-known Russian cartoon Krokodil Gena. The latter deals with a lonely crocodile zoo worker named Gena and his friend Cheburashka: a young, abandoned creature rejected by the establishment employing him. The two therefore construct a home for the lonely as a result so nobody will feel their pain again. This show is the only thing to come out of the former Soviet Union that Mokhnenko remembers fondly, his drive to clean Ukraine’s streets of drugs aligning with the promise of a European Union membership in direct opposition of everything the Ussr was. The kids he shelters call him Pastor Crocodile, the savior of Pilgrim House.
Hoover uses this parallel by interspersing his profile of Mokhnenko with relevant clips from the cartoon to soften the man’s edges. »
- Jared Mobarak
The summer has arrived — at least if you’re going by Hollywood’s calendar. Our comprehensive preview for all four months will give you a hint as to what we most anticipate — but, for a more in-depth look, today we have our first monthly feature of the season. It should be noted that theatrical re-releases of the Jean-Luc Godard classic Band of Outsiders and Eiichi Yamamoto‘s animation, Belladonna of Sadness, both arriving on May 6th, as well as Fritz Lang‘s Destiny (on May 20th), are essential.
Getting to the new features, perhaps our most-anticipated studio release of the entire summer arrives, along with some of our festival favorites from the last year. To those lamenting the lack of superhero films: we figured it was best not to waste the space, as they are certainly already on your radar if you’re planning to buy a ticket. Check out »
- Jordan Raup
Terrence Malick may not have made any new friends with this year’s "Knight Of Cups," but the fact remains that he is still a filmmaker whose name holds weight. If a deserving film reaches eyeballs solely on the strength of his name recognition, then we couldn’t be happier. Read More: The Curious Case Of Terrence Malick & The Worrying Cost Of Diminishing Returns Such is the case with "Almost Holy," for which Malick is on board as executive producer. Directed by Steve Hoover ("Blood Brother"), "Almost Holy" is the story about Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a Ukrainian pastor who has dedicated his life to rehabilitating drug-addicted children. Nicknamed “Pastor Crocodile,” he is also known on the streets of Mariupol as a vigilante who will do whatever it takes to carry out his mission. You can check out the trailer for the film below. Featuring original music co-performed by Atticus Ross ("The Social Network, »
- Ryan Oliver
Unless there’s a surprise announcement, it looks like Cannes will once again be Terrence Malick-less, despite rumors that one of his upcoming features was going to premiere there. However, this summer, one of his executive-producing efforts, Almost Holy, a new documentary from Steve Hoover (Blood Brother), will see a release, and today the first trailer has landed.
Previously titled Crocodile Gennadiy, it follows a Ukrainian pastor, Gennadiy Mohknenko, who has stirred controversy in his attempt to fight child homelessness by abducting street kids to bring to his private rehabilitation center. As quoted on the poster, The Village Voice‘s Aaron Hillis called it “the best superhero vigilante movie of the year,” and Hoover’s picture — also produced by Nicolas Gonda and featuring a score from Atticus Ross — looks like a compelling watch.
Check out the trailer and poster below.
The fall of The Soviet Union left Ukraine in »
- Jordan Raup
With a number of features in various states of production, 2016 may indeed be the year of Terrence Malick, but his directorial efforts aren’t the only projects that will soon see the light of day. This summer, one of his executive-producing efforts, Almost Holy, a new documentary from Steve Hoover (Blood Brother), will see a release, and we’re pleased to exclusively premiere the first poster.
Previously titled Crocodile Gennadiy, it follows a Ukrainian pastor, Gennadiy Mohknenko, who has stirred controversy in his attempt to fight child homelessness by abducting street kids to bring to his private rehabilitation center. As quoted on the poster, The Village Voice‘s Aaron Hillis called it “the best superhero vigilante movie of the year,” and Hoover’s picture — also produced by Nicolas Gonda and featuring a score from Atticus Ross — is certainly one we can’t wait to see.
Check out the poster and synopsis below, »
- Jordan Raup
“Blood Brother” sequel to hit film releases pair of TV spot trailers. Director Dan Trachtenberg’s J.J. Abrams produced 10 Cloverfield Lane will hit theaters on March 11t and man…it looks crazy good. We loved Matt Reeves’ first Cloverfield film but this is not a direct sequel. Rather it serves as a kind of “blood brother”…
- Chris Alexander
Turning back the Star Wars clock and bringing us back to the opening of The Empire Strikes Back, fan film Rebel Scum tells the story of Echo 12, a rebel pilot whose snowspeeder crashed on Hoth during the epic battle we all know and love, who must survive the frozen wasteland after the Rebellion evacuated the planet. A loving tribute to the original trilogy from Blood Brother Cinema, the movie was shot on location in Alberta, Canada, and nearly all the visual effects were created without the use of CGI, instead favouring more old school techniques like stop motion animation. Check it out below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
9 items from 2016
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