Maria Irene Fornes is "America's Great Unknown Playwright." When she stops writing due to dementia, a friendship with a young writer reignites her visionary creative spirit, triggering a ... See full summary »
Maria Irene Fornes,
Blaise and Nessa are outcast methadone users in their small town. Each day they push a rusty lawnmower door-to-door begging to cut grass. Nessa plots an escape, while Blaise lingers closer ... See full summary »
Kyle M. Hamilton,
Emanuel spends his days at a sanatorium. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly fade away, but their minds refuse to give up.
They talk about the beautiful game, but for Laurentiu Ginghina, it's not enough. Football must be modified, streamlined, freed from restraints; corners are to be rounded off, players ... See full summary »
A documentary about an important American still photographer who captured New York City in the 1960s (his work there is said to have influenced the TV show Mad Men) and later the West in Texas and Los Angeles.
Sasha Waters Freyer
France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend... See full summary »
Lise Leplat Prudhomme,
Mrs. Géquil is a teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels different. Will she be able to keep the powerful and dangerous Mrs. Hyde contained?
Devor is known for making documentaries on obscure themes and this one was made between 2010 to 2015. It looks at the complex situation of Coachella, an area on the outskirts of Palm Springs, California, a historic site where White cowboys went on a 100 mile desert manhunt for a Native American, or Chemehuevi-Paiute as stated in its synopsis.
The death of "Willie Boy" has become a recurring symbol for Southwestern White men contributing to the "Wild West" fantasy. Devor's film explores what the desert area is now, a present day country club home to an upper class and super rich white "gated" community. The surreal imagery depicts their lifestyles side by side with the outer ridge people's everyday concerns like the working class Paiute tribal members. It showcases the balance of class, identity and race via a multi-perspective on the meaning of "stolen land" versus a Native American understanding of land exposing the truth, the "real estate" value of Coachella's main area, its country club!
Some of the most bizarre, but humorous scenes includes the country club's "Pow Wow" annual event with mostly White couples racing across the golf course in motor carts with Indian headdresses and men dressed up as modern cowboys. They are partying, getting drunk amidst a night sky of fireworks and bragging about their business deals and properties.
Devor uses ample references from a 1969 film, "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here" by which starred Robert Redford, its audio/visual sources give the historic past of the area. Then some of the Native American history being told by a white "enlightened" cowboy, who comes off more of a novice than an actual historian.
This documentary sets it back about 100 years in trying to produce an "ethnographic" portrait of Coachella's current residents which feels a bit tragic for Pauite people, as a jarring picture of California's bourgeoise lifestyle.
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