Among the daily noise about casting, box office, special effects, trends, awards and whatever else is dominating the conversation, the reason we go to the movies is often left undiscussed. But this exclusive trailer for the forthcoming documentary “What Is Cinema?” is sure to get you thinking about the moments that make you keep returning to the theater, eager for the lights to go down and the projector to turn on.
Directed by Chuck Workman (“Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol“), this documentary/visual essay pays particular attention to filmmakers who are pushing the edges of the form and stepping past conventional boundaries. And he’s rounded up a great list of participants with Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, David Lynch, Kelly Reichardt, Costa-Gavras and Michael Moore among those granting new interviews, alongside archival footage featuring Robert Bresson, Alfred Hitchock, Chantal Akerman and Akira Kurosawa. It should be fascinating stuff.
After premiering at TIFF in September, the next stop for “What Is Cinema?” will be at DOC NYC where it will unspool on November 19th at 9:30 p.m. Watch below.