Film Society of Lincoln Center Reveals 2016 Art of the Real Lineup, Honoring Ambitious Non-Fiction Works

Film Society of Lincoln Center Reveals 2016 Art of the Real Lineup, Honoring Ambitious Non-Fiction Works

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center is set to host yet another edition of "Art of the Real," a festival dedicated to honoring the past and present in the often difficult and rewarding world of documentary filmmaking. With an eclectic and globalized program, the showcase is set to demonstrate the expansive artistic and politically-engaging capabilities of non-fiction film.

The third annual exhibition is set to open with Roberto Minervini’s "The Other Side," a hauntingly dark film exploring Louisiana’s drug addicts, which was previously screened as part of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. The world premiere of Ben Rivers’ "What Means Something" is also set to open the showcase, investigating the personal life of renowned painter Rose Wylie. Closing the festival will be the North American premiere of Jumana Manna’s "A Magical Substance Flows Into Me," which examines the culturally-binding qualities of music across the borders of Israel and Palestine. This year’s selections also have the distinction of combining the features of art and non-fiction cinema, with Jose Luis Guerín’s revealing "The Academy of the Muses," Ruth Beckermann’s austere "The Dreamed Ones" and Thom Andersen’s quirky and philosophical "The Thoughts That Once We Had."

One of the most exciting additions to this year’s showcase is an extensive retrospective on legendary experimental filmmaker Bruce Baillie, whose works have entered the United States National Film Registry. From autobiographical documentaries to otherworldly ponderings, the artistically-inclined documentarian has left a longstanding legacy as an artist, distributor and promoter of the avant-garde. Having founded organizations such as the San Francisco Cinematheque and Canyon Cinema, the eclectic filmmaker is a strong and vocal proponent of filmmaker collectives. Curated by Gabriñe Ortega, the retrospective consists of five short film programs, which cover his time with Canyon Cinema, his socially inclined documentaries and an exploration of his work with longtime friend and colleague Stan Brakhage.

Also featured in this year’s festival are a number of critically acclaimed titles, such as three standouts from the Venice Biennale, including Im Hueng-soon’s Silver Lion-winning "Factory Complex," as well as shorts "One.Two.Three" by Vincent Meesen and "Sea State Six" by Charles Lim. Punto De Vista’s top documentary prize winner, "Oleg and the Rare Arts" by Andrés Duque, and many more are also scheduled to be screened.

"This is perhaps our strongest and most diverse edition yet, and one that truly affirms the impulse behind Art of the Real: the most exciting and essential films being made today are precisely those that defy genres and confound expectations, and that find bold new ways of reimagining cinema’s relationship with the real," said Director of Programming Dennis Lim, who organized the festival with Programmer at Large Rachael Rakes.

The showcase will be held from April 8-21. Tickets go on sale March 24, when they can be bought at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website.

Catch the full list of the screenings below:

Program 1: All My Life: The Films of Bruce Baillie – April 9
"Mr. Hayashi" – Bruce Braillie
"Mass for the Dakota Sioux" – Bruce Baillie
"Valientin de las Sierras" – Bruce Baillie
"Here I Am" – Bruce Baillie
"Little Girl" – Bruce Baillie

Program 2: American Inner Landscape – April 9
"Starlight" – Robert Fulton
"Pastorale D’Ete" – Will Hindle
"Quick Billy" – Bruce Baillie

Program 3: Searching for Heroes – April 10
"Quixote" – Bruce Baillie
"To Parsifal" – Bruce Baillie

Program 4: Correspondence – Bruce Baillie/Stan Brakhage – April 12
"Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True?)" – Bruce Baillie
"The Machine of Eden" – Stan Brakhage
"Castro Street" – Bruce Baillie
"The Wonder Ring" – Stan Brakhage
"Tung" – Bruce Baillie
"Stellar" – Stan Brakhage
"Still Life" – Bruce Baillie
"I… Dreaming" – Stan Brakhage
"All My Life" – Bruce Baillie

Program 5: Let’s Not Be So Serious About Art – Canyon Cinema Community – April 16
"The Bed" – James Broughton
"The Off-Handed Jape… & How to Pull It Off" – Robert Nelson & William Wiley
"Have You Thought of Talking to the Director?" – Bruce Baillie
"Angel Blue Sweet Wings" – Chick Strand
"L.A. Carwash" – Janis Crystal Lipzin
"Big Sur: The Ladies" – Lawrence Jordan
"In Marin County" – Peter Hutton
"Riverbody" – Anne Severson

Shorts Program 1
"One.Two.Three" – Vincent Meessen, "Sea State Six" – Charles Lim, "Lampedusa" – Philip Cartelli & Mariangela Ciccarello, "All Still Orbit" – Dane Komljen & James Lattimer (April 17)
"Oyster Factor" – Kazuhiro Soda (April 17)
"The Prison in Twelve Landscapes" – Brett Story (April 17)
"The Dreamed Ones" – Ruth Beckermann – North American Premiere (April 19)
"On Football" – Sergio Oksman (April 20)

Shorts Program 2
"Toré" – João Vieira Torres, "The Mesh and the Circle" – Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela, "Engram of Returning" – Daïchi Saïto (April 20)
"A Magical Substance Flows Into Me" – Jumana Manna (April 21)
"Dead Slow Ahead" – Mauro Herce (April 21)

Other Screenings
"The Other Side" – Roberto Minervini (April 8)
"What Means Something" – Ben Rivers (April 8)
"The Moon and the Sledgehammer" – Philip Trevelyan (April 9)
"Poet on a Business Trip" – Ju Anqi (April 9)
"Factory Complex" – Im Hueng-soon (April 10)
"The Monument Hunter" – Jerónimo Rodríguez (April 10)
"Oleg and the Rare Arts" – Andrés Duque (April 13)
"The Woods Dreams Are Made Of" – Claire Simon (April 13)
"Fragment 53" – Federico Lodoli & Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli (April 14)
"Impression of a War" – Camilo Restrepo (April 14)
"Il Solengo" – Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis (April 14)
"Tales of Two Who Dreamt" – Andrea Bussmann & Nicolás Pereda (April 15)
"The Thoughts That Once We Had" – Thom Andersen (April 16)
"The Academy of the Muses" – Jose Luis Guerín – Premiere (April 16)

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