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May 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
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Tells the story of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of the Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis.
Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock. 84min. Bullfrog, $350.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, along with 500 other tribes and allies, lead a peaceful resistance against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on sacred ground.
David Lynch: The Art of Life. 88min. Criterion, $19.99.
Takes viewers on a rare look inside the art studio of David Lynch as he recounts the people and events that led to his life as an artist.
Dawson City: Frozen in Time. 2hr. Kino Lorber, $29.99.
After hundreds of silent films are uncovered in a Yukon territory gold-rush town, regional history is pieced together through the experimental reconstruction of the films.
Dewey the Cat’s Favorite: Kedi. 80min. Oscilloscope, $34.99.
A city symphony of Istanbul told through the eyes of streets cats and the community that cares for them. English subtitles.
Gleason. 2hr. Sony, $30.99.
Football star Steve Gleason and his wife, while expecting the birth of their son, grapple with his diagnosis of ALS at age 34. This gut-wrenching and ultimately transcendent film delivers a powerful and unvarnished view of Gleason’s physical suffering and the psychological toll it takes on his marriage and family.
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405. 40min. Grasshopper, $325.
An honest and poignant look at the life of artist Mindy Alper and the effects of her childhood trauma, mental illness, anxiety, and depression on her artworks.
I Am Not Your Negro. 1.5hr. Magnolia, $26.99.
Through an unfinished work by James Baldwin, the history of black America is told, from early twentieth century to contemporary times.
I Called Him Morgan. 1.5hr. FilmRise, $24.99.
In 1972, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was murdered at age 33 by his wife, cutting short what was already a legendary career. Using archival footage, photographs, and interviews with friends and musicians, the film introduces the tragedy of the story set against Morgan’s amazing music.
Last Men in Aleppo. 1.5hr. Grasshopper, $29.95.
During the Syrian civil war, residents of Aleppo risk their lives as White Helmets search-and-rescue volunteers. A harrowing and heartbreaking look at daily life, death, and struggles in the besieged city.
Newtown. 83min. Passion River, $24.95.
Through raw and heartbreaking interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, the film documents a traumatized community working to find a sense of purpose in the aftermath of the senseless mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Pearl Button. 82min. Kino Lorber, $29.99.
Through stunning cinematography and poetic juxtapositions, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán explores the importance of water to Chile’s history and culture.
Political Animals. 87min. Gravitas Ventures, $16.99.
The film follows four groundbreaking lesbians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them and their communities off the streets and into the halls of the California State Legislature.
The Talk: Race in America. 2hr. PBS, $24.99.
A powerful film about “the talk” that parents must have with their children of color to teach them how to act around police in order to remain safe. Interweaves personal narratives of police violence against innocent young victims.
Tower. 82min. Kino Lorber, $29.99.
On August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, 36 wounded, and a shaken nation trying to comprehend the tragedy. Through a dynamic combination of archival footage and animation, Tower reveals the untold stories of witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first school mass shooting.
Whose Streets? 1.5hr. Magnolia, $26.99.
After unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, the incident becomes a breaking point for residents of Ferguson, Missouri. Cell-phone and handheld video-camera footage lend immediacy and urgency in this unflinching look at the uprising told by activists and leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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