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I, DESTINI

EPFC | September 1st, 2016

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!! (The Late Edition)
Guest curator: Joel Wanek

I, DESTINI by Nicholas Pilarski + Destini Riley

A collaborative, animated, documentary film that critiques mainstream media and the prison industrial complex? Yes, please!

Watch here!

RUGBY BOYZ

EPFC | August 22nd, 2016

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!!
Guest curator: Joel Wanek

>> RUGBY BOYZ (2006/video/7m) <<

This intimate portrait of a group of young Filipino boys is so full of joy and heartache at the same time. Filmmaker Khavn De La Cruz shows various ways the boys escape from their harsh, bleak surroundings by playing rugby, singing karaoke, swimming, and sniffing glue.

http://dafilms.com/download/key/wyjA27zr9U

A Million Miles Away

EPFC | August 8th, 2016

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!!
Guest curator: Joel Wanek

YOU CAN’T BLAME THE YOUTH / Week Two
Jennifer Reeder’s A MILLION MILES AWAY (2014)

Jennifer Reeder’s little masterpiece about a substitute teacher’s classroom crisis is swirling with so many complex emotions. The film manages to be dark, funny, sad, honest, and ultimately hopeful all at the same time. Just like teenagers ūüėČ

 

Dreams Without Borders

EPFC | August 2nd, 2016

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Joel Wanek

Happy August, EPFC Universe! And, welcome to the first installment of my little five-part series entitled YOU CAN’T BLAME THE YOUTH which features short films made by and/or about young people.

The title of the series comes from a Peter Tosh/Bob Marley tune which reminds us that young people are not to blame for the state of the world. They inherit the lessons and behaviors we give to them.

Much of my adult life has been spent working with young people of all ages. Over the years I’ve realized that being around children and young adults keeps me positive and hopeful about the future. Without them it’s all doom and gloom, in my universe.

So, to start us off on our journey this month, I’m featuring a film by a 16-year old Syrian filmmaker named Muna, one member of the innovative ANOTHER KIND OF GIRL COLLECTIVE. The group was formed in Jordan in 2015 by the documentary filmmaker Laura Doggett.

All the young filmmakers in the collective are refugees living in flux in Jordan, many in refugee camps. Despite the dire and bleak conditions they are living, the films are filled with so much beauty, wonder, and hope. They take their bare surroundings and imagine such colorful, rich, and boundless times ahead.

DREAMS WITHOUT BORDERS by Muna / Another Kind of Girl Collective

anotherkindofgirl.com

Sun Song

EPFC | December 15th, 2015

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
Guest curator: CHRISTOPHER HARRIS

The title for the series of films/videos I’ve selected for the month of December is DOWN TO EARTH: EXTRATERRISTRIALS AND HEAVENLY BODIES.

This Monday‚Äôs selection is ‚ÄúSun Song‚ÄĚ (2013/video/15min/silent) by Joel Wanek. Inspired by the sounds and philosophy of Sun Ra, this silent workaday evocation of earthbound interstellar travel features working class African American workers as seldom depicted: with grace and poetry. That Sun Song has garnered heady comparisons to work as varied as Nathaniel Dorsky‚Äôs, Andrei Tarkovsky‚Äôs ‚ÄúSolaris‚ÄĚ, Chris Marker‚Äôs ‚ÄúPassengers‚ÄĚ and Luis Bunuel‚Äôs ‚ÄúIllusion Travel‚Äôs by Streetcar‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúExterminating Angel‚ÄĚ gives some sense of how vibrant and resonant Wanek‚Äôs vision is.