They’ve added David Van Taylor’s DREAM DECEIVERS, an Emmy-nominated doc on a court-case against heavy metal icons Judas Priest. The New York Times summed it up as a riveting story of “teenage suicide, rock and parental deception.”
We also have the film AS GOOD AS YOU, which can be described as a “serious comedy”—a category that seems to match what we need/can handle in this moment—about trying to grieve the right way, and growing in the process.
Also new: TATTOO UPRISING, a documentary featuring some of the most extraordinary people of the tattoo world including Ed Hardy, Stoney St. Clair, Cynthia Witkin, Anne de Hey! and others, as well as unforgettable appearances by filmmakers Les Blank and Werner Herzog, who allows a rare glimpse at his Ed Hardy tattoo.
Check out these films and the documentary on Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum below. And, if you missed yesterday’s screening and online discussion between Dr. Oliver Sacks’ biographer, Lawrence Weschler, and filmmaker Bill Morrison, you can stream it on their Facebook Page. They will make these bonus materials available on OVID.
P.S. Fans of Robin Williams, you’ll want to stick around to the end of the discussion for one of the most heartwarming anecdotes you’ll ever hear on the late comedian.
Directed by David Van Taylor; First Run Features, Documentary
Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance – severely disfigured – survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band “mesmerized” their sons. The unprecedented trial is the framework for this one-of-a-kind, Emmy-nominated documentary.
Directed by Alan Govenar; First Run Features, Documentary
From antiquity to the present, Tattoo Uprising reveals the artistic and historical roots of today’s tattoo explosion. This sweeping overview explores how tattoos were used in early Christian practices, how they were discovered halfway around the world during the voyages of Captain James Cook, and how they exploded in popularity in America beginning with artists like Ed Hardy.
As Good As You
Directed by Heather de Michele; First Run Features, Narrative
Jo (Laura Heisler) is having a bad year. She has major writer’s block, a rather dire caffeine addiction and is deeply mourning the untimely death of her beautiful wife. To top it all off, her biological alarm clock is ringing off the wall. In an attempt to address the latter issue, JO asks her late-partner’s brother JAMIE (Bryan Dechart) to be her sperm donor. Craziness ensues, in the form of a visit to the fertility clinic’s psychologist (Annie Potts), and a love triangle with her two best friends (Raoul Bhaneja and Anna Fitzwater).
The New Rijksmuseum
Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk; First Run Features, Documentary
In 2003, the ambitious renovation of one of the world’s greatest museums began. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to glorious masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others, was supposed to reopen its doors in 2008 after five years of construction. But from the start the project was in trouble. The museum battled politicians, designers, curators and even the Dutch Cyclists Union as the workers struggled to complete the job. Five years later than expected, with costs exceeding half a billion dollars, the museum finally reopened.