OVID.tv – NOW STREAMING: Biopic on Avant-Garde Cinema Legend Maya Deren & More

As we dip into October, OVID has got exciting releases.

Narrated by actress Helen Mirren, the definitive documentary INVOCATION – MAYA DEREN offers startling insights into the charismatic filmmaker, poet and anthropologist Maya Deren, one of the most intriguing, accomplished figures in cinema history.

Next up is AFTERNOON OF A FAUN, the haunting documentary on the ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq. Due to her extraordinary movement she became a muse to the choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. At 27, she was struck down by polio & paralyzed. This is one to watch for fans and fans to be of dance films.

Meanwhile, THE WORLD OF GILBERT AND GEORGE is a personal film by and about Gilbert and George who have worked together as sculptors since 1968 making living sculptures, photo-pieces, drawings, paintings, video sculptures, books and works in other forms.

Afternoon of a Faun
Directed by Nancy Buirski
 Buirski (The Loving Story) brings to the screen the magnificent and tragic story of Tanaquil Le Clercq. Of the great ballerinas, Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent, mesmerizing viewers and choreographers alike. Because of her extraordinary movement and unique personality on stage, she became a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

She had love, fame, adoration, and was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since. 

Invocation – Maya Deren
Directed by Jo Ann Kaplan
 Maya Deren is a legend of avant-garde cinema. This authoritative biography of the charismatic filmmaker, poet and anthropologist features excerpts from her pioneering Meshes of the Afternoon and her unfinished documentary on Haiti, interviews with Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, and recordings of her lectures.

Narrated by actress Helen Mirren, this definitive documentary offers startling insights into one of the most intriguing, accomplished figures in cinema history.

The World of Gilbert and George
Directed by and Starring Gilbert & George
 Gilbert & George are renowned for presenting themselves as ‘living sculptures,’ fusing their art and identity with the external world. Their exploration of the bleak urban surrounds of 1980’s London, powerfully evoke the desires and tensions of its disillusioned youth alongside their own eccentricities. Poetic narration combines with vivid imagery that moves between the startlingly beautiful, the humorous, and the absurd.

The Armor of the Light
Directed by Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes
 What is the price of conscience? Directed by Abigail E. Disney, The Armor of Light follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life?

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