Eating garbage, dodging police, and hitching rides with strangers, award-winning Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang shares the streets with a young drifter named Dylan who left a comfortable home... See full summary »
Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.
Paa Joe dreams of his bygone days - bringing money home in briefcases and work being shipped to galleries the world over. Now, he sleeps as the cars hurtle passed. There are no customers, ... See full summary »
THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE: A Land Art Film follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. ... See full summary »
Five women veterans who have endured unimaginable trauma in service create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering into a competition ... See full summary »
A symphony of meat and fire, Barbecue shows us how an everyday ritual is shared by cultures around the world, as a way to celebrate community, friendship, and tradition. A film told in 13 ... See full summary »
Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world's greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic's greatest hidden treasures.
Stella and Harry are affluent, cosmopolitan teenagers who are part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" from Mainland China enrolling in U.S. private schools. Shot over three years ... See full summary »
"A Life in Waves" explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani.
While not an expert on electronic music, I consider myself a fan. I know about Theremin, Moog, Throbbing Gristle, Tangerine Dream and others. The name Suzanne Ciani is not one that I was familiar with. Having now seen this, and seen how important she was to video games, commercials, and music, I have to wonder how she is not a larger figure in modern history.
There is one thing I would like to make clear. Ciani may be hailed as a "female" pioneer. For example, there is part of the film where she receives an award for women who have achieved great things. But while this may be true, I think it sells her short. She is a pioneer, period. Not simply among women, but among any group of electronic musicians. Her influence is wider than many others who may be better known.
The film screened at the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) on March 26 and I expect it will be picked up for distribution, possibly by Netflix. This is definitely a must-see for anyone who loves the history of music, electronics, or both.
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