Articles Archive for September 2014
As we at Cinema Libre prepare for the release of our critically acclaimed film, The Little Bedroom (La Petite Chambre), we have come across two brilliant, touching, documentaries that we just had to share with our friends around the world. The Little Bedroom chronicles Edmond (Michel Bouquet, Renoir, The Bride Wore Black), a senior citizen passionate about his plants and classical music, who resists his son pressuring him to give up his home and move into a retirement facility. He sees the move as an attack on his independence and the destruction of the life and memories he had built with his late wife. It got us thinking about the role of the elderly in America and the ways that people keep the senior citizens in their lives active and functional.
Patrick Lovell made the feature length documentary FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN DREAM to investigate the causes of the mortgage crisis and is now on a personal mission to screen the film and organize “What The Hell Happened To The American Dream?” conversations in over 20 American cities before the end of 2014. Lovell and his film will screen this weekend in New York City as part of the People’s Climate March activities and will be joined by march organizer Bill McKibben of 350.org, author and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan and progressive Senator Bernie Sanders (D – VT.)
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When I first began capturing Bernadette Scarduzio on camera, there was really no concrete idea for a story. I just found her to be funny, witty, beautiful, and living a life full of drama. There was always some cliffhanger about a love interest, a roommate gone bad, or scandalous family drama. Bern suffering from a neuromuscular disorder had nothing do, in my opinion, with her draw as a character. She has the coveted “it” factor; a cornucopia of qualities that fit together perfectly in a way that is practically indescribable, yet for a director, very desirable. Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT) simply gave Bernadette an aesthetic that made her life even more impressive than it already was.
The first feature film produced by a former Olympic bodybuilder and directed by a career stuntman-turned-director, HERO OF THE DAY, is a gritty, found footage drama that flips the question “what is a hero” on its head. Based on an original screenplay by another industry veteran, makeup artist, Christopher Allen Nelson, the movie, out on DVD on September 23, 2014 is a film-within-a-film and a thrilling roller coaster ride of redemption. Cinema Libre Studio will be releasing the film to major DVD retailers including Amazon this month followed by ON DEMAND options starting October 23, 2014 (including Amazon Instant and more.)
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After premiering at the Locarno Film Festival in 2010, the much-anticipated Swiss film The Little Bedroom (La Petite Chambre) starring Michel Bouquet (Toto the Hero, Renoir) will finally reach American audiences after a long-lived journey. A Cinema Libre Studio release, the film will open at Cinema Village in New York on September 26th, and on October 3rd at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Los Angeles.
I got into documentary film as I thought it would be an inexpensive way to get my feet wet with filmmaking. I read National Geographic magazine as a child, while Ron Fricke’s Baraka had made an indelible impression on me in college. Now nearly 15 years later, I know that despite the diversity of my professional film endeavors, I will always be working in the documentary genre. Making a documentary is, on some level, one of the most challenging forms of artistic expression. Taking a real person, a real place, or a real event and turning it into a real story is really, really challenging.