Julie Dash – Four Women (1975)

With Four Women, renowned filmmaker Julie Dash collaborated with dancer Linda Martina Young to interpret Nina Simone’s song “Four Women.” Made during her studies at UCLA’s film school, Dash used “kinetic camerawork and editing, richly colored lighting, and meticulous costume, makeup and hair design . . . together with Young’s sensitive performance to turn longstanding Black female stereotypes to oblique, critical angles”—Jacqueline Stewart. Read More »

Spike Jonze – Beastie Boys Story (2020)

Here’s a little story they’re about to tell… Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz share the story of their band and 40 years of friendship in a live documentary experience directed by friend, collaborator, and their former grandfather, Spike Jonze. Read More »

Chantal Akerman – Letters Home (1986)

Keeping the original theatrical mise-en-scene, the film features Delphine Seyrig and her niece Coralie Seyrig reciting Sylvia Plath’s letters to her mother directly to the audience as though we were the recipients of these private missives. Read More »

Claus Peymann – Thomas Bernhard: Ritter, Dene, Voss (1987)

Ritter, Dene, Voss is a stage play by Thomas Bernhard from 1986. After the Premiere the same year at the Salzburger Festspiele under the direction of Claus Peymann, the play was taken into the repertoire of the Burgtheater in Vienna.

It was named after the three actors that were to play the roles in the world-premiere: Ilse Ritter, Kirsten Dene and Gert Voss. Thomas Bernhard started off writing it with a note saying “Ritter, Dene, Voss. intelligent actors”.
The play was inspired by the family of Ludwig Wittgenstein and his (Wittgensteins) nephew Paul, who was a friend of Bernhard and protagonist of his novel “Wittgensteins Nephew” from 1982. Read More »

François Reichenbach – Medicine Ball Caravan (1971)

Medicine Ball Caravan is a scaled-down Woodstock-ish rock concert documentary. Director Francois Reichenbach followed a large troupe of performers known as the Caravan as they made a nationwide tour in 1970. The avowed purpose was to preach a doctrine of Peace and Love, but most people came to “groove.” Among the featured performers are Alice Cooper, B.B. King and Doug Kershaw.

Martin Scorsese, who’d previously been a co-supervising editor on Woodstock, both edited and functioned as associate producer of Medicine Ball Caravan. Read More »

Claus Peymann – Thomas Bernhard: Der Theatermacher AKA Histrionics (1990)

Der Theatermacher (“The Theatre Maker”) is a play by austrian writer Thomas Bernhard. It was released in 1984 and had its world-premiere the following year at the Salzburger Festspiele under Claus Peymann. Centered around main protagonist Bruscon, it is full with allusions to the famous festival in Salzburg.

During a break in his latest tour the actor Bruscon tries to stage his play „Das Rad der Geschichte“ (“The wheel of history”) in the small village Utzbach. He involves his whole family in the production as actors – wife, daughter and son. Read More »

Mike Figgis & Ann Van den Broek – The Co(te)lette Film (2010)

The Co(te)lette Film is Mike Figgis’ cinematographic adaptation of the dance performance by Ann Van den Broek.

Women and flesh, beauty and perishableness, raw and fragile. A delirious desire overwhelms the dancers. A desire for physical and mental satisfaction. The dancers go from appeal to sensuality, over lust, fleshness, fame, success, reflection and control, to silence. They are slaves of their own desires while trying to get in control of them. Female bodies in a frenzy. Read More »