Two great films are getting released to virtual theaters Friday and the pairing is highly recommended
ELLIOTT ERWITT, SILENCE SOUNDS GOOD
Hour long portrait of photographer and humorist Elliot Erwitt made by his assistant is a sweet little record of the man and his work. Made when the idea suddenly came up in conversation director Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu jumped at the chance when Erwitt told her it would be better if she did it while he was a live and kicking.
Following the man through his daily routine, working with his assistants and on a trip to Cuba when the US government sought to normalize relations, the film is great deal of fine. It’s a joyous portrait that highlights the wonderful work he has done (so much that Lopez Sanfeliu and his other assistants are discovering and rediscovering incredible images no one noticed until decades after they were taken) as well as his humor. Erwitt suggests that a great interview would be where everyone sat around and said nothing.
What an absolute delight.
ONE THOUSAND STORIES: THE MAKING OF A MURAL
Tasha Van Zandt's short doc ONE THOUSAND STORIES is an incredible short film about artist JR's efforts to make his first video installation. This being a JR work it is going to be big and alive and full of people. We watch as JR meets and records various people from San Francisco and orks to record what makes them special and blend that into a work that reveals the wonder of the city and its people.
Full disclosure I saw this film a couple of months back and fell in love with it. I mean it's JR so how can you not fall in love with a film about such a charming man? For some reason I can't find my review of the film so I am scribbling a new review, or if not a review a few comments, which amount to my simply saying this film kicks ass and it is worth the price of admission. Even if the Elliot Erwitt film wasn't as great as it is,this film alone is worth paying to see. Seriously. If you loved JR and Agnes Varda traveling the world in FACES PLACES you will be equally delighted watching JR and the people of the city by the bay.
OPENING AS A DOUBLE FEATURE VIRTUAL THEATRICAL RELEASE NATIONWIDE ON JULY 3RD IN NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, ATLANTA, AND MORE!
INCLUDING A SPECIAL SCREENING WITH NYC'S THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY.
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