Déjà Vu


“…a sci-fi love story that also happens to be the director’s best film, the clearest expression of his late-period ideas, and, well, one of the greatest films of the past decade.” -Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

 

Film Club: Déjà Vu
Thursday, April 18th, 6:30pm
Running time: 126 min.
Akron-Summit County Main Library Auditorium
Free, open to the public


Tony Scott’s Déjà Vu, with Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer. Is it a pop confection, or a hidden masterpiece? Watch and discuss it on April 18th.

 

Déjà Vu


Leviathan


“LEVIATHAN, which looks and sounds like no other documentary in memory, is likely to be one of the most talked-about art films of the year…” -The New York Times

 

Leviathan
Thursday, March 28th, 7:15pm
Akron Art Museum (1 S High St.)
Free, open to the public


Here’s the synopsis for March’s contemporary film:

One of the most highly anticipated films of the year, from the directors of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts, LEVIATHAN is a thrilling, immersive documentary that takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick- the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail. Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, LEVIATHAN is unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral, cinematic experience.
-Cinema Guild

 

Leviathan


Old Dog


“OLD DOG is a true gem and the mark of an especially skilled director — mark our words, Pema Tseden is a name you’ll be seeing in contention for the Palme d’Or in the not-too-distant future.” -IndieWire

 

Old Dog
Thursday, February 14th, 7:00pm
Akron Art Museum (1 S High St.)
Free, open to the public


Here’s the synopsis for March’s contemporary film:

In OLD DOG, directed by Pema Tseden, the leading voice of the “Tibetan New Wave,” a family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.

The Tibetan nomad mastiff is an exotic prize dog in China, potentially fetching millions of dollars from wealthy Chinese buyer. When a young man named Gonpo notices several thefts of mastiffs from Tibetan farm families, he decides to sell his family’s dog before it is stolen and sold on the black market.

His father, an aging Tibetan herder, is furious when he discovers the dog missing. He sets off to buy the dog back, sparking a series of events that threaten to tear the family apart.

Weaving together narrative strands of humor and gravity, Old Dog beautifully depicts life among the rural Tibetan people and the erosion of Tibetan culture under the pressures of contemporary society.
-Icarus Films

It’s free and open to the public!

 

“A beautiful, highly effective and moving statement about a culture in danger of disappearing.” —James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood

“Spectacular!” —Leslie Felperin, Variety

“Perfectly incorporates the desolate living conditions of these outpost towns whilst magnificently capturing the majestic Himalayan scenery which surrounds them” —Patrick Gamble, CineVue

“Shows Tibet through Tibetan eyes, as it is lived and experienced by ordinary people” —The Culture Trip


Old Dog


Our favorites of 2012

Akron Film+Pixel staff saw a few movies in 2012. Here are our favorites.

Cosmopolis

Robert Pattinson in COSMOPOLIS by David Cronenberg


Tim Peyton, Film Curator

The Modern Cinephile’s eye is not only obsessed with film, but with all moving images, and also the conversation and writings that shape and guide the eye into the future!

Here is a list some of the things that I have seen for the first time this year that might be called “masterpieces.” These are from no specific time and place and some of them are not even movies. All of them are items that have shaped my viewing and understanding of the world and the world of moving images. In no particular order. Enjoy!

Holy Motors (Carax)
Southland Tales (Kelly)
Red Desert (Antonioni)
Tabu (Gomes)
An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu)
Paying For It (Brown)
Magic Mike (Soderbergh)
Cosmopolis (Cronenberg)
Girls (Dunham)
The Searchers (Ford)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan)
After the Future (Bifo)
Design for Living (Lubitsch)
Platform (Jia)
Physical Evidence (Jones)
Journey to Italy (Rossellini)
Aoutportrait (Leve)
and the first hour and a half of The Master (Anderson) is just breathtaking.


The Master

Joaquin Phoenix in THE MASTER by Paul Thomas Anderson


Charles Crouch, Equipment Manager

This is Not a Film (Panahi)
Holy Motors (Carax)
Cosmopolis (Cronenberg)
Silent Souls (Fedorchenko)
The Turin Horse (Tarr)
Tabu (Gomes)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Ceylan)
The Master (Anderson)
Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Into the Abyss (Herzog)


Louie

Louis CK and Parker Posey in LOUIE


Steve Felix, Executive Director

No particular order, and TV counts!

Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Anderson draws great performances from young actors. It’s a cynicism killer.
The Queen of Versailles (Greenfield)
Incredible access to perhaps the only funny recession story.
Flight (Zemeckis)
Zemeckis returns to live action with an adult drama that doesn’t betray it’s subject matter.
Damsels in Distress (Stillman)
Stillman doesn’t hold back on the silliness, but after fourteen years, I’ll take it.
The Color Wheel (Perry)
Technically released this year, The Color Wheel is raw and funny and sees itself through to the only logical conclusion.
Louie (CK)
Louis CK makes each episode a stand-alone short film that works on it’s own terms, with no regard for consistent structure. The Parker Posey two-parter tells a more typical truth about chasing an idealized woman than films normally do.
Girls (Dunham)
More unself-conscious comedy.
Indie Game: The Movie (Pajot, Swirsky)
The first film to explore a growing culture that will be important.

Not quite from 2012, but worth mentioning:
Che (Soderbergh)
I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a Soderbergh film, except maybe Ocean’s 12. This four hours in the jungle is beautifully shot. I couldn’t stop thinking about the contrast range achieved on the RED camera.
Another Earth (Cahill)
As low-budget, metaphysical sci-fi, this felt like a spiritual successor to Primer.
Melancholia (Von Trier)
The first Von Trier film I’ve loved.


Jiro Dreams of Sushi

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI by David Gelb


Andrea Alberti, Creative Consultant

Netflix Streaming has a pretty bad rap for being filled with a lot of basically unwatchable movies. And while for the most part that is true, the documentary section has an excellent selection without having to look that hard. That is why I’ve made my list:
The top five documentaries on Netflix that were way better than I thought they would be:

5. Dark Days (2000, Singer): Homeless New Yorkers living in the unused tunnels of the subway system create a nearly fully functional neighborhood onto itself (electricity! running water …sort of).

4. Indie Game: The Movie (2012, Pajot, Swirsky): If you missed out on it when Akron Film+Pixel screened it earlier this year (like myself), you got your second chance on Netflix.

3. The Parking Lot Movie (2010, Eckman): Originally aired on PBS, this documentary about one group of parking lot attendants delves surprisingly deep into ideas of philosophy and society as a whole.

2. Senna (2010, Kapadia): A documentary about a Formula One driver Ayrton Senna may seem like it would be nothing but high-octane archive footage, but really this film had more drama than an entire season of Gossip Girl.

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011, Gelb): I love sushi as much as the next guy, but I never thought a movie about would make me re-evaluate all of my life choices. One man’s dedication to perfecting a single craft for 70 years with just as much fervor and diligence as his twenty-something apprentices is just fascinating to watch.


Hitchcock

Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins in HITCHCOCK by Sacha Gervasi


Cory Sheldon, Creative Consultant

Hitchcock (Gervasi)
The Avengers (Whedon)
Django Unchained (Tarantino)
Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson)
Wreck-It Ralph (Moore)
Looper (Johnson)
The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan) (I’ll admit, this is considering it as ending the trilogy)
Indie Game: The Movie (Pajot, Swirsky)
Prometheus (Scott)
Skyfall (Mendes)


Neighboring Sounds


“A revelatory debut feature.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)

 

Neighboring Sounds
Thursday, January 24th, 6:30pm
Akron Art Museum (1 S High St.)
Free, open to the public


 
A palpable sense of unease hangs over a single city block in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Home to prosperous families and the servants who work for them, the area is ruled by an aging patriarch and his sons. When a private security firm is reluctantly brought in to protect the residents from a recent spate of petty crime, it unleashes the fears, anxieties and resentments of a divided society still haunted by its troubled past. Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds is a thrilling debut by a major new voice in world cinema. -Cinema Guild

 

“Stunning.” – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

“A thrilling discovery… Neighboring Sounds is the work of someone with an acute eye and ear for the push and pull of modern life, and it makes for genuinely compulsive viewing. Kleber Mendonça Filho is on track to become a major filmmaker in the coming years.” – Gavin Smith, Film Comment

“A supremely poised and ambitious first feature. A thoroughly modern, film-savvy opus steeped equally in dread and humor.” – Dennis Lim, Artforum

Neighboring Sounds


First Night 2013

For the second year, Akron Film+Pixel gets to take part in First Night Akron with some of our favorite family friendly shorts from throughout the year. It’s a 30 minute program that will loop from 6-8pm at the Akron Art Museum, so you can drop in and leave any time.

Full details for attending First Night Akron.

Here’s the lineup:

20th Century Man
20th Century Man, Directed by Dustin Lee, Kent, OH
This sci-fi romance made it’s premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March.


LaserBoy
LaserBoy, Directed by Mika Johnson, Oberlin, OH
The latest in The Amerikans documentary series introduces us to Akron artist James Lehman, a creative programmer who works in the medium of lasers.


Generations
Generations, Directed by Kayla Muller, Akron, OH
A beautifully shot music video for Akron folk duo Shivering Timbers, shown at Akron Film+Pixel Night in September.


The Valley
The Valley, Directed by Cory Sheldon, Akron, OH
An effects laden steampunk music video for Texas rock band Eisley.


Crayon Dragon
Crayon Dragon, Directed by Toniko Pantoja
In this animated short from May’s SPARK Family Film Fest, a painter befriends a wingless dragon in the painting she’s been hired to restore.


The Girl and the Fox
The Girl and the Fox, Directed by Tyler J. Kupferer
In another animation from SPARK, a young girl must track a mysterious fox through a foreboding wilderness.


Full details for attending First Night Akron.


New film series starts Thursday

On December 27th, Akron Film+Pixel will begin bringing current critically acclaimed films to Akron on a regular basis.

“We’re filling a gap for ‘arthouse’ cinema,” says Akron Film+Pixel Film Curator Tim Peyton. “Cleveland has the Cinematheque and Cedar Lee Theatre, but until now there’s been no place in Akron to see new festival films on the big screen, with an audience.”

The first film in the series is festival hit TABU. This surrealistic love story about a dying woman’s secret past, inspired by early Hollywood adventure films, is landing on many critics’ best-of lists for 2012. Akron Film+Pixel will bring TABU to the Akron Art Museum on December 27th for its first public screening in Northeast Ohio.

The classic film series “Film Club” will continue into 2013 in partnership with the Akron-Summit County Main Library, Summit Artspace and Akron Art Museum. The first selection of the New Year is often referred to as one of the greatest films in the history of cinema: Jean Renoir’s social satire THE RULES OF THE GAME. It will be screened and followed by group discussion at the Main Library on January 31st.

TABU is showing at the Akron Art Museum at 6:30 pm on December 27th. THE RULES OF THE GAME will be shown at the Akron-Summit County Main Library at 6:30 pm on January 31st. Both screenings are free and seats are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.


White Material

“Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, ‘White Material’ is an altogether stunning work.” -Kenneth Turan, LA Times

 

White Material
Thursday, November 15th, 6:30pm
Akron Art Museum (1 S High St.)
Free, open to the public


“It’s a disorientingly beautiful movie at times, which promises — as Denis always does, I think — that human madness and human love will balance each other out, in the fullness of time.” -Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

 

Co-presented by University of Akron Professor Ray Gehani’s newly formed “France-US Zippy Fraternity,” the Akron Art Museum, and Akron Film+Pixel. We’ll watch Claire Denis’s 2009 film WHITE MATERIAL, which landed on many ten best lists that year. There will be an introduction and post-film discussion. It’s free!

 

“A striking film filled with images that sometimes reveal their full meaning only when their beauty curdles in the chain of signification.” -Manhola Dargis, NY Times


Akron Film+Pixel Night

The schedule is here!

 

We’ll get started at 7pm with short films and Q&A at the Akron Art Museum. Then we transition to Summit Artspace for one more short film, free appetizers catered by Mustard Seed Market, and two very fun new games that aren’t yet commercially released.

 

Download the full graphical program as a PDF.

 

FILMS showing at the Akron Art Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m. (filmmaker Q&A after each film):

 

• In “Mouthful,” by Clevelander Robert Putka and his C-Town Film Factory team, a sensitive question creates escalating disharmony between a couple in the bedroom. It premiered at the prestigious South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and is now in development as a series for HBO GO under the name “Bobby and Bliss in a Tree.”
• Cory Sheldon’s Kickstarter-funded “Laos Free” is an animated story of the world’s most heavily bombed country. It will make its premiere at Akron Film+Pixel Night.
• In “Countdown To An Early Lunch,” a stylish film noir directed by Akronite Brandon Baker, tension builds between two private detectives in a small office.
• “Generations” by Akron folk duo Shivering Timbers and “Ice Cold Water” by Cleveland alternative hip-hop group Smoke Screen each had music videos produced by NE Ohio production company Turnstyle Films.
• “60 BPM,” directed by Jordan Blazak, won him and his team the top prize at Akron Film+Pixel’s “Just Another Day” student video contest in May. It follows a young musician whose day moves to a steady rhythm as she prepares for an audition.

 

ONE MORE FILM at Summit Artspace beginning at 8:30 p.m.:

• A man toils at building a high tech synthesizer with puppet friends in his basement in the surreal fantasy “T82: Supersonic Tonemaker,” the latest from Akron natives Luke and Andy Campbell, who are now based in Austin, Texas.

 

VIDEOGAMES playable at Summit Artspace at 8:30 p.m.:

Johann Sebastian Joust
This music-based festival sensation gives 2-6 people motion-sensing PlayStation Move controllers and asks them to move the controller slowly when the music slows down. The goal is to knock other players out of the game by jostling their controllers through [practically] any means necessary. More information is available at http://gutefabrik.com/joust.html.

 

BaraBariBall
Noah Sasso is a Brooklyn-based, up-and-coming indie game designer whose new retro-styled sports game is currently touring festivals and events like Fantastic Fest, XOXO Festival, and No Quarter. In keeping with the game’s retro theme, it will be playable with original Nintendo Entertainment System controllers. A trailer is viewable at http://bbb.strangeflavor.net/.

Neither game is yet commercially released — check them out early!

 


Film Club: Suspiria

“A movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then…)” -J Hoberman

Film Club: Suspiria
Tuesday, July 31st, 8:00pm
Akron Film+Pixel at Summit Artspace (140 E Market St.)
Free, open to the public



In a change of pace, we’re watching Dario Argento’s bizarre, disturbing, visually powerful Suspiria. We’ll watch the film straight through once and then discuss it while skipping through it a second time.

Don’t be scared, we’ll be together!


“It’s always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them.” -Geoff Andrew