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Double Feature (1st)
Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star

Directed by Larry Weinstein
Documentary Feature
U.S.A. | 53 min | 2016
PG-13

Veteran documentarian Larry Weinstein directs this portrait of the movie legend, who was plucked from a ballet troupe to star alongside Gene Kelly in the Oscar-winning An American in Paris and went on to star in a series of musical and non-musical classics.

Plucked from a ballet troupe by Gene Kelly to play opposite him in An American in Paris, Leslie Caron went on to star in a series of classic musical and non-musical films, including Lili, Daddy Long Legs, The Glass Slipper, the multiple Oscar-winning Gigi, and many others. In this new documentary about her life and career from veteran Canadian documentarian Larry Weinstein, Caron proves to be as witty, charming, and disarmingly candid as one could hope for. Like her most famous character Gigi, Caron ultimately refused to adopt the role which she had been groomed for by the studios, striking out on her own to play in such daring films as The L-Shaped Room (for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress) and keeping a skeptical distance from the Hollywood machine.

Larry Weinstein, DirectorLarry Weinstein
Director

Larry Weinstein is one of Canada’s most prolific and accomplished documentary filmmakers, and has been honoured with retrospectives around the world and broadcasts in more than 40 countries.

The majority of his 30 award-winning films centre on music and the creative process while his other subjects range from the horrors of war to the pleasures of football. His films consistently push the boundaries of conventional documentary storytelling by employing tools from fiction films, dramatic reconstructions, historical cinematic stylings, and impressionistic visuals.

In 2007, Larry received the Cannes MipDoc International Trailblazer Award with the citation, “Weinstein is a deserving awardee for his creativity, originality, and risk-taking, and for pushing the genre of documentary forward.”

Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star, Movie Poster

Film Information

Director: Larry Weinstein
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 53 min
PG-13

Credits

Producers: Vanessa Dylyn, Anne Schuchman
Music: Benjamin Ribolet
Cinematography: Hugues De Rosière
Editor: David New

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Double Feature (2nd)
Oiltown

Directed by Mark Street
Narrative Feature
U.S.A. | 41 min | 2016
PG

Oiltowns traces boom and bust cycles in and around the Bakken formation in western North Dakota. Interviews with oil workers, longtime residents, ranchers and the homeless focus on changes that have animated the small towns.

Male SilhouetteMark Street 
Director

Mark Street has been making films, videos and installations for 30 years. His work has moved from tactile, abstract explorations of 16mm film to essays on the urban experience to improvised feature length narratives. He has shown at places like the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as venues such as a former strip club in New Orleans called the Pussycat Cavern.

He graduated from Bard College (B.A, 1986) and the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 1992). He has shown work in the New York Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe series (1991, 1994), at Anthology Film Archives (1993, 2006, 2009), Millennium (1990,1996), and the San Francisco Cinematheque (1986, 1992, 2009). His work has appeared at the Tribeca (5 times), Sundance, Rotterdam, New York, London, San Francisco, New York Underground, Sarajevo, Viennale, Ourense (Spain), Mill Valley, South by Southwest, and other film festivals.

His projects has been supported by a number of grants from foundations, including the Jerome Foundation, the Film Arts Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council and the NY Experimental TV Center. In 2006 he was asked to participate in the Hallwalls Artists Residency Program in Buffalo, NY.

Some of his film work has been performed live (at Tonic and Galapagos in NYC) with accompanying musicians, including Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, Bradford Reed and Jane Scarpantoni. In 2007 at Hallwalls he presented a multi media show entitled Inside and Out: Infec

He has curated and judged several film and art exhibitions including Ventana al Sur: An Evening of Argentine Experimental Film (with Lynne Sachs) at Anthology Film Archives and Pacific Film Archive in 2009 as well as Video Landscapes (2005) and Real Abstractions (2007) both at Fordham University’s Center Art Gallery.

Two of his personal essays “Film is Dead: Long Live Film” and “Festival of Flight” appeared in Film Arts Magazine in 2008. An essay about film funding “Who’s Asking?” appeared Millennium Film Journal # 51 entitled Experimental Documentary. Cinema Argentina – An Argentine excursion: film frames and talk therapy (with Lynne Sachs and Pablo Marin) appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of Gonzo Circus.

He has led community workshops a variety of venues (Echo Park Film Center in LA, Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, Fondacion d’Arte Contemporaneo in Montevideo Uruguay, Utopia Art Space in Murcia Spain) on a variety of topics, including “The Devil is in the Details: Urban Street Videography.”

He is Associate Professor of Film in the Visual Art Department at Fordham University– Lincoln Center where he teaches film/video production and other courses that engage contemporary artistic practice. 

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