Press Releases

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

Mike King, Guest Film Curator
312.804.4894 or msking3@wisc.edu

SPOTLIGHT CINEMA DETAILS RELEASED

MMoCA Program Provides First Chance to See Acclaimed Films in Madison

 

MADISON, WI— MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema series returns this fall with the Madison premieres of eight critically-acclaimed and award-winning narrative features and documentaries from around the world. These screen Wednesday nights from October 4 through 24, November 7, 14, and 28, and December 5. Highlights include the latest from Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi (3 Faces), the exhilarating fiction debut of The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle (Skate Kitchen), two profiles of masters of their fields (Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda and John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection), and two essential documentary x-rays of America from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival (Bisbee ’17 and Hale County This Morning, This Evening).

Spotlight Cinema is curated by Mike King, and is a program of MMoCA’s education department. Funding for the series has been provided by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor. This film series is one of two presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art each year, and follows the summer Rooftop Cinema film series.

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum lobby; films screen at 7 pm in the lecture hall. Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public.

 

AT-A-GLANCE SCREENING SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 3, 2018 • 7 PM
Skate Kitchen (2018, USA, 105 min., Digital) Dir: Crystal Moselle

OCTOBER 10, 2018 • 7 PM
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017, USA/Japan, 102 min., Digital) Dir: Stephen Nomura Schibl

OCTOBER 17, 2018 • 7 PM
Notes on an Appearance (2018, USA, 60 min., Digital) Dir: Ricky D’Ambrose

OCTOBER 24, 2018 • 7 PM
Bisbee ‘17 (2018, USA, 112 min., Digital) Dir: Robert Greene

NOVEMBER 7, 2018 • 7 PM
Too Late to Die Young (2018, Chile/Brazil/Argentina/Netherlands/Qatar, 110 min., Digital) Dir: Dominga Sotomayor

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 • 7 PM
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018, France, 95 min., Digital) Dir: Julien Faraut

NOVEMBER 28, 2018 • 7 PM
3 Faces (2018, Iran, 100 min., Digital) Dir: Jafar Panahi

DECEMBER 5, 2018 • 7 PM
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018, USA, 76 min., Digital) Dir: RaMell Ross

 

FILM DETAILS

OCTOBER 3, 2018 • 7 PM
Skate Kitchen (2018, USA, 105 min., Digital)

Dir: Crystal Moselle

Cast: Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Jaden Smith

An exhilarating portrait of an all-girl NYC skateboarding crew, the first fiction feature by Crystal Moselle (director of The Wolfpack) immerses us in a rambunctious, vibrant subculture. Working with real kids she first discovered on the subway, Moselle mixes thrilling skating footage with an authentic feeling for the experiences of sexually fluid teenaged girls navigating male-dominated spaces. “Gratifyingly fresh. This fearless, racially diverse, sexually fluid crew of trash-talking young women feels like a convoy from a cooler culture” (Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed). “An empowering portrait of young women on wheels, but it proves no less surefooted when the wheels come off” (Justin Change, Los Angeles Times).

Official Site: https://www.skatekitchenfilm.com

Stills: http://www.magpictures.com/skatekitchen/press-kit/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TYCCPYdGTw

 

OCTOBER 10, 2018 • 7 PM
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017, USA/Japan, 102 min., Digital)

Dir: Stephen Nomura Schibl

Among the world’s most widely heralded contemporary composers, Ryuichi Sakamoto has done it all, from creating iconic film scores for Oshima and Bertolucci to storming the 1980s Japanese pop charts as a member of synth-pop originators Yellow Magic Orchestra. This remarkably intimate documentary affords us a priceless window into Sakamoto’s creative process, tracing the writing and recording of both his 2015 score for The Revenant and his massively acclaimed 2017 album async. Following a health crisis and the Fukushima disaster, this endlessly inspiring artist undergoes a profound political awakening and creative rebirth. “A portrait of an artist that’s nearly as powerful and necessary as the artist himself” (Indiewire). “One of the great documentaries about the creative process” (The Telegraph). In Japanese with English subtitles.

Official Site: https://coda.mubi.com/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl-pKw5n0mI

 

OCTOBER 17, 2018 • 7 PM
Notes on an Appearance (2018, USA, 60 min., Digital) Dir: Ricky D’Ambrose

Cast: Bingham Bryant, Keith Poulson, Tallie Medel

When a young man disappears in the middle of New York City, his friends try to piece together the mystery using the scant clues left behind in his diary. Notes on an Appearance looks for meaning in the scraps and ephemera that evince our lives, while also poking deadpan fun at the rarified New York art world in which its characters—and the film itself—traffic. Directed with Bressonian cool by first-timer Rick D’Ambrose, this downtown L’Avventura ranks among the most elegant and stylistically fresh American debuts in recent memory. “A feature debut that proceeds with forthright intelligence, moving in the exact thrilling and wonderfully bewildering manner that D’Ambrose wishes” (The Film Stage). Preceded by a short film.

Stills: http://grasshopperfilm.com/film/notes-on-an-appearance/

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/277110608

 

OCTOBER 24, 2018 • 7 PM
Bisbee ‘17 (2018, USA, 112 min., Digital) Dir: Robert Greene

No film has more to say about contemporary America than this documentary reckoning with a little-known atrocity that occurred 100 years ago. In a 1917 Arizona mining town, union busters brought an end to a strike by rounding up over 1,200 immigrant workers and “deporting” them into the desert, where they were left to die. A century later, local historians mount a reenactment with local residents, including the workers’ descendants. Looking back to comment on the present, Bisbee ’17 shows that horrific events like this can happen here—in fact, they already have. “Clearsighted and gratifyingly complicated... every important thing about this movie is still alive” (New York Times).

Official Site: https://www.bisbee17.com

Stills: https://www.bisbee17.com/images

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/271563668

 

NOVEMBER 7, 2018 • 7 PM
Too Late to Die Young (2018, Chile/Brazil/Argentina/Netherlands/Qatar, 110 min., Digital) Dir: Dominga Sotomayor

Cast: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro

Chile, summer of 1990. As their country returns to democracy, a small group of bohemian families head to the foothills of the Andes to start a new rural community. As the group prepares for a massive New Year’s party, 16 year-old Sofia feels estranged from their makeshift utopia and yearns to escape, preferably in the arms of the slightly older Ignacio. Using an elliptical storytelling style, large familial cast, and vivid atmosphere that together recall Lucretia Martel’s La Cienaga, Dominga Sotomayor immerses us in the headspace of a young girl at a very particular time and place. Winner, Best Director, 2018 Locarno Film Festival. “Mezmerizing. A stunning tale of growing up in small moments” (Indiewire). In Spanish with English subtitles.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lKM7b7liuY

 

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 • 7 PM
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018, France, 95 min., Digital)

Dir: Julien Faraut

A sport film like no other, this radical essay on tennis legend John McEnroe announces its ambition with an epigraph from Jean-Luc Godard—“cinema lies, sport doesn’t”—quickly followed by its subject slicing through a serve in super-slow motion to the sound of a roaring Sonic Youth track. Comprised of a bounty of rich 16mm footage filmed at the 1984 French Open, In the Realm of Perfection’s obsessive study of McEnroe—at the time the world’s top-ranked player—spirals into an expansive reverie on the possibilities and limits of the human body, temperament, and filmmaking itself. “The best tennis film ever made... among the very best films on any sport. Part of its exuberance, its surprise, and its delight rest in confounding whatever expectations you may have of it” (Vogue).

Official Site: http://mcenroe.oscilloscope.net

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_mOBXFtub0

Stills: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xhtqaom45chgxzl/AAAMM1FrMPo-3amA2W-jDEnea/Stills

 

NOVEMBER 28, 2018 • 7 PM
3 Faces (2018, Iran, 100 min., Digital)

Dir: Jafar Panahi

Cast: Jafar Panahi, Behnaz Jafari, Marziyeh Rezaei

When famous actress Behnaz Jafari receives a troubling message from one of her fans, she and director Jafar Panahi (both playing themselves) drive out to rural Iran to track the girl down. Arriving in the girl’s mountain village, they encounter locals steeped in repressive customs, as well as quietly defiant women finding ways to resist them. In 2010, Panahi, the master auteur behind such films as The White Balloon and Offside, received a 20-year ban from making new films from the Iranian government. Undeterred, he has continued to produce exciting new work at a surprisingly quick clip—3 Faces is his fourth feature since the ban (his prior film, Taxi, played at Spotlight in 2015) and his best yet. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. In Farsi with English subtitles.

Stills: https://www.kinolorber.com/film/3-faces

 

DECEMBER 5, 2018 • 7 PM
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018, USA, 76 min., Digital)

Dir: RaMell Ross

Lyrically depicting five years in the lives of two young African American men in Alabama, photographer RaMell Ross's visionary documentary won a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In contrast to most cinematic depictions of African Americans, Ross’s rapturous imagery and eye for environmental wonder creates a sensory experience that is at once intimate and cosmic, recalling the best of Terrence Malick. Executive produced by Laura Potrias (Citizenfour) and creative advisor Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). "Pure cinematic poetry... poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking" (New York Times). “A major work, and a richly rewarding one” (Vox).

Official Site: https://www.halecountyfilm.com

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/285919537

Stills: http://www.cinemaguild.com/theatrical/halecounty_press.htm

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