It is time once again to see what’s happening in off-the-beaten-path cinema here in Columbus. Here is what will be playing at the Wexner Center for the Arts in November (As always, the below list focuses on events that are ‘movie showings’ as the typical moviegoer would understand the term. See other types of events here.)
Women Art Revolution! (2010), showing November 2: Documentary on the history of feminist art. Particularly focuses on artists active in the 1960s and 1970s, and the influence of said artists today.
Lynne Sachs Introduces The Last Happy Day (2009) States of UnBelonging (2006), showing November 3: Visiting filmmaker Lynne Sachs introduces two of her documentary shorts. The Last Happy Day (2009) is about a distant relative of Sachs who fled the Nazis only to be hired by the US Army in occupied Italyto reconstruct the bodies of dead soldiers. The second States of UnBelonging (2006) is about the life, work and death of Israeli filmmaker Revital Ohayon.
Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives, (also here) showing November 4: Dating from 1915 to 2005, these 16 short amateur home movies come from many archives from around the country.
Mysteries of Lisbon (also here ) (2011), showing November 6: The last film of the late, Chilean born, filmmaker Raúl Ruiz. The child of an ill-fated love affair among Portuguese aristocrats goes on a three decade odyssey across 19th century Europe to learn his parentage.
The Interrupters (2011), showing November 9: Documentary about three former Chicago gang members who now work to prevent gang violence. Their Modus operandi is to ‘interrupt’ people’s lives before they get involved in situations that lead to violence, thus stopping violence before it starts.
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2011), showing November 10: Documentary telling the story of German artist Anslem Kiefer’s creation of a massive public art installation in the south of France.
The Best of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (also here), showing November 15: The Ottawa International Animation Festival, the largest of its kind, is held each September. This showing is a travelling exhibit of the best pieces of the 2011 festival. (Please note: These are not kiddie cartoons. It is serious filmmaking meant for grown-ups. May contain content not appropriate for children.)
ZOOM WARM-UP Stooge-a-thon, showing November 25: Part of the Zoom: Family Film festival 2011. A 70 min marathon of Three Stooges shorts.
The Ascent (1976), showing November 29: Part of the film history 101 series. A
Soviet made film about World War II. Two partisans (i.e. members of the Soviet underground fighting the Nazis) in German-occupied Belarus, do their best to scavenge for supplies, fight the Germans, and avoid capture in the dead of Russian winter.