It's Day 4 of our 16 Days of Staff Picks! Today we are sharing a few of our must-see features, docs, and shorts. Here are today's staff picks:
Today's Documentary Staff Pick, Incorruptible, chronicles Senegal's tumultuous 2012 elections and the Y’en A Marre movement, a youth-led artist movement formed in opposition to ex-president Abdoulaye Wade's attempts to remain in power for a third term. Director E. Chai Vasarhelyi intimate knowledge of the nation is imbued throughout this political documentary that offers hope, while honestly examining the sustainability of a peoples' movement and the role youth are taking to shape the future.
Real-life Berkshire logger Bob Tarasuk plays a version of himself in today's Narrative Feature Staff Pick, Bob and The Trees, an authentic, immersive story of Bob's struggle to keep his failing logging business alive. Director Diego Ongaro slowly builds the tension in this verite-style drama that pays tribute to a declining population still holding onto their rural dreams.
Featuring a collection of four excellent shorts based on literature, our Shorts Program aptly titled "Based On" will be a treat for lovers of both film and literature:
PEACOCK KILLER, directed by Boyd Holbrook (Narcos)
After physically reprimanding his dog for catching and eating a peacock, a man relieves his guilt by hunting down the remaining peacocks with his dog. Adapted from a short story by Sam Shepard.
HOW I DIDN'T BECOME A PIANO PLAYER, directed by Tommaso Pitta
Nine-year-old Ted is desperately searching for something he is good at. On the day his father comes home with an old monstrous piano, Ted has a revelation: he will become the next Mozart. Based on the short story "Every Good Boy" by David Nicholls.
THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION, directed by Sergio Rico
In a beat-up old boarding house in New Orleans, a frustrated landlady decides to confront one of her troublesome tenants for the rent. As their arguing ensues, an aspiring drunken writer decides to finally speak his truth. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams.
SURE THING, directed by Deborah Reinisch
Bill takes the only available seat in a cafe--at Betty's table. Could she be the "one"? Could he? Are there any guarantees when we open our hearts? Sure thing. Based on the play by David Ives.