Of Men and War, our "devastatingly raw documentary" (The New York Times) about veterans recovering from PTSD just made
Here's an excerpt below.
You can learn more about the film and the five year process that director Laurent Bécue-Renard underwent to shoot and edit the 300+ hours of footage by visiting the film's website menandwar.com.
If you are interested in seeing the film it is currently available for community screenings through Tugg and for educational use. Continue checking the website for updates on when it will be available on DVD and streaming on Netflix.
These two terrific, wonderfully engaging documentaries are both New York Times Critics Picks and will be opening at Cinema Village in Manhattan tonight, Friday (12/4). Bikes vs Cars will also be opening in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Noho 7 and The Messenger will follow next weekend.
Click on the images below to see all the national theatrical dates for each title.
Of Men and War is discussed on Film Week with Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major and Tim Cogshell. Listen to it here!
Secondly, the International Center for Agricultural Research in Syria recently had to make the first-ever withdrawal from the vault due to instability in their area. Their crop supplies were becoming dangerously low and they needed more seeds so that they could re-grow some of their most important crops and restabilize supply levels.
The fact that these seeds, which are globally considered by scientists to be a sort of insurance, or fail-safe, for a chance catastrophe that wipes out a large portion of agriculture on our planet, are being widely overlooked and ignored is very concerning. These climate changes facing us are very real and should be treated with much more urgency. It is good that news sources like CNN are beginning to run stories about this, yet it is still a ways away from being a primary concern for most people.
If you are interested in learning more you can visit the film's website or download it for personal use. You can also watch it on Netflix starting next week or buy the DVD.
Steak (R)evolution was mentioned in an excellent article about the recent surge in demand for Spanish steak. Here is an excerpt below.
Turner & George, a butcher’s in London, stocks Galician beef via Txuleta. “We came across the beef through a French film called Steak Revolution, about a guy’s quest for the perfect steak,” says co-owner James George. “Right up until the last minute his favourite steak was this rare type of wagyu, then he went to El Capricho in Spain and said it was the best he’d ever had. We tried it ourselves, and the taste was phenomenal.” They went looking for stock at the same time Borjanovic was offering it. “The fact that they were old cows offset our fears about importing it. It’s hyper-ethical, in a way, because it gives another life to the cow.”
Read the entire article
Last night The Wanted 18 screened to a packed house at the IFC Center. Co-Director Amer Shomali and special guest Michael Moore were in attendance for a wonderful Q&A afterwards.
The film is Palestine's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. You can watch the trailer and learn more at wanted18doc.com
This past weekend, The Wanted 18 took home the top prize at The Traverse City Film FEstival. In introducing the film before the screening, Festival Founder Michael Moore highlighted the unique and often humorous style of the documentary, saying... "This is one of my favorite films that I've seen this year."
Producer Ina Fichman had this to say about the experience, "It was wonderful screening our film here in Traverse City for such appreciative and engaged audiences. Winning the Best Doc Award was the icing on the cake!"
To learn more check out the film's website!
CURRENTLY PLAYING THIS WEEK (until Thurs 7/23) AT THE IFC CENTER IN NEW YORK
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW BY NEIL GENZLINGER
In his documentary Steak Revolution Franck Ribière goes in search of the world’s best steak. But this informative foodie film is more than just footage of assorted chefs cooking delicious-looking cuts of meat. The tour encompasses breeders, butchers, grazing practices and genetics. Mr. Ribière uses a Top 10 countdown structure familiar from other searching-for-the-best documentaries, but the rankings are beside the point. This film is all about the meat and the animals it comes from.
The search takes Mr. Ribière to Japan, Italy, South America, Britain, Brooklyn (where the Peter Luger Steak House makes his list) and more. We meet assorted breeds, each with advocates among chefs.
The film has a farm-to-table sensibility, proclaiming the culinary superiority of beef that isn’t raised agribusiness-style and shipped halfway around the world. But within that mind-set is a range of philosophies about what to feed the animals, when to slaughter them, how to age the meat, how to cook it. Selecting the animals can go beyond breed to — yes — personality.
“We look for docile animals with a noble character,” says José Gordon, a breeder and chef in Spain. “This kind of character facilitates a specific marbling.”
Backyard barbecuers may never eat at any of the restaurants seen here, but they’ll come away enlightened about things like what “Angus” really means on their grocery-store cut and whether, when it comes to steaks, bigger is really better.
Web Junkie is coming to POV as part of their summer broadcast line-up!
Tune in this coming Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10:00 PM. Or, if you can't watch it then, it will be streaming online from Tuesday, July 14 - August 13, 2015!
"Imaginatively interspersing testimonials with reenactments, comic panels and Claymation, the film plays out like an entertaining absurdist satire" - The LA Times
"'The Wanted 18' follows a worthy tradition of highlighting absurdities that arise during [the] conflict" - The New York Times
"[A] humane and moving picture" - RogerEbert.com
"It's an amazing tale that's inventively well told, and speaks to ongoing issues that range well beyond the plight of its titular bovines. Moooove over Michael Moore!" - Women's E News
The Wanted 18 is playing this week at Cinema Village in Manhattan and the Laemmle Noho 7 in Los Angeles...Don't miss it!