LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982-1992
2017, ABC-TV, 145 min, USA, Dir: John Ridley

Oscar-winning writer John Ridley’s (12 YEARS A SLAVE) third film as director takes an unflinching look at the 1992 L.A. Uprising, tracing its roots back a decade, unfolding its history as a series of very personal decisions and very public failures. It masterfully weaves heartbreaking firsthand accounts from black, white, Asian and Hispanic Angelenos of all classes, caught up in a cascade of rising tension, culminating in an explosion of anger and fear after the Rodney King verdict. “What sets LET IT FALL apart is its journalistic sensibility – the hallmark of the best documentaries.” – Sonia Saraiya, Variety


HELLO HELLO HELLO : LEE RANALDO : ELECTRIC TRIM
2017, 76 min, USA, Dir: Fred Riedel

As a member of pioneering alternative rock band Sonic Youth and on his own solo recordings, Lee Ranaldo has revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar. Working with producer Raül Fernandez and collaborators including lyricist Jonathan Lethem, singer Sharon Van Etten, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and former Sonic Youth cohort Steve Shelley on drums, Ranaldo recorded the new album “Electric Trim” - a process captured in this documentary. Filmed during dozens of recording sessions across a year, this unusually intimate look at the creative process presents a bold, new sound that is a lush and striking departure from Ranaldo’s signature work.


TICKLING GIANTS
2016, 111 min, USA, Dir: Sara Taksler

“There isn’t a wrong time for comedy or for speaking truth to power. Now is always the right time to speak out,” notes director Sara Taksler of this inspiring documentary, which follows Dr. Bassem Youssef, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” who decides to leave his job as a heart surgeon to become a late-night comedian. In the midst of the Arab Spring, Youssef’s TV show attracts 30 million viewers as he finds creative, nonviolent ways to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power. “An ebullient ode to freedom … a terrific movie that leaves you cherishing (a little more) the freedom we have, and holding in contempt (a little more) those who would compromise it.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


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