GREY GARDENS
1976, Janus Films, 94 min, USA, Dir: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, codirected by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.


OL’ MAX EVANS: THE FIRST 1,000 YEARS
2018, 79 min, USA, Dir: Lorene Mills, Paul Barnes, David Leach

Internationally renowned best-selling New Mexico author Max Evans (THE HI-LO COUNTRY, THE ROUNDERS) has also been a prospector, film producer, soldier, artist and calf-roping cowboy. This documentary about the 93-year-old Renaissance man is a fast-paced ride though changing times in which Max tells stories of movie studio executives, ranching, publishing houses, brawls with Hollywood friends such as director Sam Peckinpah, spiritual encounters with animals, tales of the American West and more. Episodes from Evans’ life are illuminated by interviews with friends, colleagues and Max himself, with acclaimed actors Peter Coyote and Sam Elliott lending their voices as narrator and reader, respectively.


WHAT WE STARTED
2017, Bert Marcus Productions/Abramorama, 94 min, USA, Dir: Bert Marcus, Cyrus Saidi

Through an artfully crafted narrative, powerful cast of superstars and stunning visual techniques, this documentary delves into the highly popular world of electronic dance music, providing backdoor access to a widely misunderstood, self-driven and well-insulated industry on its way to global domination. The film spans the music’s rich history, from its underground inception in late-1980s America to the musicians and fans of the genre who relentlessly fought in the dance clubs and on the streets to find a safe space to express themselves, to the development of this modern, mainstream revolution that has taken the world by storm. Featuring industry pioneers and superstars of today including Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Moby, Pete Tong, David Guetta, Afrojack, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Usher and Ed Sheeran, WHAT WE STARTED highlights the current boom in electronic dance music while leaving open the question of what will happen next for this incredible music genre.


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