LIFE BELOW ZERO
2018, National Geographic, 47 min, USA,

This popular National Geographic Channel series follows six people as they battle for the most basic necessities in the state with the lowest population density in the United States. Living at the ends of the world's loneliest roads and subsisting off the rugged Alaskan bush, they battle whiteout snow storms, man-eating carnivores, questionable frozen terrain and limited resources through a long and bitter winter. Some of them are lone wolves; others have their families beside them. All must overcome desperate odds to brave the wild and survive through to the spring. And when spring arrives in Alaska, rising temperatures bring mounting challenges as they work to prepare for yet another winter.


THAT SUMMER
2018, Sundance Selects, 80 min, Sweden/USA/Denmark, Dir: Göran Hugo Olsson

This fascinating new documentary finally restores footage of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale of GREY GARDENS that was thought lost for decades. In 1972, artist Peter Beard initiated a film project with Lee Radziwill (Jackie Onassis’ sister) about her relatives, the Beales, for which they hired filmmakers David and Albert Maysles to help out. Though this project never did see the light of day, the Maysles returned of their own accord to the same material to make their now-legendary film. The footage in THAT SUMMER focuses on Big and Little Edie before the clean-up that rendered Grey Gardens more livable, as they interact with Radziwill and reflect upon their past. It also focuses on Beard and his family of friends, including Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Truman Capote, who formed an enormously influential and vibrant creative community in Montauk, Long Island (NY) in the 1970s. “You've never seen the mother-daughter duo quite as they're revealed in THAT SUMMER. Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson, whose masterful touch with found footage made THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967–1975 a potent historical chronicle, again delves into the vaults with engrossing results.” - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter.


THE SEA STARES AT US FROM AFAR
EL MAR NOS MIRA DE LEJOS
2017, 92 min, Spain/Netherlands, Dir: Manuel Muñoz Rivas

The legend of an ancient and forgotten civilization lies buried beneath a large expanse of dunes. For more than a century, certain travelers have reached this remote and desolate territory looking for the traces of ancient inhabitants, the ruins of a city, or perhaps a sort of lost utopia. Ignorant of these myths and the romantic delusions of archaeologists and adventurers, a few solitary men, barely visible among the sands, today inhabit that place facing the sea.


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