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THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS
2020, 93 min, Cyprus, Dir: Peter Medak

In September of 1973, Peter Sellers embarked on the production of a 17th Century pirate comedy in Cyprus for Columbia Pictures (GHOST IN THE NOONDAY SUN). Sellers lost confidence with the film as soon as it began and desperately tried to sabotage it, firing the producers in the first week and then setting his sights on his friend, director Peter Medak. At the core of this documentary is an unraveling production but also a young filmmaker firmly on a path to greatness; Medak had made three back-to-back successes, most notably THE RULING CLASS in 1972 with Peter O’Toole (nominated for the Palme d'Or). But GHOST changed his career forever. After 43 years the wounds have barely healed for Medak, and this opportunity to exorcise its failure is a comic-tragic tale about what it takes to be a film director and survive your biggest disaster. "I thought I had suffered." - Terry Gilliam.


THIS IS NOT A MOVIE
2019, 106 min, Canada/Germany, Dir: Yung Chang

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Yung Chang (UP THE YANGTZE) follows veteran British journalist Robert Fisk’s storied and often dangerous career, from his early coverage of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland to ongoing Middle East stories including Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and recent events in Syria. Despite his decades covering disillusioning world events up close, Fisk remains passionate and committed to journalism, and is living proof that knowledge and awareness still survive in an occasionally biased media environment. Nominated for Best Canadian Feature at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.


SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM
1968, Janus Films, 75 min, USA, Dir: William Greaves

In his one-of-a-kind fiction-documentary hybrid, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York’s Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they’re making. A couple enacts a break-up scenario over and over, a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew, locals wander casually into the frame: The project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative 1960s counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies.


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