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RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN

(NR) Abramarama - 93 mins
  • DIRECTOR: Linda Saffire
RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to NYCB and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create Restless Creature, a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers. Throughout Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger’s riveting documentary, we watch Whelan grapple with questions of her own identity and worth. Historical footage shows her dancing as a very young girl in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, then as a teenager on her own in New York and, finally, as a rising ballerina with the company. “’If I don’t dance, I’d rather die’—I’ve actually said that,” says Whelan at one point in the film, as she talks about leaving the only environment she knows, and facing what comes next. Whelan’s unflinching honesty, her tireless determination, and her winsome attitude—along with her breathtaking dancing—make RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN not just a fascinating portrait of an artist grappling with change but also a delight to watch.
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THE WEDDING PLAN

Roadside Attractions - 110 mins
  • DIRECTOR: Rama Burshtein
  • STARRING: Noa Koler, Amos Tamam, Oz Zehavi
At 32, Michal is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother and sister look on with trepidation. During Michal’s month-long search for a spouse, she enlists the help of two different matchmakers, goes on a series of disastrous blind dates and finds an unexpected connection with a charming but utterly unsuitable pop star - all while dismissing pleas by concerned friends and family members that she reconsider her risky plan. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no suitor appears, Michal puts everything on the line to find happiness.
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RAW

(R) Focus Features - 99 mins
  • DIRECTOR: JULIA DUCOURNAU
  • STARRING: LAURENT LUCAS, ELLA RUMPF, RABAH NAÏT OUFELLA, JOANA PREISS, LAURENT LUCAS, BOULI LANNERS, MARION VERNOUX
Everyone in Justine's family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At 16, she's a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principals when she eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions as her true self begins to emerge... Rottentomatoes CERTIFIED FRESH 90% 
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IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE

(NR) The Cinema Guild - 81 mins
  • DIRECTOR: Patrick Shen
IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative exploration of silence and the impact of noise on our lives. The film takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe—from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of Mumbai, the loudest city on the planet—and inspires us to both experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world.   * Q&As Schedule* Friday, June 23 at the 7:15PM Screening with Patrick Shen (Director), George Prochnick (Subject and Author of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise) & Kay Larson (Subject and Author of Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life Artists)  Saturday, June 24 at the 7:15PM Screening with Patrick Shen and Kay Larson  Monday, June 26 at the 7:15 Screening with Cheryl Brause, co-founder of 2bpresent, will lead meditation before the screening and answer questions after about seeking silence in daily life. Wednesday, June 28 at the 7:15 Screening with Rebecca Bratspies, a subject in the film and director of the Center for Urban Environmental Reform and Professor at CUNY School of Law will answer questions about noise pollution especially as it relates to noise in and around schools.   “★★★★ — Fascinating” -The Times (London) “★★★★★ — Replete with imagery that shimmers with the kind of almost otherworldly wonder one might associate with a Terrence Malick movie… This film does more than just tell a story, it testifies to the sheer loveliness of anything—everything—when drenched in silence.” -Carl McColman | The Huffington Post “★★★★★ — Simply watching it is a self-fulfilling prophesy, its gentle soundtrack creating one of the most blissful viewing experiences of the year.” -City A.M. (London) “…A gorgeously rendered meditation on the role silence plays in our mental health.” -Greg Hamilton | MovieMaker Magazine “I am undone by this film… it lands in the mind, at least to this reviewer, with an impact reminiscent of seeing 1982’s Koyaanisqatsi for the first time… Shen’s In Pursuit of Silence incessantly inspires and sometimes takes the breath away and can even accomplish both at once.” -Wayne Alan Brenner | Austin Chronicle   Official Selection, SXSW 2016 Official Selection, Full Frame 2016 Official Selection, Sheffield Doc Fest 2016 Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival 2016 Official Selection, DC Environmental Film Festival 2016 Cinema Eye Honors Nominee, Original Score
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ALL THE RAGE

(NR) Rumur Inc / The Film Collaborative - 94 mins
  • DIRECTOR: Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley & David Beilinson
  • STARRING: John E. Sarno, Howard Stern, Larry David, John Stossel, Martha Sarno, Andrew Weil, Tom Harkin, Bernie Sanders, David Clarke, Roy Seidenberg, Eileen Feinblatt and Ben Crane.
Using a first-person approach to explore the work of renowned physician Dr. John Sarno, and his radical methods to treating back pain, ALL THE RAGE examines the connection between emotions and health`. Through interviews with Sarno, esteemed patients, and experts, the film offers a profound rethink of how we approach our healthcare.   ***Q&A With Directors and Special Guest after every screening Friday, Saturday and Sunday.*** “Larry David, Howard Stern and others sing the praises of Dr. John Sarno’s alternative approach to chronic pain in Michael Galinsky’s new doc.” — The Hollywood Reporter Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, and David Beilinson’s film All the Rage begins with a quote from Arthur Conan Doyle: “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” It’s a strange springboard for a film in which facts initially appear to be pretty wily, but by the end it reads as perfectly apt. On the surface, All the Rage  is a story about chronic pain and a doctor’s quest to help people get rid of it. But it’s really about the stories people tell themselves about themselves, despite the facts that are right in front of their faces. It’s about the devastations of childhood, the rage of the impoverished and disenfranchised and the dismissal of science despite all evidence. — Missoula News I just finished watching All the Rage and wanted to tell you how powerful and moving it is. As an eating disorder therapist who helps people translate their disorder into the language of emotions, I can relate. As a human with back problems, I can personally relate. - Mary Anne Cohen, LCSW, BCD Director, The New York Center for Eating Disorders Through his story and others, Michael Galinsky has masterfully depicted the connection of the body and mind. Profiling the work of NYU physician, John Sarno, MD, the film illustrates that when we address the emotions hidden deep inside, we are able to eradicate many chronic pains which historically have been treated by expensive surgeries that in the end, have offered questionable relief. In this day and age where we have seen an epidemic rise in the use and abuse of opioids, oftentimes leading to heroin addiction, it is more important than ever that people see this film. - Cynthia Baum-Baicker, Ph.D. Board Chair, Thomas Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health Past-President APA, Division of Psychoanalysis, Couples and Family Therapy Section
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