December 8, 9, 10, all showtimes 7:00pm
Curated by Brightwork Fellow Cliff Elliott The 3Film Series is a three day screening event which explores and celebrates intriguing narratives and themes throughout a small selection of films. Our pilot series, Something From Nothing, is a fascinating examination of the creative process itself. The documentaries selected illustrate the drive and determination, joy and courage necessary to realize one's vision. They are:
Friday, December 8th: The Burden of Dreams
For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this production, made more perilous by Herzog s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of native Indians to pull a full-size, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process and a unique look into the single-minded mission of one of cinema s most fearless directors.
Saturday, December 9th: An American Movie
The film chronicles the making of "Coven", an independent horror film directed by filmmaker Mark Borchardt. Produced for the purpose of raising capital for another film that Borchardt intends to make, the epic "Northwestern", "Coven" suffers from numerous setbacks, including poor financing, a lack of planning, Borchardt's burgeoning alcoholism, and the ineptitude of the friends and family Borchardt hires as his production team. The documentary follows Borchardt's filmmaking process from script to screen, and is interspersed with footage from both developing projects.
Sunday, December 10th: Jodorwosky's Dune
In 1975, director Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12-year-old son alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dalí, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever. Through interviews with legends and luminaries and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky himself, director Frank Pavich’s film unearths the full saga of ‘The Greatest Movie Never Made’.
Each film offers a unique look into the dedication, bravery and, ultimately, obsession that is poured into each of the above-mentioned projects. These three documentaries all wonderfully illuminate the artist's journey.