Another exciting Sundance lineup is right around the corner, and as filmmakers wait for the final word, we've assembled this list of strong possibilities for the 2018 program.
“Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” Director: Seth Kramer, Jeremy Newberger, and Daniel A. Miller Why We Hope It Heads to Park City: When you think of countries with rich traditions of baseball, Israel probably isn’t the first one that comes to mind. Be that as it may, Jews have been integral to the history of the sport, and a quirk in the rules of the World Baseball Classic allows Jewish-Americans to play for the Israeli team. Despite their 200-1 odds, and being dubbed the “Jamaican bobsled team of the WBC,” Team Israel did shockingly well at the 2017 WBC. How well? That might be a spoiler, but this doc from the team behind “Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie” unpacks the story, and follows the players on an eventful trip to the motherland as many of them get in touch with their heritage for the very first time. —DE
A scene from a reel of half-century-old Super 8 says more than words ever could about what the Talman family of Upper St. Clair often faced.
Woods Garth Talman Sr. is pushing young Woods Jr. – everyone calls him Woody – in his wheelchair through Kennywood Park. The camera catches a passing young lady who stops abruptly, turns and gazes at the boy for a few lingering seconds.
That kind of display never sat too well with Ann Talman.
“When I was a little girl, oh, it made me so mad,” she recalled. “I was like a pit bull. I would just stare down anyone who would stare at my brother. I would have that face of: ‘What are you looking at?’”
After all, Ann always has been Woody’s Order, the nickname she received after he “ordered” a little sister, according to family legend, right around nine months before her arrival. And she is the only sibling of a now-69-year-old man who was born with cerebral palsy, a situation that didn’t deter his parents from helping him lead as normal a childhood as possible.
“They were pioneers in inclusion and mainstreaming before it even existed, because Woody was front and center, and absolutely included in everything,” the Upper St. Clair High School graduate said. “There were a lot of people at that time who just never would have taken a handicapped child out into the world. He was a Cub Scout. We went to church. We went to restaurants, and he had good manners.
A career actress whose credits vary from starring alongside Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway to guest appearances on “Seinfeld” and “Murphy Brown,” Ann has included her brother in her professional career. She wrote and performs a one-woman play, which made its Pittsburgh debut in February, named after herself, so to speak: “Woody’s Order!” explores the special bond the pair have shared through thick and thin since, well, Woody put in his order.
The play, in turn, inspired a 16-minute documentary film of the same name that makes its local debut at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Southside Works Cinema as part of Pittsburgh’s fifth annual ReelAbilities Film Festival. The event, which runs through Sept. 13, focuses on films that promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of individuals with disabilities.
“When I would do readings of it or workshops of it,” Ann said about the stage version, “I never wanted Woody to see me doing it around other people. Because it’s so emotional, I just felt like it was too much for him. And so I thought to myself, maybe it would be really cool if I read it to him sometime, and I’ll have somebody videotape me reading it to him, because his reactions will be so beautiful.”
The idea eventually led her to the filmmaking team of Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger, who captured the Talmans together on July 1, 2015, before spending the next year on editing toward the final product.
“Then they started submitting it to film festivals, and next thing you know, it’s getting in all these festivals, and now it’s eligible for an Oscar,” Ann said. “And they’ve told me that out of all the documentaries they’ve ever made, they’re most proud of this one.”
In the film, which premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, her readings are interspersed with still photos and an impressive assortment of video footage, such as the Kennywood scene, that help illustrate the narrative substantially.
“When I pitched the idea of the documentary to the guys who made it with me, they said, ‘Oh, by the way, do you have any old home movies?’” she recalled. “And I said, ‘Oh, my gosh, do I!’ My mother took home movies from the day she got her camera until the day she died. So I had them from, I’d say, 1950 through 1977. What you see in the documentary is the tip of the iceberg.”
Except for a precious few times, Martha Richardson Talman was behind the camera.
“But she became a presence through those home movies, because as I watched them, I realized how she was looking at me and how she was trying to capture my love of Woody and our incredible bond by what she did,” Ann explained.
Martha, she acknowledged, was prone to depression.
“She was the mother of a handicapped child at a time when there weren’t support groups,” she said. “There wasn’t the internet. There weren’t even psychiatrists who could help you with that, because it was a like a stigma. And she also, I think, would have felt guilty that she needed help because it was so much about him. She was alone, and it really broke her.”
As she relates in her play and the documentary, Ann also has encountered stressful situations, especially during the point of her life in which she was caring for both Woody and her aging father while simultaneously pursuing her acting career.
“I just hope that people will take from it,” she said about the film, “that whatever challenges you’re facing in your life, particularly love and commitment can really give you strength. And family.”
The new film "Detected" looks at the development of a high-tech undergarment that could save women's lives.
The movie follows the creation and development of the iTBra, a bra that contains an internet-connected patch which can help detect breast cancer.
Narrated by Melanie Griffith, the film examines how Rob Royea, CEO of Cyrcadia Asia Ltd. was able to oversee bringing this technology from the hospital to the home.
"When I was brought aboard, there was a great technology that was devised by really smart physicists and physicians that allowed detection as a wearable device, but in the hospital," Royea said in an interview with Eyewitness News. "My job was to scale it to be able to come out to the population health and find a way that we could create a technology that could get to the individual."
To see the entire interview with Seth Kramer, co-founder of Ironbound Films and Rob Royea, CEO of Cyrcadia Asia, Ltd., watch the video above.
Rob Royea appeared on KCAL9 News on Sunday morning alongside filmmaker Seth Kramer to discuss the documentary, "Detected," which follows his efforts to develop a bra that can detect breast cancer early. Amy Johnson reports.
A documentary focusing on the iTBra, an IoT-connected bra that can help detect breast cancer, will debut in Los Angeles this week. Cisco is one of the major sponsors of the film.
The impact of IoT devices continues to grow, as evidenced by a new device, the iTBra. This connected bra, which could go to market globally in the first half of 2018, is intended for the early detection of breast cancer.
The product is so groundbreaking that tech giant Cisco is a sponsor of Detected, a 16-minute documentary about the struggles of the developer of the bra, Rob Royea, and how his wife's family breast cancer history spurred him to push for the product's creation. The movie will debut in Beverly HIlls on June 5.
While mammograms are the main way that breast cancer is detected, it is more difficult to identify cancer cells in dense breast tissue because it has more tissue and less fat. And 40-50% of women in the US ages 40-74 have dense breasts, according to the Susan G. Komen organization.
From The Culinary Institute of America: As part of their college experience, students at The Culinary Institute of America are challenged to consider global issues that will affect their future. These issues will be front-and-center when the CIA's Dooley Lecture Series brings the thought-provoking documentary The Anthropologist to campus on Thursday, June 1. The film won Le Prix Grand Écran at the Pariscience Science Film Festival in 2016.Producer and director Seth Kramer will lead a discussion following the 6:30 p.m. screening in the Marriott Pavilion on the college's Hyde Park campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.The Anthropologist looks at how climate change affects people in locations as varied as Siberia, the South Pacific, and Chesapeake Bay. According to production company Ironbound Films:
The Anthropologist examines climate change like no other film before. The fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.
A documentary chronicling a man on a mission to develop a product at the intersection of these technologies for early breast cancer detection.
MAY 24, 2017
This is a guest post by Irma Rastegayeva, an innovation catalyst, entrepreneur, and consultant based in Boston. She left a successful 5-year tenure at Google in 2016 to pursue her passion for medical technology and healthcare innovation.
Every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer"This changes everything!" said women's health nurse practitioner Barbara Dehn. And we desperately need a game-changer. 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer. Every 13 minutes, one woman dies of breast cancer in the US. Every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news is that breast cancer survival is strongly influenced by early and accurate detection: 99% survival with early diagnosis vs only 27% with late diagnosis. We can move the needle on breast cancer by improving early diagnostic capabilities. Here is a story about a man on a mission to combine the power of Internet of Things, temperature sensing wearable technology, and Artificial Intelligence to disrupt the early breast cancer detection.
Traveling to film festivals and taking part in Q&As isn’t a regular part of George Mason University anthropologist Susie Crate’s job, but she’s happy to do it. As the subject of the documentary, “The Anthropologist,” she hopes that sharing her work this way might contribute to the conversation about climate change and to a cultural shift as well.
“My whole intention in this is to bring people into this experience,” said Crate, who teaches in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. “If people can’t travel to these places, we can bring places and the human experience to them.”
“The Anthropologist” will be shown from 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the Johnson Center as part of the 2017 Earth Week festivities. There will be a Q&A with Crate following the screening.
Documentary film directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger, of Ironbound Films, found Crate through the Arctic Social Sciences division of the National Science Foundation.
Crate was already familiar with the filmmakers’ work. She’s used their 2008 documentary, “The Linguists,” about two linguists who document disappearing languages, in her classes for several years.
The filmmakers wanted to travel with Crate, who specializes in environmental and cognitive anthropology. Since 1991, Crate has conducted research in northeastern Siberia, Russia, working with the Viliui Sakha, a Turkic-speaking horse and cattle breeding group. Since 2006 her work has focused on how climate change is affecting their livelihood and culture.
In the summer of 2010, the filmmakers travelled to Siberia with Crate and her teenage daughter, Katie Yegorov-Crate.
“That summer they realized that my daughter’s father is Viliui Sakha and that that entire side of her family is increasingly challenged by the local effects of climate change—and they said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have her in [the film] to get the attention of young people?’” Crate said.
After much discussion and a formal agreement to protect Katie’s rights as a minor, she became part of the documentary.
At its core “The Anthropologist” is about four women, three of them anthropologists. As viewers watch Crate and her daughter travel to Siberia, Kiribati in the South Pacific, the Peruvian Andes and the Virginia coast of the Chesapeake Bay to meet with people confronting the local effects of climate change, anthropologist (and George Mason professor emerita) Mary Catherine Bateson talks about the career of her mother, Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America, and discusses what an anthropologist does. Bateson was Robinson Professor of Anthropology and English at Mason until she retired in 2004.
“The Anthropologist” was named to Indiewire’s list of 10 Must-See Documentaries at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival. In addition to film festivals, the documentary has been screened at universities around the country.
Crate said audiences have been genuinely moved by the film.
“I agreed to do the film because I want to make a difference. If I were going to be a ‘film star,’ this is the best reason: getting something out there that is extremely critical for the human race. We are causing climate change and we are the only ones who can turn it around.”
15., 16. & 17. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
It’s not often you find 3 directors with a consistent history of working together on individual projects but that is the case for Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger who have worked on multiple documentary projects as a team. The trio returns to Tribeca with their latest short documentary Woody’s Order, which follows actress Ann Talman as she finally performs the solo show she wrote for her muse: her brother with cerebral palsy. The directors have scored numerous accolades in the nearly 10 years of working together including multiple News & Documentary Emmy nominations for previous works like The New Recruits (2010) and The Linguists (2008).
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, two other Brewers Minor Leaguers were already nearing action. Catcher Cody Decker and Team Israel were set to open the tournament against Korea in Seoul at 3:30 a.m. CT on Monday. Israel plays pitcher Wei-Chung Wang's Chinese Taipei team at 9 p.m. CT on Monday.
For Decker, it is a particularly personal experience. He visited Israel with his fiancée, Jenn Sterger, and a group of other players as part of a promotional tour in January. A crew from Ironbound Films followed the 10 players on their trip, which will be chronicled in a documentary called "Heading Home."
"It's one thing to know what you're playing for, but then to actually see it firsthand, be a part of it firsthand, seeing how everyone got behind us, you get a sense that this is bigger than any of our careers," Decker said. "Baseball is just a kid's game, but it has such a power to connect. This is going to end up being something pretty big."
THIS year Tyneside Cinema celebrates turning 80 years old in 2017; a landmark achievement for any cultural venue. Originally built to bring local, national and international news to the people of Newcastle, the cinema is now reflecting on its status as a cultural ‘elder’, using its position as a place where people can explore other cultures through film, to engage audiences with the most pressing societal issues that we see ourselves confronted with.
I never thought the two sides of my life would ever come together. Baseball and Israel. I mean, for most of my life that would have been like peanut butter and tomato sauce.
Jews and baseball: That’s long been a thing. That “Great Jews in Sports” “pamphlet” they joke about in the movie “Airplane?” I had that book. There was that movie on the subject by sports writing great Ira Berkow. Throughout my career covering baseball — two decades worth at this point — I’ve long sought out Jewish players and talked to them about their background. I vividly remember standing behind the batting cage at Shea Stadium talking to Shawn Green about how he grew up calling his grandparents Bubbe and Zayde without totally understanding why.
But baseball and Israel? My favorite sport that I’ve been lucky enough to turn into a career, and the Jewish homeland, where I studied for a year before college? The national pastime with the nation my sister calls home (on Kibbutz Lotan)? No way, no how.
To be fair, there has been some baseball in Israel over the years, mostly brought over by Americans who moved there. There was an ill-fated attempt at a professional Israel Baseball League that lasted just one season in 2007, but the country wasn’t ready.
But now, maybe it is, which is unbelievable to say. I recently returned from a life-changing trip to Israel with professional baseball players. There were 10 in total — nine active and one retired — on the trip, along with significant others, children and friends. About two weeks’ worth was crammed into six days of touring. Historical sites, meeting dignitaries, floating in the Dead Sea, a lot of good food and even a little baseball-related activity. The players soaked up every bit of it.
They weren’t just ambassadors of the game, which was the most important objective, in many ways. They were ambassadors of American Jewry. Many of these players suited up for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifier, held in Brooklyn, N.Y., last fall. They all had spoken about how proud they were to play because they were Jewish. After this trip, though, the connection, the bond to Israel is exponentially stronger. All of them said they wanted to come back. (Seven of the 10 had never been before.)
They also spoke of the impact they could have on the growth in Israel of the sport they have loved so long. They made two baseball stops on this whirlwind tour. One was at the Baptist Village, where the only real baseball field stands. The players took some batting practice, and then they took questions from the crowd, mostly kids eager to hear every word.
Then there was a groundbreaking in Beit Shemesh for what will be the first full-fledged baseball facility in the country. There were a few hundred people, largely from the younger set, on hand to get autographs and pictures with these Jewish ballplayers. Many of them were American, or their parents were American, and having baseball was depicted as a way to help them ease into life in a new country and culture.
I was lucky enough to witness all of this firsthand. And I have Jewish sleepaway camp to thank. I went on the trip — organized by the Israel Baseball Association and Jeff Aeder, who is starting the Jewish Baseball Museum — to help making a documentary film about the trip and Team Israel, and maybe a little bit about these players exploring their Judaism and building a bond with the Jewish homeland. It’s called “Heading Home” and the professional filmmakers are from Ironbound Films. Ironbound’s CEO is Jeremy Newberger, with whom I went to Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake some 30 or so years ago. We’re embarking on a fundraising campaign to raise money so we can follow the team’s exploits in the World Baseball Classic in South Korea in March (coming to a Kickstarter near you).
Baseball in Israel is still very much in its infancy. There won’t be a coda to the film with an Israeli in the Major Leagues. Playing in international competition this March might help push it closer to toddlerhood, but there is still a long way to go. The touring players understood this wasn’t going to happen overnight, that it could take 15 to 20 years to take hold. Whether the end game was to produce professional-level players from the country was beside the point. Just growing the game, helping people — their people — learn to play it and love it, that would be the biggest dayenu for all of them.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. He lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife, Sara, and their two children.
WATERVILLE — The Maine Film Center will kickoff the 2017 Cinema Explorations film series at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and Sunday, Jan. 15, with screenings of “The Anthropologist” at Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad St. A Q&A with the film’s director, Seth Kramer, will immediately follow the screening.
At the core of the film are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides.
Iconic landmarks, falafel and, of course, baseball all on agenda
JERUSALEM -- The sun has set in Jerusalem, issuing in the Sabbath, or Shabbat. It seemed a perfect time to pause and reflect on the action-packed 48 hours the American Jewish baseball players have had since arriving in Israel on Wednesday.
Here to help grow the game of baseball, represent Team Israel -- as they will in South Korea in March in the World Baseball Classic -- as well as explore their own connections to being Jewish and this country, the 10 players on this trip have had two days of a whirlwind tour thus far. Here are the highlights, many of which will be included in a documentary about the trip and Team Israel called "Heading Home," by Ironbound Films.
A group of 11 Major League Baseball players and former Major League stars will be visiting Israel from January 3-10. The players are members of the Team Israel baseball team that will play in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament in March 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. The team won its place in the tournament by qualifying at a tournament in Brooklyn, New York in September.
The players who will be visiting Israel are: Danny Valencia, Sam Fuld, Ty Kelly, Ike Davis, Ryan Lavarnway, Josh Zeid, Cody Decker, Jon Moscot, Corey Baker, Jeremy Bleich and Gabe Kapler.
According to the rules of the WBC, players who are eligible for citizenship of a country are allowed to play on that country’s team. As a result, Jewish baseball players are eligible to play on Team Israel. This will be the first time that American Jewish baseball players represent Team Israel in a world championship.
The team will visit tour Israel, including visiting the holy sites in Jerusalem, an air force base, Masada and the Dead Sea. They will also spend time meeting the local Israeli baseball players of the Israel Association of Baseball, and will have practices for the tournament. An event will be held on January 5 at the Baptist Village at 16:00 where members of the IAB can come to meet the players and watch them practice. Details to follow.
The group will be accompanied by a film crew that will make a documentary of the trip called “Heading Home”.
“This is an extremely exciting event for Israel baseball in particular and for sport in Israel in general,” says Peter Kurz, President of the Israel Association of Baseball. “The team is clearly the most impressive Jewish sports team ever assembled, and we are very proud that they will be representing Israel at the WBC. This trip will be an excellent opportunity for them to learn about Israel and meet the teams and players in Israel that will be supporting them at the WBC.”
The trip is sponsored by JNF Project Baseball, Jeff Aeder, founder of the Jewish Baseball Museum and other donors.
Ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of beloved anthropologist Margaret Mead? Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger’s award-winning documentary “The Anthropologist” does just that. The film follows American teen Katie Crate who, along with her anthropologist mother Susie, spends five years studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Along the way, their incredible journey parallels Mead’s, who spent decades of her professional career seeking to understand how global change affects remote cultures.
The Anthropologist considers the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager. Over five years, she travels alongside her mother, Susie Crate, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures.
Seth Kramer, one of the film's directors, and Susie Crate will attend the screening and will be available for questions following the film.
The Anthropologist world premiered at DOC NYC in 2015 as a co-presentation with the American Museum of Natural History. The film has since been selected by more than 30 film festivals, including Cleveland, Dallas, IFFBoston, St. Louis, Greenwich International Film Festival and San Francisco Green. It was invited by the United Nations to show at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference; and screened simultaneously at more than 30 universities to celebrate World Anthropology Day. The Anthropologist was selected as opening night film of the Santa Cruz Film Festival where it won the EarthVision Environmental Feature Award, and the Arizona International Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary.
"I don't think we can change the world. I think that we change, and that changes the world," counsels Susie Crate. She is one of the protagonists of the documentary "The Anthropologist", which shows the impact of climate change on indigenous communities globally. Straight after its premiere at the DOC NYC Film Festival on 13 November 2015, it was shown at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21 and now, on 26 September 2016, at Ciné-ONU Vienna.
The film follows the parallel stories of two popular Anthropologists; Margaret Mead who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist and is told from the unique perspective of their daughters. Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides. Crate's daughter, Katie, as well as Margaret Mead's daughter, Mary now 76, offer a fresh look not only at anthropology, but also the challenges of climate change. Filmed over the course of seven years, the Anthropologist is a meditation on change, both individual and societal.
The screening was followed by a discussion with the Co-director of the film, Seth Kramer, Professor Peter Schweitzer from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna and Johanna Kuchling, Campaigner and Project Coordinator from the Society for Threatened Peoples. The Director of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, Martin Nesirky, moderated the discussion.
Seth Kramer, spoke about making the film and the unique challenge working with a teenager. On one occasion he had to find his way to a Siberian village in the middle of nowhere, one of the field sites where Susie had done research. When he finally arrived, Katie, her daughter, decided she had a bad hair day and didn't want to be on camera. Creating a documentary on a serious topic like climate change can be a risk he said because you will never know how it will be perceived by the audience, but he added: "Even though climate change is a serious topic the movie is sometimes funny and not made in a vacuum." The story is not just a tragic story without hope. The film shows "human beings have the ability to change" which was interesting for him to learn during the shooting of it.
Professor Schweitzer talked about the challenges of being an anthropologist. "You have to be willing to be the child that learns. There is no place where it is easy, so you have to be ready to humiliate yourself". He spoke about his field experiences and how we can cope with the impact of climate change: "If anything is going to save us, it is local innovations".
Johanna Kuchling from the Society for Threatened Peoples raised awareness about the situation of indigenous peoples and that we have to be careful when approaching their communities: "Indigenous peoples already have sustainable ways to use their lands. We have to embrace that knowledge, we can learn a lot from them."
The Vienna screening was the film premiere of "The Anthropologist" in Austria, organized by the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations (Vienna), This Human World (THW) Film Festival and Topkino.
In September, members of the Academy’s Documentary Branch got an overwhelming homework assignment: DVD screeners of 90 different non-fiction films.
That works out to four and a half hours a day of movie viewing, seven days a week, all month long.
Mind you, nobody in the branch is actually expected to watch all of those films before voting in the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature category. Instead, each person was randomly assigned 15-20 of those films as required viewing so that every film will be viewed by a chunk of the branch, which consists of more than 250 members.
In today's programme: Professor Florian Bieber gives his analysis of yesterday's controversial referendum in the Republic of Srpska, Colman OCriodain, the WWF Internationals Policy Expert on Wildlife Trade, explains what needs to be done to protect elephants from poaching, our Washington DC correspondent David Smith outlines the preparation strategies of the Trump and Clinton campaigns ahead of tonight's much anticipated televised debate, and director Seth Kramer talks about his documentary "The Anthropologist", which is showing at the Top Kino in Vienna tonight.
The Anthropologist follows the stories of daughters of the anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Susie Crate, around the world as they document the very real effects of climate change. The realisation this touching and personal film brings is how problems being experienced in remote parts of the world will soon land on our own doorsteps. As anthropologists, they study how the people living in the most effected regions learn to cope with their lands literally falling apart under their feet.
Amidst the haunting images of cattle sinking into permafrost in Siberia or villagers standing chest-deep in the sea where their town hall used to be, the film explores the resilience of human beings in the face of extreme change and what positive impacts we can result from a disaster situation.
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe.
– Gravitas Ventures announced have acquired North American rights to “The Anthropologist,” the hit documentary by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films. The features explores climate change like no other film before, using the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate as she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures. The film will be released by Gravitas Ventures across all platforms in the US and Canada this fall. “Gravitas Ventures champions eclectic films with heart. They are the perfect partners to help introduce ‘The Anthropologist’ to cultures everywhere,” said Daniel A. Miller, producer, director, and writer for Ironbound Films.
Distributor Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to environmental documentary The Anthropologist (pictured).
Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films, the doc follows an anthropologist and her teenage daughter as they study the impact of climate change on indigenous communities around the world. Read realscreen’s story on the doc here.
The El Segundo, California-based company will release the film across all platforms in the U.S. and Canada this fall. The Anthropologist world premiered at DOC NYC in November as a co-presentation with the American Museum of Natural History.
In other doc distribution news, Zeitgeist Films has acquired the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical rights to David Schisgall’s Theo Who Lived, about American journalist Theo Padnos who was kidnapped in Syria by Islamic militants and held for 22 months.
The distributor will open the doc theatrically on September 30 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City and roll it out in select U.S. cities later in the fall.
Gravitas Ventures just acquired North American rights to The Anthropologist, the documentary that explores climate change from Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films. In the film, the fate of the planet is considered from the perspective of American teenager Katie Crate. Over the course of five years, she travels alongside her mother Susie, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Their journey parallels that of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, who for decades sought to understand how global change affects remote cultures. The film will be released by Gravitas Ventures across all platforms in the U.S. and Canada this fall. The film has been selected by more than 30 film festivals across the nation. The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher for Gravitas Ventures and Daniel A. Miller for Ironbound Films.
20.05.2016 – “If we can’t stop the change that is coming, will we be able to change ourselves?” This question, core to the narrative of The Anthropologist, was discussed during Ciné-ONU’s post screening panel discussion on 19 May, an event which marked the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement.
Ciné-ONU screened yet another gripping documentary to an audience of over 300, this time focusing on the shocking impact of climate change on indigenous peoples. No sooner was the grand theatre of the Italian Cultural Institute plunged into darkness than we were swept on board the compelling journey of a young American teenager and her mother, an anthropologist, who together roamed the world for five years, studying the impact of climate change on the most vulnerable and hardest hit communities.
The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) has announced its Opening Night Films and Closing Night Films in addition to its full film slate, and special programs for its second edition. The festival will open with narrative feature "Little Boxes" and documentary offering "The Anthropologist." The festival will close out with screenings of "Claire In Motion" and "Since: The Bombding of Pan Am Flight 103." The fest previously announced its centerpiece picks, including "The Fundamentals of Caring," "My Blind Brother" and "Newtown." The festival has also announced its plans to host a Ondi Timoner Retrospective and a Jewish Film Series as part of its rapidly expanding slate. The festival takes place in Greenwich, CT from June 9-12. You can check out more information on the festival here.
The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) today announced its Opening Night Films and Closing Night Films in addition to its full film slate, and special programs for its second edition, taking place June 9-12. The festival previously announced its Centerpiece Film Program, including THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING, MY BLIND BROTHER, and NEWTOWN as well as this year’s Changemaker Honorees, Trudie Styler and Abigail Breslin.
GIFF will kick off on June 9th with Opening Night screenings of LITTLE BOXES and the Connecticut Premiere of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST. LITTLE BOXES follows Clark, the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act ‘more black,’ he fumbles to meet expectations, while his urban intellectual parents Mack and Gina also strive to adjust to small-town living. The Opening Night Documentary Feature, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST explores indigenous communities that are hit hardest by climate change.
It opens with clips of a woman pulling home movies out of a shelter. And for most of the runtime, that’s what The Anthropologist’s three directors provide: a halfway-natural look at the lives of a family on the move. Their subject is anthropologist Susie Crate (she’s focused on the effect of climate change on traditionalist cultures) and her teenaged daughter Katie (who agrees with her Mom’s politics but often seems annoyed by her work); the former takes the latter along for every field trip, be it Siberia, Peru, or the South Pacific for Christmas. Intersecting those clips are interview segments with Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of famed mid-century anthropologist Margaret Mead. She has tenure, and so she digresses as she sees fit: At one point she speaks about the science of psychological change, and later she pontificates about how cool it is that President Obama’s mother was an anthropologist. Three generations of interconnected women give their take on the work that defines their lives, while the three directors try to create a sense of cultural exchange between their varied eras: On the soundtrack is a cover of “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” then it’s “Don’t You Forget About Me,” and after that it’s EDM.