Adelaide’s home of screen culture, Mercury Cinema, presents a diverse selection of thought-provoking and intelligent documentary films under the DocWeek banner in 2015.
Season Launch: Friday 20 Feb | 7pm | Keep On Keepin’ On | US, 2014, 84 mins, Documentary, Special Preview
Festival dates: 20-25 February
Bookings/Info: 8410 1934 or mercurycinema.org.au
Scheduled to coincide with AIDC’s NET-WORK-PLAY the screenings will include five documentaries curated by NET-WORK-PLAY guest and speaker Thom Powers, the DOC NYC and Toronto International Film Festival programmer.
The program includes an Australian Exclusive In-Conversation and shorts screening with documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, winner of the 2014 Webby for Best Individual short, and whose works have amassed over 25 million views. This special session on Tuesday, 24 February is presented in partnership with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and is made possible by AIDC for whom Erin is a guest speaker at NET-WORK-PLAY.
DocWeek kicks off on Friday, 20 February with an exclusive preview of Keep On Keepin’ On from director Alan Hicks, Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature, 2015 Academy Awards and WINNER Best New Documentary Director, Tribeca Film Festival.
Five celebrated films have been selected by Thom Powers, who is described by the New York Times as a “kingmaker for documentaries.” Powers programs for the Miami International Film Festival, teaches at the School of Visual Arts and was a co-founder of the Cinema Eye Honours. He previously spent a decade directing and producing documentaries for HBO and PBS. Powers will be attending NET-WORK-PLAY with the generous support of Screen Australia and curated five films for Mercury Cnema’s event at the invitation of AIDC.
Thom Powers has selected: Far Out Isn’t Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, an intimate portrait of a man who reflects on a difficult childhood and adult challenge as his two worlds as a children’s author and a creator of lavish books of erotica were unable to coexist; The Dog, a film that draws upon archival footage and original interviews to tell the complex story of John Wojtowicz, the man portrayed by Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon; Journalist David Thorpe embarks on a self-confronting journey of self discovery in Do I Sound Gay?; the breathtaking film E-Team follows the Human Rights Watch Emergency Team as they enter hostile territories to document crimes against humanity that would otherwise go unreported; and The Overnighters looks at a controversy in the natural-gas boom town of Willison, ND, as a local church offers newcomers struggling to find housing a place to stay.
The second DocWeek preview film Frackman, tells the story of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational ‘gas rush’ to secure and exploit coal seam gas. The session on Tuesday, 24 February includes a post-screening meet the filmmakers session with director Richard Todd and producer Trish Lake.
DocWeek was founded by AIDC in 2013. The Mercury Cinema and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre will continue the DocWeek tradition with strong endorsement from AIDC.
DocWeek bookings info www.mercurycinema.org.au or phone 08 8410 1934
For more information, high-res images and interviews please contact Sarah Martin on 0430 314 954 or [email protected]
For further information about NET-WORK-PLAY contact Spencer Scholz on +61 (08) 8 7324 9987. Register now at www.net-work-play.com