ScreenTalk: Filmworker

Sidewalk’s ScreenTalk is a monthly film + discussion series designed to stimulate your mind. This program has been made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Filmworker
Directed by Tony Zierra
94 minutes, USA

It’s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else’s creative vision. Yet, that’s exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as ‘Lord Bullingdon’ in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975). The young actor surrendered his thriving career to become Kubrick’s loyal right-hand man. For more than two decades, Leon played a crucial role behind-the-scenes helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work. In Filmworker, Leon’s candid, often funny, sometimes shocking experiences in the company of Kubrick are woven together with rich and varied elements including previously unseen photos, videos, letters, notebooks, and memos from Leon’s private collection. Insightful, emotionally charged anecdotes from actors, family, crew members, and key film industry professionals who worked with Kubrick and Leon add an important layer of detail and impact to the story. Filmworker enters the world of Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick from a unique perspective that highlights the nitty-gritty of the creative process. By experiencing Leon’s journey we come to understand how the mundane gives rise to the magnificent as timeless filmmaking is brought to life at its most practical and profound level.

Panelists TBA.

ScreenTalk: RBG

Sidewalk’s ScreenTalk is a monthly film + discussion series designed to stimulate your mind. This program has been made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

RBG
Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West
97 minutes, USA

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. Co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films, RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biIRlcQqmOc

Panelists TBA.

ScreenTalk: The Road Movie

Sidewalk’s ScreenTalk is a monthly film + discussion series designed to stimulate your mind. This program has been made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Road Movie
Directed by Dmitrii Kalashnikov
67 minutes, Belarus

“Compiled entirely from real Russian dashboard camera videos, the movie is an experimental assemblage with no overarching plot or recurring characters. Instead, common cultural character emerges from dozens of disparate sketches. As if he were assembling a collection of Russian scary stories, the director Dmitrii Kalashnikov makes the bizarre beguiling.” – Teo Bugbee, New York Times. Catch this encore from Sidewalk 2017 that will truly take you on a wild ride and explore and exploit the limits of the documentary genre.

Thanks to Oscilloscope Laboratories for letting us encore this film!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzIUh3BR_3g

Doors open at 6pm, film begins at 7pm.

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