Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What They're Saying About Ai Weiwei's HUMAN FLOW, Opening Friday October 20 at the AFS Cinema

Ai Weiwei on location, filming HUMAN FLOW

Internationally acclaimed artist, activist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei’s newest film HUMAN FLOW, opening this Friday, October 20 for daily screenings at the AFS Cinema.

Ai captures the magnitude of the global refugee crisis with stunning cinematography. By turns heartbreaking and breathtaking, this documentary, shot in 23 countries worldwide, is a visually beautiful and empathetic look at the state of the world today.

Join us after the 3:00 PM screening on Sunday, October 22 for a panel discussion with Andrea Mellard from The Contemporary Austin, Kay Mailander from the Community Wellness Program of Refugee Services of Texas and Simone Talma Flowers of Interfaith Action of Central Texas.

Read what critics are saying about Weiwei’s HUMAN FLOW:

Joe Morgenstern writes in the Wall Street Journal that "This movie, a testament to the power of seeing, provides a long and uncommonly vivid look at a human crisis that's changing the face of our planet."

Kate Taylor of the Globe and Mail observes that "Ai simply bears witness in a film that, like many of his sculptural pieces, establishes a creative tension between its giant scale and its individual pieces."

In other words, it's good. It's powerful. It resonates under the touch of a great artist. You'll want to see this one on the big screen. Tickets are available now.

Also, you can visit two sculptures by Ai Weiwei in Austin through 2018.

Iron Tree Trunk is on view at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35th St.). Forever Bicycles is on view at the Waller Delta (74 Trinity St.) as part of The Contemporary Austin’s Museum Without Walls program and partnership with Waller Creek Conservancy.

Watch the trailer for HUMAN FLOW here:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Exhilarating!" What Critics are Saying about DOLORES, Opening 10/6 at the AFS Cinema

It's so rare to find a documentary that enfolds you in the sweep of monumental historic events, presents a hero whose accomplishments shine a light for future generations, and does it with such good humor and rousing execution.

DOLORES, the extraordinary new doc about the legendary activist Dolores Huerta, does all these things. You will be on the edge of your seat as you hear about the sometimes bitter struggles of farm-workers to secure their basic human rights. Your heart will swell with admiration as the diminutive Huerta stands tall and delivers the truth to power even in the face of beatings and recrimination. And, if you're smart, you'll listen closely to the important lessons this extraordinary woman, now 87 years of age and still going strong, has to share.

The film, directed by Peter Bratt, features interviews with Dolores Huerta and the people who know her best and the archival footage restored and uncovered for the film is utterly fascinating.

Tickets for the AFS Cinema's run of DOLORES at the AFS Cinema, starting October 6, are on sale now.

Check out what the critics have to say about DOLORES, currently boasting a 100% score at Rotten Tomatoes:

David Talbot of the San Francisco Chronicle says: “DOLORES delivers the inspirational jolt we need”

Dennis Harvey of Variety says: “DOLORES crams a great deal of information, themes, and diverse archival materials into a sharp, cogent whole, tied together by latter-day interviews with Huerta, family members, and esteemed colleagues/supporters"

Duane Byrge from the Hollywood Reporter writes: “Mixing historical footage and interviews with her family and pertinent social activists of ‘the day,’ director Peter Bratt distills the complexity of an unstoppable woman and the impact she brought not only to workers' rights but to the expanding role of women at that time.”

And in the Washington Post, Lora Grady says: "DOLORES is a fascinating corrective to 50-plus years of American history. It's educational, to be sure, but also exhilarating, inspiring and deeply emotional.

Watch the trailer here: