Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies

THY KINGDOM COME
THY KINGDOM COME
Initially intended as brief episodes for Terence Malick's To The Wonder which captured Javier Bardem (a parish priest in the film) talking with real-life residents of an Oklahoma town, this documentary project grew in scope as the townspeople, wholly aware that Bardem was a fictional priest, chose to share personal details of their lives. Thy Kingdom Come is a revelatory work in which unscripted conversations, shot by photographer and filmmaker Eugene Richards in beautiful widescreen, come to reveal the complexity of life in this small oil town.
ZIVA POSTEC: The Woman Who Edited Shoah
ZIVA POSTEC: The Woman Who Edited Shoah
In 1985, Claude Lanzmann debuted Shoah, one of the most monumental cinematic works of all time. Ziva Postec was an indispensable part of the project. In this fascinating documentary, Postec recalls this gargantuan, painful and necessary experience which consumed six years of her life. With previously unseen footage from the making of Shoah, it's a moving portrait of an artist who for a long time has largely gone unnoticed, eclipsed by the towering presence of her male colleague.
LA FLOR
LA FLOR
A decade in the making, filmed around the world, and featuring the same four remarkable actresses in six episodes (each a different genre), Mariano Llinás’ landmark 14-hour feature film La Flor is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge viewing; a wildly entertaining exploration of the possibilities of fiction and storytelling. A must-see.


TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT
TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT
From performing in Jack Smith’s legendary Flaming Creatures to creating a series of groundbreaking experimental films to playing a pivotal role in the formation of The Velvet Underground, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, twenty-two years in the making, examines the pioneering life and work of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS COLLECTION 2018
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS COLLECTION 2018
Five visionary short films selected from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, widely considered to be the premier showcase for shorts, and the launchpad, for more than 30 years, of many now-prominent independent filmmakers.. Grasshopper is proud to present the 2018 collection, Fauve, winner of the Short Film Special Jury Award, and Matria, winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize.
AND WITH HIM CAME THE WEST
AND WITH HIM CAME THE WEST
Filmmaker Mike Plante (Be Like an Ant) thoughtfully explores the relationship between the Wyatt Earp legend and the emergence of filmmaking as a popular medium. Featuring a wealth of clips from film adaptations of Earp’s life, alongside insightful interviews, Plante demonstrates the mutability of historical record and the power of moving images to shape our national mythology.
DREAM OF A CITY
DREAM OF A CITY
Between 1958 and 1960 Walter Hess and Manny Kirchheimer shot black and white 16mm film from Wall Street to midtown New York to the Delaware River. The footage was left unedited. Nearly 60 later, Kirchheimer took up the challenge of editing it, adding music and sound that would mesh with the surrealism of the material. The result is a dynamic and compact symphony of a city.
FOUR 3D SHORT FILMS BY BLAKE WILLIAMS
FOUR 3D SHORT FILMS BY BLAKE WILLIAMS
Born in Houston, TX, now residing in Toronto, Blake Williams is one of the most exciting experimental filmmakers working today. In recent years, Williams has been exploring the possibilities of 3D technology, creating visually striking, enigmatic films from archival and found footage that have screened at festivals and museums around the world.
STREETSCAPES [DIALOGUE]
STREETSCAPES [DIALOGUE]
A director speaks at length to a psychoanalyst, confiding his obsessions, fears, ideas about cinema, and creative blocks. Based on his own six-day psychoanalytic treatment with trauma specialist Zohar Rubinstein, Heinz Emigholz’s latest masterwork is a demonstration of his singular working methods, and a playful, moving treatise on trauma and architecture.
LIGHT YEARS
LIGHT YEARS
An intimate portrait of the great Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, the director of landmark films like La Cienaga and A Headless Woman, during the making of her fourth feature, Zama. Far more than a behind-the-scenes look, it is an attempt to evoke the oblique, transcendental tendencies that pervade Martel’s haunting films.
CANIBA
CANIBA
A new documentary from the groundbreaking filmmakers behind Leviathan, Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Caniba reflects on the discomfiting significance of cannibalistic desire in human existence through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa, and his mysterious relationship with his brother, Jun Sagawa.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS COLLECTION 2017
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS COLLECTION 2017
Six innovative, surprising short films selected from the Sundance Film Festival, widely considered to be the premier showcase for shorts, and the launchpad of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Grasshopper is proud to present the 2017 collection, which includes two Jury Award winners and Come Swim, the directorial debut of actress Kristen Stewart.
PROTOTYPE
PROTOTYPE
Hailed as "the most significant 3-D film since Godard’s Goodbye to Language" (Village Voice), Blake Williams' experimental sci-fi masterwork immerses us in the aftermath of the deadly hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas in 1900 to create something entirely new; a haunting treatise on technology, cinema, and the medium’s future.
THE STRAUB-HUILLET COLLECTION
THE STRAUB-HUILLET COLLECTION
Hailed by critics, academics and filmmakers, the world has never seen a collaboration like that between Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, a fiercely intellectual husband-wife duo whose work aimed to spark a revolution among the masses. Encompassing nearly 50 films, the collection includes many works never before available in the U.S..
ESCAPES
ESCAPES
Directed by Michael Almereyda and executive produced by Wes Anderson, a journey through 20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and unlikely producer and screenwriter of Blade Runner - showing how one man's personal journey can shape a medium's future.
VAMPIR-CUADECUC
VAMPIR-CUADECUC
Filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Portabella’s masterpiece mixes making-of footage and an electronic soundtrack for an investigation into the figure of the vampire - as both a reflection on fascism and cinema - to create a subversive fever dream of a meta-film.
A TRAIN ARRIVES AT THE STATION
A TRAIN ARRIVES AT THE STATION
Beginning with Ozu's 1936 The Only Son, Thom Andersen's latest cinematic treat, a documentary short, is an anthology of train arrivals, comprising 26 scenes from movies, 1904-2015.
DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK
DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, a documentary about Robert Frank, the legendary photographer and filmmaker behind the seminal book “The Americans” and landmark films like Pull My Daisy.
DOUBLE PLAY: BENNING AND LINKLATER
DOUBLE PLAY: BENNING AND LINKLATER
This documentary on the friendship between these renowned filmmakers explores the connections and divergences in their approach to life and cinema.
CASA DE LAVA
CASA DE LAVA
In only his second feature, Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa (Horse Money) brilliantly reworked Jacques Tourneur's classic I Walked with a Zombie into a reflection on his country’s colonial legacy. Never before released in the U.S. and now beautifully restored.
THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD
THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD
A richly digressive journey through cinematic history from master cinematic essayist Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself).