Veracity: New Documentary Cinema

Veracity: New Documentary Cinema

The proliferation of documentaries in the 21st century is no surprise, given the radically shifting nature of the world we live in today; our grasp on the “real” is constituted loosely at best. An emerging breed of nonfiction filmmaking finds the genre expanding in exciting, adventurous, and unforeseen ways, not merely reporting on subjects but interrogating the very form’s capacity to reflect and render some semblance of truth. This series of documentary films, culled from across the globe, explores the adaptive strategies of the medium, co-mingling fact and fiction, and giving expression to Andre Bazin’s dictum that every film is, in essence, a factual hallucination.
            - Curator Jay Kuehner

Jay Kuehner is a freelance writer, instructor, and programmer who contributes regularly to the Canadian quarterly Cinema Scope and the online cinema site Fandor. He has also contributed to Film Comment, IndieWire, Senses of Cinema, and Sight and Sound’s decade poll. He curated Pulsos Latinos: Films from the Frontier of Latin American Cinema at Northwest Film Forum, where he has also taught classes on the history of Documentary film and New Century Cinema.


Kate Plays Christine

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Nov 03 - Nov 06, 2016

(Robert Greene, US, 2016, 112 min)

Actor Kate Lyn Sheil attempts to get "into character" as Christine Chubbuck, the newscaster who committed suicide on a Sarasota news program in 1974. Kate finds herself in a liminal zone between the personal and professional demands of her work, inheriting Christine’s demons in addition to her own; art and exploitation quickly become inextricable in Robert Greene's neatly constructed exploration of artifice, depression, media, and violence.



Dead Slow Ahead

Nov 17 - Nov 19, 2016

(Mauro Herce, Spain / France, 2015, DCP, 74 min, Tagalog with English subtitles)

Dead Slow Ahead chronicles the voyage of the commercial freighter the Fair Lady from the Ukraine to New Orleans. Director Mauro Herce, a cinematographer by trade, envisions the cavernous ship as a near-abstract space worthy of science fiction. The solitude of the crew is punctuated by bouts of karaoke and phone calls to loved ones, providing a heartbeat to the crew's mechanical existence inside the Fair Lady's dark belly.



Brothers (Brodre)

Dec 01 - Dec 03, 2016

(Aslaug Holm, Norway, 2015, 102 min, Norwegian with English subtitles)

Aslaug Holm is a Norwegian filmmaker and mother of two sons, and both roles become inextricably intertwined as Holm trains her camera on sons Lukas and Markus (aged five and eight respectively when she began shooting) over the course of a decade, and the result is an astonishingly candid portrait of childhood that is faithful to the flux of coming-of-age.



Oyster Factory (Kaki kouba)

Seattle premiere!

Dec 15 - Dec 17, 2016

(Kazuhiro Soda, Japan, 2015, 145 min, in Japanese with English subtitles)

Oyster Factory immerses us in the intimate labor of traditional small factory fishing and processing of oysters, work which is steeped in the history of local culture but is threatened by depopulation and globalization. The fastidious process is matched by a similarly nimble filmmaking technique, rich in small details but also revealing a broader portrait of Japan post-disaster.



Il Solengo

Jan 12 - Jan 14

(Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis, Argentina / Italy, 2015, 66 min, Italian with English subtitles)

In this melancholic fable, Etruscan elders gather at a hunting cabin to speculate about the existence of one Mario de Marcella, who is said to have lived a hermetic life in a cave in Tuscia. Il Solengo’s narrative is hinged to Italian oral tradition, with no one reliable narrator that can lift the shroud of mystery from de Marcella’s story.



The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Seattle premiere!

Feb 02 - Feb 03

(Brett Story, Canada / US, 2016, 87 min)

Filmmaker and geographer Brett Story explores the ecology of incarceration, traveling the States to excavate unseen aspects of how prisons are imbedded in our social, natural, political, and economic landscape. The film’s strategy of employing negative space (no prison is ever on screen) highlights the effects that the prison industry has on remote environments, and how the lives of unseen populations are implicated in our own.



This Is the Way I Like It 2

Seattle premiere!

Feb 09 - Feb 11

(Ignacio Agüero, Chile, 2016, 86 min)

During the height of Chile’s dictatorship, Ignacio Agüero made a short film in which he questions his colleagues about the meaning of their work. Thirty years on, post-Pinochet, the Chilean film scene is enjoying international success and Agüero resumes his inquiry about the future of Chile’s cinema.



Veracity Shorts Program

Feb 16

This shorts program spans, both geographically and thematically, vast territory through succinct means, touching upon Civil War in Colombia; the power of a song on the island of Réunion; an experimental anthropology of Lampedusa; a nature film set in occupied territory, and a tribute to first-person filmmaking by Syrian teenage girls living in refugee camps in Jordan.



The Dazzling Light of Sunset (Daisis miziduloba)

Seattle premiere!

Mar 02 - Mar 04

(Salomé Jashi, Georgia / Germany, 2016, 74 min)

The town of Tsalenjikha (pop. 8,900) in western Georgia is scarcely newsworthy, a reality which broadcast journalist Dariko must confront as she attempts to report, with some journalistic objectivity, the town’s droll proceedings.



The Challenge

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Mar 16 - Mar 18

(Yuri Ancarani, Italy / France / Switzerland, 2016, 69 min)

Grounded in observational realism, yet almost surreal in its maximized minimalism, the nominal tale of a Sheikh falconer travelling to Qatar for a weekend tournament becomes a hypnotic study in contrasts: the wild and the tame, the gilded and the barren, ennui and excitement, technology and nature.