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Dogwoof Doc Weekender (26-28 September)

Tickets and details here from the ICA

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th September

A favorite documentary distributor of mine (there are more then a few of their films reviewed on this site), Dogwoof are taking over the ICA this weekend.

From Dogwoof:

Happy Birthday! To celebrate ten years in distribution, Dogwoof is throwing a three-day birthday bash showcasing six hot new releases at London’s ICA from 26-28 September. The opening gala on Friday 26th will be the highly anticipated Life Itself, the biography of American critic and commentator Roger Ebert from acclaimed director Steve James. The Saturday and Sunday screenings will include four exclusive previews of Dogwoof’s Autumn slate, so come to one, come to all, the Dogwoof Weekender is not just a birthday party but a platform of the best in documentary filmmaking.

Kicking off Friday 26th September with Life Itself, a tender and inspiring film about Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert, director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present a complex portrait of a man who from film criticism to become one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Life Itself gets a UK cinema release on 14 November.  

Saturday will see a trio of heavy-weight previews: The Case Against 8 directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White examines the legal battle to overturn California’s controversial ban on same-sex marriage. Concerning Violence directed by Goran Olson, featuring narration by Ms. Lauryn Hill, based on Frantz Fanon’s influential book The Wretched of The Earth, examines the African struggle for independence from colonial rule.  The Overnighters by Jesse Moss, winner of the Sundance Special Jury prize for Intuitive Filmmaking, tells the story of a local Pastor in North Dakota who risks everything to help the desperate men who have travelled across the USA in search of work only to be faced with homelessness.

All critically acclaimed festival favourites, the three Saturday previews cover the breadth of the human experience from LGBT rights to colonialism and the struggle for independence; to economic crisis and homelessness.  The Case Against 8 will be released in cinemas 10th October; The Overnighters opens 31st October; and Concerning Violence opens 28th November.

Sunday’s sessions couldn’t be more different. Manakamana by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez is a dreamy art-doc from the producers of Sweetgrass and Leviathan, when an unmoving camera captures Nepalese pilgrims on their cable car to worship at the Manakamana temple. The Last Impresario, the feature debut from Gracie Otto, is a rip-roaring account of the life and times of theatre impresario Michael White who produced The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Oh Calcutta! and championed the likes of John Cleese, Yoko Ono and Merce Cunningham, featuring interviews with Kate Moss, Naomi Watts and Richard O’Brien. Manakamana opens 12 December and The Last Impresario plays as part of its opening weekend.

In 2004, Dogwoof was born; over the past 10 years the company has released over 120 films theatrically in the UK including: BAFTA winning The Act of Killing, Oscar® nominated Restrepo, Oscar winning The Undefeated®, smash hit Blackfish, the stirring Black Gold, revolutionary The Age of Stupid, and Sheffield Doc/Fest winner Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, to name but a few. With this heritage and the six new films in the Weekender, Dogwoof will always strive to release the finest documentary films in the world.

The Dogwoof Weekender schedule:

Friday 26th - Opening Night – Special preview Life Itself

Saturday 27th – The Case Against 8 - preview

Saturday 27th – Concerning Violence- preview

Saturday 27th – The Overnighters - preview

Sunday 28th – Manakamana - preview

Sunday 28th – The Last Impresario  - opening weekend