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Jun 282019
 



OVID.tv Adds 23 New Titles

Bringing Its Library to 500 Titles
Most Unavailable on Any Other Platform

“If you want to be informed about leading-edge social and economic realities,
sign up for OVID. It is indispensable.” – Counterpunch

Jonathan Miller, director of OVID.tv, the new streaming service for documentary and art-house films, announced that beginning this week twenty-three (23) films will be joining its growing collection, bringing its library to 500 titles, most unavailable on any other platform.

On Friday, June 28, OVID will release the last two films in its Pride month program of 20 LGBTQ films, along with three prize-winning documentaries on war, and peace.

On Friday, July 12, OVID begins to resurface landmark independent works from the 1960s and 1970s including two films by Robert Kramer, “one of the greatest radical filmmakers of the ’60s and ’70s, [who] mixed fiction with documentary, paying scrupulous attention to the ways in which the personal began to dominate the political.” (Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice), and a collection of three short documentaries made between 1977 and 1980 that are companion pieces to, and by the directors of, the 1978 feature film NORTHERN LIGHTS.

On Friday, July 19th, comes a collection of six films by the great, iconoclastic Japanese documentarian Kazuhiro Soda who has been called “One of the discipline’s most interesting, and freest, artists.”  (Robert Koehler, Film Comment).

And OVID is extremely proud to announce that on Friday, July 26th, we will begin a collaboration with Kartemquin Films, by releasing eight of their documentary films, and one timely seven part documentary series, THE NEW AMERICANS. Kartemquin’s films have received four Academy Award® nominations, and won six Emmys® and three Peabody Awards, among several more major prizes, and we look forward to releasing more of their films in the months ahead.

OVID.tv is currently available on Apple TV, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Android devices. After a free introductory 7-day trial, customers in the U.S. and soon in Canada (fall 2019) are able to access OVID for $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually.

Friday, June 28th

Sir! No Sir!
Directed by David Zeiger; Bullfrog Films, Documentary

In this documentary, celebrities such as Jane Fonda join their voices with veterans and soldiers to recount the largely suppressed antiwar movement that occurred within the United States military over the course of the Vietnam War.

“Because it’s bolstered by proud memories of Vietnam vets who turned against the war, Sir! No Sir! rings with an exultant, even elated tone”—Variety

Do You Remember Vietnam?
Directed by David I. Munro; Bullfrog Films, Documentary

In 1978, three years after the fall of Saigon, John Pilger went back to Vietnam to find out what had happened under the new regime.

“The sheer expertise and dedication shown in its making demand the highest praise… A monument to the documentary art.”—Variety

The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It
Directed by Judith Ehrlich & Rick Tejada-Flores; Bullfrog Films, Documentary

During World War II, 42,000 conscientious objectors refuse to fight but serve with distinction in other noncombat duties.

“Fascinating… It is a story of personal courage, idealism, and nonconformity.”The Objector

108 (Cuchillo de Palo)
Directed by Renate Costa Perdomo; Icarus Films, Documentary

The filmmaker investigates her uncle Rodolfo’s death. Witnesses and clues gently reveal Rodolfo’s true identity as a persecuted gay man living under the right-wing dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner.

“The style is simple but the emotions highly sophisticated… Patiently photographed by Carlos Vasquez, 108 peels back layers of delusion and dishonesty.”The New York Times

Alive!
Directed by Vincent Boujon; Icarus Films, Documentary

Five HIV-positive gay men spend a week preparing for their first solo parachute jump. The camaraderie inspired by the rigorous training and team-building exercises encourage the men to share their feelings about being seropositive: their reactions to finding out, their thoughts about ongoing treatments, and the ways they negotiate relationships with men who are not positive.

Friday, July 12th

Ice
Directed by Robert Kramer; Icarus Films, Narrative

An innovative independent thriller, shot in New York City, Ice centers on a revolutionary group plotting to attack a fascistic political regime, using a fictitious war with Mexico as an allegory for the conflict in Vietnam.

“Riveting!”The New York Times

Milestones
Directed by Robert Kramer & John Douglas; Icarus Films, Documentary

A lilting, free-associative masterpiece that follows dozens of characters — including hippies, farmers, immigrants, Native Americans, and political activists — as they try to reconcile their ideals with the realities of American life.

“A monument of committed American cinema.”Sight & Sound

Prairie Trilogy
Directed by John Hanson & Rob Nilson; Metrograph, Documentary

A collection of three short documentaries made between 1977 and 1980 that are companion pieces to the dirctors’ 1978 feature “Northern Lights,” a fictionalized tale of the real North Dakota labor union called the Nonpartisan League, which formed about a half a decade before America’s involvement in World War I.

Friday, July 19th

Campaign
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda; KimStim, Documentary

Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda follows and documents classmate Kazuhiko Yamauchi’s run for city council in Japan.

“Fascinating”The New York Times

Campaign 2
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda; KimStim, Documentary

Following the Fukushima disaster, Yama-san runs for the Kawasaki City Council on an anti-nuclear campaign.

“The film and Soda’s work maintains a universality which goes beyond this specific Japanese milieu.” Hollywood Reporter

Mental
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda; KimStim, Documentary

The complex world of a Japanese mental health clinic.

“As Soda so eloquently shows, the mentally ill aren’t marginal “others,” but like people we see around us every day at work and at home. Even in the mirror.” Japan Times

Peace
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda; KimStim, Documentary

“Peace” contemplates questions of co-existence by observing the daily lives of people and cats in Okayama city, where life and death, acceptance and rejection are intermingled.

“Instead of pushing the message of the need to do more for society’s hidden voices, Soda gives their voices a platform.” Asian Movie Pulse

Theatre 1
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda; KimStim, Documentary

A close depiction of the world of Oriza Hirata, Japan’s leading playwright and director, and his theatrical company, Seinendan.

“Young Jury’s Prize Winner” Festival des 3 Continents 2012

Theatre 2
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda; KimStim, Documentary

Can the theatre arts survive in the 21st Century? Theatre, politics, education, robots and money in modern society.

“Evokes a plurality of dimensions cleverly portrayed as inseparable aspects of the same problem” Artistic Director, Festival des 3 Continents

Friday, July 26th

’63 Boycott
Directed by Gordon Quinn; Kartemquin, Documentary

In 1963, 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. ’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest Northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, and youth activism

A Good Man
Directed by Bob Hercules & Gordon Quinn; Kartemquin, Documentary

A Good Man follows acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones as he and his company create their most ambitious work, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial.

“Provides a window into the creative process and the creative crisis of one of our nation’s most enduring, provocative artists. PBS Arts Fall Festival

Golub
Directed by Gordon Quinn & Jerry Blumenthal; Kartemquin, Documentary

Examines the life and work of controversial painter, Leon Golub. Inspired by war, political oppression and the fight for Free Speech, Golub and his paintings are famous for their depictions of extreme violence.

“Conveys the exhilarating sense that art is inseparable from both the world that engenders it and the world that receives it” Chicago Reader

In the Family
Directed by Joanna Rudnick; Kartemquin, Documentary

In the Family is about predicting breast and ovarian cancer, the consequences of knowing, and the women who live with the risk.

“It was quite amazing to see such realistic and vivid depictions of the discussions we have with our patients every day up on the silver screen. ” Mark Greene, MD Chief, Clinical Genetics Branch, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

In the Game
Directed by Maria Finitzo; Kartemquin, Documentary

In the Game follows the ups and downs of a girls’ soccer team to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income students confront in their quest for higher education.

“Inspires warm admiration for the subjects while stirring up rousing anger at our city’s social inequality- Kartemquin at its best.” Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Milking the Rhino
Directed by David E. Simpson; Kartemquin, Documentary

Emerging from a century of “white man conservation,” which turned their lands into game reserves and fueled resentment towards wildlife, Himba and Maasai communities are now vying for a piece of the wildlife-tourism pie.

“Refreshingly optimistic”Variety

The New Americans
Directed by Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Renee Tajima-Peña and more; Kartemquin, Documentary

Four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America.

“Always compelling and frequently heart-wrenching…” The Washington Post

Prisoner of Her Past
Directed by Gordon Quinn, Joanna Rudnick, Jerry Blumenthal; Kartemquin, Documentary

Prisoner of Her Past tells the haunting story of a secret childhood trauma resurfacing, sixty years later, to unravel the life of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich.

“An absolutely fascinating journey of discovery that’s both heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time.” Row Three

Typeface
Directed by Justine Nagan; Kartemquin, Documentary

At the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI, international artisans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique.

“Typeface the movie is like porn for designers.” Varsko!

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