Monday, June 9 - Tuesday, June 10, 2008
7:00 pm, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided
$5 suggested donation
Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at The LAB. Each evening one rough cut of a feature-length documentary will be screened, followed by a moderated conversation about the film led by guests who are either accomplished filmmakers or established film professionals. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.
Monday, June 9
DUST AND ILLUSIONS
Directed by Olivier Bonin
Once a year, on a vast Nevada lake bed surrounded by mountains, the Burning Man festival brings together tens of thousands of people who are attracted by the festival’s promise of seven days of “decommodification,” “community,” “artwork,” and “revelry.” But increasingly, many question whether Burning Man’s mainstream appeal threatens—or even upends—the festival’s utopian vision. Through a series of in-depth interviews of the festival’s founders, organizers, and participants, DUST AND ILLUSIONS traces the festival’s history, while examining whether the festival is a victim of its own success.
Moderator – Svetlana Cvetko
Director and Cinematographer Svetlana Cvetko recently wrapped production as the director of photography of a narrative feature film starring Adam Goldberg. Other notable credits include director of “No War” (Winner Grand Prix du Public in Films de Femmes 2001) and, as director of photography, “Birju” (Sundance 2002, Berlin 2002, nominated for Student Oscar); “Raw” (Sundance 2005), and “Dorme” (Tribeca 2007).
Tuesday, June 10
A Gentle Walk
Directed by Brandon Katcher
While filming a wedding one day, a filmmaker, fresh out of college, meets a Zen monk, who encourages him to drop everything and travel to South Asia. Reluctantly, the filmmaker agrees, and begins an unexpected journey—through India to the River Ganges to the Himalayas to Mount Everest—that is both deeply personal and, in many ways, universal.
Moderator – Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs' feature documentary “Audience of One” won awards at South by Southwest, Silverdocs and DocFest, and was included in the 2007 New Directors/New Films series at Lincoln Center. The film premieres on the Sundance Channel in 2009. Jacobs is currently producing/directing a 10-part documentary web series for Sony Pictures Television. Additionally, Jacobs has produced over 10 television spots for Current TV.