A quiet and meditative documentary from Korea, PLANET OF SNAIL by director Seungiun Yi, is wowing audiences at Silverdocs. The film achieves a kind of ethereal poetry of conscious awareness as it depicts the special relationship between the blind/deaf poet Seungiun Yi and his devoted wife who serves as his guide in the sighted world. Through visually striking imagery and intimate detail, we see what it takes to forge a life of creative productivity without the ability to see or hear. The poet insists that his limitations in one area only heightens his awareness in others, and this contemplative perspectives offers audiences not only a personalized view of what some may dub a “disability” but also an alarmingly intimate sensation of the powers of the mind and the longing of the spirit.
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading
Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading
It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading