New films, exciting news and unfolding developments, collected into one handy weekly guide.
What a week a Fandor, and what a day for love to reign supreme! We can think of no more fitting a way to close out Pride Month than by celebrating nationwide marriage equality, so it’s serendipitous that we chose today to release our new infographic, a comprehensive survey of queer underground cinema through the decades! Click the image below to see how this rich history has unfolded alongside the campaign for LGBT rights!
If your idea of celebrating both the last weekend of Pride Month and #MarriageEquality is with a great movie, then you are in luck: this week, we added LGBT film gems Portrait of Jason, Shirley Clarke’s enduring character study that Ingmar Bergman famously called “the most fascinating film I’ve ever seen” and The Leather Boys, about the charged and sexually ambiguous relationship between two cockney bikers in 1960s England, based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Freeman. There’s also Warriors of the Discotheque, about the year 1984 and the club kids, legendary nightlife and MDMA at the world-famous Starck Club in Dallas, Texas.
But wait, there’s more: we’ve got wine…and punch! Mouth-watering doc Mondovino, a survey of the global wine business and its effect on wine culture in various growing regions, is our newest featured release and makes for indulgent weekend watching. We’re also proud to now offer Shadow Boxers, which was filmed from 1984 to 1988 and is the first critically acclaimed documentary on women’s boxing. Fans of all things fiddle and fiddle-adjacent who want movies they can tap a foot to are welcome try one of a trio of just-published films: Morris Family Old Time Music Festival, which features live performances from some of Appalachia’s best musicians, New England Fiddles, a thirty-minute short with fairly self-explanatory subject matter and Water from Another Time, also a half-hour long, which profiles elderly residents of Indiana leading quietly rich creative lives (including Lotus Dickey, who plays his violin and sings under his Catalpa tree).
All in all, we have twenty-four fresh titles for your viewing pleasure this week! Other highlights of these new releases include:
- Classic and highly regarded spaghetti western Day of Anger, which stars Lee Van Cleef as a budding quickdraw’s reluctant mentor
- The Drums of Winter, which documents the traditions, history and culture of the Yup’ik Eskimo community on the remote Bering Sea coast
- And Behind the Blue Screen, which was produced by renowned director Jos de Putter and combines elements of cutting-edge technology, citizen journalism and networked culture to tell the stories of Iranians through a series of “video selfies”
And of course (lest we forget), we also have a bittersweetly brilliant batch of new Criterion Picks! This week’s theme is “Final Films”, which means a chance to see the last directorial effort of some of history’s most beloved auteurs. It’s a collection that includes Truffaut, Kurosawa, Ray and Bresson as well as Krzysztof Kieślowski, who rounded out his career with the conclusion of his Three Colors trilogy, Three Colors: Red.
Also, if you haven’t yet had the chance, make sure to check out our most recent FIX feature, which highlights an especially diverse group of filmmakers bringing their unique backgrounds to bear on feature-length and short works alike.
Finally, this week marked the start of the Nantucket Film Festival, a treasured member of our Fandor Festival Alliance. Set in a picturesque location and focused on the art of screenwriting and storytelling, this is one whale of a showcase for independent movies! But don’t take our word for it; watch the trailer below (or one of eighteen films from past fests currently available on Fandor).
With that, we’ll leave you to your weekend watching, but will return next week with another haul of cinematic delights! As always, for the latest and greatest in Fandor films, the Recently Added Films page is your best friend. Happy viewing!