In Case You Missed It

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Counting down Fandor’s news and newest movies by the numbers in our weekly roundup. 

vesselchannelTwenty-six:
That’s how many short films are now streaming on Vessel, a video service offering premium short-form content through channels that creators use to connect with audiences. Fandor’s Vessel channel is a handpicked collection of twenty-six short films by some of our favorite contemporary auteurs, from Mark Rappaport and Lori Felker to Todd Rohal and Caveh Zahedi. The filmmakers are a heterogeneous group that spans many genres, but all share one thing in common: they are all members of our FIX initiative.

Twenty-four:
Years filmmaker Usama Alshaibi was away from his homeland of Baghdad before returning to film the dark documentary of his rediscovery of home, Nice Bombs.

Twenty-three:
That’s the number of new films we added to the library this week!

Eighteen:
Months after 9/11/01 that the Iraq War began, during which a small group of ex-Mormons began gathering as the “Open Mind Forum” hoping to abolish civilization. This cult community is the subject of the fascinating and double-take-inducing documentary Waiting for NESARA.

Ten:
Minutes in length, Bohdana Smyrnova’s Les demarches des papier (Red Tape Troubles) is a dreamy account of a problematic love from a director who has never shied away from the complex or challenging.

Eight:
Titles in our newest Criterion Picks collection, Workers Unite.
As Labor Day criterion_ModernTimes_580_noBtnapproaches, explore the cinema of the proletariat with essential films like Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (pictured), a witty wrench in the machine of rapidly-industrializing life. From slapsticks and musicals to powerful parables, these films are all labors of love.

Five:
Days that Me the Terrible, by breakout director Josephine Decker, will be streaming exclusively on Vessel.
This release is part of a series of premieres that will happen with a new FIX filmmaker every two weeks (for more on that, see our announcement about the new channel).

Four:
Seasons that pass during Paul Harrill’s delicate debut feature.
Something, Anything, about a woman radically restructuring her life after a tragedy shakes her foundation to the core, “demonstrates a warm, subtle intelligence in the way it captures a person’s growing sense of dislocation from the traditional pressures of marriage, family and career” – Justin Chan, Variety. 

Three:
Oldies but goodies, if you get your movie kicks with classic flicks and want to see some good old fashioned magical realism.
Don’t miss Black Magic, which features Orson Welles as legendary entertainer and rogue Alessandro Cagliostro or I Married a Witch, with Veronica Lake as a seventeenth-century witch brought back to life in a romantic romp of a screwball treat. You can also try The Corsican Brothers, about twins that are separated at birth and raised to be nemeses caught in a love triangle. Both are played with aplomb by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Two:
Very different films that both star theater and film giant Peter O’Toole.
The Ruling Class (pictured in this week’s featured image), as a mad nobleman with a serious God complex and The Stunt Man, as a mysterious and ruthless director hellbent on getting the perfect cut no matter what the cost.

Two (part two):
Takes on the blurring of fact and fiction and the difference between our projected image of heroes and their actuality.
Love Hunter is a sweet fiction starring and based on the real life of Serbian rock icon Milan Mumin, now trying to make it as a taxi driver in NYC and The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq is a more acerbic tale in the same vein (based on a real French author and a provocative rumor about his assumed disappearance).

One point four:
Million feet of film shot by Elaine May to make Mikey and Nicky, starring Peter Falk and John Cassavetes as two old friends in trouble with some gangsters.
For reference, that’s about three times as much as was shot for Gone with the WInd. 

One:
Featured Release of the week: Insomnia, but not the Christopher Nolan-directed, Al Pacino-and-Robin Williams-starring Hollywood version.
No, this is the original version: a painfully bright, searingly paranoid Norwegian crime thriller starring Stellan Skarsgård in what is widely considered his virtuoso performance. With no disrespect to the remake, we just want to give this stellar iteration its due! Dennis Harvey has more on the merits of the original over on Keyframe.

Thanks for letting us turn our roundup into a countdown this week! We’ll be back with lots of new films and film news next week, but hopefully we’re leaving you with plenty to stock your queue and fill your screen with for now. Happy watching!

 

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