Under their façade of gaiety, carnivals conceal a
sinister side of cultural mythology and power relationships. Or so suggests
Margaret Brown in her documentary The Order of Myths.
It delves deep into Mobile's
Mardi Gras celebration - the oldest in the country and, in 2007, still
racially segregated. There she finds secret societies, twisted violence, and
lots of sequins.
Alfred Guzzetti at work
Alfred Guzzetti takes the poignancy we all feel for
our family albums and home movies and makes it universal in his documentary Family
Portrait Sittings (1975), a collection of films, photos, and
audio recordings edited into an elegant account of four generations of his own
Bike Porn: for some reason when you put those two
words together, they sound extra dirty. "Bike Porn 4: Play" is the fourth
annual reprise of the travelling film show which features shorts - bicycle
shorts? - that show what a true velocipedist ("pedalophile?") is capable of.
Or, to quote the event sponsor, Truth Serum Productions, it's a celebration of "bikesexuality,
bikeuriosity, and bike objectification."
The surprisingly robust activism stirred up by Wisconsin's recent union-busting policies recall the glory days of the peace movement that probably peaked with the debacle of the 1968 Democratic
Convention in Chicago. Those unfamiliar with the story might take a look at
Brett Morgen's zesty, animated Chicago 10 (2008) about the subsequent show
trial in which demonstration leaders Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale,
and others were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot.
genre continues in popularity with James Gunn's Super, which will receive a
special preview screening tonight at the Brattle under the auspices of
the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Rainn Wilson (The Office) plays a guy
who becomes a crime fighter named Red Bolt when his wife leaves him for a drug
If the Irish Film Festival wasn't green enough for you,
take a look at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. It starts
tonight with a panel discussion on energy moderated by Robin Young of WBUR that
takes place at 6 pm at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41
Berkeley St, Boston. Saturday, there will be a screening of the film
Carbon Nation and a "locavore" tasting session at the Mass College of Art & Design.
"The Final Sentence"