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Meanwhile, here is a sneak preview of three films we know you’ll love!
Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his professional partner and wife, film researcher Lilian Michelson left their unique artistic signature on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and many other filmmakers. With an engaging mix of love letters, film clips, candid conversations with the couple, and interviews with famous actors and filmmakers, this fascinating documentary reveals the work of two remarkably talented film collaborators. Although their work received no credit for decades, Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim’s film offers a birds-eye view of the couple’s long marriage and celebrates their careers while providing an amazing insight into how the films we love are made.
In what might seem like an unlikely pair of travelers, we discover two kindred spirits, 89-year old French New Wave icon Agnes Varda, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR, who have teamed up as co-directors of this poignant documentary. This is a road movie about two people who share a passion for images. Traveling through French villages in JR’s photo truck, they meet locals, hear their stories, and produce gigantic portraits, which are then displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains to reveal the humanity in their subjects. Faces Places documents these heartwarming encounters as well as the tender friendship formed by the two filmmakers.
Mariam Shaar is a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon. This inspirational documentary shines a light on Mariam and her team of amazing women entrepreneurs who realize the power of their food; “our work”, “our truth”, “our worth” as they bravely start a catering company, “Soufra,” and expand outside the camp with a food truck, proving to themselves and the world that women can do anything, They become a symbol of hope in a war torn region and throughout the world.