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  Press Releases below:  Art Is... The Permanent Revolution  |  Inventing Our Life  |  Master Qi and the Monkey King  |  The Callers  
82 minutes, documentary, color, 2012

A film by Manfred Kirchheimer

Featuring Sigmund Abeles (etcher), Ann Chernow (lithographer), Paul Marcus (woodcutter) & James Reed (master printer)

UPC:7-20229-91520-5 | Catalog #:FRF 915205D | SRP: $27.95

Street Date: August 14

The anger and outrage captured by graphic artists and printmakers have defined revolutions through the centuries, depicting the human condition in all its glories and struggles so powerfully that perceptions, attitudes and politics have been dramatically influenced.

In ART IS...THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION three contemporary artists and a master printer explore how social reality and protest are conveyed in art. While the stirring works of the masters sweep by - among them graphics by Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Grosz and Picasso - the making of an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph unfolds before our eyes as the contemporary artists join their illustrious predecessors in creating art of social engagement.

Featuring Sigmund Abeles, etcher; Ann Chernow, lithographer; Paul Marcus, woodcutter; and James Reed, master printer.

“We behold, awe-struck, breathtaking works...” - The New York Times

“Explores among the most riveting works in all visual art.” - Film Journal

“A forcefully illustrated look at the historical and philosophical interplay between the artisanal process and political art.”
- Village Voice

“Tremendously satisfying!” - Variety

“An important exploration of the artists behind the art. Given our high stakes times this is a must see for any socially engaged and concerned American. A great film.” - Stephen A. Fredericks, President, The New York Society of Etchers

Vive la revolution!” - Time Out New York
80 minutes, documentary, color, 2011

A film by Toby Perl Freilich

UPC: 7-20229-91522-9 | Catalog #: FRF 915229D | SRP: $27.95

Street Date: August 14

Set against the backdrop of the kibbutz movement's glorious 100-year history, INVENTING OUR LIFE reveals the heartbreak and hope of Israel's communal living experiment as a new generation of women and men confront an essential question: can a radically socialist institution survive a new capitalist reality?

In this "illuminating and entertaining" (Jewish Week) documentary, director Toby Perl Freilich explores the modern history of Israel, from its revolutionary settlers to the political upheaval that shook the socialist foundations of the state. With their desire to create a Jewish homeland and build a more just society, the first settlers helped place kibbutzim in the vanguard of Israeli history. In doing so, they became a magnet for all those who shared one thing in common - a powerful urge to invent their own life.

“Engrossing... Fascinating!” - The New York Times

“A brilliant film about one of history's most remarkable utopian experiments.”
- Joseph Dorman, director of Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

“Excellent... Recommended! A sympathetic but probing account of the rise, fall and rebirth of a movement that defined the early character of the fledgling state of Israel. Freilich comes to her subject with a generous curiosity and a gift for digging beneath the usual debates.” - NPR

“Both entertaining and illuminating!” - Jewish Week

“Ambitious, complex, well-done and edifying.” - Spirituality and Practice Magazine

“Excellent!” - The Forward

81 minutes, documentary, color, English & Mandarin w/English subtitles, 2012

A film by Alan Govenar

UPC: 7-20229-91524-3 | Catalog #: FRF 915243D | SRP: $24.95

Special Features • Photo Gallery • Director Bio • Resource Guide

Street Date: August 14

This beautifully realized documentary chronicles the life and work of Qi Shu Fang, one of the preeminent masters of Chinese Opera living in the United States. It is a story of ambition, love, the creative impulse and the struggle to survive against all odds. The film highlights the intricacies of Peking Opera, an art form that is hardly known in the West and is declining in popularity in China. At the same time it explores why Ms. Qi, her husband, Ding Mei-kui, and their company of Chinese Opera performers have made the difficult move to the United States, where they, like so many immigrants, must balance pressures to assimilate with the needs of cultural expression and preservation.

“The Peking Opera is magic on stage!” - The New York Times

“Enchanting and compelling! Peking Opera star Qi Shu Fang is no prima donna; she is down-to-earth, hard-working and thoroughly adept at negotiating the complexities of the modern world while maintaining her love of this ancient tradition. Excerpts from various operas with their brilliant and exotic costumes, comedic interludes and martial arts bravado are interspersed with backstage scenes and interviews. The film will go a long way in demystifying Peking Opera and building new interest for the uninitiated, as well as allowing aficionados to gain further insight.”
- Robert H. Browning, Founder, World Music Institute

89 minutes, documentary, color, 2012

A film by Susan Sfarra

UPC: 7-20229-91525-0 | Catalog #: FRF 915250D | SRP: $24.95

Special Features • Tongue Twisters • Auction School • Confessions of a Calling Champion • Tractor Parade • and more

Street Date: August 14

THE CALLERS explores the world of auctions with a group of Pennsylvania auctioneers who move mounds of merchandise to eager buyers, year-round.

Through its portrayal of several experienced auctioneers and a host of curious buyers, this new feature documentary reveals our complex relationship with stuff - with consuming, collecting, and hoarding.

An antiquated profession, auctioneering is as relevant today as it's ever been. People across America who were fooled by bankers and brokers can go to the local auction house and decide for themselves how much something is worth through the auction method - arguably the fairest method. And when you're elbow to elbow with a crowd of bidders, adrenaline coursing through your veins, your heart pounding as you flick your card, wiggle your nose, scratch your ear in time to the auctioneer's call, it is undeniably a most entertaining one.

Featuring Music by Leroy van Dyke! (Leroy van Dyke was serving in the Korean War when he wrote a song with Buddy Black called "The Auctioneer" based on his own experience as an auctioneer. Leroy first performed the song for troops on the same bill as Marilyn Monroe and after discharge entered the song into a talent contest. Soon after he was catapulted to fame, and his song ultimately sold 2.5 million copies.)
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