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A film by Mike Correll

80 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2015

DVD Extras: Extended Interrogations • Chopping Block: Deleted Scenes • Rogue’s Gallery: The Art of Chet Zar • Behind the Scenes Featurette • Time-Lapses: The Creation of Six Chet Zar Paintings • Official Trailer + Rick Zar: Live Neon

Enter the dark and foreboding world of Chet Zar, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by disturbing yet beautiful monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, occasionally funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar’s art is as enigmatic as it is frightening. But who is Chet Zar, and why does he like to paint monsters? These are the questions at the heart of this new documentary.

Zar is an influential figure in the Dark Art Movement. Born in 1967 in San Pedro, California, Zar was the family prankster. With a passion for horror films, an innate urge to create bizarre artwork, and a superhuman work ethic, Zar seemed to be made for the special effects industry. During his time in the film industry, he designed and created creatures and make-up effects for such films as Darkman, The Ring, Hellboy I & II, and Planet of the Apes. Even more well-known is his work with the band Tool. But despite his success, Zar became disenchanted by the artistic compromises he had to make, and, with the support of author Clive Barker, Zar decided to pursue his passion for monsters by painting them.

Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters is an opportunity to take a journey into the mind and life of Zar. Delve into his experiences in the film industry, his transition from early special effects into the world of computer animation, and, ultimately, his evolution into the distinctive artist he is today.

“Chet Zar's extraordinary paintings open an elevator shaft that delivers us down into a world of the purest mystery and dread. I Like to Paint Monsters is an inspiring and important film about the artist, as well as art itself.” - Clive Barker

“I expected the film to be both interesting and beautiful - which it definitely delivered - but I hadn't expected it to be so moving and thought-provoking, with Correll's deft hand catching something subtle about Chet's art and life that I think we can all relate to. It's a great film that I expect will become a cult classic.” - Tattoo Magazine

“Chet Zar Knows monsters. There is no doubt in my mind about that. But he also loves them, in an almost painful way - the only way to really love monsters. They flow from him with grace and perfection that make their creation seem effortless.” - Guillermo del Toro

UPC: 720229916875 | Catalog #: FRF916875D | $24.95 | Street: Mar 8
A film by Mark Blottner, Ilko Davidov & Denis Mueller

85 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2015

This in-depth portrait of notorious American author Nelson Algren uses interviews, rare archival footage, and the gritty voice of Algren himself to capture the elusive and unique literary figure whose fame was cemented with the success of The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side.

Algren rose to prominence when he won the National Book Award in 1949 for The Man With The Golden Arm, which was later adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. His book A Walk on The Wild Side inspired Lou Reed's hit. Despite his mainstream success and pop-culture bona fides, Algren's career was irreparably damaged by FBI and CIA surveillance during the Red Scare.

Kurt Vonnegut, Studs Terkel, Paul Buhle and others provide literary, social, and historic perspectives on a six-decade long career that produced five novels, two collections of short stories, countless articles and a public affair with Simone de Beauvoir. While his best work was produced over 50 years ago, Algren's prescient focus on disenchantment with consumer culture was prophetic, and remains relevant today.

“Compelling, exciting, enlightening.” - Chicago Tribune

“An essential historical perspective with authoritative and radical last, who Nelson Algren was and what he meant.” - Arts Journal

“Politically inquisitive.” - Chicago Sun-Times

UPC: 720229916868 | Catalog #: FRF916868D | $24.95 | Street: Mar 8
A film by Stéphane Demoustier

95 minutes, fiction, color, French w/ English subtitles, 2014

Produced by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 40 Love is the story of a father and son who are both trying to transcend their current reality to achieve their dreams.

After losing his job as senior executive in a large chain store, Jérôme is determined to start his own new business, despite the concerns of his wife. Their son Ugo, though only 11, already shows great promise as a future tennis pro, and hopes to get accepted to the national training center at Roland-Garros.

Father and son are very close emotionally yet unable to really understand each other. Meanwhile the gaps between Jérôme and his wife are insidiously widening. Together, Ugo and Jérôme begin to realize that not all rules can be bent in the quest for success.

“An impressive, low-key thriller...a remarkable debut.” - Variety

“An intriguing family sports drama. The way the filmmakers find parallels between a father falling from grace, and a son rising toward it, is captivating.” - The Hollywood Reporter

An elegant thriller...superbly unpredictable. Not since Hitchcock's 'Strangers On A Train' has a tennis match created as much suspense.” - Eye for Film

“Surprising...engrossing. Olivier Gouret and Charles Merienne could not be any better as the father-son team.” - Spirituality & Practice

UPC: 720229916882 | Catalog #: FRF916882D | $24.95 | Street: Mar 8
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