Director Laura Archibald gathers a vast array of the most influential folk figures of the 60’s to tell the story of New York’s highly popular and, for some, controversial folk movement. Interviews with figures like Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger shine a light on this tight-knit group that came together to fight social injustice in the face of intense government scrutiny. With rarely seen performances from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation is a testament to the scene’s lasting hold on our society’s collective imagination.
Lensed in colour and b/w by Seamus McGarvey, the film explores Harry Dean Stanton’s enigmatic outlook on his life and his unexploited talents as a musician. With excerpts from Alien, Paris Texas, The Straight Story, Missouri Breaks et al., and interviews with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry. (SXSW)
MN-Made Animated Shorts screens with Persistence of Vision.
Preceded by Le Petit Nuage.
Informant is an enthralling documentary about the walking contradiction that is Brandon Darby, a former leftist activist that turned on his friends during the 2008 Republican National Convention, which was held in the Twin Cities. Director Jamie Meltzer (Better This World) smartly avoids taking sides, and instead lets Darby explain how he came to controversially tip off the FBI to potential political violence. Informant is a must see for every political-minded cinephile.