Jin Ju Lee / Arts in Film, Biography, Documentary, EcoCinema, Woman Filmmaker / USA / 2015 / Art, Biography, Buddhism, Social Issues / 80 minsA lyrical film portrait of photographer Philip Perkis, who penetrates life's essential questions through his 60 years working in black and white photography. From childhood he had exceptional vision, but also severe learning disabilities. Made by his former student and initially inspired by his small, poetic book "Teaching Photography: Notes Assembled," the film is built around this distillation of his experiences and his photography. It also explores the intimate, but respectful—and often playful—relationship between teacher and student.
Haydn Reiss / Arts in Film, Biography, Documentary, Poetry / USA / 2015 / Art, Biography, Buddhism, Poetry, Sexuality, Social Issues, Vision Quest / 81 mins“A Thousand Years of Joy” charts poet/activist Robert Bly's journey from Midwestern farm boy to global troubadour, best-selling author of “Iron John” and leader of the men's movement. Bly is one of America’s most celebrated poets, easily the most controversial, who has for over 50 years crisscrossed the cultural landscape through poetry, translation, activism and social commentary. Bly has been celebrated, vilified, but above all persisted in championing the power and importance of poetry in today’s America. With director Haydn Reiss and Poet James Ragan in Person.