We kick off our August Film Frenzy this Thursday with “The Music of Strangers”, a beautiful documentary about The Silk Road Ensemble, an amazing group of international musicians (virtuosos all), assembled by Yo Yo Ma. From filmmaker Morgan Neville, director of the Academy Award winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” (which we screened two years ago…), The Music of Strangers takes you on a journey around the world, and shows you a side of Yo Yo Ma you haven’t seen. Ma is the artistic director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations at the edge where education, business and the arts come together to transform the world. More than 80 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. The film and the music are very entertaining, and you will meet other virtuoso artists who play instruments you may not be familiar with. “Beautifully shot, deeply philosophical Documentary” Washington Post “I don’t think Yo Yo sees himself as a cellist…He sees himself as someone who wants to change the world, and half the time he happens to be carrying a cello”. Wall Street Journal Two screenings of Music of Strangers: When? Thursday, August 11, at 7 pm, with opening reception and discussion to follow. Sunday, August 14th at 4 pm, with discussion to follow. Where? Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Spring NY (At Regent St.) Tickets are $8/$6 for members and students with ID
This week, we are screening (T)error, a documentary takes you first hand into an FBI sting investigation. More than a thriller however, we get a glimpse of how the FBI actually uses informants to try to identify terrorists before they commit acts of terror.
These methods are dependent upon the talents of people who have perhaps ended up as an informant not by choice. A surprise twist towards the end of the film makes this story even more bizarre and unsettling and provides an even deeper lens into the process.
(T)error won the Special Jury Prize for Break Out First Feature. It is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting investigation. The filmmakers were fellows at the 2014 Sundance Edit and Story Lab, and received the Creative Promise Award from the Tribeca Film Institute Tribeca All Access program in 2013.
Here’s a recent article from Filmmaker Magazine, with an interview with the directors.
Thank you to all the patrons and friends who attended our Oscar Party on Oscar Night. It was a successful event for us – reconnecting with patrons and friends, and providing some financial boost to assist with innovative programming in 2016.