Film Series Adds Even More to the 2016 Big Ears Festival

The choices at the Big Ears Festival this year are truly mind-boggling–there is so much to see, listen to, and experience, that it is impossible to take in everything. Case in point is the film series that has grown this year thanks to a collaboration between the festival and The Public Cinema. Of special note is Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog.

Big Ears is proud to host a screening of Laurie Anderson’s critically acclaimed new film (and Oscar shortlisted!) Heart of a Dog, with Laurie discussing the film and participating in a Q&A afterwards. Heart of a Dog has been shown at the Telluride, Venice, and Toronto Film Festivals to critical praise, with The New York Times calling it a “philosophically astute, emotionally charged meditation on death, love, art and dogs.”

In addition to Anderson’s inimitably thoughtful narration, Heart of a Dog includes musical excerpts from several of her pieces—”The Lake” and “Flow” from Homeland (2010), “Beautiful Pea Green Boat” from Bright Red (1994), “Rhumba Club” from Life on a String (2001), excerpts from Landfall (2011) with Kronos Quartet—as well as the film’s closing song “Turning Time Around,” written and performed by Anderson’s late husband, Lou Reed.

The film series can be accessed either as a part of a weekend festival pass or as a standalone pass for $20. The films are spread over several venues including the Tennessee Theatre, the Regal Riviera, and the Square Room. Check the Big Ears Festival website for details. Below is the list of film events, friendly-formatted for your perusal.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Installation

Modes of Faltering
Directed by Shambhavi Kaul
World premiere of a new installation by renowned artist and filmmaker.
3/31-4/2 · UT DOWNTOWN GALLERY

Thursday, March 31

Flicker & Wow: Terrestrial
Short Film Program
Six recent, critically acclaimed experimental shorts.
MARCH 31 · THE SQUARE ROOM · 7:00 P.M.

Planet
Directed by Shambhavi Kaul
Kaul’s performance includes short films, along with a reading of her writing.
MARCH 31 · THE SQUARE ROOM · 8:30 P.M.

Friday, April 1

Jazz Opus: N.Y. Export
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Jody Lee Lipes & Henry Joost
A scripted adaptation of Jerome Robbins’s “ballet in sneakers” (1958).
APRIL 1 · REGAL RIVIERA · 9:45 A.M.

Space is the Place
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by John Coney
A special 35mm screening of the director’s cut.
APRIL 1 · TN THEATRE · 11:00 A.M.

The Color Wheel
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Alex Ross Perry
An aspiring news-anchor forces her brother Colin to embark on a road trip.
APRIL 1 · REGAL RIVIERA · 11:00 A.M.

Sun Don’t Shine
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Amy Seimetz
A cryptic story driven by a poetic setting & powerful lead performances.
APRIL 1 · REGAL RIVIERA · 12:45 P.M.

Flicker & Wow: The Dockworker’s Dream
BIG EARS, FLICKER AND WOW
Short Film Program
Six short films, including the world premiere of Bill Morrison’s The Dockworker’s Dream.
APRIL 1 · THE SQUARE ROOM · 4:45 P.M.

New Jerusalem
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Rick Alverson
A veteran befriends a Christian, who endeavors to ensure his salvation.
APRIL 1 · REGAL RIVIERA · 2:30 P.M.

 

 

Saturday, April 2

Heart of a Dog
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Laurie Anderson
Anderson will join us afterwards for a Q & A.
APRIL 2 · TN THEATRE · 11:00 A.M.

Fake It So Real
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Robert Greene
One week with a ragtag group of independent wrestlers in Lincolnton, NC.
APRIL 2 · REGAL RIVIERA · 11:15 A.M.

Factory 25
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Conversation with Matt Grady
“One of the most important curatorial voices of independent American films.”
APRIL 2 · REGAL RIVIERA · 1:30 P.M.

Frownland
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Ronald Bronstein
“Personal cinema at its most uncompromising and fierce.” – NY Times
APRIL 2 · REGAL RIVIERA · 2:15 P.M.

Let Your Light Shine
BIG EARS, FLICKER AND WOW
Directed by Jodie Mack
A collection of short films that has screened in premier venues worldwide.
APRIL 2 · THE SQUARE ROOM · 4:30 P.M.

Sunday, April 3

Sex and Broadcasting
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Tim K. Smith
A documentary about WFMU, the world’s longest-running free form radio station.
APRIL 3 · REGAL RIVIERA · 10:00 A.M.

All the Light in the Sky
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Joe Swanberg
“A refreshingly grown-up exploration of a woman at a crossroads.” – The Dissolve
APRIL 3 · REGAL RIVIERA · 11:30 A.M.

Uncle Kent 2
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Todd Rohal
“The craziest movie sequel ever. A defiantly unconventional crowdpleaser.” – Indiewire
APRIL 3 · REGAL RIVIERA · 1:00 P.M.

Diamond Tongues
BIG EARS, MADE IN THE U.S.A.
Directed by Pavan Moondi & Brian Robertson
Edith dreams of being a successful actress but just can’t seem to make things happen.
APRIL 3 · REGAL RIVIERA · 2:30 P.M.

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