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Two Kinds of Roads

AMFEST

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Moscow, Russia
www.amfest.ru


And your feet can only walk down two kinds of roads
Your eyes can only look through two kinds of windows
Your nose can only smell two kinds of hallways
You can touch and twist
And turn two kinds of doorknobs


(Excerpt from “Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie” by Bob Dylan)

 


TWO KINDS OF ROADS introduces Russian audiences to a curated selection of short films from the 40th Seattle International Film Festival and Black Box that reflect on themes of exploration and the unknown.

The title is a line from Bob Dylan’s tribute poem to Woody Guthrie, recited by the courageous young subject of THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS before the decisive moment when she learns if she has a fatal, incurable disease. Films in this program consider our experiences at the edge of an uncertain future - from traveling to the moon to falling in love.

Sponsored by the US Embassy Moscow. Curated by Julia Fryett.
 

 

Program

SEA FOLK
Morgan Henry, Josh Hayward | USA | 2014

Seattle was built on sea shanties and the bones of mariners; it is impossible to fully grasp the city without spending time on the waters that surround her. SEA FOLK welcomes you into the community of people who spend their lives on the waters of the Salish Sea. 

 

AFRONAUTS
Frances Bodomo | USA | 2014

On 16 July 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.

 

THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS
Lucy Walker | USA | 2014

A courageous young woman takes the boldest step imaginable to confront her risk of having inherited the fatal, incurable Huntington's Disease.

The title "The Lion's Mouth Opens" is taken from lines from a poem that Bob Dylan wrote about Woody Guthrie called "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" which Marianna can recite in its entirety (it takes about 7 minutes). The story of the poem is that Dylan went to visit Woody Guthrie (arguably his greatest early influence) in Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, where Guthrie was dying from Huntington’s Disease. Dylan recited the poem live only once, after he returned to the stage at the end of his April 12, 1963 performance at New York's Town Hall. Dylan explained that "there's this book coming out, and they asked me to write something about Woody, sort of like what does Woody Guthrie mean to you in 25 words, and I couldn't do it, I wrote out five pages".


 

ALL VOWS
Bill Morrison | USA | 2013

"All Vows" is an English translation of "Kol Nidre", the incantation that begins the Yom Kippur service and which pre-emptively nullifies any future vows made unintentionally. The film uses ancient archival films to depict an unknowable future, reflected through a dissolving historic document.

 

MARILYN MYLLER
Mickey Please | USA | 2013

Marilyn is trying really hard to make something that is good. For once her expectations and reality are going to align, perfectly. No, it will be even better than she imagined. It will be epic. It will be tear jerkingly profound. It will be perfecter than perfect. Nothing can go wrong.

 

IN PASSING
Alan Miller | USA | 2014

It's never too late to fall in love. IN PASSING is a short film about two lonely people who jump off a building to end their lives, but meet on the way down and discover it's never too late to fall in love.

 

DINOSAURS & SEA HAWKS
Linas Phillips | USA | 2014

Sleeping under a bridge is a man and his dinosaur mask.

 

FACE IN THE CROWD
Alex Prager | USA | 2013

Characters appearing in intimate interviews and ethereal crowd scenes seem both anonymous and oddly familiar.


Earlier Event: May 31
Art, Cinema & Code
Later Event: September 29
Crafting Code