Witkin and Witkin

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A film about identical twins with distinct visions.

Witkin and Witkin explores the worlds of identical twins, Joel-Peter, a world famous photographer and Jerome, a globally renown painter and lifelong educator.

An intensely human film it addresses the personal philosophies, their practices, their art and importantly their personal relationship. Witkin and Witkin is a film about perception and growing older, as the two artists working in different media shared a childhood but whose lives took very different directions.

Filmed over 4 years, Witkin and Witkin documents the changes they’ve experienced over time and tells its own distinct and disparate narrative along the way.

Filmmaker Trisha Ziff’s “The Mexican Suitcase,” and “The Man Who Saw Too Much” won two Mexican Academy Awards, and Witkin and Witkin has played extensively on the festival circuit including appearances at:

  • PREMIERED at AFI DOCS Film Festival (2018)
  • DOKU.FEST Berlin (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Morelia International Film Festival (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tucson International Film Festival (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Los Cabos International Film Festival (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – San Antonio Film Festival (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – DOCFEST, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Minneapolis International Film Festival (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Maine International Film Festival (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (2018)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – IDFA, Docs for Sale (2018)

Art enthusiasts will love this doc” – Now Toronto

“A profound meditation on art and an excellent dual-biopic” – Hammer to Nail

The DVD version includes both a Behind the Scenes Slideshow and special introduction by the Director.

About the twins…

Joel-Peter Witkin is an American artist whose constructed photographs depict macabre often grotesque scenes. Working in the vein of the earlier photographers Henry Peach Robinson and Oscar Gustave Rejlander, Witkin carefully builds scenes with cadavers, hermaphrodites, and dwarfs which introduce literary, religious, and art historical allusions. Born on September 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY, Witkin earned his BA at the Cooper Union School of Art and later an MFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In 2011, a survey book was published, providing a concise insight into the working methods and ideologies of the photographer. Today, his works can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The artist currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.

Jerome Witkin (born September 13, 1939) is an Americanfigurative artist whose paintings deal with political, social and cultural themes, along with serious portraiture that melds the sitter’s social position with a speaking likeness that reveals inner character. Witkin has been succinctly characterized as “a virtuoso figurative painter whose work mixes elements of the old masters, social realism and Abstract Expressionism. Recognized as a prodigious talent, at fourteen he entered The High School of Music & Art in New York, and subsequently studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Cooper Union, the Berlin Academy, and the University of Pennsylvania. A Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship enabled him to travel, study and further develop in Europe. After his return to the United States, Witkin received a Guggenheim Fellowship, began exhibiting at galleries in New York and joined the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art. He later taught at the Manchester College of Art in England, Moore College of Art, and in 1971 became a professor of art at Syracuse University.

Documentary / 2017 / 90 minutes / English / A film by Trisha Ziff

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Whatever May Come

The Holstein Dilemma

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Heritage Breeds and the Need for Biodiversity…Intense genetic selection can have an unintended side effect.

“Nearly all male Holsteins alive today can be traced back to two bulls from the 1960s.” – Chad Dechow and Wansheng Liu, Pennsylvania State University, College of Agricultural Sciences.

“The Holstein Dilemma” is about far more than the state of Holsteins. It is an investigative documentary delving into agribusiness and the importance of maintaining the diverse genetic characteristics found in all heritage breed livestock and crops.

What started out as a simple question at a livestock fair inspired filmmakers Rick and Elara Bowman to search for answers across North America, from those who actually do the work and the experts that back it up with science.

Compelling data and discussions on this looming crisis reveal scientific evidence of a looming threat to food safety. The film also reveals several grassroots conservation efforts to preserve and protect genetic biodiversity and the security of our global food supply.

This film explores why diversity is important in today’s agricultural model that’s based on large volume, fast growth, and the cheapest product possible for the consumer, but little else. It explores how we can balance the need to produce food for a hungry planet vs. the need for biodiversity in our one-track production model.

That’s The Holstein Dilemma.

Among those featured in the film are:

  • Temple Grandin (Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University)
  • Cary Fowler (American agriculturalist and the former executive director of the Crop Trust)
  • Isabella Rossellini (Actress and Sundance Channel commissioned filmmaker of The Green)
  • Adam Danforth (James Beard award-winning author of two books, published by Storey Publishing, about slaughtering and butchering livestock).

As seen on Public Television and the Winner: Accolade Global Film Competition, Award of Recognition

Documentary / 2021 / 92 Minutes / English / A Film by Rick & Elara Bowman (Banjos, Bluegrass and Squirrel Barkers)

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The Holstein Dilemma Trailer from Rick Bowman on Vimeo.

The Universality of it All

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We are all part of the same story…

Shot in Paris, Berlin, London, New York, USA, Sarasota, Vancouver, San Jose, and Costa Rica, “The Universality of It All” is a feature-length documentary that focuses on the topics of human migration and inequality, blurring the boundaries between film and documentary through a fresh and nuanced perspective. The film is as intimate, as it is informative as it explains the complexity of human migration by providing valuable data and information, but also by showing how it affects the reality of two friends and their day-to-day lives.

The filmmaker tells the story of his best friend Emad, a Yemeni refugee living in Vancouver, Canada, and by doing so, he ends up arriving at a profound realization about the interconnectedness of all the major events of the 21st century. The film takes the viewer on a journey around the world, analyzing various cases of migration from an economic and historical perspective, while simultaneously delving into the life, thoughts, and experiences of Emad. This back-and-forth juxtaposition between narratives is what allows the audience to see the similarities and correlations that all migrations on earth share.

Other topics addressed include climate change, colonialism, neoliberalism, globalization, identity politics, fertility rates, wealth gaps, trade wars, terrorism, and the media.

Among those interviewed are

  • Catherine De Withol (Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research)
  • Radha S. Hedge (Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University)
  • Ives Charbit (Professor of Demography, University Paris Descartes)
  • Carlos Sandoval (Columbia Journalism School)
  • Nicolas Boeglin (Professor of International Law at the Law Faculty, University of Costa Rica)

Worldwide critical acclaimed continues to mount through festivals including but not limited to:

  • WINNER – Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (2021)
  • WINNER – Changing Face International Film Festival (2020)
  • SPECIAL JURY MENTION, Documentary Film – Socially Relevant Film Festival (2021)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – IOM UN Migration Global Migration Film Festival (2020)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Amsterdam World International Film Festival (2020)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Independent Film Awards Bristol (2021)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston (2021)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Voices Rising Film Festival (2021)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Lift Off Global Network Berlin Film Festival (2021)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Bushwick Film Festival (2020)

Documentary / 2020 / 90 minutes / English / A film by Andrés Bronnimann

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Power of Moths

IDLES – Don’t Go Gentle

“Finding the right band at the right time can be life-changing, and this documentary is proof” – Rolling Stone

A poignant, moving documentary on the British powerhouse rock group IDLES

DON’T GO GENTLE is a film about finding strength in vulnerability. It journeys through the determination, friendship and adversity of IDLES’ as they fight for a place in a divided socio-political environment, unexpectedly inspiring and unifying an international community along the way.

In a time when the ground is shifting beneath our feet, where open communication and truthful reflection are more vital than ever, we journey with lead singer Joe Talbot and the band as they tear across stages, knock down stereotypes and empower fans to face down uncomfortable realities and talk about mental health.

“Don’t Go Gentle,’ the new film about IDLES, is touching proof that bands can still change your life” – NME Magazine

“Shows how a band can change lives, not only on-stage, but also off, as music brings people together and unites them in ways other things don’t.” – Getintothiss

About the band: The band consists of Welsh singer Joe Talbot (vocals) and English musicians Mark Bowen (guitar), Lee Kiernan (guitar), Adam Devonshire (bass) and Jon Beavis (drums). Their debut album, Brutalism, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, as was their second album Joy as an Act of Resistance in 2018. Their third album, Ultra Mono, was released on 25 September 2020.

The band’s music has been associated with punk rock and related genres including post-punk, hardcore punk, and post-hardcore. Singer Joe Talbot, however, rejects the punk label. In 2017, Talbot was quoted as saying: “We’re not a post punk band. I guess we have that motorik, engine-like drive in the rhythm section that some post punk bands have but we have plenty of songs that aren’t like that at all.” At a 2018 concert in Manchester, England, he said: “For the last time, we’re not a f*cking punk band”.

2021 / 75 minutes / English / A film by Mark Archer (Tate Britain’s Great British Walks)

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Hot House

When Liberty Burns

The Settlers

REQUIEM FOR MY MOTHER

“Requiem for My Mother” is the story of film composer Stephen Edwards’ journey of the loss of his mother and main musical influence Rosalie Edwards. As she is suffering and dying from ovarian cancer, Stephen undertakes the most challenging commission of his life. He channels all of his anger, passion, sadness, loss and hope for the future into a new major choral work that results in his receiving an invitation to present it, to perform it, in Vatican City at a noted music festival there.

Joining him on his quest is Candace Wicke, a dynamic choir director who chooses singers from several states, then pushes them to do their best, in the hopes of making Stephen’s personal mission appealing to the masses. To add to Edwards’ and Wicke’s project is the fact that the 160-voice choir and 50-piece orchestra will be allowed only one practice and one performance for a one-time broadcast on live television.

Requiem for My Mother showcases the collaborative journey that brought the composition to life, and celebrates the power and passion of music to transform grief into healing and hope for the future.

As the story of Stephen’s life and upbringing unfolds, the challenge of writing and presenting the Requiem with an amateur chorus at one of the world’s most famous music festivals will inspire and entertain audiences worldwide. Will this group of singers and musicians be up the challenge?

Originally Broadcast Nationwide on PBS

Winner, Best Music Documentary, Woods Hole Film Festival

Official Selection, American Documentary Film Festival

“This film is really special. Highly Recommended” – Irv Slifkin, Film Critic

About Stephen Edwards

Michigan native and US and Italian citizen Stephen Edwards’ music education began at an early age, with training by his mother, Rosalie Edwards, followed by studies at Interlochen Music Camp and Lawrence University where he was recipient of the “Outstanding Classical Soloist” award sponsored by DownBeat magazine, and selected as a participant in the All-American College Orchestra National Talent Search sponsored by Disney. Mr. Edwards continued his studies at the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, and immediately started working as a session musician for film and TV composers like Mike Post.

2017 / 57 Minutes / Color / English / A film by Stephen Edwards and David Haugland

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