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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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Last Days

Set in modern day Nigeria and based on true events, Last Days is an excellent example of a modern Nollywood filmmaking: Original and distinctly African.

Mama Peace is a devoted single mother who struggles to make ends meet and questions her faith when faced with cancer.

A dedicated mother to her two children, Peace and Nathan, Mama Peace is a woman of faith, and beloved shop owner. When she is diagnosed with breast cancer, not long after being widowed, she struggles to make ends meet and raise the funds for cancer treatments. Anchored by a devoutness to God, she questions her Christian faith when her cancer returns and her family’s survival is threatened.

Directed by Biodun Stephen (Tiwa’s Baggage) and written by Moses Olufemi (Last Request), Last Days follows the working-class family of Mama Peace (Vivian Metchie). She’s a strong, no-nonsense person who’s struggling as a small business owner, a domestic worker, a parent of teenagers, and the wife of an alcoholic. Mama Peace starts each morning with her faith and a few resources, then she just figures it out as she goes along.

Despite the storyline, LAST DAYS is an uplifting Nollywood film that addresses class divides and disparities in modern medicine, as viewed through a trial of faith.

It’s noteworthy that Director Biodun Stephen is a successful female director in a traditionally patriarchal country and that Mama Peace has enjoyed very strong festival acceptance including the following:

  • WINNER – Best Screenplay – Motion Pictures International Film Festival
  • WINNER – Best Feature – Lake International Pan African Film Festival (Kenya)
  • WINNER – African Continental Award – Great Lakes Christian Films Festival
  • WINNER – Best Drama – Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – International Christian Film & Music Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 22nd African Film Awards (UK)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Christian Family Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Rhode Island Black Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – New York African Diaspora International Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – Black Star International Film Festival (Ghana)

Drama / 2019 / 146 minutes / Swahili with English subtitles / A film by Biodun Stephen

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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

Portland Exposé (1957)

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