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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

New film SOL LEWITT opens theatrically

Our new film Sol Lewitt will open theatrically on May 7 at Film Forum in NYC. 

Director Chris Teerink will be there in person for Q&A sessions at the 8:25pm shows on May 8 & 9!

Sol LeWitt was one of the most prominent post-war American artists and is considered a key founder of conceptual art. Using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world, director Chris Teerink explores the artist’s work and philosophy.

The New York Times calls it "both an accessible introduction and a piece of advanced criticism. “Sol LeWitt” will help you understand the art it depicts and allow you to appreciate those aspects of it that surpass understanding."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Five Icarus titles to screen at WPA Film Festival

Icarus is excited to announce that six of our films have been selected for this year’s Western Psychological Association Film Festival, taking place at the WPA's Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon from April 24-27. One of these, Changing Your Mind, was the winner of last year’s festival. 

The new films selected are Gambling Boys, Toward Daylight, Bittersweet Joke, Man for a Day and When the Bough Breaks.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to Shigeru Ban

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (subject of the documentary Shigeru Ban: An Architect for Emergencies), was recently named the winner of the discipline's top award for his work designing shelters after natural disasters. The jury said "his buildings provide shelter, community centers and spiritual places for those who have suffered tremendous loss and destruction. When tragedy strikes, he is often there from the beginning.”

Monday, November 18, 2013

Canadian Documentary Filmmaker Peter Wintonick Has Passed Away

"Making documentaries is like falling in love." Thank you to the great Peter Wintonick, a wonderful presence in the documentary community. Icarus Films is proud to distribute "Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News," which he co-directed with Katerina Cizek and is online here: His manifesto and credo is here, courtesy of PoV Magazine and Kartemquin Films--and it's more relevant than ever. We miss you!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013


We have just released a brand-new catalog: 20 films for Philosophy and the History of Ideas! Including six new releases, the catalog covers a range of figures, from well-known figures like Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault to under-recognized, but influential, thinkers like Estonian semiotician Yuri Lotman. 

Check out the catalog on our PDF catalog page, here!

We have added a brand new subject page to our website: Central Africa. Including a dozen titles, the subject section allows you to browse all our films concerning the Central African nations Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. Key titles include BERLIN 1885: THE DIVISION OF AFRICA, which looks at the 1885 Berlin Conference on Africa,  CHRONICLE OF A GENOCIDE FORETOLD, and MOBUTU, Thierry Michel's epic, 3-part biography of the former president of the country that was then known as Zaire. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Three Icarus Films titles in theaters in August and September!:

Icarus Films is very excited to have three great new titles opening in theaters this late summer/early fall!

Director Tinatin Gurchiani puts out a casting call for young adults from her home country, The Republic of Georgia, and finds an array of stories that create a kaleidoscopic portrait of contemporary life in the Eastern European nation. 
Opens August 23rd at Los Angeles's Laemlee Music Hall 3

Initiated by Chris Marker, this collaboration between Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Alain Resnais, Agnés Varda, and Marker himself is a legendary piece of anti-war agit-prop, and a legendary document of international art cinema.
Opens August 28th at New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center

Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's landmark portrait of Paris and Parisians, shot in May 1962, "the first Springtime of Peace" that followed the Algerian War.
Opens September 13th at New York's Film Forum


Thursday, June 27, 2013

hits theaters August 9th!

THE MACHINE WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR, Tinatin Gurchiani's acclaimed Georgian documentary, will open in theaters in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles this August, before moving on to Portland, Providence, and other engagements this Fall.

Director Gurchiani puts out a casting call for young people. She wants to make a film about growing up in her home country, Georgia, and to find commonalities across social and ethnic lines. She travels through cities and villages interviewing the candidates who responded, and filming their daily lives.

The boys and girls are radically different from one another. Together, their tales weave a kaleidoscopic tapestry that creates an extraordinary vision of a modern society that still echoes with its Soviet past
and offers an intimate look at a small country rarely glimpsed by American audiences.

"Magical!" - Film Comment
"Intimate and raw!" - indieWIRE
"An offbeat, rewarding essay."—Screen Daily
"Accomplished!...ample human interest and handsome lensing." —Variety

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions at The Museum of Modern Art
Features Six Titles from the dGenerate Films Collection!

The "Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions" series opened at The Museum of Modern Art on May 4th and continues through June 1st. Comprising 28 films made over the past 25 years, the series is one of the most significant surveys of China's New Documentary Movement to appear in North America. Icarus Films is proud that the series includes six titles from our dGenerate Films Collection, including Pema Tseden's acclaimed OLD DOG, which will make it's New York theatrical premiere run in conjunction with the series. 

Read Jason Fox's overview of the series in the Brooklyn Rail, and the primers on each film in the series that will be posted on the dGenerate Films website throughout the run.

See below for information on all the dGenerate Films titles in the series.

OLD DOG will move over to Brooklyn's indieScreen on May 21st, following the conclusion of the MoMA run.

A film by Pema Tseden
A family on the Himalayan plains discovers that their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.
Watch the trailer!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (Followed by a discussion with Pema Tseden and La Frances Hui, Assistant Director, Cultural Programs, and Film Curator, Asia Society)

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1 (Followed by a conversation with Chris Berry, La Frances Hui, and Pema Tseden)
Sunday, May 18, 2013, 5:30 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Monday, May 20, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

A film by OU Ning & CAO Fei
Armed with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly stylized portrait of San Yuan Li, a traditional village besieged by China's urban sprawl.

Watch the trailer!

DISORDER (Xianshi Shi Guoqu de Weilai)
A film by HUANG Weikai
Huang Weikai's one-of-a-kind news documentary captures, with remarkable freedom, the anarchy, violence, and seething anxiety animating China's major cities today.
Watch the trailer! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Monday, May 27, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

A film by LIU Jiyan
Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships.

Watch the trailer!

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 4:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1

TAPE (Jiao Dai)
A film by LI Ning
For five grueling years, Li Ning documents his struggle to achieve success as an avant-garde artist while contending with the pressures of modern life in China. TAPE captures a decade's worth of artistic aspirations and failures, while breaking new ground in individual expression in China.

Watch the trailer!

Friday, May 24, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

A film by HU Jie
Pioneering filmmaker Hu Jie uncovers the tragic story of a teacher beaten to death by her students during the Cultural Revolution.
Watch the trailer!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2

Thursday, March 28, 2013

THE LOVING STORY wins a Peabody Award!

Icarus Films is very excited to announce that THE LOVING STORY, a definitive account of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that ended state statues against interracial marriage, has won a Peabody Award! See the complete list of 2013 recipients here.

Congratulations to director Nancy Buirski, producer Elisabeth Haviland James, and everyone who worked on the film for winning one of the prestigious prizes in media.

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