Friday, June 14, 2013

Film Buggs, Snag Films summer line up: Magic Camp, The Entrepreneur,Low & Clear, Welcome the Machine, THE TAIWAN OYSTER



MAGIC CAMP

AVAILABLE ON VOD - JULY 9th





An award-winning documentary about Tannen's Magic Camp and the aspiring young magicians enrolled there. Tannen's Magic Camp is the best-known magic outfit in the world. The camp has presto-ed such famous conjurers as David Blaine, Criss Angel and David Copperfield. Magic-obsessed kids descend on Tannem's every year and treat it like -- as the film's tagline boasts -- "a real-life Hogwarts." It's the one place where magic-obsessed kids can congregate to escape the pressure of growing up and be themselves. As one interviewee observes in the film:  "The camp really lets them let their freak flags fly." Besides improving the kids' sleights of hand, the camp builds self-esteem. Many campers are overweight or afflicted with disorders like Tourettes or Dyslexia. But the camp allows the enthusiastic campers' magnetic and wildly comical stage presences to shine. Magic Camp is a family-friendly film that's heartwarming and fun to watch.   
  
DIRECTED BY: Emmy-Nominated JUDD EHRLICH (Run For Your Life, Mayor of the West Side, Science Fiction Land




                                                                      
THE ENTREPRENEUR

AVAILABLE ON VOD - JULY 16th

  


Best known for producing the first sports car with gull-wing doors, Malcolm Bricklin brought Subaru and Yugo to North America. Over the course of his life, he has lost and regained millions, and failed as often as he's thrived. Malcolm gauges success by the breadth of each experience, not just by the revenue that his deals generates. In this documentary, his son, filmmaker Jonathan Bricklin, follows Malcolm's last grasp at power before his last gasp.

The elder Brickman hopes to become the first distributor of Chinese cars in North America. All he needs is a factory and some investors. Given Malcolm's questionable conduct and insistence that others cow to his ideas, things don't seem too promising. Can the showman turn his bluster into reality? 

The Entrepreneur is a testament to Malcolm Brickman -- a rollercoaster ride through the blockbuster deal of a
lifetime.

DIRECTED BY: JONATHAN BRICKLIN
FEATURING: MALCOLM BRICKLIN, Legendary Entrepreneur




LOW & CLEAR

AVAILABLE ON VOD - AUGUST 6th

During a winter fly fishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex "Xenie" Hall, discover that they're growing apart. J.T., the thoughtful and even-keeled son of the songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt, believes there's more to fishing than catching fish. Short-tempered Xenie, a "firewood salesman", sees things differently. He fishes like he's racing against the clock. The two pals' angling styles and lifestyles merge and clash on the snowy riverbanks and in the damp hotel rooms of British Columbia. Low & Clear is a true story of friendship, fishing and the disappearing wilderness of the West. The documentary undulates like a river -- with moments of humor and pathos, success and failure -- as J.T. and Xenie ride out a fishing trip that could be their last. 
DIRECTED BY: TYLER HUGHEN AND KAHLIL HUDSON




WELCOME TO THE MACHINE

AVAILABLE ON VOD - AUGUST 6th

After three years of trying in vain to have a child, filmmaker Avi Zev Weider and his wife Alexandra used IVF. Alexandra immediately became pregnant - with triplets. Grappling with this life-changing experience, Avi mulls the impact that technology has on his life. His babies have been conceived through a hi-tech process, weened in a hi-tech neo-natal intensive care unit and kept alive inside a succession of hi-tech machines. To help understand the implications of this brave new world, the filmmaker interviews futurists, scientists, scholars, anti-technology advocates and even Ted Kaczynski, aka the "Unabomber". He questions them about the modern romance with innovation, discussing everything from the origins of mechanization to the value of living things in today's world. Continually circling back to his own story, Avi's abstract dialogue emerges as a very human and emotional journey.

DIRECTED BY: AVI ZEV WEIDER










THE TAIWAN OYSTER

AVAILABLE ON VOD - AUGUST 13TH


An adventurous indie dramedy set in Taiwan. Darin and Simon are laid-back Americans who teach Kindergarten and run a Taiwanese magazine called The Oyster. When a fellow ex-pat dies, they realize no one has contacted his stateside family and there is no one to claim his body. After stealing his corpse, they embark on a quixotic road trip in search of a suitable burial place for someone they barely knew. Masquerading as a bender road-movie, the darkly comic film explores deep existentialist questions as the protagonists journey deeper and deeper into the Taiwanese countryside.

DIRECTED BY: MARK JARRETT
STARRING: BILLY HARVEY, JEFF PALMIOTTI & LEONORA LIM


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