Free 3rd Fridays at Full Frame
I AM BREATHING
Directors: Emma Davie, Morag McKinnon
74 minutes. UK, Denmark.
IAM BREATHING is a documentary about the thin space between life and death. Within a year, Neil Platt goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralyzed from the neck down. Diagnosed with ALS, and knowing he only has a few months left to live, Neil puts together a letter and memory box for his baby son Oscar. How can he make sense of the last 34 years? How can he anticipate what Oscar might want to know about his father in a future Neil can only imagine? He tries to tell the story of his life from his memories and impressions of love, friends, and motorbike rides. Neil faces illness with incredible humor and honesty, determined to share this last stage of his life through a blog, which touched many people. With his posts forming the film’s narration, I AM BREATHING listens to Neil as he asks “what makes us human” in the last months of his life. (Official site)
July 19th 7 PM
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
US / 2012 / 80 minutes
Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?
Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. (official site & trailer)
Once again all screenings are free and you should arrive 30-60 minutes prior to start time as all seating is first come first serve. The list of the other titles as they are released can be found on the Full frame website.