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Film Spotlight: Shoulder the Lion

Shoulder The Lion will make its East Coast premiere at Salem Film Fest, Saturday March 7th, at 5:30pm. 

The film is comprised of a photographer who is blind, a brain injured painter who's story inspired the Academy Award® winning film "Million Dollar Baby," and a musician reinventing his future due to his hearing loss. 

Three artists, three tragedies. The usual story told in a very unusual way. Words inspire Alice Wingwall’s photographs, even though she happens to be blind; after Katie Dallam loses half her brain function in a boxing match, painting and sculpting become her only lifeline; advancing noise in his ears destroys Graham Sharpe’s musical aspirations, but he also runs the most successful independent music festival in Ireland.

The film takes viewers on a journey into the lives of these artists through haunting images that avoid prosaic documentation. Talking is largely eschewed in favor of long meaningful shots trying to put form to indescribable, making for a rare film that is more an artwork in itself. The film asks serious questions about art, self-image, and the meaning of images and sound, but leaves it to the audience to work through the answers.

"STL" has just been selected for Hot Docs 2015, in Toronto. It had it's world premiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival and played two sold-out screenings. 

"Unusual sensorial experience...the Rebiszes don’t settle for simple interviews, and have carefully edited in a lot of suggestive images and worked on an immersive soundscape that help suggest in audiovisual terms what the ideas, pain, struggles and thought processes of the artists must have been like."   - Boyd van Hoeij (The Hollywood Reporter)

"Superbly crafted art film. [...] Don't miss this one if art is in any way part of your life. Even more so if it is not."  - Robin E. Simmons (CV Weekly)

See Shoulder the Lion this Saturday at Salem Film Fest.  The filmmakers will be present for Q&A. 

Posted by Kate on 03/02 at 03:10 PM Permalink

Lunar New Year at PEM

Lunar New Year Celebration at PEM

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents one of its most popular annual festivals. The Chinese Lunar New Year celebration returns on Saturday, February 28. A full day of festivities include traditional lion dances, music and drumming and art making.

Explore Yin Yu Tang, a Chinese house that sheltered one family in the Huizhou region of China for more than 200 years and the exhibition Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art. With more than 30 highlights from the museum's wide-ranging Chinese collection spanning 3,000 years, this exhibition celebrates China's artistic achievements crystallized in seasonal festivals, religious ceremonies and celebrations. Discover plants and animals, myths and symbols and decipher the Chinese character for "Double Happiness."

The Chinese Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the start of the new year. Each year coincides with one of 12 zodiac animals and this year’s animal is the goat. People born in a goat year are believed to be calm, smart, creative and dependable.
Saturday, February 28 | 10 am-4 pm | All programs FREE with museum admission
For reservations, please call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011

Click here for the complete schedule.

Celebrate the year of the Goat at hte PEM

Posted by Kate on 02/26 at 01:02 PM Permalink