CUNNINGHAM – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The film focuses on the first 30 years of Cunningham’s career – he continued to create until his death in 2009 at the age of 90 – touching on his collaborations with pioneering composer John Cage as well as visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, recalling the founding of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and its early shoestring tours in a VW microbus and recounting the troupe’s 1964 world tour, during which the dancers dodged tomatoes and eggs in Paris but were triumphantly received London.

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CUNNINGHAM – Review by Martha K Baker

Merce Cunningham changed the face — and the feet and the feats — of dance. People who know next to nothing about dance have probably heard of him, but Alla Kovgan’s documentary will fill in the blanks of this choreographic force. The Russian director interfaces vintage film with recreated dances in inventive spaces.

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NEW YORK FILM FEST ’19: Great (but too few) Female Filmmakers – Jennifer Merin reports

Programming for this year’s 57th New York Film Festival, held from September 15 to October 23, suggests that this highly regarded cinema showcase has little regard for the 5050×2020 gender parity initiative. Of the 66 feature films presented in this year’s 26-day schedule, just 11 were directed by women. That’s a mere 16.666666666667%, and a very long short fall from the 50/50 by 2020 goal. That said, the female-directed films that were showcased in this year’s NYFF program are absolutely brilliant. Here’s a run down.

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