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Walker Cinema: Lucy Walker—Life Like Reality

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Celebrate the career of award-winning film and virtual reality director Lucy Walker this Fall with a retrospective of her work and a dialogue. The retrospective will showcase her directorial achievements, including Waste Land (2010), The Crash Reel (2013), Countdown to Zero (2010), and an evening of her short documentary films.

Dialogue: Lucy Walker
Wednesday November 8, 7:30 pm
Join award-winning film and VR director Lucy Walker and film critic Scott Foundas for a conversation about her fascinating career and the art of documentary filmmaking. A master of her craft, Walker captures sublime turning points in people’s lives when they must push past impossibility and “dare to be honest,” conjuring that most human need to connect. Her works in the retrospective include Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), The Crash Reel (2013), and an evening of her short documentary films. Foundas, former chief critic for Variety, is now a film acquisitions and development executive at Amazon Studios.

See her films:

The Crash Reel
Friday October 27, 7:30 pm
The world is turned upside down for professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce after a near fatal snowboarding accident during training for the Olympics. The film forefronts the dangers often ignored for the spectacle of extreme sport as it follows his slow recovery from traumatic brain injury and the realization that his life must now take another path. 2013, DCP, 108 minutes.

Waste Land
Saturday October 28, 2 pm
Waste Land follows artist Vik Muniz into Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho, the largest landfill in the world, where catadores (literally, “tasters”) survive by picking the garbage for recyclables. Enter Muniz, who offers to re-create their portraits using refuse, sell the artwork at London’s most prestigious auction house, and deliver the profits back to the catadores to help their community. 2010, 35mm, in English and Portuguese with English subtitles, 99 minutes.

Countdown to Zero
Wednesday November 1, 7:30 pm
This nail-biting and intimate glimpse at nuclear detonation scenarios underlines the precariousness of our political present. Featuring interviews with Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert McNamara, Pervez Musharraf, and Valerie Plame, Countdown to Zero is a cry against oblivion. 2010, 35mm, 90 minutes.

World Views: An Evening of Short Films
Thursday November 2, 7:30 pm
A selection of Lucy Walker’s short documentary films about survival and resilience includes The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, David Hockney in the Now, the live-action virtual reality film A History of Cuban Dance, and more. 2011–2016, DCP, 88 minutes

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