The Atlantic Film Festival is still going strong. Here are some mid-week film picks you’ll want to catch over the next several days. Andrew Murphy, programming manger for AFF, assisted in putting together this list.
Mellodrama (Today, Park Lane, 9:25 p.m.) – A loving documentary about the birth, death and rebirth of the Mellotron, the “neglected step-sister to the Moog Synthesizer” that was invented in the 1940s and brought to prominence in the 60s after being featured in songs such as The Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations. The movie plays at the same time as other hot docs about the Versailles Peace Conference (Paris 1919) and an out of shape man trying to swim the length of the Nile (Big River Man).
Leslie: My name is Evil (Today, Park Lane, 9:30 p.m.) – A Canadian film about the trial of one of Charles Manson’s girls and a juror who falls for her. Perfect for fans of dark dramas.
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (Tomorrow, Park Lane, 7:10 p.m.) – There is plenty of buzz around this documentary about Johnny Cash’s iconic concert, which some consider to be the greatest live album in the history of American popular music. The film combines rare archival footage of Cash with inmate interviews.
Fig Trees (Tomorrow, Park Lane, 9:35 p.m.) – Where else but the film fest are you going to get to see experimental Canadian documentaries? Fig Trees won the award for best documentary at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and is described as “a visually stunning experimental documentary opera about pills, Gertrude Stein and AIDS activism.”
It Came From Kuchar (Thursday, Park Lane, 7:15 p.m.) – John Waters fans should appreciate this look at the Kuchars, a pair of underground New York filmmaker brothers who broke ground with their low-fi campy style. Waters and Guy Madden are among their fans.
You Might as Well Live (Thursday, Park Lane, 9:35 p.m.) – Described by Murphy as a “dirtier, Canadian version of Napoleon Dynamite.” What more do you need to know?