Kineticist Movie Picks

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Movie picks for a rainy weekend here in Brooklyn. All the films have a different take on physical expression. In no particular order:

  1. Deaf Jam Documentary

http://www.deafjam.org/seeFilm.html#target

Judy Lieff’s beautiful film illuminates American Sign Language (ASL) as a visual & embodied form of communication. Deaf Jam opens a window onto Deaf Culture in NYC. with Aneta Besecker

  1. Twitch and Shout

http://www.pbs.org/pov/twitchandshout/film_description.php

Tourette Syndrome seen from the inside-out. I love and always remember the scene in which “Toronto artist Shane Fistel has such a pronounced case of TS that a simple walk down the street is transformed into a restless, idiosyncratic ballet.”

  1. Rize

http://amzn.to/1LY4XCJ

Directed by David LaChapelle. Krumping scene in South Central Los Angeles.

  1. Knuckleball

http://www.netflix.com/search/knuckl

Seriously, the most affecting, emotionally powerful film you’ll ever experience…about the knuckleball pitch. Highly recommended for young sports fans! The takeaway: how to persevere through failure, or “experience loss, without being defeated.” Great doc-wooer for kids. with Christine Schomer.

  1. Big Hero 6

http://amzn.to/1QPxGJ4

Animated Disney movie from last year. Brilliant main conceit revolves around a health care robot created to “heal” a young boy’s grief. Allows children to grok the direct connection between body and emotion ( “your blood pressure is rising, Hero!”).

  1. Capturing Grace

http://www.capturinggracefilm.com/store/

Can’t wait to see this. A film about the powerful use of dance therapy with Parkinson’s patients. Based on a class at Mark Morris (that used to meet before mine!)

  1. Pina

http://www.netflix.com/search/pina?jbv=70209134&jbp=0&jbr=0

It’s the breath-taking dance solos performed outside–on a busy street intersection, in a suspended Wuppertal train car, against an old industrial scape–that make this a Kineticist fave.

  1. My Bodyguard

http://amzn.to/1P9ydYf

Classic tale of friendship in Chicago circa 1980. Echoes Of Mice and Men theme, with big bodyguard character. We’re all vulnerable, regardless of size.

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