Cinemad Presents a theatrical tour of the films of Nina Menkes, including her newest feature DISSOLUTION, winner of Best Drama in Israeli Cinema, 2010 Jerusalem Int'l Film Festival.
“A sensory revelation” –Mark Peranson, Vancouver International Film Festival
performance is brilliant…Menkes's unclassifiable cinema, whose fascination lies
in the interplay among characters, space, and filmmaker, is truly all her own. Extraordinary
Fujiwara, Boston Phoenix
"One of the year's top five films" - Barbara Wurm, Sight and Sound
“Dazzling!...A kind of
existential film noir, rich in evocative imagery--its inspired, confounding
final moments are as astonishing as they are precise.” – Kevin Thomas, Los
"In the 25 years since her first feature, Magdalena Viraga,
Nina Menkes has remained one of the few American directors working at
feature length whose films — in both form and thought — are genuinely
radical. Menkes' main preoccupation across her six films (including Phantom Love and her latest work, Dissolution,
which screen at the Downtown Independent this week) is violence in all
its forms, and her approach, oblique yet intuitive, has yielded results
that have more to say on the subject than any American director since
Peckinpah or Cassavetes." - Phil Coldiron, LA Weekly
Marina Shoif in PHANTOM LOVE
With help, I will release my new feature DISSOLUTION (2010) to theaters across the country this summer, playing alongside the full retro of my older films. Starting June 1-7 at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, the new film will screen every day and as a double feature with my recent feature PHANTOM LOVE (2007), which premiered at Sundance that year.
Tinka Menkes in MAGDALENA VIRAGA
After June, using the Kickstarter funds I hope to raise, both of those films will play along with my past films, THE BLOODY CHILD (1996) and QUEEN OF DIAMONDS (1991), both of which premiered at Sundance, my UCLA feature film MAGDALENA VIRAGA (1986), the 40-minute THE GREAT SADNESS OF ZOHARA (1983) and my rarely seen short film A SOFT WARRIOR (1981). The films will screen around the country at art house theaters, museums and microcinemas.
As one of the few (only?) female filmmakers to write, direct, shoot and edit my own films on 35mm I've stayed in creative control of my movies 1000%...Now, I'm working closely with Mike Plante and Cinemad Presents, to get the films booked across the country. With the funds we're raising, we'll be able to make blu-rays and HDCams for projection, movie posters, maintain a website, pay for shipping and promote and advertise the films. Our goal is to screen in 30 cities across the US. Every little bit helps with the materials and getting exposure for the films! Thanks so much for the support.
Some of the rewards:
PHANTOM LOVE buttons made for Sundance 2007
THE BLOODY CHILD buttons made for Sundance 1996
QUEEN OF DIAMONDS button made for Sundance 1991 - rare! 20 years old...
official theatrical poster of THE BLOODY CHILD (22" by 34")
official theatrical poster of PHANTOM LOVE (28" by 40")
smaller limited edition poster of DISSOLUTION (19" by 27")
official theatrical poster of DISSOLUTION (27" x 41")