Docularious: Kumaré

Saturday, May 11th, 7:30pm

Docularious: Kumaré

(A bi-monthly series all about funny documentaries and comedy concert films. Curated by Adam Schartoff, Filmwax.)

VikramGandhi, 2011, 84 min.

A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, Kumaré follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life -- and wondering if and when to reveal his true self. Will his followers accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? Winner of South by Southwest's Audience Award, Kumaré is an insightful look at faith and belief.

There will be a post-screening Q&A with director Vikram Gandhi.

Vikram Gandhi is an award-winning director of narrative and documentary films. He grew up consuming equal parts ancient Indian mythology and American movies. After graduating from Columbia University, he began working as a filmmaker for hire. He’s since worked as a video journalist covering terrorism, natural disasters, and social unrest throughout Asia and as a cinematographer and producer on documentaries, television, and narrative films. He now directs commercial campaigns, music videos, branded content, and films through his New York-based production company, Disposable. Over this time, Vikram documented the emergence of the yoga industry in the US by interviewing spiritual leaders around the country until he decided to become one himself. In 2010, Vikram combined his passion mythology and documentary to create Kumaré. Vikram lives in Brooklyn and Kumaré is a manifestation of his ideal self.




Docularious Presents: (A bi-monthly series on comedy presented by Filmwax and Adam Schartoff)

Saturday, February 9th, 7:30 pm

Docularious Presents:

(A bi-monthly series on comedy presented by Filmwax and Adam Schartoff)

A Black History Month Special

Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy

Dir. Robert Townsend, 2009, 95 min.

Robert Townsend's Sundance Film Festival hit, Why We Laugh, with off-screen narration, four dozen talking heads, and clips of performances tell a chronological story about Black comedy: who has made us laugh since 1901, what is the nature of their humor, and what social and political contexts inform it. We look at minstrels, Stepin Fetchit, "Amos 'n Andy," "Beulah," Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, "The Cosby Show," Chris Rock, Whoopi, "Hollywood Shuffle," entrepreneurship and Black comedy clubs, Robert Harris, urban street culture and "In Living Color," the rise of the Fox network, Def Comedy Jam, and the Original Kings of Comedy. The film asserts Black comedy helps America change.

Stand Up and Q&A with comedian Mark Theobald who has appeared on "Chapelle Show," "Showtime at the Apollo," BET and "Last Comic Standing."

Watch a bit  from Mark Theobald:

Why We Laugh Trailer :

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