Fiction-Non: Lynne Sachs’ Your Day is My Night

Wednesday, September 25th-Thursday, September 26th, 7:00pm

Fiction-Non: Lynne Sachs’ Your Day is My Night

(A documentary series exploring 'hybrid films' that cross the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction traditions.)

Curated by Beyza Boyacioglu

Your Day is My Night

Lynne Sachs, 2013, 65 min.

This provocative hybrid documentary begins with the stories of a Chinatown "shift-bed" apartment, as told through dreams, movement and song. The bed transforms into a stage, revealing the collective history of the Chinese in the United States through conversations, autobiographical monologues, and theatrical improvisations. Shot on 16mm, Super 8 and HD video in the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, and mahjong parlors of Chinatown, Your Day is My Night addresses issues of home and urban life. With each “performance” of their present, the characters illuminate the joys and tragedies of their past, as well as the challenges of contemporary life in New York.

Both evening’s screenings will begin with a short live performance created for Beyza Boyacioglu’s “Fiction-Non” series. Four cast members from the film will perform an experimental movement piece exploring the basic human need for a place to sleep.

Following the performance there will also be a Q&A with director Lynne Sachs, co-producer Sean Hanley and performers Linda Chan, Ellen Ho, Yun Xiu Huang, and Sheut Hing Lee.

“Your Day is My Night is a strikingly handsome, meditative work: a mixture of reportage, dreams, memories and playacting, which immerses you in an entire world that you might unknowingly pass on the corner of Hester Street.” - Stuart Klawans, The Nation

Select Screenings:

World Premiere:  Museum of Modern Art, Documentary Fortnight 2013

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor MI

Images Festival, Toronto ON, Canada

Athens Film Festival, Athens OH (2nd Prize, Documentary Feature)

Workers Unite! Film Festival (1st Prize Narrative Feature)

Maysles Cinema, New York, NY

Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley CA

BorDocs Tijuana Foro Documental, Mexico

The DocYard, Cambridge MA

Vancouver International Film Festival





Thursday, January 10th-Saturday, January 12th, 7:30pm


(A documentary series exploring ‘hybrid films’ that cross the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction traditions.)

Curated by Beyza Boyacioglu

Thursday, January 10th, 7:30pm

The Imposter

**Oscar Shortlisted**

Dir. Bart Layton, 2012, 99 min.

A gripping thriller straight out of real life, The Imposter is an original film experience that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery.

The twisting, turning tale begins with an unsettling disappearance – that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors. His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances – but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas.

Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly? Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child . . . who on earth is he? And what really happened to Nicholas?

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Friday, January 11th, 7:30pm

The Arbor

Dir. Clio Barnard, 2010, 94 min.

The Arbor tells the powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (“The Arbor,” “Rita, Sue and Bob Too”) and her daughter Lorraine. Andrea Dunbar died tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, leaving ten year old Lorraine with bitter childhood memories. The Arbor catches up with Lorraine in the present day, also aged 29, ostracised from her mother’s family and in prison undergoing rehab. Re-introduced to her mother’s plays and letters, the film follows Lorraine’s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced. Through interviews with other members of the Dunbar family, we see a contrasting view of Andrea, in particular from Lorraine’s younger sister Lisa, who idolises Andrea to this day.

Director Clio Barnard recorded audio interviews with Lorraine Dunbar, other members of the Dunbar family and residents from the Buttershaw Estate over a period of two years. These interviews were edited to form an audio ‘screenplay,’ which forms the basis of the film as actors lip-synch to the voices of the interviewees. This footage was intercut with extensive archive clips as well as extracts from Andrea’s first stage play, “The Arbor,” filmed as a live outdoor performance on the Buttershaw Estate, to an audience of its residents.

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Saturday, January 12th, 4:00pm

Dreams of a Life

Dir. Carol Morley, 2011, 95 min.

Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life– not even a photograph. Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life, Dreams of a Life is an imaginative, powerful, multilayered quest, and is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait of London in the eighties—the City, music, and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.

Followed by a Skype Q&A with the director Carol Morley and producer Cairo Cannon.

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