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Thread: THE PANDEMIC STREAMING WORLD: Oscilloscope, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films

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    JEANNE FINLEY: SEAHORSE (2019)



    Director Jeanie Finlay charts a transgender man's path to parenthood after he decides to carry his child himself. The pregnancy prompts an unexpected and profound reckoning with conventions of masculinity, self-definition and biology.

    AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL AND ON-DEMAND FROM JUNE 16, 2020. WATCH THE FILM HERE

    This sounded like something that would, frankly, make me very uneasy. But Freddy McConnell, the person in question, who narrates, is an engaging young British man who gained my confidence quite quickly.

    Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family but this poses unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. He is unprepared for the physical and emotional realities of pregnancy. To him what feels pragmatic, to others feels confrontational; this was not part of his plan. Against a backdrop of hostility towards trans people, he is forced to confront his naivety. Made with unprecedented access & collaboration, Seahorse is an audacious and lyrical story about family, gender and love. FILMLEAF REVIEW HERE.
    Rent or buy using Vimeo - in all countries except USA, Canada and Denmark.
    USA - Virtual Cinema exclusively at Museum of Moving Image, NYC. RENT HERE
    USA - Prebuy on Itunes / Apple TV (available June 16)
    Canada - Available on CBC Gem June 21.
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    CRISTINA COSTANTINI, KAREEEM TABSCH: MUCHO, MUCHO AMORE


    Once the world's most famous astrologer, Walter Mercado seeks to resurrect a forgotten legacy. Raised in the sugar cane fields of Puerto Rico, Walter grew up to become a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million Latinx viewers a day for 30 years before he mysteriously disappeared.
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and co-creator of Hamilton, regards him as almost a god. Walter Mercado, whose story and celebration this is, is a legend in the Spanish-speaking world and far beyond. For fifty years he was the asexual, feminine, big-haired, magnificently caped shaman on Spaish language TV (though in the film he speaks good English) whose horoscopes could fill an hour-long show, or be the first thing people wanted to hear and see every morning. The most famous astrologer in the world. The documentary comes to Netflix July 8, 2020. In it, you find out Walter seemed to bring a bird back to life with his breath as a young boy in Porto Rico and became a local healer visited by many. Then he studied dance and acting and did ballet and drama (we see how handsome he looked), settling into telenovela - until he did a horoscope and the producer said: More of that, Walter! and it became all he did. His effeminate grandiosity - big hair, big rings, fabulous, weighty and costly costumes - is reminiscent of Liberace. But he represents something warmer, more directly, intimately appealing to the audience. With its extensive interviews, many voices, magnificent inter-titles, and coverage of a grand celebratory apotheosis and love-fest at the opening of a Walter Mercado museum in Miami three months before his passing at the age of 87, this is a fitting portrait. The cape outfits and their richness and variety are worthy of the fashion collection of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Walter Mercado leaves a warm impression of someone who brought magic to people.
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    ROD LURIE WITH PHOTO OF LOST SON AND CAST MEMBERS OF THE OUTPOST

    Eleven coming reviews on Filmleaf.
    Mostly online releases now except for THE OUTPOST - part of a Fourth of July weekend reopening plan.
    June 26
    HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD
    A sensitive Korean coming-of-age film. Feature debut.
    July 3
    THE OUTPOST Intense Afghan war thriller by Rod Lurie. This will also be a theatrical release.
    JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE Documentary about the veteran congressman and pioneer civil rights fighter
    July 7
    THE MEDICINE (doc about ayahuasca)
    July 8
    MUCHO MUCHO AMOR
    A bio doc - already thumbnail reviewed in this thread above.
    July 10
    RELIC
    Classy horror flick with Emily Mortimer.
    WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES ( Makoto Nagahisa)
    Busy, clever Japanese youth film
    July 17
    THE CLIMB
    Smart, inventive, funny feature debut by Michael Angelo Covino.
    THE PAINTED BIRD
    Black and white adaptation pf the famous Jerzy Kozinski novel of the sixties by Václav Marhoul.
    July 21
    THE GRAND UNIFIED THEORY OF HOWARD BLOOM (Charlie HOxie 2019)
    Quirky thinking from Park Slope, Brooklyn. (Documentary.)
    July 29
    NOSE TO TAIL
    Short drama by Jesse Zigelstein about a stressed high end Toronto chef played by Aaron Abrams.
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    LENNIE BURMEISTER, TRINE DYRHOLM AND DEVID STRIESOW IN BUNGALOW

    July 4
    Grasshopper Films releases Ulrich Köhler's auspicious and original 2002 debut feature Bungalow today in their virtual theater. This is an exciting opportunity to see the beginning of one of the leaders of the Berlin School.

    Filmleaf reviw
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