The Roxie presents a new monthly series spotlighting up-and-coming local Bay Area documentary filmmakers. Bay Area Docs is a new monthly documentary showcase that will take audiences on a tour of the most innovative and consciousness-raising, non-fiction filmmaking being made in the mecca of documentary filmmaking. The series kicks off with July, August and September documentary selections, Telos: the Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui by Kyung Lee, Brown Bread: The Story of an Adoptive Family by Sarah Gross, and Big Joy – the Adventures of James Broughton by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha and Dawn Logsdon.
“Documentary filmmakers now fill the role of investigative journalists – showing us extraordinary feats, taking us places we’ve never been and introducing us to characters that could change our world. We’re proud to support local filmmakers and bring their untold stories to our screens and introduce them to audiences each month.” says Isabel Fondevila, director of the Roxie and programmer of the series.
The series will include in-person filmmaker appearances to engage audiences in discussion.
BAY AREA DOCS Screening Schedule and Lineup:
Thursday, July 31, 7pm
TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui
This film chronicles the unorthodox life of Emeryville-based architect Eugene Tssui from Bay Area filmmaker Kyung Lee in this directorial debut. Tssui is an eccentric visionary and a maverick architect, who questions traditional building standards and puts nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs. If you have seen the unconventional home he built for his parents in Berkeley, California, you will understand the challenge he faces to receive mainstream approval. Lee composes a portrait of Tssui as a “Renaissance man”: an athlete, designer, and singular visual artist, as well as architect. Showing his influences from his childhood to his formal education (including three expulsions from architecture school) and his relationship with his mentor the “organic” architect Bruce Goff. Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions, Tssui finds unexpected allies in the small mountain town in Mount Shasta where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia. 55 min
Kyung Lee is an emerging filmmaker, experienced film editor, and cameraperson currently based in the United States. She was an editor and post-production manager for Link TV, a national television network. Her wide-ranging talents include work on documentary films including “Big Joy: The Adventure of James Broughton” (SXSW, Tribeca), “The Illness and the Odyssey” (Mill Valley, Guam Int’l), “After Winter, Spring” (Mill Valley, Hamptons Int’l), “Atomic Mom” (Sarasota) as well as multi-media projects and commercial productions. “TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui” is Kyung Lee’s directorial debut.
Sunday, August 10, 4:30pm
BROWN BREAD: The Story of an Adoptive Family
In the hills of Northern California, an unusual family gathers for a reunion. As they join hands around the table, their colorful mix of races looks like the American dream of integration. Black, white, middle class, ghetto: adoption gave the same name to six children from very different backgrounds. Scenes from the family reunion are interwoven with images from their home lives: a professor at Stanford, a manual laborer, an entrepreneur in debt. How do they bridge the differences of race and class which divide them? A personal documentary about what it means to grow up in an adoptive family. Directed by Sarah Gross. 87 mins.
Sarah Gross studied filmmaking at Harvard University, where she began exploring the portrait documentary. In the industry, she is an experienced 1st A.D., working on major European productions such as award-winning Good Bye Lenin. Her short films have won awards, and she has received European MEDIA funding to develop several screenwriting projects. She has three children and is based in Berlin, Germany. BROWN BREAD is her first feature-length film.
Thursday, September 4, 7pm
BIG JOY – THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960’s and 70’s to profoundly embrace life and ‘follow your own weird’. A charismatic and visionary poet and filmmaker who emerged in the artistic renaissance of post – WWII San Francisco, James Broughton led a completely unconventional existence in his lifelong quest for creative artistry, sexual and spiritual love and an evolved state of happiness. BIG JOY is a celebratory mosaic of Broughton’s deeply intertwined creative and personal lives, vividly depicted through his involvement with a wide array of artists, activists and spiritual guides. Directed by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha and Dawn Logsdon. 82 mins.
Stephen Silha, producer and co-director, is a freelance writer, facilitator, and futurist who has made a practice of communicating about what makes communities and relationships work. He has reported for The Christian Science Monitor, the Minneapolis Star, and Yes! Magazine. He knew James Broughton, and was present at his death in 1999. Inspired by Broughton’s philosophy, life and work, he began a biography project which morphed into this film and multi-media project.
Admission: General $10, Senior $7.5 Shows start at 7:00 pm, except for Brown Bread, on August 10th, which starts at 4:30pm. Tickets will be available at the door and online at roxie.com