This year’s Alternate Cinema section provides a different take on film history, one less preachy and more playful.
Get into the experimental film movement with Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground. Invest in Failure creates a portrait of actor James Mason's persona instead of the man himself. Lynch: A History manifests former Seahawk Marshawn Lynch through a nearly stream-of-consciousness collection of interview and YouTube clips. With Storm of My Heart, Mark cousins examines Hollywood's racist history by showing two musicals side-by-side in their entirety. And those looking for a tasting menu of short films should stop by ALT Shorts.
Austria | 2018 | 7 minutes | Nikki Schuster
Mutating flora and fauna and the splendor of decay.
USA | 2018 | 7 minutes | Kelly Sears
Ease the pain from past physical and mental distress.
USA | 2018 | 78 minutes | Chuck Smith
A portrait of avant-garde filmmaker Barbara Rubin, who influenced the likes of Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Allen Ginsburg.
Austria | 2018 | 63 minutes | Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Norbert Pfaffenbichler pieced together clips from 160 James Mason films to examine the eternally urbane star's career.
USA | 2019 | 85 minutes | David Shields
A mesmerizing video collage, rather than a traditional doc, on the heroically controversial ex-Seahawk Marshawn Lynch.
Iran | 2018 | 8 minutes | Ata Mojabi
More Hitchcock with multiple Psycho images.
USA | 2018 | 117 minutes | Mark Cousins
One detail set the careers of Susan Hayward and Lena Horne on very different paths. This doc examines their parallel lives.