SAT APR 13, 2024 2:00 PM


$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Egyptian Theatre | Q&A with filmmakers Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor  

‘This Is Not a Fiction’ and ‘Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ 


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LEVIATHAN, 2012, Dir. Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 87 Min, Grasshopper Films, USA

Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts – at one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville’s inspiration for Moby Dick; it is today the country’s largest fishing port with over 500 ships sailing from its harbor every month.

LEVIATHAN follows one such vessel, a hulking groundfish trawler, into the surrounding murky black waters on a weeks-long fishing expedition. But instead of romanticizing the labor or partaking in the longstanding tradition of turning fisherfolk into images, filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel present a vivid, almost-kaleidoscopic representation of the work, the sea, the machinery and the players, both human and marine.


SWEETGRASS, 2009, Dir. Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 101 Min, Grasshopper Films, USA

An unsentimental elegy to the American West, Sweetgrass follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana’s breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.