October 24th, 2011
Impact Partners is exited to announce that MY REINCARNATION will open in NYC & LA on Friday, October 28th.
“Compelling…Emotional…Satisfying…! Be enthralled by interpretations of human existence.”
“…A conflict in astonishingly candid detail. Both an intimate portrait of a guru and a tender coming of age story that becomes a universal exploration of identity, morality and personal growth.”
MY REINCARNATION chronicles the epic story of the high Tibetan Buddhist Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and his western-born son, Yeshi. The film follows Norbu’s rise to greatness as a Buddhist teacher in the West, while his son, Yeshi, recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, breaks away from his father’s tradition to embrace the modern world. Can the father convince his son to keep the family’s threatened spiritual legacy alive? Filmed over twenty-years and with unprecedented access to a Buddhist leader, MY REINCARNATION not only tells the deeply personal story of a father and son coming to terms with each other, but also the story of the struggle for survival of the entire Tibetan culture.
To purchase tickets for screenings in NYC @ the Cinema Village, click here.
To purchase tickets for screenings in LA @ the Laemmle Monica Cinema, click here.
For more information about the film, please visit the website.
September 20th, 2011
Impact Partners is proud to announce that THE ISLAND PRESIDENT won the DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD at the Toronto Film Festival.
Here are some of the rave reviews the film is getting since its Toronto premier:
“Boasting astonishing access, director Jon Shenk’s The Island President documents a brave battle against overwhelming odds. If the endangered archipelago can just keep its head above water long enough to be heard, the charismatic leader hopes to save the lowest country on earth. Should he fail, this inspiring big-issue doc virtually ensures ‘Remember the Maldives’ will become a rallying cry in the fight against global warming.” Variety.
“The Island President brings you an urgent take on trouble in paradise, and a character, Mohamed Nasheed, who couldn’t be a better advocate for an underdog’s position. More entertaining than An Inconvenient Truth, the film should ride the zeitgeist to a theatrical release in North America and Europe, and a strong showing in television markets. Mohamed Nasheed won an election. He should help The Island President win awards.” Screen Daily.
“A spirited, pictorially dazzling story of the charismatic Nasheed’s charmingly quixotic attempt to use the fate of his island nation — ground zero when it comes to impending destruction by rising tides — to alert the world about the dangers of our carbon-producing modern lifestyles.” Filmmaker Magazine.
September 13th, 2011
Impact Partners is excited to announce the San Francisco premier of CONNECTED on Friday, September 16th.
In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged at every turn. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, CONNECTED explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
The film will premier at the Landmark Embarcadero theater in San Francisco. To purchase tickets click here.
Here is more information for upcoming CONNECTED screenings in LA & NYC:
Friday, September 30th @ The Hollywood Arclight Theater in LA
To purchase tickets to the LA premiere, click here.
Friday, October 14th @ The Angelika Theater in NYC
To purchase tickets to the NYC premier, click here.
There will be a Q&A with director Tiffany Shlain following each opening night screening.
To visit the film’s website, click here.
September 8th, 2011
Impact Partners is excited to announce the premier of THE ISLAND PRESIDENT at the Toronto Film Festival on September 10th.
“What a wonderful documentary…beautifully shot, heartbreaking real. THE ISLAND PRESIDENT plays more like a thriller and less like a doomsday warning. It’s funny, endearing, involving and motivating.” Awards Daily
“Stunning” Los Angeles Times
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT offers a ring-side seat to the inspiring fight of a charismatic world leader striving, literally, to save his people from extinction. As the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed faces the greatest challenge of his political career: saving the people of The Maldives from global warming, which threatens to submerge their island nation under the rising waters of the Indian Ocean. Nasheed’s story culminates in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where we get a rare insider’s look at the political deal-making that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. In the end, the film asks the question: What can one man do to alter the course of global warming and to save an entire culture?
For more information about the film at the Toronto Film Festival, click here.
To visit the film’s website, click here.
May 17th, 2011
Impact Partners is pleased to announce the theatrical release of LOST BOHEMIA @ the IFC Center in New York City on May 20th.
For over 100 years, the most significant 20th century artists and performers have lived and worked in the 165 landmark Studios atop Carnegie Hall, including Marilyn Monroe, Isadora Duncan, Barnett Newman, Norman Mailer, Marlon Brando and George Balanchine. In 2001, the Carnegie Hall Corporation began to systematically evict the artists (some in residence for over forty years), destroy the Studios and convert the spaces into offices. Alarmed by the situation, photographer Josef Astor, a resident of the Carnegie Hall Studios for over twenty years, began to film his neighboring artists, the ballet school, drama classes, dancers, singing teachers, sculptors, painters and writers. LOST BOHEMIA is Astor’s intimate, affectionate portrait of these extraordinary people and chronicles the pleasures and struggles of working artists in New York City.
For more information on screenings and to buy tickets, click here.
May 10th, 2011
Impact Partners is pleased to announce that the Rubin Museum in New York City will be presenting a sneak preview of MY REINCARNATION on Wednesday, May 18th.
MY REINCARNATION is an epic father-son drama, spanning two decades and three generations, about spirituality, cultural survival, identity, inheritance, family, growing old, growing up, Buddhism, Dzogchen—and past and future lives. The film follows the renowned reincarnate Tibetan spiritual master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, as he struggles to save his spiritual tradition, and his Italian born son, Yeshi, who stubbornly refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps. Yeshi was recognized at birth as the reincarnation of his father’s uncle, a high spiritual master who died at the hands of the Chinese in Tibet. But while Yeshi longs for a normal life, he cannot escape his destiny…
The event starts @ 5:30pm. Before the screening, there will be a reception as well as a private tour of the museum. To purchase tickets, please click here.
To learn more about the film, please visit the website.
March 23rd, 2011
Impact Partners is excited to announce the theatrical premiere of TO CATCH A DOLLAR on Thursday, March 31st.
On March 31st, the Sundance documentary produced and directed by Gayle Ferraro, TO CATCH A DOLLAR will premiere in theaters nationwide. This one night only event will spotlight the promise of microfinance to lift people out of poverty in America through stories of immigrant women entrepreneurs and will kick off a long-term campaign to reframe perceptions of poverty and to extend the reach of financial services to those in need.
Following the film will be a special simulcast panel moderated by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, featuring Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Kiva President Premal Shah, Grameen America President Vidar Jorgensen, and special guest, financial powerhouse Suze Orman. The distinguished panel explores poverty and financial literacy in America, and the role we all can play in creating a new American dream.
To find a theater near you and to buy tickets in advance please visit the film’s website.
January 31st, 2011
Impact Partners is proud to announce that HELL AND BACK AGAIN won two awards at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography Prize in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. It was the only documentary to win two awards at the festival.
Here is a brief synopsis of the film:
What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home and build life anew? HELL AND BACK AGAIN is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks these questions with an intimacy no previous film about the conflict in Afghanistan has been able to achieve. In the film, two overlapping stories are brilliantly intercut, creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how soldiers are experiencing this war. Following Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris during his Company’s assault on a Taliban stronghold, and his painful return home after a severe injury, the two stories together create a haunting picture of war, and of a generation of soldiers struggling to find an identity in a country that prefers to forget.
For more information about the awards, click here.
For more information about the film, please visit the website.
November 8th, 2010
Impact Partners is excited to announce that LOST BOHEMIA won the Special Jury Prize at DOC NYC and will have an encore screening tonight at 10:30PM.
Here is what the jury had to say about the film:
“The unexpected is one of the gifts of documentary filmmaking, changing and deepening the cinematic experience. Astor’s film begins as a warm, nostalgic, hand made film about a little known slice of New York’s artistic history and then becomes a window into the vicious development policies that are ripping at the city’s soul. We gave LOST BOHEMIA a special jury prize to acknowledge the film’s dual achievement.”
For over a century, Carnegie Hall rented affordable studio apartments atop the famous music hall to artistic tenants such as Marlon Brando, Paddy Chayefsky and Isadora Duncan. As a privileged tenant, director Josef Birdman Astor began to videotape his neighbors whose lives intersected with decades of artistic history. But his project changed when the landlord served everyone with eviction notices for a conversion to offices. Astor chronicles the protracted battle to save the apartments and pays homage to their rich heritage.
To purchase tickets to tonight’s screening at 10:30PM at the IFC Center, please click here.
For more information on the DOC NYC Festival, please click here
October 21st, 2010
Impact Partners is pleased to announce that the 2009 Academy-Award nominated documentary, THE GARDEN, will be premiering on Planet Green TV on Saturday, October 23rd at 10PM EST.
“It’s tempting to call ‘The Garden’ a story of innocence and experience, of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and an excellent documentary that does them full justice.” The Los Angeles Times
THE GARDEN tells the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. Founded in the wake of the L.A. riots of 1992, the fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central, Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. The South Central farmers have created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. In 2003, when the developer who had allowed his vacant land to be used for the farm tried to reclaim it, an epic battle ensued between the mostly Latino immigrant farmers who worked the land, the Jewish developer, the largely African-American community living around the garden, and the Los Angeles city government.
For more information about the TV premiere, please visit the Planet Green website
You can visit THE GARDEN Website here