First Run Features: PETER BROOK: THE TIGHTROPE, TINY and WHAT’S IN A NAME on DVD June 3

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PETER BROOK: THE TIGHTROPE
83 minutes, documentary, color, English & French w/ English subtitles, 2013

A film by Simon Brook

Bonus Features • Photo Gallery • Bonus video: A Balancing Act: Interviews with the Actors • French and Spanish subtitle option

Peter Brook is one of the world’s most respected and revolutionary directors of contemporary theatre. To help his actors achieve extraordinary performances, he has a special exercise, ‘the Tightrope,’ that evolved over decades of experimentation and practice into a process of transformation that revitalizes the theatrical experience for actor and audience alike. In this unique film, director Simon Brook – Peter’s son – reveals how ‘the Tightrope’ works its dramatic alchemy.

• 2014 Theatrical Release

“A concise new documentary offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes…the audience has a sense of witnessing intimate moments rather than watching a performance. Peter Brook’s interest has always been in the ritual roots and mythical resonances of the theater, and the idea of acting he articulates in ‘The Tightrope’ has a primal, even mystical tenor. He speaks of access to a collective brain, of grasping the essence of time and of the ways the theater can offer a heightened experience of life.”- The New York Times

“CRITIC’S PICK! For the past 50-plus years, Brook refused to allow rehearsals to be filmed. ‘The Tightrope,’ however, changes this. Throughout the film Brook offers himself as a teacher whose goal is to help his students discover brief, ephemeral moments of bliss.” – The Village Voice

“’The Tightrope’ is one heck of a master-class; it’s also one really revealing window into why Peter Brook’s legend in the theater is such a large one.”- NPR

UPC: 7-20229-91597-7 | Catalog #: FRF 915977D | SRP: $27.95 | Street Date: June 3

TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL
62 minutes, documentary, color, 2013

A film by Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith

Bonus Features • Interview with Filmmakers • Behind the Scenes • Bonus Scenes & Shorts

After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.

From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.

TINY is a coming-of-age story not only for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, but also for a society that is redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.

“Like a perfectly realized tiny house, the film is compact, economical and elegant, a fitting testament to the spirit of the tiny house movement and the DIY trend in non-fiction filmmaking.”- HotDocs Film Festival

“A story about learning to live large – about expanding our concept of what our domestic spaces can do for us, in connecting us to our communities, to nature, to our loved ones, and to our dreams.” – Austin Chronicle

“Highly recommended. It’s an environmental piece without trying, and a rather in-depth look at the growing urge to move away from the excessive consumption of life to a more simple way of doing things.” – Toronto Film Scene

Packaged in a 100% Certified Green Forestry Practices Eco Pack

UPC: 7-20229-91598-4 | Catalog #: FRF 915984D | SRP: $24.95 | Street Date: June 3

WHAT’S IN A NAME?
109 minutes, fiction, color, French w/English subtitles, 2013

A film by Alexandre de La Patelliere & Matthieu Delaporte

Vincent (Patrick Bruel), a successful forty-something, is about to become a father for the first time. He is invited to dinner at the charming apartment of his sister, Elisabeth (Valerie Benguigui), and brother-in-law, Pierre (Charles Berling), where he catches up with his childhood friend, Claude (Guillaume de Tonquedec). Whilst waiting for Anna (Judith El Zein), his younger spouse who is always running late, his fellow guests happily bombard him with questions on his fast approaching fatherhood…but when his hosts ask Vincent what name he has chosen for his future offspring, his response plunges the family into chaos.

 

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