Cinema Verite Rarities (feat. A Labor Of Love)

A Labor Of Love – 8pm
Absent from theater screens for thirty years, never available on home video, and never shown on either public or cable TV, 1976’s A Labor Of Love is a lost vérité masterpiece that’s only very recently re-surfaced — and Cinefamily is thrilled to bring it to you! Chicago documentarians Robert Flaxman and Daniel Goldman are flys-on-the-wall following an inexperienced, aspiring arthouse director and his equally green cast and crew, as they attempt to make their first feature, The Last Affair. At the last minute, before filming commences, the production’s financial backers insist that hardcore sex scenes be inserted, completely scrambling the director’s intentions, and making the cast question their ability to perform their assigned duties. With a sympathetic yet keenly journalistic eye, Flaxman and Goldman entertainingly capture all the compromise, the disillusionment, the mundanities and the kooky characters that are part and parcel of the filmmaking experience. From the unforgettable, unfortunate wails of the The Last Affair’s unblimped 35mm cameras to the outrageous attitudes of the first-time porno participants, A Labor Of Love easily stands toe-to-toe with American Movie and Demon Lover Diary as a movie-about-movies documentary classic. Co-director Robert Flaxman will be here at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the screening!
Dirs. Robert Flaxman & Daniel Goldman, 1976, 16mm, 70 min.

Verite Rarities Show – 9:45pm
In the ‘50s and ‘60s cinema vérité revolutionized documentary filmmaking; its impact is still felt today. Directors like Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker and the Maysles Brothers used a mixture of raw naturalism and an active presence to create and record some of the most arresting documentary works of the century. The excitement of recently discovering A Labor Of Love reminded us of the wealth of vérité films well beyond acknowledged classics like Grey Gardens and Primary — so, after our screening of A Labor of Love, join us in a program of some of Cinefamily’s favorite short vérité gems!

Watch an excerpt from “A Labor Of Love”!