Knitting Factory Entertainment has launched a new home “mini film festival” alongside indie and foreign film distributor Kino Lorber. The virtual Knitting Factory Fall Festival is now underway and includes films centered on iconic artists and cultural figures including Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot and 1980s pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones.
Viewers at home can purchase a 30-day pass to catch all the films for $20, or rent individual films for one-week for $8 each. The five films for the Knitting Factory Fall Festival are:
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is co-directors Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni’s exploration of the career, music, and influence of Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon.
Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm is director Jacob Hatley’s intimate snapshot of Levon Helm at home in Woodstock, New York, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. The 2013 film focuses on the four-time Grammy winner’s 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, which returned him to the spotlight years after his Rock Hall-worthy tenure in The Band.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami is a journey through the public and private worlds of Jones and contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. Sophie Fiennes’s doc goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject: a larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, and an enduring, unpredictable media presence.
Sonja: The White Swan is directed by Anne Sewitsky and is the story of Sonja Henie, one of the world’s greatest athletes and the inventor of modern figure skating, who decides to go to Hollywood in 1936 to become a movie star. Her first film is a box office smash, selling the most tickets in the world in 1937. She becomes one of the richest women of her time, always surrounded by fans, lovers and family, and never has a moment alone. As she gets older the spotlight begins to fade, but she refuses to quit.
The Grey Fox — After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th century society…until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is inspired to once again do what he does best. The Grey Fox is the only narrative in the series, coming from director Phillip Borsos.
Knitting Factory Entertainment has also curated several first-run Kino Lorber films, beginning in June 2020 with the Justin Pemberton documentary Capital In The Twenty-First Century and Abel Ferrara’s 2019 Cannes Selection Tommaso, starring Willem Dafoe.
“We’re living in a new world,” said KFE president and chief executive Morgan Margolis. “To be able to continue providing entertainment to the public while supporting independent artists, we’re all going to have to be creative thinkers and Kino Lorber is providing a great platform for our new entertainment landscape.”
“As a brand, Knitting Factory has always stood for cutting-edge entertainment,” said Kino Lorber president and chief executive Richard Lorber, “and the world in which we find ourselves requires the kind of agility that KFE has always brought to their business.”
Going forward, Kino Lorber is planning to offer both more KFE-presented films and Knitting Factory-selected playlists of films from their vast library. Viewers can rent or own via their streaming platform Kino Now at kinonow.com.Credit: Original article published here.