It all began with the world premiere of Lana Wilson's The Departure on Friday evening. This stunning film follows a punk-rocker-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan who has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. Director Lana Wilson and star of the film Ittetsu Nemoto took part in a fascinating Q&A post screening. Also in attendance were Cutie and The Boxer stars Noriko and Ushio Shinohara! The Departure will next screen at HotDocs this May for the film's international premiere.
That same night, and just a few hours later was the world premiere of The Family I Had from director Katie Green and Carlye Rubin. What begins as a seemingly isolated incident of a 13-year-old boy killing his sister slowly dissolves into illuminating the anatomy of a broken family. This also marked the first world premiere for a film supported by Dogwoof's film production fund, TDog Productions. The international premiere of The Family I Had will take place at DocAviv in Israel this May.
The following day it was time for the world premiere of The Reagan Show from directors Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengil. Told solely through archival footage, and set against the backdrop of the Cold War, The Reagan Show captures the pageantry, absurdity, and charisma of a prolific actor’s defining role: Leader of the Free World.
The final Dogwoof world premiere was on Sunday for Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story by director Alexandra Dean. Hollywood wild-child, Hedy Lamarr, was infamous for her marriages and affairs with everyone from Spencer Tracy to JFK. This film rediscovers her, not only as an actress, but as the brilliant mind who coinvented 1940's wireless technology. Exectuive producer Susan Sarandon attended the premiere alongside narrator Diane Kruger and filmmaker Alexandra Dean.