The Mighty Atom

Film by Steven Greenstein

 

This compelling passion project turned documentary from writer-director Steven Greenstein tells the extraordinary life story of his grandfather, famed Strongman Joseph Greenstein, also known as “The Mighty Atom.” Born with tuberculosis and expected not to live past his teens, he went on to become one of greatest and most unlikely Strongmen in history, overcoming insurmountable odds and harnessing the power of his body and mind to achieve the impossible. Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play on November 14th.(SDG Films)

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Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings

Album by Whitney

 

Formed by musicians Max Kakecek (Smith Westerns) and Julien Ehrlich (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), Whitney is a Chicago-based indie rock band whose debut album, Light Upon the Lake (2016), released to critical acclaim last year. Their newest release, Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings (2017), compiles the early incarnations of Whitney’s debut songs, including the previously unreleased track for “You and Me,” a tender love song showcasing Ehlrich’s falsetto and Kakecek’s signature guitar. Having formed in 2014, Whitney has toured with the likes of Tobias Jesso Jr. and recorded with producer Jonathan Rado before embarking on an international tour of their own. Light yet soulful, Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings captures the raw spirit of Whitney and the energy of two talented musicians blazing a new sonic trail. (Secretly Canadian)

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Too Dumb For Suicide

by Tim Heidecker

 

Comedian, director and musician Tim Heidecker has been releasing songs about Donald Trump and American politics for several months now before compiling his new LP, Too Dumb For Suicide (2017). “Most of these songs were written and recorded quickly, with the blood still boiling from whatever indignity or absurdity had popped up on my newsfeed that day,” says Heidecker. A year after the election, Too Dumb For Suicide comprises songs of protest and disgust, written and recorded by Heidecker, produced by Jonathan Rado and featuring musicians such as Kane Ritchotte (Portugal the Man), Jordan Katz (Common Rotation) and Father John Misty. Resplendent with artwork by artist and humorist Eric Yahnker, the album’s themes include Trump’s death, white nationalist Richard Spencer, Trump’s infamous Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and nuclear war, to name a few. (JagJaguwar / Rado Records)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film by Martin McDonagh

 

Written by British-Irish director Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) is a dark comedy film starring Frances McDormand (Fargo). The film portrays a resolute mother who single-handedly challenges local authorities when they fail to solve her daughter’s horrific murder. The star-studded supporting cast includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage. After premiering to critical acclaim at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Three Billboards went on to win the People’s Choice Award from the Toronto Film Festival and nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards. (Fox Searchlight)

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Lady Bird

Film by Greta Gerwig

 

Lady Bird is top indie writer and director Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, starring Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Grand Budapest Hotel). Set in 2002 Northern California, Ronan plays the 17-year-old Christine McPherson, a determined Sacramento high schooler who has renamed herself “Lady Bird” as part of launching her intended persona. The movie largely follows Lady Bird’s loving but argumentative relationship with her overworked, fretful mother, as well as her love of musical theater, her two high school love interests and her looming choice regarding college. Lady Bird’s supporting cast includes Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts Lucas Hedges and Timothy Chalamet. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and has been met with rave reviews for Saorise’s performance and Gerwig’s directorial expertise. (A24)

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My Friend Dahmer

Film by Marc Meyers

 

Written and directed by Marc Meyers (How He Fell In Love), My Friend Dahmer follows serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer through his high school days, when he was a shy and awkward teen, before his notorious string of murders. The script is adapted from a 2012 graphic novel by cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf, who knew Dahmer growing up in Ohio. Starring Ross Lynch as a young Dahmer, the film also features Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men). It premiered to critical acclaim at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. (Film Rise)

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Coming of Age

Book by Petra Collins

 

Artist, photographer, model and director Petra Collins rose to prominence in the early 2010s for her ethereal photographs pivoting on themes of femininity and early womanhood. The resident photographer for Rookie magazine, Collins has foraged ahead as an artist with her In Search of Us (2017) exhibition at MOMA, editorials in Vogue and recent music video direction for the likes of Lil Yachty and Selena Gomez. Petra Collins: Coming of Age is her first monograph embodying much of what her work has focused on thus far. An ode to girlhood, innocence, sexuality and liberation, Collin’s photos are at times exciting, at others moody and typically vibrant in color. Coming of Age includes self-portraits, personal essays, polaroids and contributions from the likes of artist Marilyn Minter, Vogue columnist Karley Sciortino, feminist Jamia Wilson and models Barbie Ferreira and Diana Veras. (Rizzoli)

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The Light of the Moon

Film by Jessica M. Thompson

 

The Light of the Moon tells the harrowing story of Bonnie, a New York architect coping in the aftermath of sexual assault and its ripple effect on her relationships. Written, directed and co-produced by Jessica M. Thompson, the film stars actress Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with actors such as Michael Stahl-David (Narcos) and Catherine Curtin (Orange Is the New Black). The film won the Audience award in the Narrative Feature Competition at this year’s SXSW and has been met with rave reviews by critics and audiences for its poignant and skillful portrayal of the effects of sexual assault. (Imagination Worldwide)

›› ISSUE Feature: Stephanie Beatriz and Jessica M. Thompson in conversation

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