Monday, December 15

The DocYard Presents (previous events)Special Events Archive

Approaching the Elephant


Filmmaker Amanda Rose Wilder will attend in person for Q&A moderated by Paul Turano, filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College.

Details: 89 min, USA, 2014
Filmmaker: Amanda Rose Wilder
Synopsis: Amanda Rose Wilder’s feature debut dives head first into the inaugural year of the Teddy McArdle Free School, where all classes are voluntary and rules are determined by vote – adults and children have an equal say. Wilder is there from the beginning, observing an indelible cast of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head. Evoking the immersive styles of Frederick Wiseman and Allen King, here is a rare, inspired portrait of unfettered childhood.

“Riveting… This is social interaction in its purest form.” – A.V. Club

“A multivalent winner.” – Filmmaker Magazine

“Strikes a perfect balance between vérité immediacy and reflective abstraction.” – Indiewire

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For decades, Boston has been a center for documentary filmmaking. It is a place where students come to learn and experiment, where some of documentary’s giants are teaching and creating new work, and where the craft is continuously nurtured and expanded. Today’s filmmakers are breaking new ground that has its foundation, more often than not, in Boston’s rich documentary legacy.

Celebrating what is innovative, interesting, and inspiring in documentary, The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series that takes place every other Monday. Their goal is to grow a vibrant, creative community for Boston’s filmmakers, film students and film lovers through each of these special events.

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  • Monday 12/15 at 7:00 PM

Tickets $10 General Public, $8 Members, Students & Seniors; Brattle passes not accepted.