Monday, February 10

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The DocYard: América

The DocYard


2018 • dir Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside • 76 min • DCP

World Premiere at True/False Film Fest. Special Jury Mention in the Dox:Award main competition at CPH:DOX. Prize winner at Full Frame, Ashland, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. Official selection of Maryland, SAFI Docs, BAMcinemafest, IDFA, Ambulante, FICUNAM, and Guanajuato. Truer Than Fiction nominee at the 2020 Spirit Awards.

Filmmakers Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside will attend in person for a post-screening Q&A with the DocYard’s Guest Curator, Abby Sun.

The DocYard’s Spring 2020 season of nonfiction cinema from around the world begins on February 10! A DocYard season pass gives you access to the full line-up of nine documentary programs for a fraction of the cost, plus some exciting new passholder benefits! Earlybird season passes are on sale through February 2. Check out the DocYard’s season pass page for details.

About the Film:

Diego is a circus artist performing for indifferent tourists in Puerto Vallarta when his elderly grandmother, América, falls and hurts herself. In response, Diego and his brothers reunite to take care of América, help her recover, and fight to release their father from jail for elder negligence. First-time feature directors Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside lived with this extraordinary family over three years, capturing their love and dedication for each other with a joyful, intimate approach that never relinquishes its grip on the difficulties of caregiving and the complexities of living.

Stoll’s steady camera and Whiteside’s deft editing offer a naturally observational base for us to also consider the thorny questions about consent and participation with which the brothers are themselves grappling: how much does América know about what’s going on around her? In what ways is she actively participating in bringing her family back together? América was broadcast on POV, PBS’ premier documentary strand, in October 2019 — the DocYard is presenting the full, theatrical cut that best showcases this humanistic gem’s exceptionally tender gaze. (AS)

“A sublime, magical masterpiece. It’s rare to see so much of life on screen.”
– Joshua Oppenheimer

“With an affectionate, watchful eye, [América] blows up an intimate family portrait on to a large, cinematic canvas.”
– Simran Hans, The Guardian

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About The DocYard:

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.

Ticket Information:

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Monday 2/10
at 7:00 PM

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