It was a big year for the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in November. And things are not slowing down for the alternative arts venue in the New Year as two new documentaries are currently playing and the 2012 docket is again full of great films, music, and art.
The first new film at Zeitgeist is Whale, an inspiring nature documentary about a curious and friendly orca.
The true story of a young, wild killer whale – an orca – nicknamed Luna, who lost contact with his family and turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between mountains off the coast of Vancouver.
Orcas are social. They live with their families all their lives. An orca who gets separated usually just fades away and dies. Luna was alone, but he didn’t fade away. He started trying to make contact. And people welcomed him. Most of them. Luna endears himself to humans with his determination to make contact, which leads to laughter, conflict and unexpected consequences.
Whale celebrates the life of a smart, friendly, determined, transcendent being from the other world of the sea who appeared among us like a promise out of the blue: that the greatest secrets in life are still to be discovered.
Watch the trailer for the film posted in the VIDEO box on the left side of the article
The Whale is executive produced by Ryan Reynolds, who also narrates, and Scarlett Johansson. The documentary is Rated-G and is suitable for all ages.
The film screens this month as part of Zeitgeist’s monthly Canada is Bigger than the U.S. series and is now playing through Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 pm.
The second new documentary now playing at Zeitgeist is Knuckle, an epic 12-year journey into the world of an Irish Traveller community and inside their secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives
Chronicling a history of violent feuding between rival families – the Quinn-McDonaughs and their distant cousins, the Joyces – the film follows James Quinn McDonagh and his younger brother Michael, as they fight for their reputations and the honor of their family name after a drunken brawl resulted in the death of one man and the incarceration of James. But the incident only served to resurrect lingering animosities from half a century.
Brutal, yet captivating and ultimately moving, this unforgettable documentary offers an exclusive insight into the world of Irish Travellers and the lengths they will go to protect their family name.
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Knuckle is directed and narrated by Ian Palmer. The film premiered ealier this year at Sundance and talks have begun to adapt this enthralling story into a dramatic series for HBO.
Knuckle is now playing through January 12 at 8:00 pm.
So come out to the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans) this weekend and take advantage of this unique film-going experience and all the Zeitgeist Arts Center has to offer. And by doing so, help support one the premier alternative arts center in the South.
Tickets are $7 general / $6 students & seniors / $5 Zeitgeist members
You can also visit the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center’s website here.
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