We've been knee-deep in the summer heat, traveling to Ohio  for  A Moving Body  to capture the inner workings of the city under an RNC occupation. 

In other news,  Aperture Magazine engaged us in discussing the pioneers of African American cinema and  American Rhapsody, and we've taken a new fiscally sponsored project under our wing. 

We are continuing our 20th Anniversary celebration this month with excerpts from Aubin Pictures' Emmy-nominated documentary, A Touch of Greatness, keeping the pulse of excitement alive as we celebrate the Emmy nod for Born To FlyAs always, we have some more films we love and things we are reading that keep our minds fresh despite the humidity.

Check out this latest song by Lila Downs in support of LGBTQ diversity in Mexico!
A Moving Body
in CLE during the RNC!

We just wrapped up a shoot for  A Moving Body in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. Residents continued to live their lives despite the influx of politicians and police officers from all over the country. Here are some positive highlights that took place outside the convention that week.

#BlackWomenVote  empowers and mobilizes Black women to use their voices, votes and organizing skills to  elevate Black women's lives in the national debate leading up to Election Day and beyond.
Free Speech TV    
directing a team of award-winning journalists and hosts who highlight issues and lift up voices regularly shut out of the national dialogue by corporate media filters.

  Keep The Promise USA  hosted an awesome, free concert featuring The Roots. KTPUSA   demands accountability from elected officials for  universal access to healthcare and AIDS/HIV policies, testing, and treatments for all.

Our tenacious production crew!

Catherine Gund & American Rhapsody featured

Still from 1920- Radio Day Dream Pt. 1, shot on 35mm  Kodak, Motion Picture film, 2015, from American  Rhapsody, directed by Garrett Bradley, Produced by Catherine Gund and Lauren Domino.
Courtesy Akasha Rabut

For Aperture's "Vision & Justice" issue, groundbreaking filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young speak about diversity and inclusion in Hollywood in  "Black Lives, Silver Screen."  Here, Catherine Gund, Shola Lynch, and Franklin Leonard extend the conversation by reflecting on pioneers of cinema, African American archives, and the definitive films about black life and experience.

Read the full article
Born To Fly
Nominated for an Emmy!
Aubin Pictures is soaring with delight at our second Emmy nod, this time for Born To Fly's nomination for a 
News and Doc Emmy Award in the Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming category! 

We are continually inspired by Streb and her daring dancers, and believe that their ingenuity offers the foundation for Born To  Fly 's breathtaking tale about the necessity of art and how it inspires audiences hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence.

After premiering at SXSW, and starting it's theatrical run at the illustrious Film Forum cinema in NYC, and airing on PBS/Independent Lens, and soaring past thousands of audiences across the globe, Born To Fly is happy to have landed here. We are all on cloud nine to be nominated.

We are so grateful to share this honor with our amazing Streb family and all of you! Thank you for making it possible!

20th Anniversary Spotlight: A Touch of Greatness
A throwback to Aubin Pictures' last Emmy-nominated film,  A Touch of Greatness (54 min, 2004) Directed by Leslie Sullivan. Produced by Catherine Gund. This film focuses on the work of Albert Cullum, an elementary school teacher for over thirty years and a pioneer in American education. Albert Cullum ignited the imagination of his young students, and through his passionate use of poetry and drama, built their self-confidence and inspired them to new heights of originality and joy.

Learn more about the film here!
A Touch of Greatness (2004) [Trailer]
A Touch of Greatness (2004) [Trailer]
New Fiscally Sponsored Project:
Upcycle Architecture

Upcycle Architecture is being directed and photographed by Thomas Piper, an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker 
Upcycle Architecture is an hour-long investigation of LOT-EK's avant-garde use of industrial detritus to build architectural works of upcycled art, especially relevant in the  context of our ceaselessly hyper-productive and hyperconsumptive industrialized society.  Cement mixers, tanker trucks, and, most recognizably, shipping containers are transformed through meticulous design into iconic retail, office, and residential spaces.
The film weaves economic, ecological and aesthetic critique to celebrate LOT-EK's engaged response to our current condition as a counterpoint to fatalist laments or escapist fantasies.   While looking at the larger picture of global shipping networks and their partially hidden economies, the film will track, as a dynamic centerpiece, the real-time transformation of 18 recycled shipping containers into Carroll House, the striking single family home in Brooklyn. 
Focus on Film: A Few Things We Love...

REAL BOY trailer
Official Trailer | REAL BOY
Real Boy  is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a transgender teenager seeking to find his voice as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child's transition. Along the way, he strikes up an unexpected friendship with his musical hero, a transgender musician with his own demons to fight.
Street Heroines is a documentary film on the courage and creativity of female graffiti & street artists from around the world.  From Lady Pink, the first woman to paint entire subway train cars in the 1980s, to seminal photographer Martha Cooper whose work legitimized graffiti as an art form, the artists featured in Street Heroines are changing our relationship to the urban environment and the way we interact within the public space,  paying long overdue tribute to women artists' contributions.
Official Trailer | STREET HEROINES A Film By Alexandra Henry
Official Trailer | STREET HEROINES A Film By Alexandra Henry

Aubin's Bookshelf
Law Professor's Epic Response to Black Lives Matter Shirt Complaint

This brilliant comeback was written by a law professor in response to a letter of complaint written by a group of students accusing him of "inappropriate behavior" because he wore Black Lives Matter 
t-shirts to class. It is an impressive dissection of law, logic, and teachable moments, as well as a call to the importa nce of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

"There are some implicit words that precede 'Black Lives Matter,' and they go something like this:

Because of the brutalizing and killing of black people at the hands of the police and the indifference of society in general and the criminal justice system in particular, it is important that we say that...[black lives matter]."

Read more  here
Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

"From a  dead teen in Ferguson to  poisoned drinking water in Flint, it seems as if the bad news keeps coming for Black Americans. But while it sometimes feels as if the collective weight has grown exhaustingly massive, this violence applied to Black bodies is not a new phenomenon. Journalist and professor  Marc Lamont Hill explores the historical conditions that got us here and makes explicit the ties that bind these events together."

Read 3 excerpts from the book here

Upcoming Screenings

8/19 @ 7:30PM - Born To Fly will be playing at the Breckenridge Creative Arts.  
The event is FREE! 
Be sure to check it out if you're in the Breckenridge area.

Aubin Pictures Lost & Foundd

Lost: Our sense of shared humanity 

Found: These two fashionable shirts:
1 lightweight medium H&M white v-neck
1 small Zara denim 3/4 length button down

Email us if you've lost one of these shirts and would like it back! 
And if you've found any shared humanity in these bleak days, 
please share it with us and we will post it in next month's newsletter.

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