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Watch Club

April 2022

April 2022 Watch Club Recommendations

This month in THE WATCH CLUB:

AILEY goes behind the scenes to explore the life and legacy of Alvin Ailey, the trailblazing choreographer who founded the vastly influential Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958, when he was just 27. Told largely through Ailey’s own voice, the film traces the arc from his childhood in Jim Crow Texas to Washington, D.C., where he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, a year before his death. The American Dance Theater performs at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston April 28-May 1.
https://youtu.be/PHcM4HJEgs4

Stream AILEY on Hulu (also available on PBS’s American Masters and other platforms), then join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 for a live interview and Q&A with director Jamila Wignot located here

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Boston-area filmmakers Jeremy S. Levine and Rachael DeCruz were living in Alabama in 2021 when they read about a local woman who convinced almost everyone in her small, rural hometown to get vaccinated. In a state where less than half the population has done so, Dorothy Oliver is a dynamo. Levine and DeCruz’s 16-minute film, THE PANOLA PROJECT, was released in conjunction with the New Yorker and was an official selection at Sundance.
https://vimeo.com/648835499


Stream THE PANOLA PROJECT
on The New Yorker’s YouTube channel

Whatever your reaction to the name Elon Musk, we’re going to assume RETURN TO SPACE is a compelling watch. That’s because it’s co-directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, the duo behind FREE SOLO, the best Documentary Feature winner in 2019. They also made last year’s true-life thriller THE RESCUE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIME4sLR4-8

Watch RETURN TO SPACE beginning April 7 on Netflix

Burlington’s own Amy Poehler pays tribute to a comedy forebear in LUCY AND DESI, the sweet new documentary on entertainment power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Couldn’t you use a laugh or two right about now? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ab9IshCs1s


Stream LUCY AND DESI on Prime Video


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