With the exception of Barbershop Punk, and possibly My Perestroika, we’ve got a pretty dark set of films on the docket today. There’s 20-something suicide, death in Vietnam, sketchy tourists in Laos, and more conflict in Palestine and Israel.
Barbershop Punk When Comcast blocked Robb Topolski‘s ability to share music fines even when they were in the public domain, he fought back. The barbershop music aficionado helped raise the issue of net neutrality (the notion that Internet service providers shouldn’t be able to restrict access based on types of traffic) to national prominence, thereby embodying the ideals of punk. Jonathan L. Fischer is high on the film, writing, “As a David and Goliath tale in which a pudgy barbershop singer (with, OK, the help of lawyers, academics, and the FCC) whups Comcast? Awesome.” At 4:30 p.m.; also on Friday, June 25, at 8:30 p.m. Both screenings at AFI Silver Theater 2.
Camera, Camer In recent years, Laos has loosened its restrictions on tourism and now allows Westerners to stay long than a week. Malcom Murray documents those visitors, many of whom come for the cheap sex. Benjamin R. Freed calls the film “insufferable,” filled with people you don’t want to meet and with “half-speed, painfully saturated scenes of street life.”
The Woodmans After experiencing professional disappointment and heartache, photographer Francesca Woodman killed herself at 22. Nearly 30 years later her family is still grappling with her death and pondering their role. Her parents may be grieving, but they’re not necessarily likable: Accomplished artists in their own right, they continue to express criticism and jealousy about Francesca’s work, and her father calls suicide the “psychic risk in being an artist.” At 5:15 p.m. at the Discovery HD Theater; also on Saturday, June 26, at 8:30 p.m. at AFI Silver Theater 3.