Head to the Cincinnati World Cinema and Mini Microcinema for Introspective Indie Flicks in November

These films explore the lives of others — and how they interact with the world around them — through music, memory, history or literal window frames.

click to enlarge Sky Bergman, who directed "Lives Well Lived," and her grandmother. - Provided by Cincinnati World Cinema
Provided by Cincinnati World Cinema
Sky Bergman, who directed "Lives Well Lived," and her grandmother.

If October asks us to react, then November asks us to reflect. As the cold seeps in, introspection can creep in. These underground films — all screening this month — ask us to do just that: Peer into yourself and, in turn, your surroundings. In doing that, we may uncover something deeper about the world we inhabit. 

Lives Well Lived // Nov. 3-4 and 10 at Cincinnati World Cinema

This weekend, Cincinnati World Cinema (719 Race St.) will screen Lives Well Lived and host a post-film Q&A after each showing. The documentary explores the lives of elders and how they “live a happy and meaningful life.” Hear stories layered in history, spoken by those who lived through eras like the fallout of World War II and Civil Rights movements. This is director Sky Bergman’s debut, and she’ll lead the post-film discussions 7 p.m. Nov. 3 and then 2 and 5 p.m. on Nov. 4. The California-based photographer interviewed 40 elders — in total, they have 3,000 years of life experience — aged 75-103, with 12 acting as the main focal points (with a focus on making that group diverse; half are foreign-born). Young folks: This is for you, too. Bergman asked the elders to share advice to younger generations on how to achieve contentment. Since the first two showings were in high-demand, an encore screening on Nov. 10, 4 p.m. was added. Tickets: $10 advance; $15 door; student $8 advance, $12 at the door. More info: cincyworldcinema.org.

Something is Happening Here // Nov. 15-16 at Woodward Theater

Something is Happening Here features nine original short films and 12 music world premieres that pull from a richly diverse group of musicians, filmmakers, poets and artists, who all responded to Folk icon Bob Dylan’s 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited, which explores a socially divisive political landscape. The two-night event will feature pianist Brianna Matzke performing 12 new works by 12 different composers, each offering their own take on Dylan’s tracks. Prior to each concert, guests can view nine short films curated by Over-the-Rhine’s Mini Microcinema, which also respond to Highway 61 Revisited. Films by Scott Fredette, April Martin and Paul Hill, Allyson West, Robert Banks and Cameron Quevedo will screen on Nov. 15. Films by Katrina Dixon and Brian Frye, Samantha Drake, Sky Hopinka and Andrea Torrice will screen Nov. 16. Films start at 7 p.m.; music starts at 8 p.m. One-day tickets $8-$25; two-day pass $15-$45. Shown at The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, woodwardtheater.com.

Leaning Into the Wind // Nov. 17 at Cincinnati World Cinema

Shot over four years — from 2013 to 2016 — Leaning Into the Wind follows artist Andy Goldsworthy as he journeys through the layers of “his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art.” The documentary is a follow-up to 2003’s River and Tides. Both are backed by the same director: Thomas Riedelsheimer. The star of the production, Goldsworthy, is a sculptor and photographer who creates his work from rocks, ice, leaves and branches — knowing that the natural world is in a constant shift, his work is fleeting and acts as a meditation on the fleeting nature of time and life. Catch a one-day-only screening at CWC Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance; $8 student. More info: cincyworldcinema.org.

Gillian Wearing: Your Views // Nov. 27 at the Mini Microcinema

As a continuation of October's city-wide FotoFocus Biennal event, OTR’s Mini Microcinema (1329 Main St.) will screen Gillian Wearing: Your Views. The renowned British artist — who was awarded the Turner Prize in '97 and appointed O.B.E in 2011 for services to art — invited people to upload videos of what they saw outside their windows using an open submission site. This culminated in a worldwide work, with videos pouring in from 163 countries. These disparate lives slide together in the work. It was curated by Nathaniel Stein of the Cincinnati Art Museum; Wearing’s work is currently on display via a special exhibition at CAM. 7 p.m. doors on Nov. 27. Part two — Self Made — will screen on Dec. 2. Free; $5 suggested donation. More info: mini-cinema.org.

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