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American Factory

American Factory

Please join Cultivate Cinema Circle as we screen Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert’s Oscar nominated documentary American Factory [2019].

  • Screening Date: Postponed
  • Venue: Burning Books
  • Specifications: 2019 / 115 minutes / English & Mandarin / Color
  • Director(s): Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert
  • Print: Supplied by Netflix
  • Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
  • Extras: Stop in early for FREE Breadhive baked goods while supplies last!

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420 Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14213

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In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring 2,000 blue-collar Americans still recovering from the effects of the 2008 recession. Working side-by-side with experienced Chinese workers, the locals are optimistic about the future for the first time in almost a decade. But early days of hope give way to setbacks as high-tech China collides with working-class America, and issues of language and culture become seemingly insurmountable walls between clashing factions.

American Factory, the new film from Academy Award®-nominated directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, documents the revitalization of one long-shuttered factory while providing a startling glimpse into a global economic realignment now playing out in towns and cities across the country — and around the world. Granted generous access to the factory, and with the in-depth participation of its employees, Bognar, Reichert and their team spent three years following Fuyao Glass America’s launch of a state-of-the-art glassmaking facility employing hundreds of Chinese and thousands of Midwestern workers in the American heartland [‘American’ and ‘America’ seemed a bit redundant so close to each other here]. Capturing surprisingly candid moments of people ranging from the visionary billionaire who financed the enterprise to American and Chinese workers on the factory line, American Factory presents a microcosmic view of a global phenomenon that could represent a new normal for the American working class.

While American Factory tells the story of one community’s experience, people everywhere are facing major challenges with work as we know it.

Currently, 3 in 10 employees believe their employer is effective at communicating with them and 2 in 5 employees believe their organization’s approach to communication is outdated. — Forbes

How can we fix this? What approaches should we update? How can we make communication more effective?

Successful conversations are a critical part of change, so let’s start a dialogue together.

We need more ideas. We need more leadership.

Join the community shaping the national conversation by hosting a discussion.

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STEVEN BOGNAR & JULIA REICHERT (Directors, Producers) are Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmakers whose work has screened at Sundance, Telluride, SXSW and other major festivals, as well as on HBO and PBS.

Their film A Lion in the House, a co-production with ITVS, premiered at Sundance, screened on the PBS series “Independent Lens” and won a Primetime Emmy®. Their film The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant premiered at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival, screened on HBO, and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short in 2010.

Their films have, for the most part, told stories of rank-and-file citizens grappling with questions of agency and how to have a decent life. Reichert’s work, in particular, spanning 50 years of filmmaking, has a through-line of concern for working-class and women’s stories.

Reichert was also Oscar®-nominated for her documentary feature films Union Maids (1977) and Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists (1983). Her first film, Growing Up Female, was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. She is the 2018 recipient of the IDA Career Achievement Award.

Bognar’s films Personal Belongings, Picture Day and Gravel all premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Great Hack

The Great Hack
Burning Books

2019 / 114 minutes / English / Color
Directed by: Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim
Print supplied by: Netflix

Please join Cultivate Cinema Circle as we screen Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim’s acclaimed documentary The Great Hack [2019].

Ticket Information: Free and Open to the Public

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Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.

Academy-Award nominees Amer and Noujaim (The Square, Control Room, Startup.com) continue their tradition of exploring the seismic ripples of social media with this riveting, complex film. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily. What do we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age?

Directors Bio

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Karim Amer is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, best known for producing the documentary, The Square (Al Midan) in 2013, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and received Emmy Awards for Directing, Cinematography and Editing in 2014. Karim was also the producer of the award-winning film, Rafea: Solar Mama (2013), and teamed up with Angelina Jolie to executive produce the Academy Award nominated animated feature, The Breadwinner (2017).

“Traveling around the world during the World Cup in 2006, I was thinking, ‘Wow, this is such an incredible and global event.’”

Jehane Noujaim is an Academy Award nominated director and one of two non-fiction directors to have won the Directors Guild Award twice. Her Oscar nominated film, The Square (2013), won the Audience Award both at Sundance and Toronto. Noujaim has produced and directed other award-winning films including Rafea: Solar Mama (2013), Control Room (2004) and Startup.com (2001). In 2006, Noujaim was awarded the TED prize which she used to create Pangea Day. Noujaim’s work has been nominated by the DGA, IDA, Independent Spirit and several Critics Association Awards. Noujaim’s most recent release was an animated feature, The Breadwinner (2017) which she executive produced with Angelina Jolie and which was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award.

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Cultivate Cinema Circle was conceived in 2015 as Buffalo’s premier film series for new and classic art films and documentaries in the spirit of traditional community funded film societies like Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking Cinema 16 or Richard Linklater’s massively successful Austin Film Society. Since then we’ve hosted 80+ screenings at 9 venues around the city of Buffalo: North Park Theatre, Amherst Theatre, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center, Burning Books, Dreamland, Sugar City, Canisius College’s Science Hall Atrium and the Mason O. Damon Auditorium at Buffalo & Erie County’s Downtown Central Library.

From the beginning our mission has been to help foster a healthy, fervent film culture in the Buffalo area by presenting the best that cinema has to offer—works selected for their excellence, cultural diversity, political relevance and historic value. In doing so, we hope to provide a space for public engagement, community discussion and celebration of empathy via the seventh art.

Screening films is unfortunately not a cheap endeavor, especially when the series itself is a passion project we do in our spare time for the love of the art. We’ve been very lucky to have some supportive local businesses sponsor the majority of our previous screenings, but we would love to scale the series up a bit to bring more high quality films, more filmmaker visits and more cinema related events. In order to do this, more funding than we’ve been able to raise thus far is needed.

This is where we hope you can come in to help us ensure Cultivate Cinema Circle’s programming remains intact for the foreseeable future by becoming a part of that community tradition we’ve strove to create around Buffalo’s film culture.

Starting now, you can support Cultivate Cinema Circle directly by becoming a patron via our new Patreon.

Our goal is to raise at least $450 a month to cover the basics of film licensing, advertising, and securing future filmmaker visits as we’ve done in the past. We are offering three levels of support and any contribution would be a great help toward guaranteeing a bright future for watching movies on the big screen here in Buffalo!