The final installment of the month-long Thursday documentary series at the Silent Movie Theater is tonight, and it's one hell of a double feature.
John Maringouin has made two documentaries, and Cinefamily is showing them both: Big River Man, about a fifty-ish, wine-guzzling Slovenian who attempts to swim the Amazon ostensibly to make a point about rain forests; and Running Stumbled, a chronicle of a visit Maringouin paid his drug addict father in pre-Katrina New Orleans, after an estrangement of 25 years. Man won an award at Sundance last year; Stumbled, which played festivals in 2006 (reviewing it at CineVegas, Variety's Robert Koehler called it "a digital video phantasmagoria of disorienting stylistics and mind-altering imagery" that "makes the term 'dysfunctional family' quaint and insufficient") remains undistributed and is rarely seen. I've been wanting to see it for ages, so I'm very excited.
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The Stumbled trailer is above; Ella Taylor's review of Big River Man lives here.