Filmmaker Robert Greene cleverly forgoes your standard talking-head-and-sound-bite approach to nonfiction storytelling, instead choosing to employ Kate Lyn Sheil as a conduit to understanding an impossibly complex issue. Committed to doing justice to Christine’s life, Kate not only candidly pulls back the curtain on her acting process, but she also reveals the biases and presumptions even supposed experts can provide in their diagnosis. Kate Plays Christine boldly challenges its subjects and audience alike to accept that answers from the past are never easy. www.kateplayschristine.com
Violet Isle a duet of photographs from Cuba | History Miami Museum
This multi-layered portrait of “the violet isle”––a little-known name for Cuba inspired by the rich color of the soil there––presents a unique, often enigmatic document of a vibrant and vulnerable land. It combines two separate photographic visions: Alex Webb’s exploration of street life in Cuba, and Rebecca Norris Webb’s fascination with the unique, quixotic collections of animals she discovered there, from tiny zoos and pigeon societies to hand-painted natural history displays and quirky personal menageries. The result is a blend of two different aesthetics inspired by Cuba’s existence for decades in an economic, political, cultural and ecological bubble virtually untouched by the rest of the world, and unlikely to remain that way for much longer. Violet Isle will be on display from Dec. 1 to February 5, 2017.
1 Photo by Alex Webb, distributed by Magnum Photos, CUBA Havana 1993 / 2 Photo by Rebecca Norris Webb/distributed by Magnum Photos, CUBA Havana 2008 Roosters exercising on rooftop in Old Havana
Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb
Miami Street Photography Festival / Dec 1-4