Big Paradise

Saturday, February 17th

ticket12:50 — 3:00pm
Naval Heritage Center

Screens as part of Really Real Documentary Shorts

Big Paradise

Directed by JP Olsen & Kristen Nutile
Lead Cast: Robert Kidney
USA / 2018 / 10mins 

Robert Kidney has been a musical force since the 1970s. His group, The Numbers Band, celebrating its 47th year, have been praised by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and Greil Marcus and called “the greatest band I’ve ever seen” by Pere Ubu’s David Thomas. Despite years of praise by peers, the band remains obscure.

Big Paradise introduces film audiences to Kidney for the first time, revealing a powerful and complex person who lives and works in the shadow of the Midwestern decay.

Director Bio:
JP Olsen is a filmmaker, writer and composer out of Brooklyn, NY. His work has screened all over the world, featured on PBS and in The New York Times. He has received funding from ITVS, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation. In 2008 he directed “The Narcotic Farm,” for PBS, which was the subject of a book he co-authored. Olsen is a production executive at HBO where he oversees the Emmy Award-winning VICE and VICE News Tonight. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

Kristen Nutile is an award winning independent filmmaker and editor based in New York City. Her work has shown all over the world including festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. Her work has screened at the Walker Art Center, MOMA and The National Gallery of Art. In 2007, Kristen collaborated with legendary filmmaker, Albert Maysles and producer Tanja Meding on Sally Gross – The Pleasure of Stillness. The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival and had it’s US premier at the Full Frame Festival, and was broadcast on PBS.

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