Every month the movie lovers at Fandor hand-pick five movies for all Sling TV subscribers via the Sling Central channel, so you don’t have to have the Fandor channel to enjoy these carefully curated gems — for a limited time only. Each month, the Sling Central channel refreshes with a handful of all-new titles! This month, Fandor is offering four fantastically diverse films that were all released seven years ago, plus one released seven years before that! Clearly, this is a lucky bunch. Here’s what’s playing on Sling Central from June 14 — July 14:
Nostalgia for the Light dir. Patricio Guzmán, 2011
Travel with an acclaimed documentarian to the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. Astronomers gaze towards the incredibly clear, star-studded skies, while on the ground, women sift through mass graves in search of loved ones who were murdered after a military coup almost fifty years ago. In front of Guzmán’s lens, these disparate explorations merge into a lasting meditation on the ghosts of history.
About Sunny dir. Bryan Wizemann, 2011
This sensitive character study follows a single mother (Lauren Ambrose, best known for her role on Six Feet Under) living in Las Vegas and faced with a seemingly impossible choice in the face of spiraling misfortune. Heartbreaking, tender, and unwavering, it’s a story that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
The Mill and the Cross dir. Lech Majewski, 2011
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and The Mill and the Cross is based on both a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and a novel of the same name by Michael Francis Gibson. Starring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling, and Michael York as the only three named characters, the movie, with its sparse dialogue, meta narrative and meditative, profoundly questioning quality, is a truly itself work of art befitting its inspiration.
Blank City dir. Céline Danhier, 2011
Catch the No Wave and find yourself transported to a grittier, grimier New York City, one where young artists didn’t let a total lack of resources and finances stop them from churning out challenging, dynamic, and galvanizing artwork, music, and movies. Featuring filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch and John Waters as well as luminaries like Debbie Harry and Thurston Moore, this documentary is at once a celebration, an education, and an archive.
Ryan dir. Chris Landreth, 2004
Got thirteen minutes? Spend it with this Academy Award-winning short, which tells the tragic true story of beloved animator Ryan Larkin. Larkin created some of the most important short films of the late 1960s and early 1970s, but was later sucked into a downward spiral of addiction, poverty, and homelessness that halted his creative work for years. Is there a happy ending? Only one way to find out.
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