March 2–9, 2000

movies

A Hubley Sampler

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Not our time: Faith Hubley’s Africa.

Following is the schedule for Sundance Channel’s “Spotlight on the Hubleys”. Pigeon Within, One Self: Fish/Girl, Her Grandmother’s Gift and Delivery Man are directed by Emily Hubley; all others are directed by Faith or and/or John Hubley. For more information, visit www.sundancechannel.com.

Shorts Program 1 (Delivery Man, My Universe Inside Out, Witch Madness): March 5 at 8 p.m., March 8 at 4:05 a.m., March 11 at 11:05 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Shorts Program 2 (Africa, Yes We Can, Cockaboody, Rainbows of Hawai’i, Pigeon Within): March 12 at 8 p.m., March 17 at 11:30 a.m., March 25 at 6 p.m.

Shorts Program 3 (Seers and Clowns, Her Grandmother’s Gift, The Big Bang and Other Creation Myths, Moonbird, Amazonia): March 19 at 8 p.m., March 22 at 7:05 a.m., March 31at 2:30 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Shorts Program 4 (Sky Dance, The Hole, Beyond the Shadow Place, One Self: Fish/Girl): March 26 at 8 p.m., 5 a.m., March 28 at 12 p.m., March 30 at 7:30 a.m., 5 p.m.

Shorts Program 5 (Time of the Angels, Of Men and Demons, Tall Time Tales): March 5 at 1 p.m., March 20 at 8 a.m., 3 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Shorts Program 6 (W.O.W. [Women of the World], The Tender Game, Windy Day): March 7 at 11:35 p.m., March 13 at 8:30 a.m., 5:30 a.m., March 26 at 2 p.m., March 31 at 8:30 p.m.

Shorts Program 7 (People, People, People, Step by Step, Who Am I?, Voyage to Next): March 8 at 2 p.m., March 12 at 8 a.m., March 16 at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m., March 24 at 2:30 p.m., 5:30 a.m.

Shorts Program 8 (Upside Down, Zuckerlandl): March 9 at 8 p.m., March 19 at 11 a.m., March 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Everybody Rides the Carousel: March 18 at 9 p.m., March 22 at 7:30 p.m., March 28 at 9 p.m., 5 a.m., March 31, 11 a.m.

 

The following DVD collections of the Hubleys’ work are also available from Image Entertainment (www.image-entertainment.com)

The Hubley Collection, Vol. 1 ($24.99)

Contains Enter Life, Upside Down, Who Am I? Blake Ball, Time of the Angels, W.O.W. (Women of the World), People, People, People, Amazonia, Yes We Can, Moonbird, Tall Time Tales, Windy Day and Cloudland. While mostly composed of Faith’s work, the collection’s sole Emily film, Blake Ball, is a charming early effort that somehow marries William Blake’s poetry to the game of baseball. Moonbird and Windy Day (respectively Oscar winner and nominee) are Faith and John’s magic realist explorations of the minds of children, with soundtracks composed of their own children at play.

The Hubley Collection, Vol. 2 ($24.99)

Contains Seers and Clowns, Sky Dance, Cockaboody, Hello, Step By Step, Rainbows of Hawai’i, The Big Bang and Other Creation Myths, Zuckerkandl, Whither Weather and Her Grandmother’s Gift. Again, only one Emily short, but it’s another winner; Her Grandmother’s Gift, narrated by Faith to Emily’s daughter, not only serves as a historical overview of changing attitudes towards menstruation, but serves as a more general meditation on what parents pass on to future generations, and societies to future societies.

The Hubley Collection: Everybody Rides the Carousel ($24.99)

Carousel, John and Faith’s only feature, is an odd bird: Based on the theories of psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, the film takes a ride through his proposed eight stages of personal growth. Also on the odd side: The Oscar-nominated A Doonesbury Special, a game if not wholly successful attempt to bring Garry Trudeau’s characters to life. There’s no arguing with Faith’s My Universe Inside Out, though, an impressionistic autobiography which borrows clips from earlier films to illustrate her life.

Art and Jazz in Animation ($39.99)

Contains The Cosmic Eye, Voyage to Next, The Tender Game, Eggs, Urbanissimo, Harlem Wednesday, The Adventures of *, Of Men and Demons, Of Stars and Men, The Hole, The Hat and Dig. This mammoth four-hour collection is the best guide to John and Faith’s work together, and highlights their collaborations with such figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Benny Carter. The Hole and The Hat are anti-bomb and anti-war allegories, with Dizzy Gillespie improvising dialogue opposite George Mathews and Dudley Moore, respectively. The Cosmic Eye is Faith’s only solo feature, a space-age fairy tale about three musicians from outer space who investigate the myths and history of planet Earth. (The shorts Step by Step, Sky Dance and Hello are all segments of the completed film.)

—Sam Adams