Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.
George Veditz, one-time president of the National Association of the Deaf of the United States, outlines the right of deaf people to sign instead of speak. The film is presented in American Sign Language and has no sub- or intertitles.
Gothic horror and erotic farce face a shotgun wedding in "Preservation," an oddball Aussie pic which is part of a spurt of government funded hour-long features. Starring local thesp Jacqueline McKenzie as Daphne, a 19th century taxidermist.
This rousing documentary shines a light on venerable New Orleans jazz ensemble the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, exploring both its multi-decade history and its kinetic 2010 collaboration and concert with indie rock revivalists My Morning Jacket.
Ken Russell's third Monitor documentary from 1962 is both a development from and inversion of the first, Lonely Shore. In that, an alien presence surveys a stretch of coastline strewn with assorted objects from early 1960s British lifestyles and tries (and mostly fails) to divine their meaning or purpose. The Preservation Man is also set in a series of object-strewn settings, but here they're part of the artist Bruce Lacey's collection of random junk, and their original function is irrelevant. Sensibly, Russell and commentator Huw Wheldon keep analysis to a minimum, preferring to use the film as an excuse to spend quarter of an hour in Lacey's amiable company.
A look into the lives of the Amish and how they live simply while forgoing many modern conveniences.