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Cinema Guild Launches SPARK for Docs; Releasing 'Everyday Sushine' and 'Five Elephants'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 17, 2012 at 3:57PM

The Cinema Guild announces the launch of SPARK, its new documentary home video and digital releasing label. SPARK will cover art topics in film, music, photography, painting, literature, architecture, dance, etc. "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" and "The Woman with the Five Elephants" are SPARK's first titles and will be available February 21. The Guild's Ryan Krivoshey says: “There’s a great demand for docs that tell compelling, inspiring stories about creativity and ingenuity and people who’ve enriched our lives and culture. With SPARK, we’re going to find the best of these films and make them accessible to people wherever they want to watch them – home video, web, mobile, etc.”
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"The Woman with the Five Elephants"
"The Woman with the Five Elephants"

The Cinema Guild announces the launch of SPARK, its new documentary home video and digital releasing label. SPARK will cover art topics in film, music, photography, painting, literature, architecture, dance, etc. "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" and "The Woman with the Five Elephants" are SPARK's first titles and will be available February 21. The Guild's Ryan Krivoshey says: “There’s a great demand for docs that tell compelling, inspiring stories about creativity and ingenuity and people who’ve enriched our lives and culture. With SPARK, we’re going to find the best of these films and make them accessible to people wherever they want to watch them – home video, web, mobile, etc.”

More on "Everyday Sunshine" and "The Woman with the Five Elephants" and their trailers below:

"Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone"

Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, Everyday Sunshine charts the turbulent history of the pioneering all-Black rock band Fishbone. Formed on the streets of South Central LA in the 1980s, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the past 25 years—their influence discernible in many of today’s biggest pop acts. But just as they seemed on the verge of conquering the world, the band imploded.

"The Woman with The Five Elephants"

Winner of multiple festival awards, The Woman with the Five Elephants unravels the mystery behind the life and work of the world’s greatest translator of Russian literature. A poetic, precise and revelatory investigation into language, meaning and the tides of history.

Svetlana Geier is one of literature’s foremost translators, known primarily for her German translations of Dostoevsky’s five great novels – referred to as the five elephants. But her great success has come with its share of pain. Born in Ukraine in 1923, she witnessed first‐hand the impact of Stalin’s purges. As a young girl, she watched Nazi forces occupy her country – and execute 30,000 Jews. By the end of the War, she and her mother were in a German labor camp for Eastern European prisoners. It was her unique gift for languages that ultimately saved her. But it forced her to make a choice that altered the course of her life. Interweaving the story of Geier’s life with her literary work, the film traces the secret of this inexhaustibly hard‐working woman and her craft.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.