First up, be sure not to miss what I am proudly declaring is the finest new American film of 2010, NY Export: Opus Jazz. It airs on PBS at 8pm (3/24) as part of the "Great Performances" series. As I've watched this film three times in the past week—on a small screen, in a big theater, and in a really big theater—and am itching to watch it again right now, I can vouch for its awesomeness (in every sense of that word). Read my review over at Hammer to Nail if you haven't already. NY Export: Opus Jazz is forty-five minutes of pure, sumptuous cinema. Trust me, you don't have to appreciate ballet to fall in love with this thing.
Over on HBO2, a documentary that my good buddy Jane Rizzo edited is also having its television premiere. The Senator's Bargain is part of the ambitious How Democracy Works Now series. Tonight's version is the director's cut of a very timely segment, in which filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini follow Senator Ted Kennedy's efforts to introduce and pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. For me, the film succeeds most powerfully as a window into the dragging clusterfuck that is Beltway politics. It's perhaps inappropriate, but all I could keep thinking while watching it was, "Thank GOD I never wanted to be a politician." Though it doesn't deal with the health care situation of the very moment, watching The Senator's Bargain will make you realize just how impossibly difficult it is to get anything accomplished in D.C.