OVID has one of the best-curated selections of any streaming site, and offers the perfect fare if you’re looking for something off the mainstream beat, or even the kind of films that other arthouse distributors might not have available. The platform also helpfully highlights all the titles which only it has available to stream among subscription sites. Here are some highlights from that collection.
The Cordillera of Dreams (2019)
With this film, Patricio Guzmán, Chile’s foremost documentary filmmaker, closes out a trilogy relating the country’s political history to its notable natural features (the desert in 2011’s Nostalgia for the Light, the ocean in 2015’s The Pearl Button, the mountains here). He interviews a variety of artists and activists to consider the lasting legacy of the 1973 military coup and subsequent Allende regime.
The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye (1994)
In the ’90s, Cheryl Dunye broke ground for queer Black women filmmakers, particularly with The Watermelon Woman (1996). This collection brings together Dunye’s early short films, which showcase all the qualities which would come to define her work: an easy blending of documentary and fiction, strong collaborations with other women, and an acute attention to how historical contexts inform personal experience.
The Owl’s Legacy (1989)
This 13-episode look at the history of Greece and its influence on the rest of the West is anything but a traditional educational television doc. Influential film essayist Chris Marker blends expert testimony, symposiums he himself arranges, and copious archival materials to look at how different Greek concepts have resonated throughout history. Inaccessible for nearly 30 years after its initial airing, the series was restored in 2018.
From music and architecture to comedy and horror, these films showcase Ukrainian culture and its long-held ethos of resistance.
The artists showcased in Archival Intimacies examine the colonial trauma’s impact on Asian Americans and search for ways to overcome it.
Jo Sandman / TRACES opens with a reception for the artist on June 3 at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
Eiffel inadvertently paints its protagonist not as a great man worthy of scrutiny or praise, but as the Elon Musk of his day.
The fire-resistant copy will be auctioned to raise funds for PEN America.
Funding MFAs and all full-time graduate degrees, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports immigrants and the children of immigrants in the US.
A new exhibition focuses on Hesse’s works on paper, and the way they demonstrate the role of drawing in the famed sculptor’s process.
Funded projects include an exhibition of contemporary and historical retablos and a residency that pairs glass artists with creators in other mediums.
Five shortlisted applicants will each receive a $25,000 production grant and participate in an online residency program with Eyebeam. The Grand Prix recipient will receive an additional $25,000.
Bonhams paused the sale of the rare garment, which was expected to fetch $1.2 million.
Now playing the Cannes Film Festival, the new film from the director of The Square embarks on a luxury cruise that goes to hell.
By enshrining her memories into sculptural form, Juárez celebrates her emotional pilgrimage through the growing pains of childhood to adulthood.