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DVD Danny Lyon: Born to Film and Two Fathers


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Born to Film, 1982, New York and Mexico, b&w. A young boy emerges from the filmic history of his past. "Born to Film is, among other things, intimately autobiographical, interspersing footage of Lyon's own young son with film shot in the 1930s by Lyon's father, a doctor who immigrated from Germany... Lyon's passionate vision has deepened and grown in resonance and the film is not just family or even social history, but about human continuity, the power of instinct to survive, the grace that love and play bring to it, the wonder of being alive." - Thomas Albright, San Francisco Chronicle. Run time: 33 minutes 

Two Fathers, 2005, New York. The child star of Born to Film, Raphael is now a twenty-seven year old who returns to his father's farm to plant corn and "experience fatherhood." Intercut is a film that takes place in the world of Germany in the 1920s, and Queens, of the 1940s, as Dr. Ernst Lyon's remarkable album photographs bring to life worlds long gone. Time is collapsed. Two Fathers is a filmic meditation on life, age, family and death. Completed with support from the George Eastman House program for film preservation. Run time: 30 minutes