Kino Lorber Announces its May 2017 Home Video Releases

New York, NY -- April 5, 2017 -- Kino Lorber proudly announces its home video releases for May 2017.

Streeting on DVD May 2nd is As One: The Autism Project, a documentary that examines a theater and music program for autistic children in the United Arab Emirates, culminating in the students' final performance in Abu Dhabi.

On May 9th, Kino Lorber will release a selection of art history documentaries from the National Gallery of Art, including Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, George Bellows, Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy, Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris, and Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape, each of which will become available on DVD with a SRP of $14.99.

Also available on DVD May 9th are the documentaries 8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars, about the role of the Commodore computer in the home computing revolution, and Breastmilk, a documentary on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Streeting May 16th are Welcome to Happiness, a new comedy-drama about a children's author who rents a strange apartment with a portal into the past, and Keep Quiet, a powerful documentary exploring the personal transformation of Hungarian extreme right-wing politician and anti-Semite Csanad Szegedi after learning that his maternal grandparents were Jewish, and that his grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor.

Shake the Dust, a documentary on the history of breakdancing and its influence, directed by Adam Sjöberg and executive produced by rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones, becomes available on DVD May 23rd.

Finally, on May 30, Kino Lorber presents two silent screen classics starring the iconic Rudolph Valentino in his most famous roles: The Sheik (1921) and The Son of the Sheik (1926). Each becomes available on Blu-ray and DVD, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray editions, and $19.95 for the DVDs.

Both films come packed with bonus features. The Sheik includes audio commentary by Gaylyn Studlar, author of This Mad Masquerade: Stardom and Masculinity in the Jazz Age and co-editor of Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film, archival footage taken at Valentino's funeral, and the original theatrical trailer of Valentino's Blood and Sand (1922). The Son of the Sheik includes music by Alloy Orchestra, a filmed introduction by Orson Welles, "Valentino: His Life and Times," a vintage documentary short, "Valentino at the Beach" (aka "The Sheik's Physique"), a rare short subject, the original theatrical trailer of The Young Rajah (1922), and a sampling of newspaper headlines announcing Valentino's illness and death.

As One: The Autism Project
DVD Street Date: May 2, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
United Arab Emirates / Arabic & English with English subtitles / Documentary / 82
min / NR / Color
5.1 Surround, Closed Captions
Director: Hana Makki
Synopsis: As One: The Autism Project is a heartwarming documentary film focusing
on the children, parents and teachers involved in The Austism Project - a theatrical
and musical program designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum throughout
the United Arab Emirates. Ten children were selected to take part in this creative
project, which went on to reveal overwhelming benefits. The theatrical program comprised
of weekly workshops in music, comedy and dance and culminated in a final performance
to a specifically invited audience in Abu Dhabi.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $14.99
US / English / English subtitles / Documentary / 30 min / NR / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Carroll Moore
Synopsis: Stuart Davis (1892 -1964) was an American original. Trained as a realist
painter, he became a pioneering abstract artist after seeing works by Van Gogh,
Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, and other European modernists at the Armory Show in New
York in 1913. Davis's exuberant, colorful compositions echo the dynamism of the
American scene and the rhythms of jazz, the artist's lifelong passion. This documentary
surveys his career and includes original footage shot on location in New York and
Gloucester, Massachusetts; interviews with scholars and a musician; images of Davis's
paintings; and archival footage and photographs of the artist.

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $14.99
US / English / English subtitles / Documentary / 55 min / NR / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Carroll Moore
Synopsis: The impresario Serge Diaghilev was the creator and driving force of the
Ballets Russes. He persuaded, cajoled, and charmed the greatest talents of the early
twentieth century to join his company. Artists (Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse),
composers (Igor Stravinsky and Erik Satie), choreographers (Michel Fokine and George
Balanchine), and dancers (Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova) all collaborated to
realize Diaghilev's dream of a seamless fusion of the arts. The spectacular productions
of the Ballets Russes dazzled audiences and revolutionized modern dance. This documentary
includes footage of revivals of Ballets Russes performances by the Joffrey Ballet
and the New York City Ballet. Also featured are sets and costumes from Diaghilev's
innovative productions, as well as interviews with dancers, musicians, and scholars.

George Bellows

DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $14.99
US / English / English subtitles / Documentary / 30 min / NR / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Carroll Moore
Synopsis: Arriving in New York in 1904, George Bellows (1882-1925) depicted America
on the move. In a twenty-year career cut short by his untimely death at age forty-two,
Bellows painted the rapidly growing modern city, its bustling crowds, skyscrapers,
and awe-inspiring construction projects, as well as its bruising boxers, street
urchins, and New Yorkers both hard at work and enjoying their leisure pastimes.
He also captured the rugged beauty of New York's rivers and the grandeur of coastal
Maine. This documentary includes original footage shot in New York City and Maine;
images of Bellows' paintings, drawings, and prints; and archival footage and photographs.
Special Features: Gallery of selected works by George Bellows set to music * An
Island in the Sea: Bellows' Monhegan-a visual tour using original footage * The
Streets of Bellows' New York-as seen in early archival film

Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy
DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $14.99
US / English / English subtitles / Documentary / 30 min / NR / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Carroll Moore
Synopsis: The inventive and amusing paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo dazzled the
courts of Europe. His imaginative combinations of fruits, vegetables, and flowers
create allegorical portraits of emperors and witty caricatures of their courtiers,
which won him the highest artistic honors bestowed by the Holy Roman Empire. His
works reveal the mind of an artist deeply influenced by the new discoveries and
new worlds that came to light during the Age of Exploration. This documentary combines
original high-definition footage of the artist's native Milan and the Habsburg palaces
of Vienna and Prague with images of Arcimboldo's work as a court painter, designer
of festivals, and chronicler of the natural world.
Special Features: Exploring Arcimboldo's Earth | Gallery of works of art in the
film

Gauguin: Maker of Myth

DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $14.99
US / English / English subtitles / Documentary / 30 min / NR / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Carroll Moore
Synopsis: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) moved away from impressionism to create a new
art driven less by observation than by imagination. His gifts as an artist were
matched by his talent for creating myths about places, cultures, and most of all,
himself. The former stockbroker invented personal mythologies, including Gauguin
the Savage, Gauguin the Fallen Angel, and Gauguin the Wanderer. In his search for
paradise, he traveled to ever more remote lands-Brittany, Martinique, Tahiti-before
dying in the Marquesas Islands.
Special Features: Gallery of Paul Gauguin works from the film set to music * Short
film of folk music from Brittany

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris
DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $14.99
US / English / English subtitles / Documentary / 35 min / NR / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Carroll Moore
Synopsis: French artist Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) has often been considered a naive
painter, but his work was much admired by Pablo Picasso and other members of the
Parisian avantgarde. Despite Rousseau's ravishing depictions of jungle scenes,
he never went beyond France's borders. His "jungles" were creative reworkings of
images culled from the popular press and visits to the zoos and botanical gardens
of Paris. This film examines Rousseau's career in the context of the French obsession
with the exotic in the later nineteenth century during the nation's colonial expansion.
Drawing on rare archival footage, photos, and ephemera from the period, the film
also features present-day footage from Rousseau's Parisian "jungles"- the parks,
gardens, and greenhouses that fueled his imagination - and interviews with contemporary
scholars.

Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape

DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $14.99
US / English / English subtitles / Documentary / 35 min / NR / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Carroll Moore
Synopsis: Joan Miró was passionately committed to his native Catalonia and its struggle
for independence from Spain. But he also longed to escape into artistic freedom.
This tension drove his art in strange and beautiful ways. Miró was by turns influenced
by Dada, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. His changes in styles and subjects
also reflected the horrific events of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the
dictatorship of Franco. This documentary includes original footage shot in Barcelona
and Catalonia, interviews with scholars, images of Miró's paintings and sculpture,
and archival footage and photos.
Special Features: Gallery of Joan Miró works from the film set to music | Barcelona:
What Miró Saw-a visual tour | Miró's Squiggles, Blobs, and Beasts-a look at the
amusing abstract and realistic imagery in his paintings

8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars
DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
US / English / English subtitles / Documentary / 104 min / NR / Color
Director: Tomaso Walliser
Featuring: Chuck Peddle, Jack Tramiel, Steve Wozniak
Synopsis: When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the '70s, he envisioned computing
for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal tech revolution
and combatting giants like Apple & IBM, Commodore became a household name by changing
the way in which we interact, create and play with computers. From the advent of
the groundbreaking Atari and Tetris games to the evolution of modern technological
design, 8-Bit Generation dives into the home computer explosion, exploring Commodore's
key role in shaping the future in which we now live.
Special Features: Leonard Tramiel TEDx Talk | Trailer

Breast Milk

DVD Street Date: May 9, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
US / English / Documentary / 91 min / NR / Color
2.0 Stereo, Closed Captions
Director: Dana Ben-Ari
Synopsis: With unexpected humor, an unflinching camera and some guilt and pain,
Breastmilk takes the unusual risk of examining what breast milk truly means. We
are often told that breast milk is better. Better for babies, better for mothers,
better for nutrition, health, well-being, and society. Many accept this and yet
there are still very few women who succeed in breastfeeding exclusively for the
recommended six months and beyond. What would it take to change?

Welcome to Happiness
DVD Street Date: May 16, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
US / English / Comedy-Drama / 111 min / PG-13 / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Oliver Thompson
Starring: Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman
Synopsis: Woody (Kyle Gallner), a children's author, rents a strange apartment from
his landlord, Moses (Nick Offerman). There's a magical door in Woody's closet that
allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. While he was once
happy to facilitate the passage of random strangers summoned to his apartment, Woody
soon begins to question why he himself is not allowed to go through.
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Director, Cast and Crew | Deleted Scenes |
Trailer

Keep Quiet

DVD Street Date: May 16, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
UK-Hungary / English-Hungarian-German / English subtitles / Documentary / 96 min/ NR / Color
5.1 Surround
Director: Joseph Martin, Sam Blair
Featuring: Csanad Szegedi
Synopsis: As vice-president of Hungary's far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi
espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials, and founded the Hungarian
Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by a pro-Nazi group complicit in the murder
of thousands of Jews during WWII. But his life was soon upended when Szegedi's
maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother an
Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith, fearing further persecution. Keep Quiet
depicts Szeged's three-year journey to embrace his newfound religion. But is his

Shake The Dust
DVD Street Date: May 23, 2017
DVD SRP: $29.95
US / English / Documentary / 83 min / NR / Color
Closed Captions
Director: Adam Sjöberg
Synopsis: From executive producer and rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker
Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring
how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world
and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever
committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power
of music and movement.
Special Features: Deleted scenes | Making-of Trailer

The Sheik

Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 30, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
1921 / US / English Intertitles / Adventure-Drama-Romance / 75 min / NR / B&W
Director: George Melford
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller
Synopsis: Hollywood's first male sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino, appears in his most
iconic roles in The Sheik (1921). Agnes Ayres stars as Lady Diana Mayo, a headstrong
Western woman who infiltrates the private party of the handsome Sheik Ahmed Ben
Hassan (Valentino). When the Sheik later encounters Diana in the desert, he abducts
her and takes her to his sumptuous lair. Unable to resist the Sheik's cruel magnetism,
Diana's defiant nature crumbles and she begins to develop affectionate feelings
for her captor. The Sheik plays upon a long tradition of Orientalism in Western
art, which romanticized the sands of Northern Africa as a hotbed or seduction and
captivity.
Special Features: Audio Commentary by Gaylyn Studlar, author of This Mad Masquerade:
Stardom and Masculinity in the Jazz Age and co-editor of Visions of the East: Orientalism
in Film | Archival footage taken at Valentino's funeral | Original theatrical trailer
of Valentino's Blood and Sand (1922)

The Son of the Sheik
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 30, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
1926 / US / English intertitles / Adventure-Drama-Romance / 68 min / NR / B&W
Director: George Fitzmaurice
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, George Fawcett
Synopsis: In this visually intoxicating sequel to Valentino's career-defining film
The Sheik, the silent screen's greatest lover portrays a cultured yet untamed young
man who is lured into a thieve's trap by a beautiful dancer, Yasmin (Vilma Banky).
After escaping, he kidnaps the damsel and holds her captive in his desert lair,
dressing her in Arabian finery and threatening to unleash his violent passion upon
her. Exotic romance saturates every frame of this Orientalist epic; its sadomoasochistic
fantasies are acted out against the lavish set design of William Cameron Menzies
(The Thief of Bagdad) and lushly photographed by George Barnes (Sadie Thompson).
The Son of the Sheik proved to be Valentino's final film. He died suddenly on August
23rd, 1926 at the age of 31, just before the picture's release. This edition is
mastered from the best surviving 35mm elements and features a dazzling score by
Alloy Orchestra.
Special Features: Music by Alloy Orchestra | Filmed introduction by Orson Welles
| "Valentino: His Life and Times," a vintage documentary short | "Valentino at
the Beach" (aka "The Sheik's Physique"), a rare short subject | Original theatrical
trailer of The Young Rajah (1922) | A sampling of newspaper headlines announcing
Valentino's illness and death