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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7PM

GRAZING THE SKY by Horacio Alcalá

Bronx Film Wednesdays – Independent films you will love.

Grazing the Sky / A ras del cielo takes a revealing look at the incredible physical exploits of circus acrobats, and finds compelling stories of men and women confronting adversity—including the real risk of severe, debilitating injury. The price of life in the limelight includes years of study and practice, an iron discipline, an ongoing commitment to learning new skills, and constant travel far from home. The films takes us from a Circus School in Gaza, Palestine, to Cirque Du Soleil in Sydney, Australia.

Director Horacio Alcalá has been involved with the circus arts for seven years, including Cirque du Soleil. In this film he traveled to 11 different countries over the course of five years to capture the private stories of circus performers. He finds a new reality where aspiring circus performers can learn their craft in specialized schools rather than through family heritage. The trapeze becomes a metaphor for life’s ambitions and the given contrast, poignancy by the ever-present risk of a fall.

★★★★★ “breathtakingly elegant and audacious” – Patrick Peters (Empire)

★★★ “handsome documentary” – Wendy Ide (The Guardian)

Grazing the Sky / A ras del cielo
Director: Horacio Alcalá
Mexico, Portugal, Spain
87 min

7PM Film Screening

Accompanied by these winning shorts from the 21 Islands International Film Fest:

The Extraordinary Mr. Júpiter
Director: Federico Torres Fernández
Puerto Rico
17 min

Autumn
Director: Anna Stavinska
Australia
1.30 min

Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW): Curated by film and media artist Melisa Ramos, this series screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity, each night includes specially selected features and winning films from our Bronx-based 21 Islands International Short Film Fest. BxFW is co-presented with Prime Latino Media, the largest network of Latino multimedia-makers and actors on the East Coast.

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PREGONES THEATER
575 Walton Avenue 
(b/w 149 & 150 Streets)
The Bronx, NY 10451

Subway #2, 4, 5 to 149 Street & Grand Concourse
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For more information call us at 718-585-1202.

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Event Details

  • Location

    Pregones in THE BRONX

  • Date & Time

    October 2, 2019 at 7PM

  • Bronx Film Wednesdays

    FEATURED DIRECTORS:

    Horacio Alcalá
    Federico Torres Fernández
    Anna Stavinska

Grazing the Sky / A ras del cielo takes a revealing look at the incredible physical exploits of circus acrobats, and finds compelling stories of men and women confronting adversity—including the real risk of severe, debilitating injury. The price of life in the limelight includes years of study and practice, an iron discipline, an ongoing commitment to learning new skills, and constant travel far from home. The films takes us from a Circus School in Gaza, Palestine, to Cirque Du Soleil in Sydney, Australia.

Director Horacio Alcalá has been involved with the circus arts for seven years, including Cirque du Soleil. In this film he travelled to 11 different countries over the course of five years to capture the private stories of circus performers. He finds a new reality where aspiring circus performers can learn their craft in specialized schools rather than through family heritage. The trapeze becomes a metaphor for life’s ambitions and the given contrast, poignancy by the ever-present risk of a fall.

★★★★★ “breathtakingly elegant and audacious” – Patrick Peters (Empire)

★★★ “handsome documentary” – Wendy Ide (The Guardian)

Grazing the Sky / A ras del cielo
Director: Horacio Alcalá
Mexico, Portugal, Spain
87 min

7PM Film Screening

Accompanied by these winning shorts from the 21 Islands International Film Fest:

The Extraordinary Mr. Júpiter
Director: Federico Torres Fernández
Puerto Rico
17 min

Autumn
Director: Anna Stavinska
Australia
1.30 min

Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW): Curated by film and media artist Melisa Ramos, this series screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity, each night includes specially selected features and winning films from our Bronx-based 21 Islands International Short Film Fest. BxFW is co-presented with Prime Latino Media, the largest network of Latino multimedia-makers and actors on the East Coast.