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The Kinks' Ray Davies; Puppets on Film Festival; "The Square"

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Singer/songwriter Ray Davies recounts his love-hate relationship with America. Actor Rick Moranis and Cheryl Henson discuss the Puppets on Film Festival at BAM. And Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim talks about her documentary “The Square,” with actor/activist Khalid Abdalla.

Ray Davies on America, the Kinks, the Riff, and the Road

Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies talks about falling in love with American movies, music, and culture as a boy in post-War England. He toured the United States with the Kinks until they were banned from performing there from 1965 to 1969. Then, when he was living in New Orleans, he was shot as a result of a botched robbery and nearly died. In Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, and the Road, the Story, Davies tries to make sense of his long love-hate relationship with the country that has both inspired and frustrated him.

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Puppets on Film Festival at BAM

Cheryl Henson, president of the Jim Henson Foundation, and co-curator of BAM's third annual Puppets on Film Festival, discusses the series, along with Rick Moranis. He’ll be appearing  at the opening night sing-along of Frank Oz’s “Little Shop of Horrors.” Puppets on Film is playing October 25-27 at BAM.

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“The Square”

Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim discusses directing the documentary “The Square,” along with activist/actor Khalid Abdalla, who is a subject in the film. “The Square” tells the story of the Egyptian Revolution, as it follows a group of passionate Egyptian activists for over two years as they risk their lives to build a new society. It opens at Film Forum October 25.

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Guest Picks: Cheryl Henson

Cheryl Henson, Jim Henson's daughter, was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Rick Moranis, to preview the 3rd Annual Puppets on Film Festival. She also told us what she's been reading and watching recently. 

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