Movies: Adam, Aquarela, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Movie 1: Adam

This is an odd little film that is showing in limited release.  Adam just finished his Junior year in High School.  With no plans for the summer, Adam manages to tag along with his older sister to New York in hopes of meeting a girl…

Adam ends up involved with a group of LGBTQ in his age group and quickly makes friends he is ill-equipped to engage.  That’s where we lose interest.  It’s one part comedy but a larger part tragedy.

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Adam (August 14, 2019)

Release Date: August 14, 2019
Starring: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Leo Sheng, Chloë Levine
Genres: Comedy
Runtime: 95 min
Original Title: Adam
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Symbolic Exchange
Adam, an awkward teen, spends a summer with his older sister, who is part of New York City's lesbian and trans activist scene. He meets the girl of his dreams but can't figure out how to tell her he's not the trans man she thinks he is.

Cast Adam

  • Nicholas Alexander
  • Role: Adam
  • Bobbi Salvör Menuez
  • Role: Gillian
  • Leo Sheng
  • Role: Ethan
  • Chloë Levine
  • Role: June
  • Margaret Qualley
  • Role: Casey
  • Haley Murphy
  • Role: Sandy
  • Gracie Lawrence
  • Role: Kelsey
  • Hayley Huntley
  • Role: Alyssa
  • Colton Ryan
  • Role: Brad
  • Melanie Hinkle
  • Role: Kate
  • Scott Zimmerman
  • Role: Adam's Dad
  • Samantha Sherman
  • Role: Danielle
  • Alisha B. Woods
  • Role: Jackie
  • Maxton Miles Baeza
  • Role: Boy Casey
  • Ashlie Atkinson
  • Role: Bodice Woman
  • May Hong
  • Role: Lesbian
  • Jac Bernhard
  • Role: Lionel

Crew Adam

  • Rhys Ernst
  • Director
  • Ariel Schrag
  • Novel
  • Ariel Schrag
  • Screenplay
  • Jay Wadley
  • Original Music Composer
  • Olga Mill
  • Costume Design
  • Joe Murphy
  • Editor
  • Henry Russell Bergstein
  • Casting
  • Allison Estrin
  • Casting
  • Shawn Peters
  • Director of Photography
  • James Schamus
  • Producer
  • Howard Gertler
  • Producer
  • Nora Mendis
  • Production Design
  • Joe Pirro
  • Executive Producer
  • Figo Li
  • Executive Producer
  • Charlie Dibe
  • Executive Producer
  • Jennifer Dong
  • Executive Producer
  • Avy Eschenasy
  • Executive Producer


Movie 2: Aquarela

This film is also in limited release. It is well worth seeking out. It’s a Russian Documentary about the earth’s water, it’s ice and the evolving climate change.

What makes this a must watch film is first its staggering beauty. Overall, there is virtually no soundtrack except for wind blowing, ice cracking and an annoying heavy metal episode. Otherwise it’s masterful film making.

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Aquarela (August 16, 2019)

Release Date: August 16, 2019
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 90 min
Original Title: Aquarela
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Aconite Productions, BFI Film Fund, Danish Documentary Production, Louverture Films, Ma.Ja.De Filmproduktion
From massive waves to melting ice, filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky travels around the world to capture stunning images of the beauty and raw power of water.

Crew Aquarela

  • Viktor Kossakovsky
  • Director
  • Viktor Kossakovsky
  • Director of Photography
  • Ben Bernhard
  • Director of Photography
  • Viktor Kossakovsky
  • Editor
  • Molly Malene Stensgaard
  • Editor
  • Ainara Vera
  • Editor
  • Alexandr Dudarev
  • Sound
  • Aimara Reques
  • Writer
  • Viktor Kossakovsky
  • Writer
  • Aimara Reques
  • Producer
  • Heino Deckert
  • Producer
  • Sigrid Dyekjær
  • Producer
  • Eicca Toppinen
  • Original Music Composer

Movie 3: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

This is a Documentary film that chronicles the history and background of the stage musical that opened on Broadway in 1964. It’s perhaps one of the best of the best to date: Fiddler on the Roof.

It’s a classic, a religious celebration, a legendary miracle, a social commentary, and a historic phenomenon. It has reached universal status and not to be missed.

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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (July 18, 2019)

Release Date: July 18, 2019
Starring: Sheldon Harnick, Austin Pendleton, Chaim Topol, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 92 min
Original Title: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Original Film Language: English
The origin story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.

Cast Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

  • Sheldon Harnick
  • Role: Himself
  • Austin Pendleton
  • Role: Himself
  • Chaim Topol
  • Role: Himself
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Role: Himself
  • Joel Grey
  • Role: Himself
  • Harvey Fierstein
  • Role: Himself

Crew Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

  • Max Lewkowicz
  • Director
  • Max Lewkowicz
  • Writer
  • Valerie Thomas
  • Writer
  • Max Lewkowicz
  • Producer
  • Valerie Thomas
  • Producer
  • Ann Oster
  • Executive Producer
  • Patti Kenner
  • Executive Producer
  • Rita Lerner
  • Executive Producer
  • Scott Shelley
  • Director of Photography
  • Joseph Borruso
  • Editor
  • Jerry Bock
  • Original Music Composer

2 thoughts on “Movies: Adam, Aquarela, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles”

  1. Saw Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles “. Everything about it was marvelous and so well done! Glad I agree with Jim and John!

  2. Although I agree that the photography in Aquarela was breathtaking, the movie left me cold.

    I think it suffered from a complete lack of both dialog and a story-line.

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