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Alive Mind Cinema Series
Transformative Docs For A Changing World
Salem Cinema, Kino Lorber & Gathr Films will present the ALIVE MIND CINEMA SERIES on the 4th Monday of every month! Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by local leaders in our community.

RAW FAITH

United States. Directed by Wm. Peter Wiedensmith. Not Rated. (94 mins.)
Monday, October 27th at 7:45PM

This surprisingly open and revealing documentary follows two years in the private life of a minister. Marilyn Sewell is successful and beloved in the pulpit, but behind the scenes she is lonely and yearning for change. As she considers leaving the ministry, she realizes she will be leaving her only social network. Yet when she falls in love for the first time, she realizes she does not trust intimacy. A study in contrasts, Marilyn must rely on raw faith as she questions her future, her difficult past, her God, and most importantly... her ability to love.

The October 27th screening of Raw Faith will be followed by a discussion led by Marilyn Sewell!

Individual tickets or series memberships are available. You have the opportunity to purchase either a
3-Month Subscription ($40) or 6-Month Subscription ($70) to the series through the Gathr website.
In addition, the screenings are open to non-members and customers can purchase tickets
to individual shows for $15 either online in advance or at the door ONLY on the day of the event.

Series members will receive a host of additional benefits including
free downloads of films from the Alive Mind Cinema library.



no coupons, passes or CineBucks accepted for special events
 

MONK WITH A CAMERA

United States/France/India/Italy. Directed by Tina Mascara, Guido Santi. Not Rated. (90 mins.)
Monday, November 24th at 7:45PM

MONK WITH A CAMERA chronicles the life and spiritual quest of Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, who for the past twenty-eight years has been a Tibetan Buddhist monk.  The son of a United States Ambassador, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and a photographer by trade, Nicky left his privileged life behind to follow his true calling. He moved to India, cutting his ties with society, photography, and his pleasure-filled world, to live in a monastery with no running water or electricity. There he would spend the next 14 years studying to become a monk. Then in one of life’s beautiful twists, Nicky went back to the worldly pursuit of photography in order to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery, one of the most important of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  His journey from being a photographer to becoming a monk and, most recently, to being appointed as the abbot of the monastery he helped to rebuild, are the core of the story.

Future films to be added once Gathr and Kino Lorber announce the titles.

The Blue Room
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

France. 2014. Directed by Mathieu Amalric. (76 mins.) Not Rated. in French with English subtitles

Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman who makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation-but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, thisbeguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way.

Birdman
Opens Friday, November 7th!

United States. 2014. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. (119 mins.) Rated R.

BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. 


The Last Unicorn Screening Tour
with author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle!

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Wednesday, November 12th at 6:30pm!
General Admission $12 / Students, Seniors & Children 3-11 $10

Advance Tickets available now at our box office during regular business hours
or online at boxofficettickets.com!

Enjoy the classic animated film THE LAST UNICORN on the big screen with author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle in person!

This amazing fantasy film — designed and animated by the same Japanese artists who became the core of Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli — is deeply loved by millions around the world, and we’re showing a gorgeous remaster made especially for this nationwide tour. Peter S. Beagle will be in attendance to answer questions, meet fans, signs books, and generally make it a party. There will also be prizes and lots of cool LAST UNICORN merchandise for sale. Come join us for this magical event, and please note: costumes are encouraged! (And great ones will be rewarded.)

THE LAST UNICORN has played to packed houses on its screening tour, so get your tickets early!

Whiplash
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States. 2014. Directed by Damien Chazelle. (106 mins.) Rated R.

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity. 

Keep On Keepin' On
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States. 2014. Directed by Alan Hicks. (84 mins.) Rated R.

Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON depicts the remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, Terry - a mentor to Miles Davis - is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. In the 1960's, he broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC - on "The Tonight Show". Today, after a life spent working with andteaching the most totemic figures in jazz history, Terry continues to attract and cultivate budding talents. KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON highlights his friendship with the preternaturally gifted Justin Kauflin, a blind, 23-year-old piano prodigy who suffers from debilitating stage fright. KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON is a film crafted with great affection by Hicks - another former student of Terry's - a grace note for his teacher, infused with soulfulness and serendipity.

Citizenfour
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Germany/United States. 2014. Directed by Laura Poitras. (114 mins.) Not Rated. in English and in German and Portuguese with English subtitles

In January 2013, Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Japan. 2014. Directed by Isau Takahata. (137 mins.) Rated PG.

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan's most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.

Foxcatcher
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States. 2014. Directed by Bennett Miller. (130 mins.) Rated R.

FOXCATCHER is a psychological drama directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe winner Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller. The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award nominee Dan Futterman. FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins "coaching" a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.

Mr. Turner
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

UK. 2014. Directed by Mike Leigh. (150 mins.) Rated R.

This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.


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