for our community

  Vagabond Brewing
& Salem Cinema
present a free
evening of short
independent film


Return Engagement!


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.


U.S./Bhutan/India/France/Nepal. Directed by Mark Elliott. Not Rated. (82 mins.)
Monday, August 25th at 7:45PM

Recognized as the reincarnation (‘yangsi’) of one of the most revered Tibetan Masters of the 20th century, Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup must train to perpetuate this legacy, ultimately assuming his full responsibilities at age 18. YANGSI follows this unfolding story over fourteen years, bringing to light with unusual intimacy the experience of being “recognized”, both on the part of the young child, and for his family, his teachers, and his future disciples. A narration by the Yangsi himself adds poignant candor to this question, as he gives voice to his doubts and concerns, as well as his determination and conviction.

The August 25th screening of Yangsi will be followed by a discussion led by James Blumenthal, Oregon State University Associate Professor of Indian and Tibetan Intellectual History and Buddhist Philosophy and Marilyn Sewell, Unitarian Universalist minister, writer, speaker and activist!

Jim Blumenthal has been on the faculty at Oregon State University since completing his Ph.D. in 1999. His research is in the history of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Blumenthal's primary areas of interest are in Indian and Tibetan intellectual history, Buddhist hermeneutics, Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, theories of non-violence, and religious based social justice movements. Jim has spent nearly three years in Asia, primarily living in Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal. After his B.A. and before returning to grad school, Blumenthal worked for the international environmental group, Greenpeace, for four years and was active with several other organizations workingfor peace and social justice. This work led to several arrests for participation in non-violent acts of civil disobedience. He remains committed to issues of peace and justice.

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, an accomplished Unitarian Universalist minister, is known for her dynamic speaking,writing, teaching, and her justice work. She is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute, a literary think tank and visual arts studio in Portland, Oregon that is a haven for writers and artists. Her life journey itself has been an amazing one and is beautifully rendered in the new award-winning documentary film, Raw Faith.

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.

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

o coupons, passes or CineBucks accepted for special events 


India/France. Directed by Pan Nalin. Not Rated. (115 mins.) In Hindi with English subtitles
Monday, September 22nd at 7:45PM

To respect his father's wish, the Indian filmmaker Pan Nalin travels to the biggest gathering on earth, the Kumbh Mela. His cinematic writing narrates encounters with remarkable people of mind and meditation; a runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother who has lost her son, a Yoga Guru who found an abandoned baby, and a Ganja (cannabis) supplying Holy man. A meditation on time and faith expressed in words and images, "Faith Connections" explore the power of devotion.


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.


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.

Gage + a FREE evening of independent short films
presented by Salem Cinema and Vagabond Brewing!

One night only!
Tuesday, August 26 at 7:45PM followed by Q&A with cast & crew!
Phineas Gage was an American railroad worker in Cavendish, Vermont in 1848, who suffered severe brain trauma when an iron-tampering rod ripped through his cheek and came out the top of his skull. Phineas survived the trauma but developed a profound shift in his personality. He changed from being a mild mannered gentleman into a vulgar and uncivil outcast. The film follows the events surrounding the trauma Phineas suffered, which was perhaps the first case that demonstrated the important role that the frontal cortex plays in determining personality. Many of our current war veterans deal with similar issues as Phineas, and the story remains relevant to audiences across the globe.

The United States Veterans Artists Alliance is one of the supporters of the project as the director Keith Wilhelm Kopp is a U.S. Army Vet himself. Several other cast members are also veterans and excited to tell this compelling story.

Director, Keith Wilhelm Kopp chose Oregon as the main location for shooting because of its natural beauty and relevance to the period. Shooting took place in Shaniko and Newbarg, Oregon. His hope is to engage audiences in conversations about mental health and what role brain damage plays in personality shifts.

Life After Beth
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States. 2014. Directed by Jeff Baena. (91 mins.) Rated R.

Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to experience all the things he regretted not doing when she was alive. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite the way he remembered her, and before long, Zach’s world takes a turn for the worse. Imitating what Dr. Frankenstein did with his monster, writer/director Jeff Baena assembles disparate parts of his film into a new whole and jolts fresh life into it. By fusing elements of a young love story and a zombie movie, he concocts a wickedly funny and shockingly poignant film. With its killer soundtrack and all-star cast, including Aubrey Plaza, whose distinctive delivery has never been used to greater effect, and Dane DeHaan, who perfectly embodies the suffering of a young man with a broken heart and a rotting girlfriend, LIFE AFTER BETH will leave you dying to see it again.

The One I Love
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States. 2014. Directed by Charlie McDowell. (91 mins.) Rated R.

The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, THE ONE I LOVE is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell's keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. THE ONE I LOVE, written by Justin Lader, was produced by Mel Eslyn and executive produced by Mark Duplass who stars opposite Elisabeth Moss. On the brink of separation, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in anattempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

A Five Star Life
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Italy. 2014. Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi. (85 mins.) Not Rated. In English and in Italian and French with English subtitles

A Five Star Life is the sophisticated and delightful story of one woman's quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world's finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge's manners to thetemperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment's notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn't leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she's not working, Irene's world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia (Fabrizia Sacchi), two lively young nieces, and best friend--and former lover--Andrea (Stefano Accorsi). But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene's small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. After a chance meeting shakes up her worldview even more, she's compelled to reexamine her choices and charts her own path to happiness despite the expectations of others. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as "part Up In The Air, part Eat Pray Love," A Five Star Life is a warm and heartfelt trip worth taking.

Land Ho!
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Iceland. 2014. Directed by Aaron Katz, Marth Stephens. (95 mins.) Rated R.

Back when they were brothers-in-law, married to two sisters, MITCH (Earl Lynn Nelson) and COLIN (Paul Eenhoorn) were close friends, but they drifted apart as Mitch and his wife divorced and Colin's wife died. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can't quite admit to being retired, recruits a reluctant Colin on a holiday to Iceland - just the ticket to perk up a pair who have endured their share of disappointments but still have a spirit of adventure in them. Brassy, relentlessly cheery, and prone to colorfully profane language. Southerner Mitch is the live wire of the duo. Colin, a more reserved Australian, is picking up the pieces after a second marriage gone sour. For both men, aging, loneliness, and disenchantment are silent adversaries to be countered with gumption -- a testament to the fact that joie de vivre can replenish us at any age.

Salem Cinema's Reel Change For Our Community presents a benefit for Straub Environmental Center!
OR7 The Journey
Tuesday, September 9th at 7:45PM followed by Q&A with director Clemens Schenk and Oregon Wild's Northeast Oregon Field Coordinator Robert Klavins!

All Seats Only $15 |
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United States. 2014. Directed by Clemens Schenk. (67 mins.) Not Rated.

In 1973, with only 500 wolves left In the contiguous United States, the grey wolf was added to the endangered species act, setting the species on a slow path of recovery. Now, states are fighting to have that status removed, opening the door for hunters and ranchers to once again decimate the wolf population. This fascinating documentary is about the incredible journey of OR-7, a grey wolf which was collared in Oregon and eventually dispersed from his pack. A journey that tells the story not only of OR-7, but of the wolf as a species in America. It is a journey of survival. A journey of inspiration. This is a film with two objectives,One, to document OR7’s incredible journey, and two, to educate the 80% of the general public which is unaware of the plight of the wolves, by clarifying the myths and misconceptions that surround these magnificent animals.

CLEMENS SCHENK is a documentary filmmaker specializing in the production of documentaries addressing the preservation, protection and restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife. Clemens graduated from the Brueggeman School of Art in Germany with a degree in visual arts including film and graphic design. During his professional career he had the opportunity to work in several different countries including Germany, France, Costa Rica and the United States. His 10 year stay in Costa Rica presented him with the opportunity to produce and direct many environmentally important documentaries including: MONO TITI, TALAMANCA, RIO TARCOLES, LAS ESFERAS, VOLCAN POAS, just to name a few. His work has been featured in theaters, on the Today Show, Oprah, CNN and the NBC News Channel.

Northeast Oregon Field Coordinator ROBERT KLAVINS joined the Oregon Wild team in 2008. After growing up hiking, fishing, and exploring the Midwest, Rob was moved to action by seeing the destruction of once intact landscapes. After earning his bachelor's degree in biology and ecology from Lawrence University, he was drawn to the big, wild places of the Pacific Northwest and took a job teaching outdoor education with OMSI. He then spent a year traveling the country working on local environmental campaigns as a community organizer with Green Corps. After spending two years teaching young people about Oregon's environment and a year organizing on environmental issues in other places, Rob wanted to start fighting for the things he cared most about – preserving our wildlife and wild places for future generations – in the place he cared most about – Oregon.

Rob has worked on a number of issues including roadless area protections, wolf and wildlife recovery, public lands policy,. and coordinated Oregon Wild's outdoor program for 5 years. Rob represents the organization on both the Umatilla & Wallowa Whitman National Forest Collaborative groups. In 2012, Rob's work at Oregon Wild was recognized with a prestigious Skidmore Prize. Outside of work, Rob and his wife own and operate Barking Mad Farm Bed & Breakfast - a working farm and bed & breakfast in rural Wallowa County. He has dual citizenship with Australia, is an avid hiker, traveler, wildlife watcher and is a rabid fan of the Portland Timbers and 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers.

Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

UK/Ireland. 2014. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. (95 mins.) Rated R.

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). 

The Trip to Italy
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

UK/Italy. 2014. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. (115 mins.) Not Yet Rated.

Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon or semifictionalized versions thereof on a restaurant tour around Northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwateringmeals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of Jagged Little Pill, and, of course, the virtue of sequels.

Love is Strange
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States/France. 2014. Directed by Ira Sachs. (98 mins.) Rated R. in English and in Russian with English subtitles

After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and - victims of the relentless New York City real estate market - temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

The Notebook
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Hungary/Germany/Austria/France. 2014. Directed by Janos Szasz. (109 mins.) Rated R. in Hungarian with English subtitles

Towards the end of World War II, people in big cities are at the mercy of air raids and death by starvation. A desperate young mother leaves her 13-year-old twin sons at their grandmother's house in the country, despite the fact that this grandmother is a cruel and bestial alcoholic. The villagers call her "the Witch" because she is rumored to have poisoned her husband long ago. Previously pampered, the twins must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings. They realize that the only way to cope with the absurd and inhumane world of adults and war is to become completely unfeeling and merciless.

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