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Oscar Nominated Short Films
Beginning Friday, January 30th!

Animated ~ Live Action ~ Documentary

Salem Cinema will once again give audiences the opportunity to view all of the Oscar Nominated Short Films prior to the Academy Awards!

 

Oscar Nominations for Animated Short Film
(77 mins.) Treat as PG.

The Bigger Picture
UK. Directed by Daisy Jacobs. (7 mins.)
'You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!' hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won't go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.


The Dam Keeper
United States. Directed by Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi. (18 mins.)
Set in a desolate future, one small town's survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change. Made up of over 8,000 paintings, The Dam Keeper blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi's
celebrated painting-style to life like never before.


Feast
United States. Directed by Patrick Osborne. (6 mins.)
Feast, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (Head of Animation, Paperman) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.


Me and My Moulton
Canada/Norway. Directed by Torill Kove. (14 mins.)
One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. Me and My Moulton provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal”.


A Single Life
The Netherlands. Directed by Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen. (2 mins.)
When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS will be included to round out the package.

Duet United States. Directed by Glen Keane. (4 mins.)
Animated in its entirety, DUET tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet.

Footprints United States. Directed by Bill Plympton. (4 mins.)
A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation.

Bus Story Canada. Directed by Tali. (11 mins.)
Our protagonist dreams of becoming a bus driver in order to cruise down quiet country lanes and connect with nature, her young charges and their parents. But her idyllic view of her new job is sorely tested after she meets her surly boss, named Killer, and discovers that winding roads can prove treacherous in winter, especially with a faulty clutch.

Sweet Cocoon France. Directed by M. Bernard, M. Bruget, J. Duret, M. Marco, Q. Puiraveau. (6 mins.)
A caterpillar about to undergo her metamorphosis finds her cocoon is much too small to squeeze into. Two helpful insects come to her aid.

Oscar Nominations for Live Action Short Film
(117 mins.) Treat as PG-13.

Aya
Israel/France. Directed by Mihal Brezis, Oded Binnun. (39 mins.)
Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the
random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.


Boogaloo and Graham
UK. Directed by Michael Lennox. (14 mins.)
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. Starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch.

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
France/China. Directed by Hu Wei. (15 mins.)
A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various
backgrounds.


Parvaneh
Switzerland. Directed by Talkhon Hamzavi. (25 mins.)
A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.


The Phone Call
UK. Directed by Mat Kirby. (21 mins.)
THE PHONE CALL follows HEATHER, (played by OSCAR nominee SALLY HAWKINS), a shy lady who works at a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner JIM BROADBENT) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

Oscar Nominations for Documentary Short Film

PACKAGE A
(81 mins.) Treat as R.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
United States. Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent. (39 mins.)
The timely documentary CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.

Joanna Poland. Directed by Aneta Kopacz. (40 mins.)
With great visual poetry, 'Joanna' portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with an
untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.


PACKAGE B
(79 mins.) Treat as R.

Our Curse
Poland. Directed by Tomasz Sliwinski. (27 mins.)
The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of
their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator.


The Reaper (La Parka)
Mexico. Directed by Gabriel Serra Arguello. (29 mins.)
Efrain, known as the Reaper, has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years. We will discover his deep relationship with death
and his struggle to live.


White Earth
United States. Directed by J. Chrisian Jensen. (20 mins.)
Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. "White Earth" is the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.

Force Majeure
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Sweden/France/Denmark/Norway. 2014. Directed by Ruben Ostlund. (118 mins.) Rated R. in English and in Swedish with English subtitles

A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family's world to its core and his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

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.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States. 2014. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. (99 mins.) Not Rated. In Persian with English subtitles

The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

Antarctica: A Year On Ice
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States. 2014. Directed by Anthony Powell. (92 mins.) Rated PG.

ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature's grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Using specially modified cameras and spectacular time-lapse photography, filmmaker Anthony Powell captures the splendor of the region like no film before. ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE gives testament to the planet's natural wonders, humanity's thirst for adventure, and the emotional extremes that accompany a year within the last pristine wilderness on the planet.

Son of a Gun
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Australia. 2014. Directed by Julius Avery. (108 mins.) Rated R.

Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price; Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protégée. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch's freedom, staging a daring prison break and joining his crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.

Mr. Turner
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

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

4 Oscar Nominations! Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Production Design

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.

Still Alice
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

United States. 2014. Directed by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland. (101 mins.) Rated PG-13.

Oscar Nominee! Best Actress Julianne Moore

Golden Globe Winner! Best Actress (Julianne Moore)

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

Two Days, One Night
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Belgium/France/Italy. 2014. Directed by Jeanne-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. (95 mins.) Rated PG-13. In French and Arabic with English subtitles

Oscar Nominee! Best Actress Marion Cotillard

Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom.

Song of the Sea
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Ireland. 2014. Directed by Tomm Moore. (93 mins.) Rated PG.

Oscar Nominee! Best Animated Feature

Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.

Timbuktu
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

France/Mauritania. 2014. Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. (97 mins.) Rated PG-13. In English and in French, Arabic, Bambara and Songhay with English subtitles

Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema. 



Alive Mind Cinema is a monthly series featuring films that explore the meaning of life and happiness.
These critically acclaimed and transformative films present the power of art and spirituality to change
how we see our world. Patrons may visit the Gathr Films website to purchase a 3-month or 6-month
subscription in advance. Individual tickets will also be available to purchase at the door the evening of each film.
No coupons, passes or CineBucks accepted for special events.

Monday, February 23rd at 7:45PM:
Concerning Violence
Monday, March 23rd at 7:45PM:
Farewell Herr Scwarz 
Monday, April 27th at 7:45PM:
Seeds of Time
Monday, May 25th at 7:45PM:
Steak (R)evolution
Monday, June 22nd at 7:45PM:
Goodbye Gauley Mountain

"The Alive Mind Cinema Series is essential viewing for everyone interested in finding their personal
pathway to greater happiness and living a more fulfilled life!" - Loretta Miles, Salem Cinema owner

Concerning Violence
Monday, February 23rd at 7:45PM

United States/Sweden/Finland/Denmark. 2014. Directed by Goran Olsson. (85 mins.) Not Rated. In English and in Swedish, French & Portuguese with English subtitles

From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late '60s and '70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. 

"A tough, cerebral, and illuminating documentary about the decolonization of Africa." -Boyd Van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

Manhattan Short Feature Film Project
Patrick's Day

Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Ireland. 2014. Directed by Terry McMahon. (102 mins.) Not Rated.

Between March 5 and 8, 2015, one feature film will debut in over 50 cinemas across the United States in the 3rd Annual Feature Film Project.

Audiences at each venue will be asked if this film should return to this cinema for a theatrical release in 2015. If the majority votes "yes" then, if the producers choose, the film will return to that cinema for a series of screenings that year.

Patrick is a warm, open, twenty-six year old virgin schizophrenic. Pills and his mother’s protection mean he is no threat to himself or anyone else. Until he falls in love. The object of his desire, Karen, a suicidal flight attendant, has no idea the intimacy she shares with Patrick might reintroduce her to living. Patrick’s obsessive mother Maura doesn’t realize her own misguided love may be more dangerous than hate. To pull Karen and Patrick apart, she enlists the help of dysfunctional detective Freeman, who will use his position to help her, for a price. A provocative and heart-breaking love story about the right to intimacy for everyone, Patrick’s Day proves, when it comes to love, we’re all a little crazy.

Maps To The Stars
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Canada/United States. 2014. Directed by David Cronenberg. (111 mins.) Rated R.

With this tale of a secret-filled Hollywood family on the verge of implosion, director David Cronenberg (EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) forges both a wicked social satire and a very human ghost story from our celebrity-obsessed culture. Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in a sun-soaked Southern California rife with money, dreams, fame, envy, angst, yearning - and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist, whose "Hour of Personal Power" has brought him an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.

Leviathan
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Russia. 2014. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintstev. (140 mins.) Rated R. In Russian with English subtitles

Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Winner! Best Foreign Language Film

The latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev, the acclaimed director of The Return (Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner and Golden Globe nominee). Kolya (Alexeï Serebriakov) lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya (Elena Liadova) and his son Roma (Sergueï Pokhodaev) from a previous marriage. 

Wild Tales
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

Argentina/Spain. 2014. Directed by Damian Szifron. (122 mins.) Rated R. In Spanish with English subtitles

Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film

Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

Salt of the Earth
Dates & Showtimes to be announced!

France/Brazil/Italy. 2014. Directed by Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. (110 mins.) Rated PG-13. In English & in French and Portuguese with English subtitles

Oscar Nominee! Best Documentary Feature

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty.

Cheatin'
Coming in April with BILL PLYMPTON live and in person!

United States. 2015. Directed by Bill Plympton. (76 mins.) Not Rated.

In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming "other" woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden "soul machine", Ella takes the form of Jake's numerous lovers, desperately fighting through the malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny.

BILL PLYMPTON is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill Plympton moved to New York City in 1968. He began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.

In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short “Your Face”. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for a short film “Guard Dog”. “Push Comes to Shove” another short film, won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991 he’s made 9 feature films, 6 of them, “The Tune”, “Mondo Plympton”, “I Married A Strange Person”, “Mutant Aliens”, “Hair High” and “Idiots and Angels” are all animated features.


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