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I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
OSCAR NOMINEE! Best Documentary Feature United States/France. 2016. Directed by Raoul Peck. (95 mins.) Rated PG-13.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is essential, perspective-altering viewing and a searing, masterful presentation on racism!!
"An incisive, biting cultural analysis, a psychological examination of a nation - including its culture and institutions - in denial of its own social constructs of race and racism, created to divide us." - Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
"While Peck's work brims over with anger and horror, it is also a work of sweeping poetry. This story still isn't pretty, but it's delivered in a captivating and gorgeous manner." - Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
An evocative extrapolation of James Baldwin's unfinished final novel, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a stunning meditation on what it means to be black in America. The manuscript, titled Remember This House, recounting the lives and successive assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., was entrusted to director Raoul Peck by the writer's estate, and he has built a complex and lyrical rhetoric around Baldwin's words. With rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, this epic narrative connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements and America's irrational relationship with skin color. It is a revolutionary, radical reflection and essential viewing!
THE RED TURTLE
OSCAR NOMINEE! Best Animated Feature Japan/France/Belgium. 2016. Directed by Michael Dudok de Witt. (80 mins.) Rated PG.
Not to be missed, THE RED TURTLE is a gorgeous, delicate, cinematic pleasure, capable of making an audience laugh and cry and smile all at the same time.
"In its artfully drawn frames, a simple and universal story unfolds." - Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
"Families are all but guaranteed to return home from the theater profoundly touched." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
This gorgeously animated fable from famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is a wondrous, wordless story about love, family and the unlikely friendship between a castaway on a deserted island and an enormous sea turtle. Produced and drawn by the hands that created SPIRITED AWAY, THE RED TURTLE is a beautifully crafted ode to the cycle of life. With the scope of a Greek myth and the captivating power of a hymn, this tender, intimate film emerges as an instant classic that deserves the cinematic magic of big screen viewing.
TONI ERDMANN OSCAR NOMINEE! Best Foreign Language Film Germany/Austria. 2016. Directed by Maren Ade. (162 mins.) Rated R. in English and in German and Romanian with English subtitles
An extraordinary piece of cinema, TONI ERDMANN is the unpredictable, raw and riveting story of a father and daughter's unique bond!
"Ade's script is that unique conundrum: an art house comedy with a deft pace and finely tuned emotional intelligence." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Toni Erdmann is an immensely rich, deeply-felt exploration of human relationships that draws you in and holds you fast..."
- Tirdad Derakhshadi, Philadelphia Inquirer
An alternately hilarious and mortifying comedy about the fraught relationship between a corporate consultant and her incessant, prankster dad, TONI ERDMANN touches emotional chords and social insights we might not expect in a movie so laugh-out-loud funny. Retired divorcee Winfried, who likes to shake things up and disrupt the status quo, pays an embarrassing surprise visit to his daughter, a high-ranking, tightly wound and fiercely ambitious businesswoman who does not like to rock the boat. Director Maren Ade's expansive, uproarious film is an endearing, unexpected gem that is ridiculously ripe with riches.
OSCAR NOMINEES! Best Documentary Short Film
PACKAGE A OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS 2016. (76 mins.) Suitable for 15+. Separate admission to Package A & Package B.
4.1 MILES United States. Directed by Daphne Matziaraki. (22 mins.) Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle East and traveling the short distance from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. Despite having limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save lives during the immense humanitarian crisis.
EXTREMIS United States. Directed by Dan Krauss. (24 mins.) At the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter treats terminally ill patients. As she and her team provide the best possible care, they try to help the patients and their loved ones make critical, often heartbreaking decisions.
JOE'S VIOLIN United States. Directed by Kahane Cooperman. (24 mins.)
During a drive to donate musical instruments to public schools, 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The instrument goes to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends with her benefactor.
PACKAGE B OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS 2016. (85 mins.) Suitable for 15+. Separate admission to Package A & Package B.
WATANI: MY HOMELAND UK. Directed by Marcel Mettelsiefen. (39 mins.) Four young children live with their mother and father, a Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.
THE WHITE HELMETS United States. Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. (41 mins.) In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as "the white helmets" comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.
OSCAR NOMINEES! Best Animated Short Film
OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORT FILMS 2016. (87 mins.) Suitable for 8+ with the exception of the final film.
BLIND VAYSHA Canada. Directed by Theodore Ushev. (8 mins.)
Young Vaysha was born with unusual sight: her left eye can see only the past and her right eye can see only the future, while the present is a blind spot. Called "Blind Vaysha" by the people of her village, the girl is tormented by the two realities that she cannot reconcile.
BORROWED TIME United States. Directed by Andrew Coats and Lou-Hamou-Lhadj. (8 mins.)
A sheriff of the Old West returns to the scene of a tragic accident from his past that shaped his life. As memories wash over him, he is engulfed by emotion and must find the strength to carry on with his lifelong quest for redemption.
PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES Canada/UK. Directed by Robert Valley. (35 mins.)
Hard-living Techno Stypes has been Robert's best friend since childhood, and over the years, Robert has been amazed by Techno's ability to sabotage himself. When Techno is hospitalized in China and needs a liver transplant, Robert goes on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver. (PLEASE NOTE: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. Otherwise, the program is acceptable for kids ages 8 and up.)
PEARL United States. Directed by Patrick Osborne. (6 mins.)
An itinerant musician travels around the country with his young daughter in their old hatchback and juggles his passion for performing with providing his daughter with a stable life. The daughter grows up with a love of music and adventure, and is able to repay her father for nurturing her creativity.
PIPER United States. Directed by Alan Barillaro. (6 mins.)
Young Piper, a sandpiper hatchling, leaves her nest for the first time to hunt for food but is too scared of the crashing waves to reach the yummy morsels hidden in the sand. After meeting an unusual ally, Piper attempts to face her fears and increase her confidence.
The following short animated films will be added to round out the package.
THE HEAD VANISHES Canada. Directed by Franck Dion. (9 mins.)
Jacqueline has lost her head, but who cares! For her trip to the seaside, she's decided to take the train alone, like a big girl.
ASTERIA France. Directed by students at the ESMA school. (5 mins.)
Two astronauts go on the conquest of an unknown planet but an unusual situation will put their professionalism to the test.
ONCE UPON A LINE United States. Directed by Alicja Jasina. (7 mins.)
A man leads a boring life until he falls in love. Things get out of control, but at the end the protagonist discovers that there are other ways of living and that the world is full of color and hope.
OSCAR NOMINEES! Best Live Action Short Film
OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS 2016. (134 mins.) Suitable for 15+.
ENNEMIS INTERIEURS France. Directed by Selim Azzazi. (28 mins.) In the 1990s, as the Algerian civil war rages and terrorists infiltrate France, a French police officer of Algerian descent conducts a rancorous interview with a French-born Algerian man seeking naturalization.
LA FEMME ET LA TGV Switzerland. Directed by Timo van Gunten. (30 mins.)
Elise has been waving at the express train as it passes by her home every day for three decades. A letter from the train's conductor begins a correspondence between the two, and when the train is detoured to another route, Elise goes in search of her man.
SILENT NIGHTS Denmark. Directed by Aske Bang. (30 mins.)
Young Danish woman Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter in Copenhagen, where she meets and falls in love with Kwame, an undocumented immigrant from Ghana. The couple builds a life together, but a devastating secret from Kwame's past may undermine their happiness.
SING Hungary. Directed by Kristof Deak. (25 mins.)
Young Zsofi is having a hard time fitting in at her new school, and her distress grows when the choir director treats her cruelly despite her love of singing. Along with her friend Liza, Zsofi investigates the revered teacher in an attempt to reveal her true nature.
TIMECODE Spain. Directed by Juanjo Gimenez Pena. (15 mins.) Parking lot security guard Luna is bored with her uneventful daily routine but a call about a customer complaint leads her to discover how the night guard, Diego, alleviates his boredom. Soon the pair develops a relationship by communicating through the garage's CCTV footage.
LION 6 OSCAR NOMINATIONS! Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor, Dev Patel
Best Supporting Actress, Nicole Kidman
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Score
United States/UK/Australia. 2016. Directed by Garth Davis. (120 mins.) Not Rated. in English with some Hindi and Bengali
LION is a beautifully resonant story about fate, family and the kindness of strangers
"See it and I promise your own heart will skip a beat with happiness and joy." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
"As enthralling as it is emotional." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
With awe-inspiring deftness and delicacy, director Garth Davis knocks it out of the park with his first feature, LION, an unforgettable and amazing true story. When he was only five, Saroo was adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham) after being separated from his family in India. Two decades later, the young businessman sets out on a quest to find them. Newcomer Sunny Pawar lights up the screen as the young boy, and Dev Patel (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) delivers a deeply affecting performance as the adult. Greig Fraser's arresting photography takes on a role of its own, conveying the overwhelming chaos and beauty of Saroo's two worlds. This remarkable, heartwarming journey shows us how home transcends borders and family transcends blood.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA 6 OSCAR NOMINATIONS! Best Picture
Best Actor, Casey Affleck
Best Supporting Actor, Lucas Hedges
Best Supporting Actress, Michelle Williams
Best Original Screenplay
GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER! Best Actor United States. 2016. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. (135 mins.) Rated R.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA paints a rich and touching portrait of one man drawn back into a past he tried to forget!
"A drama of rare power-a tale of human suffering that succeeds because of its love for its characters, rather than for their misfortunes." - David Sims, The Atlantic
"Manchester by the Sea is a masterpiece in a minor key, an exploration of grief that never lets its characters - or its audience - off the hook." - Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
Folding transformative observations into the texture of everyday life, director Kenneth Lonergan (YOU CAN COUNT ON ME) is making waves with MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, an emotionally epic tale of love, loss and family. Lee (Casey Affleck in an Oscar-worthy role) is a reclusive handyman for a small apartment complex in Boston who must return home and face his painful past after the sudden death of his beloved older brother (Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights). Appointed legal guardian of his teenage nephew, Lee navigates some choppy waters to try to find a connection with the boy, a popular student juggling hockey, a rock band and a couple of girlfriends. Told with humor, heart and humanity, this complex, critically-acclaimed drama is lurid, life-altering cinema.
MOONLIGHT 8 OSCAR NOMINATIONS! Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali
Best Supporting Actress, Naomie Harris
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Original Score
GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER! Best Motion Picture Drama United States. 2016. Directed by Barry Jenkins. (110 mins.) Rated R.
Vibrating with authenticity,
MOONLIGHT, being heralded as one of the year's best, is both extraordinary and exquisite!
"Basking in this Moonlight is one of the cinematic joys of the year." - Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Moonlight is a film of rare grace - a tender, compassionate, restrained look at a life lived in the shadows." - Adam Graham, Detroit News
A tender, timely tale about a young man's struggle to find himself, MOONLIGHT is an impeccably crafted story of staggering grace and empathy. Despite his small stature and reserved nature, young Chiron is a survivor determined to overcome the statistics, navigating the dangers of his harsh Florida neighborhood while exploring the soul-stirring confusion involving romantic feelings for his best friend. Told across three defining chapters in his life, this gripping film is a sensual, intoxicating piece of cinema that uncovers deep truths about the moments that define us, the people who shape us and the overwhelming ache of love that can last a lifetime.
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