as part of Theatre From London
One life in the hands of 12 women.
Rural England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, 21-year-old Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.
When Sally claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.
James Macdonald (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins). Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.
Approx 180 min.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema.
This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond. Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone.
Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius of choreographer’s visually captivating work performed by some of the world’s most dazzling dancers in a live broadcast to cinemas.
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present a broadcast of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, May 9.
A pseudo-historical opera about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her bitter rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, Donizetti’s drama thrills with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays. Soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton square off as two of history’s most formidable monarchs, with Maurizio Benini conducting. 3 hrs.
The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.
PG-13 112 min.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema.
Despite each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the two families will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend. The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev’s remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights.
Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 11 at the box office only for Metropolitan Opera members. You must present your Met membership card. Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, July 17 at the box office and online at rosetheatre.com
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present a broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, April 11.
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko appears in her 16th Live in HD transmission, taking on the soaring title diva of Puccini’s grand melodrama. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s evocative production, with tenor Brian Jagde as Tosca’s impassioned lover, Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle as the sinister Scarpia.
as part of Community Arts Film Series IV
Community Arts Film Series: Joel-Peter Witkin is a celebrated photographer, known for dark tableaux full of disturbing images. His identical twin brother Jerome is an equally acclaimed figurative painter, whose work explores sociohistorical themes. These two gifted artists rarely communicate with one another, maintaining separate lives despite their shared upbringing. Told almost entirely by the women in their lives, Trisha Ziff’s intimate film explores themes of love, loss and distance, while showcasing the Witkins’ fascinating bodies of work. When they reunite for their first-ever joint exhibition, will the brothers’ artistic collaboration change their perspectives on their own – or each other’s – work and lives?
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema.
Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious and magnetic swan-woman, Odette, by the lake and is captivated. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences.
Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see.
“One of the most remarkable experiments in the history of cinema… Rarely has ordinary existence seemed so multifaceted and enigmatic.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times (writing on 49 UP). Michael Apted’s landmark longitudinal documentary series, beginning in 1963, has followed the lives of a dozen or so British 7-year-olds, checking in with them every seven years. There’s scrappy Tony, a jockey-turned-cabbie; the terribly posh public school boys who become fox-hunting, aristocratic barristers; three working-class little girls for whom marriage, divorce, and children define much of their lives (one of whom has the temerity to confront Apted for his sexism). The British class system plays a major role, but so too do luck and temperament, romance, religion, mental illness, and race. Apted subtly collages historical footage, allowing his subjects to fast-forward into the person they become, much as flowers bud, bloom and fade — allowing us to consider our own life cycle with startling and poignant clarity. (Excerpted from Film Forum).
NR, 144 min.
“Critic’s Pick… There’s great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped…” – The New York Times
“Grade: A. The film world’s most remarkable franchise continues with its most touching installment. A singular portrait of life itself: of its freedoms and limitations; of its differences and similarities; of its predictability and chaos. And if you’ve never seen one of these films before, there’s no time like the present. Indeed, this is the perfect place to get started. For all its ambition, the UP series is a phenomenally simple piece of work in both concept and execution… The seismic political turmoil casts intriguing new shadows on these people… People change, some more than others, but 63 UP is so beautiful and bittersweet for how it finds them becoming who they are.” – IndieWire
“If this is the final chapter, as Apted suggests it could be, it’s a worthy cap to one of the boldest experiments in world cinema.” – Variety
Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate.
Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, working with sound design pioneers–Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom–and the many women and men who followed in their footsteps.
NR, 94 min.
"A delight! - Hollywood Reporter
"Mesmerizing and throoughly engrossing." - Film Threat
"A must-watch." - Screen Daily
"An erudite and impassioned documentary." - IndieWire
"A deeply felt documentary." - Guardian
Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her groundbreaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild – and discovers a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become. Weaving through the past and present, her harrowing journey gives us an intimate look into the factors that destroyed her career and the forces that brought her back. NR, 83 min.
“Despite being the first woman to set off on a solitary expedition to observe animal behavior, the zoologist never received proper popular praise for her efforts. With her bighearted documentary... director Alison Reid aims to correct this error, honoring an ahead-of-her-time scientist who defied the patriarchal conventions of the 1950s and stood up to various forms of sexism since then.” - Variety
“Reid has an ace up her sleeve, and this the 86-year old Dagg herself... She’s articulate and well-spoken, but also has a fantastic sense of humor, and will charm every single person watching the movie.” - Film Threat
“The inspiring saga of a woman who blazed trails in her field offers delights for viewers of all ages.” - The Wrap
“The passion of Anne Innis Dagg will become your own.” - WNYC
“WONDER-FILLED!” - Spirituality and Practice
as part of Theatre From London
James McAvoy (X-MEN, ATONEMENT) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from London's West End.
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?
Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd. This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.
"McAvoy is spellbinding as Cyrano." - Metro
"James McAvoy shines as the lovelorn cavalier in this post-‘Hamilton’ take on the iconic French rhyming play." - Time Out
"I defy anyone not to fall in love with it." - Telegraph
"A bright and noble passion floods the Jamie Lloyd Company’s ravishing CYRANO DE BERGERAC starring a fiercely romantic James McAvoy in the title role." - New York Times
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present a broadcast of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, March 14.
Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing production of PARSIFAL recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork. 2 hrs, 40 min.
CUNNINGHAM traces Merce Cunningham's artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists. PG, 93 min.
"Here's a dance documentary that splendidly flaunts its artistic point of view, and fittingly so." - Variety
"Immersive and enthralling." - Screen International
Tangoheart returns to the Rose bringing the power, beauty, and passion of the Argentine tango to the Port Townsend community. This special concert is dedicated to the music of the iconic Astor Piazzolla and two of his greatest contemporaries, Osvaldo Pugliese and Anibal “Pichuco” Troilo, Piazzolla’s first boss. Tangoheart was founded in 1999. It is an authentic classic “orquesta typica" which includes piano, contrabajo, string section, and the bandoneon, the Argentine instrument with the emblematic tango sound.
Through the years Tangoheart has performed in every major theater in the Northwest and is the favorite Puget Sound dance orchestra. The group is led by bandoneonist Bertram Levy, who has spent the last quarter century immersed in the Argentine tango. The group’s driving bass lines belong to jazz arranger, performer and original Tangoheart member Andy Carr on piano and to the great Todd Gowers, Seattle’s bassist for all seasons. The string section includes world music specialist Ruthie Dornfeld on first violin and long time Seattle Symphony assistant principal violist Dorothy Shapiro on second.
The last concert in 2017 sold out so be sure to get your tickets early.
Tickets are $22.00 and can be purchased online or at the box office.
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present a broadcast of Handel’s AGRIPPINA, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, February 29.
As the imperious title empress, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads the Met premiere of Handel’s tale of deception and deceit. Harry Bicket conducts Sir David McVicar’s wry new production, which gives this Baroque black comedy a politically charged, modern updating. 4 hrs.
Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.
R, 121 min.
"A Masterpiece. A devastatingly unforgettable story of love and memory. As perfect a film as any to have premiered this year. Razor-sharp and shatteringly romantic. A profoundly tender story about the process of self-discovery and becoming. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a period romance that’s traditional in some ways, progressive in others, and altogether so damn true that it might feel more like staring into a mirror than it does running your eyes over a canvas." - IndieWire
"It is so very easy to label a film incendiary, but Portrait of a Lady on Fire deserves the scalding honour. It will ignite every flame you might have." - Globe and Mail
"The fire burns slowly, but there's no lack of heat in Celine Sciamma's period love story." - The Age
"It's a great example of how a well-told story, with vivid characters, can seep right into your bones and keep you thinking for days afterward-and the pleasure felt while watching it isn't negligible either." - TIME
"Far from some stuffy costume drama, it's a deeply stirring romance with a modern soul, and also a forcefully, compassionately feminist one..." - AV Club
"Not a moment in Portrait of a Lady on Fire is wasted, which suits a story about lovers without a moment to lose." - Hollywood Reporter
"It's a quiet and deceptively slow film, at times featuring so little sound that one can almost hear the characters' hearts fluttering. The pay-off, in a final 20 minutes of simply exquisite, cathartic cinema, is one for the history books." - New Zealand Herald
In 1974, Leon Gast traveled to Africa to film Zaïre 74, a music festival planned to accompany an unprecedented sports spectacle: the Rumble in the Jungle, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title—“a fight between two blacks in a black nation, organized by blacks,” as a Kinshasa billboard put it. When the main event was delayed, extending Ali’s stay in Africa, Gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, observing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career while basking in his role as black America’s proud ambassador to postcolonial Africa. Two decades in the making, WHEN WE WERE KINGS features interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton that illustrate the sensational impact of the fight, rounding out an Academy Award–winning portrait of Ali that captures his charm, grace, and defiance. (Excerpted from Criterion).
Oscar Winner, Best Documentary (1997)
PG, 89 min.
"There is a palpable tension, as the two men step into the ring, that is not lessened because we know the outcome." - RogerEbert.com
"Both a tribute to Ali and an evocation of a bygone era, it's about the transformative moment when black America, flexing its newborn pride, encountered black Africa." - Newsweek
"Enormously entertaining." - Variety
"A penetrating emotional analysis of the boxing which is nothing short of inspired." - Time Out
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema.
The young peasant girl Giselle dies of a broken heart when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion. In this brand-new production of Giselle, world renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.
“The most powerful, loved, and hated film critic of her time.” – Roger Ebert on Pauline Kael (1919-2001). In a field that has historically embraced few women film critics, Kael was controversial, witty, and fiercely discerning. Her decades-long berth at The New Yorker energized her fans (“Paulettes”) and infuriated her detractors on a weekly basis. Her turbo-charged prose famously championed the New Hollywood Cinema of the late 1960s and ‘70s (BONNIE AND CLYDE, NASHVILLE, CARRIE, TAXI DRIVER) and the work of major European directors (François Truffaut, Bernardo Bertolucci), while mercilessly panning some of the biggest studio hits (THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, DIRTY HARRY). Her creepy battle with Andrew Sarris and his auteur theory was legendary, and her stint in Hollywood, trying her hand at producing, was a disaster. Sarah Jessica Parker voices Kael’s reviews; filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Paul Schrader, and Francis Ford Coppola and critics Camille Paglia, Molly Haskell, Greil Marcus, and David Edelstein speak to her enormous gifts and influence. (Excerpted from Film Forum).
NR, 98 min.
“Adamantly engaging, full of lively, appreciative voices that, more than anything else, bring her enthusiasm and keen-mindedness back to life.” - The Hollywood Reporter
“A celebration of the pleasure of intellectual and emotional response to art. Musters a heavyweight crowd of admirers and acolytes - with the odd demuring voice - and assembles a kaleidoscopic montage of movie clips, archive footage and Kael’s own home movies. Cinephiles will latch onto this lively, entertaining essay.” - Screen International
“All hail the queen. Kael was that rare creature, the superstar critic whose opinion could change the trajectory of a given film’s path to or from success.” - Hammer to Nail
“A no-brainer for film buffs. Candid and lively. Her writing still packs a punch and is as conversational as ever.” - Film-Forward.com
as part of Community Arts Film Series IV
JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.
Not Rated, 79 min.
In the days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 that killed 17 people and launched a nationwide student movement, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman embedded with students and families whose lives were forever transformed. They include senior David Hogg, who recorded his class during the attack and became the face of the Never Again movement; freshman Brooke Harrison, who was in the first classroom under attack; Sam Zeif, a senior who was locked down in the same building, texting with his little brother and unsure if they would ever see each other again; Andrew Pollack, the father of 18-year-old Meadow, who was killed after being shot nine times; and the loved ones of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, including his parents Manuel and Patricia, girlfriend Victoria Gonzalez, and best friend Dillon McCooty.
The filmmakers developed trusting relationships with these students and families, who opened their doors during some of the most difficult moments of their lives, and followed their private journeys as they rose to challenge the nation to end gun violence. Weaving together candid, in-depth interviews, vérité footage, and personal videos, the film chronicles moments both intimate and defining – from the quiet hours of grief and reflection, to those of political awakening, and onto milestones on the public stage – creating a moving portrait of one community's crusade to turn tragedy into progress.
NR, 92 min.
"The movie succeeds where it counts: showing the reverberations of violence long after most cameras left." - New York Times
"The film records this experience in a moving and memorable way. After you've seen it, you know more about the meaning of this kind of horror than you did before, and that's a vital thing." - Variety
"So many of the stories of After Parkland are interesting enough that they could have sustained their own documentary." - RogerEbert.com
"What feels important in Parkland is less about pushing any kind of political agenda or viewpoint than about simply listening, and bearing witness." - Entertainment Weekly
THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker.
NR, 74 min.
"THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM is only 74 minutes long, yet it's a snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it." - Variety
as part of Classics Night
Classics Night in the Starlight!
A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. Starring Julie Christie and Warren Beattie. Written and directed by Robert Altman.
R, 120 min.
Due to popular demand a second reading event was added on 2/8!
Join author Christine Hemp for the book launch of her debut memoir Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse (Arcade/Skyhorse).
Hemp will read from her book and be in conversation with novelist and Port Townsend literary light Anna Quinn. Book signing afterwards, including a “hoof-o-graph” by Buddy the Horse!
Tickets available online and at the box office. Admission ($25.00) includes a hardback copy of the book.
Full Starlight kitchen and cocktail menu curated by the Silverwater Café will be available for the evening
Wild Ride Home is a joyous memoir of finding love and losing love, of going away and coming home, of Alzheimer's, cancer, and lost pregnancies, of fly fishing and horsemanship, of second chances, and, ultimately, the triumph of love and the strength of one resilient and hilarious family. Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on National Public Radio's Morning Edition; she has sent a poem of hers on a NASA mission to monitor the birth of stars; and she is currently on the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau with her talk From Homer to #hashtags: our Changing Language. She is the author of That Fall (poems) and has received a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula with two horses, two cats, and one husband.
Anna Quinn is the author of the “The Night Child,” published by Blackstone Publishing, 2018. Recently listed as a #1 Amazon bestseller in Psychological Literary Fiction, it was also selected as Ingram’s 2018 Best Book Club Book. She is the founder of the Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend and has twenty-eight years of experience teaching writing workshops across the country.
Hosted by Imprint Books.
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present a broadcast of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, February 1.
The Gershwins’ modern American masterpiece has its first Met performances in almost three decades, starring bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue in the title roles. Director James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. 3 hrs, 30 min.
"A Porgy of its time that speaks to ours." -Washington Post
"Splendid...gripping." -New York Times
Marion Stokes was secretly recording television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the Iranian Hostage Crisis at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 while the Sandy Hook massacre played on television as Marion passed away. In between, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows, and commercials that tell us who we were, and show how television shaped the world of today.
Before “fake news” Marion was fighting to protect the truth by archiving everything that was said and shown on television. The public didn’t know it, but the networks were disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history. Remarkably Marion saved it, and now the Internet Archive will digitize her tapes and we’ll be able to search them online for free.
This is a mystery in the form of a time capsule. It’s about a radical Communist activist, who became a fabulously wealthy recluse archivist. Her work was crazy but it was also genius, and she would pay a profound price for dedicating her life to this visionary and maddening project.
NR, 87 min.
"What makes Recorder so utterly compelling and beautifully textured is the absolute compassion and sympathy that director Matt Wolf has for his subject." - The CriterionCast
"Matt Wolf's documentary reveals the secret greatness of a reclusive activist." - New Yorker
"A character study of a fascinating news-junkie with a mission." - RogerEbert.com
"The Marion Stokes Project captures both the inherent humor and the utter absurdity of what this single-minded woman devoted her life to. Buried within all those hours of footage are gems and relics to capture a time and place in an unprecedented fashion." - Film Inquiry
This year's Oscar nominated live-action short films!
Belgium, 16 min.
A night. a car. Alie is in trouble. to get by she must make the most important call of her life.
Canada, Tunisia, Sweden, Qatar, 28 min.
Mohamed is a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons. Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife. Tension between father and son rises over three days until reaching a breaking point.
NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
France, Tunisia, 17 min.
Two young brothers come across a donkey in the desert. Strangly, the animal is wearing headphones over its ears.
USA, 22 min.
SARIA is the tale of two inseparable orphaned sisters, Saria and Ximena, as they fight against daily abuse and unimaginable hardship at Virgen de la asuncion Safe home in Guatemala. Our story follows the events leading up to the tragic fire in 2017 that claimed the lives of 41 orphaned girls. SARIA is premiering at the 2020 Oscar Shorts.
THE NEIGHBOR'S WINDOW
USA, 20 min.
THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW tells the story of Alli, a mother of young children who has grown frustrated with her daily routine and husband (Greg keller). But her life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street and she discovers that she can see into their apartment.
This year's Oscar nominated documentary short films! Rated R.
IN THE ABSENCE
US, South Korea, 29 min.
When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from the national authorities.
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD
UK, US, Afganistan, 40 min.
In Afghanistan, many young girls are not able to participate in sports. Cultural and religious norms, along with other factors such as safety concerns and years of warfare, have resulted in limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls, especially those who come from impoverished neighborhoods. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything. LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) tells the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write - and skateboard - in Kabul.
LIFE OVERTAKES ME
US, 37 min.
The story of traumatized children of the refugee diaspora who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into a coma-like state. in Sweden, over 400 refugee children have been afflicted with this life-threatening psychosomatic illness, and the film will accompany two of them and their families on their frightening odyssey through Resignation Syndrome.
ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN
US, 28 min.
Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.
WALK RUN CHA CHA
USA, 20 min.
paul and Millie cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Years later they finally reunited in california. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time on the dance floor. Shot over a period of six years, WALK RUN CHA-CHA is an intimate, beautifully-crafted story about immigration, transformation and the power of love.
This year's Oscar nominated animated short films! A variety of wonderfully illustrated movies.
Rated PG-13. The themes tackled in this year’s Animated program are heavy – the death of a parent, Alzheimer’s, China’s one child policy, and more. Most of these shorts will not appeal to children under 12. The films are all very engaging, but adult audiences will appreciate them much more than kids.
Czech Republic, 15 min.
In a hospital room, a daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pane breaks under the impact of a little bird.
USA, 7 min.
A heartfelt animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across - doing his daughter’s hair for the first time.
USA, 9 min.
Reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.
France, 12 min.
Recently, Louis, a painter, is experiencing strange events. His world seems to be mutating. Slowly, furniture, objects and people lose their realism. They are destructuring, sometimes disintegrating...
China, 8 min.
A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?
The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, she acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey, shedding new light on her films, photography, and recent installation works while offering her one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. Suffused with the people, places, and things she loved—Jacques Demy, cats, colors, beaches, heart-shaped potatoes—this wonderfully idiosyncratic work of imaginative autobiography is a warmly human, touchingly bittersweet parting gift from one of cinema’s most luminous talents.
NR, 115 min.
"Two hours of magic." -The Guardian
"A master class on filmmaking by the late, great Agnès Varda, by way of a tour of her 64 years behind and in front of the lens, as a leading force of the French New Wave." - Toronto Star
"This is a fascinating, informative, and reflective swan song that gives Varda the final word, and some of the due she's been owed her entire career, as one of the most influential feminist filmmakers." - Globe and Mail
"It's a charming and characteristically bittersweet farewell that allows Varda to have the final word on her films." - IndieWire
"The pioneering Belgian film-maker and artist Agnès Varda presented this film at the Berlin international film festival in February this year; one month later she died. A documentary that takes the form of an illustrated lecture, it’s designed as a swansong, a greatest hits showcase that revisits and consolidates her extensive body of work." - Guardian