Please Note: Zeitgeist will be closed August 29 through September 4th
September 5 thru 10 @ 7:30 p.m. (except Monday); September 11 @ 5:30 p.m.; September 12 thru 18 @ 9:30 p.m. (except Monday)
THE CONGRESS by Ari Folman. More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema. This wildly inventive live caption animated film is directed by Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir), the film also stars Sami Gayle and Paul Giamatti. Winner Best Picture, Best Screenplay & Best Actress – Austin Fantastic Fest; Best Animated Feature – European Film Awards; and Critic’s Prizes at the Tokyo Anime Awards, Sitges – Catalonian Int. Film Festival, and the International Cinephile Society Awards.
Sept 5 thru 10 @ 9:30 p.m. (except Monday); Sept 12 thru 18 @ 7:30 p.m. (except Monday)
FRANK by Lenny Abrahamson. 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). Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
Thursday, September 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE by visiting British filmmaker Andrew Mark Simpson. Friendship, First Loves, Rebellion! 1974 during a violent coalminers strike in Northern England, a teenage artist falls for the gorgeous new girl from London but their attempts to escape make him betray his family, community and best friends so he must choose between his old life and his new love. It mixes cool 1970s styles, teenage romance, politics and gritty realism.
September 19 through 25 @ 5:30 p.m. nightly
ROAD TO NINJA – NARUTO THE MOVIE, A new Japanese anime feature film based on the popular TV series. Naruto and his friends are trapped in a Genjutsu created by the mysterious Masked Shinobi who is testing it for a greater plan. In this new world, or reality, everyone except Naruto and Sakura have their personalities changed to the opposite of their normal personality. Also, dead characters are now alive and roles are reversed. Naruto and Sakura must find a way to get out of this Genjutsu, and return things to normal.
September 19 through 25 @ 7:30 p.m. nightly
THE TRIP TO ITALY by Michael Winterbottom. Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semi-fictionalized 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. Rewetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals 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. Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.
September 19 through 25 @ 9:30 p.m. nightly
THE ZERO THEOREM by Terry Gilliam, This sci-fy thriller starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Rupert Friend, etc. is about a computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him. Although is any Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Jabberwacky, Time Bandits, Brazil, The Meaning Of Life, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, etc.) film really just about a simple plot or premise. His films are cinematic experiences, so just come and experience this for yourself. The distributor is sending lots of promotional swag and giveaways too.
Opening September 26:
STARRED UP by David Mackenzie. 19-year-old Eric (Jack O’Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend, “Homeland”), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him. Written by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser, STARRED UP is a merciless, uncompromising portrayal of a dehumanizing life behind bars, and the most accomplished film of David Mackenzie‘s career (Young Adam, Hallum Foe, Tonight You’re Mine); as father and son, Mendelsohn and O’Connell give extraordinary performances, charting a path that resembles Greek tragedy.
Friday, September 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
THE 78 MOVIE PROJECT ROAD TOUR – Presented by visiting filmmakers Alex Steyermark & Lavinia Jones Wright. The 78 Project Movie is a story of two people driving across America to record contemporary musicians on a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. The 78 Project creators, Alex Steyermark (director of Prey For Rock & Roll, One Last Thing and Requiem; Music Supervisor or Producer for Spike Lee and countless filmmakers) & Lavinia Jones Wright, shot The 78 Project Movie from August 2012 to September 2013, driving across America in a tiny Kia Soul loaded to the roof with cameras, their Presto, spare tubes, blank discs and a toolbox, which for better or worse they ended up using nearly every day. Over the course of their journey, the pair visited established and emerging musicians in their homes to cut once-in-a-lifetime 78rpm records. As part of this once in a lifetime event, they will invite prominent area musicians to record live a 78 record here at Zeitgeist.
Monday, September 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
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. ALIVE MIND CINEMA SERIES. $15 / $10
Opening October 3:
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN by visiting filmmaker Joshua Overbay. Devoted to a simple life of faith in unforgiving Kentucky backcountry, a small religious sect seeks spiritual awakening as their Prophet (John Lina) is near the end of his life as his son, Eamon (Luke Beavers), prepares to step forward as the heir apparent. But, in his last moments, the Prophet instead names newcomer David (Chris Nelson) as his spiritual successor and tension mounts when he makes a prophecy about the end of the world in 30 days. Fighting doubt every step of the way, David becomes convinced that the Almighty has picked him to lead the “chosen people” while feeling the weight of responsibility as their lives hang in the balance. But, when the prophecy does not come to pass, David struggles to cling to his faith while keeping his community together while Eamon expresses skepticism about David as the anointed of God, so everyone feels pressured to take one side or the other. Tragic events along their journey raise questions about whether the new leader is acting from the Lord’s wishes or his own. As It Is In Heaven deftly leads audiences down a twisting path of passion and devotion, envy and manipulation in this sympathetic portrayal of a modern-day cult leader and his spiritual convictions.
Opening October 10:
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. Written by and starring Nick Cave. 20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Nick Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis; long-time collaborator Blixa Bargeld; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit “Where the Wild Roses Grow.” These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England. Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry, and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.
Opening October 10:
THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC by Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling. This music doc profiles the life and work of roots music icon Chris Strachwitz, a detective of deep American music – music that’s the antithesis of the corporate “mouse music” dominating pop culture. Born a German count, Strachwitz came to the US as a teenager in 1947. There he saw a film that would change his life forever: New Orleans, starring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Since then, his life has been a relentless quest to track down and record the best of American roots music—New Orleans jazz, down home blues, Cajun, Zydeco, and Norteño. Strachwitz is the legendary founder of Arhoolie Records, the label that brought rural American music out of the shadows and into the limelight. He also brought rural musicians to Europe, introducing wildly enthusiastic audiences to the rhythms of bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins, Zydeco king Clifton Chenier and others. In the process, he changed music in the US – and the world – forever. From Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, join Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, the Pine Leaf Boys, Flaco Jiménez and the Treme Brass Band for a delightful hip-shaking romp, as Strachwitz continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America.
Opening October 17:
WHEN BJORK MET ATTENBOROUGH by Louise Hooper. Award-winning musician Björk and legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough have admired each other’s work for years but this is the first time they have discussed their mutual love of music and the natural world on screen. In this remarkable documentary, Björk explores our unique relationship with music and discovers how technology might transform the way we engage with it in the future. At the heart of the film is Biophilia, Björk‘s cutting-edge music project that explores where nature, music and technology meet. David Attenborough explains how music exists in the natural world and speaks about his own passion for music. Author and professor of neurology and psychiatry Oliver Sacks explains the extraordinary and beneficial effects music has on our brains and explains why performing and engaging with music is something all of us should take more seriously. Narrated by Tilda Swinton.
Opening October 17:
BJORK – BIOPHILIA LIVE by Nick Fenton & Peter Strickland. Icelandic performance artist/musician, Björk, performs songs from her eighth album with evocative visuals provided by designers from around the world in this feature-length concert film. Björk‘s cutting-edge new music project explores where nature, music and technology meet.
Opening October 24:
RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS by Jeff Barnaby. This is a kick ass, girl power, native Canadian indie action flick that is a perfect prelude to Halloween. Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out of St.Ds. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight … and Mi’gMaq don’t run. It screens as part of our on-going series CANADA IS BIGGER THAN THE U.S.