December 19 through January 1 @ 6:00 p.m. (except Wednesdays)
SAGRADA: THE MYTH OF CREATION by Stefan Haupt. One of the most iconic structures ever built, Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by controversial genius Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished. Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation celebrates Gaudi‘s vision and the continuing work of architects as they strive to complete the colossal project while delving into the process of artistic creation in a historical context. La Sagrada Familia was commissioned by the Order of St Joseph in 1882. After conflicts arose between the Order and the original architect, 31 year old Antoni Gaudí was hired to complete the design. A devout Catholic and architectural prodigy, Gaudí envisioned a place of worship that combined elements of classic French Gothic style and the curvilinear, organic aspects of the budding Art Nouveau school. Despite decades of delays, thousands of artisans, laborers, and designers have contributed to the ambitious and glorious landmark. Inspired by Gaudí’s vision, the film explores our fundamentally human search for the meaning of existence, and the quest for creative expression. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Catalonian metropolis, the documentary investigates the structural developments of the Sagrada Família while allowing the audience time to observe, perceive, and reflect upon the historical, artistic and personal significance of the basilica.
December 19 through January 1 @ 8:00 p.m. (except Wednesdays)
THE BABADOOK by Jennifer Kent. Australian director Jennifer Kent’s directorial feature debut, part Kubrick’s Shining – part Wan’s Conjuring – part Georges Melies’s Voyage Dans la Lun, is a metaphorical tale of a mother Amelia (Essie Davis), struggling with the violent death of her beloved husband, and son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) with a penchant for creating homemade weapons and imaginary creatures that seem all too real . . . When a mysterious pop-up book entitled Mister Babadook filled with images of the dysfunctional family’s death appears in the their home, Amelia believes this is all the work of young Samuel’s fertile yet twisted imagination (“Don’t let it in! Don’t let it in! Don’t let it in!”), and tries to cure her wild child with prescription drugs, but when more morbid books from the eponymous bogeyman arrive, horror dawns on poor Amelia: THE BABADOOK has been let in … More than just a horror flick, this film has surprised critics and audiences alike, scoring 98% on Rottentomatoes.com and praised by The New York Times with, “You will be scared. And also, perhaps even more scarily, moved.” Kent’s masterful filmmaking and writing and stellar performances from Essie Davis (Cate Blanchett does Jack Torrence) and new-comer Noah Wiseman (gives The Sixth Sense‘s Haley Joel Osment a run for his money) make THE BABADOOK one of the most celebrated films of the year.
January 2 through 7 @ 7:30 p.m. + January 8 @ 5:30 p.m.
PELICAN DREAMS by Judy Irving. In a story of friendship, survival and the spirit of flight, filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, an Indie smash hit!) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges. The film is about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? PELICAN DREAMS stars Gigi (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing). Like THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, Irving’s study of brown pelicans is affectionate, at times humorous and reveals a sense of wonder and awe at the birds’ simple beauty. Rated G.
Thursday, January 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
A DANGEROUS CURE by Kevin Jarvis. Savia; a fame obsessed tabloid journalist, tries to find the cause and the cure of a life threatening epidemic that is ravaging New York City during the economic recession of 2001. Her journeys take her to various underworlds where she documents people’s opinion of epidemic death, technology, and how the media uses the whole crisis as a platform for glamour. $6.
Opening January 9:
LITTLE FEET by Alexandre Rockwell. Brother and sister Lana and Nico embark on a magical urban odyssey to the ocean from their Los Angeles home, determined to set their pet goldfish free. Their mission becomes an incredible journey of thrilling and ever more frightening encounters! Little Feet marks director Alexandre Rockwell’s return to the black and white 16mm roots that won him a Grand Jury Prize at The Sundance Film Festival with In The Soup. Little Feet’s cinematography showcases the rarely seen poetic side of Los Angeles, thus becoming a homage to the very first films shot in the city. As a special bonus, the theatrical run of Little Feet will be accompanied with Frances Bodomo’s Sundance Film Festival 12 minute short film BONESHAKER starring Quvenzhané Wallis (Academy Award nominee, Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Opening January 23:
BIG MUDDY by Jefferson Moneo. An outlaw tale played out as a modern day murder ballad, Big Muddy follows grifter Martha Barlow who must come to terms with her dark past after her teenage son commits a horrible crime. On the run to survive she must dodge her sociopathic revenge-seeking former flame, and attempt to reconcile with her son’s dangerous and long forgotten father in order to protect her estranged family. Starring: Nadia Litz (Canadian Screen Awards Best Actress nominee, “After the Harvest”, Monkey Warfare, Love That Boy), Stephen McHattie (Canadian Screen Award Winner, 300, Watchmen, A History of Violence, Pontypool), James Le Gros (Independent Spirit Award nominee as Best Supporting Actor, Vantage Point, Drugstore Cowboy), Justin Kelly (Degrassi: The Next Generation). This screens as part of our on-going series CANADA IS BIGGER THAN THE U.S.
Opening January 30:
R100 by Hitoshi Matsumoto. In this audaciously kinky, meta-comedic thriller, a lonely father with a secret taste for S&M (Nao Ohmori, best known for his titular turn in Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer) hires a boutique dominatrix agency that specializes in guerilla acts of public degradation. Although the rough treatment and humiliation Takafumi Katayama receives from these leather-clad women––in cafés and on the street––drives him to ecstatic pleasure, he soon finds himself over his head during a surprise house call by one of the mistresses. After a freak and fatal accident, Takafumi is forced into action with a slew of vengeful dominatrices chasing him down. With the help of his son, he’ll have to devise a plan to take on the relentless femmes fatales, who each possess a unique S&M talent by which to exact painful revenge. R100—the title a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18—is directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol), one of Japan’s most preeminent and beloved comedic talents.
Thursday, February 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
HITS by David Cross. Godfather of underground comedy David Cross’s directorial debut, HITS, is a dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st Century YouTube America. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It’s a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them. Though the filmmakers received generous offers from distributors, David and the producers have decided to release the film in a wholly new and exciting manner. They’re releasing the film as a “Pay – What – You – Will” release in a one night only theatrical event on February 12th. The film stars David Cross, Matt Walsh, David Koechner, Meredith Hagner , Michael Cera, Amy Sedaris, Jason Ritter, Erinn Hayes etc