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 musician ROB WAGNER (saxophone) to record live a 78 record here at Zeitgeist.
Friday through Thursday, September 26 through October 2 @ 9:30 p.m.
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.
held over – Saturday through Thursday, September 27 through October 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
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.
held over – Sunday through Thursday, September 28 through October 2 @ 5:30 p.m.
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.
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.
Sunday, October 5 @ 5:00 p.m.
Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians
A Film Screening to Benefit Nola to Angola and Cornerstone Buses
$10 suggested donation
Follow Me Down is a feature-length documentary about music in prison. Shot over the course of two years in three Louisiana prisons, Georgetown ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert weaves together interviews and performances of extraordinary inmate musicians – some serving life sentences, some new commits, and one soon to be released. The result plays like a concert film, but instead of bright lights and big stages, these musicians rap in the fields while picking okra, soothe themselves with R&B in lockdown, and create a cappella gospel harmonies. With unprecedented access and Harbert’s insistence on letting the music speak for itself, the film offers an unexpected look at prison life, pushing viewers to reach their own conclusions about music, criminality, regret, redemption, and the humanity in us all.
Nola to Angola is a long-distance bicycle fundraiser taking place in October to raise funds for the Cornerstone Builder’s Bus Project. The organization provides a free monthly bus service for New Orleanians who have loved ones in Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), Dixon Correctional Institute, Avoyelles Correctional Center, and Rayburn Correctional Center. At least once a month, the bus project rents a 55 passenger bus and makes the trek from New Orleans to these facilities.
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.