November 2 through 6 @ 7:30 p.m. nightly
THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE by Thomas Allen Harris. The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals. Inspired by Deborah Willis‘ book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action.
November 2 through 6 @ 9:30 p.m. nightly
LISTEN UP PHILIP by Alex Ross Perry. Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject — himself. A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit.
Nov. 2 @ 5:30 p.m. + Nov. 7, 8, 11 & 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
THE CANAL by Ivan Kavanagh. In this acclaimed suspense thriller from Ireland, film archivist David (Rupert Evans) has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) has been cheating on him with Alex (Carl Shaaban), one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David’s work partner Claire (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. Becoming progressively more unsettled and unhinged, David begins to believe that a spectral presence is in his house and ends up following his wife to a nearby canal, where he discovers that she is indeed having an affair with Alex. When Alice goes missing shortly afterwards, David contacts the police- only to become the prime suspect in her disappearance. As the police grow more convinced that David has murdered his wife, he struggles to find proof of his growing suspicion that something otherworldly was instead responsible.
November 7 through 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
ETERNITY: THE MOVIE by Ian Thorpe. Regrettable fashion, synthesized riffs, and power ballads dominate the 1985 music scene. That’s when Todd Lucas, a young and talented musician, moves to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big. Searching for someone to share his passion for smooth R&B music, Todd meets up with BJ Fairchild, a cocky loner from The Valley who is convinced his life is more glamorous than it is. The two musicians have big dreams but little future until their best friend, Gina Marie, gets them the break of a lifetime. Fate brings them together, love tears them apart, and their songs of heartbreak and loss redefine their genre. Todd and BJ epitomize the awkwardness of an era while becoming R&B’s most mediocre duo… Eternity. Called “The gayest straight film ever made” this joyous comedy about all things 1980’s screams Hall and Oates (but for legal reasons, any resemblance is purely coincidental)!
Friday, November 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
THE HOMESTRETCH by Anne De Mare & Kirsten Kelly. The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. With unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry’s Crib emergency youth shelter and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and a school system on the front lines of this crisis. The film examines the struggles these youth face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes and homeless youth struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today. One night only!
Saturday, Nov 15 @ 5:30 p.m.
CREEPERS – HORROR ANTHOLOGY MOVIE VOLUME TWO features four tales of terror from contemporary authors Joe R. Lansdale and Jeff Strand and classic horror writers Edgar Allan Poe and Lafcadio Hearn. Directed by filmmakers Jeremiah Kipp, Gregory Lamberson, Christian Walker and Mike T. Lyddon. World Premiere. Come and meet the cast and crew.
Saturday, November 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
WORKING GIRLS by Lizzie Borden. Her legendary 1986 film screens as a benefit for PATOIS: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival (which makes it’s return in March of 2015). A day in the life of several prostitutes in an upscale Manhattan whore house. The film is a stark portrayal of the women prostitutes, the male customers and the motivations of both. Watch as the madam manipulates her “girls”. Watch as she answers the phone by saying “Hello John, what’s new and different?” Watch as the “johns” try to manipulate the “girls”. Part nudie exploitation, part sociological thesis.
Opening November 25:
THE BETTER ANGELS by A.J. Edwards and produced by Terence Malick. The story of Abraham Lincoln‘s childhood (beautifully portrayed by newcomer Braydon Denney) in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality. Also starring Wes Bentley, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke, Cameron Mitchell Williams, etc.
Opening November 25:
LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM by Rory Kennedy. During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only–or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.
November 25 through December 4 @ 9:30 p.m.
THE WAY HE LOOKS by Daniel Ribeiro. This charming and realistic teen gay love story is Brazil’s Official Academy Award Entry. Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo) is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana (Tess Amorim), and the way he feels and sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel (Fabio Audi). Winner Teddy Award (Best Feature) & FIPRESCI (Int. Film Critics Prize) Berlin Film Festival; Audience Award – Guadalajara Film Festival; Audience Award – Athens International Film Festival; Audience Award – Outstanding Dramatic Feature – L.A. Outfest; Audience Award – Best Feature NY Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; Audience Award – Best Feature – San Francisco Int. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Audience Award – Torino Int. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; etc.
Opening December 5:
THE CIRCLE (DER KREIS) by Stefan Haupt. Zurich, 1958. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality. Ernst becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS and lives through the high point and the eventual decline of the organization, which in the whole of Europe is seen as the pioneer of gay emancipation. WINNER Teddy Award Berlinale Film Festival; Audience Award Berlinale Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize Outfest; Audience Award Boston LGBT; Grand Jury Prize Outflix.
Opening December 5:
THE OVERNIGHTERS by Jesse Moss. Winner of the Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Overnighters is “one of the most remarkable examples of layered non-fiction storytelling to come along in some time.” (Indiewire). In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment. Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is driven to deliver the migrants some dignity. Night after night, he converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, opening the church’s doors to allow the “Overnighters” (as he calls them) to stay for a night, a week or longer. They sleep on the floor, in the pews and in their cars in the church parking lot. Many who take shelter with Reinke are living on society’s fringes and with checkered pasts, and their presence starts affecting the dynamics of the small community. The congregants begin slinging criticism and the City Council threatens to shut the controversial Overnighters program down, forcing the pastor to make a decision which leads to profound consequences that he never imagined. Director Jesse Moss‘ award-winning documentary The Overnighters engages and dramatizes a set of universal societal and economic themes: the promise and limits of re-invention, redemption and compassion, as well as the tension between the moral imperative to “love thy neighbor” and the resistance that one small community feels when confronted by a surging river of desperate, job-seeking strangers. A portion of all box office receipts will be donated to local affordable housing charities.
Opening December 12:
POINT AND SHOOT by Marshall Curry. POINT AND SHOOT follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood.” He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. While traveling, he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out in Libya, Matt joined his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt fought in — and filmed — the war until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry tells this harrowing and sometimes humorous story of a young man’s struggle for political revolution and personal transformation.
Opening on December 12:
DIPSO by Theodore Collatos. A haunting portrait of a down and out comedian (Matt Shaw), part tale of redemption, love story and classic America family saga. A slice of life straight from the glass that cuts us.
Opening December 19:
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.