SUN. JUNE 5 @ 1:30PM ONLY
UNITY is a new film from the writer and director of “Earthlings,” and features an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators. It is a documentary about why we can’t seem to get along with each other, even after thousands and thousands of years.
Seven years in the making, UNITY is a new documentary that explores humanity’s hopeful transformation from living-by-killing into living-by-loving. It is a unique film about compassion for all beings, or all “expressions of life,” going beyond all “separation based on form”, and beyond perceiving opposites. Writer/director Shaun Monson, collaborating with an astounding cast of 100 celebrity narrators (never before gathered in the history of filmmaking), presents a message of love, tragedy, and hope, all set against the backdrop of some of the most compelling 20th and 21st Century footage imaginable.
Presented in chapters (like its predecessor “Earthlings”), UNITY takes an in-depth look at what it truly means to be human, to be mortal, and to be incarnate in this world. The film explores our brief existence among the Cosmos (Chapter I), then moves on to the perceptions of our Mind (Chapter II), the nature of our Body (Chapter III), the infinite capacity of our Heart (Chapter IV), and ultimately to the mysterious energy of the Soul (Chapter V). Initially, these chapters will appear unrelated to each other. But as the film progresses it becomes clear that all life is interconnected, and each chapter represents the totality of our mortal experience, which is only measured in decades.
With a cast of 100 voices all speaking as one voice, UNITY is a genuine cinematic experience unlike any other.
THURS. JUNE 9 @ 7:30PM ONLY
HOCKNEY weaves together a portrait of the multifaceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive. One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney’s career may have started with almost instant success but in private he has struggled with his art, relationships, and the tragedy of AIDS, making his optimism and sense of adventure truly uplifting. Hockney is funny, inspiring, bold and visionary.
“The life and work of artist David Hockney is lovingly examined in Hockney, an officially sanctioned but pleasingly gush-free cinematic monograph.” [FULL REVIEW] –Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
“…a little work of art of its own, even if it’s so very nice and happy about everything.”[FULL REVIEW] –April Wolfe, The Village Voice
“…as warm as the artist’s chosen place of residence, laced with loving interviews by intimates of Hockney’s which go back to his early youth in gray, drab Bradford, England.” [FULL REVIEW] –David Noh, Film Journal International
THE GOLDEN THREAD:
A JOURNEY THROUGH ADDICTION AND RECOVERY
MON. JUNE 6 @ 7:30PM ONLY
THE GOLDEN THREAD is a documentary film about the journey through addiction and recovery. Targeting the heroin epidemic in Portland, Maine, this is a story of a man (Michael Smith) who overcomes the addiction of drugs and alcohol while growing up in Portland. Now carrying a message of recovery and treatment in Dallas, Texas, he revisits his hometown to encounter some emotional circumstances and a State in the midst of a deadly drug epidemic.
WED. JUNE 8 @ 7:30PM ONLY
Elstree 1976 is the new feature length documentary from the makers of Anyone Can Play Guitar. Director Jon Spira once again puts center stage a group of people who were intimately involved with a pop culture phenomenon. This time, he takes a look at the community of British character actors who donned the costumes and uniforms in the original Star Wars trilogy.
These people came from a wide variety of backgrounds and went on to have unique careers and lives. This is resolutely not a ‘Making of Star Wars’ documentary. Star Wars is merely the common ground shared by these people and just a starting point for collecting the experiences of this generation of performers. It tells the story of six decades of British theatre, cinema and movie conventions from the perspective of working actors whose characters’ fame often seems to eclipse their own. The film explores the industry, the craft and the acting life. It reflects on what makes and sustains a pop culture phenomenon, how it feels and what it means to be a part of that legacy. Most importantly, it forms a portrait of a generation of performers and the British film industry, which facilitated the rise of the Hollywood blockbuster.
TUES. JUNE 7 @ 7:30PM ONLY
Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men – enemies then collaborators – share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. In its exploration of the Louvre Museum as a living example of civilization, FRANCOFONIA is a stunning and urgently relevant meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and history.
Throughout his vast filmography – documentary, fiction and others somewhere in between – Alexander Sokurov has demonstrated that a museum is much more than a place to preserve art. Museums are the veritable DNA of a civilization, the living organ of the city where the heart of a nation beats. With FRANCOFONIA, he explores a historical chapter that we might know, but whose description does not take into account all the lines that run through it. Sokurov’s body of work includes his “Men of Power” tetralogy (Faust, The Sun [Emperor Hirohito], Taurus [Vladimir Lenin] and Moloch [Adolph Hitler]), Russian Ark (set entirely in St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum), Mother and Son and Father and Son.
“Sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing. FRANCOFONIA is bold and confident.” –Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Whimsically intelligent… gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today.” –Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“It’s a truly bracing, provocative movie, and of course, as is always true with Sokurov, it’s a visual feast.” -Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
“Sokurov’s fascinating and supple exploration of the Paris Louvre museum.” -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
STOP MAKING SENSE
WED. MAY 25 @ 7:30PM
“One of the greatest rock movies ever made.”
STOP MAKING SENSE is director Jonathan Demme’s remarkable concert film that captures the enormous energy and joyous highs of the Talking Heads live performance. Band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison are joined by Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt in this groundbreaking concert film that’s packed with the Talking Heads most memorable songs. Shot over three concert performances in LA in December 1983, Demme’s creative genius and the band’s explosive energy is what makes this film an exhilarating and exciting event. Wall-to-wall music, beautiful cinematography and the legendary “Big Suit” make this “one of the greatest rock movies ever made” (Rolling Stone).
TUES. MAY 24 @ 7:30PM ONLY
Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of most unique corporate dramas in American history. It’s what the New York Times called “the last stand for the middle class.”
Within days of hearing the news that their beloved “Artie T” had been axed, several high-ranking managers resigned, others were fired. Truckers stopped trucking. Warehouses stopped supplying. Vendors stopped shipping. Customers stopped shopping. Employees picketed in parking lots. Practically overnight, the $4 billion dollar business, with 71 stores scattered across three states, ground to halt. Governors from two states were called in to negotiate a settlement.
Throughout the entire summer, workers, managers and customers were galvanized. They didn’t want more money, better benefits or work conditions. They only wanted back Arthur T, a quiet leader who operated on simple, long-held family values he learned from his grandfather who started the business nearly 100 years ago – treat your workers well, give customers “more for their dollar”, and you’ll build the American dream.
What unfolded for the next seven weeks erupted into a major news story that gripped New England and churned across the country. It’s the saga of a Greek immigrant who lived the American dream and the nightmare of his descendants, with fundamentally different views of how to run a successful business, feuding for control. It’s a new take on the struggle for non-union workers and loyal customers to get a fair shake in a world where the 1% seems to pull all the strings. It is a distinctly 21st century drama where ideals, personalities, passions, old tactics and new tools turn conventional ideas about labor, management and consumers on its head.
Only one film crew was on the ground throughout the summer, following the fear, anger, hope and courage of a most unlikely cast of characters. By consistently being the folks that “kept showing up”, we have gained unique trust and access to people who are central to the Market Basket saga.
FOOD FIGHT is the story of the battle to save Market Basket, and about the power of ordinary, passionate people to rewrite corporate history.
APRIL AND THE
SAT. MAY 21 @ 2:30PM
SUN. MAY 22 @ 1:30PM
From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated “Persepolis” and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe.
Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (voiced by Academy Award nominee Marion Cotillard) lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance.
The voice cast includes Oscar winners Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons, who are joined by Emmy winners Paul Giamatti and Tony Hale.
“…will have your imagination doing somersaults and cartwheels.” [FULL REVIEW] –Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
“A delightfully deranged steampunk adventure.” [FULL REVIEW] –Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
“It cavalierly toys with the history of the mechanized world, making you thankful we have luxuries like cars and electricity. But it also makes an equally solid argument that it’s those luxuries we depend on that are choking the life out of our planet.” [FULL REVIEW] –Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
OF MIND AND MUSIC
MON. MAY 23 @ 7:30PM ONLY
A lyrical and extraordinarily beautiful story woven together by the music that permeates New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.
Renowned Neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz (Joaquim De Almeida) returns home from a lecture in Paris, heartbroken and disillusioned. In his absence, his mother has succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. Nothing that his research or science could do could stop this from happening.
As he decides to take some time off work and reconnect with the love of music that he shared with his mother finding solace in the music that permeates New Orleans’ French Quarter, he hears the mesmerizing voice of Una Vida (Aunjanue Ellis) for the first time. After repeat visits to hear her sing, he realizes that she is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that her unconventional “family” cannot cope with her declining health.
Cruz puzzles his wife, Angela (Sharon Lawrence), by seeking out Una Vida’s long lost son in hopes of finally giving her resolution to the grief, loss and longing that has overshadowed her difficult but also beautiful life.
“‘OF MIND AND MUSIC’ IS A QUIET GEM… OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES. DE ALMEIDA, OFTEN SEEN IN VILLAINOUS ROLES, DELIVERS A BEAUTIFULLY UNDERSTATED TURN. SUPERB CINEMATOGRAPHY AND GORGEOUS MUSICAL SCORE” -THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“A DEEPLY MOVING, ABSORBING AND INSPIRING TRUE STORY WITH WHICH MILLIONS CAN IDENTIFY.” -JEFFREY LYONS/LYONS DEN RADIO
“SET IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, THE AWARD-WINNING ‘OF MIND AND MUSIC’ UNFOLDS LIKE A POIGNANT JAZZ SONATA. QUIETLY COMPELLING, THE FILM RESONATES WITH STRONG PERFORMANCES BY AUNJANUE ELLIS AS A STREET SINGER LOSING HER MEMORY AND JOAQUIM DE ALMEIDA AS A NEUROSCIENTIST DETERMINED TO HELP HER. BILL COBBS IS TOUCHING IN THE ROLE OF THE SINGER’S GUITARIST AND GUARDIAN COMPLETING A STORY THAT WILL LINGER LONG AFTER THE MUSIC ENDS.” -ROBERTA BURROWS, TALKING MOVIES
“ADAMS CONJURES FLIGHTS OF VISUAL POETRY” -THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“THERE’S A SOOTHING QUALITY TO ‘OF MIND AND MUSIC’ – ITS CRISP EDITING, MEASURED PACE AND TENDER SCORE – THAT ACTS AS A PALLIATIVE COATING FOR ITS LAYERED AND INTERSECTING, EMOTION DRIVEN-STORIES. PERFORMANCES THAT ARE SUPERB ACROSS THE BOARD.” -L.A. WEEKLY
“QUIET AND LYRICAL. SURPRISES WITH UNEXPECTED IMPACT, THANKS TO THE TALENTED CAST AND THE POWERFUL DUAL FORCES OF MUSIC AND HUMAN KINDNESS” -THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE
“A TENDERHEARTED FAMILY AFFAIR UNFOLDING AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF SOME SWEET NEW ORLEANS STREET MUSIC.” -KAM WILLIAMS, BARET NEWS SYNDICATE
LOUDER THAN BOMBS
OPENS SAT. MAY 21
Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) is a war photographer whose work has taken her to the most dangerous places in the world. It is therefore tragic – and ironic – when she dies in a car accident a few miles from her safe and secure home in a New York suburb, leaving a grief-stricken husband, Gene (Gabriel Byrne), and two sons, Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) and Conrad (Devin Druid), to mourn her sudden loss. The story begins three years later, when a retrospective of Isabelle’s photography is in the works. Gene enlists the help of Jonah, his elder son, who appears to be functional and in-control, but who is actually overwhelmed and confused by developments in his own life, including marriage and a new baby. Gene is more concerned about Conrad, his teenage son, who seems to be more affected by the loss of his mother than his brother. Conrad has withdrawn into the world of computer games and fantasy, rejecting his father’s attempts to connect with him. Gene too is still struggling with the process of re-entry following his wife’s death. He is attracted to Hannah (Amy Ryan), a co-worker at the school where he teaches, but is tentative about starting a brand new relationship.
“There are moments of almost unspeakable beauty in the film, not the least of which are Isabelle’s war zone photographs. Like the movie itself, they dare you to look away but award you deeply for baring witness.” [FULL REVIEW] –Oliver Jones, The New York Observer
“An emotional thriller of the first order, a suspenseful mystery of intention and inertia.” [FULL REVIEW] –Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
“As ‘Louder Than Bombs’ inches slowly toward its quiet yet resounding conclusion, it raises intriguing questions about that thing that journalists care so deeply about, but that artists know to be a slippery thing: truth.” [FULL REVIEW] –Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post