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CLIMATE SCREENING – “Time To Choose” (Wed. June 15 @ 7:30pm only)

WED. JUNE 15 @ 7:30PM ONLY

time-to-choose-movie-poster-2016-1020773396Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE.

Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat.

Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.

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FILMMAKER EVENT – “Raiders!: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made” (Sun. June 19 @ 4:00pm)


SUN. JUNE 19 @ 4:00PM

raiders-final-web__largeAfter Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece.

Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli zalaRoth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic.

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FISHING FILM – “The Congressman” (Fri. June 3 & Sat. June 4 only)

FRI. JUNE 3 @ 7:30PM
SAT. JUNE 4 @ 7:30PM

the-congressman-posterDisgruntled and iconoclastic Maine Congressman Charlie Winship (Treat Williams) has reached a crossroads in his life both personally and professionally.

After the Congressman publicly refuses to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of the morning session, he finds himself in the spotlight of a major media backlash and gaining increasing criticism from the public. Charlie’s sense of honor blinds him to the fact that he has real enemies. His own Chief of Staff, Jared (Ryan Merriman), is in league with Laird Devereaux (George Hamilton), a corrupt former congressman and lobbyist.

Retreating to a small remote island in his district to deal with a fishing scandal growing into a small civil war, Congressman Charlie Winship begins to regain some perspective after meeting its people and witnessing the challenges they have come together to struggle against. Through the example of the rugged and self-reliant constituents fighting to save their way of life, the Congressman once again begins to find purpose and faith in himself and his country.

Click to buy tickets to this event.^ FRI. JUNE 3 @ 7:30PM ^
(Senior & Student discounts given as Snack Bar credit.)

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(Senior & Student discounts given as Snack Bar credit.)

COMING SOON – “Festival Season”

3-month affair includes 4 festivals and a new screening room

Captains Courageous Live[Gloucester, MA • May 9, 2016]––Starting this month, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage at 21 Main Street in Gloucester will conduct a “test run” of special programming in order to prepare for “Festival Season,” a 3-month, 4-festival run that begins in August that will include over 50 films, events, and workshops in multiple venues. The line-up of special screenings in May and June include:

How To Let Go Of The World And Love All The Things That Climate Can’t Change (Wed. May 18 @ 7:30pm) ::: Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (“GasLand”), in his deeply personal style, investigates climate change–the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Apparition Hill (Thurs. May 19 @ 5:30pm) ::: Last summer, seven strangers traveled halfway across the world to investigate Medjugorje in Bosnia, a place of alleged miracles and appearances of the Virgin Mary. Director Sean Bloomfield and Boston-based distributor Victor Pap will be on hand to present and host a Q&A after the film.

donchristineDon White & Christine Lavin: Live On Stage! (Fri. May 20 @ 7:30pm) ::: Two of the funniest entertainers on today’s music scene grace the stage.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sat. May 21 @ 10:00pm) ::: The genre- and gender-bending cult classic from 1974 is presented with live “shadow cast” The Teseracte Players performing along to the film and interacting with the audience.

Can You Dig This (Sun. May 22 @ 6:30pm) ::: This engaging tale of the human spirit ollows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is a benefit screening for The Cape Ann Farmers Market, Backyard Growers, and The Common Crow Natural Market.

teseracte_rhps_052116-posterOf Mind And Music (Mon. May 23 @ 7:30pm) ::: A lyrical and extraordinarily beautiful story woven together by the music that permeates New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous. In it, a grieving neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz (Joaquim De Almeida) takes some time off work and reconnect with the love of music that he shared with his late mother finding solace in the music that permeates New Orleans’ French Quarter. There 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, like the doctor’s late mother, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that her unconventional “family” cannot cope with her declining health. This special screening is part of the Cinema’s ongoing “Jazz & Coffee” salon series.

Food Fight: Inside The Battle To Save Market Basket (Tues. May 24 @ 7:30pm) ::: One film crew was granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the family in-fighting that almost destroyed the Demoulas supermarket empire during the summer of 2014.

Stop Making Sense (Wed. May 25 @ 7:30pm) ::: Jonathan Demme’s legendary capturing of The Talking Heads in concert in 1984 has been restored, and the film has been hailed by Leonard Maltin has “one of the greatest rock movies ever made”, and Pauline Kael of The New Yorker described it as “…close to perfection.”

Unity (Sun. June 5 @ 1:30pm) ::: Seven years in the making, “Unity” is a new documentary by “Earthlings” director Shaun Monson 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. The film features over 100 celebrity narrators, and marks the 6th National Animal Rights Day.

Dinner & A Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Sun. June 5 @ 6:30pm) ::: The crowd-pleasing sequel to the 2002 smash (the largest-grossing independent film of all time) starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and Lainie Kazan is paired with a Greek meal from Brothers Kouzina in Peabody. Tickets are $25.00, and benefit Cape Ann’s food pantry, The Open Door.

The Golden Thread: A Journey Through Addiction And Recovery (Mon. June 6 @ 7:30pm) ::: Targeting the heroin epidemic in Portland, Maine, this is a story of 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.

Francofonia (Tues. June 7 @ 7:30pm) ::: 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.

Elstree 1976 (Wed. June. 8 @ 7:30pm) ::: Director Jon Spira places center stage a group of people who were intimately involved with a pop culture phenomenon––the community of British character actors who donned the costumes and uniforms in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Presented with a selection of tribute films (or “fan films”) personally curated by Cinema owner Rob Newton.

Hockney (Thurs. June 9 @ 7:30pm) ::: Multifaceted artist David Hockney is the subject of this strong portrait, created from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from Hockney’s 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.

Maggie’s Plan (Fri. June 10 @ 7:30pm) ::: Film producer Rachael Horovitz (“My Old Lady”) will host a Q&A with a screening of her new film, an offbeat comedy by writer-director Rebecca Miller (“The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee”) about falling in and out of love that stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore. Proceeds from the special $20.00 ticket benefit The Gloucester Stage Company and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage. Gloucester Stage Company’s founder, Israel Horovitz, will also be on hand.

The actual festivals start in August:

THE 8TH ANNUAL CAPE ANN FILM FESTIVAL runs August 25 through September 1, 2016, with over 30 films, workshops, and events in a variety of local venues, including the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage and its new upcoming 20-seat community screening room, The Magic Lantern. This first festival will wrap on Thursday, September 1 at 7:30pm with “Captains Courageous: The Live Experience,” a presentation of the classic 1937 film starring Oscar winner Spencer Tracy with a special trivia track providing details of Rudyard Kipling’s creation of the story, the connections to Gloucester’s fishing industry, and the making of the film. Live musical, poetic, and theatrical intermissions––all featuring local talent––will also be part of the show.

THE 3RD ANNUAL FALL INTO THE RHYTHM MUSIC & MOVIES FEST runs September 23-29, 2016, featuring 8 films and concert events, including the return of the phenomenal Patty Larkin on Saturday, September 24.

THE 7TH ANNUAL DOCTOBERFEST DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL lands from October 14-20, 2016, with 10 of the world’s best documentaries, plus a special Buster Keaton trio of comedy shorts scored by the legendary silent movie accompanists The Alloy Orchestra on Sunday, October 16th.

THE 5TH ANNUAL CAPE ANN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL wraps Festival Season, with 5 nights of films and events, November 13-17, 2016.

The line-ups for all four film festivals will be released online at on Monday, June 27th.

While Cape Ann Cinema prepares this massive line-up of over 60 films, workshops, and events, it will help the City of Gloucester put on the 3rd Annual HarborWalk Summer Cinema series of free outdoor movies on the I4-C2 lot next to The Building Center on the Harbor Loop off of Rogers Street. For 5 Wednesdays starting on July 13th, HarborWalk Summer Cinema will present the following movies:

July 13 ::: GREASE
July 20 ::: FINDING NEMO
July 27 ::: MINIONS
August 10 ::: INSIDE OUT

The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage is a living-room-style digital cinema and performance venue located at 21 Main Street in Gloucester’s historic West End. It is a community-based project, and will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017.

DINNER & A MOVIE – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” (Sun. June 5 @ 6:30pm)

dinnerMY BIG FAT
SUN. JUNE 5 @ 6:30PM
to benefit The Open Door



Parenting and marriage is becoming tougher and tougher for Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband Ian. Not only has their relationship lost some of its spark, but they’re also dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter who clashes with Greek traditions. On top of that, Toula must contend with aging parents and the endless needs of cousins and friends. When a shocking family secret comes to light, the entire Portokalos clan makes plans to come together for an even bigger wedding than before.

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TICKETS: $25.00

FILMMAKER NIGHT – “Maggie’s Plan” with producer Rachael Horovitz (Fri. June 10 @ 7:30pm)

with producer Rachael Horovitz
FRI. JUNE 10 @ 7:30PM

rachael.pngIn Rebecca Miller’s witty modern romantic comedy MAGGIE’S PLAN, Greta Gerwig portrays Maggie Hardin, a vibrant and practical thirty-something New Yorker working in education, who without success in finding love, decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke), an anthropology professor and struggling novelist, Maggie falls in love for the first time and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in an unhappy marriage with Georgette Harding (Julianne Moore), an ambitious academic who is driven by her work. With some help from Maggie’s eccentric and hilarious best friends, married couple Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph), Maggie sets in motion a new plan that intertwines their lives and connects them in surprising and humorous ways. Maggie learns that sometimes destiny should be left to its own devices.

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MAY TICKET & SNACK DEAL – Introducing ‘The Chawbuck’!

Click to cash in on this sweet deal!To commemorate the launch of “Festival Season” (4 months of film festivals starting in August) and the breaking-of-ground of our new 20-seat screening room to be known as The Magic Lantern, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage is issuing “The Chawbuck,” a wooden nickel coin that is worth $5.00 at the Snack Bar. The Chawbuck comes FREE with the purchase of an $80.00 10-pack of discount movie tickets, and through May 31, 2016, you get 2 FREE CHAWBUCKS with the purchase of the $80.00 10-pack of discount movie tickets. Cash in on this deal while you can!

Cash in on this sweet deal!

STAGE EVENT – “Shit-Faced Shakespeare” (Fri. July 15 @ 8pm)

FRI. JULY 15 @ 8:00PM

SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE is the deeply highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show has been running since 2010 and has already entertained over 40,000 eager theatre goers across the UK. Having successfully completed multiple sell-out runs of the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, the show has made its way stateside and has been enjoying a smashingly successful run in Boston since April and will debut this spring in London’s West End. With a genuinely drunken professional actor selected at random every night, no two shows are ever the same.

“Shit-Faced Shakespeare” seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard by reviving the raucous, interactive and vibrant nature of Elizabethan theatre with a very modern twist–reminding them as we go to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly.

Click to buy tickets to this event.$25.00 G.A. / $22.50 MEMBERS
(Members pay full price and get a
$2.50 discount at the Snack Bar.)


“Theater, after all, should be more of an experience than a passive event. ” –BDC Wire

“You’ll want to get ‘faced with this Shakespeare adaptation…” –The Boston Metro

“A high concept show if ever there was one …” -The Guardian

“This. Is. Spectacular!” -Jared Bowen, WGBH

“The funniest show we saw on our four-day trip to the Scottish capital… Brilliant!” -The Daily Star

” It’s chaotic, it’s crass, it’s fun, and it’s a show that certainly should not be missed.” –Harvard Crimson

“Very rock ‘n’ roll.” -The Times

SPECIAL SCREENING – “Unity” (Sun. June 5 @ 1:30pm only)


tt2049636UNITY 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.

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SPECIAL SCREENING – “Hockney” (Thurs. June 9 @ 7:30pm only)


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.

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“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


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