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PREMIERE & FUNDRAISER – “A Street Cat Named Bob” (Thurs. Nov. 17 @ 7:30pm)

A STREET CAT NAMED BOB
THURS. NOV. 17 @ 7:30PM
TO BENEFIT
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a-street-cat-named-bob-teaserposterWhen street musician James Bowen (Luke Treadaway) finds an injured ginger cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. James had been living hand-to-mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James cannot resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he names Bob. He slowly nurses Bob back to health and then sends the cat on his way, imagining that he will never see him again. But Bob has other ideas, and the resulting friendship is cathartic and inspiring, for James and for us. Based on the international best-selling book.

THIS SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING BENEFITS
CAPE ANN ANIMAL AID.

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FESTIVAL! – The 3rd Annual ‘Fall Into The Rhythm’ Music & Movies Fest (Sept. 23-30)

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This weekend, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage will host 8 days of music-related movies and live performances with the third incarnation of a festival dubbed “Fall Into The Rhythm” (FITR). $1.00 from each ticket to the following events will be donated to the O’Maley School’s band program:

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Fri. Sept. 23 @ 7:30pm 
landfillharmonicpos_1439055672LANDFILL HARMONIC
(Documentary Film)
Meet the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight, and when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.
Tickets: $11.00 ($8.00 Cinema Members)



Sat. Sept. 24 @ 8:00pm

Learn more about Patty Larkin.AN EVENING WITH PATTY LARKIN
(Concert Event)
Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. She has been praises as “evocative” (Rolling Stone), “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).
Tickets: $30.00 ($27.50 Cinema Members)




Sun. Sept. 25 @ 6:30pm

rougvieTHE UNTOLD STORY: BOWIE/RYKODISC/SALEM
(Multimedia Lecture & Musical Tribute)
When David Bowie passed this year, the world lost an incredible artist, but little mention was made of Bowie’s important, but largely forgotten, ties to Salem. Music fans can hear this fascinating story, by way of a multimedia presentation by Bowie producer, Jeff Rougvie, and Boston-based band, Daily Pravda, playing David Bowie’s music.
Tickets: $15.00 ($13.50 Cinema Members)



Mon. Sept. 26 @ 6:30pm

pointTHE POINT
(Animated Film)
The creatures who live in the Land of Point all have pointy features, except Oblio, whose circular head is unusual. Singled out because of his appearance, Oblio is exiled to the Pointless Forest. In the process, he learns that it doesn’t matter what you look like–it’s who you are on the inside that counts. Narrated by former Beatle Ringo Starr and featuring music by late folk-rocker Harry Nilsson, this animated children’s fable is about one of life’s important lessons. Special early family-friendly show time.
Tickets: $11.00 Adults ($8.00 Kids & Cinema Members)


Tues. Sept. 27 @ 7:30pm
zappaEAT THAT QUESTION: FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS
(Documentary Film)
A subtle, skillful montage constructed solely from historic footage, “Eat That Question” is an energetic celebration of outspoken maestro Frank Zappa. Following the man from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death at 52, the film seats us right up front from the start; close enough to Zappa to read the flickering emotions in his eyes.
Tickets: $11.00 Adults ($8.00 Cinema Members)


Wed. Sept. 28 @ 7:30pm
akounak-posterAKOUNAK TEGGDALIT TAHA TAZOUGHAI
[aka “The Nigerian ‘Purple Rain’]
(Film & Musical Tribute)
This remake of Prince’s 1984 cult classic “Purple Rain” is the story of a young guitarist in the North of Niger, trying to make it against all odds, and is the first ever Tuareg language fiction film. Its title is a Tuareg phrase that literally translates to “rain the color of blue with a little red in it” (the Tuareg are a semi-nomadic Berber group in North Africa, and their language, also known as Tamashek, has no word for the color purple). Followed by a tribute set by Pop Life, which is comprised of local musicians 3rian King, Dan King, Renée Dupuis, Dennis Monagle, Tony Goddess, and Megan McKenzie.
Tickets: $15.00 ($13.50 Cinema Members)


Thurs. Sept. 29 @ 7:30pm
beatles_eight_days_a_weekTHE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
(Concert & Film)
The cultural phenomenon that The Beatles’ extensive touring from 1962-66 helped create (known as “Beatlemania”) made for the first time much of the world feel truly unified–bound by aspiration and attitude, rather than divided by race, class, religion or nationality. This is the story of those exceptional touring years. With the superb Beatles ’64 tribute, Studio Two performing a pre-show concert.
Tickets $15.00 ($13.50 Cinema Members)


Fri. Sept. 30 @ 10:00pm
rhpsTHE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
(Film & Shadow Cast Performance by The Teseracte Players)
Join Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and rock star Meat Loaf in the most popular cult classic of all time. The large ensemble fan group The Teseracte Players “shadows” the film, acting along to it and adding their own hilarious running commentary.
Tickets $12.50 ($11.25 Cinema Members)


Tickets for all Fall Into The Rhythm events are available at the box office or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

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The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage is a living-room-style community-based venue specializing in alternative film, or “stuff you don’t usually find at the Maul.” It has shown over 1,500 films since its inception in 2007.

FILM – “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words” (Tues. Sept. 27 @ 7:30pm)

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TICKETS: $11.00 ADULTS
($8.00 CINEMA MEMBERS)

SHORTS – The 18th Annual Animation Show Of Shows (Opens Fri. Sept. 30)

THE 18TH ANNUAL
ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS
OPENS. FRI. SEPT. 30

18th_asos_poster_sm_grandeBeginning Friday, September 30 and through Thursday, October 6, THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS returns to the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage for its second year with 12 charming family-friendly films. Highlights include “About a Mother,” a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” Disney/Pixar’s sweet “Piper,” and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey “Pearl” by Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne. The show also features a late-night bonus of four provocative shorts exclusively for mature audiences.

This year’s show includes an expanded selection of fresh student films from leading animation schools in the U.S., Belgium, Canada, Korea and Russia. This is not surprising, since the most interesting and groundbreaking work is being done at these hotbeds of creativity.

Featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the 16 extraordinary films in this program were created by animators from Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, the U.K., and the U.S. Their themes range from gay issues and civil rights, to deeply felt personal stories, to the wacky humor that animation does so well. Many have garnered awards from prestigious festivals around the world. Details on all the films can be found here.

For the first time this year, in addition to regular shows, there will also be a number of special daytime screenings specifically designed to be family-friendly and appropriate for viewers of six years and up. Those who attend the later evening screenings will have the opportunity to see four films – Corpus, Blue, Manoman and All Their Shades – that approach their mature subjects in more graphic detail.

Largely crowd-funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, this year’s Animation Show of Shows represents the enthusiasm and commitment of 550 individual contributors from around the world. We are extremely grateful for their support and it is thanks to them that we are able to share these treasures with the world.

For 16 years, The Animation Show of Shows, founded and curated by Ron Diamond, has been presenting new and innovative short films to animation studios, societies, schools and festivals around the world. Over the years, 32 of the films showcased in the Show of Shows went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with nine films winning the Oscar®. The only downside was that only a relatively small number of people, primarily in the professional animation community, had the opportunity to see these cinematic gems in a theatrical setting.

Then, in 2015, the 17th edition was expanded to include public screenings in cities around the world, allowing general audiences to experience these singular works of art on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen. This first public program was the biggest in the show’s history, including 435 screenings in 50 cities in the U.S., Canada, Spain, South Africa, and Australia. Also for the first time, the films were paired with revealing documentary portraits of a number of the directors that illuminated the motivation, process and experiences that led them to make their films.

Ron Diamond will attend the Saturday, October 1 9:30pm screening and host a Q&A after the show.


FRI. SEPT. 30 @ 7:30PM (WITH BONUS 4)
SAT. OCT. 1 @ 2:30PM (FAMILY SHOW)
SAT. OCT. 1 @ 9:30PM (WITH RON DIAMOND Q&A)
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SUN. OCT. 2 @ 4:00PM (FAMILY SHOW)
MON. OCT. 3 @ 5:00PM (FAMILY SHOW)
TUES. OCT. 4 @ 7:30PM (WITH BONUS 4)
WED. OCT. 5 @ 7:30PM (WITH BONUS 4)
THURS. OCT. 6 @ 7:30PM (WITH BONUS 4)

FAMILY FILM – “The Point” (Mon. Sept. 26 @ 6:30pm)

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THE POINT

MON. SEPT. 26 @ 6:30PM

point.pngThe creatures who live in the Land of Point all have pointy features, except Oblio, whose circular head is unusual. Singled out because of his appearance, Oblio is exiled to the Pointless Forest. In the process, he learns that it doesn’t matter what you look like–it’s who you are on the inside that counts. Narrated by former Beatle Ringo Starr and featuring music by late folk-rocker Harry Nilsson, this animated children’s fable is about one of life’s important lessons.

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($8.00 MEMBERS & KIDS)

FILM – “Landfill Harmonic” (Fri. Sept. 23 @ 7:30pm)

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TICKETS: $11.00 ADULTS
($8.00 CINEMA MEMBERS)

FILM & CONCERT – “The Nigerian Purple Rain Remake” (Wed. Sept. 28 @ 7:30pm)

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TICKETS: $15.00
($13.50 MEMBERS)

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CONCERT & FILM – “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week” (Thurs. Sept. 29 @ 7:30pm only)

THE BEATLES:
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
THURS. SEPT. 29 @ 7:30PM ONLY

posterloresTHE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.”  It will explore their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film will focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

THE FILM WILL BE PRECEDED BY A CONCERT BY THE BEATLES ’64 TRIBUTE BAND,
STUDIO TWO.

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(INCLUDES CONCERT & FILM)

 

FAMILY FILM – “A Town Called Panic: Double Fun” (Sat. Sept. 24 @ 2:30pm & 4pm only)

A TOWN CALLED PANIC:
DOUBLE FUN
SAT. SEPT. 24 @ 2:30PM & 4:00PM ONLY

Take another trip to A Town Called Panic, with two award-winning new specials from the directors of the zany feature film and the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine, in theaters on September 24 for one day only!

With disarming wit and hilarious visuals, A Town Called Panic: Double Fun revels in the simple setup of three plasticine toys sent on increasingly surreal and freewheeling adventures. Cowboy and Indian are always up to some harebrained scheme, with Horse left to clean up the mess. In Christmas Panic, their out-of-control antics lead Horse to call Santa and cancel the presents. But the boys figure they can still save Christmas… if they break into their neighbor’s house to steal his yule log! In Back to School Panic, a class assignment yields a special prize, but only Pig knows the answer. Cowboy and Indian use a special shrinking potion to sneak into Pig’s brain, where they discover a sodium-packed world of pig cops riding in bacon cars and sausage cycles.

These new short films continue the brilliant, over-the-top visual inventiveness that has given the series a dedicated cult following, with a classic slapstick comedy sensibility that is perfect for all ages. This special Arthouse Theater Day release continues with the fun with an intermission featuring two classic A Town Called Panic shorts, Lisa & Jan and Cow-Hulk, where ill-behaved European backpackers and an alien microbe cause even more mayhem!

WE ARE PROUD TO TAKE PART IN
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FILM – “The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble” (Returns Fri. Sept. 23)

THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS:
YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

RETURNS FRI. SEPT. 23

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” and the critically-hailed “Best of Enemies”, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice.

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REVIEWS:

If the screen went dark during ‘The Music of Strangers,’ that would be a disappointment. But if the sound failed, that would be a tragedy.” –Ken Jaworowski, New York Times

“…an aural celebration that’s about using the past to break free of boundaries.” –Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Neville is as expert at getting the human stories behind the songs as he is in capturing the music.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom.” –John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter