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1984 (1984)

TUES. APR. 4 @ 7:30PM ONLY!

nineteen_eighty_four_xlg-1On April 4, 2017, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage and over 100 other art house movie theatres across the country in 79 cities and in 34 states (plus one location in Canada) will be participating collectively in a national event day screening of  1984 (1984) starring the late great John Hurt, who passed away in January. This date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith (played by Hurt) begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary.

“We strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts,” explained Robert Newton, owner of The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, “and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.”

“Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Less than one month into the new presidential administration, the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier.”

The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’ By doing what they do best-showing a movie-the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack. Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”

Tickets are $11.50, and the Cinema will donate portions of the proceeds from the night to The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), in memory of Gail Darrell.






Shot in 1946 and released in 1949, this industrial film (sponsored by The Ford Motor Company), depicts the lives of the people who inhabit our humble Massachusetts fishing community. The film shows the home life, a deep-sea fishing trip, a storm at sea, and the yearly observance of the feast of St. Peter, patron saint of fishermen. This is the best version of this 22-minute documentary available, rescued for the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage from a dumpster of a Pittsburgh public school by Skip Elsenheimer of AV Geeks.




silenceLegendary director Martin Scorsese’s latest film (which has been 28 years in the making) tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Adam Driver and Oscar® nominee Andrew Garfield) who travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson) at a time when Christianity was outlawed. When they are captured and imprisoned, both men are plunged into an odyssey that will test their faith, challenge their sanity and, perhaps, risk their very lives.

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patersonPaterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

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fencesSome people build fences to keep people out — and other people build fences to keep people in. Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Academy Award nominee Viola Davis deliver the “performance-driven masterpiece” (April Wolfe, Village Voice) of the year in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the film takes a passionate look at former Negro League baseball player Troy Maxson (Washington) as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. Washington’s directorial triumph “connects with people on a deep, emotional level” (Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times) and pulses with the universal truths of love and forgiveness, despite what lies beyond your own fence.

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UNCHAINED (Elephant Aid International Fundraiser)

SUN. MAY 21 @ 6:30PM

 follows the work of Carol Buckley (Elephant Aid International (EAI) and her team, to enhance captive elephant welfare in Nepal, showing by gentle persuasion and example that there is a ‘better way’ to treat elephants in human captivity. Carol’s is a phased, pragmatic approach to change attitudes; encouraging co-operation, not a confrontation between Nepalese elephant handlers (mahouts) and their ‘essential’ elephant assets, upon which the mahouts rely to sustain themselves in an environment bereft of options.

Carol promotes co-operation between man and elephant by ‘positive reinforcement,’ not dominance and cruelty – indeed a ‘better way.’

As we should all ‘know,’ working in co-operation will always yield a better longer-term result for all parties concerned, engendering mutual respect and loyalty.

On the other hand, dominance, intimidation, threats and violence yields ‘results’ of a different kind – breeding contempt, duress, leading ultimately to the mental and physical destruction of the abused party. The human abuser can also become conflicted with shame and a need foratonement, but with some are sadly lacking any such compassion of course.

Now imagine a young elephant, taken into a life of captivity, chained so its movements are restricted to the point where the elephant’s limbs can become permanently malformed, scarred, injured and infected. This same elephant’s will is drained from repetitive beatings with bars, sticks and metal ‘bull hooks’ to subjugate the elephant into obedience. Sometimes an abused elephant’s eye is hit and maimed, leading to blindness for life.

All this brutal cruelty and depravity to ‘train’ an elephant for a potential 60 year life expectancy subject to man’s behest – to provide elephant riding safaris perhaps, or even circus performances as human ‘entertainment,’ the subject elephant’s back, limbs, senses bombarded and abused daily. Then, the elephant is chained and denied even the temporary respite of freedom of movement.

“Unchained,” tells the story, as Carol and her dedicated team make progress in Nepal to relieve the captive elephant’s immediate suffering one case at a time, pioneering a more humane connection between man and elephant, shifting the emphasis and acknowledgement towards elephant welfare and dignified treatment – a noble pursuit that these truly magnificent, intelligent ‘gentle giants’ undoubtedly deserve.

“Unchained” needs to be seen. Its message, that through pragmatism and persistence, there is hope that ‘captive’ elephants will gain improved respect and welfare. Ultimately, there will be a transition away from abusive elephant training for ‘entertainment,’ burdening ‘tourists’ on their spines, to an ‘educated‘ tourist spectacle of herds of unchained ‘captive’ elephants to admire without intrusion; the elephants’ mahouts able to look on with pride, dignity and we hope at long last, a deeply felt mutual respect – a potential atonement indeed.•••


alexcriveraAlex C. Rivera is a newcomer filmmaker who despite having a wide experience in different professional fields, between East and West, in 2012 he decided to put aside his routine and take a new path, cinema. After several years of learning, writing, producing and directing several short films in late 2015 decided to focus its efforts and savings in a cause that once it hits him terribly, elephants in captivity, with a documentary film called “Unchained.”

He studied Film Studies at Kingston University in London (United Kingdom) where he lives since 2013. In his own words, what our senses do not feel is something that does not exist, and each of us formed a key role in this, and cinema is the most important means of communication to make visible what is not visible to the naked view. He is currently working in a documentary about drugs and lives called “Meridiano Zero.”


Unchained Carol50.jpgCarol Buckley, founder and CEO of Elephant Aid International (EAI), is an internationally recognized authority in the rescue, rehabilitation and welfare of captive-held elephants. Buckley is known for creating innovative models of care that set new standards for elephants in captivity.

Buckley’s philosophy is, “One world…one elephant at a time.” Wherever she works – whether in the U.S. or Asia – her deep knowledge and understanding of elephants enables her to see how even small changes can have a major impact on their lives.

 Buckley designed and built the first solar powered chain-free corrals in Asia. In 2014-15, she and EAI worked with the government of Nepal at its request to end the use of chains with its female elephants and calves, making it the first country in Asia to do so. Buckley and EAI designed and built solar powered chain-free corrals that allow the elephants to live, socialize and play together in compatible groups.

 In early 2016, Buckley began collaborations with Tiger Tops, Nepal’s oldest and leading conservation resort, to redesign its elephant program. Tiger Tops is the first tourist resort in Nepal to convert to an eco-elephant friendly program, replacing rides and chaining with the chance for guests to enter the natural lives of elephants.

 Buckley’s latest pilot project is the construction of steel pipe corrals for bull (male) elephants. The corrals contain captive bulls safely and protect them from wild bulls.

In 1995, Buckley realized a long-standing dream by co-founding America’s first and largest natural habitat elephant sanctuary, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Under Buckley’s leadership, the Sanctuary’s integrative, holistic approach to medical care and trauma recovery received international acclaim. In her 15 years at the Sanctuary, Buckley rescued 24 elephants, including organizing the single largest rescue of elephants in U.S. history. 

Buckley advises government agencies and private organizations on strengthening regulations for the welfare of captive elephants; trains mahouts and caregivers in humane methods of handling; and provides and teaches essential foot care methods. Her articulate advocacy has educated tens of thousands of people around the globe on the needs of elephants in captivity and familiarized them with the concept of sanctuary.

Buckley’s articles have been featured in academic journals and books. She has also written a series of children’s books on her life with her elephant Tarra, including ‘Travels With Tarra’ and ‘Tarra and Bella: An Elephant and Her Dog.’

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