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


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

(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

(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
(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
[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
(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

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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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SHORTS – 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)
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TUES. OCT. 4 @ 7:30PM (WITH BONUS 4)
WED. OCT. 5 @ 7:30PM (WITH BONUS 4)

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


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


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TICKETS: $15.00
($13.50 MEMBERS)


FILM – “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.



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

STAGE EVENT – “Closet Case: Autumnal Transition” (Thurs. Sept. 22 @ 10pm)


THURS. SEPT. 22 @ 10PM

We take great pride in hosting “Closet Case: Autumnal Transition,” featuring host and drag queen extraordinaire Ivy League, as well as some of New England’s up-and-coming talent of all stripes. Comedy, music, dancing, and wonderfully weird performances make up this night of boundary-bending, eyebrow-raising fabulousness. Whether it’s entertainment, enlightenment, or a cheap buzz you seek, Closet Case’s doors will surely open wide. Won’t you come on out and have a peek inside?

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FILM – “Equity” (Opens Fri. Sept. 16)


A female investment banker, fighting to rise to the top of the corporate ladder at a competitive Wall Street firm, navigates a controversial tech IPO in the post-financial crisis world, where loyalties are suspect, regulations are tight, but pressure to bring in “big money” remains high. EQUITY is about women on Wall Street. It’s a Wall Street drama, but it’s not about corruption, crime, or catastrophe. It’s about women who thrive on competition and ambition, deals and strategy, but who must carefully calibrate every aspect of their lives, professional and private, to stay equal in the game. EQUITY is directed, written, produced, and financed by women, a collaboration among women in entertainment and business leaders in finance—the real-life women of Wall Street—who chose to invest in this film because they wanted to see their story told.


“It doesn’t go for flashy drama, and the ending is more whimper than bang. But there’s the sense here of something authentic, and unless you’re already in the business, you’ll probably learn something.” –Mick Lasalle, The San Francisco Chronicle
“‘Dudes only’ –that might as well be the motto when it comes to big-screen finance dramas. But in this explosive corporate thriller, a dynamite Anna Gunn fights back. I’m with her.” –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“What makes this such a vital feminist film, even when its other qualities are often few and far between, is how defiantly it internalizes the idea that strong female characters have nothing to do with decency, and everything to do with depth.” –David Ehrlich, indieWIRE

FILM – “Max Rose” (Opens Fri. Sept. 16)



MAX ROSE, featuring the legendary Jerry Lewis in his first starring role in over two decades, is a deeply moving drama about a retired jazz musician whose beloved wife of nearly six decades has just passed away. Though his career wasn’t everything he hoped for, Max always felt like a success because his beautiful, elegant Eva was by his side. Then, while going through her effects, he discovers a love note from another man, a shocking revelation that leads him to believe his entire marriage, indeed, his entire life, was built on a lie. Following a period of anger and withdrawal, Max decides to confront the man who “stole” his wife in the hope that what he learns will provide the answers he so desperately needs. A film about reconciling the past, living in the present, and never stopping to plan for the future, MAX ROSE was written and directed by Daniel Noah. Rounding out the cast are Claire Bloom (as Eva), Kevin Pollack, Kerry Bishe, Mort Sahl, Dean Stockwell, Rance Howard, and Lee Weaver. The film’s premiere at MoMA this April of which wowed the audience and engaged the crowd at our own Cape Ann Film Festival earlier this month.



“The feelings Max had over his 65 years of marriage are something to which most people can only aspire, while the sense of loss that comes after is something everyone would like to avoid. Lewis manages to offer both of these things with a single look.” –Josh Lasser, IGN Movies