Join us Monday November 28th at 6:30 pm for "HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song." A definitive exploration of singersongwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.” This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including [...]
Three Minutes - A Lengthening presents a home movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland and tries to postpone its ending. As long as we are watching, history is not over yet. The three minutes of footage, mostly in color, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. The existing three minutes are examined to unravel the human stories hidden in the celluloid. The footage is imaginatively edited to create a film that lasts more than an hour. Different voices enhance the images. Glenn Kurtz, grandson of David [...]
We will be screening the five DOCUMENTARY SHORTS that have been nominated for an Oscar this year at the 95th Academy Awards. We'll start at 6:30pm sharp and screen the first three: Haulout Stranger at the Gate How Do You Measure a Year? At the 20-minute intermission, you'll have time to grab an adult beverage or a snack and then we'll get to preview two more provocative films: The Elephant Whisperers The Martha Mitchell Effect
Set in 1952 London, the film will follow Williams, a veteran civil servant, who has become a small cog in the bureaucracy of rebuilding post-WWII England. As endless paperwork piles up on his desk, he learns he has a fatal illness. Thus begins his quest to find some meaning to his seemingly grey, monotonous life before it slips away. He first attempts, with limited success, to throw himself into debauchery during a wild night in Brighton in the company of a bohemian writer he befriends there. Then, arriving back in London, he ignores family and work responsibilities for days on end. [...]
Turn Every Page is a fascinating documentary that explores the lives and work of two of America's greatest storytellers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro and legendary editor Robert Gottlieb. The film provides humor and insight as Caro and Gottlieb discuss their fifty-five-year relationship and the challenges they faced while working on Caro's critically acclaimed biographies of Lyndon B. Johnson.
BONES OF CROWS is told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch Aline Spears as she survives a childhood in Canada's residential school system to continue her family's generational fight in the face of systemic starvation, racism, and sexual abuse. She uses her uncanny ability to understand and translate codes into working for a special division of the Canadian Air Force as a Cree code talker in World War II. The story unfolds over 100 years with a cumulative force that propels us into the future.
32 Sounds is an immersive feature documentary and profound sensory experience from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground) featuring original music by JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN). The film explores the elemental phenomenon of sound by weaving together 32 specific sound explorations into a cinematic meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. Join Oscar-nominated filmmaker Green as he takes the audience on a journey through time and space -- exploring everything from forgotten childhood memories, to the soundtrack of resistance, to subaquatic symphonies -- and [...]
Set in 1996, the film follows tech geniuses Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin, portrayed by Jay Baruchel and Matt Johnson, as they embark on the ambitious task of inventing a revolutionary device. Their company, Research in Motion, faces numerous challenges, primarily their lack of business acumen. However, their fortunes change when savvy businessman Jim Balsillie, played by Glenn Howerton, joins forces with them, catapulting the BlackBerry into the hands of millions. Almost overnight, the BlackBerry becomes an essential tool, transforming the way people work and communicate. The trio's success knows no bounds as the device gains widespread popularity among celebrities, politicians, [...]