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Buddy

May 21 to May 23
Tuesday to Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Heddy Honigmann - 2019 - 86m - Netherlands - In Dutch with English subtitles - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY MAY 28 TO THURSDAY MAY 30 AT 6:30PM!

In this poignant and carefully composed portrait of six service dogs and their owners, renowned documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. Honigmann questions the owners in her characteristic way -- respectfully and with genuine concern rooted in a deep trust -- about what the animals mean to them. Buddy is an ode to the fighting spirit of the main characters and a loving portrait of the deep bond between man and dog.

“An audience favorite! A tender tribute to tail-wagging treasures.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“The movie is warm, observant, mildly philosophical and deeply curious about the daily and inner lives of both the people and their four-legged assistants.” - Wesley Morris, New York Times

"An exquisite portrait of the lives of six guide dogs and their owners. But because it’s a Heddy Honigmann film it inevitably transforms into a philosophical meditation — in this case, an exploration of the love affair between mankind and its best friend." — Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine

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The World At Arms Length - A Story Beyond Vision on the Camino de Santiago

May 21 to May 23
Tuesday to Thursday 4:15, 8:30

Dir. Susanne Bohlmann - 2019 - 97m - Germany/Spain - In German & Spanish with English subtitles

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY MAY 28 TO THURSDAY MAY 30 AT 4:15, 8:30PM!

Sven has a dream. He has always wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago - the Way of St. James! 

However, this seems almost impossible, because Sven has Usher Syndrome, a disease in which one slowly loses his hearing and vision. He is hard of hearing and has been completely blind since 2010. He communicates verbally with a special hearing aid, but this does not distinguish sounds - they flow unfiltered to him and so it is only helpful if Sven's environment is absolutely silent.

Sven mainly communicates via tactile gestures with his hands. With this approach, you basically use your hands to form words and letters. He is always dependent on the help of his specially trained assistants. Sven has to trust his assistant completely, because although he is their "boss", he cannot assess his own situation. They are his eyes and his ears. They guide him, describe his surroundings and translate every communication with the outside world for him. 

When one assistant, Almuth learns about Sven’s dream to tour the Way of St. James, she offers to accompany him on the 800-kilometer pilgrimage. Sven can hardly believe it. He immediately starts preparing for the journey of his life. For two years, he and Almuth set the stage for the trip. Seven assistants are chosen to take care of him in turns. He has already worked with some of the women, but hardly knows the rest of his crew.

April comes, and the team finally embarks on the journey. However, after a few days in strange surroundings, Sven begins to behave aggressively, and the general mood around the tour darkens. Filmmaker Susanne Bohlmann accompanies the group for six weeks through Spain and documents the frustrating fights between Sven and his minders. They want to help, but Sven attacks and pushes them back. His disability conspires with dark memories from the past, and this only compounds the gravity of the situation.

Sven's physical condition is deteriorating. His knees can no longer withstand the unfamiliar terrain. He has to go to the hospital and is unable to walk for several days. He feels more and more imprisoned and isolated. The Way of St. James soon fades into an unfulfilled dream, and every glimmer of hope starts to fade.

Eventually, Sven’s assistants give up and decide to go home in defeat.

This movie might not be the encapsulation of the hero stories seen in Hollywood blockbusters, but it is a gripping tale that takes us into the dark world of the deafblind. It captures the human desire for freedom and self-determination as well as a deep craving for personal fulfillment.

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Loners in the Landscape - films by Aimee Jennings and Kate McCabe

May 22
Wednesday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Aimee Jennings and Kate McCabe - 2019 - 90m approx - No Matinees

A BASEMENT FILMS PRESENTATION!

Loners in the Landscape brings two female filmmaking friends together, Aimee Jennings and Kate McCabe. Both have unique approaches to storytelling with the moving image, yet what they share is an affinity for being their own cinematographers and doing most of their shooting in the landscapes that call to them, alone. Approaching the daunting tasks of navigating foreign or unknown places with cameras in hand leads to films by both ladies that contain wit, humor and critical perspectives on space and identity. This is the first time their work will be shown together and the first time each has been on the road shooting film with each other.

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Alibi Midnight Madness Presents

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I Trapped The Devil

May 24 to May 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Josh Lobo - 2019 - 82m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - $8 General / $6 Students

"Easily the most chilling film I've seen in 2019 so far…" - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt (AJ Bowen) and his wife Karen (Susan Burke) show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother Steve (Scott Poythress) to celebrate the holidays, they are instead greeted with a horrifying surprise: trapped in the basement is a man. But not just any man. Steve believes that his hostage is none other than the devil himself. As shock and skepticism turn to fear and paranoia, Matt and Karen find themselves facing a terrifying quandary: is Steve dangerously unhinged? Or could the mysterious stranger really be evil incarnate? Either way, the stage is set for a true Christmas from hell.

"A slow-burn tale of paranoia and familial obligation that does crawl out of the gate but crescendos in one satisfying ending. It may be small scaled in terms of setting and characters, but Lobo's debut is ambitious in effort." - Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting

"A tense, slow-burn horror film." - Deirdre Crimmins, HighDef Digest

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