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In Search of Israeli Cuisine

May 26 to May 29
Friday to Monday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Roger Sherman - 2017 - 94m - No Matinees

A portrait of the Israeli people told through food. It puts a literal face on the culture of Israel. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze a rich, complex and human story emerges.

Through scenes that are mostly cinema verité— interviews, farms, markets, restaurants, kitchens, landscapes, and history—audiences will discover that this hot, multi-cultural cuisine has developed only in the last 30 years. In that short time, Israel went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the most advanced. Its sophistication mirrors the current state of the Israeli people and their food: secular, outward looking and innovative.

The chef/guide of In Search of Israeli Cuisine is Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award winning chef/owner of Zahav and a number of other restaurants in Philadelphia. His book Zahav: A World of Israeli Cuisine was recently released and is on the NYTimes bestseller list. Mike was born in Israel and grew up in the States. He’s smart, funny, self-deprecating, and very knowledgeable about the traditions and foods of Israel. Mike enters peoples’ lives, and their kitchens, and discusses their roots, inspirations, what their grandmothers cooked, how they’re preserving traditions and updating recipes with global influences.

“Sherman and Solomonov buoyantly capture the art and joy of preparing and savoring Israel's raft of gastronomic choices, largely drawn from localized ingredients with a concentration on lemon, olive oil, vegetables, lamb and fish.” - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

“The film is at its best when tackling the often uncomfortable discussion of what Israelis have learned, borrowed, and absorbed from the Arab cuisines that existed there before creation of the state.” - Craig LaBan, Philadelphia Inquirer

“You don't have to be a foodie to find Roger Sherman's documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine unexpectedly interesting.” - Simi Horwitz, Film Journal International

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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

May 26 to May 29
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Lydia Tenaglia - 2017 - 103m

The life of Tower, who became one of America’s first celebrity chefs, and features Bourdain, Mario Batali, Martha Stewart and Ruth Reichl. Tower gained fame as a pioneer in the California cuisine movement at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, during  the 1970s and founded San Francisco’s  Stars restaurant in the mid 1980s. The original bad-boy chef, Tower was known for his Studio 54 lifestyle, over-the-top brash personality, and his public feud with Alice Waters.

“As engrossing as a finely-wrought suspense drama.” - Glenn Kenny,

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Alibi Midnight Madness Presents

The Pit - the 1981 bizarro shocker restored & re-released poster

The Pit - the 1981 bizarro shocker restored & re-released

Jun 16 to Jun 17
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lew Lehman - 1981 - 96m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - $8 General / $6 students


Twelve-year old Jamie is an outcast in his small town—he is bullied, he shows signs of being a sexual deviant, and he has no friends aside from his demonic teddy bear, Teddy. Influenced by commands he hears from Teddy, Jamie lures his unsuspecting tormentors one by one to a forest pit that he has discovered on the outskirts of town, so that they can be devoured by the man-eating troglodytes that dwell at the bottom of THE PIT! 

“A totally psychotic horror film that totally catches you off guard … so baffling it leaves you questioning the reality of what you’ve just seen.” – Oh, the Horror

“A truly original film, and one not easily forgotten.” – Not Coming to a Theater Near You

“A unique concoction of Canadian horror movie and After-School Special gone terribly, terribly wrong.” – Canuxploitation!

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