Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia
Aug 1 to Aug 7
Friday to Thursday 6:00 Only
Dir. Nicholas Wrathall - 2014 - 89m
No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.
Commentary by those who knew him best—including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens—blends with footage from Vidal’s legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time.
Gore Vidal’s professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters. His return to America in 2005 marked the last great stage in his creative career and this film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century. Featuring candid vérité footage of Vidal in his final years, the film explores his enduring global impact on art, politics, and everything in between. His overview of the current state of the Republic and the health of US democracy is unique and incisive.
This is Gore Vidal’s last word and testimony.
"Highly entertaining…a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America’s most brilliant, original — and cranky — thinkers." - Variety
"Gore was ‘an engagingly brilliant and funny provocateur….the film, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, should enjoy healthy specialized theatrical bookings before a long life in ancillary." - The Hollywood Reporter
"A terrific documentary…writer/director Nicholas Wrathall does a heroic job of packing Vidal’s eventful life into the film’s 89 minutes." - Bloomberg News
"For sheer entertainment value, few docs can equal Gore Vidal the United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, a portrait of the novelist, playwright, polemicist, public intellectual." - Huffington Post
"Nicholas Wrathall’s treasure-trove documentary does a terrific job of summing up the late political writer’s life and work." - Time Out NY
K Missing Kings
Aug 1 to Aug 2
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm
Dir. Shingo Suzuki - 2014 - 73m - Japan - Japanese with English Subtitles - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! ALL SEATS $15 - Door Prizes Courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY
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Based on the hit anime K, K MISSING KINGS picks up where the series left off. Featuring the same director and scriptwriter as the series, this movie brings the characters that you’ve grown to love in the same spirit of action, honor, and loyalty. K MISSING KINGS also sees the return of popular voice actors such as Daisuke Namikawa, Daisuke Ono, and Tomokazu Sugita, reprising their roles for the first time on the big screen.
The story starts some time after the Island Academy Incident, in which four of the seven great Kings crossed paths. Since this time, silver clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and Neko have been searching for their master, Yashiro Isana, the Silver King. Their search having turned up fruitless, the two begin to give up hope, until they encounter Anna Kushina and Rikio Kamamoto, two members of the red clan HOMRA being chased by someone.
Venus in Fur
Aug 1 to Aug 7
Friday to Thursday 3:45, 8:00
Dir. Roman Polanski - 2014 - 96m - France - In French with English subtitles
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella, VENUS IN FUR is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy.
At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character's name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.
"Venus in Fur" finds Roman Polanski transferring a New York stage hit to the screen with maximum fidelity and facility, and a minimum of fuss." -Scott Foundas, Variety
"Roman Polanski is in playfully perverse form with this nimble pas de deux adapted from David Ives' stage hit." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"By expertly embellishing the theatrical, Polanski has made Venus in Fur thrillingly cinematic." - Emma Simmonds, The List
Saturday at 1 p.m. ONLY!
Dir. Justine Nagan - 2009 - 63m - $5 AIGA NM members / $10 General
AN AIGA NM PRESENTATION!
In rural Wisconsin, a lone employee waits in a cavernous old museum for visitors to come. A few individuals straggle in every few days and then, come Friday, the museum fills with life. Machines hum, presses print, artists buzz about. One weekend each month, the quiet of Two Rivers is interrupted as carloads of artisans drive in from across the Midwest. The place comes alive as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with, some of the nation's top design talent descend on the sleepy enclave.
In a time when people can carry computers in their pockets and watch TV while walking down the street, Typeface dares to explore the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. At Hamilton, international artisans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. But the Museum¹s days may be numbered. What is the responsibility of artists and historians to preserve a dying craft? How can rural towns survive in a shifting industrial marketplace where big-box retailers are king?
"Typeface touches on notions about globalization and the nature of authenticity, turning a seemingly quaint subject into a meditation on the pressing issues of the day." - Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix