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The Babadook

Dec 19 to Dec 20
Friday & Saturday 2pm, 10:30pm

Dir. Jennifer Kent - 2014 - 94m - Australia - No Matinees

Director of THE EXORCIST, William Friedkin, said this was the scariest movie he's ever seen!

AN ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS & DARK MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL CO-PRESENTATION!  DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF LOBO COMICS AND ANIME AT THE 10:30PM SCREENINGS!

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both.  When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him.  But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

"An expertingly unsettling horror film!" - Time Out, New York

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

"Manages to deliver real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished." - Scott Foundas, Variety

"What's been delivered here is a potent brew of psychological terror mixed with a genuinely spooky story, making The Babadook easily the best horror movie of recent years." - George Byrne, Irish Independent

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Dark Matters presents: Horror Bites! An Annual Event of Short Movies!

Dec 20
Saturday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

2014 - CASH ONLY! - Co-presented by Stranger Factory - $7 general / $5 students per block of movies - $15 all day pass

$15 ALL DAY PASS / $7 PER BLOCK OF SHORTS

The Winter Solstice hits on Dec. 21, making it the longest night of 2013.  That means this Saturday is just about the darkest day of the year. Dark Matters Film Festival is celebrating this dark day by presenting another annual installment of Horror Bites! This all-day collection of short films features a shadowy selection of hand-picked horror, science fiction and dark fantasy from around the globe. Shorts are organized into several themed programming blocks, so you can choose your favorite form of darkness. 

SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORTS:   4PM

"Requiem for A Robot", "The Last Halloween", "Little Lamb", "Mr. Dentonn", "Cough"

ANIMATED SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORTS:   6PM

"Don't Fear Death", "A Tale of Moumentum", "Moonshine", "Missing Scarf", "Foxed!", "The Beast", "Imposter", "Broken Face", "Coda"

HORROR SHORTS:   8PM

"Grave Shivers", "The Only Man", "Goat Witch", "Lola", "Foxed!", "Autumn Harvest"

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Being There - double featured with BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET!

Dec 21 to Dec 23
Sunday to Tuesday 3:30, 8:30

Dir. Hal Ashby - 1979 - 130m

Subtitled "a story of chance," this is a provocative black comedy -- a wonderful tale that satirizes politics, celebrity, media-obsession and television. The subtle film's slogan proclaimed: "Getting there is half the fun. Being there is all of it."  It is a placid fable about Chance (Peter Sellers), a reclusive, illiterate, passive and simple-minded gardener who is well-groomed, fed on schedule, and dressed in custom-tailored suits, has lived his whole sheltered life on the walled-in estate of an eccentric millionaire named Jennings (his father?). His only knowledge of the "real" outside world, an encroaching inner-city ghetto area, is through watching television. His meals have always been prepared by the estate's black cook Louise (Ruth Attaway).

The film was directed by director Hal Ashby (already known for Harold and Maude (1971), The Last Detail (1973), Shampoo (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), and the acclaimed Vietnam war film Coming Home (1978)). The politically-satirical, overly-long film about mistaken identity and the television age was adapted from a 1971 novel by Jerzy Kosinski, with Sellers in a chameleon-like role in his second-to-last film. His role is a forerunner to the mentally-challenged Tom Hanks character in Forrest Gump (1994).

The film had two Academy Awards nominations, including Best Actor for Sellers for his superb understated performance, and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Melvyn Douglas.

"Here is a comedy that valiantly defies both gravity and the latest Hollywood fashion." - Frank Rich, TIME Magazine

"A highly unusual and an unusually fine film." - Variety

"No one seems to know what to do with the allegorical undertone of Jerzy Kosinski's script, but as a whole this 1979 film maintains a fine level of wit, sophistication, and insight." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Hal Ashby directs Being There at an unruffled, elegant pace, the better to let Mr. Sellers's double-edged mannerisms make their full impression upon the audience." - Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Brother From Another Planet - double featured with BEING THERE!

Dec 21 to Dec 23
Sunday to Tuesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. John Sayles - 1984 - 109m - No matinees

Filmmaker John Sayles' first bonafide box-office success, Brother from Another Planet centers on a black escaped slave from a faraway planet (Joe Morton) who finds himself on the mean streets Harlem. Though the locals are put off by the slave's inability to speak, they are won over by his technical wizardry. He is adopted as a "brother" by his new friends, who protect him from pursuing white aliens played by director Sayles and David Strathairn.

"It manages to seamlessly mix wit, slapstick, poignancy and politics." - Bob Westal, Film Threat

"Sayles has done a pile of great films, and this is one of the best." - Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com

"An excellent example of what can be achieved with a very small budget and a good screenplay." - James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page

"brave and pure " - Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

Dec 21
Sunday 1 pm ONLY!

Dir. Steven Zaillian - 1993 - 109m - A LEARNERS CHESS ACADEMY PRESENTATION & BENEFIT! All Seats $8

ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE LEARNERS CHESS ACADEMY STARTING THURSDAY OCTOBER 9 !  

An all-star cast shines in this heartwarming story of one family's journey of understanding. Joe Mantegna stars as Fred Waitzkin, a sportswriter who dreams his 7-year-old son, Josh (Max Pomeranc), will grow up to play baseball. One day in the park with his mother (Joan Allen), Josh displays more than talent - he has a gift. Sensing his son is a future champion, Fred places Josh under the tutelage of a strict chess teacher (Oscar r winner Ben Kingsley). But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parents must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prices more than winning: his family's love. Costarring Laura Linney and William H. Macy.

"Searching for Bobby Fischer is a movie "not only to enjoy but to cherish"  - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda - ENCORE SCREENINGS!

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Friday to Tuesday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman - 2014 - 84m

An unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

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Halloween - The Original 1978 Fright !

Dec 26 to Dec 27
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. John Carpenter - 1978 - 91m - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids - Door Prizes courtesy of Bubonicon 47

HALLOWEEN RIGHT AFTER X-MAS?  Why, yes, it's an "Out of Season Greetings!"

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF STRANGER FACTORY!

As pure and undiluted as its title. In the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, a teenage baby sitter tries to survive a Halloween night of relentless terror, during which a knife-wielding maniac goes after the town's hormonally charged youths. Director John Carpenter takes this simple situation and orchestrates a superbly mounted symphony of horrors. It's a movie much scarier for its dark spaces and ominous camera movements than for its explicit bloodletting (which is actually minimal). Composed by Carpenter himself, the movie's freaky music sets the tone; and his script (cowritten with Debra Hill) is laced with references to other horror pictures, especially Psycho. The baby sitter is played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the real-life daughter of Psycho victim Janet Leigh; and the obsessed policeman played by Donald Pleasence is named Sam Loomis, after John Gavin's character in Psycho. In the end, though, Halloween stands on its own as an uncannily frightening experience--it's one of those movies that had audiences literally jumping out of their seats and shouting at the screen. ("No! Don't drop that knife!") Produced on a low budget, the picture turned a monster profit, and spawned many sequels, few of which even come close to the level of the 1978 original!

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The Strange Little Cat

Dec 26 to Dec 30
Friday to Tuesday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ramon Zurcher and Nicole Schink - 2014 - 79m - Germany - In German with English Subtitles - No Matinees

Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, conversations, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between, silent gazes and anecdotes about experiences. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, the flm assembles seemingly unspectacular details and snippets into an exciting choreography of everyday life.

"A fresh and original debut that is purely pleasurable." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

"...a beautiful, mysterious, beguiling cinematic doodle, and an absolute master class in mise-en-scène, unfolding in odd, fragmented frames and precisely choreographed movement within those frames." - Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"One of the most confident and unusual first features in recent memory." - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

"Zürcher's talent for illuminating the specific also extends to his precise arrangement of bodies in rooms and hallways; the various entrances to and exits from the kitchen, for example, reveal a tightly, yet never fussily so, controlled choreography." - Melissa Anderson, Artforum

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Monty Python and The Holy Grail - double featured with LIFE OF BRIAN!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - 1975 - 92m - UK

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  GOING OUT WITH LAUGHTER, COMING IN WITH GUFFAWS, KNEE SLAPPERS & GIGGLES ALA MONTY PYTHON MADNESS!

BONUS!   An additional 12 minutes of never-before seen animation!

From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. The Knights of the Round Table set off in search of the Holy Grail on foot, as their lackeys make clippety-clop sounds with coconut shells. A plague-ridden community, ringing with the cry of "bring out your dead," offers its hale and hearty citizens to the body piles. A wedding of convenience is attacked by Arthur's minions while the pasty-faced groom continually attempts to burst into song. The good guys are nearly thwarted by the dreaded, tree-shaped "Knights Who Say Ni!" A feisty enemy warrior, bloodily shorn of his arms and legs in the thick of battle, threatens to bite off his opponent's kneecap. A French military officer shouts such taunts as "I fart in your general direction" and "I wave my private parts at your aunties." Rabbits are a particular obsession of the writers this time around, ranging from the huge Trojan Rabbit to the "killer bunny" that decapitates one of the knights. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin collaborated on the script and assumed most of the onscreen roles, while Gilliam and Jones served as co-directors.

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Monty Python's Life of Brian - double featured with MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Wednesday and Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Terry Jones - 1979 - 93m - UK - No Matinees

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  GOING OUT WITH LAUGHTER, COMING IN WITH GUFFAWS, KNEE SLAPPERS & GIGGLES ALA MONTY PYTHON MADNESS!

Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe them. At it's center is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable next door, who, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistake for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion, forever changing our biblical view.

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Magical Universe

Jan 2 to Jan 4
Friday to Sunday 6:30pm ONLY

Dir. Jeremy Workman - 2014 - 77m - No matinees

Filmed for over a decade, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old strange and reclusive outsider artist who spends his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art -- mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate dioramas. The documentary profiles Carbee's amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle.  Carbee’s story is explored through the prism of his unlikely friendship with New York filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who unexpectedly becomes Carbee’s closest friend and only link to the outside world. Far beyond just a portrait of an eccentric, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity. Its story culminates with Al Carbee’s greatest triumph as an artist and a man.

"Strange and beautiful.  Filled with Jack-In-The-Box surprises." - FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness: The Studio Ghibli Documentary!!

Jan 2 to Jan 4
Friday to Sunday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Mami Sunada - 2014 - 118m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles

Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” look at the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.

"RIVETING AND REVEALING!" - The Hollywood Reporter 

"FOUR STARS! A work of immense beauty!" - Daily News 

"HEARTFELT AND MOVING!" - The Guardian

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Remote Area Medical

Jan 3 to Jan 4
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert - 2014 - 79m - All Seats $7

During the U.S. debate about healthcare reform, the media—reporters and news crews and filmmakers—failed to put a human face on what it means to not have access to healthcare.  REMOTE AREA MEDICAL fills that gap—it is a film about people, not policy. Focusing on a single three-day clinic held in the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, REMOTE AREA MEDICAL affords us an insider’s perspective on the ebb and flow of the event—from the tense 3:30 a.m. ticket distribution that determines who gets seen to the routine check-ups that take dramatic turns for the worse, to the risky means to which some patients resort for pain relief. We meet a doctor who also drives an 18-wheeler, a denture maker who moonlights as a jeweler, and the organization’s founder, Stan Brock, who first imagined Remote Area Medical while living as a cowboy in the Amazon rainforest, hundreds of miles from the nearest doctor. But it is the extraordinary stories of the patients, desperate for medical attention, that create a lasting impression about the state of modern health care in America.

"This deeply compassionate, quietly furious documentary ... highlights, in dramatic detail, the woeful lack of medical care available to residents of one Appalachian community-and, by extension, to many Americans." - Richard Brody, New Yorker

"Stirringly conveys how a truly productive healthcare system-one that seriously addresses the ailments of the needy-would prize compassion, efficiency, and availability as highly as it does profit." - Nick Schager, AV Club

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Algorithms: The World of Blind Chess

Jan 5 to Jan 7
Monday to Wednesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Ian McDonald - 2012 - 100m - English, Hindi, Tamil, Odiya w/ English subtitles - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYS TUESDAY JANUARY 13 !!

In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Grandmasters. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players.  Algorithms is a documentary that transports us into the little known world of Blind Chess.

Chess is an ancient and universal game with origins in India. Filmed over three years in different parts of India, Algorithms follows three boys and an adult champion who not only aspires to bring global recognition to India's blind chess players, but also wants to encourage all blind children to play chess.

The filmmakers travel with the players to competitive tournaments, including the World Junior Blind Chess Championship.  They also film them in their home milieu where they reveal their struggles, anxieties and hopes. Moving through the algorithms of the blind chess world, the film is a tactile and mindful journey that challenges the notion of what it means to “see.”

"'Algorithms' is a completely unique film, unlike any other documentary you might see this year, both for its content and its form. But while it is that, it is also a deeply absorbing, timeless, universal tale with themes anyone can find inspiration in: triumph over adversity, family love, and a deep respect for the spirit of competition and the tradition of an ancient game." - Katie Walsh, Indiewire

"A winning documentary that develops into a story as intense and focused as its subjects." - Henry Barnes, The Guardian

"A powerful, engaging film. McDonald’s cinematography is superb."- D. Schwartz, CineSource Magazine

"Soulful…the artistry with which the boys confront everyday life, as well as the chess board, is deeply moving." - Chuck Wilson, The Village Voice

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Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

Jan 5 to Jan 7
Monday to Wednesday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Stefan Haupt - 2014 - 90m - Catalan, Spanish, French, and German w/ English Subtitles

ALSO PLAYS TUESDAY JANUARY 13 !!

One of the most iconic structures ever built, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by controversial genius Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished. Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation celebrates Gaudi's vision and the continuing work of architects as they strive to complete the colossal project while delving into the process of artistic creation in a historical context.

La Sagrada Familia was commissioned by the Order of St Joseph in 1882. After conflicts arose between the Order and the original architect, 31 year old Antoni Gaudí was hired to complete the design. A devout Catholic and architectural prodigy, Gaudí envisioned a place of worship that combined elements of classic French Gothic style and the curvilinear, organic aspects of the budding Art Nouveau school. 

Despite decades of delays, thousands of artisans, laborers, and designers have contributed to the ambitious and glorious landmark. Inspired by Gaudí's vision, the film explores our fundamentally human search for the meaning of existence, and the quest for creative expression.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Catalonian metropolis, the documentary investigates the structural developments of the Sagrada Família while allowing the audience time to observe, perceive, and reflect upon the historical, artistic and personal significance of the basilica.

"A stirring ode to the creative power of people and their genuine ability, defying all kinds of adversity to work together to create something great." - Irene Genhart, Landbote

"Both exhaustive and astounding in its detective-like exploration of the history of the impossibly ornate Catalonian house of worship." - Jackson Scarlett, 7x7SF

"A sensory and philosophical experience of sublime beauty." - Le Nouvelliste

"Both a tour of [La Sagrada Familia] and a philosophical meditation on art, design and time. Beautiful. 4 Stars." - Pascal Gavillet, Tribune de Genève

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She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Jan 9 to Jan 10
Friday and Saturday 4:00, 6:00

Dir. Mary Dore - 2014 - 92m

ALSO PLAYS MONDAY JANUARY 12 !

“Brilliant!!!  The most powerful and definitive documentary of the modern women's movement.” - Ruth Rosen, author of “The World Split Open” 

The buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation;  from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). 

Remarkably, there has never been a theatrical documentary about the early days of women’s liberation. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL aims not to romanticize the early movement, but to dramatize it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory.

The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement.  SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

Produced and Directed by MARY DORE, maker of the award-winning film The Good Fight-The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and NY Film Fest premiere Children of Labor.

“ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST FILMS.  An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She's Beautiful When She's Angry is THE BEST FILMED ACCOUNT OF HOW THAT HAPPENED YOU COULD EVER EXPECT TO SEE.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“I LOVED IT.  I watched it with my daughter. Thank you so much for this film because it manages to do all the history but also be fun. Provides historical context for today’s push for gender equality.” – Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC

“This STIRRING and INFORMATIVE documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971, is an enticing blend of historical clips and interviews. There’s a WARM, WISE, PASSIONATE GLOW to … a great political success story. VISIONARY and HEROIC.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Wetlands

Jan 9 to Jan 10
Friday and Saturday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. David Wnendt - 2014 - 109m - Germany - In German with English subtitles - No Matinees

ALSO PLAYS MONDAY JANUARY 12 !

Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents and forms an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski). WETLANDS is an unapologetically vulgar coming-of-age tale about divorce, first love and anal fissures.

"One of the most daring, visually arresting, innovative, and imaginative examples of filmmaking to come out of Europe in recent memory." - Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Crass, vulgar, and brilliant." - David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

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The Thief of Baghdad (1940)

Jan 10 to Jan 11
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger and Tim Whelan - 1940 - 106m - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB co-presentation! All Seats Just $5

Legendary producer Alexander Korda’s marvel The Thief of Bagdad, inspired by The Arabian Nights, is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an eye-popping effects pioneer brimming with imagination and technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (John Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (June Duprez). With its luscious Technicolor, vivid sets, and unprecedented visual wonders, The Thief of Bagdad has charmed viewers of all ages for decades.

"One of the great entertainments. It lifts up the heart." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A delightful hocus-pocus of colour, dashing adventure, and special effects." - Don Macpherson, Time Out

"Ranks next to Fantasia as the most beguiling and wondrous film of this troubled season." - Bosley Crowther, New York Times

"A great classic fantasy for the whole family." - Luke Y. Thompson, New Times

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Jan 14 to Jan 17
Wednesday to Saturday 4:45, 7:00

Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour - 2014 - 99m - In Farsi with English Subtitles

The first Vampire Western ever made in the Farsi language, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

"A wildly inventive Iranian vampire movie that grabs you by the throat with its dark, moody style, pulsating soundtrack and offbeat love story." - David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

"Just when you thought you'd seen every possible variation on the vampire tale, along comes an Iranian bloodsucker romance set to spaghetti-Western music." - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

"As seductive and forebodding as its title -- a simple, declarative sentence that encompasses many mysteries -- Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature reanimates and restores the sexiness of the vampire movie." - Melissa Anderson, Artforum

"The film launches itself into a dreamspace of its own that has a unique power and pull." - Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

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Giuseppe Makes A Movie

Jan 14 to Jan 17
Wednesday to Saturday 9:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Adam Rifkin - 2014 - 82m - No Matinees

While the rest of America slept, DIY filmmaker/musician Giuseppe Andrews (a one-time teen actor in INDEPENDENCE DAY and DETROIT ROCK CITY) has made over 30 experimental features with titles like DOILY'S SUMMER OF FREAK OCCURRENCES, TRAILER TOWN and UTOPIA BLUES, set in some demented alternate universe (i.e. Ventura, California) populated by real-life alcoholics and drug addicts, trash-talking senior citizens and trailer park residents dressed in cow outfits and costume-shop wigs, acting out booze-fueled vignettes of severe psychosis filtered through Giuseppe's John Waters-meets-Harmony Korine-meets-Werner Herzog sensibility.  Director Adam Rifkin (LOOK, THE DARK BACKWARD) creates a wildly surreal, outrageously funny and strangely touching portrait of a truly Outsider Artist inhabiting a world few of us even know exists, as he follows Giuseppe and his seriously impaired troupe on the production of his latest 2-day opus, GARBANZO GAS, starring Vietnam Ron as a Cow given a weekend reprieve from the slaughterhouse at the local motel.  Beyond the sun-stroked Theater of the Absurd madness of Giuseppe’s vision, there is a remarkable and endearing sense of family among the director, his amiably bonkers dad Ed, patient girlfriend Mary, Sir Bigfoot George and the rest of his surreal Trailer Park rep company.  As skate-punk Spit sagely observes about Giuseppe's movies:  "They're just like, nothing really makes any sense, and I don't know, that's kinda how reality is, and nobody really cares to accept that."  

“American Movie meets Charles Bukowski in a trailer park” – Bobcat Goldthwait

"'Giuseppe Makes a Movie' takes a swift, at times riotous walk on the wild side with the ultimate independent filmmaker”  -Gary Goldstein, LA TIMES

“A weirdly compelling look at a weirdly compelling auteur.”  -Gary Goldstein, LA TIMES 

“Giuseppe Makes a Movie, Adam Rifkin’s enthralling documentary on the making of Andrews’s sub-indie Garbanzo Gas … Clips from his previous films are interspersed with the on-set antics of Garbanzo, and prove Andrews, who has made nearly 30 films, to be somewhere between Ed Wood and early John Waters in style and vision.  There's a kind of potent beauty in the worn, weathered faces of his heroes and heroines.” – Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly

“A wondrous and uncanny alchemy of family and friends.” – Mark Borchardt (American Movie)

“The fun is contagious.” – NOW Toronto

“A moving meditation on the true purpose of art.” – Doug Harvey, Artillery Magazine

“Eschewing the youthful casts, which generally dominate independent cinema, the engagingly articulate Andrews — whose cited inspirations include New German Cinema giant Rainer Werner Fassbinder and, specifically, the tramp-banquet "Last Supper" parody in Luis Bunuel's Viridiana (1961) — instead prefers collaborations with individuals of ‘a certain age.’ .... The resulting fruits, meanwhile, recall the earlier reaches of John Waters' output, or the wackier fringes of Harmony Korine's.” – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Taken together, all this turns Giuseppe Makes a Movie into an awesome documentary. Why? Because it does what the genre does best: it highlights an unknown subject that few would normally know about in a way that makes its exclusion our loss, and its discovery more than a delight.” – Bill Gibron, PopMatters 

"4 STARS"  -EXAMINER.COM

”Giuseppe Makes a Movie” is a lively portrait of outsider cinema and the defiant spirit of life as art. - Brent Simon, SHOCK YA

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Revenge of Bath Salts: A Manson Musical

Jan 16 to Jan 17
Friday and Saturday 11pm

Dir. Charles Vick Duncan - 2014 - 75m - Double Featured with GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE

the trash horror guru of abq is back with a sequel to end an era to N/A film crews contribution to new mexico filth  ... "jesus christ super star meets the texas chainsaw massacre while john waters masterbates in the corner" the official sequel to : bath salts the musical

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Shamans of the Blind Country

Jan 17
Saturday 12 Noon

Dir. Michael Oppitz - 1981 - 221m - All Seats $5

Narrated by Wiliam Burroughs and Victor Bertini

A remarkable documentary epic on magical healing in the Himalayas. The film explores in fascinating detail the Great Inner Asian Tradition of shamanism, as preserved in the secluded society of the Northern Magar in Central West Nepal. Part One focuses on the sumptuous rituals performed by the Magar shamans during their night-long seances. Their methods of diagnosis and treatment, their techniques of possession and their ritual journeys, undertaken to recover the fugitive souls of their patients, are all encoded in a rich, symbolic language of signs and gestures. Part Two concentrates on the transmission of the shaman's profession; following successive tests of aptitude and initiation rites, a shaman (male or female) is born on a conifer tree, the tree of life, during a lavish three-day ceremony. West German filmmaker Michael Oppitz (who dedicates his film to Maya Deren) attempts to recreate the ethnographer's experience visually: what are at first seemingly incomprehensible images and sequences gradually take on meaning as the takes become longer and the film approaches real time. Mythical songs, in which all present-day activities of Magar healers are codified, are at the core of Magar religious life and determine its ethos, which in essence is epic. 

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Citizenfour

Jan 18 to Jan 22
Sunday to Thursday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Laura Poitras - 2014 - 114m

In January 2013, Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh.

"The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller." - Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"So explosive, it's one of the most riveting films you'll see this year." - Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

"What an astonishing, immeasurably important historical document this is-on top of being a lock for the Best Documentary Oscar." - Rick Kisonak, Film Threat

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The Search of General Tso

Jan 18 to Jan 22
Sunday to Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ian Cheney - 2015 - 73m - No Matinees

This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine? Director Ian Cheney (King Corn) journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish, turning up surprising revelations and a host of humorous characters along the way. Told with the verve of a good detective story,The Search for General Tso is as much about food as it is a tale of the American immigrant experience.

"Finger-lickin'good.  A culinary 'Searching for Sugarman'" - Scott Foundas, Variety

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Dark Star

Jan 22
Thursday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Carpenter - 1973 - 83m - All Seats $8 - DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47

John Carpenter's cult classic parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey!

Four astronauts and two talking computers go on an extended mission to destroy planets on the outer reaches of the galaxy. While waiting to reach their destination, they indulge in various pranks. Unfortunately, a damaged weapons system renders their mission is completely useless.

"A berserk combination of space opera, intelligent bombs, and beach balls from other worlds." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Drunktown's Finest

Jan 23 to Jan 27
Friday to Tuesday

Dir. Sydney Freeland - 2014 - 92m

Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

About the production - Navajo writer/director Sydney Freeland began the journey to create Drunktown’s Finest in 2005, when she decided to take up the task of crafting an on-screen story that would accurately represent the variety of lifestyles present on the reservation she called home. Inspired by films such as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros, Sydney chose to create characters that reflected three dissimilar cultures found in her backyard – the macho, the LGBT, and the religious. Mentored by Legend Group Studios’ Ben Caswell, Sydney submitted an early version of the Drunktown script to Bird Runningwater with the Sundance Native Lab in 2009. When she was accepted into the Sundance Director’s Lab in 2010, Sydney shared the script with Robert Redford, who responded well to the material and, in early 2011, signed on as Executive Producer of the film.

The three storylines present in Drunktown were written and rewritten over the course of six years. When Sundance gave the script a thumbs-up in the spring of 2013, Sydney knew it was time to start shooting. Producer Chad Burris procured the necessary funding, and production began in July.

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The Humbling

Jan 23 to Jan 27
Friday to Tuesday

Dir. Barry Levinson - 2015 - 112m

Screenplay by Buck Henry (The Graduate) and Michael Zebede, based on the acclaimed Philip Roth novel!

The story of aging, suicidal stage actor Simon Axler (Al Pacino) and his struggles to find passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian, Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), who has had a crush on Simon since childhood. As their relationship heats up, Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful and exuberant Pegeen. He feels more alive than ever before but with many disapproving people protesting their relationship, Simon must decide where his true passion lies. Starring Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest, Dan Hedaya and Nina Arianda.

"Al Pacino gives one of his best performances in years" - Vanity Fair

"Easily (Pacino's) bst bigscreen performance since Christopher Nolan's Insomina." - Variety

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Roger Beebe: FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS

Jan 28
Wednesday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Roger Beebe - 2 hours approx - A Basement Films co-presentation! All Seats $8

Best known perhaps for his multiple-projector performances, filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to the road in January 2015 for a four-month tour that takes him to three corners of North America with an additional stop off in the Antipodes (Australia/NewZealand). While this tour does feature several of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping space jam “Last Light of a Dying Star”), it places those works in the context of a broader practice of appropriation of educational/industrial/mass cultural imagery. These works cover a range of topics from black athletes with Irish surnames (“Famous Irish Americans”) and the secret logic of the book of Genesis (“Beginnings”) to Las Vegas suicides (“Money Changes Everything”) and companies jockeying to be at the start of the phone book (“AAAAA Motion Picture”). The program also includes his most recent video, “Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game,” (award winner at a number of festivals including Chicago Underground, IC Docs, and Milwaukee Underground), which explores the forbidden pleasures of male tears.

"[Beebe’s films] implicitly and explicitly evoke the work of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, all photographers of the atomic age whose Western photographs captured the banalities, cruelties and beauties of imperial America."--David Fellerath, The Independent Weekly

“Beebe’s films are both erudite and punk, lo-fi yet high-brow shorts that wrestle with a disfigured, contemporary American landscape.”--Wyatt Williams, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

"Beebe's work is goofy, startling, and important." --Daniel Kraus, Wilmington Encore

ABOUT ROGER BEEBE:Roger Beebe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art. Recent solo shows of his work include the Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Mexico City), the Wexner Center for the Arts, and Anthology Film Archives. He has won numerous honors and awards including a 2013 MacDowell Colony residency, a 2009 Visiting Foreign Artists Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and a 2006 Individual Artist Grant from the State of Florida. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival from 2004-2014.

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Advanced Style

Jan 29
Thursday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lina Plioplyte - 2014 - 72m - All Seats $8 - Special Thanks to Tess Coats and other t.b.a folks & groups for making this happen!

The self-styled supermodels of the AARP set!

An examination of the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

"Incredibly warm and life-affirming" 4 – Little White Lies

"Inspirational, touching and absolutely fabulous. " 4 – The Daily Express

"The women make tremendous subjects" – The Independent

"These inspiring women are full of energy and hilarious" – Time Out

"Charming" – New York Mag

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Oscar Nominated Short Films - 2015 !!

Jan 30 to Feb 8
Friday to the following Sunday

It's that time of year again - Academy Award nominated shorts from around the planet:  LIVE ACTION, ANIMATION and DOCUMENTARY!  Specific showtimes and titles for each category t.b.a. on January 16 after the official annoucements are made for this year's nominations!

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Jeff Berg's Made In NM series - Indian Country

Feb 1
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

1897 to 2013 - 100m approx - All Seats $7

Movies tend to show us American Indians that white people have created. Although the people of New Mexico's tribes and pueblos have long been involved in movie-making,  most often these works are ignored or overlooked.  

In over 4000 films (not just those shot in NM), Hollywood has shaped the often negative image of Native Americans. Classic Westerns like They Died with Their Boots On created stereotypes. Later blockbusters like Little Big Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest and Dances with Wolves (sort of) began to dispel them. Not until a renaissance in Native American cinema did films like Once Were Warriors and Smoke Signals portray Native people as human beings.

In his newest compilation of film clips from New Mexico made movies, Santa Fe based film historian, Jeff Berg, will take us on a unique 'tour' of New Mexico's 'Indian Country' by showing clips with live narration, of New Mexico made films where  pueblo and tribal people are featured, in both positive ways or in negative ways. 

The screening contains 17 clips from movies shot at least in part in New Mexico and covers the time period of 1897-2013. The show will last about 100 minutes and audience participation is strongly encouraged. 

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The Stuart Hall Project

Feb 7
Saturday 1pm

Dir. John Akomfrah - 2013 - 93m - Special thanks to the Media Literacy Project! All Seats $7

Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of his generation. A thinker and commentator, his is one of the intellectual giants of the last sixty years. John Akomfrah's sweeping and majestic feature length documentary THE STUART HALL PROJECT takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century the most important period of global political change to date. THE STUART HALL PROJECT is a documentary told through the ideas of Stuart Hall and heard through the sonic landscape of the music of Miles Davis.

"Akomfrah finds an imaginative way of telling Hall's story." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"It's a rare and welcome film that devotes itself to the life of a British public intellectual, especially a man as intriguing as Hall." - David Gritten, Daily Telegraph

"An absorbing account." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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A Place At The Table

Feb 8
Sunday 2pm

Dir. Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush - 2013 - 84m - Suggest donations greatly appreciated!

Sponsored by the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee (NMBHOC) building coalitions, leveraging resources and developing programs for the enrichment of African American people. Watch and learn.

“A Place at the Table” illustrates the serious economic, social and cultural implications of hunger in America and the importance of making healthy food available and affordable. As part of a larger program, The Taste of Soul Week, this exhibition and dialogue serves to cultivate innovations in food production, preparation and consumption. 

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

“AN ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTARY. It could prove a vital tool in the campaign toward a widespread solution.” – Gary Goldstein, LA Times

“***** TERRIFIC. AS IMPORTANT AND EYE-OPENING A DOCUMENTARY AS YOU’LL SEE THIS YEAR” Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

“A valuable documentary. I sat down to watch this film not expecting new insights about a problem that has come to be seen as an intractable constant in American life. I was wrong.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“A true companion piece to FOOD, INC. It specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis, but also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children—in short, the American dream.” – Mary Pols, Time Magazine

“3½ out of 4 stars—POWERFUL, AND POWERFULLY PERSUASIVE. Advocacy journalism at its best.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“3½ out of 4 stars. IT DELIVERS A POWERFUL PUNCH. Trenchant, intelligent, sharply argued. It deserves to be seen along with FOOD, INC.” – Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

“3 ½ out of 4 stars. MOVING. So many of the words spoken will haunt you long after the film is over.

”A film that should make you furious.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

“COMPELLING. The focus is on people, who make the statistics painfully real.” – Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle

‘The documentary proves its worth most by how it treats the moral and political issues around the hunger crisis.” – Tomas Hachard, Slant

“POWERFUL. More than an eye-opening portrayal of hunger in America, it’s also a call to action.” – Boston Globe

“A BEAUTIFULLY SHOT, POIGNANT FILM.” – Roger Moore, Chicago Tribune

“Makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all.” – Billy Tatum, Paste

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The 2015 New Mexico Italian Film Festival

Feb 9 to Feb 15
Monday to Friday & Sunday

2015 - An Italian Festivals of New Mexico Presentation

To purchase advance tickets, visit here.  For a full schedule of events & screenings, visit here.

The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival has been delighting audiences and gathering fans since 2007 when its founder, Ronaldo Patrizio-Steiner staged a four day celebration of Italian film as a benefit for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. That first festival featured 12 films and a buffet. It was declared a huge success both as an artistic and a fundraising endeavor. It became Ronaldo’s passion and his annual gift to the community.

When Ronaldo moved out of state after the 2012 festival, he left it in the hands of Italian Festivals of New Mexico, the nonprofit organization he established a year before. Members of that organization, all dedicated to the cause of the Children’s Hospital and to showcasing Italian cinema and culture in New Mexico, stepped forward to continue and expand the festival.

Now in its 8th year, the 2014 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival brings to The Land of Enchantment a great line-up of recent, award-winning and highly acclaimed Italian films in their local premieres. All films are in Italian with English subtitles and include a great mix of genres, from comedy to drama to romance. 

Italian Festivals of New Mexico proudly celebrates the 8th edition of the NM Italian Film & Culture Festival with a dynamic program of contemporary Italian cinema and special events in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the best of Italian cinema, food, music, wine and tradition. Italian hospitality is legendary. And so, to one and all we extend a warm invitation to join us. The Consul General of Italy also sends his warm welcome from Los Angeles.

FESTIVAL TICKETS GO ON SALE DEC. 15

AT THE GUILD CINEMA - 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 9 at 7pmChe Strano Chiamarsi Federico

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10 at 7pm - The Red and the Blue (Il Rosso e il Blu)

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11 at 7pm - Balancing Act (Gli Equilibristi)

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12 at 7pm - Out Of The Blue (Buongiorno Papà)

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13 at 7pm - Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15 at 12 NOON - We Can Do That (Si Può Fare)

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Nightmare in Las Cruces Part 2

Feb 10
Tuesday 4:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Charlie Minn - 2015 - 80m - No Matinees

A newly finished & updated documentary marking the 25 year memorial on the unsolved tragic mass murders 

On February 10, 1990 two cowards walked into the Las Cruces Bowl and changed the lives of many people. Seven people inside the bowling alley were forced at gunpoint to the floor and told to put their heads down. After stealing thousands of dollars from the safe, the killers shot all seven multiple times at close range, execution-style. The shooters then started a fire on the desk and fled. Dead at the scene were Amy Houser, Steven Teran, and his step-daughter Paula. Steven's daughter Valerie died 45 minutes later at the hospital. Incredibly, Melissia Repass, Stephanie C. Senac, and Ida Holguin survived the brutal attack. Repass, just twelve at the time, made the heroic 911 call despite being shot in the head, which saved three lives.  Four out of the seven shot were children, including a two and six year old. For almost twenty years, the two remaining survivors (Senac died in 1999), family members, and friends have had to live with this unspeakable event. The case is unsolved after twenty years and the Las Cruces Police Dept., the FBI, and Crimestoppers plead for your help.

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Bonnie & Clyde - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Feb 14
Saturday 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

Dir. Arthur Penn - 1967 - 111m

The legendary bank robbers run riot in the South of the 1930s!

Starring a great Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, directed by Arthur Penn, this is one of the sixties' most talked-about, volatile, controversial crime/gangster films combining comedy, terror, love, and ferocious violence.  The story of Clyde's rise and self-destructive fall as an anti-authoritarian criminal gangster is clearly depicted. Both tragic outlaw figures exemplify 'innocents on the run' who cling to each other and try to function as a family. The film, with many opposing moods and shifts in tone (from serious to comical), is a cross between a gangster film, tragic-romantic traditions, a road film and buddy film, and screwball comedy. It exemplified many of the characteristics of experimental film-making from the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) movement. [Originally, the film was intended to be directed by Jean-Luc Godard or Francois Truffaut, who opted out and made Fahrenheit 451 (1966) instead.] The film's major poster about the infamous couple romanticized violence and proclaimed: "They're young...they're in love...and they kill people."

"The most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it." - Pauline Kael, New Yorker

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Amira & Sam

Feb 16 to Feb 19
Monday to Thursday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Sean Mullin - 2014 - 88m

Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira & Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin, and follows Sam (Martin Starr, "Freaks & Geeks", "Silicon Valley"), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit's former Iraqi translator in New York City, he meets Amira (newcomer Dina Shihabi), his war buddy's niece; suspicious of soldiers, she wants nothing to do with him. However, when Amira runs into immigration trouble, Sam offers to keep her safe at his apartment. After a rocky start, their unlikely friendship starts to blossom into something more.

Meanwhile, Sam's cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, Before I Disappear, "The Vampire Diaries") offers him a lucrative opportunity at his hedge fund, helping to secure wealthy veterans as new clients. However, all is not as it seems, and Amira and Sam soon find themselves faced with mounting obstacles in order to stay together.

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The Organizer

Feb 16 to Feb 19
Monday to Thursday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Mario Monicelli - 1963 - 130m - No matinees

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ITALIAN FESTIVALS OF NEW MEXICO (NM ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS)

In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Turin, an accident in a textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it’s not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor (Marcello Mastroianni) that they find their voice, unite, and stand up for themselves. This historical drama by Mario Monicelli, brimming with humor and honesty, is a beautiful and moving ode to the power of the people, and features engaging, naturalistic performances; cinematography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno; and a multilayered, Oscar-nominated screenplay by Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci, and Furio Scarpelli.

"A nearly forgotten near-great movie, with one of Marcello Mastroianni's classic tragicomic performances." - Michael Sragow, New Yorker

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Human Capital

Feb 23 to Feb 25
Monday to Wednesday 3:00, 5:30, 8:00

Dir. Paolo Virzi - 2014 - 110m - In Italian with English subtitles

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ITALIAN FESTIVALS OF NEW MEXICO (NM ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS)

HUMAN CAPITAL begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile, Dino's teenage daughter's relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi's playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Paolo Virzi's taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character's perspective. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation.

"A chic thriller! A top-flight cast gives the character-driven drama depth and conviction.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Perfectly cast! This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzi as one of Italy's more dynamic directors.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

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Beloved Sisters

Feb 27 to Mar 2
Friday to Monday 7:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Dominik Graf - 2014 - 170m - Germany, Austria - In German with English subtitles - No Matinees

The unconventional romance between two aristocratic sisters and a rebellious poet who took the European literary world by storm in the late eighteenth century.  As the German Enlightenment flourishes in Weimar, vibrant Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herszsprung) finds herself in an unhappy marriage to provide for her mother and shy younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius).  When both sisters fall for outspoken writer Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter), their desire ignites a journey of shared passion and creativity.  Charlotte and Schiller marry so that the lovers may pursue their ménage à trois under the guise of convention, but as Caroline reveals herself to be a talented author in her own right, the trio's fragile equilibrium is threatened and the sisters’ once unbreakable connection is irrevocably changed.   In this sweeping yet intimate romantic drama, which is also Germany's official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, acclaimed director Dominik Graf illuminates the lives of two bold young women and one of classical literature’s most celebrated figures with charm and contemporary energy.

“Enthralling and gorgeously mounted. An unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.” - Scott Foundas, Variety

"A surprisingly brisk, absorbing film, shot and cut with the speed of a thriller.” - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

“Pushes heritage cinema in new, aesthetically bold directions. Beloved Sisters is the modern film about the German enlightenment...Graf has created nothing less than a romantic national epic. - Olaf Moller, Film Comment

“Lush, riveting...a fascinating ménage a trois...a heady portrait of women who flout the strictures of their time to become agents of their own destiny.” - Erica Abeel, Huffington Post

“Think of it as Graf's The Age of Innocence, a sumptuous phasing through the textures that entrap those unfit for times defined by emotional repression. See it when you most need it and this film might change your life.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

Awards & Festivals:

Winner! Bavarian Film Awards 2014 - Best Cinematography, Michael Wiesweg

Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Golden Berlin Bear Nominee - Director, Dominik Graf

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Song of the Sea

Feb 27 to Mar 2
Friday to Monday 3:45, 5:45

Dir. Tomm Moore - 2014 - 93m - Ireland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France/Denmark

From the filmaker of THE SECRET OF KELLS!

The story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.

Song of the Sea was produced by Cartoon Saloon in co-production with European partners Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), The Big Farm (Belgium), Nørlum (Denmark) and Superprod (France), with the support of The Irish Film Board, Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland, TG4, Section 481, Eurimages, Luxembourg Film Fund, Wallimages, Centre du cinema et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Danish Film Institute, West Danish Film Fund and Danish Radio.

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