Coming Soon

The Human Scale

Apr 24
Thursday 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Andreas Dalsgaard - 2013 - 77m - An AIA presentation! Architects in Film Series - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!



THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning. 50 % of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic.

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Nymphomaniac Volume 2

Apr 25 to Apr 29
Friday to Tuesday 5:00, 7:45

Dir. Lars Von Trier - 2014 - 124m - Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, UK

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. The film stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgard, Martin and LaBeouf.

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I and VOLUME II mark Lars von Trier’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed film, MELANCHOLIA (released by Magnolia in 2011), and is his third consecutive collaboration with Charlotte Gainsbourg. As widely reported, the films contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film. 

A groundbreaking filmmaker for more than two decades, von Trier’s other films include ANTICHRIST, DOGVILLE, DANCER IN THE DARK and BREAKING THE WAVES. NYMPHOMANIAC is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments. 

"Newcomer [Stacy] Martin and old-hand [Charlotte] Gainsbourg anchor these two films with performances you can't take your eyes off. They're the calm eyes of Von Trier's storm."- Dave Calhoun, Time Out

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Knights of Badassdom

Apr 26
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Joe Lynch - 2013 - 85m - ANEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE presentation!

KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus, from the pits of hell. 

Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers, or true “Knights of Badassdom?”

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Space Show

Apr 26 to Apr 27
12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Koji Masunari - 2010 - 136m - Japan - In English - MOM'S MATINEE SCREENS AN ANIMATED STUNNER!

"A big pile of awesome!"  "Evocative of Ghost in the Shell by way of Yellow Submarine. Colors explode and the action is eclectic… Whether you're watching steampunk machinery, huge organic living spaceships, utopian paradises, apocalyptic dormant gods or evil circuses, this galactic tour is engrossing!" - Twitch

"A gorgeous spectacle of a movie!" - Anime News Network

"A sheer abundance of visual invention!"  "An endless succession of strange and wondrous alien creatures...some resemble the creations of Hayao Miyazaki, while others bring to mind the wild cartoonish figures of Satoshi Kon's Paprika." - The New York Times

With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design – in what has to be one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of alien life forms ever portrayed in cinema. 

It seems like just another lazy summer is in store for Amane and her older cousin Natsuki. Lolling about the Japanese countryside, the days are blithe and boundless. But boredom quickly vanishes when they find an injured dog in the woods and bring him back to the cabin – only to discover that he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant called Zughaan (better known to Earthlings as wasabi root). Before long, Pochi has whisked the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar melting pot where we experience a non-stop parade of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, dragon trains, and – if that weren’t enough – a theme song from UK pop anomaly Susan Boyle. (Really? Yes, really.) The plot twists come fast and furious, and with such a glorious barrage of color and invention washing across the screen, you just want to hit pause and gawk at the wonder of what you are seeing. 

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Ernest & Celestine

Apr 30 to May 4
Wednesday to Sunday 3:00, 6:30

Dir. Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stephan Aubier - 2012 - 80m - France

NOTE:  3pm shows are in English, 6:30pm shows are in French with English subtitles!


Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.

Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bug Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters – a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart grow.

Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine won France's César Award for Best Animated Feature, and has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. 

"Extraordinary! To call it one of the most beautiful animated films in recent years is not enough. It is enchanting!" - Le Monde

"A Wonder! From start to end the film overflows with humor,  poetry, music and tenderness." - Le Figaro

"Just about perfect!  Loaded with charm and adventure and without a speck of smarm, this elegantly paced, sometimes dark and frequently funny animated treat should be embraced worldwide." - Screen International

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Finding Vivian Maier

Apr 30 to May 4
Wednesday to Sunday 4:45, 8:15

Dir. John Maloof and Charlie Siske - 2013 - 84m

Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.


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Bolivia Beyond Belief

May 3
Saturday 1pm Only!

Dir. Robert Dunsmore - 2013 - 54m - All Seats $5 - Director in Person for Q&A

Filmed in 2009 this film explores the Bolivian Revolution and events leading to the first indigenous president since conquest. Raphael Puente, Oscar Olivera, Jubenal Quispe and many other speakers tell of the events and speak about the history and values of the Bolivian people.

"According to the ex Governor of the State of Cochabamba in Bolivia ( Where the privitazation of rain water was the final straw) the documentary is "excellent." In a recent letter to the production team and the filming team, he said, "I would not change a thing." "The movie has such importance in vindicating the lives of the fallen in the Democratic Revolution that we want the executive producer to hand deliver it to President Evo Morales. It will serve as a platform for a national reflection on the course of the nation, its achievements and its faults, its dreams of justice and its nefarious dream of becoming a nuclear power." 

"Bolivia Beyond Belief is an inspiration for the North American people to refound the nation placing People Before Profit affirming the founding principles of our ancestors." The Heart Mind Trust" - Bob Dunsmore

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Que Viva Mexico - in Celebration of Cinco de Mayo!

May 5
Monday 4:00, 6:15, 8:30

Dir. Sergei Eisenstein - 1931 - 85m - Russia - with English Intertitles


Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry. Quickly ostracized from Hollywood, Eisenstein, Grigory Alexandrov and photographer Eduard Tisse (at the urging of author Upton Sinclair) wandered south of the border where they began filming a highly stylized documentary on the people and volatile social climate of Mexico. Unfortunately, a lack of funds prohibited the film's completion and the famed director was unable to edit the film. In 1979, by referring to Eisenstein's extensive notes and sketches, Alexandrov assembled the most definitive version of the film; as close to Eisenstein's vision as one is ever likely to see.  A blend of the ethnographic, the political, the scenic and the surreal, Qué Viva México! is nothing short of brilliant and remains a contender to the legion of films it strongly influenced: Orson Welles' It's All True, Allejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo and the works of Sergio Leone. With sequences devoted to the Eden-like land of Tehuantepec, the savage majesty of the bullfight, the struggles of the noble peasant and the hypnotic imagery of the Day of the Dead, Qué Viva México! is a vivid tapestry of Mexican life which, thanks to Alexandrov's careful restoration, takes its rightful place alongside Eisenstein's other legendary works.

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Blue Ruin

May 6 to May 10
Tuesday to Saturday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Jeremy Saulnier - 2013 - 92m

A classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors’ Fortnight.  The film follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

"A ripping-good revenge flick with a radically simple premise …" - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A lean and suspenseful genre piece that follows a bloody trail of vengeance to its cruel, absurd and logical conclusion." - Justin Chang, Variety

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May 6 to May 10
Tuesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky - 2013 - 92m - Canada - No matinees

A feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.

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The Incredible Shrinking Man

May 10 to May 11
Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.

Dir. Jack Arnold - 1957 - 81m - An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB event! $5 general / $2 AFC members!

The screen's great existential science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man stars Grant Williams in the title role. While catching some rays on his brother's yacht, Scott Carey (Williams) is enveloped by a mysterious dark cloud. Soon after, he discovers that he's getting thinner -- and smaller. Despite the assuring attitude of his family doctor (the inevitable William Schallert), Scott is losing an inch's worth of height with each passing day. It is finally determined that he has developed an "anti-cancer," a by-product of a new strain of insecticide. By the time he's reached the size of a small boy, Scott has become world-famous. But the phenomenon has adversely affected his personality, turning him into a tyrant, lashing out at the world in general and his faithful wife in particular. An anti-toxin briefly halts the shrinking process, whereupon Scott joins a midget troupe, where he is briefly "accepted" for what he has become. But before long he's shrinking again, becoming so tiny that he is forced to live in a dollhouse. When Scott is attacked by his pet cat, his wife assumes that he's been killed; in fact, Scott, by now so minuscule that even a garden-variety spider poses a deadly threat to him, is hiding in his cellar. By film's end, Scott is no larger than an atom. Uncertain of what is in store for him, he steps out into the mists, summing up his newfound philosophy: "Smaller than smallest, I meant something too. To God there is no zero. I still exist!" Adapted by Richard Matheson from his own novel, The Incredible Shrinking Man is enhanced by its superb special effects. 

"The surreal intensity of outsize objects that loom as the hero shrinks is handled effectively, and the mystical happy ending is a better payoff than one would expect of the genre." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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Harold & Maude - the classic for Mother's Day!

May 11 to May 12
Sunday and Monday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Hal Ashby - 1971 - 91m

With the idiosyncratic American fable Harold and Maude, countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era. Working from a script by Colin Higgins, Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Ruth Gordon). Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age, and it features indelible performances and a remarkable soundtrack by Cat Stevens.

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

May 13 to May 17
Tuesday to Saturday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Chiemi Karasawa - 2014 - 81m - No matinees

Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist.

"Captures [Stritch’s] hilarious wit and stunning candor." - Elle Magazine

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May 13 to May 17
Tuesday to Saturday 3:45, 8:00

Dir. Hany Abu-Assad - 2013 - 98m


A tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, in the Occupied Territories. Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he’s ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game—is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluable moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that shows no sign of letting up.

“AN INCREDIBLE LOVE STORY.” - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“The unpredictable climax to this cat-and-mouse political thriller is pure genius.” - Howard Feinstein, Filmmaker Magazine

“A MASTERPIECE!...the perfect balance of romance and action.” - Maysoon Zayid, The Daily Beast

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Pulp Fiction

May 16 to May 17
Friday and Saturday 10:15 p.m. ONLY!

Dir. Quentin Tarantino - 1994 - 154m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - Door Prizes Courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY


“Nothing less than a cultural phenomenon” (Moviemaker Magazine), Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION has been hailed by critics and audiences worldwide as a film that redefined cinema. Tarantino delivers an unforgettable cast of characters – including a pair of low-rent hit men (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson), their boss’s sexy wife (Uma Thurman) and a desperate prizefighter (Bruce Willis) – in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating blend of crime-thriller-drama-comedy that is completely original and entirely unforgettable. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, PULP FICTION packs the punch like an adrenaline shot to the heart.

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Young Lakota

May 17
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt - 2012 - 83m - A STRONG FAMILIES NEW MEXICO & INCITE PICTURES PRESENTATION!


Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female President of the Oglala Sioux tribe, challenges a South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion and ignites a political firestorm that sets off a chain reaction in the lives of three young Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing each of them to make choices that define who they are and the kind of adults they are becoming. 

The Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In Young Lakota, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the compelling desire to make a difference for themselves and their community. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their 

tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Sunny, just back on the reservation after two years in college, Serena, unwed and with a toddler, and Brendan with two little boys, find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle; between selling out or staying the course through twists and turns that they could not have anticipated. 

This is a uniquely sensitive portrayal of bright young people finding their way, as the film follows the surprising highs and lows of the statewide referendum on abortion and a divisive tribal election. Young Lakota tells the tale of the diverging paths Brandon and Sunny begin to take. Ultimately it is the complex interplay of personal choice, cultural, economic and political circumstance that defines who they are and what kind of adults they are becoming. Beyond the divisiveness and turmoil, the stark disappointments and heady triumphs, Sunny’s courage and 

Cecelia Fire Thunder’s wisdom gives Young Lakota a sense of enduring possibility and of life being lived deeply that will resonate with any audience.

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God's Pocket

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

Dir. John Slattery - 2014 - 88m

One of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last roles!  Also starring Christina Hendricks, Glenn Fleshler, Caleb Landry Jones and John Turturro and based on the Peter Dexter novel.

In the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket, Mickey Scarpato's crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction “accident,” and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please, and a debt he can't pay.

Acclaimed actor John Slattery makes an impressive jump behind the camera with an assured directorial debut that shows he has a razor-sharp eye for conveying the absurdity, cruelty, desperation, and tragic optimism of the people he portrays. Like life, his scenes seamlessly fuse humor and heartbreak, but it’s Slattery’s wit and confident style that make the portrait so authentic. Featuring a top-shelf cast and impeccable cinematography, God’s Pocket oozes with talent and marks the emergence of an inspired directorial presence.

"4 STAR REVIEW - A brash black comedy" - The Guardian

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Particle Fever

May 18 to May 22
Sunday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Mark Levinson - 2014 - 99m - No Matinees

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.

For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to our generation’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit to understand why we exist?

Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

May 23 to May 24
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm ONLY!


Door Prizes from Bubonicon 46 and Stranger Factory!  Plus limited-Edition Poster on Sale by Jon Sanchez!

With only a few days before their high-school graduation, it looks like airheaded rock star wannabes Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are doomed to flunk all their finals. The boys' long-suffering teacher (Bernie Casey) gives them one more chance. If they can ace a presentation on the topic of how a famous historical personality might react to modern times, they will be allowed to pass. If not, Ted's dad will plunk the boy into military school, thereby breaking up the boys' garage band permanently. Bill and Ted receive unexpected aid from a very unexpected source: Rufus (George Carlin), an Emissary from the Future. It seems that in Rufus's time, Bill and Ted's rock music is the basis of all society-and if their band is aborted, Rufus's world will no longer exist. Thus, Bill and Ted are whisked off in a time machine (actually a telephone booth) to retrieve a few historical characters--including Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, Napoleon and Beethoven--as "eyewitnesses" for their crucial oral exam. 

"Still funny after all these years, this is the rare kind of movie that you could watch along with your kids and actually feel like you're teaching them something." - Larry Carroll,

"Silly time-travel teen flick succeeds due to the goofball leads and a surprisingly clever concept." - Scott Weinberg,

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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky

May 23 to May 29
Friday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Michel Gondry - 2013 - 90m - NO MATINEES

From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.

"A magnificently quizzical diagram of two ceaselessly inquiring minds in perfect tandem, like a raw X-ray of atomized creativity." - Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine

"Gondry's eccentric look at Chomsky's intellectual proclivities leads to a thoughtful examination of both director and star." - Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

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The Double

May 23 to May 29
Friday to Thursday 4:00, 8:00

Dir. Richard Ayoade - 2014 - 93m - UK

Simon James (Eisenberg) is a timid office clerk working in an ominous government organization. He is overlooked by his boss (Wallace Shawn) and colleagues, scorned by his mother, and ignored by Hannah (Wasikowska), the lovely copy room girl he pines for. Undermined and undervalued everywhere he turns, it seems that his directionless life couldn’t get any worse—until the arrival of James Simon, his new co-worker. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite—confident, charismatic and seductive with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. 

British director Richard Ayoade returns with this darkly comic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novella, featuring a tour de force dual performance from Jesse Eisenberg and co-starring Mia Wasikowska, alongside a strong ensemble cast including Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor and Cathy Moriarty. 

“HILARIOUS AND WICKEDLY CLEVER. Special and singular filmmaking at its best, it confirms Ayoade as one of the brightest rising talents behind the camera.” – Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist on Indiewire

“It burbles and crackles with imagination.” – Linda Holmes, NPR

“5 OUT OF 5 STARS.” – Henry Barnes, The Guardian

“A COMEDIC TRIUMPH. Ayoade's put himself at the forefront of England's best young directors.”– Matt Barone, Complex 

“A strong film. Richard Ayoade is a fiercely individual voice.” - Drew McWeeny, HitFix 

“Unfolds with heightened expressionistic intensity, and has style and energy to burn.” – Justin Chang, Variety

“Confirms that Ayoade is indeed the real deal, an ambitious young filmmaker working in a register shared by far too few of his contemporaries.” – Calum Marsh, 

“A fascinating piece of filmmaking.” – John Wildman, Film Comment 

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May 24 to May 25
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Adria Garcia and Victor Maldonado - 2007 - 88m - Mom's Matinee continues with outstanding International Animation! Spain/France - In English, Spanish with English subtitles

Visually stunning and wildly inventive, this film explores the mystery of the night in a sweeping nocturnal adventure full of Alice in Wonderland-like characters and moody, dream-inspired landscapes. Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny in the morning or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night. 

There are hairdressers who specialize in bed-heads, dream writers, and a vast herd of guardian cats led by the gigantic Cat Shepherd. Yet this world is in danger: the stars in the sky are disappearing, kids are becoming restless at night, and a mysterious shadow creature is haunting the empty streets, extinguishing anything that gives off light. If Tim and the Cat Shepherd can't set things right, nighttime will never be the same! Bold anime-influenced character design and beautiful, fluid 2D animation help to create a fantastic dream world that balances the magical with a touch of menace. Tim and the audience ultimately learn that the night doesn't have to be so scary after all.

"A real knockout! Tim’s adventure, which involves battling a wraithlike shadow that wants to put out the stars along with all other light, is beautifully, diaphanously drawn in shades of black, yellow, gold and ocher, and mixes tenderness, terror and sly wit. As a bonus, there is the ingenious and amusing Nocturna crew: the tumblers who move us around in our beds, the hair-messers, the cats who purr us to sleep, and the nighttime orchestra that blows into stovepipes, opens and closes shutters and rubs against walls." - The New York Times

"Graceful! Entertaining! Handsomely drawn!" - The Hollywood Reporter

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Big Men

May 30 to Jun 3
Friday to Tuesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Rachel Boynton - 2014 - 99m - No Matinees

From the director of OUR BRAND IS CRISIS - An eyewitness tour through rooms you have no business entering!  You’ll eavesdrop on meetings about oil deals worth billions of dollars and watch heavily armed militants preparing to strike. It’s a fast-paced tour through the high-powered world of African oil deals – a quest for money and power and influence that affects us all.

The film’s central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men’s two-person crew filmed inside the oil company as Kosmos and its partners discovered and developed the first commercial oil field in Ghana’s history.

Simultaneously the crew filmed in the swamps of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, following the exploits of a militant gang to reveal another side of the economy of oil: people trying to profit in any way possible, because they’ve given up on waiting for the money to trickle down.

So what happens when a group of hungry people discover a massive and exquisitely rare pot of gold in one of the poorest places on earth?

Watch your back: it’s every company, government and man for himself and everyone wants to be BIG.

“Drilling far deeper than standard issue docs, the ‘Big Men’ director’s rich, thrilling movies investigate people and their power plays. There’s real, volatile life here…” - Robert Greene, BFI

“Like a number of recent hot-button docus, from ‘Crude’ to ‘Inside Job,’ Rachel Boynton’s extraordinary ‘Big Men’ should come tagged with a warning: The side effects of global capitalism may include dizziness, nausea and seething outrage. Using razor-sharp journalistic skill to untangle the knotty saga of an American petroleum company’s entrance into the West African republic of Ghana, Boynton’s film also poses a series of troubling philosophical questions: Is unchecked greed an intrinsic part of the human character? Is ‘the greater good’ ever more than a convenient euphemism where big business and big government are concerned? Wide fest exposure and ancillary sales seem assured for this Tribeca world premiere, which also richly deserves a theatrical pickup.” - Scott Foundas, Variety

“No single resource is more essential to modern life than oil, and no film offers a more incisive look at how the enormous wealth oil creates subverts the morality of individuals, corporations, even entire countries than Rachel Boynton’s compelling documentary ‘Big Men.’” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Rachel Boyton makes complex, character-based films about huge issues over multiple continents with several moving points of contact. ‘Big Men’ is a multi-faceted nonfiction thriller about oil, geo-political intrigue and personal rises and falls that synthesises its immense ideas into a taut narrative. It is a feat of spectacular filmmaking which always foregrounds meaningful observations over grand gestures.” - Best of 2013 Nonfiction List, Sight and Sound Magazine

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May 30 to Jun 3
Saturday to Tuesday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. Godfrey Reggio - 2014 - 87m

The fourth collaboration of director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass now joined by filmmaker Jon Kane, advancing the film form pioneered by The Qatsi Triliogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi): the non-spoken narrative experience where each viewer’s response is radically different yet undeniably visceral. As Reggio explains, “VISITORS is aimed at the solar plexus, at the appetite within us all, the atmosphere of our soul. I see the film as a meditation, as a transcendental event.” Comprised of only seventy-four shots, a series of human, animal and landscape portraits, VISITORS takes movie watchers on an emotional journey to the moon and back. As “a wondrous work of artistic achievement…art with a capital A” (Austin Chronicle), VISITORS moves into a class of film all its own.

"A graceful, dreamlike experience." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]

"Visitors" restores a sense of monumentality to a medium that has seemed so diminished by recent technological and commercial imperatives …" - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"With only 74 slowly unfolding shots, it's closer to gallery installation than conventional cinema, but for audiences open to the experience, it's inexplicably compelling." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out

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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Jun 8 to Jun 12
Sunday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine - 2013 - 120m - No Matinees




Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and EveĀ”, others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community’s lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today.

To bring this extraordinary story to life, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) nimbly interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning HD footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry. 

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Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Jun 8 to Jun 12
Sunday to Thursday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. Marc Silver - 2013 - 85m - Mexico, U.S. - In English & Spanish with English subtitles

Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story.

Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as “A deeply moving doc [which] finds a new way of making the immigration debate personal.”

"It should be required viewing for anyone involved in making or enforcing border policy..." - The Hollywood Reporter

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Cold In July

Jun 13 to Jun 19
Friday to Thursday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. Jim Mickle - 2014 - 109m

Based on the great Joe R. Lansdale best-seller!  How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled "badasses" portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.  Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer.

"Feels like a lost eighties John Carpenter movie- and I mean that in the best way. Don Johnson is stunningly good." -  Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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Jun 13 to Jun 19
Friday to Thursday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski - 2013 - 80m - Poland - In Polish with English subtitles

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

"It haunted me. I can't wait to see it again." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

 "A compact gem of perfection. A total marvel." - Dana Stevens, Slate

 "Absolutely stunning, one of the year's best films” - Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist

“Exquisite.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Riveting. Sublime." - Karin Badt, Huffington Post

“Richly sympathetic and deeply moving!  First-timer Agata Trzebuchowska is quietly compelling.” - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

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Jun 20 to Jun 23
Friday to Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Freida Lee Mock - 2013 - 88m

Against a backdrop of sex, politics and race, Academy Award (R) winning filmmaker Freida Mock's ANITA reveals the intimate story of Anita Hill, a woman who dared to speak the truth. This powerful documentary traces Ms. Hill's life from her early years through her legacy today, offering fascinating insight into her experiences testifying before the Senate just over 22 years ago in the weekend of shocking television that made her a household name and smashed the door open on the issues of sexual harassment and gender equality.

"If you can't place the name, or want to know more, "Anita" is a splendid place to start." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Frieda Mock's documentary "Anita" is a dutiful history lesson even as it brings us closer to the very private person at the center of that long-ago, still relevant storm." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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Citizen Koch

Jun 20 to Jun 23
Friday to Monday 4:00, 8:00

Dir. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal - 2013 - 86m

"America -- they're coming for you next."

That’s the warning from a Wisconsin state employee after her union rights were destroyed by a Republican governor funded by corporate and billionaire donors whose ultimate goal is to break the unions nationwide -- and cripple the labor-backed Democratic party. Citizen Koch explores what the Wisconsin playbook and the U.S. Supreme Court decision that unleashed a new era of unbridled special-interest spending mean for us all. And it poses a crucial question: Who owns democracy in America?

Money has long played a starring role in politics. But the Supreme Court’s 2010 landmark ruling in Citizens United v. FEC marked seismic shift in how America’s elections are fought and financed. The ruling was engineered in part by corporate and far-right interest groups that had long sought to undermine the influence of unions and small donors. Their state-by-state campaign to reshape elections found its test market in Wisconsin – birthplace of progressivism, the Republican Party, and government unions.

From Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, the Oscar-nominated filmmakers who made Trouble the Water, winner of the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best documentary, comes Citizen Koch, a story about money, citizenship, and democracy.

Citizen Koch features three Wisconsin state employees whose staunch Republican loyalty is challenged when newly-elected Gov. Scott Walker moves to take away their union rights, while simultaneously bestowing tax breaks on large corporations. When the Tea Party takes root in their state, these lifelong Republicans must confront the fact that the policies their party is pushed to advocate are cutting the economic ground out from underneath them and their families. They come to see the political drama unfolding in their state as a GOP strategy to drain union resources and, by extension, the Democratic Party.

Growing recognition that losing their unions will impoverish not only their wallets, but also their citizenship, leads these public employees to a grassroots movement to recall Gov. Walker. That effort collides with a juggernaut: the Tea Party-aligned Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a 501c4 ideological “corporation” founded and lavishly financed by billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch. The Virginia-based AFP becomes the biggest political spender in support of Gov. Walker and a vehicle for wealthy individuals and corporations to back candidates—without leaving a paper trail.

As political groups anonymously pour money into Wisconsin on Gov. Walker’s behalf, former Louisiana governor and congressman Buddy Roemer takes a principled stand on the national stage and makes campaign finance reform the centerpiece of his 2012 GOP presidential bid. Citizen Koch follows Roemer as his campaign fizzles on his refusal to accept donations over $100. Outspent and drowned out by SuperPAC-funded opponents, Roemer posits the crucial question: Should money determine who even gets heard in our democracy?

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision renders that question naïve. Equating unlimited campaign donations with free speech, the court reversed longstanding restrictions on corporate election spending. The decision effectively limits who is deemed a viable candidate, and reshapes how political campaigns are waged. Through interviews with participants in the case and audio of the arguments, the film reveals the partisan origins of the case, and exposes how two justices with the appearance of conflicts of interest tipped the court’s decision--raising questions about the legitimacy of the ruling and the integrity of court itself.

By detailing the personal and political consequences of a broken electoral system, Citizen Koch lands the issue of the influence of money in politics squarely on the kitchen table of all Americans. The film asks who really has the power in America, the wealthiest donors or the voting public? The answers call into question the very meaning of citizenship.

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Fire In The Blood

Jun 24 to Jun 26
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 8:15

Dir. Dylan Mohan Gray - 2013 - 87m

Narrated by William Hurt - An intricate tale of 'medicine, monopoly and malice', FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths -  and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop 'the Crime of the Century' and save million of lives in the process.

As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.

"Exquisite and unsparing… Fire in the Blood is artful in nearly every frame, perhaps so we don't avert our eyes." - Daphne Howland, THE VILLAGE VOICE and LA WEEKLY

“Quietly devastating... a testament to human decency and a damning indictment of laissez-faire capitalism.” - Philip French, THE OBSERVER/THE GUARDIAN

"A shocking documentary about how big Western pharmaceutical companies blocked access to low-cost anti-AIDS drugs, causing a holocaust of 10 million deaths.  Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and many brave activists speak out... CRITIC’S CHOICE - (4 stars)" - Kate Muir, THE TIMES

“Brilliant... a real-life David and Goliath story... an amazing documentary and a story that really needed to be told” - Zoe Ball, BBC RADIO

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The Lab

Jun 24 to Jun 26
Tuesday to Thursday 6:30 only!

Dir. Yotam Feldman - 2013 - 60m - Israel - In Hebrew with English subtitles - All Seats $6

Since 9/11, the Israeli arms industries are doing bigger business than ever before. Large Israeli companies develop and test the vessels of future warfare, which is then sold worldwide by private Israeli agents, who manipulate a network of Israeli politicians and army commanders, while Israeli theoreticians explain to various foreign countries how to defeat civil and para-military resistance. All based on the extensive Israeli experience. The film reveals The Lab, which has transformed the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank from a burden to a marketable, highly profitable, national asset.   

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Jun 27 to Jun 30
Friday to Monday 6pm, 8:15

Dir. Jon S. Baird - 2013 - 97m - UK

Based on the acclaimed novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting)! 

Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job - the rest of his colleagues are just idiots.  Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem.  But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is? The tragic, hilarious and memorable answers unfold in FILTH ... staring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Broadbent, Shirley Henderson. 

"James McAvoy gives his best performance to date as a morally and physically decaying detective in this hallucinogenic adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel." - Kate Muir, Times [UK]

"There's something impressively unguarded about Filth." - Guy Lodge, Variety

"A marvelously messed up festive flick that manages to be shocking, hilarious and ultimately quite poignant." - Chris Tilly, IGN Movies UK

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NYICFF (NY Int'l Children's Film Festival) Party Mix 2013/2014

Jun 28 to Jun 29
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon

68m - Mom's Matinee brings a festival! Only $5

The New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival presents a collection of hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, suitable for older kids ages 8 to 18, including festival award-winners and audience favorites. Shorts come from Latvia, Argentina, France, Colombia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.

Alimation - France, Experimental, Alexandre Dubosc, 2011, 3 min

Spinning cakes create zoetrope animation effects – giving viewers new insight into the origins of cameras, projectors and animation…as well as a major craving for dessert!

At the Opera - Argentina, Animation, Juan Pablo Zaramella, 2011, 1 min 

Juan Pablo Zaramella (creator of last year’s Luminaris) brings us his new film about a particularly moving night at the opera. Guaranteed to move you to tears!

Choir Tour - Latvia, Animation, Edmunds Jansons, 2012, 5 min 

It’s a wild free-for-all when a famous boys’ choir breaks away from their conductor while on tour in Seoul and causes mayhem in the hotel. Cool graphic design, wonderful visual humor and music, beautiful music!

TheFox and the Chickadee - Canada, Animation, Evan DelRushie, 2012, 7.5 min

Mr. Fox thinks he has Chickadee right where he wants her: trapped and ready to be eaten. But the cunning little Chickadee knows where the farmer hides the key to the chicken coop. If only Mr. Fox will cooperate, the two can work together to steal that much larger and more delicious feast.

Fresh Guacamole - USA , Animation, PES, 2012, 1.5 min

PES is back with this latest (and Oscar®-nominated!) take on the culinary arts. pass the chips! From the creator of past NYICFF favorites Western Spaghetti, The Deep, and Game Over.

Grandmother - Colombia, Animation, Carlos Smith Rovira, 2012, 8 min 

When sleeping at her grandmother’s house in the countryside, a little city girl becomes spooked by the wrinkled, weather-worn old woman and the unfamiliar surroundings. In this beautifully animated fable she learns that it is our roots that give us strength.

I’m Going to Mums - New Zealand, Live Action, Lauren Jackson, 2012, 13 min

Poor Jacob. His newly divorced parents insist on dressing him in ridiculous clothes to spite each other – and the continual changing of outfits becomes a parade of absurdity. With his parents’ feuding getting worse by the day, Jacob resorts to desperate fashion measures to assert his identity. 

Lola - France, Animation, Franck Janin, 2011, 6 min 

Two dolls in a toy store are separated when a customer decides to buy one of them. In search of his lost partner, the other embarks on an emotional journey around the world.

Paper Touch - Taiwan, Animation, Hui-ching Tseng, 2011, 5 min

Paper cutouts and corrugated cardboard burst into origami action to create a hybrid pinball-pachinko machine in this gorgeous and highly imaginative stop-motion short. 

Snack Attack - USA, Animation, Andrew Cadelago, 2012, 4. 5 min

Waiting to board the train, an old lady just wants to eat her cookies in peace. But the young punk on the platform next to her seems intent on sharing her snack… or is something else going on here?

Subway Train - USA, Animation, Garrett Davis, 2011, 4 min 

Set to the funky beats of the pop Ups, this music video features oddly morphing animals on their morning commute – and one epic pan-flute solo!

Summer Bummer - USA, Animation, Bill Plympton, 2011, 1.5 min 

From world-renowned animator and friend-of-the-festival Bill Plympton, a man with a case of shark paranoia has second thoughts before diving into his pool, reminding us that the greatest fear is fear itself…right?

The Vacuum Kid - USA, Documentary, Katharine Mahalic, 2011, 10 min 

A charming 12-year old boy shares his unusual passion for vacuum cleaners.

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