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Pay2Play

Nov 2
Sunday 12:30pm

Dir. John Wellington Ennis - 2014 - 86m - All Seats Just $5 !!

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PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation.  Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.

Featuring Robert Reich (Former Secretary of Labor, UC Berkeley Professor), John Nichols (Journalist, Author - Dollarocracy), Mary Bottari (Center For Media and Democracy), Lawrence Lessig (Harvard Professor, Director of Center of Ethics, ROOT$TRIKERS, Author), Noam Chomsky (MIT Professor, Author, Linguist), Marianne Williamson (NY Times Bestselling Author, Speaker), Mark Crispin Miller (NYU Professor, Author) and many more!

“A masterpiece…The talking points in this film are bladed lasers.” — OpEd News Review

“PAY 2 PLAY lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood and money as free speech…Researched, sourced and interviewed exhaustively." — LA Times

“Ennis is an optimist at heart, and his belief that one person can make a difference is infectious…The difference with this movie is that it actually means to inspire hope.”— Washington Post

“He tells his story with humor and the film is an empowering call to action”  — Cinema Assassin

“Full of energy and intelligence and a heartfelt and necessary message…We can only laugh -- and hope. PAY 2 PLAY is actually a very heartening movie.” — TrustMovies

“A stirring plea to level the playing field in our political system.” — UTNE

“A must-watch film!” — DAILY KOS

“A must-watch…a vital film for our democracy.” — Mudflats

“Follows politicians, lobbyists and activists, taking you through a roller coaster of controversy.”  —  ABC7 Eyewitness News, LA 

“Tightly sewn in its approach and intent as a primer for understanding … PAY 2 PLAY argues that everyone, regardless of political position, should have an equal say in who represents him or her in the government…a compelling reason to reexamine the way our political world works.”  — Brightest Young Things

“Makes a very persuasive argument…Ennis wisely incorporates some humor to balance the heavy, frightening insights. One of the most important facts that he sheds light on is one that hasn't been exposed in a documentary before…Much more illuminating and thorough than Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story.” — NYC Movie Guru

“Surprisingly optimistic…Tells a very clear and easily understandable tale…Delightful…A joyous, hopeful and inspirational statement…The harder and much more important job is to tell a complex tale in a straight-forward, compelling and easy to understand way.  Which PAY 2 PLAY does beautifully.” — Firedoglake

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ABCs OF DEATH 2

Nov 7 to Nov 8
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Various - 2014 - 125m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - door prizes courtesy of somebody, somewheres!

ABC’s OF DEATH 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s OF DEATH 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.

Shorts to be featured - Amateur by Evan Katz / Badger by Julian Barratt / Capital Punishment by Julian Gilbey / Deloused by Robert Morgan / Equilibrium by Alejandro Brugués / Falling by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado / Grandad by Jim Hosking / Head Games by Bill Plympton / Invincible by Erik Matti / Jesus by Dennison Ramalho / Knell by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper / Masticate by Robert Boocheck / Nexus by Larry Fessenden / Ochlocracy (mob rule) by Hajime Ohata / P-P-P-P SCARY! By Todd Rohal / Legacy by Lancelot Imasuen / Questionnaire by Rodney Ascher / Roulette by Marvin Kren / Split by Juan Martinez Moreno / Torture Porn by Jen and Sylvia Soska / Utopia by Vincenzo Natali / Vacation by Jerome Sable / Wish by Steven Kostanski / Xylophone by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo / Youth by Soichi Umezawa / Zygote by Chris Nash

“Intense and relentless enough to quench even the most jaded horror fan's thirst." - FirstShowing.net

“It is common knowledge that sequels rarely, if ever, either improve upon or best their original. Which makes the latest addition to the short horror film anthology The ABC's of Death 2 a truly rare - if not totally unexpected – surprise.” - Twitch Film

“Sick, twisted fun.” - Bloody Disgusting

“A wickedly wild ride through 26 distinct imaginations.” – Ain’t It Cool News

“Far superior to its predecessor.” - Crave Online

“Another winning collection boasting sick, twisted, psychotic fun.” – We Got This Covered 

“If you can’t catch it in the theater, watch it with a six-pack and a handful of good friends who relish in the absurd.” - Dread Central

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Bjork: Biophilia Live

Nov 7 to Nov 9
Friday to Sunday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland - 2014 - 97m

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A concert film that captures the human element of björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: biophilia. Recorded live at björk's show at london's alexandra palace in 2013, the film features björk and her band performing every song on 'biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as " a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (variety) and " an imaginative stand-alone artwork" (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is 'biophilia.'

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"A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment . . . Heavenly constellations billow across dark sections of screen above the stage, sometimes engulfing Björk like she is some kind of gargantuan space goddess. . . . there are some gorgeous emotional depths here too, especially when the swooping harmonies of [the accompanying all-female Icelandic chorus] are given full rein." - The Hollywood Reporter

"There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It's utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting." - The Guardian

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Rocks in My Pockets

Nov 7 to Nov 9
Friday to Sunday 6:30pm Only!

Dir. Signe Baumane - 2014 - 88m - In English - No Matinees

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI) PRIZE

KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

In the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity.

Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival. 

“CRITIC'S PICK! A sharp, surprising and funny animated feature, plumbing the depths of depression via her family history. Guided by Ms. Baumane’s almost musically accented voice-over, this hand-drawn debut feature is based upon the mental struggles of her Latvian grandmother and other relatives. It’s told with remorseless psychological intelligence, wicked irony and an acerbic sense of humor.” - Nicolas Rapold, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Sardonically hilarious, sneakily moving... The animation comes from a scary, diabolically funny place. Imagine Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, but much darker.” - Peter Keough, BOSTON GLOBE

“Boasting a narrative of extraordinary complexity and density, stuffed with irony, humor and tales-within-tales... imaginative... fascinating and very personal... this modern milestone in animated storytelling... Unfolding at an almost breathless pace, the film boasts aces tech contributions across the board.” - Alissa Simon, VARIETY

“Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane examines her family members' history with mental illness (as well as her own struggles) with HUMOR, DELICACY and EYE-CATCHING animation techniques.” - Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

“A Latvian family’s history of depression and suicide attempts is vividly brought to life in animated form... the film explores with wit, surreal invention and insight something left far too often undiscussed... Very witty.” - Boyd van Hoeij, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Trouble In Paradise

Nov 8 to Nov 9
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Ernst Lubitsch - 1932 - 82m - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT! $5 General / $2 AFC Members

When thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets his true love in pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized and Gaston is forced to choose between two beautiful women. Legendary director Ernst Lubitsch’s masterful touch is in full flower in Trouble in Paradise, a pinnacle of the sophisticated romantic comedy, loaded with sparkling dialogue, witty innuendo, and elegant comic invention.

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Art and Craft

Nov 10 to Nov 12
Monday to Wednesday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Sam Cullman & Jennifer Grausman - 2014 - 89m - No Matinees

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity – but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

“Rich and fascinating… it’s got a crisp pace and a deadpan playfulness, telling a too-good-to-be-true story with humor and empathy.” — Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“A crowd-pleasing character study that doubles as an art-world detective story.” — Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal

“Jaunty and engaging, an expertly crafted mystery.” — Chris Barsanti, Pop Matters

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Levitated Mass

Nov 10 to Nov 12
Monday to Wednesday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Doug Pray - 2014 - 88m

Doug Pray's new documentary about a two-story tall, 340-ton, granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and mounted atop the walls of a gigantic slot in the earth! The massive artwork, titled Levitated Mass, is the latest 'land sculpture' by one of America's most exciting and misunderstood artists, Michael Heizer. Heizer's sculpture references the expanse of art history -- from ancient traditions of megalithic stones to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering.

The boulder's 105-mile journey from quarry to museum attracted international media attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of Southern Californians over 10 nights as it crawled through 22 cities on a football-field length, 206-wheeled trailer. The film captures this spectacle while weaving together the dramatic story of the reclusive Heizer, the ambitions of a major metropolitan museum, and the public's wild reactions to this massive display of modern yet eerily timeless conceptual art.

"Wondrous!" - Michelle Orange, Village Voice

"Mesmerizing…sure to generate heated discussion." - Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

"Jaw-dropping pleasures!" - Regina Weinreich, Huffington Post

"Illuminating, engaging and unexpected...well-directed with exceptional access by veteran documentarian Doug Pray...takes you behind the scenes of that particular media sensation and does a considerable amount more as well." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Skillfully structured and highly entertaining, Doug Pray’s docu chronicles the saga of Michael Heizer’s monumental sculpture 'Levitated Mass' from its conceptual inception in 1968 to the installation of a 340-ton boulder at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012. Partly an exploration of an artist’s oeuvre, partly a procedural for logistically nightmarish transport, partly a record of an 11-day spontaneous 'happening,' and partly an amalgam of different views on art, the film manages to appeal to art lovers, pop-culture disciples and high-concept skeptics and supporters alike." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"Wonderfully entertaining.  With a deft hand, filmmaker Doug Pray juxtaposes a history of Michael Heizer's revolutionary career as a "negative space" sculptor with an insider's view of the insanely complex planning it took to move the two-story monolith. Baffled but dedicated city workers rush to lift power lines as delighted spectators cheer from the roadside and from front yards, coffee shops, and even a dusty old bar. Spending 10 million (privately funded) dollars to move a giant boulder is the very measure of wastefulness some say, and they may be right. But how can you not fall under the project's spell when a mechanical glitch brings the caravan to a stop directly in front of (wait for it) the 'Rock of Salvation Church'?" - Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly

"Critics' Pick!"- Time Out New York

"A congenial romp through that highly unusual journey... Watching Pray's documentary reminded me that the whole act of moving the rock was its own work of art. We humans are pretty messed up. We do some pretty terrible things. Yet every once in a while we pull it together to do something so spectacularly absurd on such a grand scale that I can't help but feel deep admiration for our species." - Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times

"A fun, loopy portrait of one crazy idea that became a SoCal public-art cornerstone." - Andrew Lapin, The Dissolve

"Wonderfully compelling and entertaining." - Lori Huck, Examiner.com

"A kinetic snapshot of Los Angeles and LACMA." - Darianna Cardilli, Documentary Magazine

" Awesome. Deftly captures the frustration, excitement and--in some folks' eyes--hubris of the project.  But what this amazing film ultimately does is ask, What is the meaning of art?" - Frontiers Magazine

"Vital… Invaluable." - Dante A. Ciampaglia, Architectural Record

"What makes this doc so enjoyable are his man-on-the-street interviews. The boulder has avid fans staked out in lawn chairs; the boulder is on Twitter; the boulder is given a street fair in Long Beach. And by its sheer, ancient enormity, so incongruous on the streets of L.A., it forces people who might never visit the LACMA—where Levitated Mass is now a star attraction—to consider whether it’s art." - Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly

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Pornotopia Returns Uncensored!

Nov 13 to Nov 16
Thursday to Sunday show times t.b.a.

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Opening Night Pornstravaganza, featuring Risk!: $15

Festival Pass: $80 (NOTE:  Festival passes pass does not include admission to Risk!, Bike Porn, or workshops run by Kevin Allison)

Tickets for individual shows: $10 each

Tickets for Bike Porn: $10 each

Albuquerque's only independent erotic film festival returns for a full weekend! Still reeling from the monumental decision by the State Supreme Court to allow the festival to proceed at the Guild Cinema, Self Serve and the Pornotopia community are beyond excited to present this year's films. With sensuous new material from festival-favorite directors Erika Lust, Tristan Taormino, and Shine Louise Houston, as well as titillating scenes from Pink and White Productions and Heavenly Spire, viewers are promised material that is sex-positive, inclusive, and most of all, incredibly hot. And get ready for the return of Bike Smut, a rollicking good time for those who get their kicks on two wheels! The festival starts on Thursday, Nov. 13, with a live show of the internationally lauded and loved podcast, Risk!, and the films commence Friday evening. Get a sitter and a safe word, and come have some fun!

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Dog Day Afternoon - a double feature with THE DOG!

Nov 17 to Nov 18
Monday and Tuesday, Thursday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Sidney Lumet - 1975 - 124m

DOUBLE FEATURED (that's 2 movies for one price, folks!) WITH THE DOCUMENTARY ON THE ACTUAL BANK ROBBER - THE DOG!

ALSO PLAYS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20!

A gripping true crime yarn, a juicy slice of overheated New York atmosphere, and a splendid showcase for its young actors, Dog Day Afternoon is a memorable classic of the 1970s. The opening montage of New York street life (set to Elton John's lazy "Amoreena") establishes the oppressive mood of a scorching afternoon in the city with such immediacy that you can almost smell the garbage baking in the sun and the water from the hydrants evaporating from the sizzling pavement. Al Pacino plays Sonny, who, along with his rather slow-witted accomplice Sal (John Cazale, familiar as Pacino's Godfather brother Fredo), holds hostages after a botched a bank robbery. Sonny finds himself transformed into a rebel celebrity when his standoff with police (including lead negotiator Charles Durning) is covered live on local television. The movie doesn't appear to be about anything in particular, but it really conveys the feel of wild and unpredictable events unfolding before your eyes, and the whole picture is so convincing and involving that you're glued to the screen. An Oscar winner for original screenplay, Dog Day Afternoon was also nominated for best picture, actor, supporting actor (Chris Sarandon, as a surprise figure from Sonny's past), editing, and director (Sidney Lumet of Serpico, Prince of the City, The Verdict, and Running on Empty).

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Nov 17 to Nov 18
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 4:00, 8:45

Dir. Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren - 2013 - 100m - No matinees - double featured with DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

CO-SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL!

THE REAL STORY BEHIND DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

DOUBLE FEATURED (that's 2 movies for one price, folks!) WITH DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

ALSO PLAYING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20!

Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.

In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."

Filmed over the course of a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.

Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlinale 2014 and SXSW 2014!

CRITIC'S PICK – New York Times

Four Out Of Four Stars – RogerEbert.com

"As raw as a Charles Bukowski sonnet...an absorbing, rollicking documentary." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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Behind the Blue Veil

Nov 19
Wednesday 7pm

Dir. Robyn Symon - 2014 - 62m - All Seats $8

A feature documentary film about one of the oldest cultures in the world on the verge of extinction. The nomadic Tuareg, known as the "blue people of the Sahara" because of the traditional indigo robes and veils worn by men, were once noble warriors and herdsman but after years of drought and lack of government support, the ancient Berber tribe, now divided among five countries in North Africa, is struggling to survive.

The recent military takeover of the Malian government and rebel conflict have forced thousands of Tuareg to flee the country, including the subjects of our documentary. Innocent people are being displaced as Islamic extremists and rebels battle over the Sahara. Many Tuareg have abandoned their homes and fled to neighboring countries. Refugee numbers are rising and their is a severe shortage of water, food and clothing. The current situation challenges the region's stability as well as our own national security.

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Pulp

Nov 19
Wednesday 9pm ONLY!

Dir. Florian Habicht - 2014 - 90m - UK - All Seats $8

Though culminating with the farewell concert the band played to thousands of adoring fans in their hometown of Sheffield, England, PULP is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, PULP weaves exclusive concert footage with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, moving, and life-affirming than any music film of recent memory.

"I felt that the film was a triumph—moving, funny, sweet, eccentric—and the reaction from the audience, well, it’s the kind of thing that makes you feel like you are smiling with your heart. Two people who I spoke with were moved to tears. How many rock docs can you say that about?" - DANGEROUS MINDS

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Dog Day Afternoon - double featured with THE DOG!

Nov 20
Thursday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Sidney Lumet - 1975 - 124m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED (that's 2 movies for one price, folks!) WITH THE DOCUMENTARY ON THE ACTUAL BANK ROBBER - THE DOG!

A gripping true crime yarn, a juicy slice of overheated New York atmosphere, and a splendid showcase for its young actors, Dog Day Afternoon is a memorable classic of the 1970s. The opening montage of New York street life (set to Elton John's lazy "Amoreena") establishes the oppressive mood of a scorching afternoon in the city with such immediacy that you can almost smell the garbage baking in the sun and the water from the hydrants evaporating from the sizzling pavement. Al Pacino plays Sonny, who, along with his rather slow-witted accomplice Sal (John Cazale, familiar as Pacino's Godfather brother Fredo), holds hostages after a botched a bank robbery. Sonny finds himself transformed into a rebel celebrity when his standoff with police (including lead negotiator Charles Durning) is covered live on local television. The movie doesn't appear to be about anything in particular, but it really conveys the feel of wild and unpredictable events unfolding before your eyes, and the whole picture is so convincing and involving that you're glued to the screen. An Oscar winner for original screenplay, Dog Day Afternoon was also nominated for best picture, actor, supporting actor (Chris Sarandon, as a surprise figure from Sonny's past), editing, and director (Sidney Lumet of Serpico, Prince of the City, The Verdict, and Running on Empty).

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Nov 20
Thursday 4:00, 8:45

Dir. Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren - 2013 - 100m - No matinees

CO-SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL!

THE REAL STORY BEHIND DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

DOUBLE FEATURED (that's 2 movies for one price, folks!) WITH THE DOCUMENTARY ON THE ACTUAL BANK ROBBER - DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men.

In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog."

Filmed over the course of a 10-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70's era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona: he is, by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.

Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlinale 2014 and SXSW 2014!

CRITIC'S PICK – New York Times

Four Out Of Four Stars – RogerEbert.com

"As raw as a Charles Bukowski sonnet...an absorbing, rollicking documentary." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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Days And Nights

Nov 21 to Nov 26
Friday to Wednesday 4:45, 8:30

Dir. Christian Camargo - 2014 - 92m

DAYS AND NIGHTS is writer/director Christian Camargo’s directorial debut, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The household includes her ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (Ben Whishaw), his ethereal muse (Juliet Rylance), the family doctor (Jean Reno) and the estate's custodian (Russell Means), the careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes) and her long suffering ornithologist husband (Mark Rylance) -- the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. During the weekend a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation.

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Pelican Dreams

Nov 21 to Nov 26
Friday to Wednesday 3:00, 6:45

Dir. Judy Irving - 2014 - 79m

What’s it like to try to get to know a flying dinosaur? Sundance-and-Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker Judy Irving (“The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill”) follows a wayward California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration, and survival challenges. The film is about wildness: how close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? Pelican Dreams, stars “Gigi” (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing).

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V/H/S Viral

Nov 21 to Nov 22
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Various - 2014 - 97m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - Door Prizes Courtesy of

A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.

V/H/S Viral is the third installment in the found-footage horror franchise!

"It goes bonkers and brilliant in a way you probably won’t expect." - The Hollywood News

“I've always enjoyed this series, and this 3rd installment is just as fun.” – Ain’t it Cool News 

“The series thus far has served to introduce young horror fans to some of the most talented and creative minds that have been active in the genre.” – We are Movie Geeks 

“V/H/S Viral is a magnificent collection of horror shorts from both established and newer talent in cinema. Fans of the franchise will certainly be pleased, but it’s hard to imagine newcomers to the franchise not being won over as well.” – Next Projection

“If you like your horror mixed with laughs, this anthology threequel is a blast. - IGN 

“It’s a blast; a short, sharp shock of a film that barrels through three highly imaginative short stories and a wraparound with gleeful abandon, and if you just want a good time at a horror movie, you could fare far worse.” – Geek League of America

“Explodes with a newfound imagination and adherence to giving the audience a damn good time.” – Geek League of America 

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Alice's Restaurant - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Nov 27 to Nov 28
Thursday and Friday - 5:00, 7:30

Dir. Arthur Penn - 1969 - 119m

"It is hard to imagine a more beautiful movie" (Time Magazine) than this critically acclaimed chronicle of hippie life during the late 1960s, which garnered the acclaimed director of Bonnie and Clyde his second Oscar(r) nomination*. Based on the song by folk music troubadour Arlo Guthrie, son of legendary "Dust Bowl" balladeer Woody Guthrie, this tribute film to "the lost generation" features memorable scenes with other folk artists like Pete Seeger, who join Arlo in song to make a profound statement about war, protest and change. In the late '60s, a changing social and political climate inspired a new generation to create a lifestyle outside of the mainstream. Twenty-two year-old Arlo's journey to find a place for himself and his music includes a visit to his dying father in the hospital, gigs in New York and romps with his friends Alice and Ray, who run a small restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. And when an incident at Alice's Restaurant plays a pivotal role inArlo's avoidance of the draft, it sends him down a road that he will consider a small price to pay to keep his freedom and his beliefs.  Directed by Arthur Penn(Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, Night Moves) 

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Christmas with the Dead - A Partial Benefit for the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation

Nov 28 to Nov 29
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Terrill Lee Lankford - 2011 - 96m - A BUBONICON 47 PRESENTATION! All seats $8

SPECIAL DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 47!

Part of the proceeds will benefit the ABQ Public Library Foundation

Follow the merry madness of Joe R. Lansdale's CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD movie from start to finish to sharing it with your family this holiday!

In his quest to fulfill a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever. If only it weren't June, and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn't returned from the dead as flesh-eating snappers in search of hot human lunches, he'd be in pretty good shape. 

Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calvin teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It's Christmas in June. And snappers be damned... The lights and decorations are going up.

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Forbidden Planet - double featured with THIS ISLAND EARTH

Nov 29 to Nov 30
Saturday and Sunday 4:00, 8:00

Dir. Fred McLeod Wilcox - 1956 - 98m - A 50s SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE! C'MON, BRING THE FAMILY!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PALS OVER AT BUBONICON 47 !!

Film in CinemaScope and Metrocolor!

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Space men travel to a planet ruled by expatriate Pidgeon who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. There the good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his "brain booster" machine, and by Freudian "monsters from the id" as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.

"An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting, make it an endearing winner." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

"Imaginative gadgets galore, plus plenty of suspense and thrills, make the production a top offering in the space travel category." - Variety Staff

"MGM's full color, 'Scope production looks amazing, and Robby the Robot steals the show." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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This Island Earth - double featured with FORBIDDEN PLANET!

Nov 29 to Nov 30
Saturday and Sunday 2:00, 6:00

Dir. Joseph M. Newman - 1955 - 86m - A 50s SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE! C'MON, BRING THE FAMILY!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PALS OVER AT BUBONICON 47 !!

In a ‘close encounter,’  two Earthling scientists (Rex Reason and Faith Domergue) are “recruited” by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to aid them in a desperate effort to defend their world from a ruthless, all-out attack by alien invaders, the Zagons.

Well-directed and photographed, “This Island Earth” is “…done with a grandiose solemnity that makes it worthy of the name of space opera. The settings, in particular, are brilliantly imaginative, with superb use of color in conjuring the almost surrealistic landscape of Metaluna, a cratered wasteland concealing the labyrinthine underground city soon to be overrun by a hideous race of insect-like mutants with exposed brains and dead eyes, originally bred by the Metalunians for menial work.”-Tom Milne, “Time Out”

"Pioneering sf drama about space travel is rich in storytelling, atmosphere, visual design and color." - Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television

"Pretty impressive sci-fi for 1955, a near classic." - Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan

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Level 5

Dec 1 to Dec 4
Monday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Chris Marker - 1996 - 106m - No Matinees

COURTESY OF ICARUS FILMS, A BIG THANKS TO THEM!

BONUS!  BASEMENT FILMS PRESIDENT BRYAN KONEFSKY TO INTRODUCE ALL THE SCREENINGS!

A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which LEVEL FIVE is built. She "inherits" a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa - a tragedy practically unknown in the West, but whose development played a decisive role in the way World War II ended, as well as in postwar times and even our present.

A strange game, in fact. Contrary to classical strategy games whose purpose is to turn back the tide of history, this one seems willing only to reproduce history as it happened. While working on Okinawa and meeting through a rather unusual network - parallel to Internet - informants and even eye-witnesses to the battle (including film director Nagisa Oshima), Laura gathers pieces of the tragedy, until they start to interfere with her own life.

As in any self-respecting video game, this one proceeds by "levels". Laura and her interlocutor, intoxicated by their enterprise, use this as a metaphor for life itself, and gladly attribute levels to everything around them. Will she attain LEVEL FIVE?

"A mesmerizing fusion of fact and (science) fiction!" —Toronto Star

"A cinematic gem!" —National Post

"A passionate and cerebral science-fiction adventure...there is nothing else in theaters now that feels quite as new." —The New York Times

“A fascinating glimpse of a historical event that’s still little known in the West.” —Variety

"Its digressive, elliptic, self-referential approach to depicting the atrocities of war feels like the only true response to such unimaginable horrors. At one point the narrator refers to 'the ethics of imagery', and few filmmakers have probed this field with such acuity and sensitivity as Marker has." —Time Out London

“Too complicated for words – yet unforgettable – Chris Marker signs a masterful historic-fantastic thriller, a vital reflection on death and image... A film on memory and the refusal to forget. An unforgettable film.” —Pierre Murat, Telerama

“An exceptional film!” —Jean-Michel Frodon, Le Monde

“A film full of intelligence and generosity.” —Gerard Lefort, Liberation

“A bit in the same way as Resnais’ HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR, LEVEL FIVE unwinds the three entangled threads of a ball of yarn: transmission of History, reflection on image and film matter, intimate dialogue.” —Serge Kaganski, Les Inrockuptibles

"Should rightly take its place among the late director's best work." —LA Times

"This is a fin de siècle masterpiece crafted with life-worn hope for the new millennium just around the corner and a rueful awareness that the world remains as evanescent as ever.” —Mubi Notebook

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Love: A documentary about painter Beth Moore-Love

Dec 1 to Dec 4
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY

Dir. Larry Wessel - 2014 - 111m - WORLD PREMIERE!! - No Matinees

Artist Beth Moore-Love will be in person for several of the screenings!

Beth Moore-Love could just perhaps the greatest living artist working in America today! Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is a national treasure and yet, she is virtually unknown. Filmmaker Larry Wessel is determined to change that with his nine year labor of love…his  feature-length documentary called LOVE.

THE ART OF BETH MOORE-LOVE

“My ‘artwork’ has always been very cynical and ANGRY. I read a quote once, I don’t remember who said it, something about the purpose of art being to soothe the spirit after a hard day of ‘reality’. What does that mean? I once saw a two-page advertisement for some stupid car, on one side of the fold-out was a photo of Monument Valley, morphing into the skyline of Manhattan. On the other page, over Monument Valley was written, ‘The Dream’, over Manhattan was written, “The Reality”. And I saw right away that this was completely backwards. So my purpose as an artist is to soothe these people who turn our world upside-down for profit? These people who feel spiritually bereft after a hard day of raping and pillaging? F*ck that. I will NOT. I’m going to sneak it on the wall, and slap the sh*t out of them with the truth of it. Is there ugliness and horror in my work? Absolutely. Do you think that my work is distasteful? You are correct!”

- Beth Moore-Love

"Provides a fascinating insight into what makes Moore-Love tick, throwing up explanations as to why she paints such shocking subjects. It’s rare to see such a personal examination of an artist and their creative process. and to feel as though you’ve been allowed access to their most private thoughts and inspirations; and while the pace is slow and the structure is stark, this perfectly reflects the meticulous nature of Moore-Love’s intricate outpourings." - Billy Chainsaw, Bizarre Magazine

"A unique perspective on the artist's personal history...comprehensive in it's dissection of Beth Moore-Love's artwork...this is the place for the straight skinny on all of it...it's fascinating." - Mark Bell, Film Threat

"This documentary may not be for the squeamish, but it's well worth watching for an in- depth portrait of a significant American artist who has been addressing big issues in her complex, amazing paintings for decades." - Matt Dukes Jordan, Fleshapoidfilms

"This is a masterpiece that everyone with a taste for the beautiful, the gruesome, the thought provoking and the wickedly funny should see. Highly recommended! Larry Wessel's LOVE is amazing." - Visa Disablot, Mesikämmen

"In his typical exuberant style Wessel goes in search of the soul of the artist Beth Moore-Love. Her grotesque, colorful paintings show a dysfunctional universe of joyful cruelty and perverse little girls. As always, humor and transgression in Wessel's eccentric films go hand in hand." - Sofie Verdoodt, OFFoff art cinema

"This movie needs to be seen in art classes all over the world!" - Tanner Toobach, Unboxed Watched and Reviewed

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Bird People

Dec 7 to Dec 11
Sunday to Thursday 6:00 Only!

Dir. Pascale Ferran - 2014 - 128m

In an airport hotel on the outskirts of Paris, a Silicon Valley engineer (Josh Charles) abruptly chucks his job, breaks things off with his wife, and holes up in his room. As fate draws him and a young French maid (Anais Demoustier) together, an audacious second-act surprise suddenly transforms César Award-winning director Pascale Ferran’s (Lady Chatterley) dark-tinged fairy-tale into something altogether richer, more beguiling, and utterly astonishing.

"An airport hotel may not seem the most inspiring of locations for a story of life-changing consequence, but French filmmaker Pascale Ferran's delicate, compassionate "Bird People" is just that sort of risk-taking existential adventure." - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"Fanciful, original and unexpected airport-set drama that captures the frenzy and pressures of modern life contrasted with lives led by creatures free as a bird. But quirkiness and length may delay takeoff." -Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International

"Slight but never inconsequential, dreamy but never unbelievable." - Daniel Carlson, Movie Mezzanine

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White Bird in a Blizzard

Dec 7 to Dec 11
Sunday to Thursday 4:00, 8:45

Dir. Gregg Araki - 2014 - 91m

Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it's almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it...

“Intriguing and haunting” – Anthony Kaufman, Screen International

“Shailene Woodley is all grown up… you will never look at her the same way again.” – Chase Whale, The Playlist on Indiewire

“Sexy, hilarious, brutal, and haunting all at once” - Indiewire

"Heady, intoxicating... “Eva Green melts the screen” - The Playlist

“Shailene Woodley dazzles” – Rosie Fletcher, TotalFlim

“Eva Green goes deliciously unhinged” – Peter Debruge, Variety

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Dumb and Dumber - 20th Anniversary!!

Dec 12 to Dec 13
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly - 1994 - 107m - an ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students

The original theatrical release!

Delivering exactly what its title promises, this celebration of stupidity was Jim Carrey's 1994 follow-up to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask. The film pairs the rubber- faced wacky man with Jeff Daniels as the not-so-dynamic duo of Lloyd and Harry, dunderheads who come into the possession of a briefcase containing ransom money that is intended for Mob-connected kidnappers. Lauren Holly costars as the woman who lost the briefcase, and with whom Carrey falls in love (both in real life and as his moronic on-screen character). As Lloyd and Harry make a mad dash to return the briefcase (never aware of its contents), the bumbling buddies attract Mobsters, cops, and trouble galore. 

"A movie that fully lives up to its name, right down to an opening credit sequence rife with intentional misspellings and grammatical errors." - Stephen Holden, New York Times

"The wholeheartedness of this descent into crude and rude humor is so good-natured and precise that it's hard not to partake in the guilty pleasures of the exercise." - Variety Staff

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Force Majeure

Dec 12 to Dec 15
Friday to Monday 4:30, 7:30

Dir. Ruben Ostlund - 2014 - 120m - Sweden, Denmark, Norway - In Swedish with English subtitles

A critical favorite at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

“A brutally smart and original film. Its edge is so keen, and its movements so deft that it’s not till you’re out the cinema and up the road that you realize how cutting it was. “ – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

“Sophisticated, stingingly clever and well-executed. Filmed with crystalline clarity and observant humor” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“It stands to complicate many a romantic arthouse date” – Peter Debruge, Variety

“An impressive and adult piece of work, bracing and intelligent. I found myself deeply impressed by how complex and smart the movie is.” – Drew McWeeny, Hitfix

“It brushes off our surface layer, shows us the icy truth underneath.” – Henry Barnes, The Guardian

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Tokyo Story

Dec 13 to Dec 14
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Yasujiro Ozu - 1953 - 137m - Japan - In Japanese with English Subtitles - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT! $5 General / $2 AFC Members

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces.

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20,000 Days On Earth

Dec 16 to Dec 19
Tuesday to Friday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard - 2014 - 97m - No Matinees

Sundance Film Festival - Best Directing – World Documentary FeatureSundance Film Festival & Best Editing - World Documentary Feature

An inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow." These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England. 

Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry, and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

"Gorgeous and haunting…an unclassifiable and frequently spectacular documentary." - Andrew O'hehir, Salon.com

"Simply astounding, razor sharp, dynamic." - Rob Nelson, Variety

"Just spending an hour and a half or so inside the mind of Nick Cave would be fascinating enough. But the themes of time and lifetime, and the 20,000-day take on it, make this one a must-see." - Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine

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This Ain't No Mouse Music: The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records

Dec 16 to Dec 19
Tuesday to Friday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling - 2013 - 92m

Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music, music that's the antithesis of the corporate "mouse music" dominating pop culture. Since 1960, he has been the guiding force behind legendary Arhoolie Records, bringing Cajun music out of Louisana, Tex-Mex out of Texas , blues out of the country - and into the living rooms of Middle America. 

Born a German count, Strachwitze fled his homeland after WWII at 16. Here, he discovered, and shared, a musical landscape that most Americans missed. He takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, as he continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America. 

"The musical anthropologist Alan Lomax would have adored THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC!" - The New York Times 

"A lovingly crafted documentary." - Smells Like Screen Spirit

"A loving documentary about America's nearly lost music." - Film Journal International

"An infectiously enjoyable portrait of a man who has devoted his life to doing what he loves." - Hollywood Reporter

"Chris Strachwitz is arguably second only to the Lomaxes when it comes to informing us about our own musical heritage." - The Village Voice

"One of the best musical documentaries since Twenty Feet from Stardom." - Berkeley Daily Planet

"Captures the wild tale of Strachwitz's devotion to our musical underworld." - LA Weekly

"A fascinating road trip through the dusty back roads and anonymous beer joints of the music of your neighbors." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"A riveting film experience that's almost impossible to describe." - Bay Area Reporter

"Thoroughly beguiling." - North Bay Bohemian

"A fascinating story of Arhoolie records founder Chris Strachwitz." - Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News

“One of the best music documentaries around. This film puts the heart and soul back into music and opens your mind to incredible artists you may never heard of." - The Film Reel, Toronto

“This loving portrait of one of music’s great diggers, great finders, great protectors and champions, would be worth it for the music it serves up alone." - Off The Tracks

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50 YEARS OF POSTERS FOR JUSTICE! The Allen Cooper Digitized Archive!

Dec 20
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

60s to Now! - 90m approx - Only $5

A viewing, narration, talk and discussion with local justice man Allen Cooper and his collection of rebel righteous posters!

Allen Cooper began his work as an activist in 1959, just after he left the U.S. Navy. Born and raised in Albuquerque, he says the Navy opened his eyes. He learned about racism and sexism and began to rethink his original intention to become an Episcopal priest.

“It was like I woke up,” he said. “My head began working for itself and I started seeing things and feeling things.

He came back to Albuquerque after he was released from the service and became part of sit-in demonstrations against world war at the old Woolworth building at 4th and Central. Cooper also attended the University of New Mexico – until he was expelled after a protest against the war in Vietnam.

“They threw me out because I was trying to stop the war," Cooper said. "We disrupted basketball games at The Pit and I thought we were going to get murdered.”

Cooper took his passion to Mississippi where he became a freedom rider. His first boss was John Lewis, who is now a congressman from Georgia. Those were dark days for Cooper who worked with dozens of others to try to register black voters. He suffered a skull fracture and lost his right kidney at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, but stayed in Mississippi for three years.

As he moved around, he began collecting posters from the protest actions. The Center for Southwest Research now has more than 100 of the posters. They have been digitized and are available online as the Allen Cooper papers. Most are in English, although some are in Spanish. The original posters are available for review at the Anderson Reading Room.

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

Dec 20
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2014 - Co-presented by Stranger Factory - $7 general / $5 students per block of movies - $15 all day pass

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. 

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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 "Out of Season Greetings!"

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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