Coming Soon

Awake: The Life of Yogananda - ENCORE SCREENINGS!

Mar 4 to Mar 7
Wednesday to Saturday 5:30pm ONLY!

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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Dalai Lama Awakening

Mar 4 to Mar 7
Wednesday to Saturday 3:00, 7:30

Dir. Khashyar Darvich - 2014 - 120m - All Seats $10 / Director in person engagements are $15 per

Director Khashyar Darvich will do a brief intro plus post-screening Q&A at the Thursday and Friday evening screenings!  Advance tickets for these special director-in-person screenings available now at our good neighbors THE HERB STORE!

A newly re-edited Director's cut presentation of the profound and life-changing journey of innovative Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to discuss solutions to many of the world's problems. The result is an inner transformation of the participants, as well as what audiences report is a personal transformational experience for those who watch the film.

The film was born from over 500 hours of footage shot by 10 cinematographers over a 15 year period, and is a dramatically new Director's Cut of Dalai Lama Renaissance which won 12 awards and screened over 1,000 times around the world.

Dalai Lama Awakening also features innovative thinkers such as Dr. Michael Beckwith (The Secret), Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami (What the Bleep Do We Know), Radio Host and Author Thom Hartmann, Author Vicki Robin, Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston and others.

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Mar 6 to Mar 7
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kiah Roache-Turner - 2015 - 94m - Australia - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids

OZPOCALYPSE 2015!!

Zombies invade the Australian Outback in this brain-splattered, Mad Max-meets-the-undead thrill ride. When an apocalyptic event turns everyone around him—including his wife and daughter—into marauding zombies, everyman mechanic Barry arms himself to the teeth, soups up his car, and hits the road in order to rescue his sister from a deranged, disco-dancing mad doctor. Bursting with high-octane car chases, crazy-cool homemade weaponry, and enough blood-and-guts gore to satisfy hardcore horror fans, WYRMWOOD takes the zombie flick to bone-crunchingly berserk new heights.

"Violent, fast-paced, frequently silly, occasionally hilarious and unapologetically Aussie, Wyrmwood is a cult film that hits" - Anthony O'Connor, FILMINK

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Citizenfour - Best Documentary Oscar Winner!

Mar 7 to Mar 8
Saturday and Sunday 12:30pm

Dir. Laura Poitras - 2014 - 114m - No matinees

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

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

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

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

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Killer of Sheep - as part of the Labor Film Festival Double Feature!

Mar 8 to Mar 9
Sunday and Monday 4:15, 8:00

Dir. Charles Burnett - 1977 - 80m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH SALT OF THE EARTH!

Sponsored by the CNM Employees Union and the Central New Mexico Labor Council

An examination of the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing  detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.  Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple  beauty: the warmth of a teacup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife, holding his daughter.  The film offers no solutions; it merely presents life  — sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor.   Shot on location with a mostly amateur cast, much handheld camera work, and an episodic narrative with gritty documentary-style cinematography, Killer of Sheep has been compared by film critics and scholars to Italian neorealist films like Vittorio De Sica’s BICYCLE THIEVES and Roberto Rossellini’s PAISAN.

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Salt Of the Earth - as part of the Labor Film Festival Double Feature!

Mar 8 to Mar 9
Sunday and Monday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Herbert J. Biberman - 1954 - 94m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH KILLER OF SHEEP - No Matinees

Sponsored by the CNM Employees Union and the Central New Mexico Labor Council

A powerful, persuasive labor-management drama. With the exception of five actors (including future Waltons star Will Geer), the cast is comprised of non-professionals, mostly participants of the real-life strike action upon which the film is based. Set in a New Mexico mining town, the film concerns the measures taken by the largely Hispanic union to improve working and especially living conditions for the poverty-stricken workers. Remarkably prescient, given that the film was made long before the women's movement, is the fact that it is the wives who keep the strike alive while their husbands are beaten and otherwise oppressed by the owners. Not that the miners wholeheartedly accept this; one of the script's many on-target observations shows the macho workers resenting their wives' intervention. The ultimate victory over the strikebreakers (led by Geer at his most odious) comes about as much from male-female solidarity as the workers' pre-set determination. Co-produced by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelt Workers, Salt of the Earth was assembled under conditions of extreme duress by a group of Hollywood expatriates, all victims of the Blacklist: producer Paul Jarrico, director Herbert Biberman, screenwriter Michael Wilson and star Will Geer. "Freed" of the strictures of Hollywood pussyfooting and censorship, the film's auteurs are able to explore several subjects previously considered taboo. As a result, Salt of the Earth seems even fresher and more pertinent now than it did when given its extremely limited first release in 1954.

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Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

Mar 10 to Mar 12
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Dir. Gay Dillingham - 2014 - 95m

SPECIAL DIRECTOR & PRODUCER IN PERSON AT THE 8pm SHOW ON THURSDAY MARCH 12 !  TICKETS FOR THAT SPECIAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT GO ON SALE AT OUR BOX OFFICE AT 6:30PM THE DAY OF!

PLUS!  ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS FRIDAY APRIL 3 THRU WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 AT 6PM NIGHTLY!

Over 18 years in the making!  In the 1960s, two conventional Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness. Over the next five decades, the two greatly impact modern thought, Timothy Leary as a counter-cultural legend and Richard Alpert as Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher. Gay Dillingham’s film, narrated by Robert Redford, offers an intimate portrait of an epic friendship, through life and into the next realm.

“The idea of anything that expands our thinking beyond conventional borders has always been of interest to me. When I see the living, breathing portraits of these characters, especially the early archival footage... To see them intelligent and smart – they were a kind of blessing considering how they have been caricatured in later times. I like what this film explores and I’m glad to be a part of it." - Robert Redford

“This film is stunning and literally left me speechless. It is so powerful on so many levels, whether personal, political, spiritual or ultimately facing death. It is an amazing piece of work.  Thank you so much for doing it. You will make history with it.” - Ambassador Joe Wilson

“A great piece of work and an extraordinary story well told.” - Sting

“The film left me open. It’s a historic document chronicling two majestic lives.” - Jeff Bridges, “The Dude”

“It is highly entertaining and enlightening on all levels. I was never bored!” - Kathryn Altman

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LEVI: Late Night Adult Comedy

Mar 13
Friday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Levi Anderson - NOW - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 - VOICE OVER INTERPRETER PROVIDED

AN ANDERSON PRODUCTIONS PRESENTATION!

It's all about life ... all the crazy stories may or may not be true.  You be the judge.  DON'T MISS IT!

ANY QUESTIONS CONTACT LEVI AT soreheal@gmail.com, (505)615-7181 (text)

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The Duke of Burgundy

Mar 13 to Mar 19
Friday to Thursday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Peter Strickland - 2015 - 105m - UK

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO!

Sex, bondage, and butterflies: two women explore the extremes of carnal desire in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of erotic obsession. In a crumbling European estate, butterfly researcher Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her lover Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) repeatedly enact a sadomasochistic role-playing game, with Cynthia as the stern mistress and Evelyn her subservient sex slave. But as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and Cynthia grows increasingly uneasy with Evelyn’s insatiable appetite for punishment, their relationship is pushed to the limit. Dripping with dreamlike imagery, Gothic atmosphere, and a lush chamber pop score by Cat’s Eyes, this critically-acclaimed, darkly comic erotic fantasia is a seductive feast for the senses.

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Winter Sleep

Mar 13 to Mar 19
Friday to Thursday 4pm ONLY!

Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan - 2014 - 196m - Turkey/France/Germany - In Turkish & English with English subtitles - No Matinees

WINNER OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL PALME D'OR!

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities...

“Mezmerizing.” - The Washington Post

“An experience to remember.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“...intricate, monumental and mysterious. This is masterfully staged and performed.” - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

“Ravishingly Beautiful.” - Variety

 “Stunning.” - The Guardian

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Le Trou

Mar 14 to Mar 15
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Jacques Becker - 1960 - 131m - An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB co-sponsored event - All Seats $5 - In French with English subtitles

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ABQ FRENCH MEETUP GROUP AND ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FOR HELPING PROMOTE THESE SCREENINGS!

In a Paris prison cell, five inmates use every ounce of their tenacity and ingenuity in an elaborate attempt to tunnel to freedom. Based on the novel by José Giovanni, Jacques Becker’s Le trou (The Hole) balances lyrical humanism with a tense, unshakable air of imminent danger.

"Classical in its intense simplicity, this is certainly Becker's most perfectly crafted film." - Tom Milne, Time Out

"Jacques Becker's 1959 film was the last great flowering of French classicism; the 'tradition of quality' here goes out with a masterpiece." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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Stand Up Comedy Marches On!

Mar 14
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Matt & pals! - NOW - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 / MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!

Eddie Stephens is the most interesting thing to come out of the UK since mad cow disease. Blending aggressive vulgarity with meaningful observations, Eddie has quickly risen to become one of the most recognized and enjoyed comics in the Southwest. With acclaimed performances in such venues as the Denver Comedy Works under his belt, it is surely just a matter of time before Eddie’s original brand of Anglo-American humor is confusing and upsetting audiences nationwide.

Andrew Harms- Andrew performed is first comedy while on vacation in Los Angeles in 2010.  He came back to Albuquqerque and has been making people laugh ever since!  He is a favorite in the ABQ  stand up scene! His superb material and warm personality will make you happy to be alive! 

Daniel Moquin is a comedian and filmmaker currently living in New Mexico. His deadpan style of comedy draws from growing up as a Canadian along the Mexican Border.

Matt Peterson is a comedian from Albuquerque New Mexico whose comedy goals are simple.... make you laugh!  He's performed in comedy clubs such as at Laff's Comedy club in Albuquerque NM and Loonies Comedy Cafe in Colorado Springs CO; and also in various casinos across the southwest, including, The Hon Dah Casino in Pine top Arizona and The Stage at Santa Ana Casino in Albuquerque. Matt has opened for Marc Maron and Doug Stanhope.  Matt appeared on NBC's Last Comic standing 2007 and was voted best one of the best comedians in the city in the Weekly Alibi's 2007 and 2014  Best of 'Burque. In 2011, he was cast as the lead role in the comedy film, The Bigfoot Election. Also co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the upcoming comedy film "Abe Makes A Movie"!  He has had roles on In Plain Sight and Longmire and ABC's "Killer Women" was a guest comedian on three episodes of NBC's After After Party with Breaking Bad's Steven Michael Quezada.

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Girlhood

Mar 20 to Mar 25
Friday to Wednesday 4:15, 6:30

Dir. Celine Sciamma - 2015 - 112m - France - In French with English subtitles

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ABQ FRENCH MEETUP GROUP AND ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FOR HELPING PROMOTE THESE SCREENINGS!

Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.

"One of the best coming of age movies in years!" – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Energetic… hugely uplifting” – Jessica Kiang, Indiewire’s The Playlist

“A magnetic central performance from stunning newcomer Karidja Touré” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“It’s the feminist answer to Boyhood, yet it manages to dig deeper… Girlhood is one of the most exceptional films you’ll see this year. Truly a must-see. Highly recommended!” – Jeff Nelson, DVD Talk

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It Follows

Mar 20 to Mar 21
Friday and Saturday 10:45pm ONLY!

Dir. David Robert Mitchell - 2015 - 94m - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids

After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. 

"A bold, terrifying attack of cinema, immersive on the levels of imagery both beautiful and grotesque, and scares from the shallowest to the most pervasive." - Ian Mantagni, The Skinny

"A sense of dread envelopes every scene thanks to combination of Mitchell's slow, measured tracking shots and the stunning score from Disasterpeace." - David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]

"Suspenseful, atmospheric and spine-tingling horror cinema which nods at the masters and completely astounds as it manages the tough feat of being striking, sensitive and utterly disturbing." - Katherine McLaughlin, The List

"…one of the most inventive, exciting, and truly frightening horror flicks to come around in ages." - David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

"Tender, remarkably ingenious and scalp-pricklingly scary." - Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

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Out of Print - a new doc on revival 35mm cinema houses!

Mar 20 to Mar 25
Friday to Wednesday 9pm ONLY!

Dir. Julia Marchese - 2014 - 86m - No Matinees

AND, HECK YEAH, WE'RE PLAYING IT ON 35mm FILM!

A documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition - seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - a unique and independent revival cinema in Los Angeles.

Featuring interviews with: Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright, John Landis, Stuart Gordon, Joe Dante, Richard Kelly, Lloyd Kaufman, Rian Johnson, Noah Segan, Patton Oswalt, Seth Green, DC Pierson, Mark Romanek, Tom Holland, Fred Dekker, Joe Carnahan, Julia Marchese, Grae Drake, Donald McQuade, Marion Kerr, David Crennen, Gariana Abeyta, Alissa Davis, Drew Coombs, Courtney Joyner, Matt Dinan, Paul Vickery

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

Mar 21
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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Dominic Angerame presents "City Symphony Series"

Mar 22
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Dominic Angerame - 1987-2013 - 2 hours approx - A BASEMENT FILMS CO-THROW!! ALL SEATS $7 - DIRECTOR IN PERSON!

For more info on Dominic Angerame visit here.

CONTINUUM (1987):  16mm, black and white, silent, 17 minutes - “...  In  Continuum, the world, the  workers within  the world, and the labor of making the film itself are  equated  through montage and a brilliantly concentrated filmic ‘painterliness’. The result is  an experimental  film  which is at the same time a document of  propaganda  in  the sense  that, at its conclusion, one finds oneself closer to the science  of  the motion of society in its monumentality, with streets, buildings, the building of them,  and the workers and their instruments (drills, tar) creating a  constructivist poetry within the eyes.” - Jack Hirschman, poet & author

DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT (1990):  16mm, black and white, sound, 14 minutes - "A somber, gong-like tone opens DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT: the first image is a small light in darkness, a delicate flicker that grows to become a welder's torch. We are led into the film by a suggestive imagistic shorthand: 'the rise of man' is attended by the building of structures, and cities, a montage of the emblems of civilization. The end of the film brings a series of unnerving images - one reminiscent of an eerie jack-o-lantern from childhood memory: a skyscraper looming in the night, a bank of windows lit up like its gaping mouth. As fog and clouds rush in fast frame across the sky for a dizzying, synesthetic effect, Kevin Barnard's soundtrack pounds an urgent wail to the rhythm of climax spending itself in question, in philosophical ambiguity, not release. An almost palpable centrifugal force seems to move the final moments of the film into a spinout. "This is history without narrative, an abstract summation of what happens when human beings move stuff around and make something of it, grow tired of what they've made and demolish it using other things they've made, and then start all over again. What we build, what we destroy, what we find useful to do both, how we let our interaction with them describe what we call human -- these are some of the ideas Angerame's DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT suggests." -- from an essay by Barbara Jaspersen Voorhees, 1990

IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS (1997):  16mm, black and white, sound, 23 minutes - "[A]n exquisite black and white surrealist depiction of the Embarcadero Freeway demolition, in which dinosaurlike tractors gnash at an organic tangle of steel reinforcements. ... Inanimate objects and heavy machinery become living metaphors for generation through the director's signature use for high-contrast, time-lapse and double exposure cinematography. Like a moving gallery installation, the 23-minute piece is composed of individual shots so precise and emotionally evocative that each could stand on its own as testimony to Angerame's astounding talent." -- Silke Tudor, SF Weekly "... a metaphorical approach to architecture could be found in quite a few works and this is why the organizers put them together in a separate section. In this section, the most remarkable film was IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS by Dominic Angerame, a film that combines shorts of the tearing down of the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco with industrial music -- a proposal of an ambivalent interpretation of human break up and break down." -- Andreas Denk, Kunstforum, July-September 1998

LINE OF FIRE (1997):  16mm, black and white, sound, 8 minutes - "In November of 1993 I was diagnosed as having coronary arterial disease. A subsequent angiogram revealed that open heart surgery was necessary - it was almost immediately performed. This angiogram was filmed originally on 35mm motion picture film. In March of 1995 my apartment burned down in the early morning hours and my girlfriend and I escaped with our neighbor down the rear fire escape as lethal smoke was enveloping us. I was able to return to the scene the next day in order to film the aftermath. This film is a blend of footage from these two episodes and explores the temporal nature of the lives we live." - Dominic Angerame

PREMONITION (1995) dvd, 9 min. - “The  concrete  world of the American infra-structure and its  demise  are  made  strangely  poetic in this expressionist documentary which shows the  vacant  San  Francisco  Embarcedero Freeway after it has outlived its usefulness, before  its destruction.  In an atmosphere of daylight, mystery, Angerame sows inklings  and reveals  the past encircled by the future. Lyrical, ominous, comic,  PREMONITION works  on  the attentive viewer like a remembrance of something that is  yet  tohappen, silent, telling daydream.”—Barbara Jaspersen Voorhees.

“Roads, bridges, street lamps and underpasses are all harbingers of an untold urban tale, set in the vacant San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway before its’ destruction. We are led through a desolate cityscape as if we were actually penetrating it. A bridge covered with graffitied sperms heading towards downtown, is a metaphor for the man-made womb that is the city. PREMONITION’S approach is as lucid as it is perplexing.”—Images Film Festival, Toronto, 1997

Dominic Angerame presents

Swinging In The Shadows - The Untold Story of the California Beat Era!

Mar 26
Thursday 4:30, 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Mary Kerr - 2011 - 2 hours total - All Seats $7

Straight from the source with the director Mary Kerr in person!

This is a two part documentary about what happened in both Southern and Northern California--Venice West and the LA Scene and San Francisco's Wild History Groove.

During the 50s, a wave of free-spirited creativity emerged in California.  Young idealistic poets and artists formed a free-flowing underground apart from the conforming 50s mainstream.  They rocked LA’s art and poetry scene.  Meanwhile, up the Coast, they energized the vibrant SF Renaissance.

Swinging in the Shadows is a rare glimpse into the lives of these individuals, their innovative work and aesthetics—

“not selling out”!!

“—a refreshing and accurate picture of collaboration and shared identity between north (SF) and south (LA) self-fashioned outsiders” - Paul J. Karlstrom, Former West Coast Regional Director, Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

“Kerr brilliantly succeeds in recreating a richly innovative and exciting era.  Her documentaries will fascinate the casual viewer while providing an indispensable resource for serious historians.  Delightful and profound… illuminating and just plain fun.” 
- Susan Landauer, author and art historian

“What a surprising flow—a method you came up with for capturing a time-track with verve, fervor and exactitude plus art!  Congratulations” - Ed Sanders, Poet

“A fine documentary—how it felt when Bohemia was still alive” - Peter Selz, Curator, Author, Prof. of Art Emeritus, UC Berkeley

View the trailer for San Francisco's Wild History Groove here

View the trailer for Venice West and the LA Scene here 

Find out more on the CA Beat Era website.

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Hits

Mar 27
Friday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 ONLY!

Dir. David Cross - 2014 - 96m

Legendary comedian/actor David Cross (Mr. Show, Arrested Development) makes his feature directorial debut with this comedy about an anxious municipal worker who becomes a viral video superstar, which drives his fame-obsessed daughter nuts. Incensed by a series of perceived injustices being committed by his local government, Dave records a series of caustic rants that spread across the internet like wildfire, drawing a horde of benevolent Brooklyn hipsters eager to fight the power. The hilarious cast includes Michael Cera, Erinn Hayes and David Kuechner!

"Hilarious satire, measuring small-town idiocy against narcissistic Hipster activism" –Ion Cinema

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The Babadook - special encore one night only!

Mar 27
Friday 10pm ONLY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anderson Twins: Adult Comedy Show

Mar 28
Saturday 10pm ONLY!

Dir. The Anderson Twins! - Now! - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 - VOICE OVER INTERPRETER PROVIDED

AN ANDERSON PRODUCTIONS PRESENTATION!

Need a good laugh??  Come check this out!  Clay and Levi have come up with a show that will have you laughing your ass off.  It's about life ... all the crazy stories that may or may not be true - you be the judge!  DON'T MISS IT!

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Holbrook/Twain

Mar 28
Saturday 4:30, 7:00

Dir. Scott Teems - 2015 - 95m

ALSO - DON'T MISS HAL HOLBROOK'S LIVE PERFORMANCE AT POPEJOY ON FRIDAY MARCH 27 @ 8PM!

Join legendary Hollywood actor Hal Holbrook in person at a screening of HOLBROOK/TWAIN, the new documentary about his inspired portrayal of Mark Twain, and the relevance of Twain's work for today. This is a very rare opportunity to see Mr Holbrook in person. Two screenings only,4.30pm and 7pm!

"Celebrated actor Hal Holbrook has carved out a prolific career in film, television and theater, but one role, which he has played since 1954, has become indelibly associated with him: Mark Twain. For 60 years, Holbrook has been touring with his award-winning one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight!," in which he portrays the renowned American writer and satirist before sold-out crowds. Doling out Twain's priceless and still relevant morsels of wit and wisdom, Holbrook has performed the show in all 50 states, internationally, on television, Broadway and behind the Iron Curtain. Filmmaker Scott Teems takes us behind the scenes with Holbrook for an intimate peek at Twain's continuing influence on our culture and the dedicated actor who brings him to life." – AP

Tickets available now at MOVIES AND MEANING!

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The Boy With The Green Hair

Mar 28 to Mar 29
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Joseph Losey - 1948 - 82m - MOM'S MATINEE IS BACK! ALL SEATS $5

Made in the hopeful post-World War II era that produced such classics of social conscience as Gentlemen's Agreement, Pinky and Home of the Brave, this provocative film is a fable for its time - and ours. It tells the supernatural-tinged story of an orphan who finds a safe haven in small-town America...until the day his hair turns green. Then the townfolk turn against him, frightened by the change they cannot understand. A call for tolerance, an inspiring statement that "different" doesn't mean "threatening," The Boy with Green Hair boasts a fine cast (Robert Ryan, Pat O'Brien, Dean Stockwell), a popular theme song (Nature Boy) and the feature-film debut of director Joseph Losey (The Servant, The Go-Between).

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1971

Mar 29 to Apr 2
Sunday to Thursday 4:15, 8:30

Dir. Johanna Hamilton - 2014 - 80m

Executive produced by CITIZENFOUR director Laura Poitras!

In March of 1971, a break-in occurred at an FBI field office outside of Philadelphia, PA, that resulted in the theft of every single document contained within it. The true nature of what was discovered within those files would soon prove to be more shocking than the crime itself. Finally, the story of how it all went down is revealed in director Johanna Hamilton's searing portrait of past events that echo into our own present

"announcing the immediacy right off the bat: "1971" could have been any year. "1971 should be every year" - Indiewire

"1971 crafts a thrilling lesson about how authoritarianism can be curbed, sometimes, by one simple and well-targeted blow." - PopMatters

"An important addition to the filmography of dissent-oriented political docs" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Their story is both a cat-and-mouse thrilled, told in well-handled reenactments, and an examination of the abuses of government power that could hardly be timelier." - The Wrap

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An Honest Liar

Mar 29 to Apr 2
Sunday to Thursday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Justin Weinstein & Tyler Measom - 2015 - 95m

ALSO PLAYING FRIDAY APRIL 10 TO TUESDAY APRIL 14!

A feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi’s personal life is discovered, it isn’t clear whether Randi is still the deceiver – or the deceived.

"Bounces along enjoyably on a sea of archival clips from Randi's high-profile career, with latter-day input from numerous celebrity pals (and at least one famous foe)." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth." - Ariel Teplitsky, Toronto Star

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UNPOPULAR OPINION is back! L.A.'s Only Funny Podcast

Apr 2
Thursday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Adam Tod Brown, Jeff May and Genevieve Mueller - NOW - 60m approx - $8 General / $6 UNM students with i.d.s

Adam Tod Brown is an editor and columnist at Cracked.com and host of the damn amazing Unpopular Opinion podcast. As coincidence would have it, he also hosts a stand-up comedy show of the same name the first and third Tuesday of every month at Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. He's performed at fun places like The Stand in NYC and The Improv in Hollywood and has written for the likes of Playboy.com, TheSmokingJacket.com, and Uproxx.com. He believes he can fly. He believes he can punch the sky. 

Genevieve Mueller is a writer and comedian living in Albuquerque. Genevieve has a bimonthly column called Comedy Matters in the Weekly Alibi and performs all over the country. Bob Odenkirk said “Thank you for quoting me perfectly” and then gave her a high?five. She was on RISK! (Episode 610) and recently opened for Doug Stanhope and Marc Maron. She co-hosts Dead Things Podcast with Will Bolt.

Jeff May is a comic who used to teach your kids about book stuff in the Boston public school system. He's a frequent guest on the Unpopular Opinion podcast and That Hashtag Show and is probably telling jokes somewhere in Los Angeles at this exact moment.  

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Bill The Galactic Hero!

Apr 3 to Apr 4
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. Alex Cox - 2015 - 90m - All Seats $7

50% of the proceeds will go to ABQ JUSTICE, a grass roots organization for homeless justice and ending police brutality.

SPECIAL THANKS TO BUBONICON 47 WHO WILL BE PROVIDING DOOR PRIZES!  

From director Alex Cox (SID AND NANCY, REPO MAN, WALKER) and based on the Soylent Green writer Harry Harrison's novel of the same name - a science fiction comedy channeling AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (!) about the dynamic Human vs Chingers war. Filmed at the beautiful CU, Boulder Campus and featuring an Iggy Pop title tune!

The director describes Bill as “a classic anti-war science fiction novel” and a “counterblast to STAR$HIP TROOPERS.”  Cox makes its prole’s-eye view of war sound timely: "It’s told not from the flight deck but from the engine room: or to be more exact, the fusebays, where ranks of expendable Fusetenders Sixth Class wait to replace burned-out fuses, or die."

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Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary - ENCORE SCREENINGS!

Apr 3 to Apr 8
Friday to Wednesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Gay Dillingham - 2014 - 95m - No Matinees

Over 18 years in the making!  In the 1960s, two conventional Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness. Over the next five decades, the two greatly impact modern thought, Timothy Leary as a counter-cultural legend and Richard Alpert as Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher. Gay Dillingham’s film, narrated by Robert Redford, offers an intimate portrait of an epic friendship, through life and into the next realm.

“The idea of anything that expands our thinking beyond conventional borders has always been of interest to me. When I see the living, breathing portraits of these characters, especially the early archival footage... To see them intelligent and smart – they were a kind of blessing considering how they have been caricatured in later times. I like what this film explores and I’m glad to be a part of it." - Robert Redford

“This film is stunning and literally left me speechless. It is so powerful on so many levels, whether personal, political, spiritual or ultimately facing death. It is an amazing piece of work.  Thank you so much for doing it. You will make history with it.” - Ambassador Joe Wilson

“A great piece of work and an extraordinary story well told.” - Sting

“The film left me open. It’s a historic document chronicling two majestic lives.” - Jeff Bridges, “The Dude”

“It is highly entertaining and enlightening on all levels. I was never bored!” - Kathryn Altman

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White God

Apr 3 to Apr 8
Friday to Wednesday 3:30, 8:00

Dir. Kornel Mundruczo - 2015 - 121m - Hungary, Germany, Sweden - In Hungarian with English subtitles

Winner of the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival!

A cautionary tale about our 'superiority' over 'lesser beasts'...

A seemingly harmless measure that aims to make dog-breeding more disciplined in Hungary kicks off a series of extraordinary events. Favoring pedigree and purebred dogs, the new regulation places a severe tax on those who own mixed breeds -- so owners begin to dump their mongrels and shelters quickly become overcrowded.

This new set of laws has real consequences, especially for 13-year-old Lili (Zsófia Psotta), who's already a pawn in her parent's bitter divorce. Lili can't understand why her dog, Hagen, is now somehow less than other dogs, nor can she comprehend why her father (Sándor Zsóstár) won't simply pay the tax on her beloved companion. Instead, her father, in a fit of rage, abandons Hagen on the streets. Heartbroken, Lili hates her father for making her betray her beloved companion; still innocently believing that love can win over any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

Meanwhile, Hagen, too, searches desperately to return home to Lili; struggling to survive, Hagen soon learns that not everyone is a dog’s best friend. Wandering the streets, the former housepet falls into a series of dangerous situations. He must flee dogcatchers; he is exploited by a crafty beggar; he even becomes the prisoner of a dog fighting trainer. Hagen is soon back on the street where he joins a pack of stray dogs.

Weeks later, Lili begins to accept the fact that she may never be reunited with Hagen. She is bitterly disappointed, but she tries to focus on preparations for her orchestra’s annual concert so she can reconcile with her father and enjoy the life of a normal teenager.

When Hagen is captured and sent to the pound, his future seems more dismal than ever. He and the other dogs seize an opportunity to escape and revolt against mankind. Their revenge will be merciless -- and courageous Lili may be the only person who can halt this unexpected war between man and dog.

“FIERCE AND BEAUTIFUL. Extraordinarily choreographed.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"REMARKABLE AND RIVETING. This surprising movie is perhaps the most memorable of all the films I saw at this year's Cannes Film Festival. It's haunting, and quite extraordinary." - Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood

"Emotionally rousing and technically masterful." – Guy Lodge, Variety

“White God confirms Mundruczó’s position as one of Europe’s most exciting, unpredictable and technically competent directors. In a world where so many filmmakers seem to rework the same material over and over, he’s a true wild card—a filmmaker with ‘un certain regard’ if ever there was one.” – Nick Roddick, Sight & Sound

“A triumphantly idiosyncratic film with smarts and visceral impact in equal measure.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist on Indiewire

“A film that no serious movie-lover should miss.” – Nick Roddick, London Evening Standard

“A potent metaphor for everything from immigration to the abuse of power, with it’s striking finale serving as stark warning about our own arrogant belief that we’ll always be at the top of the food chain.” – Alistair Harnkess, The Scotsman

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Jazz On A Summer's Day

Apr 4
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Bert Stern - 1959 - 85m - A NEW MEXICO JAZZ WORKSHOP SPECIAL EVENT - DONATIONS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

More info on the presenting organization here.

An incredible collection of classic live performances, Jazz on a Summer''s Day captures Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, and many others performing at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival!

"Shot in gorgeous color, it's probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

"The sense of well-being is immense." - Dave Kehr, New York Daily News

"As generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp." -  Bosley Crowther, New York Times

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An Honest Liar

Apr 10 to Apr 14
Friday to Tuesday 6:15

Dir. Justin Weinstein & Tyler Measom - 2015 - 95m - No matinees

A feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi’s personal life is discovered, it isn’t clear whether Randi is still the deceiver – or the deceived.

"Bounces along enjoyably on a sea of archival clips from Randi's high-profile career, with latter-day input from numerous celebrity pals (and at least one famous foe)." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth." - Ariel Teplitsky, Toronto Star

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Kill Me Three Times

Apr 10 to Apr 11
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kriv Stenders - 2015 - 90m - Australia - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids

A darkly comedic thriller from rising star director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog). Simon Pegg plays the mercurial assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun-drenched surfing town (Alice Braga). Charlie quickly finds himself at the center of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge. With an original screenplay by James McFarland, the film also stars Sullivan Stapleton (as a gambling addict who attempts to pay off his debts through a risky life insurance scam), Teresa Palmer (as a small town Lady Macbeth), Callan Mulvey (as a wealthy beach club owner simmering with jealousy), Luke Hemsworth (as a local surfer fighting for the woman he loves) and Bryan Brown (as a corrupt cop who demands the juiciest cut). KILL ME THREE TIMES was produced by Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings (the team behind Death At A Funeral and A Few Best Men) and Tania Chambers. 

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Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

Apr 10 to Apr 14
Friday to Tuesday 4:00, 8:15

Dir. David Zellner - 2015 - 105m

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she's mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it - and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she's seen in the movies. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.

"One of the best films to ever premiere at Sundance." - David Ehrlich, Film.com

"A delightfully mannered and eccentric delight." - Mark Adams, Screen International

"Odd, mystical, strikingly original …" - Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Experiments in Cinema v10.T36 - A Basement Films Event!

Apr 15 to Apr 19
Wednesday to Sunday

2015 - Show times t.b.a.

Experiments in Cinema v10.T36 will celebrate it's 10th anniversary at the Guild Cinema April 15-19, 2015.  In addition to screening 100 film from 35 different countries we will host several special events.  Mike Morris (programmer for the Dallas Video Festival) will be in attendance to stage his expanded cinema live performance, Polish film scholar Kamila Kuc will screen historic avant garde films from that country which have never been seen before in the US, and Argentinean media artists and festival organizers Andres Denegri and Gabriela Golder will present programs of their own work as well as selections from their Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento festival in Buenos Aires.  Additionally, San Francisco based filmmaker Kerry Laitala will host a hands-on filmmaking workshop and our artist in residence this year will be Caryn Cline!

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Buzzard

Apr 17 to Apr 18
Friday and Saturday 10:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Joel Potrykus - 2015 - 97m - No Matinees

Marty is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next.  When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo® Power Glove, and a bad temper.  Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger in BUZZARD, a hellish and hilarious riff on the struggles of the American working class.

"EXTREMELY FUNNY... You kind of want him to succeed in his petty rebellion against boredom, conformity and corporate blandness, and you kind of want him to be punched in the face."- A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Office Space on crack.” - Indiewire

"The incredible Joshua Burge is a Buster Keaton for the 99%" - Nicholas Elliott, BOMB Magazine

"Potrykus has fashioned a vigorous and strangely compelling character study, a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time."- Calum Marsh, Village Voice

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Burroughs: The Movie - in honor of Poetry Month!

Apr 20 to Apr 23
Monday to Thursday 6:30

Dir. Howard Brookner - 1983 - 90m - No Matinees

An exploration of the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. Burroughs: The Movie is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs.

The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner. It was begun in 1978 as Brookner's senior thesis at NYU film school and then expanded into a feature which was completed 5 years later in 1983.  Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner's.

“Rarely is a documentary as well attuned to its subject as Howard Brookner's Burroughs, which captures as much about the life, work and sensibility of its subject as its 86 minute format allows. Part of the film's comprehensiveness is attributable to William S. Burroughs' cooperation, since the author was willing to visit old haunts, read from his works and even playfully act out a passage from Naked Lunch for the benefit of the camera. But the quality of discovery about Burroughs is very much the director's doing, and Mr. Brookner demonstrates an unusual degree of liveliness and curiosity in exploring his subject.” - Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Fans should be excited by the range of images producer/director Howard Brookner has assembled and by the chance to hear and see the author in action. For those who are not fans but are at least mildly curious about the literary figure, Burroughs proves engaging entertainment in its own right.  How many documentaries for instance, feature segments in which the subject acts out his own writing? Burroughs, who spends a good portion of the film reminiscing with friends, dons the soiled robe of his character, Dr. Benway, for a grimy surgical escapade mid-way through the movie.” - Chuck Twardy, Lawrence Journal World

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Crime Wave a.k.a The Big Crimewave

Apr 20 to Apr 23
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Paizs - 1985 - 80m - No Matinees

IN ANTICIPATION OF OUR 11 ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL OF FILM NOIR!

"One of the best known and respected Canadian "cult" films, Crime Wave carries on in the unabashedly Canadian tradition of Goin' Down The Road, while providing the viewer with an experience entirely outside traditional mainstream Canadian film.

Crime Wave stars its director John Paizs as Steven Penny, a young filmmaker who is trying to make a "colour crime movie" called Crime Wave. Only he can't come up with the middle of the film, just variations on the beginning and ending. Steven is obsessed with colour crime, and filmmaking. He reads Colour Crime Quarterly magazine, and has posters in his room for 1950s B-movies like Teenage Crime Wave, Outside The Law and Stolen Face.

The movie is narrated by Kim, the little girl of a family that rents Steven a room above their garage. Steven teaches Kim different things about colour crime movies. He shows her his Bolex camera, explains why he only writes by streetlight, and plays her an audio tape which captured the sound of a camera that he borrowed from the NFB being run over by a car. In return, Kim tries to help Steven with making his movie." - CANUXPLOITATION

"Each and every time I see the film, I'm not only howling with laughter as hard as I did when I first saw it, but absolutely floored by how astoundingly brilliant and original it is." - Greg Klymkiw, Electric Sheep

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Cheatin' plus short "Footprints"

Apr 24 to Apr 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Bill Plympton - 2014 - 90m total - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids

A newlywed wife proves the depth of her love by becoming her cheating husband’s mistresses!In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance.  But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate.  With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine”, Ella takes the form of Jake's numerous lovers, desperately fighting through malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny.

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The Dead Lands

Apr 24 to Apr 28
Friday to Tuesday 3:30, 8:00

Dir. Toa Fraser - 2015 - 108m - New Zealand/UK - In Maori with English subtitles

Hongi (James Rolleston) – a M?ori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka), Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious “Warrior” (Lawrence Makoare), a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.

"Offers proof that a well-crafted, fight-filled revenge story is the type of pic least reliant on the English language to impress, which this does in spades." - Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz

"For those willing to take the journey, The Dead Lands proves to be a memorable, rewarding experience." - Jason Gorber, TwitchFilm

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The Wrecking Crew - a new doc on the West Coast Sound!

Apr 24 to Apr 28
Friday to Tuesday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Denny Tedesco - 2014 - 95m - No Matinees

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”.

"A treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ‘60s pop classics. A well-nigh irresistible treat for aficionados of music.” - Joe Leydon, Variety

“A sing-along, joyful doc. A must to see and listen to” - Indiewire

"A wonderful, touching and hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart.” - Elvis Costello

"It was incredible! It had everything I wanted to see and more that I didn’t expect.” - Peter Frampton

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The Secret Garden

Apr 25 to Apr 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon

Dir. Fred M. Wilcox - 1949 - 92m - MOM'S MATINEE PRESENTS THE CLASSIC 1949 VERSION! ALL SEATS $5

Enormously popular child actress Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me in St. Louis) touches the heart in this classic adventure of a young orphan sent to live at the dark and foreboding English estate of her widowed uncle and his crippled son, played by fellow child sensation Dean Stockwell. Led by a strong will and a stubborn temperament, Mary Lennox (O’Brien) discovers the existence of a secret garden, the history of which slowly reveals the mystery of her uncle and his son’s embittered lives. Eventually, the beloved garden becomes the only hope for their happiness and restoration from the haunting grip of the past. Produced by Clarence Brown, the film is based on the popular novel by acclaimed children’s author Frances Hodgson Burnett (Little Lord Fauntleroy). A dazzling technical effect aptly derived from The Wizard of Oz brings the secret garden alive in a radiant color sequence, making it, and the film, a magical place you’ll have to experience yourself!

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BlueBird

Apr 29 to May 2
4:30, 8:30 Wednesday to Saturday

Dir. Lance Edmonds - 2015 - 91m

An exploration of the interconnectedness of a small town in the northern reaches of Maine. When Lesley, the local school bus driver, (Tony nominee Amy Morton) becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, she fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences. Stricken by an overwhelming sense of guilt, Lesley’s fragility is further tested by her husband (John Slattery)—a local logger preoccupied by the imminent closing of the town paper mill—and the boy’s mother Marla Krause), a disaffected young woman looking to take advantage of a delicate situation. Shot on location in the stark, frozen Maine hills, BLUEBIRD fosters a profound sense of place—chillingly capturing the setting’s lonely yet beautiful tone—thanks to the masterwork of cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, TINY FURNITURE).

"A heart-breaking American indie with a top-notch cast." - Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post  

"Arresting and emotional." - Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

"Atmospheric and deeply emotional." - Hillary Weston, BlackBook

"A remarkable achievement." - Jordan Hoffman, Film.com

"A quietly affecting indie drama." - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

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Losing Ground

Apr 29 to May 2
Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kathleen Collins - 1982 - 86m - No Matinees

A rediscovered indie gem from a little-known black woman filmmaker becomes the must-see film in NYC, gets front-page coverage (above the fold) in the Times on opening day, packs in crowds, earns great grosses, and then has its run extended… and extended again!

The story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy.

Celebrating a recent museum sale, Victor decides to rent a country house where he can return to more realism after years working as an abstract expressionist. Away from the city, the couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated by Sara’s research and by Victor’s involvement with a young model. When one of her students casts Sara as the woman scorned in a film version of the song “Frankie and Johnny,” she experiences a painful emotional awakening. While dealing with strong individuals and feelings, the film is also charming--Collins described it as a comedy about a young woman who takes herself too seriously.

One of the very first fictional features by an African-American woman, Losing Ground remains a stunning and powerful work of art. 

“Partly because those images have remained unseen for so long, and partly because Ms. Collins, who died in 1988, was such a bold and idiosyncratic filmmaker, “Losing Ground” also feels like news, like a bulletin from a vital and as-yet-unexplored dimension of reality.”- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“The movie is a nearly lost masterwork.... Had it screened widely in its time, it would have marked film history. Collins has made, in effect, a musical with no fantasy but plenty of imagination. “Losing Ground” plays like the record of a life revealed in real time.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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