Children of Paradise
Dec 14 to Dec 15
Saturday and Sunday 1pm
Dir. Marcel Carne - 1945 - 190m - France - In French with English subtitles - $5 General / $2 for ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB MEMBERS
Actually filmed during the last years of World War II in a German-occupied France and featuring many French resistance fighters! Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with Children of Paradise, the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four different men. Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect the tumultuous world of nineteenth-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. Janus Films is proud to present this masterpiece – repeatedly declared the greatest French film of all time!
Dark Matters presents: Horror Bites!
Saturday showtimes t.b.a.
Co-presented by Stranger Factory
The Winter Solstice hits on Dec. 21, making it the longest night of 2013. That means this Saturday is 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. Log on to DarkMattersFilmFest.com for a complete listing of films and descriptions.
Stop Making Sense
Dec 22 to Dec 23
Sunday and Monday 4:30, 9:00
Dir. Jonathan Demme - 1984 - 88m - MUSIC ON THE BIG SCREEN continues! - double featured with THE LAST WALTZ!
Over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983, filmmaker Jonathan Demme joined creative forces with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth and Talking Heads... and miracles occurred. Following a staging concept by singer-guitarist David Byrne, this euphoric concert film transcends that all-too-limited genre to become the greatest film of its kind. A guaranteed cure for anyone's blues, it's a celebration of music that never grows old, fueled by the polyrhythmic pop-funk precision that was a Talking Heads trademark, and lit from within by the geeky supernova that is David Byrne.
"The GREATEST CONCERT MOVIE OF ALL TIME" - Rolling Stone Magazine
"Talking Heads WILDLY ENTERTAINING concert SPECTACULAR is among the GREATEST music films EVER MADE" - Entertainment Weekly
"The movie rates with Woodstock as the GREATEST ROCK CONCERT FILM one that can be watched as frequently as an aerobics tape." - USA Today
The Last Waltz
Dec 22 to Dec 23
Sunday and Monday 2:00, 6:30
Dir. Martin Scorsese - 1978 - 117m - MUSIC ON THE BIG SCREEN continues! - double featured with STOP MAKING SENSE!
It started as a concert. It became a celebration. Join an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars as they celebrate The Band's historic 1976 farewell performance. Directed by Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas), The Last Waltz is not only "the most beautiful rock film ever made" (New York Times) it's "one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades" (Rolling Stone)!
"The greatest rock concert movie ever made -- and maybe the best rock movie, period." - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Seeing The Last Waltz again after many years is like revisiting an old passion and realizing the heat is still there." - Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"It's arguably the most beautiful of rock movies, while the musical highlights - 'The Weight' with the Staples Singers, Van Morrison's firebolt 'Caravan', every Levon Helm vocal - still astound." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Tom Thumb - The 1958 Russ Tamblyn Classic!
Dec 28 to Dec 29
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Dir. George Pal - 1958 - 98m - MOM'S MATINEE!! - All seats just $5
When the 2-inch-tall Tom Thumb arrives at a childless couple's door, it seems like the perfect family has been created. But a chance meeting with a pair of devious robbers soon has Tom acting as an unwitting accomplice in a robbery, thereby threatening his family's happiness. Only Tom (Russ Tamblyn of West Side Story) and his friend Woody (Alan Young) can prove the innocence of Tom's parents and bring the robbers to justice. This 1958 presentation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale won an Oscar® for its innovative special effects. Timeless scenes include the famous dancing shoes and the painted boy who peels himself off of a pad of paper to dance around the room. Peggy Lee and Fred Spielman provide a wealth of catchy songs that have Tamblyn, Young, and Peter Sellers singing, dancing, and performing impressive gymnastic feats. This fanciful tale will appeal to the entire family.
Airplane 2: The Sequel - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Dec 31 to Jan 1
Tuesday and Wednesday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30
Dir. Ken Finkleman - 1983 - 85m
There's a mad bomber on board, the first lunar shuttle is about to self-destruct, the engines are not working, and - worst of all - the flight crew discovers they are completely out of coffee! It's the high flying lunacy of Airplane! all over again as Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty fly totally out of the ozone to recreate their hilarious original roles. The crew of crazies include Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, Chad Everett, Sonny Bono, Raymond Burr and many others. Can Hays save the day again - without caffeine? Fasten you seatbelts for a ride you'll never forget - Airplane II: The Sequel.
Inequality for All - ENCORE SCREENING
Saturday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Jacob Kornbluth - 2013 - 88m - No Matinees
"One of the best ways to help people understand the challenges we face, is with a movie that can grab an audience and move them to action. And this movie will do exactly that." - Robert Reich
An Inconvenient Truth for the economy, this Sundance award-winning film introduces former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich as an inspirational and humorous guide in exploring the causes and consequences of the widening income gap in America.
Juliet of the Spirits
Jan 11 to Jan 12
Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.
Dir. Federico Fellin - 1965 - 137m - Italy - in Italian with English Subtitles - $5 General / $2 for ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB MEMBERS
The fully restored version of one of Fellini's most dazzling dreams! Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo's masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini's first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery. The fully restored version of one of Fellini's most dazzling dreams.
"It never less than dazzling to look at." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Fellini went deliriously and brilliantly bananas with the color to create a rollicking through-the- looking-glass series of tableaus evoking a woman's troubled psyche." - Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A mad, resplendent peacock of a film, a cinematographic riot of color and sensuality that evokes its era -- the swinging mid-'60s -- as much as any movie made during those giddy years." - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Saturday 12:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Henry Selick - 2009 - 100m - A Friends For the Public Library & ABC LIBRARIES presentation! Free But Seating is Limited on first-come-first-served basis!
Combining the visionary imaginations of two premier fantasists, director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and author Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Coraline is a wondrous and thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure that honors and redefines two moviemaking traditions. It is a stop-motion animated feature – and, as the first one to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3-D, unlike anything moviegoers have ever experienced before.
Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents (Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. She is befriended – or, as she sees it, is annoyed – by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.); and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Forcible (Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French) as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane). After these encounters, Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her…
…but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence. On the surface, this parallel reality is similar to her real life – only much better. The adults, including the solicitous Other Mother (also voiced by Teri Hatcher), seem much more welcoming to her. Coraline is more the center of attention there – even from the mysterious Cat (Keith David). She begins to think that this Other World might be where she belongs. But when her wondrously off-kilter, fantastical visit turns dangerous and Other Mother schemes to keep her there, Coraline musters all of her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.
Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Shira & Yoav Potash - 2013 - 62m - A NM Food & Water Watch Presentation! FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!
NOTE: To be followed by a discussion on the efforts to pass a resolution to support labeling of genetically modified foods in Albuquerque!
Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.
Winner, Jury Feature Prize – San Francisco Independent Film Festival Winner, Best Documentary – Lighthouse International Film Festival
“Informative… Entertaining… Inspiring.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Food Stamped is a warm, delightful, and entertaining film with a serious message: it’s really difficult to eat healthfully on food stamp (SNAP) benefits even if you are educated, savvy, live near a decent grocery store or farmers’ market, have plenty of time and energy, and are a great cook. Everyone should see this film, especially those who complain about how low-income people use their benefits.” – Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, and author of “Food Politics.”
“I love this film! It is eye-opening and sobering, yet delivers its message with a warm heart and terrific spirit. One comes away inspired by our potential for inventiveness, and motivated to activism, rather than feeling defeated.” – Mollie Katzen, Best-Selling Cookbook Author
“Food Stamped should be seen by anyone and everyone. A surprisingly delightful film given the toughness of the subject.” - Deborah Madison, Best-Selling Author
In Remembrance of Martin
Jan 20 to Jan 21
Monday and Tuesday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Kell Kearns - 1986 - 60m - IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH & DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING'S BIRTHDAY
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER KELL KEARNS, THE DIRECTOR OF THE FILM AND THE NAACP OF ALBUQUERQUE PRESIDENT DR. HAROLD BAILEY!! DVDS FOR SALE!
This PBS documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King provides important biographical information about his life. Those who knew the man best, as well as a number of his most accomplished admirers, appear on camera to discuss King's extraordinary life and civil rights achievements. His widow, Coretta Scott King, and Ralph Abernathy talk about this exceptional man who was once a part of their lives. Former Senator Julian Bond, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and former President Jimmy Carter also share their thoughts about King's incredible courage and crucial efforts to improve race relations in America.
"A genuine jewel that ought to be shown regularly in every home and school." - The Washington Post
"Makes you proud to be an American." NY Daily News
"A compelling documentary" The Atlanta Constitution
"A well made wreath for his tomb." Newsday
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Jan 20 to Jan 21
Monday and Tuesday 4:30, 8:15
Dir. Bill Siegel - 2013 - 94m - IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH!
No conventional sports documentary, THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject's life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war. From Kartemquin Films - makers of such acclaimed documentaries as HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS - and Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND), THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.
"The best Muhammad Ali doc I've ever seen and - dare I say - I've seen 'em all." - Dave Zirin, The Nation.
"An invigorating doc brings the long-forgotten controversy to life... captures the thrill of Ali's personality even for viewers with little interest in the sweet science." - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"In its portrayal of a hyper-confident motormouth, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" leaves a clear impression. The fighter shook up America--and its assumptions about race--by being the opposite of Jackie [Robinson]: always talking, always reacting, always provoking." - Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
"If you weren't there at the time, it's hard to believe American celebrities ever burned this bright." - Time Out New York
"...a wholly illuminating look at Muhammad Ali...surprisingly fresh and vivid..." - Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist/IndieWire
"...the terrific 'Trials' is required watching." - Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
Jeff Berg's Made in New Mexico Movies - Series 9
Wednesday 7:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Various - 1912 to present - 100m approx. - ALL SEATS $7
Since Thomas Edison stopped at Isleta Pueblo in 1898 and filmed a one minute loop segment of some children entering and exiting the Isleta Day School, movie-making in New Mexico has been a constant. One can now look at the states vivid film history which includes nearly 700 feature films, television episodes, and made for cable/TV movies and only begin to imagine the history of the movies made in New Mexico.
With that in mind, Jeff Berg, a New Mexico film historian, will return to The Guild with the 9th episode of all new Made in New Mexico Film Clips, on Wednesday, January 22 at 7.30 PM.
Thus far, the ongoing series has screened clips from over 100 films that were at shot in part in New Mexico, along with a few television clips as well. In this show, snippets will be shown starting with a rare 1912 piece from a boxing match between Joe Louis and Jack Johnson that took place in Las Vegas, NM and continuing on until present day with stops in Raton with John Wayne, Carlsbad Caverns to see the ‘cyclotram’ at work, a former adult model in a battle of big trucks in Hatch, three pieces of noted New Mexico literature on film and to see if that really is Jesus on that tortilla up in Dixon.
Speciesism: The Movie
Dir. Mark Devries - 2013 - 90m - An Animal Compassion in Action & Animal Rights Mobilization (ARM!) Presentation - FREE to the public BUT SEATING WILL BE LIMITED, plus vegan food offerings and Q & A session
DOORS OPEN AT NOON! SEATING IS LIMITED!
Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.
But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: TheMovie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.
Pig Death Machine
Tuesday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 ONLY!
Dir. Jon Moritsugu - 2013 - 84m - DIRECTOR PLUS THE STAR IN PERSON!! ALL SEATS $7
Punk rocking cinema is here!
"Overflowing with eye-popping production design, eardrum-destroying rock 'n' roll, gross-outs aplenty and deadpan one-liners you'll be quoting for weeks." - Wall Street Journal
"A sci-fi/psychological horror/screwball ride of chaotic, day-glo fever dreams and glitter-dusted nightmares, shot in the stunning wilds of New Mexico and featuring the music of Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, and industrial legend Monte Cazazza (Throbbing Gristle)... From 1985, Moritsugu has been creating a body of work that is absolutely brilliant and utterly repellant." - RAFU SHIMPO
"Pig Death Machine does have many beautiful images and a sense of self-aware humor about itself... imagine "Charly" directed by David Chronenberg." - THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, Burl Burlingame
"Thank god the kids are continuing the punk legacy." - PAPER MAGAZINE, Kim Hastreiter
"One of the best films we've seen... hilarious, edgy, gorgeous... a standout science-fiction mystery film of IDEAS, not just spectacle." - RE/SEARCH, V. Vale
"As scuzzy, schizoid and defiantly lo-fi as ever, punk-rock auteur Jon Moritsugu (Mod Fuck Explosion, Scumrock) proves with his Kickstarter-funded first feature in over a decade that there's still a cinematic underground in the post-Internet world." - LA WEEKLY, Aaron Hillis
Fossil-Free Film Festival
Feb 5 to Feb 6
Thursday and Friday 2pm to 7pm each day
FREE but seating is limited to a first-come-first-served basis
Twelve New Mexico non-profit and student organizations have joined together to sponsor a two-day Fossil Free Film Festival at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque next February 5 and 6. The festival will offer the best new films on climate change and what can be done about it. One afternoon and one evening session is planned for each of the two days (start times: 2PM and 7PM). There will be a mix of feature length and shorter films. Speakers will provide an overview and brief commentary, but most of the sessions will be devoted to the films. There will be no admission fee. “The word ‘free’ is in the name of our film festival for two reasons,” explains Ken Bergeron, leader of the planning committee, “first, because the world needs to free itself of its fossil fuel addiction and second, because admission will be free.”
The films selected for the community-wide event will be the highest quality national releases. Some will be about the causes and consequences of climate change. For example, “A Fierce Green Fire,” a 2013 release narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd and other well-known stars, is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Other films will address solutions, such as the potential for transitioning to renewable energy and a sustainable economy. “We think this is the first film festival in New Mexico dedicated to this important issue,” says planner Glen Salas, “and we try to cover not only the problem, but also some good news, some solutions to the problem.” For example, the film “Carbon Nation” lays out in an entertaining manner a variety of practical ways that we can curtail greenhouse gas emissions and thereby avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Its producers call it an “optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment.”
In The Mood For Love
Feb 8 to Feb 9
Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.
Dir. Wong Kar Wai - 2000 - 98m - Hong Kong / France - Cantonese, Shanghainese, French with English Subtitles - $5 General / $2 for ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB MEMBERS
AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT!
Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.
"Every charged frame of the film pulses with the central contradiction between repression and emotional abandon; the formalism and sensuality are inextricable." - Time Out
"The film is gorgeous, dripping with texture and sensuality and, well, mood." - Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Cheung and Leung give the most subtle performances of their careers here." - Amy Taubin, Sight and Sound
"Stylized, set-designed to the last hair wisp, the film is a mixture of bold devices with delicate understatement that leave a remarkable aftereffect." - Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
The 2014 New Mexico Italian Film Festival
Feb 11 to Feb 16
Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
2014 - An Italian Festivals of New Mexico Presentation
The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival has been delighting audiences and gathering fans since 2007 when its founder, Ronaldo Patrizio-Steiner staged a four day celebration of Italian film as a benefit for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. That first festival featured 12 films and a buffet. It was declared a huge success both as an artistic and a fundraising endeavor. It became Ronaldo’s passion and his annual gift to the community.
When Ronaldo moved out of state after the 2012 festival, he left it in the hands of Italian Festivals of New Mexico, the nonprofit organization he established a year before. Members of that organization, all dedicated to the cause of the Children’s Hospital and to showcasing Italian cinema and culture in New Mexico, stepped forward to continue and expand the festival.
Now in its 7th year, the 2014 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival brings to The Land of Enchantment a great line-up of recent, award-winning and highly acclaimed Italian films in their local premieres. All films are in Italian with English subtitles and include a great mix of genres, from comedy to drama to romance. In addition, the 2014 festival will introduce a number of first-ever events and collaborative efforts – a gala musical performance and reception to kick off the festivities, an indoor bocce tournament, special pre-film features, and more. Also for the first time, we’ll have an Italian screenwriter/director as guest of honor and Director-in-Residence. Professor Demetrio Casile will extend the festival’s reach to area high schools, showing his inspiring new film and sitting down with students for stimulating conversations.
You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the best of Italian cinema, food, music, wine and tradition. Italian hospitality is legendary. And so, to one and all we extend a warm invitation to join us. The Consul General of Italy also sends his warm welcome from Los Angeles.
AT THE GUILD CINEMA -
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11 at 7pm - Weddings & Other Disasters (Matrimoni e Altri Disastri)
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12 at 7pm - Terraferma
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13 at 7pm - Days and Clouds (Giorni e Nuvole)
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15 at 1pm & 6pm - The Immature (Immaturi)
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15 at 3:30 & 8:30pm - 20 Cigarettes (20 Sigarette)
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16 at 1pm - Just a Father (Solo Un Padre)
The Second Cooler
Friday 4:00, 6:15
Dir. Ellin Jimmerson - 2013 - 90m - A New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice (NMFCIJ) Presentation! $10 Suggested Donation
This Valentine’s Day share Responsible Love with your nearest neighbors! Help us help them: New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice (NMFCIJ)
Bonus: Director/Writer/Producer Rev. Dr. Ellin Jimmerson will address the audience for a Q&A following the 90m documentary. Jimmerson is an award winning filmmaker. She has an MA in Southern History from Samford University in Birmingham, AL; a Ph.D. in 20th Century US History from University of Houston, TX; and an MA in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Latin American Liberation Theology. Jimmerson served as prime witness for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent victory against the restrictive anti-immigrant law in Alabama.
The prize-winning documentary explores the origins of Latino immigration into the U.S. -- narrated by Martin Sheen. The Second Cooler asks, 'Who benefits?' from illegal immigration while bringing major systemic issues into focus. Those issues include US complicity in creating Latin America's extreme inequality, the officially anticipated, devastating impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on millions of Mexican peasants, the militarization of the US/MEX border in anticipation of those displacements, the US's socially-encoded dual legal entry system that discriminates against poor and/or indigenous people, the legal exception of the guest worker program which is a system of indentured servitude, and the deaths of thousands of illegally-crossing migrants along our southwestern border. Rare interviews with illegal immigrants are conducted, including children, and guest workers in ongoing lawsuits. Original art, music, and score. Fully subtitled.
Awards: 2013 Best Feature Documentary at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago; official selection of the Arizona International Film Festival with invitational encore; Manhattan Film Festival; AMFM Fest, Cathedral City, CA; top award at Film 4 Change where they also gave Jimmerson a humanitarian award for her activism work; and recently a Dominican Republic film award.
Feb 17 to Feb 19
Monday to Wednesday 7pm ONLY!
Dir. Jeffrey Karoff - 2013 - 30m - ALL SEATS $5
ON THE SHORT LIST TO POSSIBLY BEING NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR DOCUMENTARY SHORT!
Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences.
Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.
Flies and Angels: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Art on Film Series
Feb 17 to Feb 19
Monday to Wednesday 5:00, 8:00
Dir. Kerstin Stutterheim and Niels-Christian Bolbrinker - 2010 - 92m - Germany - In Russian & German & English with English Subtitles
"…so utopia, as a project, only seems good to me if implemented in artistic form." – Ilya Kabakov
"the late 20th Century’s most important Russian artist." - Phaidon
Ilya Kabakov was born in the Ukraine in 1933. Today he is considered one of the most important contemporary artists worldwide, and there is practically no significant museum of contemporary art around the world that doesn’t show at least one of his installations. With his etchings, paintings and particularly with these installations he has for decades now created a phantastic world that serves as a counterpoint to the brutal reality and its many failed visions. These installations, executed with exquisite detail, are strange and enchanted spaces. They are like film sets telling life histories, touching emotions and memories held by people everywhere. But his stories are more than personal dramas: Kabakov is one of the last great utopists, he looks disenchantedly at the debris of the 20th century but at the same time, with human warmth and a distinct imagination, he is able to envision other worlds.
Thollem with the films of Manucinema
Thursday 7pm ONLY!
2 hours total - ALL SEATS $8 FOR THIS SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY COMPOSER IN PERSON PERFORMANCE & SCREENING!
Thollem and Tuia Cherici (Manucinema) have been collaborating together for several years now on numerous projects. The first half will be a screening of the documentary by Tuia about Thollem's concert with the great Italian contrabassist Stefano Scodanibbio on the only piano Claude Debussy owned the last 14 years of his life. After a brief intermission Thollem will play live to films Tuia made specifically for him and his various projects including Tsgioti and Band News From Houston. Two extremely different approaches to film and music!
1.) About the documentary -
On Debussy's piano And... Includes interviews and live concert footage from Sept. 29th and 30th, 2008 at Musee Labenche in Brive-la-Gaillarde with Thollem McDonas and Stefano Scodanibbio on the only piano Claude Debussy owned the last 14 years of his life. Interviews with Terry Riley, Joan Jeanrenaud, Maurice Rousteau, Claire Moser, Stefano Scodanibbio, Thollem McDonas, Edoardo Ricci, and Jacopo Andreini. Also includes short films to the music of Thollem, Scodanibbio by David Latreille and Peter Sparling.
2.) Short intermission
3.) Thollem/Manucinema - Live score performance
Thollem is known around the world as a wildly eclectic improvising piano player. With electric piano and analog effects, Thollem Electric forges colossal sonic machinations, all to the backdrop of the exquisitely twisted stop-motion films and videos of Tuia Cherici. The show is an irreverent spectacle “clawing at musical and socio-political borders” (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes) and "unreal linear explosions". (Greg Burk, LA Weekly)
ABOUT THE DUO
Tuia Cherici (Italy/Germany) - MANUCINEMA - develops filmed stories made by recycling, animating and recording available materials in the moment (stop-motion, collage, animated sculpture, mixed techniques). Aesthetically intriguing, most of her works come out by observing and molding the materials discovered in her daily life.
Thollem McDonas - "A fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with an attractively extreme viewpoint” (LA Weekly), Thollem travels perpetually as a performer, comproviser, activist and teacher, covering much of the North American continent and Europe. He performs as a soloist as well as in collaboration with many divergent artists in wildly contrasting directions. In the past 8 years, he has added 32 albums to his discography on 15 different vanguard labels in 5 different countries. “An intense and virtuosic keyboardist" (Time Out New York).
SIN FRONTERAS FILM FESTIVAL
Feb 21 to Feb 22
Friday and Saturday