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Jan 22 to Mar 31

Dir. Fernanda Valadez & Astrid Rondero - 2021 - 94m - Mexico, Spain - in Spanish with English subtitles

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Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to him—and to know whether or not he’s even alive—she embarks on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (David Illescas) has returned to Mexico after being deported from the U.S., and eventually his path converges with Magdalena’s. From this simple but urgent premise, director Fernanda Valadez has crafted a lyrical, suspenseful slow burn, equally constructed of moments of beauty and horror, and which leads to a startling, shattering conclusion. – New Directors/New Films

"A stunning Mexican border drama." - Robert Koehler, Cinema Scope

“Combines stunning cinematography, evocative sound design and hints of magical realism to create a visionary work of devastating power." - Anjana Janardhan, Sight & Sound

“On every level, this is impressively accomplished cinema.” - Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“Speaks volumes of the boundaries of the human heart and of the undeniable qualities of this director, who should be watched with interest.” - Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

 

“A confident, accomplished and distinctive feature directorial debut.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

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Mandabi - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Jan 22 to Mar 31

Dir. Ousmane Sembene - 1968 - 91m - Senegal

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This second feature by Ousmane Sembène was the first movie ever made in the Wolof language—a major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by, about, and for Africans. After jobless Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans even as he finds his attempts to cash the order stymied in a maze of bureaucracy, and new troubles rain down on his head. One of Sembène’s most coruscatingly funny and indignant films, Mandabi—an adaptation of a novella by the director himself—is a bitterly ironic depiction of a society scarred by colonialism and plagued by corruption, greed, and poverty.

"Momentously beautiful ... simple, comic, heartbreaking." - Joseph Morgenstern, Newsweek

"A richly comic and multi-textual first cousin to Bicycle Thieves." – J. Hoberman

"A first rate film. We see a total Africa - the old which has been made a victim, and the victim beginning to fight back." - Julius Lester, Evergreen Review

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PG: Psycho Goreman - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Jan 22 to Mar 31

Dir. Steven Kostanski - 2020 - 95m

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What if Little Monsters, Goonies, and Predator hooked up at a party and made an R-rated comedy/sci-fi/horror film packed with practical effects? You'd get PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN!

From the maniacal co-director of The Void comes the tale of a pair of odd siblings who unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe.  They name him Psycho Goreman (PG for short) and use a magical amulet to force him to obey their childish whims.

But it isn't long before PG's reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic foes and friends from across the cosmos, all of whom converge in small-town suburbia to begin the ultimate battle for the fate of the galaxy.  And also play a little dodgeball.

"This is the kind of genre cinema we dream of!" - SCREEN ANARCHY

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Atlantis - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Jan 29 to Mar 31

Dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych - 2020 - 108m - Ukraine - In Ukrainian with English subtitles

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A prize-winner at the Venice Film Festival and Ukraine's official selection for the 2021 Academy Awards, ATLANTIS is a gorgeous and visionary sci-fi drama. Eastern Ukraine, 2025. A desert unsuitable for human habitation. Water is a dear commodity brought by trucks. A Wall is being build-up on the border. Sergiy, a former soldier, is having trouble adapting to his new reality. He meets Katya while on the Black Tulip mission dedicated to exhuming the past. Together, they try to return to some sort of normal life in which they are also allowed to fall in love again.

"ATLANTIS is stunning to watch. Sensitively observed and meticulously crafted. A remarkable piece of filmmaking from an exciting emerging Eastern European voice." — Nikki Baughan, Screen Slate

"Dark yet humanly luminous." — Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"A strong piece of poetically pure art-house cinema that offers a ray of hope for humanity’s future." — Dennis Harvey, Variety

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Softie - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Jan 29 to Mar 31

Dir. Sam Soko - 2020 - 96m

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Check out a great Indiewire article with director Sam Soko on the private and public life of Boniface Mwangi, who fights against political corruption and collective amnesia. 

Daring and audacious, "Softie" Mwangi is one of Kenya's most accomplished photojournalists. But when he faces not only corruption but death threats to his wife, Njeri, and their children, he must decide whether his ideals are worth his family's safety. Is winning an election worth any price? As captured in director Sam Soko's Sundance jury award-winning documentary, running for election could be Softie's most difficult assignment yet.

"A marvel of narrative storytelling." — Filmmaker Magazine

"The global crisis has, in some ways, made the film’s message even more urgent and relevant, connected to a global, though also intensely local, struggle." — Africa is a Country

"A compelling act of defiance; powerful and personal. As intimate as it is brave." —Film Stage

"A tremendous film." — The Times

"A riveting run through Kenya's bloody political battlefield." — Variety

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A Glitch In The Matrix - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Feb 5 to Feb 28

Dir. Rodney Asher - 2021 - 108m

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What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Asher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like THE MATRIX, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX attempts to find out.

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Heartworn Highways - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Feb 5 to Mar 31

Dir. James Szalapski - 1976 - 92m

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The beloved documentary portrait of the outlaw country movement!  Featuring: David Allan Coe, Peggy Brooks, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Charlie Daniels, Steve Earle, Barefoot Jerry, Gamble Rogers, Glenn Stagner, Townes Van Zandt, Larry Jon Wilson, Steve Young!

“Sometimes, a documentary maker is present at precisely the right moment to capture lightning in a bottle. It happened with essential punk doc The Decline of Western Civilization, it happened with Dylan’s Don’t Look Back and Chet Baker’s Let’s Get Lost, and it happened with 1976’s Heartworn Highways.
The iconic performance documentary saw filmmaker James Szalapski travel to Texas and Tennessee to capture the radical country artists reclaiming the genre via an appreciation for its heritage in folk and bluegrass and a rejection of the mainstream Nashville machine. Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, Steve Earle and many others appeared on both screen and soundtrack, where musical highlights include Clark’s brilliant “Desperados Waiting For A Train,” Young’s stirring “Alabama Highways” and Van Zandt’s emotional “Waiting Around To Die.”
The hard living – and hard partying – lifestyles of outlaw country’s figureheads are played out on screen as we visit Van Zandt’s Austin trailer, see Coe play in Tennessee State Prison, join the gang in Nashville’s notorious Wig Wam Tavern and witness a liquor-fueled Christmas at Clark’s house. No wonder the film’s original tagline read: “The best music and the best whiskey come from the same part of the country”.
Outside of a couple festival screenings, the movie remained unreleased for five years after its completion, finally hitting screens in 1981 and finding a cult audience ever since.”  – Light in the Attic
“Musically, it’s almost impossible to pick highlights but Guy Clark’s “That Old Time Feeling” is a husky delight and when Seymour Washington, a friend of Van Zandt’s (born 1896!) hears him sing “Waitin’ ‘Round To Die” he can’t prevent teardrops from rolling down his cheeks; neither will you.” – Record Collector

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M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Feb 5 to Feb 28

Dir. Robin Lutz - 2021 - 81m - Netherlands - In Dutch, English, Italian, German with English subtitles

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“As far as I know, there is no proof whatever of the existence of an objective reality apart from our senses, and I do not see why we should accept the outside world as such solely by virtue of our senses.” — M.C. Escher  

The story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972)! Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images: diary musings, excerpts from lectures, correspondence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen Fry, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, and other print works appear in both original and playfully altered form. Two of his sons, George (92) and Jan (80), reminisce about their parents while musician Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash) talks about Escher’s rediscovery in the 1970s. The film looks at Escher’s legacy: one can see tributes to his work in movies, in fiction, on posters, on tattoos, and elsewhere throughout our culture; indeed, few fine artists of the 20th century can lay claim to such popular appeal.

“THIS FILM MAKES A FITTING TRIBUTE... Escher is a very modern artist who appears to belong to a time that we’ve left behind. I do think that his best work is that that makes you think rather than feel, the paradoxes rather than beautiful brush strokes, but the world is much better for his presence.” — CinePhil

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Feb 19 to Mar 31

Dir. Davy Rothbart - 2019 - 96m

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AS PART OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH!

In the shadow of the U.S. Capitol and filmed over a 20 year period, a Black family lives under gun death, addiction, and poverty. 

In 1999, filmmaker Davy Rothbart met Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his older brother, Smurf, during a pickup basketball game in Southeast Washington, D.C. Davy began filming their lives, and soon the two brothers and other family members began to use the camera themselves. Spanning 20 years, this story illuminates a national, ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring and deeply personal saga.  Made from more than 1,000 hours of footage, it all starts on the street where they lived in 1999, 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. 

"An essential viewing doc about race & class in America... A documentary with Cinema Verite sensibilities and no qualms whatsoever about the honest presentation of its subjects, 17 BLOCKS is both heartbreaking and inspiring."  - Warren Cantrell, The Playlist 

"RAW AND IMMEDIATE... packs a potent emotional punch." - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter 

"A remarkably raw and heartfelt piece of filmmaking... At its best, 17 BLOCKS reminded me of the deep humanism of Steve James' work." - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

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