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Uppercase Print - now on our online Virtual Cinema!

Aug 31 to Dec 31

Dir. Radu Jude - 2020 - 128m - In Romanian with English subtitles

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In 1981, chalk slogans written in uppercase letters started appearing in public spaces in the Romanian city of Botosani. They demanded freedom, alluded to the democratic developments taking place in Romania’s socialist sister countries or simply called for improvements in the food supply. The culprit was Mugur Calinescu, a teenager who was still at school at the time and whose case is documented in the files of the Romanian secret police. Theatre director Gianina Carbunariu created a documentary play based on this material.

Besides presenting the play, Radu Jude also uses archival footage from Romanian TV of the era. Cooking shows alternate with interrogations, transcripts of wiretapped phone calls with recommendations to exercise instead of taking sedatives. This dialectical montage creates an image of a dictatorial surveillance state, drawing on the authorized popular entertainment of the Ceausescu regime in order to unmask it.

“It is a fierce and impassioned denunciation of evil, part of a continuing wave of Romanian filmmaking dealing with the Ceausescu and post-Ceausescu eras.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"The piercing earnestness, very soon snuffed out, that pours from Lazarovici as he addresses us, his face framed close, stands out all the more against the regime's language of ruthless depersonalisation..." – Carmen Gray, Sight & Sound

“This uncompromising but accessible and involving film should further boost the director's profile on the international circuit.” – Jonathan Romney, Screen International

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Ever Since We Love - available NOW on our virtual online cinema!

Nov 1 to Dec 31

Dir. Li Yu - 2015 - 106m - China - In Mandarin with English Subtitles

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To Qiu Shui, a young lad in his most hungry, curious, and restless 20s, the whole world can feel pornographic. Studying at China's top medical college, he can break down men's carnal impulses with solid human anatomy knowledge but can't grasp his own inner desire that draws him to three disparate women-the fairylike hometown first love, the marriageable college girlfriend, and the sensuous businesswoman. It's the 1990s when China just opened up to exciting opportunities and risks. Unprecedented social fluidity provokes individuals'materialist and romantic appetites. The cruel new world crushes Qiushui's burning passion. Each of his lovers moves on, leaving him alone in emotional pains. As he looks back at his chaotic youth as a grownup years later, he's rewarded a deeper understanding of what it means to live and love. Adapting best selling novelist Feng Tang's "Everything Grows", award-winning director Li Yu reunites with her long-time collaborator Fan Bingbing to narrate a story from a male protagonist for the first time.

"...helmer Li is on surer footing here with the sort of material that has always suited her best: complex women in complicated relationships...Li’s protags are sexually assertive, her love scenes wantonly sensuous even within the boundaries of Chinese screening standards." - Maggie Lee, Variety

"...the somewhat bumpy ride that Ever Since We Love takes to emotional maturity makes it infinitely more interesting than the routine campus-based nostalgia trips that are now a staple of China’s commercial cinema." - John Berra, VCinema

"Technical contributions are strong on the visual side, with textured photography by the talented Zeng Jian (Mystery; Blind Massage, 2014) that encompasses a wide range of moods and, in a bungee-jumping outing, recalls the train-ride in Buddha Mountain in its play with light." - Derek Elley, Film Business Asia

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No Address - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 2 to Dec 31

Dir. Caletta Harris - 2020 - 76m

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Did you know that it is a crime to be homeless? There are over 180 cities in America that criminalize homelessness.

NO ADDRESS depicts the criminalization of homelessness and how communities across the country can implement proven practical solutions to address this epidemic. Part One covers the history of homelessness in America then focuses on the overall start of criminalizing homelessness back in 2013. You will meet the individuals that fought to rescind the unanimous Columbia City Council's vote to criminalize their homeless population.

"A well devised and riveting reflection of homelessness exposed in a manner more unveiling. It brings to light and references the status of life stagnation, suffering and the requirement of urgently needed assistance from individuals capable to justifiably help the homeless population." - Rob Francis

"Hat's off to you all! That documentary was powerful. I was in tears. Tears form sadness and anger. My heart sank as I saw some of the people I've seen and even talked to...I am inspire to do more!" -  Teshia McSwain

"This documentary is so well designed and professionally directed by Caletta and needs to be seen worldwide. Come on America, let’s change this so that the people that have “No Address” can have a place to call “Home,” not homeless." - Johnnie McDuffie

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Un Film Dramatique - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 2 to Dec 31

Dir. Eric Baudelaire - 2019 - 114m - France - In French with English subtitles

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Commissioned as a dedicated artwork for the newly constructed Dora Maar middle school on the outskirts of Paris, Un Film Dramatique is a lively portrait of the first class to attend the school, filmed over the course of four years. The group of 21 middle schoolers discuss the drama of their daily lives and experiment with cameras and equipment. They are the film’s subjects, and also its makers.  With a refreshingly uninhibited approach, E?ric Baudelaire (Letters to Max, The Anabasis of May...) offers a new perspective on the realities of our current socio-political moment that is both playful and purposeful. As the students debate the approaching elections and the immigration crisis, they also seek to answer a key political question—what are we doing here together?

"[A] rare film that conveys the capacious lyricism we tend to associate with the cinema of Agnès Varda. This is one of the year’s very best." – Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

"A work of refreshing spontaneity and continuous revelation." – Jordan M. Smith, Nonfics

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Hometown Short Docs by Allonzo Armijo: Volunteer & All Styles Welcome - available on our Virtual Cinema !

Nov 3 to Dec 31

Dir. Allonzo Armijo - 2019-2020 - 30m approx.

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A screening of two short documentaries made in Albuquerque featuring subjects that are very special to the city and appreciated for their hard work and uniqueness.

Volunteer (Premiere): 92-year-old Howard Henry chooses to stay busy and avoid aging by going to work every day.  

All Styles Welcome (2019): In the heart of downtown Albuquerque, culture and community intersect at a small barber shop on Yrisarri Block.

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Pandemic Response - a local shorts movie making collaboration that'll partially help us through these times!

Nov 3 to Dec 31

Dir. Various locals! - 2021 - 78m

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Directed by Brent Morris, Reinhard Lorenz, Angelique Midthunder, Molly McKinley, Otgadahe Whitman-Fox, Brennan Foster - On March 11, 2020, beloved actor Tom Hanks was diagnosed with Covid-19 in Australia. Within days, whole industries were shuttered and communities around the world were sheltering in place; life as we knew it changed irrevocably. 

At home in New Mexico, Brent Morris put out a call to action to friends in the film industry. A core group of nine responded and banded together to create personal, professional short films with something to say about the human condition in this unparalleled time. A vow of safety was taken by all and the films were written, shot and edited with that as a paramount concern. 

On this one-year anniversary, we present the resulting tales: A filmmaker volunteering for Wheels on Meals at the onset of the pandemic begins to wonder if his delivery route runs through an alternate dimension; a young woman grapples with the rising tide of anti-Asian xenophobia; a family enlivens their lockdown with a Melville-inspired home cooking challenge; a Native woman attempts to deliver her first baby by doula during the pandemic; and an isolated mental health worker tries to take a break from her own house during a day of remote therapy sessions.

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Sophie Jones - available NOW on our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 3 to Dec 31

Dir. Jessie Barr - 2021 - 85m

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Inspired by true experiences of grief, girlhood, and growing up, SOPHIE JONES, the debut feature from Jessie Barr, provides a stirring portrait of a sixteen year old. Stunned by the untimely death of her mother and struggling with the myriad challenges of teendom, Sophie (played with striking immediacy by the director’s cousin) tries everything she can to feel something again, while holding herself together, in this sensitive, acutely realized, and utterly relatable coming-of-age story.

“A quiet, brilliant film ... indie coming-of-age at its best!” — THE PLAYLIST

“Euphoria meets Ladybird …one of the most authentic explorations of grief in recent cinema. With a fantastic performance from Barr and stunning direction, this film will stick with you long after the credits roll.” — SCREEN QUEENS

“A low-key charmer that summons big emotions.” — THE MOVEABLE FEST

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MIKAILWITL: A journey through Life and Death - available now in our at-home 'virtual cinema' safe viewing!

Nov 4 to Dec 31

Dir. Rudy Miera - 2010 - 20m - FREE - ENJOY !!

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Kalpulli EHECATL is a MEXICA (Aztec) dance group based in 'Burque (Albuquerque, New Mexico). The performance of MIKAILWITL for Día de Los Muertos is intercut with interviews of founder and leader PAZ (Mapizmitl), who gives an overview of the aims, process and philosophy of surviving Native traditions.

“MIKAILWITL” features Indigenous music by Michael Heralda and is enhanced by an original suite of melodies especially composed and performed by Melyssa E. Garland (of Garland Piano Studio) for the concluding montage of dynamic dance and ritual images.

This ‘Mini-Documentary’ film screened at : the Guild Cinema, (2013, Albuq.) as the winner in the “Wildcard” category of the Filmmaker’s Showcase of the New Mexico Film Office, at the XICANINDIE Film Fest (2013, Denver, Colorado), the Tortuga Art Gallery (2013, Albuq.), a 1st cut version as a winner of the Tupelo Film Fest (2010, Tupelo, Mississippi), etc.

Original Music by Melyssa E. Garland (2009)

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The Zoo - available now our Local Films virtual cinema offerings!

Nov 4 to Dec 31

Dir. Anthonee Smith - 2019 - 8m

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Shot mostly in Albuquerque, this surreal comedy inolves a day when a man wakes up - or does he? In this dream like state he finds himself trapped in a world of cages

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

Nov 4 to Dec 31

Dir. Anthonee Smith & Kenny Vigil - 2019 - 12m

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THE AWARD WINNING LOCALLY MADE INDEPENDENT HAUNTER SHORT IS BACK!

Returning home from the funeral of his wife an old man ponders how he will ever live without her.  Until his grief becomes obsession when he discovers a Willowpede roams the halls of his home. 

 

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CURANDERA: Elena Avila - available now in our at-home 'virtual cinema' safe viewing!

Nov 5 to Dec 31

Dir. Rudy Miera - 2020 - 12m - FREE - ENJOY!

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Elena Avila was one of the most knowledgeable and influential practitioners of Curanderismo in the Southwest. Although a professional Nurse, Elena studied and incorporated Native Folk Medicine into her care of people and her teachings to numerous apprentices. 

In this ‘mini-Documentary’ film, Elena speaks about her Mayan familial roots, her studies with Mexican Curanderas/os and of the importance of keeping the Indigenous approaches, practices and philosophies thriving. 

A gifted actress, she also co-wrote “Tu y Yo”, a 2-person play, Jerry Mondragón and performed the insightful look at relationships to youth and adult groups in the community. Elena also wrote and performed her original poetry, based on her insights into healthy relationships and some lines from one of her poems is embedded into the conclusion of her interview.

“….I just want to go to Heaven on earth’s last sigh……and I need your arms to fly…”

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Curandera : Maclovia - local Rudy Miera's new short doc on our virtual cinema!

Nov 6 to Dec 31

Dir. Rudy Miera - 2020 - 19m - FREE! SUPPORT LOCAL FILMMAKING!

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The story of local Curandera (Folk medicine healer) Maclovia Sanchez that was originally completed in 2005. This was the first in a series of over a half-dozen “mini-Documentary” films produced by Jornada Productions (basically Rudy and whichever friends and family member would be willing to work for nothing – or foot-long chile dogs from the DogHouse.)

Filmed and Edited by Rudy J. Miera, this is first installment on the Indigenous practices and use of natural materials that are the basis of the still-thriving art of Curanderismo, “Maclovia” screened in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau for the New Mexico Film Expo festival (2006), at the Lobo Theater (2008) for the Local Shorts Film Festival and was used for a couple years in a Nurse’s training program at UCLA at Santa Barbara.

Jornada Productions is a non-profit community education project with absolutely no funding (in fact, the producer and staff lose money but create in the true spirit of the independent auteur.

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Feels Good Man - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 6 to Dec 31

Dir. Arthur Jones - 2020 - 93m

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As in many of the weirdest fairy tales, it all starts with a frog. This story, however, is all too real. In November 2016, a barbaric election cycle had exposed a seismic cultural rift, and the country suddenly felt like a much different place. For underground cartoonist Matt Furie, that sensation was even more surreal. His innocent creation, Pepe the frog, had become co-opted by agents of chaos. 

“…the movie is a vertiginous, head-slapping examination of the tangible, unpredictable consequences of making art.” - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

“You’ve just got to see it. It is chilling, hopeful, terrible, and wonderful—and made with care, gorgeous animation, and perfect pacing.” - Allen Salkin, Los Angeles Magazine

“Jones’ approach is nothing less than heroic…a beacon of internet literacy about a whole new language—that memes are flexible, omnipotent, and pieces of a phenomenon more powerful than their creators.” - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“Many documentaries become less interesting the more you already know about the subject. But FEELS GOOD MAN presents a heavily covered story in a thoughtful and vivid way.” - Adi Robertson, The Verge

“A fascinating doc about the rise and fall and rise of the internet meme. Wonderful portrait of brilliant artist.” - Darren Aronofsky, Director of Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler & Black Swan.

“…Feels Good Man plays like a horror story, a Dante-esque descent through the increasingly toxic internet of the mid-00s.” - Joshua Rivera, Vanity Fair

“We're left in awe at everything the story of Pepe encompasses…FEELS GOOD MAN proves Pepe can still be a force for good — among other things by helping us, through stories like these, to better understand the world we live in.” - Angie Han, Mashable

“A strange and terrifying odyssey that says much about intellectual property, fringe groups and the power of online imagery — and culture — to alter the national landscape.” - Nick Schager, Variety

“FEELS GOOD MAN above the pack…it’s probably one of the better documentary films ever made about the Internet era.” - Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

“An expansive forensic look at the life cycle of an idea, a warp-speed analysis of internet sociology, and a harrowingly modern fable about innocence lost.“ - David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“It sure makes for a chillingly effective internet-era cautionary tale” 3/4 Stars - Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

“A perfect documentary of multidisciplinary value…this first-rate film should be in every media studies course, as Jones marvelously synthesizes many threads with the breadth and depth of sociological perspective that deepens the significance of films like these.” - Les Roka, The Utah Review

“FEELS GOOD MAN is an acid trip of Furie-style animations.” - Emma Grey Ellis, Wired

“The most urgent and poignant political documentary of the year.” - Matt Patches, Polygon

“Kudos to FEELS GOOD MAN the Everything-You-wanted-to-know-about-Pepe-the-Frog-but-were- afraid-to-ask doc.” - David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Well-executed emotional journey that will take viewers from amused to bemused to horrified to miserable and probably to a point of genuine anger.” - Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter

“Most impressive feat is that it weaves together these disparate narratives concisely.” - Matthew Gault, VICE Motherboard

“… breezy, almost irreverent… FEELS GOOD MAN offers a glimmer of hope that Pepe will return to his more innocuous roots.” - Clint Worthington, The Spool

“It's mesmerizing and kind of trippy, but also makes the film feel like a one-of-a-kind creation in the greater context of the Pepe the Frog legacy…an outstanding documentary.” 9/10 - Alex Billington, FirstShowing

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Sunless Shadows - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 7 to Dec 31

Dir. Mehrdad Oskouei - 2020 - 74m - Iran - In Persian with English Subtitles

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The follow-up to Oskouei’s critically acclaimed Starless Dreams (2016), Sunless Shadows takes another look at the lives of teenage girls in an Iranian juvenile detention center. But this time the focus is narrowed: each of the film’s principal subjects is serving time for the murder of a male family member. One by one, Oskouei invites them to go into a room alone, push the red button on the camera and address their accomplices or their victims.

With this new confessional approach combined with the ever-deepening relationships he has with his subjects, Oskouei presents a picture of the disenfranchised in this aggressively male-dominated society and of the prison that is their shelter from it.

"Quietly but pointedly interrogates the notion of victimhood, while tacitly letting a damning essay on Iranian gender politics and hierarchies emerge through the words of [its] subjects." -Guy Lodge, Variety

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The Guardian of Memory (El Guardian de la Memoria) - available now for safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 7 to Dec 24

Dir. Marcela Arteaga - 2019 - 93m - In English & Spanish with English subtitles

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BONUS!  EPF Media & Stanford Center for Latin American Studies Present:  Thursday, October 22, 3:00 PST.  Please join us for a conversation with The Guardian of Memory film director Marcela Arteaga & immigration attorney Carlos Spector. The panel will be moderated by Stanford Professor and border activist Vivian Brates.  Click here for a free webinar registration!

Winner of the Best Feature Length Documentary at the just concluded Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Academy Awards, The Guardian of Memory tells the story of Mexican men, women, and children seeking safety in the US.  Carlos Spector, an immigration lawyer born in El Paso, TX, fights to obtain political asylum for Mexicans fleeing extreme violence. This is the story about the kindness and hope that still exists in people who endured tremendous suffering, and Carlos Spector’s tireless efforts to help them.

“(Filmmaker) Marcela Arteaga,” wrote Hot Docs Review, “takes a daring and dreamy approach to testimonials about merciless drug war related violence near the Mexico-Texas border.”  In its review, Film Threat noted “Arteaga does stellar work with brilliant, yet haunting, images of the innocent victims, the valley's landscape, and the destruction of this once vibrant city. 8 out of 10.” Educational Media Reviews raved “I highly recommend The Guardian of Memory for its excellent interviews and shocking footage of Mexican families seeking political asylum from the Mexican Cartel. This documentary shows the other side of the immigration issue that is not being brought to the forefront of the conversation.

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SECONDS - a local 16mm film available now on our virtual cinema local film page!

Nov 8 to Dec 24

Dir. Andrew T. Chavez - 2020 - 5m

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Shot in 2019, and scraped together in 2020, starring local actor Nick Barron, it's a 16 MM experimental film, about shame, memories and the correlation with time.

 

 

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Liberte - now available in our safe at-home viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 9 to Dec 31

Dir. Albert Serra - 2019 - 132m - France, Portugal, Spain & Germany - In French, German & Italian with English subtitles

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Just before the French Revolution, in a forest outside Berlin, a band of libertines expelled from the court of Louis XVI rendezvous with the legendary German seducer and freethinker, the Duc de Walchen (Helmut Berger), to convince him to join in their mission: the rejection of authority and all moral boundaries. What begins as an evening of strategizing on the proliferation of libertinage, descends into a Sadean night of pansexual one-upmanship.

Liberté is a singular cinematic experience only Albert Serra could deliver, a film in which increasingly dramatic acts of pain and pleasure unfold in counterpoint to cinematographer Artur Tort’s luminous images of moonlit sylvan spaces. As Serra and his committed team of regular performers and newcomers "open the gates of Hell" and explore the limits of the erotic imagination, you won’t be able to look away.

“One of the most radical films to play in the Official Selection of Cannes ever.” -Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope

"The most explicit movie about the 18th century ever made.” -Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Awe-inspiring.” -Scout Tafoya, Rogerebert.com

“Audaciously perverse.” -Carson Lund, Slant

“A major event in the history of cinematographic art.” -Dominique Païni, Art Critique

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Phoenix, Oregon - viewing fees go to Wildfire Relief Fund!

Nov 9 to Dec 31

Dir. Gary Lundgren - 2019 - 108m

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Defying the haze of midlife, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore a bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.”  

Divorced bartender Bobby Hoffman (James LeGros), living alone in the Airstream trailer inherited from his late mother, has drifted into a sleepy eddy.   Life passing him by and struggling to complete his graphic-novel opus, Bobby comes to believe his life is doomed – just a meaningless simulation written by some alien civilization. On Bobby’s birthday, when his old high school buddy Carlos (Jesse Borrego) tries to shake him awake with a bold new business venture, shadows rear up from the past and threaten to crush him.  

Does positive thinking still work at mid-life?  Can teamwork and friendship improve the odds for success of “the stupidest idea ever”?  Irresistible Tanya (Lisa Edelstein) stirs Bobby’s bravery until his passion and dreams begin to breathe again.  Enthusiastic Carlos (“you aren’t visualizing it!”) and his spirited, entrepreneurial family will not give up.  Finally, when Bobby’s comically awful boss, Kyle, (Diedrich Bader) has shrunk his piece of the pie to crust, playing it safe just doesn’t feel safe anymore.  

The road out of hiding and becoming a business owner, though at times exhilarating, isn’t easy.  Snarky bowling rival, Al, (Kevin Corrigan) pins him around every corner, while slick venture capitalist, Mario, (Reynaldo Gallegos), captures Tanya’s eye and hopelessly intimidates Bobby with his worldly charm.  When trouble and setbacks rear up, Bobby must decide whether he owns his life, or is merely a chump for his comic book aliens’ entertainment.  Finally, it’s his choice.    

The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at mid-life. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads stumble out of hibernation with courage and resilience, called to what may be their last chance to resurrect heartfelt dreams.

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NORTHEND STORIES - a new doc by a local videographer available now on virtual cinema!

Nov 10 to Dec 31

Dir. Jim Morrison - 2020 - 65m total appro

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A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT LOCAL FILMMAKING AND YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENTLY OWNED ARTHOUSE CINEMA!  A MAJORITY OF THE VIEWING FEES WILL BE DONATED TO THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Northend Stories Pt 1: the community.

Waterloo, Iowa, has been home to an african american community ever since the great migration north in the early part of the last century. Many were attracted by jobs which had opened up with the railroads, a packing plant and the John Deere Tractor Works. At first most of the black population lived in a close knit community near the railroad. A closeness which is explored in interviews along with questions about how it felt to experience discrimination and prejudice. Filmed in 2019, the Black Lives Matter events after the George Floyd murder are referenced because the Waterloo reaction has been distinct due to its history of calling out racism and discrimination. There are now a black mayor, a chief of police and a representative in the state legislature.

Northend Stories Pt 2: the Cosby Center.

Jesse Cosby came to Waterloo, Iowa, after the 2nd World War and found his vocation as a community organizer, choir director and square dance caller. As a black man from Alabama in the tight knit african american community of Waterloo and at a time when segregation was the unspoken rule he went beyond boundaries, setting an example for future generations of what community could be. His a cappella choir was popular throughout the area and he was in great demand as a square dance caller with what were all white dance clubs and churches. His dream of a community center in Waterloo's african american neighborhood became an ongoing reality after his untimely death from cancer.

Produced by Jim Morrison, a native of Waterloo who grew up blind to the other side of the tracks.

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The 11th Green - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 10 to Dec 31

Dir. Christopher Munch - 2020 - 99m

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Groundbreaking American filmmaking auteur Christopher Munch, director of THE SLEEPY TIME GAL and the recently restored indie classic THE HOURS AND TIMES, returns with his provocative, many-layered drama THE 11TH GREEN, starring Campbell Scott (House of Cards, Roger Dodger) and Agnes Bruckner (Blood and Chocolate, Blue Car).

Rife with hidden government secrets and Matrix-like mindbenders, THE 11TH GREEN is grounded in what is widely believed to be the nuts-and-bolts core story of post-war U.S. military and government involvement with UFO events.

"A thoughtful and compelling what-if, starring a never-better Campbell Scott." - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps - available now for our at-home safe viewing options!

Nov 11 to Dec 31

Dir. Alana DeJoseph - 2019 - 107m

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Narrated by Annette Benning, A Towering Task tells the remarkable story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave young Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 200,000 of them have traveled to more than 60 countries to carry out the organization’s mission of international cooperation. Americans—young and old alike—still want to serve their country; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community.

Yet the agency has struggled to remain relevant amid sociopolitical change. More than once it had to fight for its very existence, and now—between COVID, a rise in nationalist sentiment and deep cuts to governmental-agency budgets—the Peace Corps is again confronting a crisis of identity: What role should it play around the world?

"Puts a human face on the Peace Corps - and makes sense of its history of idealism, improvisation, politics, and at times its failings. It is the most coherent and satisfying documentary I know of the Peace Corps, and I can't imagine a better one.  The film is enlightening, too, for being in large part the portrait of a period when America was outward looking and uncynical and generous...it shows the roots of such idealism, which is why it is so enlightening and uplifting." - Paul Theroux, Travel Writer & Novelist

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Beyond the Visible: Hilma Af Klint - available now in our at-home 'virtual cinema' safe viewing!

Nov 14 to Dec 31

Dir. Halina Dyrschka - 2020 - 93m

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Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum (with over 600,000 attendees), af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

“Bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.” – A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I’VE SEEN ABOUT FINE ART. 

It casts an entrancing spell that allows the staggering depth of its subject’s work to consume us.” — Matt Fagerholm, ROGEREBERT.com

“GORGEOUS... GOES FAR DEEPER THAN THE SURFACE...

making an airtight case for af Klint’s ascension 

to an elevated place in art history.” — Shana Nys Dambrot, LA WEEKLY

“An illuminating articulation of the era’s social and cultural complexities. It’s more than worth a look—not only for its careful illumination of the artist’s biography, plus an abundant representation of her luminous paintings, but for the way in which it exposes the obstacles af Klint and her legacy faced.” — Christopher Knight, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“One of the 8 Best Movies You Can Watch at Home.” — Alissa Wilkinson, VOX.com

“An exhilarating chance to catch up with a brilliant artist's inventions. It's an eloquent contribution to af Klint's rediscovery, which began four decades after her 1944 death. It's also a cogent argument for why that rediscovery impels nothing less than a rewriting of art history.” — Sheri Linden, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Her work holds a special place in my heart, it feels like magic. Beyond The Visible is a BEAUTIFUL documentary about her life and work.” Actress DAKOTA JOHNSON on Instagram

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Colonel Redl - available in our at-home viewing options!

Nov 14 to Dec 31

Dir. Istvan Szabo - 1985 - 151m - Hungary, Germany, Austria - In German with English subtitles

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"István Szabó led his country's cinema from relative obscurity to one of the best and most innovative film industries in Europe." - Roger Ebert

Set in the lead up to WWI, Szabó's Cannes Grand Jury-winning Colonel Redl charts the rise of Alfred Redl to head of counter-intelligence of the Austro-Hungarian Army. His hidden homosexuality, however, is used against him by enemies of the state, putting both his professional standing and his country's security in dire straits. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985, the third  of four such Academy Award nominations Szabó's films earned.

"At the center is Klaus Maria Brandauer delivering a dazzling, virtuoso performance." - The Times  

"Fascinating." - David Denby, New York Magazine 

"Visually brilliant...Brandauer at his very best." - David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor  

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You Go To My Head - available now for our at-home safe viewing options!

Nov 14 to Dec 31

Dir. Dimitri de Clercq - 2018 - 116m - France, Germany, Belgium - In some French, Flemish & Berber with English subtitles

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In a desolate stretch of the Sahara, a mysterious car accident leaves a young woman lost and alone. Jake, a reclusive architect, finds her unconscious. He drives her to the nearest doctor, to discover that she's suffering from post-traumatic amnesia. Intoxicated by the woman's beauty, Jake claims to be her husband. He names her Kitty and takes her to his remote desert home to recuperate.

As Kitty struggles to come to grips with who she is, Jake invents an elaborate life they can share – the life he has always yearned for. Little by little, Kitty begins to fall in love with him. But when shreds of her past begin to surface, Jake takes steps to ensure he will not lose the love of his life...

"CRITIC'S PICK! Shot in Morocco between searing sunlight and pillowy dunes, 'You Go to My Head' is a mysteriously elusive romance whose location is almost overpoweringly tangible. (The sensual cinematography is by Stijn Grupping.) Hacène Larbi's eerily dissonant score is as perfectly spare as the film's emotions, yet it imbues Kitty's situation with a mesmerizing, inchoate danger. The movie is clamoring to erupt into melodrama, but de Clercq, content to wallow in teasingly luscious and enigmatically staged images, happily isn't listening."  -Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"VISUALLY STUNNING! From its desert landscapes to its principal setting of an architecturally distinguished house to its extremely photogenic lead actress, every frame of the psychological thriller proves visually stunning to behold...an atmospheric mood piece akin to Kubrick or Antonioni. Delfine Bafort delivers a mesmerizing, fascinatingly enigmatic turn that keeps us fully invested in her character's fate. By the time 'You Go To My Head' reaches its surprising conclusion, you will have become thoroughly caught in its mysterious grip."  -Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"SUSPENSEFUL AND SENSUAL! Faint but discernible echoes of Hitchcock and Antonioni abound throughout 'You Go to My Head,' a coolly affected yet ineffably captivating drama that builds interest and sustains tension by teasingly frustrating audience expectations at almost every turn. This stylishly drama, exquisitely photographed by Stijn Grupping, gains emotional resonance from impressive lead performances by Delfine Bafort and Svetozar Cvetkovic. The deft interplay between the two is by turns suspenseful and sensual"  - Joe Leydon, VARIETY

"HITCHCOCKIAN! 'You Go to My Head' is a warped and lush tale of obsession, deception, and romance. Stijn Grupping's stellar cinematography beautifully captures the Moroccan Sahara Desert setting...it is a breathtaking, yet deadly location. With a hypnotic use of color, light, and sound, the film operates like an unworldly dream."  - Andrew Stover, FILM THREAT

"It’s not hard to see why Dimitri de Clercq’s first solo feature as a director has become a film festival favourite: You Go To My Head is a psychological thriller that increasingly grips and unsettles...and also benefits from gorgeous Moroccan landscapes lovingly shot, and spectacular architecture."  -Andrew Nickolds, Take One (UK)

"With echoes to the cinema of Antonioni, Hitchcock and Kubrick, de Clercq seeks and manages to build an eminently visual and sensorial experience."  -Laura Riera Forteza, Peli o Manta (Spain)

"What stays on your mind is the film’s imagery. Painted like an abstract work of art on a huge canvas, every scene stands out like the perfect visual form."  -Shilpa Sebastian R, The Hindu (India)

FOUR STAR REVIEW "A film has to move me. And that is exactly what You Go To My Head did. I loved this film, and will go to the ends of the earth to proclaim such sentiments. When you experience something this moving and gorgeous and unique, you can’t help but spread the word. And You Go to My Head is – from my perspective – a perfect film. It’s a memorable masterpiece. In other words, it 'went to my head'."  -Michael Klug, Horror Freak News

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Yourself and Yours - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Nov 14 to Dec 31

Dir. Hong Sangsoo - 2020 - 86m - Korea - In Korean with English subtitles

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One of Hong Sangsoo’s most delightful comic mysteries is now available in the U.S. When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee Yooyoung), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can’t help but question her about it. It doesn’t go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can’t. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself.

Featuring a supporting cast of Hong regulars including Kwon Haehyo, Yu Junsang and Kim Euisung, YOURSELF AND YOURS is a pleasing puzzle full of mistaken identity, excessive drinking and lots of he-said, she-said. As the rumors pile up, Hong asks: In a relationship, how important is it to know everything?

“Immensely satisfying… A wise and gently absurdist allegory about how best to approach relationships.” – Scott Tobias, Variety

"An essential chapter in the big book of Hong... For those who haven’t yet been introduced to this singularly idiosyncratic Korean auteur, Yourself and Yours is as good a place to start as any.” - David Ehrlich, IndieWire

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century - available now for our at-home safe viewing options!

Nov 15 to Dec 31

Dir. Justin Pemberton - 2020 - 103m - New Zealand - In English and French with English subtitles

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Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time Magazine's list of most influential people), this entertaining documentary is an accessible journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today's growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film combines pop-culture references and interviews with some of the world's most influential experts to deliver an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

"A massive achievement, turning this weighty volume into enthralling cinema." - Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

"Engaging and clear... Piketty is not only a brilliant economist but also one with a gift for making complicated ideas accessible." -Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"A financial detective story that exposes our current crisis. Provokes a consistent sense of 'whoa!'" - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"A spry, erudite, and consistently  watchable documentary. that articulates how we got here." - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"The most important economics book of the year -- and maybe the decade." - Paul Krugman, The New York Times

"The book aims to revolutionize the way people think about the economic history of the past two centuries. It may well manage the feat." - The Economist

"A sweeping account of rising inequality... Piketty has written a book no one interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore." - The New Yorker

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

Nov 15 to Dec 31

Dir. Abel Ferrara - 2020 - 116m - Italy - In English and Italian with English subtitles

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"Abel Ferrara's first dramatic feature since 2014's Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe's most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists." - Film at Lincoln Center

"A gripping look at the process of escaping to a better life, only to find that the old one follows along at every turn... Manages to feel rough and risky while somehow sensitive at the same time, like the best of them." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Willem Dafoe is one of our greatest actors... Tommaso feels alive." - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

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Nov 17 to Dec 31

Dir. Istvan Szabo - 80m - 106m - Hungary - Hungarian - in Hungarian with English subtitles

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Nominated for the Academy Award and Szabó won Berlin's Silver Bear for Best Director.

In World War II-era Hungary, the resistance pairs two unrelated members to act as husband and wife in an effort to stay hidden in plain sight. Will they be able to maintain the illusion without giving in to their growing feelings for each other? 

"Arguably the best film directed by the most popular of post '60s Hungarian filmmakers, Confidence is a taut tale."   - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"The central performances are flawless."  - Time Out 

"Subtle, haunting imagery, fine acting and directorial concern make this almost Kafkaesque film an absorbing drama." - Variety

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Nov 17 to Dec 31

Dir. Istvan Szabo - 1981 - 146m - Hungary - in German, Hungarian with English subtitles

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From the Hungarian auteur Istvan Szabo - The 1981 Academy Award-winning (Best Foreign Language Film) Mephisto concerns a passionate, but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved.   

"There has been precious little incisive appraisal of the precise seductive allure of fascism, and certainly none to match that offered by Szabó's remarkable film." - Paul Taylor, Time Out (London)

"This film is a work of art. The film transmits its messages so forcefully that no one can remain unaffected." - Ingmar Bergman

"One of the greatest movie performances I've ever seen. A performance of electrifying power." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 "Magnificent and distinguished. It's more than a mercy, it's a coup." - David Thomson 

"Few have dared what Brandauer accomplishes: showing us a good actor responding to the same neurotic drive for the center of the stage, the immortalizing role. His is a great performance, nothing less." - Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine   

"Brilliant metaphorical filmmaking." - Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe

"Possesses an inner momentum and the film as a whole, with its dynamic leading performance, has an energy reminiscent of the films of Andrzej Wajda." - David Shipman

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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes - available in our at-home virtual cinema!

Nov 18 to Dec 31

Dir. Alison Reid - 2019 - 83m - Canada

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In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild.  In THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES Anne (now 85) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world’s first ‘giraffologist’, whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.

"Alison Reid deserves high praise for fine storytelling, combining ecology and social-justice issues while focusing on a woman ahead of her times, whose ambitions were thwarted by institutional sexism." - Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star

"The film is a triumph and inspiration." - Steven Prokopy, Third Coast Review

"The Woman Who Loves Giraffes shows the important scientific contributions and fascinating life of a giraffe-loving feminist pioneer." - Gillian Anderson, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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