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OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2015 - Program A
OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2015 - Program B
Jan 31 @ 11 AM & Feb 2 @ 7 PM:
BALLET: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND*
Feb 6: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
Feb 11 @ 7 PM: I AM A GIRL*
Feb 12 @ 7:30 PM: HITS*
Feb 13: DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS
Feb 24 @ TBA: THE HOMESTRETCH*
Feb 27: MAPS TO THE STARS
Mar 5 @ 7:30 PM: LOVE HUNTER*
Mar 10 @ 7 PM: LEFT FOOT, RIGHT FOOT*
Mar 13: THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
Mar 20: COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF
5 Oscar Nominations, Starring Steve Carell
Opening Friday, January 30, 2015
FOXCATCHER is a psychological drama directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe winner STEVE CARELL, CHANNING TATUM, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award nominee MARK RUFFALO, Academy Award winner VANESSA REDGRAVE and SIENNA MILLER. The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award nominee DAN FUTTERMAN. FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins "coaching" a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.
2 hr 10 min • R • Drama • Dir. Bennett Miller
OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2015: PROGRAM A
Opening Friday, January 30, 2015 • 81 min
Dir. Aneta Kopacz • 40 min • from Poland • Polish w/English subtitles
Thanks to her blog, for many people Joanna has become an icon of a thoughtful and joyful life. The blog describes her daily life honestly and accurately: her goals are as simple as a family trip to the Polish lake district; her planning as short-term as witnessing her son's first successful bike ride without training wheels. She starts the blog when she finds out she has cancer and is given three months to live. Then she promises her 5-year-old son, Jas, that she will do her best to survive for as long as possible. And she starts writing for him. The documentary shows the everyday existence of Joanna, her husband Piotr, and little Jas. It is as discreet as it is moving. Through few well-chosen words and observations it manages to be both essential and sensuous. A story of thoughtfulness in death, life and love.
CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1
Dir. Ellen Goosenberg Kent & Dana Perry • 39 min • from U.S. • English
They served their country overseas. Now, many military veterans must turn to the unique services of the Veterans' Crisis Line to help with their own personal and professional traumas at home. This documentary profiles several of the VCL counselors who work the phones of this 24-hour service, providing support, guidance, and hope to active and retired servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles.
OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2015 - PROGRAM B
Opening Friday, January 30, 2015 • 79 min
Dir. Tomasz Sliwinski & Maciej Slesicki • 27 min • from Poland • Polish w/English subtitles
A mother and father face the difficulties of caring for a baby who has been born with a life-threatening congenital breathing disorder known as Ondine's curse.
Dir. J. Christian Jensen • 20 min • from U.S. • English & Spanish w/English subtitles
Three children and an immigrant mother face a long and difficult winter in North Dakota, which has attracted many people seeking work during an oil boom.
THE REAPER (La Parka)
Dir. Gabriel Serra Arguello • 29 min • from Mexico • Spanish w/English subtitles
For the past 25 years, Efrain has worked in a slaughterhouse, where he has developed an intimate relationship with both death and what one must sometimes do to live.
*BALLET: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
A Royal Opera House Production Streamed Live from London to D.C., Co-Starring a D.C. Native
Only Saturday, January 31 @ 11 AM & Monday, February 2 @ 7 PM
Christopher Wheeldon’s ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995 and was greeted with delight by audiences. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks to make Wonderland wonderfully real.
Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters, from the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage, to dancing playing cards, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. Alice and the Knave of Hearts dance a tender, loving pas de deux of delicate beauty. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story—a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all created in vivid detail.
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award & Philadelphia Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
Opening Friday, February 6, 2015
Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn's punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn's obsession with erotica quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to a breaking point.
"An act of cinephilic homage that transcends pastiche to become its own uniquely sensuous cinematic object, Strickland’s densely layered, slyly funny portrayal of the sadomasochistic affair between two lesbian entomologists tips its hats to such masters of costumed erotica as Jess Franco, Tinto Brass and Jean Rollin, without ever cheapening its strange but affecting love story." —Variety
1 hr 46 min • NR • Drama • Dir. Peter Strickland
*I AM A GIRL
5 Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Award Nominations, including Best Documentary & Director
Only Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 7 PM
TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE ON GATHR.US HERE
Six girls on the brink of womanhood prepare to become extraordinary.
There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, I AM A GIRL, a feature length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century.
As a day on earth transpires from dawn to dusk and into the night, we meet Manu, Kimsey, Aziza, Habiba, Breani and Katie—each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of what it means to grow up female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humor.
I AM A GIRL is an inspirational feature length documentary that paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. Feminism may have promised equality and sought a better and fairer world for women but the reality is that girls make up almost a quarter of the world’s population yet still face the greatest discrimination of any group in the world. Technology and science offer unimaginable potential but we still struggle to ensure men and women are afforded equal opportunities. Yet in spite of these obstacles, girls have found extraordinary ways to persevere and in our documentary we hear their stories of strength, hope, courage and a refusal to be second best.
1 hr 28 min • NR • Documentary, Biography, Drama
Dir. Rebecca Barry
The Kickstarter-Funded Special at the Sundance Film Festival
Only Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Director David Cross will join us for a Q&A after the movie.
Tickets must be purchased IN PERSON IN CASH on THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT ONLY. We will start selling tickets at 5 PM on a pay what you want basis, where you can decide the price of your ticket at the door ($0, $100, $1000?). No advance or online sales.
HITS is a dark drama-comedy (dramedy?) exploring the nature of fame in 21st century YouTube America. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It's a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them.
Starring Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Meredith Hagner, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, and Michael Cera.
If you like the idea of paying what you want for a film, check out their Kickstarter for more information.
1 hr 40 min • R • Drama, Comedy, Dramedy • Dir. David Cross
DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS
A Kickstarter-Funded SPIKE LEE Film
Opening Friday, February 13, 2015
A SPIKE LEE joint, DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is a new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette's wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society. A reinterpretation of Bill Gunn's horror cult film "Ganja & Hess," which played as a Critics' Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee's stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.
2 hrs 3 min • NR • Drama • Dir. Spike Lee
"Heartrending" —The AV Club
Only Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ TBA
Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of?
1 hr 29 min • NR • Documentary, Special Interest • Dir. Anne de Mare & Kirsten Kelly
MAPS TO THE STARS
Starring Oscar Nominee JULIANNE MOORE
Opening Friday, February 27, 2015
With this tale of a secret-filled Hollywood family on the verge of implosion, director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) forges both a wicked social satire and a very human ghost story from our celebrity-obsessed culture. Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in a sun-soaked Southern California rife with money, dreams, fame, envy, angst, yearning—and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (JOHN CUSACK) is a famed TV self-help therapist, whose "Hour of Personal Power" has brought him an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (OLIVIA WILLIAMS) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (EVAN BIRD), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.
1 hr 52 min • R • Comedy • Dir. David Cronenberg
New York Times Critic's Pick
Only Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Serbian w/English subtitles)
He doesn’t look like a stereotypical rock star, but this rough-hewn dynamo of a Manhattan cab driver, who hauls a guitar in the trunk, is the real deal. Milan Mumin is an idolized rock’n’roll icon back home in Serbia, as well as a political activist hero with nerve and charm to spare. LOVE HUNTER makes the most of the musician’s considerable charisma, pounding out a fictional story of an immigrant’s faltering dream to finance recording sessions with nights behind the wheel while balancing a compromised love life with a foot in both worlds.
1 hr 26 min • NR • Musical, Performing Arts, Drama
Dir. Branislav "Brane" Bala & Nemanja Bala
*left foot, right foot
3 Wins & 4 Nominations at Montreal World Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, & Swiss Film Prize
Only Tuesday, March 10, 2015 @ 7 PM (French w/English subtitles)
Presented by the Embassy of Switzerland as part of the annual Festival de la Francophonie, aimed to showcase the French culture in its diverse aspects
Marie, 19, is attracted to easy money. Without really realizing it, she becomes involved in prostitution. She decides not to tell her friend, Vincent, a young, nonchalant, 21-year-old skater who owes everyone money and just can’t seem to grow up. The maelstrom of life seizes Marie and Vincent, caught up in a society where money, appearance and perpetual self-delusion are everything. Vincent’s mute, autistic brother, Mika, also gets caught in the trap.
1 hr 45 min • NR • Drama • Dir. Germinal Roaux
THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
Welcome to the Mind of "Houdini"
Opening Friday, March 13, 2015
Once known as Houdini for his multiple and improbable jailbreaks, Mark DeFriest was condemned to Florida's toughest prison after a lone psychiatrist declared he was faking mental illness. When that doctor reaches out 30 years later, DeFriest finds an unlikely ally willing to examine his infamous past and offer new insights to the Parole Commission.
1 hr 32 min • R • Documentary, Animation, Special Interest
Dir. Gabriel London
COMPARED TO WHAT:
THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK
Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection & Frameline Film Fest Audience Award
Opening Friday, March 20, 2015
An intimate portrait of recently retired Congressman Barney Frank, one of our most well-known and least understood political figures, this documentary alternates between deeply personal moments and the inner workings of our political process. Rare archival material and interviews reveal the emotional pain and harmful effects of a closeted life, the relief of coming out and the triumph of love through the Congressman's historic same-sex marriage. Frank's journey is our country's journey, a classic American story about a dedicated public servant who never loses hope.
1 hr 33 min • NR • Documentary, Special Interest
Dir. Michael Chandler & Sheila Canavan