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October Is Looking Like Documentary Month

If you’ve been coming to our screenings for a while, you know we love documentaries. (Our audiences love them too!). After a run of great indie features, it looks like we will be screening two wonderful documentaries in October. We’re not quite ready to release the titles, but stay tuned. We expect to announcing our October films by 10/3.

Don’t Think Twice

Don't Think Twice

Don’t Think Twice

Hitchcock/Truffaut and Little Men next week

Next week, we kick off our fall screenings with two outstanding films: Sundance 2016 hit “Little Men” and “Hitchcock/Truffaut”, a completely unique documentary that presents a series of interviews of Hitchcock by famed French filmmaker (and serious Hitchcock fan) Francois Truffaut. We’ll run these films next weekend (Sept. 16 – 19) – showtimes to be released in a few days. Stay tuned. We hope to have some post-film discussion with speakers for Hitchcock/Truffaut.

Stay tuned.

Hitchcock/Truffaut

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New Zealand “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”: Charmlingly Offbeat

Something about summer – more relaxed, more socializing…the best summer movies are usually happier and lighter.

Often, summer movies can be light on substance. But this isn’t the case with “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”. Make no mistake; it is a comedy, and you will laugh. But it’s not a site-gag film; it has substance.  Here’s how the NY Times review begins:

““Hunt for the Wilderpeople” takes a troika of familiar story types — the plucky kid, the crusty geezer, the nurturing bosom — and strips them of cliché. Charming and funny, it is a drama masquerading as a comedy about an unloved boy whom nobody wants until someone says, Yes, I’ll love him. Much of the humor comes from the child, who’s at once a pip and a gloriously expressive ambassador for the director Taika Waititi’s cleareyed take on human nature and movies. Mr. Waititi knows that we love to cry at sad and bad times, but he also knows that people in pain need to get on with their lives.”

This is director Taika Waititi’s third film, but he is increasingly a filmmaker to watch:

“Mr. Waititi’s expansive sense of human beings in “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” allows his characters to endure loss and hardship without forcing them to be wholly limited by their suffering, as marginalized people too often are in fiction … He’s still finding his way, but he’s already a director who — as he does in a shot of a friendly, undefeated child pausing to wave at a pursuer — can distill a worldview into a single, perfect cinematic moment.”

Here’s the full review from the New York Times:  

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/movies/hunt-for-the-wilderpeople-review.html?referrer=google_kp&_r=0

“The Music Of Strangers” – Title doesn’t convey the warmth and beauty of this film.

Last night, we had our first screening of “The Music of Strangers”, a doc about Yo-Yo Ma’s interesting musical journey with an amazing group of international artists.

At the beginning of the film, Ma shares that his career started when he was very young – 5 or 6 – and he never “chose” to become a musician. As he got older, he began his own search for meaning in his career. The result was reaching out to a variety of musicians from countries that are part of the former “Silk Road”, which basically spans central and southern asia. This ensemble first got together in 2000 – as an experiment. After 9/11, they were drawn to continue their exploration and collaboration. The ensemble is quite large and we don’t meet every musician. But the ones we do meet are very talented and deeply affecting, telling their stories as an artist, and as a citizen of the world. This charismatic film takes you on quite a journey – to many places, and it is pure joy to watch these artists make music under very unusual circumstances.  It’s difficult to convey how uplifting and enjoyable the film is and what an intimate portrait we see.

We have one more showing, this Sunday, August 14 at 4 pm.  Don’t miss this gorgeous film.  Use the link below to see the trailer.

http://www.silkroadproject.org/posts/the-music-of-strangers

The Music of Strangers

MoS-1-poster ”The Music of Strangers” shows a side of Yo-Yo Ma you may not know: as founder of The Silk Road Ensemble. Ma organized this collective of musicians from around the world in 2000. The idea: bring great musicians together from around the globe to create something fresh.

“Beautifully shot, deeply philosophical Documentary” The Washington Post

“I don ‘t think Yo-Yo sees himself as a cellist…He sees himself as someone who wants to change the world, and half the time he happens to be carrying a cello”. Wall Street Journal

Join us for an opening night reception and discussion after the Thursday night screening, led by Musician and Music teacher Richard Fron.