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WBCN AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Rating: NR
Running Time: 2 Hrs 4 Min
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Synopsis (press notes)
Now Available! "WBCN AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION follows a compelling cast of characters as their lives connect and intersect during the rise of the legendary radio station that became both a player in and a platform for the explosive rock ‘n roll counterculture, passionate anti-war movement, and burgeoning civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights movements. The dramatic and compelling stories in WBCN AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION are interwoven with the original sights and sounds of the critical events of the late 1960s and early 1970s, thanks to more than 100,000 audio and visual items, many of which were donated to the project by members of the WBCN community and the station’s many listeners and fans. The material includes never before exhibited film shot by Andy Warhol and cinema vérité pioneer Ricky Leacock, images from notable photographers including the late Peter Simon, brother of singer Carly Simon, and Jeff Albertson, as well as aircheck audio from memorable on-air, in-studio moments."
MODERN PERSUASION
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 27 Min
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Synopsis (Samuel Goldwyn)
Now Available! We're delighted to bring this romantic comedy with a stellar cast and directed by Jonathan Lisecki and Alex Appel to our Virtual Cinema. Jonathan Lisecki was a special guest several years ago at The Dayton LGBT Film Festival with his hit comedy GAYBY. "A modern telling of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION. Wren Cosgrove is a happy, single, and self-confessed workaholic who, after rising to the top of the corporate ladder, finds herself coming home every night to her cat. When her firm is hired by Owen Jasper, “the man who got away,” long-lost feelings are stirred, giving Wren a second chance at true love."
MONSOON
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 25 Min
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Synopsis (Strand Releasing)
Now Available! "Kit (Henry Golding from CRAZY RICH ASIANS) returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six years old when his family fled the country in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. There he meets Lee, his estranged second cousin, Linh, a young Vietnamese student, and arranges an online date that turns into something more with Lewis (Parker Sawyers from SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU), an American clothing designer. Struggling to make sense of himself in a city he’s no longer familiar with, he embarks on a personal journey across the country that opens up the possibility for friendship, love and happiness."
THE DONUT KING
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 30 Min
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Synopsis (Greenwich Entertainment)
We offered this film in person, and audiences absolutely loved it! And because we're not able to hold it over and because it's available to us in a virtual format, we are now offering this film in our Virtual Cinema! Rated "100% Fresh" on rottentomatoes! "Ted’s story is one of fate, love, survival, hard knocks, and redemption. It’s the rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975 and building an unlikely multi-million-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. Ted sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979 he was living the American Dream. But, in life, great rise can come with great falls."
RECON (based on the novel PEACE)
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 35 Min
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Synopsis (Brainstorm Media)
We're partnering with The Dayton Literary Peace Prize to bring a film that ties into their upcoming events. RECON (based on the novel PEACE by Richard Bausch) is now available in our Virtual Cinema...then on November 16, you can join this wonderful organization's discussion "Turn the Page: The Legacy of War" - a discussion between Richard Bausch and Andrew Krivak - both prize recipients from The Dayton Literary Peace Prize. For details about the special event with DLPP, copy and paste this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turn-the-page-the-legacy-of-war-registration-124133910869. "Adapted from the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller PEACE by famed author Richard Bausch, and based on a true event – RECON tells the story of four American soldiers in WW2, who after they witness a vicious murder of an innocent civilian at the hands of their platoon Sergeant, are sent on a reconnaissance/suicide mission lead by a local partisan, an elderly man whose indeterminate loyalties add to the terror and confusion that engulfs the Americans as they are hunted by an unseen enemy. RECON centers around young men in the midst of war. The action occurs over the course of one long day between four soldiers placed in a crucible, as they debate both their fates and that of life itself. Each has a different perspective, liberal, racist, uncertain - a metaphor for the America both of 1945 and 2018. As the soldiers fight amongst themselves they realize they are being both hunted and haunted by a mysterious sniper and the specter of a burning question - is their Italian guide, this old man from the village, a fascist sympathiser who wishes to lead them to their death? As they struggle to make it off the mountain alive, these American soldiers face the worst that war can offer men…. and through this each finds their own peace."
CHUCK LEAVELL: THE TREE MAN
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 43 Min
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Synopsis (Gravitas Ventures)
Daytonian Allen Farst has a new documentary about a rock'n'roll legend that is filled with big stars. "Filmed in four countries with more than 80 interviews from artists with a combined 58 Grammy Awards by the artist included, CHUCK LEAVELL: THE TREE MAN is the cinematic documentary that shines a light on one of the greatest rock’n roll pianists and keyboardists over the last 40 years. Not just known for his musical influence, Leavell is also one of the biggest names in environmental forestry and was selected the National Tree Farmer of the Year in the United States. His commitment to the planet and his strong family ties are refreshing reminders to be kind and treat your neighbor with respect. As Leavell puts it, 'if you cut a tree down, plant two for the next guy.'Featuring: Allman Brothers Dickey Betts and; Warren Haynes; Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Woods; President Jimmy Carter; Eric Clapton; Chris Robinson; Mike Mills; Pat Monahan; John Bell; Lee Ann Womack; Bruce Hornsby; John Popper; Bonnie Raitt; Julian Lennon; Charlie Daniels; Miranda Lambert; John Mayer; and David Gilmore, among others"
CITY HALL
Rating: NR
Running Time: 4 Hrs 32 Min
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Synopsis (Zipporah Films)
"Fresh off its high profile screenings at the Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals - and featuring a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating - Frederick Wiseman's latest film arrives at the crux of a major crossroads for our nation. City government touches almost every aspect of our lives. Most of us are unaware of or take for granted these necessary services such as police, fire, sanitation, veterans affairs, elder support, parks, licensing of various professional activities, recordkeeping of birth, marriage and death as well as hundreds of other activities that support Boston residents and visitors. CITY HALL, by Frederick Wiseman, shows the efforts by Boston city government to provide these services. The film also illustrates the variety of ways the city administration enters into civil discourse with the citizens of Boston. Mayor Walsh and his administration are presented addressing a number of their policy priorities which include racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, and homelessness. CITY HALL shows a city government successfully offering a wide variety of services to a diverse population."
RADIUM GIRLS
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 42 Min
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Synopsis (Juno Films)
"Teenage sisters, Bessie and Jo, dream of faraway places as they paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium Factory. When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world turns upside down as the mystery of Jo’s disease slowly unravels. Bessie befriends two young activists and in a radical coming of age, she investigates a corporate scandal. Bessie and the 'Radium Girls' file a lawsuit against American Radium. The notorious case ultimately led to a lasting impact in the area of workplace health and safety as well as the study of radioactivity."
NATIONTIME
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 20 Min
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Synopsis (Kino Lorber)
"NATIONTIME is the long-lost film that William Greaves made about the National Black Political Convention of 1972, when 10,000 black politicians, activists and artists went to Gary, Indiana, to forge a national unity platform in advance of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. The delegates included a wide array of political thinkers - Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale, Pan-Africanist Amiri Baraka, PUSH founder Jesse Jackson, elected officials Ron Dellums, Charles Diggs, Walter Fauntroy, Richard Hatcher, Carl McCall, plus key women in the fight for racial equality -- Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz, Fannie Lou Hamer and Queen Mother Moore (who was arguing for reparations). Entertainers Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Isaac Hayes and Richard Roundtree lent their star quality and entertained the crowds. Sidney Poitier & Harry Belafonte narrate the film."
MADRE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 2 Hrs 8 Min
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Synopsis (Strand Releasing)
If you attended the Oscar Nominated Narrative shorts a couple years ago at THE NEON, then you've seen the wonderful short film on which this exquisite Spanish/French dramatic thriller is based. "Elena receives a call from her six-year-old son, who tells her that he is lost on a beach in France and that he does not find his father. These desperate words of his son were the last that she learned about him. In the end, she finds herself on the same beach where her son disappeared, works as a manager in a restaurant and begins to leave this dark tunnel, where she has been anchored for so long. After ten years her life shakes again when she accidentally meets Gene, a French teenager resembling her son. A strong bond arises between them, which ultimately wreaks havoc and mistrust around them."
DATING AMBER
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 32 Min
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Synopsis (Samuel Goldwyn)
Now Available! "DATING AMBER is a poignant, honest and funny look at the highs and lows of teenage life where the only way to fit in is to not be yourself, even if this goes against your very being. Set-in Ireland during the mid-90’s, Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his Dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to the liberal hub of London. However, their ‘ideal’ arrangement begins to fall apart, forcing Eddie deeper into denial as Amber realizes that a perilous future awaits her best friend unless she intervenes. DATING AMBER is a love letter to all those kids who grew up in a small town and who needed to escape in order to be themselves." Click the link to watch the trailer and gain 72 hour access for $12.
ENDING DISEASE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 2 Hrs 2 Min
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Synopsis (Passion River)
Available Starting Dec. 4. "ENDING DISEASE follows the amazing personal stories of patients from the first generation of FDA approved clinical trials using stem cell and regenerative medicine to attempt to cure the most vexing diseases and conditions known to humanity: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injury, eye disease and more. Ending Disease shows how stem cell and regenerative medicine are fundamentally changing medicine from treatments to cures." One subject of this film is Wright State basketball player Ryan Custer who suffered a neck injury and has been part of these advanced medical trials.
ANOTHER ROUND
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 Hr 57 Min
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Synopsis (Samuel Goldwyn)
Available starting Dec. 4! "There's a theory that we should be born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood, and that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. If Churchill won WW2 in a heavy daze of alcohol, who knows what a few drops might do for them and their students? Initial results are positive, and the teachers' little project turns into a genuine academic study. Both their classes and their results continue to improve, and the group feels alive again! As the units are knocked back, some of the participants see further improvement and others go off the rails. It becomes increasingly clear that while alcohol may have fueled great results in world history, some bold acts carry consequences."