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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."
F11 AND BE THERE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 24 Min
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Synopsis (First Run Features)
"For 65 years and counting, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in American history. From Martin Luther King to Woodstock to America's small towns and back roads, Uzzle's photographs have provided a breathtaking commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art. An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, F11 AND BE THERE captures the life and artistry of this most unique American photographer." Glenn Kenny of THE NEW YORK TIMES wrote, Critic's Pick! Burk Uzzle, the subject of this unusually distinctive documentary, doesn't have the name recognition of Bill Cunningham or Jay Maisel, two lensmen highlighted in recent features, but he should. The film is as beautifully composed as Uzzle's pictures. The director Jethro Waters also shot the movie, a subtle feast of light and color."
MAJOR ARCANA
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 22 Min
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Synopsis (Kino Lorber)
"Dink (Ujon Tokarski) is an itinerant carpenter with a reputation for drunkenness and duplicity. After a long absence he returns to Vermont, newly sober, to take possession of his father’s estate: a derelict trailer, $15K hidden in a wall vent, and fifty-two acres of wilderness. He soon crosses paths with Sierra (Tara Summers), a cashier/Tarot reader with whom he shares a complicated past, and sets out to prove to her that he’s turned his life around. Inspired by the beauty of his new land, Dink cuts down a stand of pine trees and sets to the arduous task of building a timber-frame log cabin by hand. Meanwhile, Dink’s mother, Jean (Lane Bradbury), hounds him for the small inheritance she believes is rightfully hers. Alone in the woods Dink finds solace. There he can lose himself in his work, timber by back-breaking timber, and escape the persistent reminders of his shoddy existence. But as the cabin takes shape, and with his sobriety in jeopardy, Dink must at last choose his fate: darkness or light. Or maybe it’s not quite that simple... A raw depiction of America’s rural working class, it’s a story both universal and resonant to our uncertain times." Click the link to watch the trailer then gain 72 hour access to the film for $12.
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.
MY NAME IS PEDRO
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 27 Min
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Synopsis (Circle Collective)
Now Playing Virtually! "Lillian LaSalle's documentary explores what public education meant to South Bronx Latino maverick educator, Pedro Santana, and what he, in turn, meant to public education." Click to order the film now for $8.99.
SAUL AND RUBY'S HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR BAND
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 21 Min
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Synopsis (Samuel Goldwyn)
"Like many survivors of the Holocaust, after World War II, Saul and Ruby moved to America, started families and careers, grew old, and retired to South Florida. For them, retirement could have been the last chapter in their story. But then they decided to start a klezmer band, named the Holocaust Survivor Band. The band summons the bittersweet memories of childhood in Poland, but more than that, it is a celebration of life. In this utterly heart-affecting and enthralling film, we follow Saul and Ruby’s musical journey, which begins in total obscurity, playing in residential homes for the elderly and small Jewish community organizations, to being invited to perform at venues across the country, including a coveted performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. This unique and compelling story is about having the courage to live one’s dreams, finding purpose and meaning in life at any age, the transcendent power of music, and the importance of speaking out against anti-Semitism and bigotry."
AGGIE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 Hr 32 Min
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Synopsis (Strand Releasing)
Now Available in our Virtual Cinema! "AGGIE is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists–particularly women and people of color–and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The film opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” For $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight justice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way."
CITY HALL
Rating: NR
Running Time: 4 Hrs 32 Min
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Synopsis (Zipporah Films)
Available starting Nov. 6! "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)
Available starting Nov. 6! "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."
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 speaks to one of their upcoming events. RECON (based on the novel PEACE by Richard Bausch) will be available for you to watch in our Virtual Cinema starting Nov. 11...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."
ENDING DISEASE
Rating: NR
Running Time: 2 Hrs 2 Min
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Synopsis (Passion River)
Available Starting Nov. 13. "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.