CONSCIENTIOUS PROJECTIONS: Freedom On My Mind
Not everything about the New Year is worth celebrating. With voter suppression making a comeback decades after voting rights ostensibly became available to all American citizens, media on the left and right both indulging conspiracies and failing to be fully accountable, the expansion of the surveillance state, and threats from the President-Elect to infringe various rights, it is now the responsibility of all citizens to remain active in and conscious of the sociopolitical sphere.
Conscientious Projections is our new monthly series, spotlighting films that address topics of social and political significance. In addition to a screening, academics, journalists and activists will join us to discuss relevant issues and provoke a discussion of what each of us can do to protect our rights.
2016 was the first presidential election since the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act, and reports have emerged from numerous states regarding an insufficient number of polling centers, reduced hours, ID laws, and other restrictions that have disproportionately affected minorities. Accordingly, our first screening, on January 16, Martin Luther King Day will be Freedom On My Mind, a Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Academy Award-nominated documentary focusing on the struggle for voting rights in Mississippi from 1961-1964. Speakers TBA.
AMERICAN COOL: Heroes and Anti-Heroes of Hollywood Cinema
A New Year begets a new series. From the noble detectives or rebels fighting for what’s right in a corrupt world to the crooks and gangsters forced into a life of crime by lack of opportunity, Hollywood has never been lacking in memorable protagonists. Join us as we look back on these icons of the silver screen every third Friday of the month, beginning with William Friedkin’s The French Connection. Whether they’re the neglected souls led astray by the trappings of patriarchy and capitalism or the ostensibly noble ones who benefit from the system, they have one thing in common: they’re a joy to watch.
After Spring with director Q&A
While the refugee crisis – the world’s largest since World War II – may not be dominating the headlines at the moment, it has not been abated. After Spring follows two refugee families residing in Zaatari refugee camp deciding whether to resettle once again or remain in the camp, which aid workers fight to keep running. Directors Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
FIRST FRIGHTDAYS: The Eyes of My Mother
Our First Frightdays series highlighting the best in classic and contemporary horror film continues with the Sundance breakout The Eyes of My Mother. Shot in crisp black and white, the haunting, and at times disturbing, visual compositions evoke its protagonist’s isolation and illuminate her deeply unbalanced worldview. Genre-inflected, but so strikingly unique as to defy categorization, writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s assured feature debut allows us only an elliptical presence in Francisca’s world, guiding our imaginations to follow her into peculiar, secret places.
Have a drink on us…FIRST: On January 7, enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof with a shot of chartreuse. The only liquor so good they named a color after it! THEN: On January 13, Experience Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann’s richly saturated and feverish ode to truth, beauty, freedom, and love, how you always wanted: tripping on Absinthe. We’re teaming up with Doc Herson’s natural spirits to transport you back to Paris at the turn of the century when absinthe and love reigned supreme over bohemia. Enjoy with a complimentary glass of absinthe. Each ticket includes a complimentary glass of Doc Herson’s green absinthe, courtesy Doc Herson’s Natural Spirits! PLUS: January 14, enjoy a Swingers drink-along and on January 21, Airplane with alcohol served in airplane bottles, and on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with gin & tonics on January 27!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Fantastic Planet (with live score!)
Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. January 26. Presented by Loveless Records.
SPECIAL SCREENING: Things to Come
In the latest film by Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Goodbye First Love), Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family. But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. Details TBA.
PLUS: Mubi Presents Battle Royale; Books on Film: Paul Verheoven interviews; Son of Joseph sneak preview; His Girl Friday; and a special screening of Things to Come, the new film by Mia Hansen-Løve!