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Film + Director - EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL
Film + Director - EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL
Author Reading & Supper Club with Seamus McGraw
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In JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes –Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow. The film asks and answers the question, “Why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck cozying up with Bing Crosby under a blanket of snow?” With rollicking live performances, intimate interviews, and a kaleidoscope of touching and rare archive footage, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a cinematic sleigh-ride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. It’s also a mix-tape of twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard. Not Rated 1h 34m Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wUIIssu9_E
Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. Trailer: http://youtu.be/gseZBhZqvb0
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Farsi with English subtitles 1 hr 39 mins, rated NR Watch Trailer http://www.kinolorber.com/film.php?id=1833
In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “…let the fire burn.” Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history. 1 hr 35 mins, rated NR Watch Trailer http://letthefireburn.com/
Join us to celebrate Martin Luther King Day in advance! Screening will be followed by Discussion with the Director via Skype. How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? In this Spike Lee produced SXSW documentary "Evolution of a Criminal", filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe looks at how his choice to commit armed bank robbery at 16 affected family, friends and victims. Watch Trailer: http://itvs.org/films/evolution-of-a-criminal
Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile, Dino’s teenage daughter’s relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi’s playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Paolo Virzì’s taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character’s perspective. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. Italian with English subt
PIPELINES SERIES: presents creative work to raise awareness/discussion on the proposed PennEast Pipeline in our area. Reading followed by discussion and Supper Club with the author for ticket holders. The End of Country (Random House) is author Seamus McGraw's deeply personal story of how fracking has turned his quiet, rural Pennsylvania community, and his family legacy, inside out. With wry wit and absolute candor, McGraw strikes the perfect balance between informing the reader about the complexities of a natural gas boom, and presenting a compelling memoir with a kooky yet genuine cast of characters. McGraw's other books include, Betting the Farm on A Drought: Stories from the Front Line of Climate Change, and Jack of Spades
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicat...
• This screening will be followed by Q&A with actor, Jacques Mitchell and a Supper Club for ticket holders. • A short film written and directed by Flavio Alves, starring Academy nominees Burt Young & Sally Kirkland. For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael's long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along. With long-held mysteries thrust into the open, the foundation of their marriage and the path of their golden years is suddenly rocked. Now, they must redefine their future, and decide if it is one their love can survive. 17 Minutes, Adult Audiences Watch Trailer http://vimeo.com/97679110
Field Biologist is the story of 22-year-old Tyler Christensen, a remarkably talented but somewhat rudderless high school graduate from New Jersey still trying to figure out what to do with his life. Tyler’s great love is being outside, chasing birds and studying wildlife. One day he decides—brushing aside his lack of a college degree or scientific credentials—to drop everything and travel to Costa Rica to start doing his own conservation-oriented research on birds in the tropics. http://www.fieldbiologistmovie.com/
Followed by discussion led by Professor Mort Winston, The College of New Jersey and students in his Social Justice seminar. WHO CARES? carries a very empowering message for individuals: anyone can be a changemaker, regardless of leadership or marketable skills. It starts with having a vision for society while seeking accomplishment in one’s life through contributions to improving the lives of others. 93 minutes http://www.whocaresthefilm.com/
Followed by Discussion with Director, Jenifer McShane, led by Professor Mort Winston, The College of New Jersey Filmmaker Jenifer McShane spent four years visiting Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and following the women and their families. A mother herself, Jenifer was drawn to the universal themes of motherhood and the staggering power of the mother-child relationship. As we watch the mothers inside Bedford trying to become their better selves, we see parts of our own selves – and that gives us all hope. 1 hour 33 minutes http://www.mothersofbedford.com/
Followed by discussion led by Professor Mort Winston, The College of New Jersey and students in his Social Justice seminar. GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality? 96 Minutes http://gideonsarmythefilm.com/