DEC 5th WORK-IN-PROGRESS SCREENING
Get a sneak peak at AMERICAN REDS!
Get a sneak peak at AMERICAN REDS!
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Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind – while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and- given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week – hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell). Lynn Shelton, whose unique directorial voice created such astutely observed comedies as YOUR SISTER’S SISTER and HUMPDAY, crafts a sweet, romantic coming-of-age comedy about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional way as they make through the imperfect realities of modern day life. Keira Knightley shines as Megan, a rare female sla
4:30 pm Tree Lighting Bridge & Union Streets Followed by meet Santa at ACME Screening Room and film MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL Rated G; 1 hour 25 minutes FREE...
This film is part of ACME’s Work-In-Progress Series: A sneak peek for audience members into the creative process of emerging and established Directors who will present their latest work for our discussion and feedback. AMERICAN REDS tells the story of the efforts of a group of American men and women who joined the Communist PartyUSA with the vision to create a brave new world of socialism in the United States between 1930 and 1946. They fought for the rights of workers to organize unions and against racism and fascism. But the Party failed to establish roots in American soil because it subordinated itself to the Soviet Union and remained willfully blind to its tyranny and murderous nature. Not Yet Rated; Approximate film length, 90 minutes
Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, LOW DOWN is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds, in which Joe and Amy-Jo strive to live the lives they want against seemingly insurmountable odds. 1 hr 54 mins, rated R Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXFi2KoREW4
Director Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts a delectable showcase of gastronomy and a touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. SOUL OF A BANQUET features interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Cecilia Chiang herself. English and Mandarian with English Subtitles. 1 hr 18 mins, rated NR. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3fY6sCQQvc
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
• 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
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/