Upcoming Films

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Finding Vivian Maier

Compelling … haunting … captivating.”–Variety
John Maloof discovered the work of an amazing photographer—a nanny whom, over the course of 40 years, took more than 100,000 photographs. As Vivian Maier’s work is discovered, in storage lockers and thrift stores, she is being recognized as one of the 20th century’s most prolific and gifted street photographers. Using her unseen photographs and 8mm films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her, Maloof tells the story of an unsung master of 20th century expression. (U.S., 2013, 83m, DCP, IFC Films)

Starts April 25

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Jodorowsky's Dune

I don’t hope to see a movie at Cannes, or all year long, that’s as inspiring …  (Jodorowsky) is brilliant, passionate, ferocious and hilarious.” –Salon

In 1975, cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN) optioned the rights to Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune. Director Frank Pavich’s inspiring documentary lets us explore the detailed process of preparing the hallucinatory project that was not to be. Jodorowsky is passionate and funny as shows the storyboards prepared in hopes for the 14-hour movie he described as “the most important picture in the history of humanity. “I didn’t read Dune,” he said, “but I had a friend who said it was fantastic.” With Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, Pink Floyd and others signing on to help, it probably would have been. (U.S./France, 2013, 97m)

Starts April 25

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NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage

Kevin Spacey and 20 gifted British and American actors take a whirlwind ten-month international tour of Richard III, directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY). This documentary, following from rehearsal to premiere and then through the tour, we see Spacey’s revelatory performance and the incredible leadership and vision that Mendes brings to the production. It’s a remarkable window into theatre at its highest level. (d. Jeremy Whelehan, U.S., 2014, 93m, DCP)

7:30p Tuesday, April 29

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A Birder's Guide to Everything

On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, 15-year-old David Portnoy spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small. A charming mix of SIDEWAYS and STAND BY ME. 

Starts May 2

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Santa Fe Film Festival: The Other Brother

The Other Brother illuminates the extraordinary lives of Jesse and Tom Flowers. Jesse, solitary and troubled who found solace in little else but his art; Tom, successful artist and professor. Jesse’s work feels crowded, humorous and primordial; Tom’s feels open and contemporary. By pairing their artwork we see an artistic dialog that transcends decades of estrangement. We sense that Tom, looking through family photographs and Jesse’s artwork, gets to know his brother in a way he never knew him in life. Director in attendance. 71m.

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Short | 26 mins. | USA
Director: Lindsey Lindenbaum
The filmmaker’s late father–a man obsessed with documenting his life on film–unravels his own story by recording things he left behind.
1:00p Friday, May 2
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Love is Strange:

RomCom Shorts Program

Le Train Bleu
Short | 18 mins. | France
Director: Stephanie Assimacopoulo

Rolling Romance
Short | 29 mins. | USA
Director: David Conley

Short | 12 mins. | USA
Director: Craig Elrod

The Scratchcard
Short | 6 mins. | U.K.
Director: Ben Coverdale

Short | 17 mins. | USA
Director: Krista Whetstone

In The Dark
Short | 15 mins. | USA
Director: Bettina Bilger

Sheltered Love
Short | 10 mins. | USA
Director: Alex Italics

3:30p Friday, May 2
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Santa Fe Film Festival: The Club

The Club tells the story of three motherless daughters- Ginger, a southern artist reinventing herself after her mother’s sudden death; Leticia, a young mother in a new country discovering her genetic fate and Jordyn, a high-school senior seeking independence from her family. Structured around a series of scenes that focus on common themes threading their stories together, the film reveals how coming of age without their mothers has and continues to play a role in their lives. Also features interviews with Jane Fonda, Molly Shannon, and Rosie O’Donnell. Directors in attendance plus editor Tina Grapenthin. Co-Presented by Girls Inc and Lunafest. 72m.

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This is Normal
Short | 19 mins. | USA
Directors: Ryan Welsh, Justin Giddings
A young Deaf woman undergoes cochlear implants while risking her friends, culture, and identity to hear her sister sing for the first time.
6:00p Friday, May 2
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Death and Taxes

A funny, fetching, fantastic fable about the two inevitabilities you can’t avoid, even the second time around. Harold Hoptuit (Aaron Rhodes), a henpecked accountant, mysteriously returns from the dead on the night his wife (Lynn Goodwin) is getting engaged to her plastic surgeon (Mike Ostroski). A changed man, Harold wants to salvage his failed marriage and make amends with his estranged daughter (Aide Rodriguez), but it won’t be easy and Harold soon finds that he has even more daunting problems to deal with. In Person: Director Peter McCarthy. 93m.

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Sky Blue Collar
Short | 8 mins. | USA
Director: Derek Frey
A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship until their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each other.
8:15p Friday, May 2
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Drunktown's Finest

On a beautifully desolate Navajo reservation in New Mexico, three young people – a college-bound, devout Christian; a rebellious and angry father-to-be; and a promiscuous but gorgeous transsexual – search for love and acceptance. As the three find their lives becoming more complicated and their troubles growing, their paths begin to intersect. With little in common other than a shared heritage, they soon learn that the key to overcoming their respective obstacles may come from the most unlikely of sources, each other.  Inspired by a 20/20 story that called her hometown of Gallup, NM “Drunktown USA,” writer/director Sydney Freeland has constructed a moving and ultimately uplifting story about coming of age in the most challenging of circumstances while still finding hope, healing, and the chance for a better life. 95m.
10:15p Friday, May 2
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Moving from Emptiness:

The Life and Art of a Zen Dude

Where does creativity come from? According to Zen calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han it arises from emptiness, that silent space that houses the intelligence prior to thought. Armed with rice paper, ink, brush and a collection of Zen koans and teachings, Alok opens the door to a world of magical brush strokes and enchanted students. On the verge of his 75th birthday and with a new love in his life, Alok employs his teachings to confront his own personal history. In Person: Alok Hsu Kwang-han with Directors Shaeri Richards and Jerry Hartleben. 69m.

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The Novelist
9 mins. | USA
Director: Noelle Knopp
A struggling writer finds inspiration in a small town coffee shop.
Globe Trot
5 mins. | International
Director: Mitchell Rose
54 filmmakers on all seven continents each contribute two seconds of movement by renowned choreographer Bebe Miller.
3:30p Saturday, May 3
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Growing Pains:

Adolescent Shorts Program

Acquired Taste
Short | 33 mins. | USA
Director: David Ruchman (In person!)

Short | 24 mins. | USA
Director: Robert Weiermair

Slow and Steady
Short | 11 mins. | USA
Director: Anne Kaempfer

Guest House
Short | 25 mins. | USA
Director: Aaron Wolf (Director Aaron Wolf and Actor Michael Gross in person!)

1:00p Saturday, May 3
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Santa Fe Film Festival: McConkey

Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski base jumping, and through his talent and unique, irreverent outlook on life, inspired countless lives. In addition to being featured in a long line of extreme skiing movies, McConkey was also known for his contributions to ski design and performing such stunts as skiing nude in conservative Vali, CO. He also first mounted bindings onto water skis for use in Alaska with the Volant Spatula and, more recently, with the K2 Pontoon ski design. McConkey examines the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. In Person: Director Rob Bruce. 109 m.
6:00p Saturday, May 3
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Queens & Cowboys:

A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo

Experience a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association. Roping and riding across North America for the past 30 years, the IGRA’s courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals at the end of the season. Along the way, we’re exposed to the unsung LGBT community of both the old and new west. Examining where our country currently stands on the issue of gay rights, this uniquely American subject will explore how far we’ve come, and what challenges we still have ahead. Co-presented by the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association (NMGRA). 93m.
8:30p Saturday, May 3
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Real People:

Documentary Shorts Program

Passion and Acceptance: a short film about National Geographic Photographer William Albert Allard
Short | 15 mins. | USA
Director: Wayne Thomas

Do Not Duplicate
Short | 30 mins. | USA
Director: Mary Anne Rothberg (In person!)

Half Sour
Short | 15 mins. | USA
Director: Mary Ann Rothberg (In person!)

Short | 25 mins. | USA
Directro: Kelly McKenna

Love Needs No Words
Short | 11 mins. | USA
Director: Susana Caceres

1:00p Sunday, May 4
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Light Me Up:

Animated Shorts Program

Tears of Inge
Short | 4 mins. | Canada
Director: Alisi Telengut

Animation Hotline
Short | 5 mins. | USA
Directors: Tony Tan, Dustin Grella

Salmon Deadly Sins
Short | 7 mins. | USA
Director: Steven Vander Meer

Espresso Manifesto
Short | 7 mins. | USA
Director: Shaun Pitz

The Adventures of Barty and the Pirate
Short | 3 mins. | USA
Director: Mark Chavez

Creation and Hope
Short | 10 mins | USA
Director: Keith Carter

The Last 40 Miles
Short | 14 mins. |
Director: Alex Hannaford

Rabbit and Dear
Short | 16 mins. |
Director: Peter Vacz

Green Acres
Short | 6 mins. | USA
Director: James Beck

Light Me Up
Short | 7 mins. | USA
Director: Derek Dolechek

Short | 8 mins. | USA

3:00p Sunday, May 4
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Santa Fe Film Festival: I Am Bialik

Nominated for an Israeli Film Academy’s Ophir Award for Best Picture. Aviv Talmor, a poet and literature teacher is informed that his father that he has never known, has died, bequeathing him one Israeli Lira (less than one penny). Aviv embarks upon a legal battle over his inheritance, during which he discovers that his grand father was the illegimate son of the Israeli national poet Haim Nahman Bialik. Aviv is excited by the prospect that he could be the great grand son of the legendary poet. Israeli’s literary community, however, is shocked by his claim and goes to war with him to clear the national poet’s good name. 77m.

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Short | 24 mins | Israel
Director: Noa Yaffe
Yoel, 34-years-old, is a cook at a fast food diner who shares a night of intimacy with an older neighbor after getting kicked out of his house by his mother.
5:30p Sunday, May 4
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Santa Fe Film Festival: Nothing in Los Angeles

Quinn is a 25-year-old aspiring writer-filmmaker who wants to write a screenplay about Los Angeles while his peers are mainly superficial aspiring actors who don’t understand him. He is dating Ann, a woman twice his age with three kids. His best friend Peter, married to Beth, is an aspiring lawyer who is consumed with work. Beth is a sweet, compassionate woman who wants to start a family. Peter reveals to Quinn he is having an affair with an older man, Tom. 94m.

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Love Sick Lonnie
Short | 8 mins. | USA
Director: Chad Mathews
A heartbroken man suffers from an embarrassing affliction. He can only communicate through the lyrics of boy band songs.
8:00p Sunday, May 4
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Santa Fe Symphony presents Following the Ninth

“A majestic sonic travelogue …inspires genuine awe … the rarest of films: ineffable and transformative.”Village Voice
This cinematic journey across five continents explores the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest works of art. Completely deaf and adrift from the people he loved, Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony as an act of transcendence near the end of his life, and it became an anthem of hope, from the protests in Tiananmen Square to the resistance movement in Pinochet’s Chile. Kerry Candaele’s film celebrates the possibilities of art to transcend, heal and connect. (U.S., 2013, 90m, DCP)

4:30p and 7:30p Wednesday, May 7 • $20 Supports the Symphony

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Blue Ruin

“Easily the most suspenseful American film of the year, a thriller that feels like lightning across a quiet night sky; sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular.” –IndieWire
A beach bum finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Proving an inept assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes, Jeremy Saulnier’s film is both a work of pure cinematic art and a genre film for the ages. (U.S., 2013, 90m, DCP)

Starts May 9

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Cycling With Moliere

“A wonderful dissection of the work of an actor.”Variety
Having retired, a reclusive actor (Fabrice Luchini) is approached by a would-be director (Lambert Wilson), whose acting career is flying high and who hopes to stage Molière’s The Misanthrope. Through rehearsals, surprising romantic opportunities and long bicycle rides around a gorgeous island, the latest from Philippe Le Guay (WOMEN ON THE SIXTH FLOOR) is one of the most charming films about acting, aging and companionship in years. (France, 2012,101m, DCP, Strand Releasing)

Starts May 9

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Big Men

“Compelling … incisive … unforgettable … hits a gusher of oil and greed” –L.A. Times

This incredible, fast-paced trip through the world of Big Oil unfolds in Africa, allowing us to eavesdrop on the back-room negotiations that help define global foreign policy. Following the Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy, as it develops the first commercial oil field in Ghana, and the modern gold rush that follows, Jennifer Boynton (OUR BRAND IS CRISIS) also travels with a militant Nigerian gang hoping to cash in on Nigeria’s booming oil business—a multinational endeavor that has ironically enslaved and further impoverished many locals. (U.S., 2013, 100m)

Starts May 9

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Santa Fe Farmers Market presents: Farmland

Few Americans have stepped foot on a farm or even spoken with the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Academy Award-winning director James Moll traveled across the country to meet a new generation of farmers, and capture a first-hand glimpse into this high-risk/high-reward job, along the way discovering the passion these farmers have for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve. (U.S., 2014, 90m, DCP)

Friday, May 16, time TBD

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Bright Days Ahead

“A perfect fit … lightly romantic, painlessly sinful” Screen International
A retired dentist (the legendary actress Fanny Ardant) joins the neighborhood senior club, finding little to offer except … a young handsome computer science instructor. A sweet, funny May-December romance ensues, an amour fou that could have been taken from the best of classic French cinema. Marion Vernoux’s smart and lovely film features splendid performances. (France, 2013, 94m, DCP, Tribeca Film)

Starts May 16

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Ernest & Celestine

"A wonder! From start to end the film overflows with humor, poetry, music and tenderness." –Le Figaro
Deep below cobblestone streets, in networks of winding tunnels, a civilization of hardworking mice survive, terrified of the bears living above ground. But not, Celestine, an artist and a dreamer who, after nearly being eating by the singing bear Ernest, strikes up a friendship that challenges the social norms. This gorgeous tale, with references to Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and Bonnie & Clyde, won Best Animated Film at France’s Oscar awards, and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright. (France, 2012, 80m, DCP ,GKids)

Returns May 16!

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Science On Screen: Santa Fe Institute presents

HER with Daniel Dennet

"Artificial respiration is real respiration and an artificial ear could allow a person to really hear, but would artificial emotions be real emotions? HER uncovers a deep split in AI between two different projects, a distinction cleverly masked by Alan Turing in his imitation game. A very intelligent and knowledgeable man pretending to be a woman might convince a judge—a woman judge—that she was conversing with a real woman. She'd be wrong: not a real woman but nevertheless a very, very intelligent thinker pretending to be a real woman. Is Samantha capable of love—real love generated by an artificial mind—or is Samantha just a very intelligent thinker, faking real emotions? We find out—or do we?—in Spike Jonze's beautifully rendered science fiction about the not-so-distant future."–Daniel Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell, Freedom Evolves and Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.

7:30p Sunday, May 18 • $10 / $8 for CCA and SFI Members, advance tickets recommended by calling 505-982-1338 or click here.

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Ai Wei Wei: The Fake Story

“A galvanizing call for reform … Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.” –Variety
To Ai Weiwei a life lived in silence is not a life. It is death. And so, even after being snatched and detained by Chinese police for 81 days, (under constant surveillance), and under incredible stress, the indefatigable artist finds ways to make subversive art, continue his push for human rights and give voice to the Chinese voiceless. (Denmark, 2013, 89m, DCP, International Film Circuit)

Starts May 23

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The German Doctor

“Gently striking and achingly tense … impressive … intrigue.” –Screen International
Patagonia, 1960. A mysterious doctor follows an Argentinean family to the small town where they will be starting a new life. Upon arrival, they entrust their ailing young daughter to the doctor’s care, not knowing of the international manhunt that is on his trail. Based on her novel about Josef Mengele’s escape after orchestrating the slaughters at Auschwitz, Lucia Puenzo has crafted a haunting, intense and gorgeous what-if drama. (Argentina, 2013, 93m, DCP, Roadside Attractions)

Starts May 23

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A small gem, tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome … a powerful, poignant story.” –The Guardian
Before taking her vows in a convent, an orphan is instructed to visit her only living relative, an aunt and former Stalinist authority who has fallen into dark times. Soon, Ida is learning a family history that shocks and dismays her: she is Jewish, and her parents were killed in the war. Pawel Pawlikowski’s stunning film tells this intensely personal story with beauty, emotion and a purity of vision. (U.K., 2013, 80m, Music Box Films, DCP)

Starts May 30

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Palo Alto

“As fun as RISKY BUSINESS and as sincere as THE SPECTACULAR NOW … one of the best movies ever made about high school life in America” –Film.com
Writer-director Gia Coppola adapts James Franco’s short stories into an astonishingly assured debut film, a suburban-teen comedy gone all wrong. The kids know everything about sex, substances and suicide, but can’t begin to figure out how or what they feel. Emma Roberts leads an unforgettable cast that includes Franco, 17-year-old Jack Kilmer (his father Val plays a supporting role) and Colleen Camp. (U.S., 2013, 100m)

Starts May 30

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For No Good Reason

“An absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman” –L.A. Times
Best known for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson and his illustrations for Rolling Stone, Ralph Steadman is an artworld legend. This film provides a deep look at his process and works, many of which are animated here, and featuring interviews with Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and Tim Robbins. (U.S., 2013, 90m, Sony Pictures Classics)

Starts June 6

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Llyn Foulkes One Man Band

“Entertainingly introspective... An engaging tribute to an artist who has stayed true to himself... Foulkes is a joy to watch in action.” –The Hollywood Reporter
He’s the most famous artist you’ve never heard of, a painter-musician now in his 70s. As he creates, destroys and recreates a pair of large-scale, three-dimensional paintings, Foulkes deals with a crumbling marriage and his precarious toehold. Propelled by commentary from Dennis Hopper and George Herms, the film reveals how Foulkes has avoided “selling his soul,” setting the tone not only for the next 50 years of his uncompromising, up-and-down career. (d. Tamar Halpern & Chris Quilty, 2013, U.S., 88m)

Starts June 6-8 only!

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The Dance of Reality

“A triumphant return … Jodorowsky mixes autobiography, politics, torture and fantasy to exuberant, moving effect.” –Guardian
The cult director’s cult director, Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, HOLY MOUNTAIN) returns with his first film in 23 years. Blending his personal history—he was born in the Chilean desert, and had an unhappy, alienated childhood—with metaphor, mythology and poetry, DANCE deepens Jodorowsky’s decades-long exploration of reality. Is it objective, or a "dance" created by our own imaginations? (France-Chile, 2013, 130m, DCP)

Starts June 13

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Citizen Koch

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (TROUBLE THE WATER) tackles the aftermath of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which weakened campaign finance laws. In Wisconsin, due to the new laws, outside funders are able to flood an election that, at its core, represents a battle between state employees, who see their rights about to be undermined, and Governor Scott Walker. Tracing the funding back to the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch and their Tea Party-aligned organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the filmmakers reveal the mechanics of big money in politics, asking: do the super-wealthy and corporations have more rights than the rest of us? (U.S., 2013, 105m)

Starts June 20 - Opening night sponsored by KSFR! Stay tuned for details!

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Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia

Highly entertaining…a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America’s most brilliant, original — and cranky — thinkers.” –Variety
With a deep influence on the worlds of literature, film, politics and the culture wars, Gore Vidal’s life spanned 50+ years of American politics and letters. Nicholas Wrathall uses one-on-one interviews and commentary with fantastic subjects, along with clips from the archive, to celebrate a fearless critic, one whose voice we could desperately use today. (U.S., 2013, 83m, DCP, IFC Films)

Starts June 20